Paharganj in New Delhi, India

Whap! The mirror from a speeding motorbike left a red mark on my right arm. I saw the driver nonchalantly bend it back into position to ready for impact with the next pedestrian. I focused my attention back to the Lonely Planet map I had cut out of the monstrous,...

Taganga, Colombia: Paradise?

After taking care of some business in Santa Marta such as finding a working ATM and admiring the first Santa Claus I have ever seen on a beach, we grabbed a 20-minute taxi across a sea cliff to the tourist village of Taganga, Colombia. I gave the driver his $3 and...

Santa Marta — Paradise?

I had the eerie feeling that I was being watched. As I dug through my pocket for enough pesos to make the taxi driver happy, I was vaguely aware that there were people watching me from every shuttered window and from behind the black-iron security bars of every hidden...

Thailand Homecoming

As I write this, I am sat at an outside table on Soi Rambuttri in Bangkok, sipping Pepsi from a glass bottle they stopped using elsewhere in the world circa 1985, watching hordes of travelers from all walks of life go by. Beside me, two armchair philosophers are...

A Kunming Welcome

A blind man plays music in the street I managed to navigate the buses in Kunming quite easily, which was a welcomed relief after the train ride from hell. In fact, if the buses had been complicated, my sleep-and-food-deprived body probably would have just given up on...