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Restarting the 9-to-5

March 22, 2015
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Time has been moving at a very unusual rate since my return. Like all travelers and runners, I’m sure I have ways of measuring time that would seem weird to most, e.g. a four-hour shinkansen ride may be enough time to get from Hiroshima to Tokyo, but I also could have taken a Southwest...
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My 2015 Travels So Far

March 11, 2015
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My 2015 Travels So Far

My goal is to fill up my passport pages before I have to renew in 2018. So far, I’ve been doing a pretty good job; there are only 2-3 completely empty pages, and I should be heading to Canada in a few weeks. Next on the international agenda, assuming I can find a good...
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6 Things You May Not Know About Dating a Flight Attendant

March 7, 2015
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6 Things You May Not Know About Dating a Flight Attendant

I’m hurtling towards France on the Eurostar train out of London. Although I usually make an effort to look business casual when I travel, this time I’ve gone all out: freshly shaven, perfectly pressed tailored shirt, cologne applied liberally. Even my shoes are neat and polished to a fine onyx black. I barely notice...
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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

March 7, 2015
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Ready to Leave the Beach Behind

So, nine days on Boracay. I can walk the length of this island easily, but that’s not to say I’ve taken advantage of every tourist trap and restaurant. Cliff diving at Ariel’s Point is less appealing to me after hearing stories of burst blood vessels and broken limbs… probably the product of unlimited drinks...
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First Impressions of Boracay

March 4, 2015
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First Impressions of Boracay

Vacationing in Southeast Asia is always a gamble for me, because my baseline behavior abroad was largely shaped by my two years in Japan. Although I still maintain my American demeanor of smiling on the street and talking up strangers in a bar, I tend to shy away from street vendors, package tours, and...
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The Long Road to Boracay

March 3, 2015
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The Long Road to Boracay

I chose to spend the first few days of my time in the Philippines in Puerto Galera for a few reasons. One, its proximity to Manila makes it an easy journey by daylight. In addition, that little ferry ride from Batangas can make all the difference in the world when looking for an escape...
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Overlooking the Defenestration of Prague

March 1, 2015
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Overlooking the Defenestration of Prague

If you’re like me – American, with a minimum of a high school education – then your knowledge of Prague in history class may have been limited to three facts: 1. The Velvet Revolution. As communism was slowly dying out across eastern and central Europe, Czechoslovakia ended Soviet control in their country with a...
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Finding Texas Kolaches in Prague

February 21, 2015
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Finding Texas Kolaches in Prague

The challenge in the Czech Republic, to those than even have a few hours in the airport, is not consuming beer. For a mere 23-25 CZK (~$1), you can easily get 300 mL of some fine Pilsner at any pub in Prague. In all honesty, I’m not much of a beer person, but with...
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

February 13, 2015
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How does an Asia-minded traveler feel in Europe?

I can’t remember when exactly Europe started to “wow” me with its very presence. As an American, I don’t often appreciate the aesthetics in our big cities. Certainly, San Francisco is a superb mix of nature and urban, water and land, old and new, but the old only goes back 100 years, if that....
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6 Questions Travelers are Sick of Hearing When they Return Home

February 8, 2015
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6 Questions Travelers are Sick of Hearing When they Return Home

Stop me if you’ve heard these: 1. “How are you?” This may just be true for the US, but I’ve noticed foreign visitors have picked up on how often Americans just casually throw this question into the ether. At supermarkets. Passing someone on the street. Beginning a meeting. In and of itself, this isn’t...
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