From the monthly archives:

November 2008

The Russians have a term — avoska — for a small tote bag carried “just in case.” Theirs were used for the random times where lines spontaneously formed for things like bananas. When lines appeared, people would join even if they weren’t certain what was on offer (on the grounds that, if people [...]

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It was six men of Hindustan to learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant (though all of them were blind),
That each by observation might satisfy the mind.

The first approached the Elephant and happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side at once began to bawl:
“Bless me, it seems the Elephant is very like a [...]

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Greetings fellow travelers and welcome to this week’s Carnival of Cities. I’m happy to be your host as we jet around the world following tales of tapioca, tumbling and taxidermy. Intrigued? Read on . . .
New York City, NY, USA: Sascha Zuger from Travel Savvy Mom scoops a great hotel package, [...]

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Target (or, if you’re classy like me, Tarzhay) sponsors a weekly or monthly free admission day at museums around the country. Readers in or visitors to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City take note: multiple museums in these cities offer free entry, thanks to this corporate sponsorship!
Check for a free museum close [...]

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Traveling in Europe for nearly a decade, I’ve reached a saturation point with churches. Some study-abroad students come down with an unshakable case of ABC Syndrome (short for “Another Boring Church”) in just 10 weeks! Don’t get me wrong: I studied church art intensively and am still moved by the beauty and [...]

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Let’s say a certain no-budget traveler was considering some field research in NYC around New Year’s . . .
Would you be around to meet up? Have a guest bed to offer? Or will you all be off somewhere else?
No promises at this point, just threats. Leave your offers in the comments or [...]

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For the times when the airline loses your bag . . .
. . . or your clothes get so grotty you can’t stand to put them on one more time.
. . . or you forget and throw all your laundry in the machine, leaving you with nothing dry to wear.
. . . or you think, [...]

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Just because I live overseas doesn’t mean the world is at my fingertips.  While you’re sitting in your office living vicariously through my adventures, fantasizing about that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris, to Istanbul, to Kenya or to Sydney, I too have my own list of “if only I had the money” destinations.  For me, most [...]

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We are 24 hours away from this election being over — but we still have not won this thing yet! 
If you are an overseas American who cast your vote weeks ago, you may feel somewhat disconnected from what is going on tomorrow in the U.S.  There are nevertheless a number of ways we can still [...]

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