THE CANDY TRAIL
- MY STORY -
30+ Years Living Nomadic - Exploring 120+ Countries
I'm Michael Robert Powell - call me MRP, and I'm an incurable travel addict.
Anyway, my story is not that cliche: "I quit my job and sold everything to travel the world".
No, I didn't even get on the career treadmill.
You see back in 1988, after finishing a career-less arts degree, I didn't know what to do with my life.
So, I left New Zealand for London to enjoy live music and big city life.
A dice throw led me backpacking solo around the Middle East (for 5 months in 1989, including Syria + Iraq).
And that journey sparked decades of traveling - alone, surviving on temp work, just going with the flow.
So, I’ve lived simple life.
Having never had a house, a car, a motorbike or a permanent job. (But once, I owned a TV).
Yet in recent years, I’ve edged closer to 'normality' - since I met my wife (in China).
Luckily, Wei - rhymes with 'Hey' - is tolerant of my madness, and she also enjoys a minimalist travel life.
So, the trail continues ...
Arrested in Saddam's Iraq by the military; accused of being "a spy" (1989)
Hitch-hiking the Sahara Desert, from Algeria to Nigeria (1991)
Enjoying Carnaval; later mugged at knifepoint in Rio, Brazil (2003)
Traveling overland from England to India, via Iran, where I was caught in a deadly bus accident (1990)
Amid a cyclone that killed 138,000 people - Bangladesh (1991)
Trans-Siberian route, Beijing to London - overland (2005)
Caught in a war-zone around Angkor in civil-war Cambodia (1994)
Antarctica by ship - 14 land excursions; whisky + iceberg on New Year's Eve (2003)
Robbed by hotel staff, while suffering dysentery in Pakistan (1990)
Swimming with seals in Galapagos Islands (2003)
Amid riots in Israel (1990), India (1990) + Indonesia (1999)
Horse trekking in mountains of Colombia - thru FARC guerrilla territory (2003)
Flash-flood close call in Morocco (1991)
Skydiving in Argentina (2002) and solo parachuting in New Zealand (1992)
Slow boat down the Niger River to Timbuktu, Mali (2007)
Hitching the Himalayas, across Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal (1994)
Escaping from Indonesia by fishing boat, hitching in an Australian Army Blackhawk to be the "first tourist" in new East Timor, on 14 Jan. 2000
Actively participating in a Voodoo ceremony in Togo (2007)
.. AND MORE
P.S: More stories will emerge gradually; others will appear only within an ebook.