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Petzl Zipka Plus LED Headlamp

September 11, 2007

Flashlights have gone the way of the Dodo bird when it comes to backpackers’ lighting gear of choice. In May 2006, I came to this realization when I tried to use my trusted Mini Maglite on a pre-dawn hike to the top of Temple IV in Tikal, Guatemala to watch the sun rise over the […]

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Sushi and Sashimi Adventures in DC

September 10, 2007

If I’m going to work my way up to eating tarantula’s and snake hearts in Asia, then high-end sushi is a good place to start my training in the bizarre foods arena. Yes, sushi and sashimi are still new territory for me and my palette. Inspired to expand my horizons, I was excited to meet […]

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Backpacking Humor

September 9, 2007

Special thanks to my Dad for sharing this Zits comic strip with me. Enjoy! Son: Taa-Daah! My life plan in four steps. 1. Play guitar in high school. 2. Play guitar in college. 3. Backpack around the world for ten years. 4. Retire comfortably. Father: Um, I don’t see anything in here about a career. […]

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Canterbury and Returning to Paris

September 8, 2007

Thursday, August 27, 1998 I woke up and got to the bus stop in time to choose between the Dublin bus and the Galway bus. I chose to go to Galway, and try to catch a train (which would be free w/Eurorail). I ended up missing the train by thirty minutes. I decided to catch […]

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Backpacker Video of the Week

September 7, 2007

Julia is a travel writer (and publisher of The Travel Junkie) from Canada who completed a backpacking trip around the world a year or two ago. She has some interesting videos posted on YouTube, and the one below was my favorite. Her latest venture is a behind-the-scenes TV show based on the life of a […]

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