Myanmar Travel Stories

Grilled Bat Fresh off the plane in Mandalay, we were welcomed into a tiny airport by immigration officials and then promptly (but politely) hollered at by taxi, shuttle and minibus drivers. Almost like they were constrained by an invisible fence, they didn’t stray far from their company’s booths on the far wall of the terminal, shouting over … Read moreMyanmar Travel Stories

Why I Can’t Update My Facebook Profile Picture with the French Flag

This past Friday I was out with friends, celebrating the much-needed end of a long and hellish month. We were shut inside the dark sparkle of our karaoke room, unaware that everything was not right with the world and I wouldn’t discover anything to the contrary until the next day. Logging on to Facebook, I … Read moreWhy I Can’t Update My Facebook Profile Picture with the French Flag

Everybody Hates Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the most hated person on the Pacific Crest Trail. She, her book and movie adaptation Wild are little more than joke fodder. On the trail Strayed and Wild were barely mentioned among thruhikers, except when it came to putting them down. Nothing major, sarcastic comments here and there, but certainly nothing positive either. … Read moreEverybody Hates Cheryl Strayed

Campfires on the Pacific Crest Trail

Heading out of Walker Pass, the last break before the base of the Sierras, we ascended to a ridge line walk, stopping only once to munch on some snacks. While eating we spotted a rattler slowly snaking across the path up ahead and Indiana, despite his eponymous fear of snakes, couldn’t resist the opportunity to … Read moreCampfires on the Pacific Crest Trail

The Shakedown on Going Ultralight

The pack “shakedown” is a popular activity where newbie hikers are made to feel like just that, and the contents of their pack are scrutinized. It’s somewhat of a rite of passage. You empty your pack and spread all of your gear and clothing out on the ground, while an experienced thru hiker looks at … Read moreThe Shakedown on Going Ultralight

Prostitution in Panama: Trafficked in a Legal Market

Prostitution is legal in Panama. Did you know that? I didn’t, at least not until shortly before our trip. When I think of legal prostitution, Amsterdam comes to mind, then some weird brothel in Nevada. I wasn’t sure what I would see in Panama City, but I kept an open mind. So what does the … Read moreProstitution in Panama: Trafficked in a Legal Market

Is it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

In the fall of 2014, less than a year after the violent protests in Kiev, Ukraine, we went back- to Kiev and to Nikita’s hometown in the central part of the country. [blockquote type=”center”]Were we going to a warzone? [/blockquote] Nikita and his mom, a native Ukrainian who has been back multiple times since she … Read moreIs it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

Like it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

Fresh off the plane in Kiev, we had over 4 hours to kill and one destination in mind: the site of the 2014 Maidan Protests, Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Independence Square. We caught a cab after dropping our luggage off at the train station. The whole thing was in Russian, and I’d been told not to speak … Read moreLike it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

What if I Were Quarantined? Ebola, Air Travel and Food Poisoning

Food poisoning and sickness are a normal part of traveling- especially if you travel long and far enough. While you do your best to avoid questionable food and drink, take the necessary precautions for water and street food depending on where you’re traveling, getting sick to your stomach is almost unavoidable and some might say, … Read moreWhat if I Were Quarantined? Ebola, Air Travel and Food Poisoning

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