Dear Readers,

This is no ordinary travel blog, nor even another review site like TripAdvisor! This is a one-of-a-kind "insider guide" where you can find out what a country is really like, before you visit. Whilst most travel blogs and guides present a cozy image of friendly locals, balmy beaches and relaxed dining, the reality is often very different and based more on the local "culture" than anything else.Book only the best hotels worldwide: Piet Hein hotel Amsterdam-

I have traveled and lived all over the world, 95 countries so far, and gained many valuable insights. I also studied psychology/anthropology for many years and combine that with my love of photography to capture the true "essence" of each destination. My Olympus OMD EM5 camera adds the images to exciting and provocative essays about people across the world.

You will notice that a very important aspect of this website is the discussion and general reader interaction. Your opinions and experiences are invaluable to build this into a large and invaluable directory of information about each place. Enjoy, contribute and suggest new destinations - this site is nothing without you!

The Guru

Escape Hunt Bangkok – The Most Exciting New Entertainment Concept In Asia?

May 29, 2013 No Comments by

Escape Hunt Bangkok – The Most Exciting New Entertainment Concept In Asia? Escape Hunt is a very exciting new game concept set to launch across Asia with the first location in Central Bangkok opening in early July, 2013. It is an adventure like no other – exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! You will [...]

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Is Chiang Mai An Ugly City With The Ugliest Girls In Thailand?

May 19, 2013 No Comments by

Chiang Mai is a northern city in THailand and THailand’s second largest city after Bangkok. Not much happens here as it is miles from the ocean and in the middle of nowhere.

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Top 10 Reasons To Visit Mexico – & Top 10 Reasons Not To Live In Mexico!

Jan 28, 2013 5 Comments by

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Mexico – & Top 10 Reasons Not To Live In Mexico! Mexico is a popular tourist destination, mostly for US and Canadian “snowbirds”

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Mexico – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Customer Service in Mexico… Patchy at best!

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments by

A friend of mine here in Puerto Vallarta once told me “there is no such concept as customer service in Mexico and in Puerto Vallarta it is even worse!” Damning words indeed. This is not true as Mexico has a clear idea of customer service since nearly every website, brochure or government office will somewhere champion the phrase “servicio al cliente”.

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Mexico – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The US Brands Mexico A Failed State: Fair or Unfair? Why?

Oct 24, 2012 6 Comments by

No day passes without new press headlines about the dangers of life in Mexico. One day a drug cartel boss is caught, the next day he escapes: another month and another drug boss is killed but then his body is stolen. This is the ongoing fodder that the US press laps up with no sign of a slow down.

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Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – The Best Guide to Dating Thai Girls & Women!…

Sep 14, 2012 12 Comments by

Thai-Farang (Thai word for foreigner) relations are a thing of constant discussion, frustration, amusement or even pain depending upon your level of personal involvement. To many bystanders or internet viewers in the West they are even a focus of ridicule or disdain. Whatever your view, you might find this explanation of them at the levels of perception, intellect and reasoning an unusual and enlightening take on an old chestnut but please do remember this is a very subjective personal view…

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China – Beijing, China – China is the Fifth Reich and New Superpower as the US Declines…

Sep 03, 2012 6 Comments by

The Fifth Reich – The new era is coming… China and no more USA. Reich — ORIGIN German, ‘empire’ /rik, ri&ulkh;/ • noun the former German state, in particular the Third Reich (the Nazi regime, 1933-45). The First Empire happened a long time ago for most of us – before the birth of Christ. Otherwise known as the Greek Empire, it was created in 336 B.C. by Alexander the Great and the Greek Empire’s culture and language continued to dominate the world in a tangible way for about the next 300 years.

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Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Guide to doing business in Thailand – read this first!…

Jul 22, 2012 4 Comments by

Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Guide to doing business in Thailand – read this first!… by The Guru I lived and worked in Thailand for many years and I want to share my insights with you on doing business there.  As with most things in Thailand (LOS – Land Of Smiles), things are not always [...]

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USA – Sonoma, California – Has America become the most selfish country on Earth?…

Jul 09, 2012 6 Comments by

Sonoma may well be one of the nicest places on Earth to live. On a perfect summer’s day in June, who could argue. It is clean, elegant, safe and most of all so very, very friendly. There is something for everyone with nearby wineries and fantastic restaurants…

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China – Hong Kong, China – What Have The Chinese Done To Hong Kong?…

Jul 01, 2012 2 Comments by

China – Hong Kong, China – What Have The Chinese Done To Hong Kong?… – The Guru I have been to Hong Kong a few times recently and I thought it was about time I give you my take on this extraordinary place!  I first went there as a teenager at 18 years old and [...]

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