Space, Time And Fez

Space, Time And Fez

He shrugged at me. “It’s Berber silver, sir.” “It isn’t though is it? Because it isn’t Berber, and it isn’t silver. Therefore, not Berber silver. Anyway, you didn’t mention the Berber bit when you sold it to me. I think the word you used at the time was ‘Sterling.’ I want my 200 dirham back.” He smiled sweetly. “Look, you lied to us and I want my money back. You can deal with me now…

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Legs Would Only Get In The Way: A Q&A With Kevin Michael Connolly

Legs Would Only Get In The Way: A Q&A With Kevin Michael Connolly

  In this age we live in, seeing a legless man sitting on a bar stool would likely lead to a conversation surrounding Iraq or Afghanistan. That is, unless that man is Kevin Michael Connolly. If you were sitting next to him, your questions would surround the topic of gnarly crashes on the ski hills, skateboarding equipment, photography tips or his travels around the world. There would be no long sighs while finding the G-rated…

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The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain

The Conquest Of Tarifa, Spain

In the year 711, Tariq Ibn Ziyad — a Berber general — landed near the southern tip of Spain with 7,000 men, at the burning edge of the wildfire that was the Arab Empire — the House of Islam. In just a few years they were to conquer almost all of Spain, bringing much of the Iberian peninsula under Arab and Islamic rule for the next seven centuries and leading to the establishment of a…

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The Seven Types Of Travelers

The Seven Types Of Travelers

By the end of a trip, it’s safe to say you’re going to have pictures with strangers and a list of adventurers to add on Facebook. No matter who you meet, good or bad, likeable or unlikable, the different types of travelers enhance any journey. If you see yourself in any of these personas, do not be worried. We all embody elements of these overriding characters because they are the traits of travel: we all…

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Q&A: An Irreverent Interview With David Farley

Q&A: An Irreverent Interview With David Farley

David Farley’s Quest to Find the Carna Vera Sacra — The Foreskin of Christ We travel for different reasons. The sun and sand. Adventure. To discover something new. To leave something old behind. To conquer fears. To conquer mountains. To learn. To drink. To sober up. To experience other cultures. To find the foreskin of Christ? In David Farley’s recently released book, An Irreverent Curiosity, that’s exactly what took him on a yearlong quest in…

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Saigon From The Backseat

Saigon From The Backseat

A tour of Saigon from the backseat of a motorcycle. It’s dusk in Ho Chi Minh City — or Saigon as it is still called here — and the haze of the last ounce of light from the crimson setting sun is smothered in smog as I make my way through the busy streets. The thousands of motorcycles and scooters that clog the streets of Saigon every minute of the day begin turning on their…

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Finding Colombia’s Lost City

Finding Colombia’s Lost City

A trek into the jungle in search of Colombia’s “Lost City.” Our group grabs the packs from the top of the Jeep’s rusty roof before we set off for Ciudad Perdida, or Colombia’s Lost City. Our guide, Tunyi, decides to begin the six-day trek by telling us about eight tourists who were kidnapped on September 15th, 2003, by the National Liberation Army (ELN) on the very trail we were hiking. “Three months they held them…

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Fear And Bathing In Istanbul

Fear And Bathing In Istanbul

Seeking a true cultural experience, Cameron immerses himself in some uniquely Turkish hospitality in Istanbul.   Face down on the cool, smooth marble slab, I lay hot, sweating and uncomfortable. The air’s humidity has formed into huge balls of condensation which plummet from the domed ceiling high above. When the drops don’t hammer directly onto my head and body, they bombard the slab all around, showering me with tiny staccato splashes. In a desperate attempt…

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Where The Wild Horses Are

Where The Wild Horses Are

Some come for the peaceful beaches, others for the pristine landscapes, but what most people remember most from visiting Assateague are the wild horses — sitting right next to you on the beach. It was ironic that I was visiting Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge when Ken Burns’ six-part series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” happened to be airing on PBS. As I was watched, I couldn’t help to marvel…

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