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    A Dream Deferred: The End of Backpackology?

    Tweet When I finally penned my response to Men’s Journal (at three in the morning) (over one week late), I was sitting amongst cockroaches on my hotel room floor, stripped down to my underwear, high as a rocket ship on mysterio...
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    The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

    Tweet On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark...
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    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...
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    Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

    Tweet 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...
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    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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    China
     
    Radiation Run-1

    A Dream Deferred: The End of Backpackology?

    Tweet When I finally penned my response to Men’s Journal (at three in the morning) (over one week late), I was sitting amongst cockroaches on my hotel room floor, stripped down to my underwear, high as a rocket ship on mysterio...
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    Adventures in Backpackistan!
     
    Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6

    The Long Road To Nowhere: A Hitchhiker’s Tale from Outer Mongolia

    Tweet On the third day, I made a sea-change decision: I thought, if I ever get out of this miserable desert, I’m going to write my first postcard ever. “Sunny Greetings from the Gobi!” it will say, happily scrawled over a stark...
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    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...
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    Taliban Grimace-2

    Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

    Tweet 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...
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    Adventures in Backpackistan!
     
    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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A Postcard from Pakistan

Tweet 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.’ S...
 

 
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Wednesday Wanderings: The Baali Theyyam

Tweet 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 K...
 

 
 
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The Joshi Festival

Tweet 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 annu...
 

 
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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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Taliban Grimace-2
Taliban Grimace-2

Walnuts & Machine Guns: A Taliban Tale

Tweet 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...
 

 
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Golden Temple WW-1

Wednesday Wanderings: The Golden Temple of Amritsar

Tweet I’d like to try a little experiment. A friend of mine recently pointed out the irony in that, despite my college degree in Film Production, I never share any videos on this site. To which I pointed out that, with th...
 

 
 
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To Go the Other Way

Tweet “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life…” – Jack Kerouac In a wild outpost town of eastern Baltistan, two days’ journey by road into the ja...
 

 
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Chalo Pakistan-18

Chalo Pakistan!

Tweet Crossing the border into the mountainous, Islamic heartland of Pakistan, I decide to settle down in Lahore for a while, catching up on my writing, wandering into mosques, ripping up Government Travel Warnings, and gleeful...
 

 
 
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Indian Food-4
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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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A Message from the Mountains

Tweet Greetings from the edge of the civilized world, It’s been one week since I’ve last seen a computer, or even a shower for that matter. I’m currently in a sooty, log cabin in a small village in the Hindu Kush mountains of n...
 

 
 
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Namaste Hindustan WM-51
Namaste Hindustan WM-51

Guest Blogger Brittanie Sterner: The Surrounded Lady Traveler

Tweet This week, I have the pleasure of sharing with you a special guest blogger, a fantastically talented writer and good friend of mine, Ms. Brittanie Sterner. In 2010, I traveled with Brittanie in India for a while, before s...
 

 
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The Great Trunk Road

Tweet Blazing north from the southern horn of India, I follow the old ‘Great Trunk Road’ through the ex-Mughal heartlands of Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and the Panjab, cutting straight towards the border of PakistanR...
 

 
 
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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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Life on the Lonely Road

Tweet I like to pretend that I’m inhumanly self-assured and independent. But the truth is, I’ve never really been either of those things. If you know me personally, you know I’m not the solitary, pensive type. I’m a loud and ab...
 

 
 
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The South of India

Tweet Meandering further down the Indian coast, I loop around the southern tip of India, through Kerala and Tamil Nadu, before turning back up north, taking up the long and reckless road to Pakistan… Fleeing from the hipp...
 

 
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Hyderabad Idea Paradise-7
Hyderabad Idea Paradise-7

A Hyderabad Idea, Part Two: Paradise on My Plate

Tweet This is the second half of the two-part story, “A Hyderabad Idea.” To read the first half of the story, click here. ***************** Black columns of smoke curled over the old city of Hyderabad, mingling in h...
 

 
 
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24 Hours in Mysore

Tweet Drifting ever closer to the tip of India, I make a 24-hour pitstop in historical Mysore, the old capitol city of the Mysore kingdom, famous for its magnificent maharaja palace, the kinetic Devaraja Bazaar, and its top-she...
 

 
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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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Temples of Hampi Saddu-1
Temples of Hampi Saddu-1

The Temples of Hampi

Tweet Arriving from Rangoon, the two month track through India to Pakistan starts in Mumbai, before cutting south through Karnataka, to the ancient Vijanayagar capitol of Hampi… Aside from walking through the chaos of Cra...
 

 
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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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