Archive for December, 2014
 
 
 
Culture
 
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Border Closing-1-2
Border Closing-1-2

Last* Wednesday Wanderings: The Closing of the Border

I would have posted this last Wednesday, but I just so happened to be ankle-deep in yak shit with some nomadic, yurt-dwelling family, near the border of the vowel-impaired nation of Kyrgyzstan… But better late than never....
 
Adventure
 
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Kidnapped in Alipur-1
Kidnapped in Alipur-1

Kidnapped in Alipur

I find it ironic, and embarrassingly hypocritical, that not even a week after I ranted about how you should never get into cars with strangers, I turned around and did exactly that. It was noon, and the heat of June shimmered a...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Dead Yet-2
Dead Yet-2

I’m Not Dead Yet!!! (But My Macbook Broke, and I’m Dead Inside…)

Huzzah, I’m not dead yet!! And you thought I’d been captured by Al-Queda and frozen in carbonite. Fortunately, I still haven’t managed to euthanize myself, and I’m now safe in poo-smeared China, eating pigeons in the desert and...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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kid-1
kid-1

A Postcard from Pakistan

Greetings from a rooftop somewhere in Pakistan, I’m still alive! Albeit, sweating profusely. And I probably have dysentery or something. Oh, and also I was detained and interrogated for sixteen hours by ‘secret police.’ So, um,...
 
Bizarre
 
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Kuruva Theyyam31-3
Kuruva Theyyam31-3

Wednesday Wanderings: The Baali Theyyam

I know it’s Monday and not Wednesday, but today’s story isn’t finished yet, and NO ONE’S PERFECT GET OFF MY LAWN. For this Wednesday Monday Wandering, here’s a video of the Baali Theyyam in Kuruva,...
 
Culture
 
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Kalash Joshi-15
Kalash Joshi-15

The Joshi Festival

Laughing in the face of Travel Warnings and a threat from the Taliban, I head north into Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to visit the indigenous Black Kalash Tribe and to see their annual Jos...

 
Adventure
 
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

In my life, I’ve had the fortune of visiting forty-four countries, and if I were forced to write down my favorites, you might mistake it for a list of Government Travel Warnings. I was in Japan when the tsunami turned Sendai in...
 
Adventure
 
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Taliban Grimace-2
Taliban Grimace-2

Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

A man with a machine gun has been following me for the last five days. His name is Zia, and he is very, very shy, especially for a man with a machine gun. He first started shadowing me in the town of Chitral, near the end of my...