Forbidden Fruit by Fiona Dixon

Whenever the rain stopped or slowed long enough for the mist to lift and reveal the steaming hills, I took to exploring. At the far edge of the settlement, past the family of black pygmy pot-bellied pigs, I began to climb the hill on the ridge that looked most accessible. It had been peering down […]

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Old Foreigner by Fiona Rintoul

‘They are dead,’ grinned Mrs Wu, who had met me at the airport. I looked out the minibus window. Four bloodied bodies lay on the road. Behind them, two vans, crushed like tin cans, were fused in a wonky embrace. The men were indeed dead but they hadn’t been for long. Their blood was as […]

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A Leaf on the Wind by Joel Hindson

“Méiyŏu.” The two syllables dropped like dead weights onto the ticket counter and my heart sank. My Chinese was rudimentary at best, but I had by then learnt the various meanings of ‘méiyŏu’: don’t have; cannot; not possible; end of the line, buddy; I don’t know, so stop bothering me. It usually was accompanied by […]

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Expat Author Interview with Hannah Thompson-Yates

Hannah Thompson-YatesHannah Thompson-Yates, a travel writer and English teacher from Birmingham in England, currently lives in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. In 2012, Thompson-Yates was one of the first-place winners in the I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. _________________ IMBO: Hannah, welcome to I Must Be Off! and congratulations again on your winning entry in […]

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Worlds Apart — an Interview with authors Dorothee Lang and Smitha Murthy

(Very important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) _____________________________________________ I’ve recently had the great pleasure of reading the epistolary book Worlds Apart by Dorothee Lang and Smitha Murthy. While the book is a compelling mix of travel insights, photography and essay (that I could […]

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