Posts Tagged ‘Hospitality’
 
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6
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...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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halong cover
halong cover

“Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?”

Tweet “I’m just glad to be off that fookin’ island!” shouted Jon in his Irish brogue, slamming down his beer. “But you were only there for a day,” I smirked. “I don’t get it. Everyone else loves Cat Ba.” “That’s because they’re...
 
Bizarre
 
Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4
Sapa Tribes-4

Grandma Fang’s Vomit Cabin Experience for Authentic Travelers

Tweet “That’s too touristy,” shouted Jon, stabbing a spring roll with his chopstick and dunking it in fish sauce. “It can’t be that bad,” I shrugged. The Sapa Valley I’d seen in brochures was a bucolic paradise. It promised ver...

 
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...
 
Adventure
 
Chalo Pakistan-18
Chalo Pakistan-18
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...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
Namaste Hindustan WM-51
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...

 
Culture
 
Great Trunk Road-24
Great Trunk Road-24
Great Trunk Road-24

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...
 
Adventure
 
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
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 ...
 
Adventure
 
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Dharavi Slums Alley-1
Dharavi Slums Alley-1

The Heart of the Slums

Tweet The scruffy, young beggar banged on my window. “Sir, money! Money!” I tried to ignore him but it was futile; we were stuck in Mumbai’s gridlock traffic, and he wasn’t going anywhere. “Sir!” I had no small bills. I conside...