Tag: Backpacking

December 29, 2016

  Let’s play a game. What do you get when you mix Destiny’s Child’s Bootylicious  with Aphex Twin’s Windowlicker? No, not a Channel 5 post-watershed movie or a character from 50 Shades of Grey. No, you would have no other than the President of Algeria: Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Ladies and gentleman, please remove your hats and take a bow:   So, my next major trip has taken me to the land of Bouteflika: a charming chap who has ruthlessly ruled Algeria for over 15 years (despite some health complications). And well, why not? Sure, the name Bouteflika may be a misnomer…

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April 24, 2016

Ayatollahs. Head scarves. Fanaticism. Nuclear bombs. Perhaps even revolution. These may be the first words that come to mind when you think of Iran. A country which is estranged from the West, which has seemed (at least until recent years) to rejoice in flouting the demands made by the UN and other international bodies, and which seems to revel in stoking its own concept of Islamic rapture: it is not that surprising that most people looked on in dismay when I told them that I would be going on vacation there with three friends. But if there is one revolution…

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July 25, 2008

What the next hour, or two, shall entail is daunting. Negligence is not an excuse, but a fact. Every day, if only for a matter of seconds, I contemplated updating this blog. But as the content increased, so did my apathy, for fear of how long it would take to complete. So, without further ado, let’s begin. At some point, the pollution cleared, the smog disappeared (visibly that is, as, even during the Olympics, it will still linger in the air) and sun began to twinkle. That is irrelevant however. I must not digress; I must persist in writing only…

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