I ♥ NY

Tonight is my last night in California. Tomorrow, early before dawn, I’ll be squished in the middle seat on a Delta economy flight, on my way to New York City to start the next chapter in my journey. So long, palm trees! So long, IN-N-OUT Burger! So long, referring to freeways by putting “the” in front…

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Korea: Visiting Our Northern Neighbors

  Many years ago, Billy Joel wrote a little-known song called We Didn’t Start The Fire. Some of the lyrics go like this: Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom Brando, The King and I, and The Catcher In The Rye I remember when we were learning this song in my middle school social studies class, no one…

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Korea: Morning Calm

It’s 6:30 AM here at the time of this writing, and I’m awake. I just wrapped up a phone call back in the States, and I simply can’t seem to fall back asleep. So here I sit in the living room, typing this out for wont of something to do. The sun is slowly rising,…

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Korea: Museums and intellectual things

It’s been a while since the last post. Chalk it up to a bruising touring schedule – over the past week, I must have walked at least 50 miles. But that’s what happens when you go backpacking in the south end of the country, a place with some of the most beautiful natural sights and…

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Korea: Chicken feet and eels and other everyday snacks

Every culture has their share of ‘weird’ food – Southeast Asia has balut, Scandinavia has lutefisk, the Aussies have Vegemite. But no culture possesses so many of them like Korea. The list goes on and on… Blood sausage, silkworm pupae, fermented fish heads, raw marinated crab, fermented fish, shrimp paste, dog soup… Yesterday, I got…

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Korea: Day One

So, as it turns out, my laptop charger isn’t compatible with the outlets in Korea with their different wattage. Which means that I’m stuck typing out this entry (and other future entries) on my diminutive iPad. First world problems, yes, but I’m more than a little miffed. I did make a promise to take you…

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Life In Korea: Redux

Longtime readers may remember that I lived in Korea for a few months in the summer of 2011, and covered my travels extensively (not extensive enough, though – I still have some things I forgot to post from way back when!). Well, here’s the kicker – I’m going back, and I’m bringing y’all with me….

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[Serial Novel] Tower of God: Book 1 – Chapter 4

Read from the beginning. < Previous Chapter                    Next Chapter > — — Book 1 – Chapter 4 1F – Headon’s Floor Part 4 — — “Arghhhh!” Night’s screams echoed hollow across the Lowest Floor as he struggled against the immovable black ball that now held his Black March…

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The Disney Diaries: One Month Later

Eight months really did go by in a blink of an eye. I think back on that one balmy January morning, my first day in Florida, and I remember my heart pounding in anticipation as I moved past the welcome banner strung up at the entrance to our check-in location. It’s happening, I remember telling…

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Oneshot: Vampire 101

Peter quickly realized, about a half-second after his transformation, that being a vampire wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. You lied to me, Stephanie Meyers! he thought, as he surveyed his glitter-free skin and his rotund beer belly that, regrettably, survived the painful evolution process. He was on the verge of chucking…

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Counting Down My Top 10 Roller Coasters

Anyone who’s spent even a sliver of time hanging around with me would know that I am, perhaps to an unhealthy degree, obsessed over roller coasters – those sleek, silvery marvels of engineering with just one purpose in life: to take people really, really high and drop them very fast. By my count, I’ve ridden 92…

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The Disney Diaries: The Land vs. The World (Part 2)

Last time, we talked about duplicate attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and about how just because the names were the same didn’t mean the ride experiences were the same, either. In fact, most of them are not – there’s usually a clear delineation between the West Coast and the East Coast. In the…

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