Thursday, August 16, 2018

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

Is the Middle East Dangerous?

Short answer... yes. I mean... considering sharks, football hooligans, Japanese Encephalitis, hippopotami, divorce lawyers, falling anvils, people who hang around outside airports... pretty much...

I Think I Joined a Korean Cult Last Summer

In 2011 my family and I took a short stroll to a one-day festival being held at the Korean National War Memorial in Seoul....

Juliet’s Balcony, Verona: the Least Romantic Place in Italy?

Having posed that question, I must admit I haven't traveled extensively in Italy, but the tourist trap known as Juliet's Balcony in Verona is...

The Worst Hostel in Slovakia

I bought a train ticket in Budapest, and by mid-afternoon was in western Slovakia. My luck finding decent (read cheap) accommodation hadn’t been great...

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