Five Foot Traveller Blog

The case for disconnecting

  It was the sound of flapping that woke me up that night. Wings, somewhere in the dark. It wasn’t anything large, for that would have been terrifying. It was a small insect, but...

The view from Dune 45 soon after sunrise

Sand and dust

I’ll be honest. It would be easier for me to write my stories on Africa with a list of things to do in each country I went to, in the order that I visited...

Number Five

  Two weeks from now, I’m going to be reaching a milestone- my fifth continent. I’ve been thinking about Africa for a long, long time. It’s not a cheap destination, whichever country you choose...

Beijing, late afternoon

  I arrived in China by train from Mongolia at the end of September last year. I found the weather a bit strange then; it was surprisingly warm for autumn and on a day...

Last stop in Selangor

Kuala Kubu Bharu, a town of only 33,000 people, is the northernmost railway station in the state of Selangor. I was curious about the next stop, Tanjung Malim, a town famous for itsĀ dumplings, but...

Close shave in Kuala Kubu Bharu

Before last Friday, I had never walked into a barber shop. The Diamond Hair Dressing Saloon was set up by the father of the present owner, Mr R. Anbalagan. Anbalagan himself has been cutting...

Seeing in the Dark

We were in complete darkness. The fruit I was holding was round and smooth on the outside, but it felt strangely hollow, as though there was air between the flesh and the skin. Our...