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Turkey to Sweden: No Problem

Aug 12, 2011 7 Comments

Alright so southern Turkey is hot. Like crazy amazingly hot. I headed down south to visit this cool castle on the sea at Kizkalesi. And I did see the castle, though from the beach. My plan after that had been to head further down the coast to visit some other beaches/towns. But once again Turkey=HOT. […]

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The Saga of M&M Ends

Jul 19, 2011 1 Comment

After traveling through 4 countries, drinking countless beers and having a truly fantastic time, our little American trip parted ways. Matt and Merrit were off to save the world, or at least build a house for Habitat for Humanity while I was going to continue to be a lazy bum traveler. Go me! To commemorate […]

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Chaos Comes to Chiang Mai

Apr 16, 2011 4 Comments

I came to Thailand for two distinct reasons: to pet a tiger and for Songkran. Having conquered my tiger spooning agenda soon after arrival, I’ve been waiting for the Thai New Year’s Festival to start. And now that it has I’m not sure how to even begin explaining the insanity that has descended on this […]

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A Chicken Runs Through It

Apr 13, 2011 No Comments

There are three different ways to cross over-land into Thailand from Luang Prabang in Laos: Option 1: The bus. Time=16 hours Option 2: The slow boat. Time=2 days Option 3: The fast boat. Time=7 hours I opted for the fast boat, the exact opposite of what EVERY guide book tells you to do. Evidently it’s […]

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WARNING! Toilet Post

Apr 07, 2011 6 Comments

Seriously this is going to be a post about toilets and all their glory in asia. If you don’t want to read about that, now would be a good time to click on another post. Like straws! Straws are happy and not about toilets. Fair warning, read forward at your peril. So after discussions have […]

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My own Mother Hen

Mar 19, 2011 2 Comments

Traveling back from Batu Caves today I found this sign on the train. It signals the “Women’s Only” section of the train. Figuring I could use a break from all the male attention I normally attract I decided to ride back in that car. About halfway home a man wandered into the car and of […]

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300 Students + 1 American = 1 Interesting Day

Mar 12, 2011 3 Comments

Looking back I can honestly say I have no idea how it happened. The day started off perfectly normal. By the end, well it was a different story. I had meant to be up early to grab the bus to the Prambanan Temple complex outside of town before it got too hot. However I slept […]

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Ummm hello? Ummm hi?

Mar 10, 2011 No Comments

Mt. Bromo was erupting. Or more aptly it had been erupting for some time. This explained so many things. For example, why there were so few people heading up to Cemoro Lawang. Why everyone looked at me like I was crazy for going. Why the entire roadway and most of the town was covered in […]

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Please Excuse the American

Mar 10, 2011 1 Comment

Traveling to Indonesia had been a shock to the system. Not so much for the normal reasons but for the fact that you could no longer blend into the crowd. Most of the time while traveling I try to look a local or least not immediately recognizable as a tourist. That goes straight out window […]

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I love my backpack

Feb 28, 2011 1 Comment

Anyone who was involved in the packing process at home (mainly Em. HI EM!) knows that I spent countless hours trying to get my stuff into as little bag as possible. I’ve endured amazing amounts of grief from my fellow hostels travelers on how small by bag is, and how do I have enough room […]

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To Zorb or not to Zorb

Dec 30, 2010 3 Comments

Rotorua is the birthplace of a fabulous invention called the Zorb. Which basically consists of jumping into a gigantic hamster ball and rolling downhill. I think the process went something like this: “Hey let’s roll this ball down the hill! Now let’s send it down a crooked course! Dude! Let’s fill it with WATER and […]

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