Thank You to the Militant Who Stole My Car!

Derek Bangladesh, India, Travel Tales 180 Comments

Truth be told, we human beings often don’t understand the true value of a particular moment in our lives until well after that moment has passed. Yet we often forget this undeniable fact in our quest to immediately categorize every interaction and event that occurs, so that we may quickly embrace the positive and discard the negative. Lately, I’ve reached …

A Decade of Wandering Ends, Another One Begins (Part 1)

Derek Personal Stuff 19 Comments

On December 25th, 1999 I left the USA for Southeast Asia to embark on my first independent backpacking adventure. When I arrived in Bangkok, I found myself, as so many others do, wandering aimlessly around Khao San Road at 2:00am, exhausted, overwhelmed, confused, shooing away lady-boys and searching for a place to stay. I’ll never forget the fear of that …

Airports, Speed Bumps & Uncle Carl

Derek Everything Else 10 Comments

[singlepic id=318 w=600 h=260 float=center] Airports are funny places. Inside these isolated bubbles of transition, where you can only exist in one of two states – coming or going – human beings tend to act oddly, even irrationally. Perhaps it’s the ‘high’ of travel, the over-excitement of visiting someplace new or returning home after some time away, that is too …

Standing Speechless at a Communal Sink

Derek Travel Tales 17 Comments

The following is a short tale about an inexplicable occurrence – one of those moments to which being stunned into silence is the only reasonable reaction. Such moments seem to be an inherent part of travel and are typically uplifting and extraordinarily positive.  This particular story, from one of my visits to Thailand a couple of years ago, popped into …