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Gambling in My Travels

February 8, 2011
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Gambling in My Travels

I will admit it: there’s nothing like the rush of setting a few chips in that betting circle and waiting to see what cards are dealt. Blackjack is my game of choice when I’m playing for cash, but I like to organize Texas Hold ‘Em gatherings whenever I settle in for a year. As...
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Barefoot Running Progress

November 3, 2009
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Barefoot Running Progress

I finally have a chance to blog on my latest evolution in running: barefoot style. After reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and learning of Barefoot Ted’s Adventures, I decided to shuck the shoes, start at zero mileage, and feel the effects of this natural form of athleticism. My legs still feel a...
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Swallowing Naki

October 6, 2009
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Swallowing Naki

I’ll say it again: Japanese culture is stalking me. Not only was I able to find a cherry blossom festival in the heart of New Zealand, but my next destination was, unknown to me, the site of most of the filming of The Last Samurai. I know what you’re thinking… Japanese stars, based in...
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Sandwiches and Sakura in Palmy

October 1, 2009
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Sandwiches and Sakura in Palmy

It’s no secret I make it a goal to compare Subway sandwiches across the globe. Before my time in Japan, I was eating at least six subs/week for lunch… maybe dinner too. In the states, you can get spicy mustard, spinach leaves, and several kinds of cheese (not to mention the meatball subs). The...
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Hooking up with Couchsurfers

September 27, 2009
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Hooking up with Couchsurfers

My apologies for the delay in posting, noble readers; I have recently relocated to Vimutti Buddhist Monastery and have limited Internet access. Some Couchsurfers may have already had the fortune of reading Sleeping Around by Brian Thacker, the story of a man surfing his way across the globe; incidentally, if you are in New...
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Running Along the Whanganui River

September 17, 2009
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Running Along the Whanganui River

There’s an endless debate going on in Wanganui, New Zealand. No, I’m not misspelling anything; the region and the river both hold the name Whanganui, but the city has been without the “h” for some years. Apparently, there’s always an opinion in the Wanganui Chronicle (NZ’s longest running newspaper) as to whether the town...
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The Lost Years

September 15, 2009
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The Lost Years

An event that I would have assumed spelled the destruction of the universe and the end of all life on Earth has happened to me. I guess I should have seen it coming; I’m 27, my high school classmates are 26 or 27, and every day on Facebook, I see some reference to marriage:...
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WWOOFing So Far

September 13, 2009
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WWOOFing So Far

Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in his boat and drink beer for a lifetime.Outside a house in Wanganui, NZ After this week, I can add “falling off a horse” and “getting electrocuted” to my list of life experiences....
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Ngawha Springs in Northland, NZ

September 10, 2009
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Ngawha Springs in Northland, NZ

When it comes to living abroad or at home, I like fewer options; why should I decide between twelve brands of toothpaste when the decision can be made for me with only one available? In Kagoshima, there was generally only one event going on for foreign residents; rarely did I have to divide my...
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Welcome to Once A Traveler

September 9, 2009
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Welcome to Once A Traveler

My name is Turner Wright, and I’ll be your host for this new travel-themed website. For those of you who have not seen me online, I work as a freelance writer for The Matador Network and as a regular contributor for Vagabondish. I’ve spend the majority of my time on the road in Japan,...
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