Posts Tagged ‘Travel’
 
 
 
Inspiration
 
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World HIghlights-5
World HIghlights-5

Guest Blogger Michael Spencer Bown: The Top 80 Highlights of the World

Tweet An unexpected benefit of visiting ‘dangerous’ places like Pakistan is that it affords you the opportunity to meet some fascinating people. They’re never tourists; they’re travelers, adventurers, lunatics, or some hazardou...
 
 
Adventure
 
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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...
 
 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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1000 Egg-1

The 1,000 Year Old Egg (and the Three Penis Wine)

Tweet Grocery shopping with a Chinese local is a bit like doing mushrooms for the first time. You gingerly step through the automatic doors, and tumble head first down the rabbit hole, into an alien world of saccharine colors a...
 

 
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...
 
 
Culture
 
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Last* Wednesday Wanderings: The Closing of the Border

Tweet I would have posted this last Wednesday, but I just so happened to be ankle-deep in yak shit with some nomadic, yurt-dwelling family, near the border of the vowel-impaired nation of Kyrgyzstan… But better late than ...
 
 
Adventure
 
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Kidnapped in Alipur-1

Kidnapped in Alipur

Tweet I find it ironic, and embarrassingly hypocritical, that not even a week after I ranted about how you should never get into cars with strangers, I turned around and did exactly that. It was noon, and the heat of June shimm...
 

 
Adventures in Backpackistan!
 
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I’m Not Dead Yet!!! (But My Macbook Broke, and I’m Dead Inside…)

Tweet Huzzah, I’m not dead yet!! And you thought I’d been captured by Al-Queda and frozen in carbonite. Fortunately, I still haven’t managed to euthanize myself, and I’m now safe in poo-smeared China, eating pigeons in the dese...
 
 
Bizarre
 
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Wednesday Wanderings: The Baali Theyyam

Tweet I know it’s Monday and not Wednesday, but today’s story isn’t finished yet, and NO ONE’S PERFECT GET OFF MY LAWN. For this Wednesday Monday Wandering, here’s a video of the Baali Theyyam in K...
 
 
Culture
 
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Kalash Joshi-15

The Joshi Festival

Tweet Laughing in the face of Travel Warnings and a threat from the Taliban, I head north into Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to visit the indigenous Black Kalash Tribe and to see their annu...
 

 
Adventure
 
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Steve McDonald’s Guide to Not Dying in Scary Countries

Tweet In my life, I’ve had the fortune of visiting forty-four countries, and if I were forced to write down my favorites, you might mistake it for a list of Government Travel Warnings. I was in Japan when the tsunami turned Sen...