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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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Thank You Scented Candles!

Derek Everything Else, USA 24 Comments

Every time I visit Boston, or more specifically, my home state of Massachusetts, there is one place that I always make sure to visit within the first twenty-four hours of my arrival. I crave a visit to this place so much that as soon as I walk through its doors, I have a strong desire to kiss the ground, although …

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Sleeping On Sofas And Floors

Derek Everything Else 28 Comments

At some point, almost all of us have had to ask (or perhaps beg) a family member or a friend to open their homes and allow us to crash on their sofa for a night or two. Maybe we’re coming into town for a wedding or a sporting event or just to visit some old pals, and we don’t really …

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Spending Some Time in a Place Called Old Lyme

Derek Travel Tales, USA 10 Comments

I will admit that I had never heard of the idyllic shore front hamlet of Old Lyme, Connecticut before my grandmother and her husband Leo began spending time up here at Leo’s summer cottage. And although the majority of you most likely have not heard of Old Lyme either, let me assure you that it is by no means a …

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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 …

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My First Post From The US

Derek Personal Stuff, USA 31 Comments

As usual, it has taken me a few days to adjust to being back in the US. After all, during the eight months I spent in Mexico, I just didn’t have to deal with such things as mega-stores the size of some small countries, endless conversations about money and careers, and television ads for flavor-changing chewing gum. Seriously, flavor-changing gum? …

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