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Travelers Diarrhea-2
Travelers Diarrhea-2

Everything You Never Knew You Didn’t Want to Know About Traveler’s Diarrhea

Tweet After three months of dread-filled anticipation, it was in Kannur, India, at the ironically named “Hotel Happiness,” that I finally got what was coming to me. The first wave of nausea ripped me awake at about 2:45AM, and ...
 
Adventure
 
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goatcover
goatcover

GoatBall Superstar, Afghan Hero

Tweet 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 noth...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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1000 Egg-1
1000 Egg-1

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

Tweet 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 a...

 
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Kidnapped in Alipur-1
Kidnapped in Alipur-1

Kidnapped in Alipur

Tweet 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 shimm...
 
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

Tweet 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 Sen...
 
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Indian Food-4
Indian Food-4

Inhaling India (A Diarrhea Adventure): A Foodie’s Guide to India on a Budget

Tweet “If you take the foods of the world on one side and the foods of India on another, our pile would easily tip the scales.” –Rocky Singh ************************* You might think you know Indian food. You might frequent a f...

 
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Laughing Yoga-1
Laughing Yoga-1

Laughing Yoga in Calcutta

Tweet The placid water of Rabindra Sarova Lake shined like gold in the light of dawn, and standing beneath a rustling fig tree on its bank, Mr. P.N. Chettiney screamed at the top of his lungs. “GOOD MORNING, CALCUTTAAAAA!” In a...
 
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Hyderabad Idea Indian Trains-1
Hyderabad Idea Indian Trains-1

A Hyderabad Idea, Part One: A 500 Mile Foodie Pilgrimage By Train

Tweet At five in the morning I sprinted through the Madurai Train Station, hop-scotching over sleeping bodies in tattered clothes and weaving between mustachioed luggage porters balancing suitcases on their heads. The loud spea...
 
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Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1

Gods Amongst Men

Tweet Late one night several years ago, while drunkenly sprawled out on my couch, flicking through a slog of 2AM infomercials and overly-lit diabetes PSAs, I caught a documentary about holy men in southern India, men who would ...

 
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Hampi-2
Hampi-2

The Shaman’s Seeds of Wisdom

Tweet 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, ...