29 09, 2016
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It’s Getting Hot, Hot, HOT

Let me tell you a little bit about Spanish heat. When I arrived in Córdoba at 5pm on a Sunday, I went straight to the main square. There was no one there. NO ONE. No businesses open, no small children playing, no elderly people giving me side-eye. And then I stood outside for longer than a minute and realized why. It was a physically painful realization. I have bought a fan, an umbrella, [...]

19 07, 2016
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Far Too Much Exposition, Followed By a Pause

Day 29 on the job. En route to Genoa, the maritime town of questionable touristic interest, from clifftop stunner Cinque Terre. Couple that just boarded at Monterosso is very couple-y. Girl is currently dusting boy’s nose with curiously squelchy butterfly smooches. Oh look, they’re playing that sweet eyelash fluttering game I used to play with my mother—one childhood memory forever tainted by the rampant instinct to procreate. Good sir, your leggy lady is [...]

30 06, 2016
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The Fight Between Carnival and Lent: Eating Frugally in Vienna’s Naschmarkt

Stretching nearly a mile long, the chaotic assemblage of food stalls and cramped cafés that comprise the centuries-old Naschmarkt in central Vienna can be an olfactory overload for newcomers. The first time I went, the mingling smells of dried fruit and döner kebab made me forget for a second that I wasn’t in Istanbul—until the sight of an enormous Wiener Schnitzel snapped me back to reality. Vendors in the Naschmarkt can sense this [...]

28 06, 2016
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WTF Is Flunkyball?

So. WTF is Flunkyball you ask? I was asking myself the same thing as 40 or so Italian, Spanish, and Slovakian students rolled up to the Catania bus station in the middle of the night, armed with beer bottles and a soccer ball. It all started when I ran into a Slovakian family from my hostel as I was hopelessly wandering the city looking for the beach. Shamelessly crashing their [...]

22 06, 2016
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Top Five Couples Loving it Up in Venice

Sure, there’s the standard tour group of old people made practically asexual by age, sporting identical fanny packs and crisping bald spots, or the odd loner nursing a glass of spritz at the end of the bar (that’d be yours truly), but by and large, Venice is inundated with couples of the following varieties: 1) Hot-blooded Youths – Local teens from the mainland on a day trip, bringing their hormones where Mom can’t [...]

14 06, 2016
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Lone Wolf, Bars, and The Face of a Child

Well, my 2-week mini-vacation with visiting family is over as they have officially left the building. So long dad, and bye big bro. It's back to just me. Tif. The uno. Wolf pack of one. Anyway, due to my lack of focus and brief hiatus from hostel life I had a few bars to visit and no friends to come with me. Yay.   After having a bus driver guilt me for taking [...]

16 02, 2016
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Celebrating Cologne Karneval like a local

Karneval – also known as Mardi Gras in the U.S. is celebrated around the world in different fashions through the different cultures it is celebrated by. In Europe, the biggest Karneval celebration happens in Cologne, Germany – located in the north-east just one-hour from the Netherlands and France. The city gets taken over by the people celebrating throughout the streets. I was fortunate enough to celebrate the festivities with some Kölners (locals of [...]

8 02, 2016
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Slaying Stereotypes: Southeast Asia Edition

There comes a time in every wanderer's travels when they have no bed for the next night and no idea where to go, only the desire to go somewhere new. This was me last week (and, now that I think about it, me right now...but that's ok). I was lounging in Kuala Lumpur with the AC pumping, being unproductive, when I realized I was supposed to check-out the next morning. "Look how spontaneous I'm [...]

8 02, 2016
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bartering

In the Middle East, bartering in the markets is the norm. You don't technically have to do it, but avoiding it won’t help that tourist label you've been trying to downplay. Though a world without price tags sounds liberating, for many, the art of price negotiation can seem intimidating (or, for me, unapproachably daunting.) Nevertheless, I arrived at the flea market in Jaffa, the ancient port city just south of Tel Aviv, [...]

4 02, 2016
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Thai Islands: “The Beach” in 2016

Amazingly, the first time I heard of and watched Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Beach” was last month on Koh Lanta, a low-key island off the west coast of Thailand. Filmed on the neighboring island of Koh Phi Phi, “The Beach” is a favorite among Thailand’s backpackers. Needless to say, today’s Thailand isn’t the uncivilized wilderness depicted in the film. The tribes in huts have been replaced by clusters of hostels, bars, resorts, and souvenir [...]

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