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Tuesday, 13 September 2011 03:30

The Part of Me I Leave Behind

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You wake up three hours after lying down and the pain is excruciating. You open your eyes, blurred world, faint sun, but mostly pain. Pain that hobbles you to the toilet where you vomit five, ten times, cursing the kebab you ate just six hours previous.

Friday, 15 July 2011 13:38

Aimless / Phoneless / Loveless

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I suppose I wouldn't have it any other way, either. I've been in South Korea for almost eight months, which doesn't even feel real, but that also means I'm almost seven months late on my planned monthly update. It's something I meant to do once a month, make a proper post here, but, such is life, and so it goes. I've never been good at that, keeping people updated, keeping my life orderly.

Saturday, 11 December 2010 20:40

Six's Top 6 Vacation Destinations: Tanganyika

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Currently known as Tanzania, Tanganyika is a prime vacation spot that lays between the Indian Ocean and three of the largest of the African great lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Malawi, and Lake Tanganyika.

Friday, 03 December 2010 14:44

The Road to Gwangju

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Three planes, one bus, a trip to the otherside of the world that takes about thirty hours.

Looking at that sentence, there's not a lot to be excited about. Maybe the otherside of the world bit, but, and I think we can all agree [yes, we, you, too], no one wants to spend longer than an hour on a plane at a time, let alone over a complete day. 

The day before, it was snowing in Minnesota for the first time that winter, which, in many ways, marks the beginning of winter. Me, despite having lived all my life in Minnesota, hate the cold, so leaving sounded perfect. My bag packed, a final meal, breakfast--bacon and eggs--many goodbyes to family members, including my dog, Lily Belle [pictured above], I was at the airport for the final of many final goodbyes.

Saturday, 20 November 2010 03:45

Don't Smash (Rush Hour in Jamaica)

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If anyone ever asks you to go on a cruise, just do it. Don’t sit and think about it; just do it. Because the booze flows freely and the food is great. Because people on those boats will do nearly anything you want. Because what happens on the cruise stays on the cruise. Because foreign lands are endlessly more remarkable than ours. Even one day spent on a beach resort in Mexico is worth the price of the entire cruise. But this isn’t about Mexico, this is about a day spent dodging sports cars and hiding from evil clouds in Jamaica.

Monday, 15 November 2010 02:41

Six's Top 6 Vacation Destinations: Bubbly Creek

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 Number Six:

Bubbly Creek, Chicago

In the early 19th and 20th centuries, Chicago was a rapidly expanding city rife with stockyards and meat packing plants. For close to a hundred years the Union Stock Yards in central Illinois functioned as the meat packing capital of the US, helping establish Chicago as "the hog butchering capital of the world."