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Steve McDonald: Bollywood Extra(ordinaire)

Tweet 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 I...
 
 
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Rangoon Street Food-8

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

Tweet 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...
 
 
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The Budgetometer

Tweet I could tell the wealthy-looking French family was alarmed, but I suppose I would be too if a total stranger started following me at uncomfortably close range. The mother shot me a worried look as I edged even closer, bre...
 

 
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WrongPancakeRaw-4
WrongPancakeRaw-4

The Wrong Pancake

Tweet For this week, I intended on writing a story about terrifying street-food in Rangoon… but then I arrived in the mountain village of Kalaw, and suffered an incident so absurd that I couldn’t resist sharing my tale immediat...
 
 
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How to Endure a 14-Hour Layover

Tweet The biting winter chill swirled around me as I stepped out of the plane, and I tugged my flimsy jacket close around me. “Ni hao,” smiled the stewardess, “Welcome to Beijing.” The 10 mg of Ambien my friend had given me in ...
 
 
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Stepping Off The Edge

Tweet In the darkness, I could feel my heart pounding. I had been lying in bed for over an hour, staring up at the ceiling of my hotel room, fighting to breathe against the stifling heat of the Burmese monsoon, which hung over ...
 

 
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Go East, Young Man…

Tweet If you know who I am, or the adventure I’m about to embark on for the next two years, you might call me overly cavalier, which is fair. Cavalier is a great synonym for stupid. My name is Steve—Steve McDonald—and at this f...