Archive for December, 2014
 
 
 
Adventure
 
Hampi-2
Hampi-2
Hampi-2

The Shaman’s Seeds of Wisdom

A chorus of tribal drums thundered in the twilight of Hampi, reverberating off the granite boulders that crumbled down from the cliff face above. Sam Monahan sat cross-legged on a worn mattress away from the drum circle, near a...
 
Adventure
 
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Dharavi Slums Alley-1
Dharavi Slums Alley-1

The Heart of the Slums

The scruffy, young beggar banged on my window. “Sir, money! Money!” I tried to ignore him but it was futile; we were stuck in Mumbai’s gridlock traffic, and he wasn’t going anywhere. “Sir!” I had no small bills. I considered ap...
 
Backpackology 101
 
Motorcycle Details
Motorcycle Details
Motorcycle Details

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (4/5)

This article is part four of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One, destinations #8 & #7 in Part Two, and destinations #6 & #5 in Part Three. 4. WWOOFing i...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Bollywood-2
Bollywood-2

Steve McDonald: Bollywood Extra(ordinaire)

Considering the Europeans’ rich history in Asia—as the evil purveyors of cholera, missionaries, and opium—it should be no surprise that Western actors are often hired to play the feringee villain, or ‘white villain,’ in Indian ...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14

Holi Moly! Do or Dye!

Suresh Mehta screamed as his tiny feet pounded over hot sand, sprinting across the beach to the protection of his older sister. I thundered after him with my fist raised, eyes twinkling with vengeance, my entire body splattered...
 
Backpackology 101
 
Andaman 2
Andaman 2
Andaman 2

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (3/5)

This article is part three of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One, and destinations #8 & #7 in Part Two. 6. Kibbutzim in Israel Who said labor ca...

 
Backpackology 101
 
Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi
Bagan Buledi

The Backpacker’s Manifesto

There were a dozen sagging rear-ends in my face as I plodded up the long, narrow staircase of Shwezendaw Pagoda, trapped behind a Swiss tour group who were ascending at glacial speed. I turned around to a sweeping panorama of B...
 
Backpackology 101
 
SayonaraIndia-75
SayonaraIndia-75
SayonaraIndia-75

Weekend Destination: Top 10 Free Vacations (2/5)

This article is part two of the five part series, “The Top 10 Free Vacations.” You can find destinations #10 & #9 in Part One. 8. Couchsurfing Europe Wait, couchsurfing… Is that like when you go to a stranger’s house and he...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Rangoon Street Food-8
Rangoon Street Food-8
Rangoon Street Food-8

‘Have You Eaten?’: An Angry Foodie’s Portrait of Burma

It’s likely that you’ve never tried Burmese food, or even seen a Burmese restaurant. There’s a reason for this. Wedged between the three culinary giants China, India, and Thailand, you might expect the cuisine of Burma to be ro...