Posts Tagged ‘Travel Stories’
 
 
 
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Tomb Raider 3: Steve Falls In Quicksand Near The Rat Temple And Is Sad

Dusk fell over Cambodia’s Northwest Frontier as the police chief paced across his wooden hut, barking in Khmer at my translator. “The chief says the Rat Temple is cursed,” Vira explained. “He says you are going to steal treasur...
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Hitchhikers Tale from the Gobi-6

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

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, grey...
 
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Rukn i Alam-1

Flirting with Afghanistan: The Smugglers’ Bazaar

It was a dangerous idea to try to go to Peshawar, but its Siren’s call promised romance, intrigue, and adventure: a legendary Silk Road city of traders, warriors, and poets, a place where a hairy Pashtun might offer you four ca...

 
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Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1
Theyyam Yesteryear Colors-1

Gods Amongst Men

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 become...
 
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Hampi-2

The Shaman’s Seeds of Wisdom

A chorus of tribal drums thundered in the twilight of Hampi, reverberating off the granite boulders that crumbled down from the cliff face above. Sam Monahan sat cross-legged on a worn mattress away from the drum circle, near a...
 
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Dharavi Slums Alley-1

The Heart of the Slums

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 considered ap...

 
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Steve McDonald: Bollywood Extra(ordinaire)

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 Indian ...
 
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Holi Festival-14
Holi Festival-14

Holi Moly! Do or Dye!

Suresh Mehta screamed as his tiny feet pounded over hot sand, sprinting across the beach to the protection of his older sister. I thundered after him with my fist raised, eyes twinkling with vengeance, my entire body splattered...
 
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Human Zoo-2

The Human Zoo

As our motorized canoe sliced through the morning mist, I couldn’t discern the water from the sky. We were sailing through a monochrome plane of grey, with no reference point but the occasional floating lotus leaf, or a few Int...

 
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Babas

Go East, Young Man…

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 fleetin...