Monday, October 22, 2018

A Week in a Tokyo Capsule Hotel

Japan (as far as I know) invented the capsule hotel. Nobody else would, or could. These are places where a wandering non-gazillionaire or random...

Korea versus Japan

The rear door of the taxi opened itself toward me, and swung closed as I sat. I guess this was to save me from...

A Quarter-Mile of Crazy: Khao San Road, Bangkok

Directly outside my hotel are two dance clubs, facing each other. The street between them is the dance floor and nobody seems to mind...

One Surreal Day in North Korea (part 1)

We reach the border at daybreak. Our guide stresses again that we are to adhere absolutely to all rules and procedures. We deposit our...

Serbia: Saints and Sljivovica

The Serbs seem to have an awful lot of Saints. The nation doesn't seem overtly religious as a whole (though it does have a...

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