Postcards tagged: Fathom Questionnaire
Weirdest thing seen on travels: A man skateboarding with a cat around his neck in Portland. Getting air on the board, the cat just along for the ride.
Weirdest thing seen on travels: After ten days of no showers in Malawi and Zambia, I looked at myself in a mirror and thought, now THAT guy was weird.
Favorite childhood travel memory: Flying for the first time when I was six. I have always wanted to spread my wings. My first word was the sound for the word "bird."
The meal you'll never forget? I had a deal with the brothers who ran Pasta e Basta in Alassio. I would order the running shoes they couldn't get in Italy in exchange for gnocchi with gorgonzola.
In-flight relaxation regime: Sitting cross-legged, shoes off. Being short makes any seat business class. Best hotel amenity: Cheeky bellboys.
Best hotel amenity: A maharaja costume at a haveli in India. I tried it on and the staff played along and treated me like a king all night, until they made me take it off.
Weirdest thing seen on travels? Tiffany: Karl Lagerfeld's Diet Coke butler. Oli: I had a pig slaughtered in my name at a party.
Best hotel amenity: A harpsichord in an Airbnb in Genoa, Italy. There also lived a cat called Gatto who liked to sleep on my belly.
Travel hero: My grandparents, who lived in Japan in the 1930s, in Shanghai and India in the 1940s, and in the Sudan both before and after all the civil war.
Bizarre travel rituals: Overdressing in exotic places — the adventure only feels complete with a good silk dress and the scarf to match it.