Intrepid Optimist

Intrepid Optimist is the place where I can share my stories; fact, fiction and thoughts from the past and present. It’s Written by myself for people who believe adventure knows no age

Monthly Archives: July, 2017

Free Champagne to Mexico City, 1969

Non-fiction. Vancouver, 1969. Nothing was as it had meant to be and things had not worked out. Things being a relationship, a job, and a visa, in that order. A … Continue reading

July 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brussels: It’s not just the Manneken Pis

Non-fiction I am of the opinion, as far as a good lunch or dinner goes,  the food to be had in the restaurants of Brussels to be more than equal … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

On Stealing a Car in the Tropics

Non-fiction. My father-in-law, a former Italian diplomat, died intestate and in the resulting chaos which ensued,  his pride and joy, a 1980, Renault Alpine, disappeared. Despite it being the only … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

Prejudice – a dialogue

Fiction. Jane and her close friend Elizabeth had just left Sabatini’s exclusive boutique, where they had taken time choosing a hat for Elizabeth.  They are walking together in the high … Continue reading

July 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Better to Travel than to Arrive

Fiction It wasn’t so once, but nowadays almost everyone has been there, done it and talked about it. However,  I remain in envy of those who have done exactly that … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Freelance Journalist

Fiction As was expected on a Tuesday night, the freelance journalist was perched upon his chosen stool in the dark inners of the Quiet Man Irish pub. That night there was little … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Open Prison

Non-fiction A while ago I received this email from a man who had read an article I wrote for Rhine Magazine. His amusing account of his brush with the Ecuadorian police, … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 2 Comments

Welcome to the (old)Big Apple

Non-fiction A few years back I wrote the following first time  impressions of my arrival in New York. Times, as always, have changed and I am pretty sure I would … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · Leave a comment


Fiction.                    I do not know why but I feel obliged to tell you about a bizarre relationship I have just gotten out of … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · Leave a comment
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