Eggslut | A Map to Anywhere


November 01, 2018 1 min read

What is Eggslut?! Excuse me, what is eggslut?! I know I’m useless without breakfast but this seemed a bit harsh. I honestly had no idea what this was but it seemed like the non-pastry breakfast option so I went for it. Eat first, ask questions later. Breakfast in Japan is a serious affair. It turns…

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Eating Paan – That one time I threw up in the gutter in India… | A Map to Anywhere

Eating Paan – That one time I threw up in the gutter in India…

February 20, 2018 2 min read

Eating Paan in India I’ve eaten grubs, bugs, spam, squid sausage, blood sausage and a handful of mystery meats and soup served out of a dirty plastic bucket, but when I tried eating paan in India, I finally had too much. Paan is a sort of after dinner minty mixture rolled up in a leaf…

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Camel Toes | A Map to Anywhere

Camel Toes

November 27, 2017 1 min read

Literal Camel Toe. I know camel toe has gotten a lot of bad PR in recent years. It's used to describe fashion mishaps at the hands of unforgiving yoga pants and hurled across middle-school lunchrooms between school children. But does anyone know what an actual camel's toes look like?

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Bathrooms in Chile | A Map to Anywhere

Bathrooms in Chile

January 21, 2017 1 min read

Bathrooms in Chile Be sure to warn your friends about bathrooms in Chile; they need to provide their own toilet paper. I can sometimes be a bit pig-headed.   I didn’t realize that information that I was taking for granted, was critical to my compatriots. My travel companions, who arrived in Chile several days before I…

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Defecation-free Zones in Nepal | A Map to Anywhere

Defecation-free Zones in Nepal

October 12, 2016 2 min read

What are Defecation-free zones in Nepal? Have you seen these signs as asked yourself, “What are defecation-free zones?!” This is a bit of a public service initiative. I must admit, the text is rather confusing. Does it indicate that is free to defecate in this zone? Or that this zone is defecation free? I don’t…

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Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler | A Map to Anywhere

Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

May 15, 2016 3 min read

Copacabana Sometimes, when you keep the schedule of a Senior Citizen, you wind up eating breakfast with an emerald smuggler. I’m on the border of Bolivia and Peru. The town is called Copacabana, but no, it’s not to be confused with Copacabana, Brazil. It’s at 6,000 feet of elevation and is rather cold. Copacabana is…

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The Curious Blue Ball Monkey | A Map to Anywhere

The Curious Blue Ball Monkey

April 02, 2016 2 min read

The Curiously Named Blue Ball Monkey There is a monkey in Tanzania known simply as the blue ball monkey. It took me quite a while to find that the real name is actual a Mandrill monkey. I couldn’t tell you which name this individual prefers. While some of us choose to spend our days in…

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Getting a Geisha Makeover in Kyoto | A Map to Anywhere

Getting a Geisha Makeover in Kyoto

November 06, 2015 2 min read

Getting a Geisha Makeover in Kyoto There are things that I will look back on in 10 years and wonder, what was I doing?  How did I get myself into that situation?  Dressing like a geisha in Japan is going to be one of those occasions, because even now, I’m not sure how I got…

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The Golden Triangle | A Map to Anywhere

The Golden Triangle

August 14, 2014 2 min read

The Golden Triangle used to be a major hub of the opium trade. Today, it’s still involved in some sketchy business. I went on a tour that advertised seeing the Golden Triangle along with a quick boat trip into Laos. As I reached the bottom of the dock a random Thai man shoved a camera…

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Wait a minute, are those camel-toe men’s Mary Janes….with socks?! | A Map to Anywhere

Wait a minute, are those camel-toe men’s Mary Janes….with socks?!

August 01, 2014 1 min read



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When Solo Travel Gets Awkward... | A Map to Anywhere

When Solo Travel Gets Awkward...

July 12, 2014 3 min read

Mostly I love to travel alone but there are times when it can be pretty awkward like last night… I took the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. All second class tickets were sold out so I bought a first class ticket. That meant I got to share a cozy little bunk cabin with…

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