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26th May 2010

Brilliant! I rarely read EVERY word of a blog but this little rail adventure of yours has got me hooked. Your way with dialogue is fantastic, the vodka can't have erased ALL your memory. Beautiful
26th May 2010

Great, just great! another funny and heartwarming story well written, still the best thing on TB by far. Cheers.
26th May 2010

(O_O)
"I had not a single memory from the last twenty hours" --> i hope you did not get robbed! beautiful writing as usual =)
24th May 2010

I may never get there but a write-up like this makes it interesting beyond comprehension...
14th May 2010

Funny to learn that you have to travel thousands of miles to just to visit such a remote place, which I am happy to call home. To be honest, i just realized many things that I’ve never thought about Fais before. It is funny but I never thought that one can tell which coconut tree belongs to whom and all. It’s true indeed but understandable for such a small island. I mean i have this friend back home who can even tell precisely which tree you pick a coconut nut from even if you pick the coconut from the other side of the island without his presence. Oh and yeah I am happy to learn too that there is at least someone out there other than our family members that so happen to like my Mom’s cooking. It’s lovely, and that’s one of the many reasons that even a grown-up man like me still misses home. The details on Jesse and b-nuts are funny and couldn’t help but laugh on the top of my lungs about his constant spiting…lol. I was told by my old folks about you upon my return from Port Vila for vacation. So unfortunate that we did not meet in Vanuatu, I could’ve given you some tips about Fais and perhaps a map..lol hope to you'll return one day but till then thanks for the endorsement.
14th May 2010

Nice read Edward, thanks for sharing your journeys with us. I am an avid adventure rider and have passed through Kalinga via Bontoc, Tinglayan, Lubuagan, via Tabuk and via Bangued, Malibcong in Abra. I have not absorbed their culture much though and maybe the next time I'm there I might stay longer. :)
17th April 2010

Illuminating
Ed, that was very educational. I don't have your experience in the former Soviet-Union countries, but I recognise many of the behaviours you've described, especially those in the remote places where seeing a foreigner is the biggest thing to happen all month. If you can track it down where you are, there's a book you might enjoy: 'The Magnetic North' by Sara Wheeler all about Arctic people.
From Blog: Vodka
1st April 2010

Me likes
That's some superior travel writing man. You should try and get that published.
From Blog: Vodka
1st April 2010

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That's some superior travel writing man. You should try and get that published.
From Blog: Vodka
24th March 2010

I love your descriptions of people. :) I think, the thing about foreigners not being charged for medical services is an old Soviet thing. Last I heard, it is still the same in some of the other former Soviet countries too.
19th March 2010

Oleg, what you say is exactly true!:)
19th March 2010

nice photos
the buildings look nice.
18th March 2010

Evadne, you're son is a unique person. I've read every single post in his travelblog. It's truly amazing story. I really glad that I know him. Not so many people nowadays care about the world where they live in. Ed does.
18th March 2010

Great posting!
I'm really enjoying reading about your travels! What amazing experiences you're having! Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great posting! dirty-hippies.blogspot.com
18th March 2010

Lovely pictures
I tried quite hard to find beauty in the town I'm living at, but to no avail. The river is full of drifting debris, its blackened water flows sluggishly among the city's waste. A thin layer of floating oil reflects the colours of rainbow under the blistering sun. Next to it, there is an avalanche of rubbish baked slowly during the day, casts a rotten odor a hundred metres away. There is a historical building as well. It was built during the Dutch colonization: with hundreds of doors and windows, also has dooms and spires, it's called "the house of thousand doors". The homeless take it as their residence and so dogs pee on its wall. ( I think I'm not the best person to promote tourism in my hometown). I've never been to the poles but any cold places look nice to me. In my opinion, the city in your pictures is like Disneyland without Mickey Mouse or Snow white. It's full of colourful castles, buildings and dooms. I could imagine that it contrasts the bleakness of the surroundings and it's very beautiful to my eyes (even the crapdogs lol). Perhaps a city won't look good if you have to work to live in it =)
16th March 2010

I know
Oleg, we, Ed's family in the UK, are touched by your concern for Ed. We do know what is happening with him and we try to be supportive at every twist of the rollercoaster. Ed has decided his course and nothing will divert him from it. We are always ready to fly to wherever he needs us, as I did the moment we knew he was in hospital with malaria in Bangkok. As you say, despite all that, it is very interesting ....
16th March 2010

Великолепное описание Киева.
Readers: lest I be accused of something dishonest, Nastya from this blog is Ana from mine! Great blog Ed, you really do Ukraine justice. I think it's your best set of photos as well. Jon
16th March 2010

Gosh
Hi, Edward. Hope you feel well now. You are really killing yourself. I can't believe you have nobody to call in a case of emergency. Do you really need to work so hard? You need some time to recover I guees from all your travel times. Do you relatives know what's happening with you? It's seriously worring about you. Despite all of that, thanks for blogging. It's really like a book for me, but realy book written by someone who I know. Any new post is like a chapter published just now. You want read more and more. Very interesting.
15th March 2010

Ещё отличный блог!
One of your best-written blogs, really enjoyed it (I hope I can say 'enjoyed' since I've seen you since the event happened). For me, the bit about people leaving the metro carriage when they saw you struggling says as much about Russia as any 50,000 word thesis. I trust Moscow's treating you better now, my plans for a trip up in May are still on so I hope you'll still have a spare bed or two.
14th March 2010

triple threat
ARgH. I suffered through your first blogs re: malaria. Very well described, almost like being there. ha. I'm sure not. Hope you are on the mend.
14th March 2010

holy crap
i was thinking about not taking anti malaria medication when i go to central/south america in a few months.... your story has totally changed my mind!!!!

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