Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
 
 
 
Inspiration
 
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Flipside-1
Flipside-1

Guest Blogger Viktor Wallström: Flipside Pilgrimage

Tweet This guest post is special because, generally speaking, I’m quite apathetic towards inspirational YouTube videos. I’m always the one sitting there, watching my friends going misty eyed over a particular clip, asking mysel...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Culture Shock-2
Culture Shock-2

Travel Tip #1: Culture Shock, Travel Challenges, and the Order of Countries

Tweet Backpackology is a bit of a misnomer—it implies that there is something scientific, perhaps educational; that there’s something to learn.  While this was my original intent, I instead mostly just talk about my bowel movem...
 
 
China
 
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Uighur Food-1
Uighur Food-1

Wednesday Wanderings: Uighur Food of the Kashgar Night Market

Tweet If you’ve never woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of your own screams after suffering traumatic, reoccurring dreams the revolve around mutton fat, then you haven’t spent too much time in the Xinjiang provin...
 

 
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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Kashgar Livestock-1
Kashgar Livestock-1

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 ...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Jiankou Wall-1 copy
Jiankou Wall-1 copy

Guilty as Charged

Tweet If Purgatory exists, I imagine it looks something like the Concord District Courthouse’s waiting room: a torturous realm of eternal, soul-sucking silence; overly air-conditioned, reeking of floor cleaner, lined with woode...
 

 
Adventure
 
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Bibi Jawindi-1
Bibi Jawindi-1

Detained in Bahawalpur

Tweet Nearly two months have passed since my ill-fated journey to Bahawalpur, since my sixteen-hour CIA interrogation in a dirty, Pakistani hotel room, since they threatened to shut down my website if I publicized the story. I’...
 
 
Backpackology 101
 
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Travelers Diarrhea-2
Travelers Diarrhea-2

Everything You Never Knew You Didn’t Want to Know About Traveler’s Diarrhea

Tweet After three months of dread-filled anticipation, it was in Kannur, India, at the ironically named “Hotel Happiness,” that I finally got what was coming to me. The first wave of nausea ripped me awake at about 2:45AM, and ...
 
 
Adventure
 
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Rukn i Alam-1
Rukn i Alam-1

Flirting with Afghanistan: The Smugglers’ Bazaar

Tweet 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 f...
 

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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Meanwhile in China-1
Meanwhile in China-1

The Star Spangled Detour

Tweet Last night, I ate spicy Chongqing hotpot in Beijing. This morning, I ate pita with feta and hummus in Istanbul. It’s now lunch time, and I am sitting in a sticky booth at a McDonald’s in downtown Brooklyn, weeping nostalg...