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Conversations With Strangers In New Zealand – Part 2

My mom always told me never to talk to strangers. I’m glad I didn’t listen to her. They have so much to share, and so much to teach. Just like these random guys that I met on my wander in New Zealand.

This is part 2 of Conversations with Strangers on the Street, a two-part series documenting kerbside conversations that were more than just about the weather.

These guys, from a young 20-something student to a father in his fifties, told me what the hardship and true grit really is.

The jailbird:
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The face tattoo: 
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The broken boy: 

The security guard:

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Adding in this last one just for laughs:
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Which one was your favourite?

In Part 1 of Conversations with Strangers On The Street, four strangers shared beautiful stories about love. If you haven’t already read it, check it out here.

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How I Accidentally Became A Cross-dresser In Somaliland

Guest Post: Zaina Brown

Crossing a border into someplace new always gave me a jolt of excitement. That first impression could be warm like a hug, polite like a handshake, or rude like a middle finger. Somaliland, however, felt like a punch in the face. Was this whole trip a big mistake? For the first time in my life, I considered flat-out giving up on a country – and it hadn’t even been 24 hours.

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When Malaysia Airline’s inflight magazine Going Places asked me to recommend where their readers should travel to in 2019, I thought long and hard. Among all the countries I have backpacked, what is the one place I would recommend my friends and family to go? Where is the one travel destination that I would gladly return to?

Egypt. My heart is yearning for fascinating African nation of Egypt.