“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
When I was young, I dreamed of being a travel writer, an international hotelier, and a film producer.
I am not quite sure what happened between then and now, although somehow I instead became a lawyer, an investment banker and an oil and gas company executive.
Life can indeed throw some strange curveballs at you.
But, the twin passions of travel and writing have never left me, and I consider myself extremely lucky to be involved in professional activities that allow me to travel widely and extensively. My journeys often include visits to remote and exotic places – places that in my wildest imaginings, I could never have expected I would one day travel to.
I am always excited by the act of travel. I enjoy the theater of it all: of having the chance to see new places, experience new things, taste new foods. I love seeing how different people in different places lead their daily lives – the contrasts, but more often the similarities, fascinate me. I like being a fly on the wall, visiting places, observing for a short time, and then leaving quietly with a series of mental snapshots that I can file away in my mind’s photo album, to carry with me forever.
I hope this collection of my writings – of my travel adventures and anything else that pops into my mind – will grow over time, and that it will amuse and entertain you, and perhaps maybe even provoke in you some thoughts, feelings and opportunities for reflection.
All comments and feedback gratefully received, at all times.