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Steve

Steve was born in Uganda and brought up in India, Pakistan, Aden and Cyprus. He studied Art in Brighton and was a musician, performer and writer before moving into designing shows for large scale events. Steve led his first tours in 1988 and has been fortunate to have worked throughout Asia, Africa, Middle East and Europe.

Specialist: Algeria, Iran


Interview

Q: How did you fall into tour leading?

A: I was working as a stand-up comedian and wanted to travel to have less stress and see some daylight. When I returned from my first season in Egypt I knew my horizons had changed.

Q: What do you like most about tour leading?

A: After all the planning and preparation, travelling with a small group takes on a life of its own, which is part of the fun!

Q: Where is your favourite part of the world?

A: A sleeper train on the Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, camping amongst the Meroe pyramids in Sudan, cycling the Izoard, an espresso in Firenze, a pint of Harveys in the Basketmakers in Brighton... Everywhere has something to offer, but some places require you to work harder than others to find it.

Q: What has been your biggest travel highlight?

A: Eating “raskolokta” - raw frozen fish I caught through a hole in the ice in Lake Baikal, Siberia, washed down with vodka while the ice split and re-froze beneath our feet.

Q: What’s the craziest request you’ve ever had from a client?

A: To hang on to the back of a client's trousers while he leaned out of a speeding train door to take a photo of a passing station.

Q: What’s the one thing you couldn’t travel without?

A: Understanding.

Q: Which famous person would you most like to travel with?

A: Sir Richard Francis Burton, the English explorer, geographer, translator and writer.

Q: Have you ever made a cultural faux pas?

A: I dropped some spare change into a beggar’s cup in Varanasi, only to realise too late he was just having a cup of tea outside a chai stall.


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