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Visit Minsk Now!

By |2019-07-01T06:20:18-05:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Why should you visit Belarus? President Alexander Lukashenko is known as the “last dictator of Europe”. He has been in power since 1994, winning four elections. He rules the country with a totalitarian-Stalinist fist. Minsk, the capital, at first appearance is a pleasant and relaxed city. This initial impression belies a darker reality. Dissent is not [...]

A Must See In Dubai, Burj Khalifa

By |2019-07-01T07:31:34-05:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , , |

If there is a must see in Dubai, I believe it is the Burj Khalifa.   TheBurj Khalifa is the tallest man-made structure in the world. It checks in at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). There are 164 floors and over 24,000 windows. It took 10 years to construct this beautiful monstrosity. Over 100 km (62 mi) of pipes snake [...]

5 Reasons Why Belarus, Minsk Sucks!

By |2019-07-01T07:45:38-05:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Someone please wake up Belarus. I mean really shake them up, maybe a sharp slap in the face. Let them know the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. You are free! Take down your statues of Lenin. Remove the Soviet red stars. Disband your police state. Until then, realize that Belarus does not want you to visit. [...]

Somaliland (A Country That Does Not Exist)

By |2019-07-01T08:03:19-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Somaliland, An Overview Somaliland has its own currency, military, government, and requires a Somaliland visa to enter the country. Yet, there are 193 countries in the United Nations and not one of those countries recognize Somaliland as an independent, sovereign nation. In fact, type in Somaliland into Google Map and the country does not exist. Somaliland [...]

Eight (8) Things To Do In Somaliland

By |2019-07-01T09:15:54-05:00June 20th, 2014|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Walking The Streets Of Hargeisa, Somaliland I will be honest; there are not a lot of traditional tourist haunts in Somaliland. A lot of it, is simply soaking in the atmosphere. There is no better place to start then strolling the dusty and cluttered streets of the capital Hargeisa. If you are staying at the Oriental [...]

The Walking Dead, Sak Yant Festival, Thailand

By |2019-07-01T12:37:56-05:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , , , , , |

My pink taxi glided through the trafficless city of Bangkok. It was 530 am, the nexus of the netherworld and the day dwellers. The bargirls huddled with their customers on the street slurping noodles and gulping their last beer before turning in after a long night. Intermixed were the street cleaners and the food hawkers beginning [...]

Big Tiger, A Visit To A Thai Prison

By |2019-07-01T12:46:55-05:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Asia, Unique Experiences|Tags: , , , |

Admit it. You slow down when you see a car accident. Crane your neck.   Your morbid curiosity. I just spent the day at a prison. Bang Kwang. AKA Big Tiger. The prison eats men alive. The notorious and brutal prison in Bangkok. I have taken the tour at Alcatraz. I was enthralled with the HBO prison [...]

Where To Stay In Bangkok?

By |2019-05-25T09:43:41-05:00June 9th, 2014|Categories: Advice|Tags: , , , |

I have spent multiple months in Bangkok, but there is never a shortage of options to stay. Agoda is listing over 1300 hotels in Bangkok alone. Options range from various hostels on Kao Sarn Road the backpacker nexus or grab a $400 room at the Mandarin Hotel. Anyone who has spent time in Bangkok realizes it [...]

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