Archive for November, 2014
 
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Meanwhile in China-1
Meanwhile in China-1
Meanwhile in China-1

The Star Spangled Detour

Last night, I ate spicy Chongqing hotpot in Beijing. This morning, I ate pita with feta and hummus in Istanbul. It’s now lunch time, and I am sitting in a sticky booth at a McDonald’s in downtown Brooklyn, weeping nostalgically...
 
Inspiration
 
World HIghlights-5
World HIghlights-5
World HIghlights-5

Guest Blogger Michael Spencer Bown: The Top 80 Highlights of the World

An unexpected benefit of visiting ‘dangerous’ places like Pakistan is that it affords you the opportunity to meet some fascinating people. They’re never tourists; they’re travelers, adventurers, lunatics, or some hazardous cock...
 
Adventure
 
goatcover
goatcover
goatcover

GoatBall Superstar, Afghan Hero

The afternoon sun slanted across the District Chief of Police’s office as he sat glowering at me in his oversized armchair, gnashing his teeth like some rabid, Pashtun muppet. Sitting in his line of fire, I smiled at nothing in...

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
1000 Egg-1
1000 Egg-1
1000 Egg-1

The 1,000 Year Old Egg (and the Three Penis Wine)

Grocery shopping with a Chinese local is a bit like doing mushrooms for the first time. You gingerly step through the automatic doors, and tumble head first down the rabbit hole, into an alien world of saccharine colors and cha...
 
Culture
 
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Pashtunwali-3
Pashtunwali-3

The Way of the Pashtunwali

For this week’s special Photo Travelogue, there won’t be any happy postcards. Nor will I be striking wacky, douchebag poses in front of historical buildings. Nor will you see the usual cheery colors and smiling kiddies from the...