Shaving My Armpit

Do You Shave Your Underarms Too?

Derek Everything Else 115 Comments

Something’s telling me not to post this one, but I’m going for it anyway… As is often the case, I was just about 90% finished with a particular post that I’d been thinking of writing for a few weeks when another idea suddenly popped into my head. And as I generally welcome random changes in plan, I’ve naturally put the …

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 …

The Strange Habits Of A Traveler

Derek Personal Stuff 40 Comments

Why is it that whenever I return to the US I instantly stop feeling like a traveler? While my traveler’s mindset certainly does help me view these familiar surroundings in a new light, just as Tom pointed out in the comments of my last post, in the end, something just feels different. However, this morning, while putting on my shoes …

Close Encounter With The Mafia

Derek Travel Tales 28 Comments

As my last post dealt with travel warnings and the dangers they warn us against, I thought I’d share a story this time around about a threat to my own safety that I once faced. And if you think this story will take place in some war-torn or lawless country, you’d actually be wrong. It takes place on board the …

The Night I Died In A Cafe

Derek Everything Else 15 Comments

My friend picked me up in front of my apartment building and we immediately drove off, away from the hustle and chaos of the big city. Avoiding the highway, we took quiet country roads instead, moving at a slow speed through a hilly landscape followed by what appeared to be a large forest of sequoia trees. After a long time …

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 …