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Exploring Ecuador Abreast a Terroristic Burro

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Quito, Ecuador is a city caressed by clouds. You don’t look up to see the clouds, you look straight ahead at eye level. The cottonball formations float over a patchwork quilt of farmland, knitting the rolling hills together in between the Andes. The Ecuadorian capital is long and narrow – 27 miles in length from […]

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Exploring Galapagos with a Constant Complainer

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A fuzzy grey u-shaped memory-foam travel pillow floated on the water above a stingray darting away from the water taxi making its slow progress towards port. ¿Que es esa cosa? A perplexed woman leaned over to ask her husband. The locals on the boat furrowed their eyebrows, craning their necks to the side of the […]

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The TSA Special

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I was the lucky recipient of a random TSA screening going through security at LAX en route to Ecuador. When I dressed myself for the flight, I was proud of myself for selecting an outfit in such a way as to not have to remove any article of clothing or accessory and not have the machine go off. My belt-less and bra-less (free-tittin!) efforts served no purpose when the lights above the machine flashed red and beeped after I walked through.

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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (in a Costume and a Go-Kart)

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Every tour we have been on in Japan, from climbing Mt. Fuji to driving go-karts through the streets of Tokyo, have been dominated by Californians. So much so, that a stupefied New Zealander asked the California climbers if we have a state holiday at the end of June. “Why are you all here right now?” […]

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Scaling the Japanese Giant – a Mt. Fuji Adventure

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“He who does not climb Mt. Fuji once is a fool; he who climbs it more than once is also a fool.” Washing down a Vicodin with a 300mL bottle of cold sake purchased from the conveniently-located 7-11 on the ground level of our hotel’s building, the latter part of this Japanese proverb was stridently […]

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