This post is part of a series called Thailand No matter where you find yourself in the world these days, whether in the middle of the Ecuadorian rainforest, on a lonely mountain road in the Caucuses, a desert dune in the Sahara, or on a scuba boat in the Andaman Sea, chances are, you will cross paths with a German. I like this little fact about traveling. After having lived in Germany for several years, I now feel some affinity with Germans and am beginning to understand their ways, if only cursorily. It is comforting to know that if you ever find yourself in trouble at the ends of the…
The first thing that greets you when you arrive at the Timișoara airport in western Romania is a billboard advertising the expertise of a local business consultancy company, “Your competent partner for Romanian Birocracy” [sic]. A short reminder of how while much has changed in Romania, much has also remained the same. While Romania has been on a steady path of economic and political transformation since the late 1980s, Romanian bureaucracy remains an anachronism best handled with the expertise of local partners. This caveat, alluded to even in the advertising at the airport, would only be confirmed during our visit. Business consultancy services for foreigners are an important business here. The…
This post is part of a series called Thailand “We have a map,” the man at check-in to our backpacker bungalow hotel tells us, lowering his voice slightly, his tone conspiratorial. “A map to the secret beach. It’s not that easy to get there, but it’s not far.”
This post is part of a series called Thailand If you go… Introduction Itinerary: A place-by-place guide, along with recommendations for accommodations, activities, and sightseeing. Country Briefing: An general overview of the country, with tips for understanding the culture and making the most of your time in country.
This post is part of a series called Thailand Most travelers to Southeast Asia will probably begin and end their journey in Bangkok. After those disorienting international flights halfway around the world, it only makes sense to spend a night here and see what Bangkok, and Thailand, have in store for you.
This post is part of a series called Thailand How does that song go? “One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy.” The same goes for Phuket. One night in Phuket is one night too many.
This post is part of a series called Cuba The summer after my freshman year of college, I traveled to Cuba as a student in a course focusing on sustainable agricultural systems. Why? Well, for many reasons, really: to practice my Spanish, to learn something (anything) about agriculture, to see a new country. I’ll be honest, though. There was really only one reason I had for choosing Cuba. At that time, it was forbidden.
This post is part of a series called Florence Florence is a city by which you measure your life every time you returnevery time you return. On my first visit, the city made clear the tasks ahead in growing up. Not just becoming an adult, but a citizen of the world, as I so deeply wanted to be. And it sent me on my way with a parting kiss, a small souvenir of what was yet to come.