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This Guy...

Meet Ryan Sclar, Californian extraordinaire. He is in the process of chasing an amazing feat - riding his bicycle across Eurasia. He began at the Lisbon Coast in Portugal on January 1st, and is biking across Europe and Asia, ending in Shanghai, China. From Atlantic to Pacific, through sixteen countries, half of…

Fire in El Zocalo

A few months ago, I was in Mexico City. My hostel was in El Zocalo, the grand plaza which surrounds a gorgeous cathedral. Not only was I amazed to find myself smack dab in the center of one of the world's largest metropolises, but I was also in the center of a thriving movement for political activism. At the time,…

Amsterdam - Holy Smokes!

It was another beautiful day in Amsterdam so I decided to make the most of it. I rented a bicycle for fifteen euro a day and rode it to the Van Gogh museum, passing the Amstel brewery on the way. Amsterdam is, hands down, the best designed bicycle city in the world. There are separate lanes, as well as signs,…

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Opium Garden

The drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng was perhaps the most culturally rich and visually astounding automobile journeys I have ever taken. It started as we made our way out of Vientiane passing smaller villages of modest single room structures and tiny general stores that lined the edge of the road. Route 13 was a…

To Hijab or not to Hijab?

The women looked back and forth at one another, perplexed. My way of thinking was not acceptable in this part of the world. This was not the United States. In the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, also known as the MILF, I was a second class citizen. The women said that if I insisted on making this voyage, at the…