Christmas in Japan
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2010
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They celebrate Christmas in Japan, but it’s nothing you get the day off work for; it’s more akin to Valentine’s Day. They celebrate a weird version of Valentine’s Day, too, but that’s another story.

24 Hours in Siena, or “Maps? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Maps.”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 December 2010
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We pulled into a gas station outside Pienza, where we learned the car had a locking fuel cap … only we weren’t equipped with the key.

Preparing for Your First TSA Grope
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 26 November 2010
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Attention travelers! The Transportation Security Administration is now offering your pre-flight choice of a naked photo or an “enhanced patdown.” Here’s how to prep yourself for the grope.

Sunday Morning at the Dog Market
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 November 2010
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Koreans, like people in many other Asian countries, do, from time to time, eat dogs. The practice isn’t exactly widespread, but you don’t have to look too hard to find it.

Barcelona, 1987: A Tramp Abroad
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 November 2010
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I had always been a pop music hound, and Barcelona opened up a whole new sonic universe for me. I grooved to Italian rap and French techno.

Abduction
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 October 2010
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I had arrived in Korea during the height of the summer, and it was hot. I was restless and sweaty and decided to attempt to cool down by sipping a few cans of cold beer.

Roadside Architecture and Mid-Century Design in “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 October 2010
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The “Grand Theft Auto” series of video games is known for a lot of things, but sightseeing rarely makes the list. Until now!

Three Ugly Americans Go to Shipton’s Arch
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 6 October 2010
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No one is totally immune from acting badly while traveling. Any number of factors can make a good-natured traveler turn ugly.

Distant Trains and Matching Luggage
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 4 October 2010
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I said “Hi, your suitcase has my uncommon last name on it.” But I was actually thinking “Zzzzzzzzzzzz flibbert-snort garfnaggle brot flibbidy-hoo.”

New Wave Songs Once Enjoyed on Airplanes
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 August 2010
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As the song played I imagined that I was a secret agent carrying a top-secret mix tape from New York to Paris. It was easy to have spy fantasies on planes back when everyone smoked.