Tag Archives: Cost of living and expats

Guest blog: Panama – the Miami of Central America


I’ll shortly be writing about my own recent trips to Albania and Burundi. In the meantime, my colleague Shona, who has been collecting data in Panama, shares some of her experiences. Regards Mark. This year marks 100 years since the first ship … Continue reading

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Shaken, not stirred – my last week in Japan


At just after 2 a.m. on 14th March last month I was awoken from a deep sleep in my hotel room. Things didn’t seem right and I felt the bed oscillating ever so slightly. My eyes moved towards the window … Continue reading

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Tech, trains and automobiles


It’s been a while since my last post and although I am now back in the UK my Japanese journey continued south from Tokyo to the city of Yokohama. The city is less than 25 miles from Shinjuku, where my … Continue reading

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Thawing out in Sapporo


When I meet new people and tell them what I do for a living they inevitably end up asking me what my favourite country is that I’ve visited. My stock reply is usually Cambodia but I think this is more … Continue reading

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Trinidad – safe or not?


Before I left Grenada last week I was chatting to the taxi driver on the way to the airport. I said I was heading to Port of Spain in Trinidad and the first thing he said was to warn me … Continue reading

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Made in Taiwan


My regular readers will be aware that, of late, I have not been particularly, er, regular with my updates. There was a summer to be had in London, albeit only two weeks of sunshine for me slotted in between holidaying … Continue reading

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