Posts Tagged ‘History’
 
 
 
Culture
 
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Corpse Flower-1
Corpse Flower-1

Garden of the Corpse Flower: A Sumatran Jungle Quest for the Rarest Flower on Earth

Tweet An angry, 260 pound Sumatran Orangutan is enough to spoil any vacation. To illustrate this, jungle guides in the Gunung Leuser rainforest enjoy showing visitors the scars they carry. Jensen lifted his shirt, revealing dee...
 
 
Adventure
 
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Slumber Party with Headhunters

Tweet Steel flashed in the jungle mist. JoJo clenched his machete, fighting through rattan vines as the hog path lured us deeper into the Borneo rainforest. He nervously glanced over his shoulder. “Mister. There aren’t any head...
 
 
Adventure
 
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Detained in Laos: Lost Tribes of the CIA’s Secret War

Tweet It was the most beautifully appointed detention cell I’d ever called my own. The tiled-floors were spotless. The toilet was porcelain. There was a comfy, queen-sized bed, a TV boasting four channels of static, and a woode...
 

 
Culture
 
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I am Siam, Siam I am: A History of Ladyboys, Pagan Drug Dealers, and Competitive Eyeball-Removal

Tweet Thailand had infrastructure, and it was designed to place me on a beach with a drink menu in my hand as quickly and efficiently as possible. The buses were convenient, the streets were sterile, and the tropical breeze was...
 
 
Bizarre
 
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SW China-23
SW China-23

Going South on China: A Panda Hunt

Tweet Before I try to rationalize for you my ill-conceived quest into the bamboo forests of Sichuan, I’d like to clarify that I harbor no secret vendetta against the Giant Panda. I just simply couldn’t understand why the world ...
 
 
Bizarre
 
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A Steppe Too Far?: Eagle Hunters, Cultural Darwinism, and Getting Banned in Kazakhstan

Tweet At 4:27PM, on the afternoon of October 29th, I received an e-mail from an acquaintance in Almaty, informing me that Backpackology has been banned in Kazakhstan. When my initial laughter subsided, my amusement faded into c...
 

 
China
 
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Silk Road-11

Silk Road Ramblings: Lost Empires, Gobi Fugitives, and The Secret Meth Habit of Marco Polo

Tweet I have conquered the Silk Road. I’ve hid from Chinese guards in the starlit dunes of the Gobi. I’ve visited mud-thatched villages and seen old Uighur men as hairy as camels shriek in wonder and delight as they passed arou...
 
 
Culture
 
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Karakoram Highway-15a
Karakoram Highway-15a

The Karakoram Highway

Tweet When I tell people that my favorite country thus far has been Pakistan, I often receive horrified stares, as if I’ve just admitted that I enjoy licking squirrels or pooping in jam jars.  But what people don’t realize is t...
 
 
China
 
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Wednesday Wanderings: The Former Nation of East Turkestan

Tweet It’s hard to stabilize a video camera when you’re being stampeded by a crowd of bedraggled Uighur shepherds, when you’re tripping over barnyard critters and women with gold-plated teeth and painted unibrows are screaming ...
 

 
Culture
 
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The Way of the Pashtunwali

Tweet 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 fr...