In my last post, I listed all the things I miss about America and writing it got me thinking: What do I NOT miss about my home country? Since I had nothing better to do yesterday, I wrote this post. 8 Things I Don’t Miss […]
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The Wonderful World of Thai Names
Thai people objectively have the best names in the world. Thais get an official name, which is usually ponderous and old-fashioned, from the monks at the temple when they are born. This name is used on government documents and very formal situations. However, almost everyone […]
Why You (Probably) Hate Bangkok
Bangkok is a polarizing city; visitors either love it or hate it. For many, the Thai capital is a necessary evil on the way to beaches, temples, or hill country treks, and is not a reason to visit Southeast Asia. I didn’t like Bangkok the first time […]
A Downside to My Peripatetic Lifestyle
Most people are monogamous and have a regular who services them, but not me. You could say that I have no loyalty, but due to my peripatetic lifestyle I almost always end up doing it with a random stranger out of necessity rather than choice.
Types of Foot, or the Worst Thing about Traveling
Over the years, I’ve had the great fortune to walk all over this world and the great misfortune to step in some awful things. I almost always travel to warm places and wear sandals, so my poor feet have been the victims of various “types […]
Slightly Ridiculous FAQs About Alaska
Whoever said “there is no such a thing as a stupid question” may need to think again.
31 Things I Learned Traveling in Mexico
Once upon a time when I was traveling in Europe, a young lady pulled up her shirt and flashed me. At first I thought this was a customary greeting in her country, but I quickly realized it was an effort to distract me so her […]
The Never Ending Struggle for Change
In the developing world they lack many things like clean water, infrastructure, stable governments and pizza delivery. But the one thing as a foreigner that drives me crazy is a lack of small bills or change.
The James Louie Speed Walking Tour of Hong Kong
Before visiting Hong Kong, I got a message from fellow blogger James Louie – A native of HK and one of five followers of my blog. James saw that we planned to visit his hometown and offered to show us around. On our first morning […]
Trekking Mount Rinjani Day 1: A Day of Suffering
As we took the first of many steps on our three-day trek up Mount Rinjani, I looked up at the summit looming high above and thought to myself, “That doesn’t look too far. We will easily climb this.” About 10 minutes later, as I was […]
Travel Day, or The Bromo Bus Scam, or Viva La Revolucion
The travel day is a neglected day for travel bloggers and writers.
The Blue Flames and Badass Miners of Ijen Volcano
The Ijen Volcano in eastern Java is famous for many things: burning sulfur that emits blue flames at night, a turquoise crater lake, and the tough-as-nails miners who chisel out the sulfur and haul it down the mountain. I had to see it for myself. […]