The People Of Central America Part 1: Joel

Born in the town of Salama, southern Guatemala, Joel is now a local of Poptún. Against adversity, Joel has made a success of his local tuk-tuk business that ferries visitors around the locality.  Originally one of twelve, six of Joel’s brothers and sisters passed away before adulthood – a striking example of his family’s access…

A Special Tour Guide In Mongolia

Coming to meet us at Ulaan Bataar train station, tour guide Odka sported a full face of intricately applied make-up. Carefully etched eyebrows and faux fur framed a wide, friendly face. As she smiled and ushered us into a small minibus, we were unsure whether to follow. Without an introduction we trustingly loaded our bags…

My Tea House Scam Experience In Beijing

I spent my first day in Beijing wandering through Hutong to avenue and back to Hutong, gradually getting my bearings and discovering the city’s idiosyncrasies. For example, unlike Vietnam, where it’s blatantly evident that crossing the road is a death wish, Beijing leads you into a false sense of security by feigning organisation. You’re given…