Photos and stories of the adventures of Tom Bolton
the world traveling clown who's fun for everyone!

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Travel destinations include Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, North, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea.

Pick your page below and enter Tom's world of adventure:

Northern India 1| Northern India 2| Southern India 1 | Southern India 2 | Nepal | Bangladesh | Sri Lanka| Thailand | Indonesia | Philippines | northern Vietnam| southern/central Vietnam| Malaysia/Singapore | Papua New Guinea | Hawaii/N. Zealand/Australia | Bolivia | Peru | Chile | Argentina | Ecuador | Brazil | North/Central Europe | Germany | Malta | Southern Europe | Istanbul, Turkey | Morocco | Tanzania/Zanzibar | Central America | Nicaragua | North America East| North America West| Contact | Photography Links | Travel Links | Social Links |

Latest updates: spring 2015 addition of Istanbul, Turkey and autumn 2015 Gibraltar and more of Spain.

A little about myself:

I'm a professional clown and juggler living in Stuttgart, Germany. I grew up mostly in Dayton, Ohio but was born in 1960 in in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My father was doing his military service at Fort Brooke and the Rodriguez U.S. Army hospital, where my father was a doctor, was built by the Spanish in colonial times. Last I heard, this space is now used as an art school, which is kind of symbolic karma-wise. My paternal grandparents were my initial inspiration to see the world. They were freshly married in 1926 and rather than put their money into the stock market they opted to make their first trip around the world. They lived a number of years in Spain, where my father was born, eventually settling in Mexico City for 40 years. They were often traveling in exotic lands starting back before jet planes and TV were even invented none-the-less Lonely Planet guides.

Growing up as one of 10 kids, we didn't manage to travel a lot but made trips to Chicago, the Baltimore/Washington area, eastern Canada, through the south to the gulf coast of Alabama and a trip to California via New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado. At 15 I went alone to Switzerland for a month to see relatives. I studied Finance at the University of Dayton from 1978 to 1982 where I took every opportunity to travel around the States and Eastern Canada mostly by hitchhiking. In 1983 I went to Europe which has been my home ever since. I now live from paying gigs but at first I made my way just making comedy-juggling shows on the street. I would spend the winter months in Asia, Latin America, Morocco, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. I often make free little shows for the people in third world countries during my travels. This often opened the door to peoples' hospitality and interest, creating the opportunity to photograph them without it just being an intrusion.

I'm no web designer and this whole project grew out of a simple 2-page overview of my travels. Unfortunately, I don't find the time and money to travel as often as I used to, so most of my experiences are from the 1980's and 1990's. I have presented many of my favorite photos, others are not great shots but are relevant to the text. Sometimes I don't remember all the details, so if you find errors or see a photo falsely attributed, just let me know! Most of the photos were scanned from my prints and slides. I choose a rather small format and low quality when I started this site (2007) to lessen the chance of people stealing the photos and so that the pages would load quickly. In the mean time, most everyone has DSL connections and any updates have been in a slightly larger format. I have reformated some of the original app. 900 photos but doubt I will ever find the time to do them all.

So, enjoy my site and I hope it might make people realize that despite occasional conflicts of culture, the diversity of mankind is fascinating. Also that we have a nice world and it's the only one we have so let's take care of it. And need I mention that both the photos and text on this site are copyrighted. For good charitable causes I might give permission to use material for free but ASK first. For a commercial purpose we would have to negotiate a deal and it would have to be for something I don't object to! Money is NOT the most important thing in the world to me but I have been struggling lately to keep food on the table and to continue my travels and support of various third-world circus projects. So if anything on this site inspires you, don't feel reluctant to make a donation. I'm not a registered charity but can use all the support I can get. And the best help that more people might find and enjoy this site is to set a link to it and/or give it a recommendation through Google+.

If you wish to book me or know more about my professional entertainment as a clown, then please visit my other websites at: ...or... or check out my promo video here

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