Friday, March 23, 2018

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MEXICO CITY It took a little over two hours to get from the airport to my hotel in the Reforma area of Mexico City. I was a fortunate one, as I had a personal driver that had been hired by a friend and he was able to navigate the scribble-scrabble layout of the streets of this enormous city. I simply sat back and mumbled "go, speed racer, go" to myself, as Antonio weaved his way up one Calle and down the next. As a passenger, death seemed the inevitable conclusion to this sleigh ride of potholes and unread or unrecognized traffic signs. Combined with frenzied, obviously, acid tripping, drivers... Read More

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It was cold, very cold. On a quiet, weekday morning I stood on the side of a lonely highway, shifting my weight from one foot to the other in a little jig, rubbing my gloved hands together, watching cross-eyed over the point of my nose as my exhaled spirit transformed into mist. I was headed west from the city of Nice in the South of France, up into the Pyrenees, on the French/ Spanish frontier.

At eighteen years old I was suffering just the right amount of financial neediness, recklessness and youthful faith in immortality, to find hitch hiking the perfect combination of extreme sport... Read More

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The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country and peoples on the mend, rebuilding their economy and morale after decades of civil war, violence, suffering and oppression. Sharing a boarder with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, 75% of its 69,900 square miles lies very close to below sea level. Like its neighbors in Asia's South East, Cambodia is subject to tropical Monsoons, wet season commencing in May and continuing through to October and dry season commencing in November and continuing through to March. Cambodia has changed hands and hats many times. Its boarders have (and continue to) ebb and flow like... Read More

Truth be told, gentle reader, even the French know very little about Belgium, despite these two countries' immediate proximity: they are indeed right next to each other, which is a source of immense shame for the apparently, eternally "arrogant" French; and a mixed blessing for the Belgians.

Why a mixed blessing, might you ask? Well on the one hand, France has reasonably pleasant weather, delicious food and wine, beautiful landscapes, the Eiffel Tower and much more. On the other hand, however, France is cursed with the presence of the some of more conceited humans ever to have walked... Read More

Egypt, the land of pyramids, deserts, and mysteries is not just a historical land but also one of the most preferred tourist destinations. It is a traveler's delight. Let me tell you about this magical "land of discovery.' No country on earth boasts of a longer recorded history than does Egypt- the Eternal Gift of Nile, goes the description of Egypt in the words of historian Herodotus. Egypt is said to be a land of antiques, pyramids, and massive temples. But the fact is that Egypt is much more than all this. Situated at the crossroads of Asia and Africa, Egypt is known for its prosperous... Read More

After a 10 hour flight from LA to Paris, a missed connection, and another 3 hour flight from Paris to Bucharest, here I am now in the capital of Romania. Unfortunately, my luggage decided not to come with me and stayed in Paris. Probably hanging out on the Champs Elysees drinking wine, I thought. How shallow. Anyways, they told me at the airport that it would be brought to my hotel the day after, which of course didn't happen. I therefore decided to go get it myself. The taxi appointed by my hotel to drive me to the airport and get my luggage back arrived in less than 5 minutes. I quickly... Read More

I'm flying out from LAX today, for the first time since the terrorist attack was foiled by the British police earlier this month. This triggered a whole new set of security measures forbidding any liquids in carry-on luggages, further tightening the security checks at the airport. I arrived 3 hours before my flight as advised by the travel agency. The line for baggage check-in was pretty long and somewhat out of control as I was expecting on this 3 day labor day weekend. However everything went pretty smoothly for me at least, but it seemed like the limitations in terms of baggage weight... Read More

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