Archive for Off the beaten path

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 http://www.sfa.univ-savoie.fr/sciences/misc/phpcheck/kamagra-pas-cher.html.

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!

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 http://homepage.westmont.edu/make_account/images/pic/acrobat-xi-pro.html. 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!

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 http://kodu.ut.ee/~roma1956/images/phocagallery2/gallery/generic-viagra.html. 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”.

If I were in the Antartica…or a warzone… or backcountry…. or

Did you know that you can rent a satellite phone? For about 40 bucks and a dollar sixty a minute you can shout out a HEEELLLP! Or someone can let you now that you need to come home NOW! Regardless, it would be pretty cool to have if it all hit the fan.

Help to Avoid Delays and Cancellations

I’m for anything that helps beat the airlines at their game. I want any information that they are unwilling to hand out. Here’s another website that actually takes historical information and lets you track which days and flights have the highest cancellations or delays. AVOID THESE FLIGHTS! don’t avoid this web page.

Plain of Jars – Awesome to see…and a little hairy.

The Plain of Jars is one of those trippy places that make you feel that history is not even close to what our teachers said it was like. It was way cooler. Why, for example, would a culture in Laos build hundreds of huge jars out of stone and then just leave them lying around the countryside? These things are gigantic and took a lot of work. What were they for? How did they make them?

One thing to note before you go busting out there is that during the Vietnam war, a lot of cluster bombs were dropped in this area so a lot of unexploded ordinance remains in the area. Definitely off the beaten path and you will need a licensed guide. For more information, this site seems to have some great insights on the place.

Kinda Dorky But Convenient

This thing isn’t really my style but eliminating hassle is. Basically it’s a vest where you can hold your tickets, passport, snacks, everything you would be searching for when going through an airport. Just keep it in one of the tons of pockets in this vest. The coolest part is just throwing it on the x-ray conveyer and just walking through. If this is your kind of deal, here is a good place to get one.

Renting a yacht…on the cheap….Philippine style

One of the best parts about the Philippines is going between islands; cruising along the shallow ocean between them. For a mere $50-$100 you can rent one of these ferry boats for the whole day and just travel to your heart’s content. We had a large group of about 20 people making this a very cheap yet extremely fun activity. My favorite part is just parking out in the ocean, snorkeling, diving and kicking back.

Extreme Yet Serene

Yes, paragliding can be a little bit hairy. Yes, accidents happen. Yes, it’s still AWESOME! Yes, it’s off the beaten path for adventure.

Actually, if you’re going to try something like this, there is no safer place than the Torrey Pines flight park. The wind coming in from the ocean is nice and smooth, the instructors are competent and the park has been there for a long time. It can get a little crowded in the air but the traffic is well organized. Personally, I would take hang gliding over paragliding any day but paragliding seems to be all the rage these days. If you are interested in a little off the beaten path adventure, be it lessons or a quick tandem flight, this is the place to go.

Yotel, I kind of dig this.

You know those Japanese sleeping pods, just big enough to lay down in? Well, the idea is catching on at other places, too. They’re basically mini hotels complete with bed, television and kind of look like something you would get on a railroad car. Bathrooms are communal in most of them but they’re clean, safe, and the savings are great http://blogs.asbur..ra.html. Now they even have some at Heathrow, in Amsterdam, and at other places around the world. For me it’s perfect for a few quick zz’s between flights or a place to be if I’m coming off the field feeling poorly. You can rent a few hours, a day, whatever you need. If you’re interested, take a look at Yotel.com.