Rustem Pasha Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

In Search Of Two Mosques (Without A Map)

Derek Turkey 37 Comments

Luckily, there’s no shortage of places to explore in this city known as Istanbul, so when I arrived at the Grand Bazaar yesterday morning only to discover that it is closed on Sundays, I knew that my day would by no means be a failure. In fact, given that the sun was actually shining for the first time in a …

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United States Immigration

The Day US Customs Found A Bullet In My Pocket

Derek Popular, Travel Tales 390 Comments

On the flight from Delhi to Washington D.C., I spent a good two hours staring at the customs form that I was required to fill out. I had completed every section of the form, except for one. I just wasn’t quite sure if mentioning Pakistan and Afghanistan in the box that asked me to list the countries I had visited …

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How Religion Can Help Keep Your Backpack Safe

Derek Travel Tips & Advice 25 Comments

When it comes to protecting our stuff while traveling, such methods as chaining our backpack to our train seat, using a PacSafe when leaving our bag in our hotel room and hiding our valuables in random places, go a long way in easing our minds. We certainly don’t want to take any chances as the thought of having our computer, …

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A Night Of Miracles In Cancun

Derek Mexico 21 Comments

I’m not a religious person. At all. In fact, even though I was raised Jewish, the closest I ever came to regular religious practice was shortly after my eleventh birthday when I decided to become Amish. My parents had just taken my sister and I on a vacation to Pennsylvania and after spending three days in Amish country, I thought …

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