Visiting a Hammam in Morocco and Leaving Modesty at the Door | A Map to Anywhere

Visiting a Hammam in Morocco and Leaving Modesty at the Door

August 25, 2019 6 min read

Visiting a Hammam One of the things you should do in Morocco is visit a hammam. It’s the closest thing to a human car wash you will ever experience. It is also a rare opportunity to leave all modesty behind in an Islamic country. A hammam is a spa, sort of…. or maybe it’s a…

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I’m Getting Kicked Out of Norway | A Map to Anywhere

I’m Getting Kicked Out of Norway

October 20, 2018 4 min read

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here. I know this sounds dramatic. And despite my best efforts to play it cool, and go with the flow and all that, getting kicked out of Norway has been very dramatic. For the first time since giving up my lease in July of 2017,…

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The Peculiar Mating Habits of the Native Norwegian

The Peculiar Mating Habits of the Native Norwegian

August 10, 2018 5 min read

I have been in Norway for a month. I have been dating a Norwegian for about 5 months. What I have learned in immersing myself in this culture, and dating a Norwegian (all for the sake of research), is that the peculiar mating habits of the native Norwegian are one of our world’s most fascinating…

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Riad Renovation in Morocco

Riad Renovation in Morocco

December 20, 2017 2 min read

Sometimes, when traveling, I find myself in unexpected places. One day in Morocco, Marybeth and I ended up at construction site. It had begun at our riad that morning. The owner had introduced himself, then proceeded to plan our day for us and insist on activities he found most fitting. These mostly included spending the…

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Breakfast with an Emerald Smuggler

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 Silver Mines of Potosi Tour

The Silver Mines of Potosi Tour

May 10, 2016 5 min read

The Silver Mines of Potosi Tour Also Known As: Buying dynamite and refusing to go on the tour What it is: a 5 hour tour that includes 2 hours through the mine Cost: $13.04 plus $2.90 for dynamite to give to the miners I came to Potosi, Bolivia to take the Silver Mines of Potosi…

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Llama Fetuses at the Shamans Market in Bolivia

Llama Fetuses at the Shamans Market in Bolivia

May 05, 2016 3 min read

The Shamans Market in Bolivia What do llama fetuses and construction have in common? More than you would think at the Shamans Market in Bolivia. Even though the majority of the population is catholic, most people still practice the old, pagan rituals. This includes giving an offering to Pachamama, the Earth goddess, before building a…

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Getting a Geisha Makeover in Kyoto

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

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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I meet a celebrity in line at the Chinese Embassy

I meet a celebrity in line at the Chinese Embassy

August 10, 2014 1 min read

I meet a celebrity in line at the Chinese Embassy A story in which I meet a celebrity in line at the Chinese Embassy. One of my missions in Vietnam is to get my visa for China here. It will be much less of a headache than getting it at home but the Chinese are…

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When Solo Travel Gets Awkward...

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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