8 Things to Do While you Wait in Colombo

December 13, 2016
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Let’s face it: the biggest city in Sri Lanka isn’t at the top of anyone’s list. While the country is certainly a draw for tourists and surfers, Colombo emits vibes all too familiar for some cities in Southeast Asia; tuk tuk drivers approach you constantly, the architecture and design aren’t exactly screaming “beautiful”, and...
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Death on a Train in Sri Lanka

December 8, 2016
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I've witnessed the aftermath of a few accidents during my travels: someone getting drunk and stepping into the path of a car in Japan; a fellow Texan waking up after a crazy night, not knowing how there came to be a huge cut in his hand. Never have I seen anything quite as gruesome...
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New Sieve List for 2017

November 29, 2016

I call it a sieve list because things keep leaking out, despite my best intentions (I mean, I made a list, after all). First, let’s look at my list for 2016: 1. Take a yoga class 2. Try performing some standup comedy 3. Write at least a few chapters of my book 4. Focus...
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Review: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

November 15, 2016
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While I enjoyed my stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap and would certainly recommend it to anyone who isn’t concerned about breaking the bank, it just seems disproportionately expensive when compared with local hotels of the same quality.
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Why You Should Travel Just For Massages

November 14, 2016
Why You Should Travel Just For Massages

There are many to cut down on expenses if you want to travel. Take it from me: there's absolutely no point in going to a spa or getting a massage in developed countries when you can pay ten percent of the cost in SE Asia.
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What’s Next for the Average American?

November 12, 2016

I need to make a decision concerning my future as an American. It's exciting, in a way; though I've always had the option of rejecting American citizenship by officially renouncing it or unofficially by staying abroad, never have I seriously considered it until Wednesday morning when we all heard the unthinkable.
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Observing the US Presidential Election from Bali

November 10, 2016
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To those who advocate waking up and seeing the next sunrise, "things won't be that bad," and just tolerating four years of this: No. Trump and his supporters don't deserve your empathy or understanding. Life matters, but there is no value in a life that values evil over good, hate over love, oppression over...
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