Posts Tagged ‘Steve McDonald Backpackology’
 
 
 
Adventure
 
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Blue Flame Java Lava: A Gas Mask Shenanigan

Tweet Strolling around town in a gas mask—like carrying a machete—is a profound and magical experience that everyone should endeavor at least once. It has the power to make the most mundane daily chores feel like a daring and c...
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Playing the Dumb Tourist Card Like a Symphony Harp

Tweet “Welcome to Singapore,” smiled the customs officer, ripping apart my luggage. “Do you have anything to declare?” “Nope.” “Are you sure?” he frowned. “Cigarettes, food products, firearms…” “Nope,” I grinned. I alread...
 
 
Culture
 
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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
 

Bungle in the Jungle, Five Days in the Hide: An Ill-Fated Search for the Rare and Elusive Nasalis Larvatus

Tweet “Hell is not hot, or cold. Nor is it deep below ground, or somewhere in the sky. Instead it is a place on Earth filled with sucking bogs, disfiguring diseases, and millions of tiny flesh-eating creatures. Hell is a jungle...
 
Adventure
 
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Photo Travelogue: The Biggest Darkness (An Expedition to the Largest Cave Chamber on Earth)

Tweet When I was a little fat kid and my favorite computer game was Microsoft Encarta, I promised myself that one day I would visit the Sarawak Chamber in Borneo. I wanted to see the biggest darkness. I wanted to stand before t...
 
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...
 

 
Inspiration
 
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Getting a Deadly Illness & Other Buttfuckery

Tweet “Our father, who art in heaven, Stay there. And we shall stay here on earth, Which is sometimes so pretty.” -Jacques Prévert *********************************** Until recently I was scheduled to die in 2074, sometime in e...
 
Burma
 
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Photo Series: “Asia in Color”

Tweet Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The monsoon arrives over the Punjab, India. Bamboo grove, Japan. Rice hats, Vietnam. Golden domes of a mosque, Pakistan. Apsara dancers, Cambodia. Violet mist and Buddhist monks. Mandalay, Burma. Sic...
 
Adventure
 
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The Jungle Girl of Rattanakiri

Tweet Cambodia’s ‘Wild East’ is many things; it’s the leafy thwack of a machete over thundering waterfalls; it’s the pounding of tribal drums as a shaman slits the throat of a buffalo; it’s the scent of frangipani and the...

 
Backpackology 101
 
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Poodles & Noodles: A Gastronome’s Guide to Vietnamese Food

Tweet Going to a Vietnamese restaurant and ordering Pho is like going to a French restaurant and ordering a baguette. Sure, it’s a tasty meal, but you can do much better. Vietnamese cuisine is one of the finest in the world, bu...