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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: One Day is Not Enough

By admin | Feb 28, 2019
One Day is Not Enough By: Rad Wood Unfortunately, my time in Sarajevo was limited.  Partly due to the fact that the 11:30 Sunday evening bus from Novi Sad in Serbia was canceled, for no apparent reason.  I was at the station, my big pack laying at my feet as I slouched on a bench …

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Serbia: Sometimes a Life is Terrible

By admin | Feb 28, 2019
Sometimes a Life is Terrible By Rad Wood On my way to Serbia A traveler and a fisherman are not so different. Each wakes in the morning to begin a journey in search of something. The fisherman’s journey is simply shorter and his search more tangible. Where the fisherman seeks fish, the traveler seeks cultural …

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Taganga, Colombia: Dice Games & The Irish

By Russ Briscoe | Feb 28, 2019
Dice Games & The Irish By: Rad Wood I sat naked in a white plastic chair. Six dice in my right hand. A short make-shift table in front of me. My three companions–James, Jeanie and Michael, all also naked–sat around the table, awaiting my roll. The evening air in the small courtyard was cooler than …

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Belfast, Northern Ireland: The Belfast Story

By Russ Briscoe | Feb 28, 2019
The Belfast Story By Rusty Traveler If you tell people you plan on going to Belfast, Northern Ireland, you’re going to hear a lot of questions: “Wait. Why Belfast again?” “Don’t you know it’s gray there?” “Don’t you know about The Troubles?” “It’s pretty poor — rundown, even — you know?” “Don’t you know that Guinness comes from Dublin?” …

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Tel Aviv, Israel: The Otherside

By admin | Feb 28, 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel: The Otherside By: Rad Wood   The wall separating Israel from the West Bank is more than a simple barrier.  It’s a portal, dividing two distinct worlds; one modern and developed, the other past over by time.  Thomas and I crossed this portal at the Jalabi checkpoint, six miles north of Jenin. …

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Cuba: From a Romantic View

By admin | Feb 28, 2019
Cuba: From a Romantic View By: Rad Wood   It’s difficult not to sound romantic describing Cuba. Red and white 1950s Cadillacs share the streets of Havana with mid-century Chevy Impalas and Fords of all makes and models from a similar period. Boys and men, of all ages, play stick ball or pick-up baseball upon …

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Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: Take One

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania: Take One By: Rad Wood   Dar Es Salaam, affectionately known as Dar by locals, is the capital of Tanzania and anything but a tourist town. I think that’s what Rick, Brian and I liked most about it. After a week climbing kili and four days in the tourist haven of …

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Antigua, Guatemala: To Change or Not to Change

By Russ Briscoe | Mar 1, 2019
Antigua, Guatemala: To Change or Not to Change By: Rad Wood   “Why can’t I change?” Robert asked between drags on his cigarette. He wasn’t looking for a real answer. It was more of a question to himself. He went on, “I have no strings attached—no girlfriend, no children, no job—I can do whatever I …

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Singapore: What a Difference a Day Makes

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
Singapore: What a Difference a Day Makes By Rad Wood As a child, my mother occasionally reminds me, I had a tendency for the negative, accompanied by that most unfortunate habit of pouting. If I lost a baseball game, I acted as if the family pet had been run over. I would concentrate on the …

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Vietnam: A Memory from a Place and Time

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
Vietnam: A Memory from a Place and Time By: Rad Wood Looking out on the beautiful landscape outside of Sapa, Vietnam. Sitting in my pedicab in Saigon, as my journey around the city begins. When I began my journey, most often, I would write about my time in a place during a travel day.  I …

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Nicaragua: Turning Thirty-Three

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
Nicaragua: Turning Thirty-Three By: Rad Wood Sunday, May 5, 2013: It was my birthday; the thirty-third anniversary of my birth. Thirty-three trips around the sun had led me from a small farm in Upstate New York to the Pacific beaches of Nicaragua. The cascading waterfall of sunrises and sunsets having gradually changed me from a …

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Morocco: Down & Out in Morocco

By Russ Briscoe | Mar 1, 2019
Down & Out in Morocco By: Rusty Traveler Jamie tells the story with me in the center of it all like some aging Calabrian Kingpin; a doddering, weakened mobster grasping at his dignity, but with more grey hair than bullets left in the chamber. “Bring them into me. Bring them close. I need to say …

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The West Bank, Palestine: Occupation Tourism

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
The West Bank: Occupation Tourism By: Rad Wood The barrier wall separating Israel from the West Bank. This graffiti is near the Kalendia crossing. Israeli soldier on a rooftop in Hebron. I travel to experience.  I travel to learn; to visit a place in time and observe how others live.  I walk through cities, I hike …

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Brussels, Belgium: Fries, Beers, and a Little Anti-Americanism

By admin | Mar 1, 2019
Brussels: Fries, Beers and a Little Anti-Americanism By: Rad Wood Fred in front of the Grande Place in Brussels. I arrived in Brussels late Sunday evening.  In an effort to keep my costs low, I had turned a one-hour flight from Ljubljana into a seven-hour affair by flying through Istanbul.  The one benefit, other than …

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