I Love the Unknown

I Love The Unknown

Derek Personal Stuff 29 Comments

Yesterday afternoon, while eating enchiladas in Brooklyn, a friend of a friend asked me a very simple question. He asked me, “Why are you traveling to the Middle East?” At first, I didn’t hesitate to give an answer. I began talking about my interest in the education that travel offers and how the Middle East is a region of the …

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Swimming With Sharks – Holbox, Mexico

Derek Mexico 36 Comments

As I gulped down my second mouthful of ocean water while struggling to get my snorkeling tube into my mouth, I suddenly heard some frantic shouting behind me. When I turned around I saw our boat captain yelling and pointing at me to put my head under the water immediately. And so I did. This is what I saw: That’s …

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The Taxis of Kabul

Derek Afghanistan, Travel Tales 29 Comments

The fact that Kabul lacks anything resembling efficient planning and the fact that street signs are as common as synagogues (there is one!), naturally leads one to believe that tackling this metropolis by foot would be a foolish endeavor. Certainly it would be much easier to jump into one of the 40,000 registered taxis driving around the city, pay the …

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Valladolid, Samula and Mother’s Day Songs

Derek Mexico 18 Comments

I’ve been living in Playa del Carmen for a while now and even though I’ve explored the area quite extensively, I have rarely ventured off to places more than an hour and a half away from here. But this past Saturday, my friend Liz and I decided to rent a Jeep Wrangler and take off in search of some more distant …

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Should Travel Warnings Stop Us From Traveling?

Derek Perspectives, Travel Tips & Advice 28 Comments

Right now I’m actually in the stages of deciding where my next adventure will take me, and as a result, it was only natural that I check the US Department of State’s Travel Warning website. This is generally how I begin any of my travel planning, not in order to learn which countries I should circumvent, but quite the opposite, …

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Tales Of A Bollywood Actor

Derek India, Travel Tales, Work & Travel 35 Comments

The time was 8:00am. I had exactly one hour to kill before having to hail a taxi to the airport in order to pick up my close friend who was flying in from Thailand. And while one hour normally seems like a short period of time, on this occasion it was torturous, given that my arms, legs and chest required …

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Cambodia: Sitting In A Puddle On A Train

Derek Cambodia, Travel Tales 25 Comments

“Hello,” the young man shyly whispered after tapping me on the shoulder several times. “Hello,” I replied somewhat groggily. “Thank you,” he then said before turning around and victoriously running back to his group of friends who showered him with endless high-fives and pats on the back. My morning nap had been interrupted but I couldn’t help but smile. I …

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Thank You to the Militant Who Stole My Car!

Derek Bangladesh, India, Travel Tales 179 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 …

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Central America & Mexico ROUNDUP

Derek Mexico, Personal Stuff, Travel Tales 9 Comments

On Tuesday, which I just realized is tomorrow, I’ll be flying back to the US for a couple of weeks, marking an end to this most recent stage of wandering. I’ve spent five weeks traveling through Central America and three months living in Mexico. When deciding on how best to summarize these adventures, I had no idea what to write. …

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Travel Ideas for 2010: Why are Camels so Expensive?

Derek Personal Stuff 9 Comments

I was going to hold off on writing this post until I felt better, but it occurred to me that being doped up on three antibiotics while fighting off a body-crippling, mind-numbing illness that is ravaging through my body at the moment, just might be the perfect time to get creative. Especially when I’m trying to decide on where I’m …

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