Author Archives: Watson's Wanderlust

Planning a trip to Timor Leste

Timor Leste is very much off the beaten track.  It is South East Asia’s newest country, with Timor Leste only gaining it’s full independence in 2002 after the Indonesian Invasion in 1975.  After two weeks in the country, I only met two other tourists.  TWO!  I met a lot of Malay’s (foreigners) working in Dili […]

Abandoned Places: Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship Monument, Varna

If you caught up with my last post about visiting Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria, this is the one I was meant to write but I got a bit distracted by trying to explain away why I swapped palm trees for concrete. RELATED: Abandoned Places: Buzludzha Monument So, back to present day! Well, almost…. I started […]

Abandoned Places: Buzludzha Monument

After almost a year travelling around tropical climates I decided I wanted (or possibly more like I needed) to swap the palm trees and paradise islands for a completely different look – the look and use of concrete!  We’re talking about socialist monuments, ex-soviet relics, brilliant brutalist specimens – yep, I’m back in Eastern Europe.  […]

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Off the beaten track in Timor Leste

Timor Leste (or East Timor) – heard of it?  No?   It’s not a country on many people’s radar.  Here’s my very basic summary of the countries history that I’ve learnt since arriving.  It was a Portuguese colony from the 16th century, which takes up half of the island Timor, in South East Asia, the other […]

Visiting Bond Villain Lairs

When I set off on my travels round the world one thing I wasn’t expecting was to end up visiting not one, but two Bond Villain Lairs! You know how they always look so exotic and remote? Earlier this week news went viral of Sir Roger Moore’s passing.  With this in mind I thought now […]

China – Be Prepared!

Here we go, fully ramping up the blogging now.  I headed back into the depths of my drafts and found this post I wrote whilst I was in China, at the very start of my travels last August.  Not sure why I didn’t hit publish at the time but now it feels very apt to […]

To plan or not to plan…

… that is the question! On a recent trip to Indonesia I had a travel wobble.  Another one.  I seem to be forever having them.  Each country poses a new personal challenge for me.  I’m sure most of it is derived from the fact that this is all I have to worry about these days. […]

Six months already…

Six months have flown past since I left on my trip.  I was just reading back on my last post I’m back?! and how I talked about how I didn’t really have much time to put fingers to keys to write about my travels and I laughed.  I’ve found myself in Australia for the past two months, […]

I’m back?!

HIYA!  It’s been a while….. so this year I turned 40.  40!  Most of you know this as I keep mentioning it… I think I’m still coming to terms with it to be honest.  Apart from the ever increasing grey hair and crow’s feet – how can I be old enough to turn 40?!  Around […]

London Walks: Parklands

A 5 mile walk in North London on a rainy Good Friday you say?  Why not!  With non stop rain, I had this wonderful walking route almost all to myself, bar a few crazy runners and some dogs that seemed to like muddy puddles a little too much. From the 1860s a train line ran […]