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April 26, 2012 Posted by tahir in Travel

Ten Worst Travel Moments

1. Being arrested, blindfolded, stripped, and flung into solitary at a Pakistani torture prison.

2. Being given the ‘rubber glove’ treatment on the border of Liberia and Sierra Leone when passing innocently through ‘Blood Diamond’ country.

3. Having dengue fever in the Madre de Dios jungle in Peru. That, along with having stomach problems, no skin on my feet, and worms burrowing out of me.

4. Having the most indescribably bad food poisoning in a locked down military area in Baluchistan, having eaten the sushi platter for four in Karachi the night before (a huge mistake).

5. Swallowing a live murrel fish in Hyderabad, a supposed cure for asthma.

6. Being lost and alone in a storm in a Cessna 152 somewhere above the Florida Panhandle, when I was aged 17 and learning to fly.

7. Being robbed of all my money, my travel documents and my luggage in the night on a train from Madrid to Algeciras.

8. Waiting for five days in a remote village in western Ethiopia for a truck to drive through so that I might have a chance to hitchhike to the next town and get stuck there.

9. Being on an organized tour of northern Namibia with retired workers from a ball-bearings factory in Dusseldorf (managed to escape, luckily).

10. Being lost at night on the live Niryagongo volcano in Congo with the threat of it erupting very likely.

How about you? What are your worst travel memories? Please share in the comments.



Quick Update

Hello! Last week was a busy week: we’ve been working on the finishing touches for Timbuctoo, and on Wednesday I was the keynote speaker at the Design Leadership Summit, which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Marrakech.

It all went so incredibly well. This was a conference of 200+ leading American architects and designers. Really the biggest names in the business. And the big thrill of my week was seeing the Atlas Mountains heavily laden with snow behind the pink city of Marrakech.

Also…you may have noticed that the social media links were highlighted on the header of this website. That’s because I’ve been a lot more active on my social media profiles. I’d love for you to join me there. Here are some quick links below:

The Goodreads giveaway is still on, so head over and enter for a chance to win one of six copies of Travels With Myself. Good luck!

April 6, 2012 Posted by tahir in Travel

Top Ten Strangest Meals I've Eaten

If you’ve read my books, you’re familiar with some of the unique things I’ve eaten over the years. Here is a list of my top ten strangest meals.
1. Half a roasted monkey, in the Peruvian Amazon. Tasted strangely human. How do I know? Well, I’m only guessing.
2. Masato beer (manioc root chewed by the old village crones and fermented in their saliva), in the Madre de Dios Jungle, Peru. I have drunk many gallons in my time and never quite got used to it.
3. Live Murrell fish, in Hyderabad. Part of a traditional cure for asthma. Severely unpleasant… for me and for the fish.
4. Dried Mopani worms, in Namibia. Crunchy. Very very crunchy.
5. Chocolate-covered leaf cutter ants. Actually ate them in London and was impressed, by the chocolate at least.
6. Crunchy chicken embryo in the shell, in Beijing. Indescribably horrid.
7. Fried scorpion, in a Bangkok street stall. Trying to forget that one.
8. Yak steak, in Lhasa. Tasty. Best of the lot.
9. Fugu (puffer fish), in Yokohama. Bizarre and memorable.
10. Haggis, in Edinburgh. Perhaps not weird to anyone else but as far as I’m cornered it’s way up there with roasted monkey and all the rest.
This may have piqued your appetite. If that’s the case, head over to one of the strangest firms I know of that sells some amazing stuff, especially the insects…
Have you tried any of these unusual meals? If you had to choose one to try, which would it be?