4 ways to keep your sanity in India
Jul11

4 ways to keep your sanity in India

When people ask me, “did you like India?” I answer honestly: I say no. No, I did not like India. I did not like the dirt and the grime, I did not like smelling rivers from blocks away, I did not like seeing piles of trash accumulating on the corners of city streets, and the abject poverty was heartbreaking. I was solicited to constantly, I could hardly breath the pollutant rich air, and I was constantly looking behind my...

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: Part 1
May01

Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: Part 1

I scan the landscape as I pull out of Keflavik Airport. Customs was quick and easy, and I’m happy to already be at the wheel of my newly acquired rental car. Green moss covers dark volcanic rocks in all directions. Small yellow posts line the highway before me, providing the only real contrast to speak of on this otherwise greyscale day. No other cars are in sight, and this two lane highway feels distinctly large as it meanders...

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Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit
Apr09

Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Finishing I remember reading about trekking the Annapurna Circuit online last year. “Trekking? Pfft,” I thought, “trekking’s just another word for walking. Anybody can walk, right?” But as Bill Walker bluntly puts it in his book Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, ”You simply can’t fuck around with the Himalayas.” I should have taken that advice to heart. It was a stark...

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What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People
Feb06

What are Russian Hotels Like? In Defense of Russia and its People

The media has been arriving in Sochi over the last week in advance of the Olympics, and it’s clear that there have been some surprises regarding Russian accommodation. The Olympics haven’t even started yet, and Twitter is already on fire with such “atrocities” as having to wait a bit for a room, tap water that’s not potable, having to throw used toilet paper into the wastebin instead of the toilet, and...

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Taking Pictures in Brussels
Dec21

Taking Pictures in Brussels

I already wrote a good bit about Brussels (and why I love it) at my friend Michael Hodson’s website Go See Write: A Photographic Journey Through Belgium’s Christmas Markets Rather than say the same thing here, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Last in my series of Belgium Christmas Market posts,  here’s Brussels in all its December glory:                 As I’ve...

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A Very Belgian Christmas: Glorious Ghent
Dec17

A Very Belgian Christmas: Glorious Ghent

I spent most of last week in Belgium exploring the markets of Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. This is the second post of three in my Belgium Christmas Market series. Exceeding Expectations I had a feeling I was going to like Ghent, but I had no idea I would like it this much.     Ghent began to surprise me as soon as I alighted the tram in the middle of the main square. Having just come from Bruges where everything is small and...

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