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Without a doubt: To reach Greenland before my 70th. Next year maybe. In the meantime: To keep on moving, meeting, discovering. For I am and always have been consigned as a nomad. Those thoughtless parents of mine, uprooting me every year - thanks!! Actually, come to think of it, my mums maiden name is Ward, her dad is Irish...then it all makes sense now!!
I'm a rather lucky boy: ) Someone decided I was worth hiring in 2004 and since then I've have been sent to a different corner of the world every week and I get paid for it - and not a moment is wasted. From Lagos to Rio, there are people to meet, tastes to sample, air to breath, sights to behold and memories to capture and savor for ever. Its the great and inspiring people of this planet that enrich every travel experience of mine & CS is my ultimate travel companion. To the people of the world I have met: You are all wonderful and inspiring in you own unique way.
Reflections, thoughts, musings & pondering often get kicked into the back seat by my 'doing' - I'm rarely sat down or without a map in my hand...the day I stop may be the day that a hint of regret seeps through the tiniest crack that is the day, week or month I never did what could have been tried or done.
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
My kind employer provides a hotel room in each city I fly to, but after 11yrs in this job, hotels began to loose their appeal. Don't get me wrong, hotels are great but only if I feel I've got a reason to stay in one. So for the past 6yrs, I've tried as much as possible to avoid the hotel and stay with locals.
To date, CS has utterly and completely enriched every travel experience I've had since joining. With an average of just 30 hours but up to 72 in each of the 65 cities I am paid to fly to, you can bet your bottom dollar that I am gonna squeeze every last drop of opportunity to immerse myself totally and utterly in the local scene.
To date, I've met wonderful Couchsurfers in:
1.Dhaka, BANGLADESH, DEC 08 2.Oslo, NORWAY, FEB 09 3.Kampala, UGANDA, FEB 09 4.Los Angeles, USA, MAR 09 5.Lagos, NIGERIA, APR 09 6.Boston, USA, MAY 09 7.New York, USA, MAY 09 8.Tel Aviv ISRAEL, MAY 09 9.Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, JUN 09 10.New York (Catskills), USA, JUN 09 11.San Francisco, USA, JUL09 12.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, JUL 09 13.Mumbai, INDIA, JUL 09 14.Boston, USA, AUG 09 15.Cairo, EGYPT, AUG 09 16.Hong Kong, CHINA, AUG 09 17.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, AUG 09 18.New York, USA, AUG 09 19.Toronto, CANADA, OCT 09 20.Chicago, USA, OCT 09 21.Rio de Janerio, BRAZIL, NOV 09 22.Miami, USA, JAN10 23.Cairo, EGYPT, MAY 10 24.Delhi, INDIA, JUN 10 25.Tokyo, JAPAN, JUL 10 26.Kampala, UGANDA, JU10 27.Phoenix, USA, JUL 10 28.Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, JUL 10 29.Los Angeles, USA, AUG 10 30.Hong Kong, CHINA, AUG 10 31.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 10 32.Mexico City, MEXICO, OCT 10 33.Nairobi, KENYA, OCT 10 34.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, NOV 10 35.Toronto, CANADA, NOV 10 36.Miami, USA, JAN 11 37.Vancouver, CANADA, JAN 11 38.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, FEB 11 39.San Francisco, USA, FEB 11 40.Philadelphia, USA, MAR 11 41.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAY 11 42.Los Angeles, USA, MAY 11 43.Phoenix, USA, MAY 11 44.Kampala, UGANDA, JUN 11 45.Singapore, SINGAPORE, JUN 11 46.Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA, JUL 11 47.Dubai, UAE, JUL 11 48.San Francisco, USA, AUG 11 49.Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA, SEP 11 50.Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, SEP 11 51.Beijing, CHINA, OCT 11 52.Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, OCT 11 53.Kuwait City, KUWAIT, OCT 11 54.Durban, SOUTH AFRICA, OCT 11 55.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, NOV 11 57.Tokyo, JAPAN, NOV 11 58.Baltimore, USA, DEC 11 59.Washington DC, USA, JAN 12 60.Mumbai, INDIA, JAN 12 61.Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, JAN 12 62.Dubai, UAE, JAN 12 63.San Francisco, USA, MAR 12 64.Doha, QATAR, MAR 12 65.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAR 12 66.Phoenix, USA, APR 12 67.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, APR 12 68.Chennai, INDIA, MAY 12 69.Milan, ITALY, MAY 12 70.Port Elizabeth, S. AFRICA, JUL 12 71.Cairo, EGYPT, JUL 12 72.Montreal, QUEBEC, JUL 12 73.Kampala, UGANDA, JUL 12 74.Hyderabad, INDIA, AUG 12 75.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AUG 12 76.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 12 77.Foz do Iguacu, BRAZIL, SEP 12 78.Annapolis, Maryland, USA, SEP 12 79.Concord, USA, SEP 12 80.Taipei, TAIWAN, OCT 12 81.Eureka, California, USA, OCT 12 82.Nairobi, KENYA, OCT 12 83.Mombasa, KENYA, OCT 12 84.Tel Aviv, ISRAEL, OCT 12 85.Houston, USA, NOV 12 86.Washington DC, USA, NOV 12 87.Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA, NOV 12 88.New Delhi, INDIA, DEC 12 89.Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA, DEC 12 90.Dubai, UAE, DEC 12 91.Guilin, CHINA, DEC 12 92.Shanghai, CHINA, DEC 12 93.New York, USA, JAN 13 94.San Francisco, USA, JAN 13 95.Miami, USA, JAN 13 96.Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, JAN 13 97.New York, USA, FEB 13 98.Miami, USA, FEB 13 99.Toronto, CANADA, FEB 13 100.Zanzibar, TANZANIA, FEB 13 101.Baltimore, USA, MAR 13 102.Lagos, NIGERIA, MAR 13 103.Johannesburg, S. AFRICA, MAR 13 104.Washington DC, USA, MAR 13 105.Lake Tahoe, USA, APR 13 106.New York, USA, APR 13 107.Houston, Texas, USA, APR 13 108.Kampala, UGANDA, MAY 13 109.Toronto, CANADA, MAY 13 110.Hong Kong, CHINA, MAY 13 111.Taipei, TAIWAN, JUNE 13 112.Monrovia, LIBERIA, JUNE 13 113.Kampala, UGANDA, JULY 13 114.Lusaka, ZAMBIA, AUG 13 115.Vancouver, CANADA, AUG 13 116.Seattle, USA, SEP 13 117.Charlottesville, USA, OCT 13 118.Philadelphia, USA, OCT 13 119.Beijing, CHINA, OCT 13 120.Seattle, USA, OCT 13 121.New Delhi, INDIA, NOV 13 122.Denver, USA, NOV 13 123.Singapore, SINGAPORE, NOV 13 124.New York, USA, NOV 13 125.Greenwich, USA, NOV 13 126.Koh Samui, THAILAND, DEC 13 127.Osaka, JAPAN, DEC 13 128.Chennai, INDIA, JAN 14 129.San Francisco, USA, JAN 14 130.São Paulo, BRAZIL, FEB 14 131.Accra, GHANA, FEB 14 132.Washington DC, USA, MAR 14 133.Cordoba, ARGENTINA, MAR 14 134.Denver, USA, MAR 14 135.Warsaw, POLAND, APR 14 136.Chengdu, CHINA, MAY 14 137.Nassau, BAHAMAS, MAY 14 138. Warsaw, POLAND, JUN 14 139. Chennai, INDIA, JUN 14 140. Windhoek, NAMIBIA, JUL 14 141. Beijing, CHINA, JUL 14 142. Accra, GHANA, AUG 14 143. Calgary, CANADA, AUG 14 144. New York, USA, AUG 14 145. Foz do Iguacu, BRAZIL, AUG 14 146. Fairbanks, ALASKA, USA, SEP 14 147. New York, USA, SEP 14 148. New Jersey, USA, OCT 14 149. Bangkok, THAILAND, NOV 14 150. Bangalore, INDIA, NOV 14 151. Austin, USA, NOV 14 152. Mumbai, INDIA, DEC 14 153. Bangkok, THAILAND JAN 15 154. Austin, USA, JAN 15 155. Accra, GHANA, FEB 15 156. Houston, USA, FEB 15 157. Boston, USA, MAR 15 158. Bangkok, THAILAND, MAR 15 159. São Paulo, BRAZIL, APR 15 160. Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA, APR 15 161. Aberdeen, SCOTLAND, APR 15 162. Toronto, CANADA, MAY 15 163. Philadelphia, USA, MAY 15
...and I'm sure many more to follow to continue a beautiful global relationship!
Exploring places. Usually I slant towards historical significance, notoriety, geographical isolation. A real thrill is breaking pervceived notions of a place. Finding out for myself.
I love to cycle everywhere, not just as an occasional fair weather interest - but as a day to day working tool. Need a car? I don't think so. 'So how do you arrive at the airport with all that luggage Paul?'....'no, I dont believe you either'. Yes folks, I actually do avoid using motorised transport (that includes public transport) to reach Heathrow. Any guesses??!
Food (I'll try anything once!), travel writing (I wrote for Aircrew magazine before it went bust. I now concentrate on making crazy travel shows. I try & produce one most trips. Here's one of my most recent ones shot in India - a day trip from Delhi to the Taj Mahal:
Oh and you might be wondering who's filming me. Yes, it's YOU GUYS! I recruit my fellow CSrs to operate the camera. Training on the go :-). A huge enormous thank you to all of you across the globe for helping me produce my programmes. And of course, anyone with the patience to stand being my camera operator is placed on the credits!!
Theres a line out of 'The Score' (Brando, Norton, De Niro, 2001) that has defined and shaped my now, non-urgent and material aqciring obsessed life. When 'Danny', (Norton)asks 'Nick' (De Niro) whether during the course of his highly successful criminal career he has ever taken chances in order to acelerate his earnings from crime, the older and wiser Nick replies 'Listen son, make a list of everything you ever wanted and still want and then spend the next 25 years of your life getting them piece by piece',
A one line masterstroke of advice for life...
Couchsurfing has turned my world upside down. After 6yrs being hosted every week in over 45 countries, I can tell you right now that the human race is a pretty amazing bunch. I've slept on a hammock 4hrs north of San Francisco thanks to Nicholas, a library floor in Johannesburg at the home of Hanneke, got licked by a large dog belonging to my host Brad in a New York apartment, been fed traditional Ugandan matoke in Kampala on my birthday thanks to lovely Nancy and her family, got given a free ticket to the Brazil World Cup to see England play Uruguay thanks to Kate, my host in Lagos Nigeria, been hosted by Ben in Alaska who had cold English beer, been taken to the rainforest in Brazil by Angelica from Sao Paulo, relaxed in a traditional onsen in Osaka on Christmas Day thanks to my host Shuichi.
I could write much much more, but my dinner is going cold now and you'll probably get bored. But you get the idea. Humans ROCK!!!
Tip for the kitchen: if you find a dish you have made contains too much fat - simply place a handful of ice cubes in the liquid containing the excess fat and watch as the ice attracts the fat and solidifys. Then simply remove the fat!
My cooking My bicycles My time My travelling tales Advice for your onward journey
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