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Where I've Been

• 2020

6 months of van life around mountainous Yunnan + Sichuan Provinces in China; 6 months of van life around Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi & Gansu Provinces.

2019

2 months house-sitting in the Bai ethnic village of Hualong in Yunnan province, after crossing China 7000 km to the south-western corner by van-camping, traveling through Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou provinces.

CHINA: 10,000 km van-camping circuit around far north-east (following the Pacific Ocean coast then along the North Korean, Russian + Mongolian borders in provinces of Hebei, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia, Hebei, Shandong); staying in the cities of Tianjin & Beijing; traveling the mountainous southern province of Yunnan, with 2 months living in the ancient trading town of Shaxi, China.

• 2018

Traveling China in the provinces of Henan, Liaoning, Hebei, and Shandong in the mountains of Meng Shan; visiting family in Wellington & Auckland - New Zealand; chilling-out doing art for 3 months at oceanside of Weihai in China.

2017

Living in China, in Beijing, and the provinces of Liaoning and Shandong; traveling England and Ukraine; traveling overland from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea - across Azerbaijan and Georgia; traveling North Korea; working in Shenyang, China.

2016

Travelling Thailand, Cambodia, Kuala Lumpur, India, Indonesia; visiting NZ; living in Shenyang, China.

• 2015

Working in Linyi in China & traveling Shandong province; traveling overland around Eastern Europe :: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Trans-Dniester Republic, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria.

2014

Living in Linyi in China & traveling Shandong province; visiting New Zealand; traveling Cambodia & Thailand.

2013

Chillin' in Thailand + Cambodia; traveling overland across Africa: Cairo to Cape Town :: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt; living in Hangzhou, China.

2012

Living in Hangzhou in China, traveling around Zhejiang province + Shanghai; hanging-out in Sihanoukville & Phnom Penh in Cambodia & in Bangkok, Thailand; traveling in Georgia & Armenia.

2011

Traveling across Central Asia overland :: Western China - Qinghai & Xinjiang provinces, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia; living in Taian, China; travelling around China: Henan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Shandong provinces.

2010

Living in Taian, Shandong, China; traveling overland in South-East Asia - Bangkok to Taian :: Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Anhui provinces of China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand; visiting family in New Zealand; traveling Central America: Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Honduras.

2009

Traveling overland across Central America :: Honduras, Belize, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala; artist lifestyle - chillin' 2 months in San Pedro La Laguna at Lake Atitlan, Guatemala; traveling Guatemala & Mexico; visiting Tokyo, Japan; travels in South Korea, while working in Gwangyang.

2008

Traveling around South Korea; traveling the Philippines & Hong Kong; living in Gwangyang, South Korea; visiting Bangkok - Wellington, New Zealand - Bangkok; traveling Cambodia, Laos, Thailand; Ghana, Togo, Benin, Togo, Ghana.

2007

Traveling overland across West Africa :: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco; working in Seoul and traveling in South Korea; holiday in New Zealand & Bangkok, Thailand.

2006

Working in Seoul, and traveling around South Korea; solo art exhibition in Wellington, NZ; chillin' while making art in Phnom Penh for 5 months, Cambodia; visiting Bangkok, Thailand.

2005

Chillin', living, making art & traveling in Cambodia; overland travels in the Middle East :: Yemen, Oman + UAE; the Trans-Siberian route - overland rail journeys from Beijing to London, stopping and traveling in China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, and England.

2004

Artist lifestyle for 6 months on the coast of Cambodia in Sihanoukville; also making art while living in a 400-year-old Portuguese church for 6 months on the Arabian Sea island of Diu - India; chillin' some weeks on Koh Chang island, Thailand.

2003

Xmas in NZ; overland travels in South America :: Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay.

2002

Antarctica & traveling overland around South America :: Argentina, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile; Easter Island, Tahiti; New Zealand; East Timor.

2001

Working for the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in East Timor, traveling & living in different districts every 6 weeks for 2 years; trips to Australia, Singapore, visiting Bangkok - Thailand (x6); travels in Burma; Laos; Sri Lanka.

2000

Working in East Timor for UN; trips to Australia & NZ & Philippines; across Indonesia to East Timor by ship to Darwin.

1999

Drifting around outer Indonesia :: Papua, Flores, Alor, West Timor, living and working in Bali & Jakarta; visit to Singapore; traveling from Penang - Malaysia and across Sumatra and Java, Indonesia.

1998

Working & living in Bahrain (6 months) & southern England (Bournemouth & Folkestone); travels in Wales, Turkey, Greece.

1997

Down and out in Nelson, NZ; hitch-hiking trips around Southern New Zealand.

1996 – 95

Reclusive, but still traveling in my head, while writing my 2nd travel MS/book in Wellington, NZ, while on the dole.

1995 - 94

NZ; overland travels across Asia - Bangkok to Delhi :: Thailand; Cambodia; Vietnam; China - Yunnan, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet provinces; Nepal & India; overland travel in East Africa - Nairobi to Cairo ::Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Israel; NZ.

1993 – 92

Writing my 1st travel MS/book while on the dole and/or working in Wellington, NZ.

1991 – 1989

Working & enjoying London in summer - to travel the other months:

1991: Hitching the Sahara Desert & Africa - overland from London to Lagos :: traveling Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Algeria, Morocco, Spain, France.

1991 – 90: Overland hitching travels - London to India :: also traveling in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia (Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro), Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium.

1990 – 89: Traveling overland around the Middle East :: Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Israel & Palestine.

1989: Working in London; visiting France, Belgium, Holland.

1988

Working in Edinburgh; traveling in Scotland & visiting Amsterdam; arriving in London from New Zealand, after graduating at age 21.


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