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Laos

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I arrived in Laos and Laos didn’t even know it. In fact, I was in Laos for about an hour, had lunch and a beer before I decided I should get a visa. I hopped in the car and started…

Malaysia and Thailand

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- Updates - The humblest of my apologies for the wait. I’ve been quite busy lately. No wait – that’s not the word. Lazy. Yeah, that’s it. Also, the computer goblins absconded with a nearly complete version of this at…

India

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Some Numbers Days in India: 61 Distance driven: ~3,000 kilometers Number of times I had to veer to avoid an elephant: 1 Shocks Replaced: 4 Sensors broken by Nissan mechanics while replacing the shocks: 2 Amount they wanted to charge…

Pakistan

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When outlining the itinerary for this trip, Pakistan was supposed to be a means to an end. I’d spend 10 days, more or less, transiting a country that had me wetting my pants with fear in the lead-up to the…

The Islamic Republic Of Iran

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Iran is long in the rear-view now, and the post-game roundup has been rattling around in the back of my head like the unknown object that fell through the parking brake casing into the chassis. It’s late enough after the…

Do You Have The Persianality To Drive In Iran?

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It’s 6 in the evening and we’re driving into Tabriz, Iran. The sun went down 30 minutes ago, but we’ve been driving through a storm-induced twilight for the last few hours. The air is thick with diesel fumes and giant…

Turkey: Anatolia

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Here are some firsts from the drive from central to eastern Turkey the past couple of days: First time Jae has outright rejected one of my travel suggestions. I wanted to squat in a creepy abandoned campsite/hostel on a lonely…

Turkey: Istanbul and the South

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The End Of The World Just over 400 years ago, in the year 1000 in the Islamic calendar, the world didn’t end. This was contrary to the message that the foremost prognosticators, seers and doomsayers in the Ottoman Empire were…

Islands Fit For A (Exiled) Prince

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The Princes’ Islands were so named for the exiled princes that were sent there in the Byzantine era. The abandoned house we explore in this album is one of many on the islands, which have fallen precipitously from grace since…

Istanbul

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Istanbul, a set on Flickr.One month waiting in Istanbul = Lots of time to take pictures, smoke hookah and play backgammon.…

Bulgaria, Plain And Tall

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Bulgaria, a set on Flickr.Here’s the thing: Bulgaria is too agreeable by half. It provides for a pleasant enough place to visit, and no real negatives. But when the best emotion you get out of a country is indifference,…

Bosnia: Nothing To Balk At

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Mostar Old Bridge If your conception of Bosnia and Herzegovina, like mine, was last informed by Dan Rather in 1995, then your prejudices are desperately out of date. The grayscale world of rubble, graffitied slogans and shawled babushkas pushing onion…