Eoin Bassett is the Editorial Director of International Living magazine. Day-to-day he oversees the production of IL’s monthly flagship publication but he does get out of the office...
He’s scouted across three continents, driven 800 miles across Spain, clung to a speedboat on a Guatemalan lake, swung in a cable car above Medellin, Colombia, ridden long-distance Asian trains, taken a horse into Panama’s Veraguas mountains, and ridden a motorcycle across Bali, Indonesia—all in the name of research.
Eoin is as comfortable handling antique shotguns in Purdey’s of London and chatting Thames-side with houseboat owners as he is dancing hip-to-hip with lady boys on a Bangkok dance floor or sharing a drink with Panamanian cowboys.
He’s haggled with hawkers in the bazaars of Turkey and the pungent markets of Singaraja, reluctantly eaten grasshoppers in Mexico, and politely stomached unidentifiable bone stew in Vietnam. From a cutthroat shave in a gentleman’s barbers to paying police “donations” in Southeast Asia he’s done his best to experience an international life.
A stint living in Switzerland’s Jura mountains introduced him to the joys of good cheese and fine white wine, living in Panama saw him 20 miles offshore in a small boat in search of big fish, and his favorite place to eat steak is a smoked-filled writers’ club in Lisbon, Portugal.
When he’s not on the road or at his desk he makes his own ale, plays the sax badly, fly fishes for trout, and hikes in the Irish mountains
He speaks Spanish, has some French, and can say “thank you,” “how much” and “a beer please” in eight languages.