​​Travel

I travel for a living.

Since 1999 I've worked as a Business Consultant in the banking IT business, and in that time have worked on (sorry about the buzzwords....) core system replacement and business transformation projects across the globe.  Most of the work has been carried out all over Continental Europe, but I've also spent time, sometimes extended periods, in places as far apart as Santiago (Chile), New York (USA), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Nairobi (Kenya) and Chennai (India).  As I said in the "About Me" section here, my mileage is probably getting on for a million, and my carbon footprint doesn't bear thinking about.

But it's been the best job I've ever had, in a working life that started way back in 1970.  It's also changed my life.  A marriage ended, and against all odds (and completely unexpectedly) another one replaced it.  It gave me the joy of a second family in my mid-50s.  It also gave my writing a boost, as in 2010, during a long-term project in Trinidad, I decided to start a blog, just for fun.  The result is "Around the World in 80 Expense Claims".  Although much neglected over the past couple of years, there are getting on for 150 pieces there to read.  Over the years its content has moved away from pure travel pieces, and contains essays on a variety of topics that in some way inspired me - politics, music, sport, business: there's even an appreciation of Steve Jobs, published the day after he died.  You can dig into the archives at http://travellin-bob.blogspot.com.  This website is a natural progression.

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So this Section will contain pieces about - you've guessed it! - travel.   There will probably be revisons of pieces from "Around the World...".  There will be airline and hotel critiques, and essays about places and cultures that I am visiting (or have visited).  Basically anything that comes out of this addled old brain of mine. 

All suggestions and (hopefully) commissions gratefully accepted!

So here is one to get things started......


Tasty Tel Aviv Tucker

  
As usual, before travelling to Tel Aviv for the first time, I I did my usual search for favoured eateries.  If there is an Irish bar and a Starbucks within walking distance of the hotel and/or office then I’m a happy chappy.  That’s not to say I live on Guinness and grande latte – far from it.  I’ll always try the local food and drink (even horsemeat pasties in Almaty – delicious!), you can’t go far wrong with a pizza or a spag bol, and a decent Mexican chilli goes down well.  As does the occasional Big Mac or Whopper menu, and a good curry or chow mein for variety.   And of course, 9 times out of 10, the hotel food is very good too (if a bit pricy). A foodie I am not – but I do know what I like.

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