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SE Asia, Latin America, Europe
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East Africa, Central Asia
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Thai, Spanish

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Visiting the Marshall Islands Majuro Atoll

After four days in Pohnpei, FSM, some of them with drenching rain, all of them with power blackouts, it’s good to get the hell outta’ Slidell, that is Pohnpei.  I’ll leave half a bear of honey behind, but the flashlight and Virgen de Guadalupe votive candle will go with me, presumably all the way back to LA, since the trip’s almost over.  And certainly the brownies will come along, too.  Micronesians make damn good brownies btw.  So I board the plane—a pound or two heavier—in a downpour and…


Posted on December 3, 2014 at 8:59am

Vigan, Philippines: Restaurants & Ruins, Empanadas & Españoles

Baguio is the only bump in a long ride up the coast from Manila to the far reaches of north Luzon.  I’m sure there’s a route that hugs the coast the entire way, but I wanted to stop at Baguio first, before continuing on to Vigan.  Manila is only 150mi/250km away from Baguio, but after a seven-hour bus ride, seems much farther.  That’s because the going is so…


Posted on November 8, 2014 at 5:30pm

Mongolia: So Far From God, So Close to China

As the plane is landing at Chinggis Khan International Airport in Ulaan Bator, I look down at the dirt tracks swirling through the pastures surrounding the runway.  They look something like a beginner’s guide to chaos theory, the likely paths and the harder ones, converging and re-converging according to some logic…


Posted on June 15, 2014 at 2:59pm

Mexico's Wide, Wide West: Life in a Remote Fishing Village

Puerto Lobos is a study in contrasts.  If (the more developed) Bahia de Kino feels like “land’s end”—per Lonely Planet—then this is off the map, though that is changing with the new highway, as previously mentioned.  My only visit two years ago, the road had just been paved to here—from the north down the…


Posted on June 4, 2014 at 5:45pm

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At 1:09pm on January 14, 2012, Tripatini said…

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