Archive for August, 2012

Good to be a Guava Again

August 30, 2012
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Good to be a Guava Again

Ten-hour bus rides with the air conditioning set to full have seldom led me to desirable destinations. Even if the trip is worth it, I usually arrive sleepy and stiff from the cold. My journey back to Thai Mueang, home of my volunteer experience in 2008, was no different. I spent a mellow few...
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Losing Interest in Solo Travel

August 26, 2012
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Losing Interest in Solo Travel

When tensions started mounting between my CSing host in Germany, I decided to get away for the day, by seeing Heidelberg by myself. Even though I could say hello to the Korean tourists and randomly chat up passing Americans, I think I’m starting to grow out of solo travel. In Japan, all I did...
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Caber Tossing in Canada

August 22, 2012
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Caber Tossing in Canada

Picking up a 150-pound 9-foot piece of wood and hurling it end over end should make men worthy of wonderful booty and women. This is nothing new to the Scots, who have been throwing this wood, known as cabers, in games for centuries. But where can a lowly Texas boy find Scottish games somewhere...
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Choosing the Wrong Travel Companion

August 20, 2012
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Choosing the Wrong Travel Companion

It’s not the first time I’ve been underrepresented in a group of non-English speakers for not being able to voice my personality. I guess I get off on being the center of attention or the most interesting man in the room (depending on the room) more than I realized. I can still remember my...
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Finally, Europe

August 15, 2012
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Finally, Europe

Sometimes it’s hard for me to grasp that other people have such an ordinary view of their own existence. I’m still somewhat jaded as a world traveler who is well past his first year abroad, but when I’m in a new environment, I still tend to look up and see the wonders around me....
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It’s not my life… yet

August 7, 2012
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It’s not my life… yet

I’ve often spoken in this blog about finding the right balance in life to excel in travel yet maintain a sense of home and family. Although I am currently on the road with no responsibilities, I could have imagined a time when I would consider travel secondary to a stable job, mortgage help and...
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Cupcake Run

August 6, 2012
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Cupcake Run

I’ve sampled cupcakes the world over, from Yummy Cupcakes in Santa Monica to the closest equivalent in Japan… Asia is not really into the cupcake craze at the moment. When I landed in San Francisco after more than a year abroad, my old sweet tooth flared back into action. From Kara’s Cupcakes in Ghiradelli...
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