Wednesday, 1 March 2006

AWOL Geordie

I'm from Pegswood, Northumberland, England. In 2006 I embarked on a global odyssey. I created this website to document the adventures and preserve the memories. I enjoy writing and hopefully the reader will enjoy a few laughs along the way.

Most people are not born into a world of opulence and I was no exception. At 17 I joined the Royal Navy as an Engineering Apprentice. Ten years on ships and submarines fueled a desire for further travel. After the Navy I endured three years in IT before studying an MSc at Newcastle University. For various reasons I was disenfranchised with English life and decided to forge an escape.

I sold everything I owned including a house, a car and all the other trimmings of a debt slave's life. With no real plan I caught a bus from Newcastle to Aberdeen armed with only a backpack, a tent, a passport, an ATM card and a huge sense of freedom. The only regret is that I didn't leave earlier.

All the action is documented here. From crossing the Arctic circle off Iceland to trekking through the Tibetan Himalayas. Earthquakes in Taiwan to catastrophic Typhoons killing thousands in The Philippines. Near-fatal motorbike crashes to potentially lethal dengue fever. Futuristic Japan to backwards Burma. Trains across Russia to ferries down the Yangtze. Trekking through the jungles of Borneo to horse-riding across the Mongolian steppe. Partying with remote Vietnamese tribes to meditating with Buddhist monks. Alcoholic horse milk in Mongolian yurt camps to imported beer in Bangkok's classy Sky Bars. Burma's Bagan to Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Trans-Asian motorbike journeys to Scuba diving with sharks to Trekking the world's highest mountains in Nepal. It's been a hell of a journey.

Unfortunately, I've had to work occasionally and this has involved teaching maths in Taiwan, Thailand and China. These opportunities have afforded great insights into the respective cultures and languages. I'm currently teaching a UNSW Maths Foundation Program in Xi'an, China.

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Chokdee na khrap.

7 comments:

  1. Hi Steve, great to meet you at the Careers Day yesterday. Hope you enjoy your holiday in Surat Thani and prepare for your next trip/work in the Middle East. Will tell my son in Newcastle about your adventure travels in Asia.

    Teddy (and Henry)

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    1. Hi Teddy, glad you found it! My retirement will be taking me south in the next few days. It was nice chatting with you briefly on Friday. All the best. Steve.

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  2. Hey man, just wanted to say I hope you're going OK after your shocker last year. It really struck a chord with me. I've "retired early" too, at 38. 40 now, and have been to CM for a month as part of the adventure. If I lost it all I would be doing exactly what you are. Working it out with cheap outlay. Don't work too hard. Have lots of sex. Keep sharing if it helps mate, as it helps the rest of us to hear what you're going through.

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  3. Hiya - you might be interested to read the editorial in The Big Chillie this month - pages 6 and 8 - http://issuu.com/thebigchilli/docs/the_bigchilli_october_2015

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  4. Hi, friend, I hope are doing well. I don't know where are and what you do right, Please write me back when you see my comment. I was the guy who at the elephant farm. The one that you took picture with. I was wearing the Karen shirt. This is my email. Karentribenativeelphants@gmail.com I hope to hear back from you soon.

    Best Regard
    Sun

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  5. Your journey has certainly been an adventurous one with many more to go, good luck in China and I'll see you soon!

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