Johannesburg, Africa – Land of the Electric Fence

On my last trip to Johannesburg, there is one thing i noticed EVERYWHERE! Every shop, every building, every home had an electric fence around it and it’s not to keep wild animals out. Well, at least not the furry kind of wild animals. The word when I arrived: “If somebody wants your stuff, give it to them because they are probably high and definitely willing to kill you.” Hmmm, I see

“Is this place really that jacked up?” I thought to myself but after seeing the car guards in the parking lots, the fences everywhere, the stories of car-jacking, people getting their house broken into, the answer is yes, it is that jacked up! This is another one of those cases where off the beaten path might be on the beaten path. Be wise, stay with your group or somebody who knows their way around. Go out and do a safari where there are only lions and rhinos and such.

Vat Phou – I Want to Sit and Drink Tea in Front of This Ruin!

I don’t know why but it just seems like a cool thing to do. Just be there, drink tea or maybe fall asleep on the steps at the temple. Yeah, that’s it! Have some lunch there and then wander around canadian pharmacy levitra. It’s kind of a pre – Angkor Wat which to me is something older and cooler than something already old and cool………………..I’m going.

For a good explanation on Vat Phou, look here.

CouchSurfing. Sounds Pretty Cool For Anybody But My Daughter.

Not sure what to think about this one. On the one hand, it sounds like a great way to meet people, go cool places on the cheap, get a real community going. On the other hand, it sounds like hitch hiking with a twist. I haven’t tried it but I bet it’s filled with a lot of stories of awesome people and lifelong friends, coupled with a horror story every now and then cs6 master collection mac. Just like any risk sport where each success makes you more and more confident until that one hairy moment is a reminder of reality. Also, as with any risk sport, there are safe and unsafe ways to do it. When a paraglider pilot looks at the weather and it isn’t a sure thing, that’s when you pack it in. Likewise, if a situation feels the least bit weird, time to bail.

An Ode to Cipro….How do I Love Thee!!

The street vendor. Simultaneously your best friend and your worst enemy. Who can resist an awesome photo eating fried crickets in Thailand or balot (duck embryo) in the Philippines? Of course there is also the dare factor along with the “how many chances do I get to try this” multiplier. Many people have traded that photo for 4 days in the bathroom

Not to fear, however!! Ever since Cipro (Ciproflaxin to the medically inclined) was invented, people have been able to cut it to a day or so. Ah, the possibilities and photo opportunities!

To the inventor of Cipro, I hoist a drink from a dirty cup along with mystery meat on a stick! You are awesome!

The Orkhon Valley – Where did all the people go?

Alright, so they’ve been gone a very long time, since the Genghis Khan days to be exact. What was once the center of his empire is basically a huge meadow, thousands of square miles wide. If you want to go there, the best way is on horseback and it is definitely off the beaten path Miles and miles of Mongolian beauty with remnants of the old grandeur of the Golden Horde. I keep thinking two things: no phone (sweet) and fly fishing (also sweet).

Rick Steves – Pretty nerdy but he knows what’s up!

So I went to Germany,had some extra time and pulled out my handy Rick Steves book on the country. Turns out he was talking up Rothenberg, mentioned a place to stay and the person to talk to to book it. I took his advice and it was exactly, and I mean EXACTLY like he said it. Also exactly how I liked my stay, including price range and all. I logged it in my mind, pretty cool book Later I’m in London with another book of his (and it was leading me right all the time as well) and I was getting pretty jazzed on him when some guy comes up to me and tries to buy the book from me! He said he couldn’t find it, needed it and would I please sell it to him, full price plus extra. I turned him down because THESE BOOKS ROCK! I don’t agree with him politically and he definitely drank the Euro kool-aid but his books are pretty sweet!

Off The Beaten Path or ON the Beaten Path.

Just thinking maybe we should be avoiding Egypt these days. Do I really want my tourist money to support a government that arrests Christians for being beaten up by a religious mob? This isn’t a one time incident in this place and the attacks have been increasing They love to beat up the Christians in Egypt. Maybe I’ll take a trip to Israel instead. If you want to read about it, you can find it here.

Found an El Cheapo phone plan that works well.

Always on the hunt for a cheaper phone card. These days I am with these guys because the price is right and it has been pretty easy adobe acrobat x pro full. My wife can also speak for hours with her Mom in the old country which keeps things quiet on the home front. An all around plus so I posted it for all the other cheap, Scottish types.  

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The Drava River..It’s in Slovenia so it’s got to be Old-World and cool!

The River Drava comes down out of the Austrian Alps and things just get better after that. Winding through Slovenia, it picks up that Old World feeling and shows off some pretty sweet towns like Maribor. Yes, you can raft down, camping along the bank or staying in hotels adobe cs6 master collection full adobe cs6 master collection full. Or you can take tours full of wine and local songs. Either way, it’s off the beaten path but well worth the side trip.

Ogasawara Islands – Am I Sensing A Winter Theme Here?

Okay, yet another idyllic out of the way, off the beaten path, fantastic place. This time it’s in a Japanese territory which in my book makes it even cooler. The best parts? Small population, year round whales and dolphin, fruits of all kinds and just a bunch of beach This really is one of those places that hasn’t really been trampled. Will your cell phone work there? I’m going to say “no” even though I have no clue. Just trust me, “no”.