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Vaisyas, Weddings, and Ganja in Mumbai

Wasn’t particularly impressed with ganja in Mumbai, but I love Mumbai though. I’ll just start there.  I’m halfway through over five weeks in India. I visited all the major cities, like a maniac. I don’t like things other people like. No one would advise visiting all the major cities in India in a row, not Read More

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Cu Chi Tunnels Firing Range: Guns in Vietnam

I find out about the Cu Chi Tunnels Firing Range when I am told by my amazing Vietnamese host to go to the Cu Chi tunnels to learn about the American/Vietnam War. He doesn’t mention it to me, but when I look up the tunnels there’s a list of associated activities including the Cu Chi Read More

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Amazing Discovery: My Tokyo Trip

I buy my best friend birthday presents for years without nothing in return. He moves to Tokyo to pursue his dreams of finding a Japanese wife (I mean, other dreams too, but, that’s the one that counts).  There’s a point at which he emails me in a panic because every Japanese condom he has tried Read More

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Kuwait Money

“I have a Jew in my home?” she says in her lilting Arabic accent , beaming at me.  I cringe. I only told her because she revealed that she had helped an Israeli visit Kuwait, and that she loves Jews. It’s not safe to be a Jew here. “Why don’t we just keep it to Read More

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What is Sonagachi?

The most popular photo I have taken in all my travels is one I took at Sonagachi. What is Sonagachi? Sonagachi is the is the largest red-light district in Asia. The number of sex workers varies depending on who you ask. Probably around ten thousand.  I am always curious about extremes of all kinds, the Read More

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Drinking with Russians and Other Bad Ideas

I stand on the inside of the fence at the edge of the fire crater, because there are no real laws here at the Turkmenistan Gates of Hell, specifically. Because Turkmenistan is binary. Either it’s boxed or it’s wild. He stands on the outside of the fence and we pass the bottles back and forth Read More

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Accidental Buzkashi Tajikistan and the elusive Tajik Sheep Horse

Buzkashi Tajikistan. It’s not something I plan. I don’t even really know what it is before seeing it. I’ve read about it, somewhere, but managed to store away the information in the forget file. I do that with many things. Learn about them, then forget that I have learned about them, then encounter them and Read More

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Hash: Jordan

I know nothing about the world except through observation and the association thereof with vague pieces of data. That disclaimer should likely go on all of my posts, but considering how little I truly know about Jordan outside of one sample of Jordanian hash, it definitely belongs on this one.  Jordan seems a blend of Read More

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Dating Russian Men

It’s a party night in Los Angeles, and the last thing on my mind is dating Russian men or a Russian lover. It’s international and integrated, as many Los Angeles parties are. And there’s my Chinese American friend and some Siberian couchsurfer and a Mexican and then two space scientists from Austria and Russia. The Read More

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Buying Drugs in Iconic Places

I do not often, as a rule, find myself buying drugs on the street. Nor do I make exceptions for parks. I frown on other people buying drugs on the street, in almost all situations. This is because I have had realistic and horrid encounters with drugs of unknown origins. If I didn’t make it Read More