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About suzycatpope

Qualified fiction and travel writer, unqualified librarian . As well as riding some of the world’s longest and rockiest railways, I enjoy sampling questionable street foods and wonky cycling through vineyards. My fiction has been published in local zines, and my travel writing has won the Pure Travel, Just Back (Telegraph) and National Geographic competitions.

Amsterdam Revisited

I held Joe’s hand, tight, but it didn’t stop me slipping into the darkness. Down down down I tumbled, sick to the pit of my stomach and desperate to cry out to him for help. He was right there next … Continue reading

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Singapore Stop-over

Orchard Road in the rain[/caption] Originally published at http://www.exploration-online.com Singapore’s skyline, dominated by shiny, towering bank-buildings casts a shadow over the ramshackle colonial history at the heart of the city. It is, more often than not, seen as a clean … Continue reading

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Work in the Forties

This year I was one of the ‘best of the long short-list’ in the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel writing competition. This is my entry on the theme of ‘Meeting the Challange’. Next year I hope for highly commended… The only … Continue reading

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The Giro

Northern Ireland was pink. Painted bicycles adorned every roundabout, people in pink caps and t-shirts went about their weekly Asda shop and even the odd dyed sheep would totter about its enclosure, chewing grass, nonplussed in magenta splendour. The Giro … Continue reading

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Street Food in Saigon

The back of a motorbike is the only way to really see Ho Chi Minh City. We had booked a food tour and I had neglected to mention the ‘back of a motorbike’ part to Mark until we were waiting … Continue reading

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In Training: Cycling the Lakes

So far the blog has been very Gastro and not so Velo, so here’s a little helping of me struggling up some hills 🙂 White puffs of sheep dot the hillside as misty rain drifts past them in sheets. We’re … Continue reading

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The Egg Man

My first day volunteering as a teacher in an orphanage in Phnom Penh and I realised that being outside the city centre meant I couldn’t simply pop to the nearest restaurant or air-conditioned shopping mall for lunch. The kitchen, run … Continue reading

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