Friday, August 17, 2018

An Omani Road Trip

Distance: 2,492 km     Duration: 58 hours     Vehicles destroyed: 0 All in all, having already been hit twice while driving during my...

Starting Over… Again.

Even for people used to living in cultures other than their own, where sometimes practically nothing seems to make sense, shifting to a new...

South Korea: Where Prostitution Fixes Everything

I've pondered before on the Koreans' relaxed, if generally unspoken attitudes regarding the world's oldest profession. For an illegal industry nobody seems too concerned...

I was Profiled for taking a Short Trip to the Middle...

Some of my travels have taken me to Russia, Iran and North Korea. I'm fairly certain I'm on at least a few "lists" now,...

Do you know the Jesus?

Twice again today I was asked this socially and grammatically awkward question on my way to work. Preachers are fairly common on the Seoul...

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