Category Archives: Kill me now

IMPORTANT NEWS regarding the latest US immigration protocols

Tweet Since 2010, in addition to many fine programs, the fledgling Brand USA (aka the Travel Promotion Act), “dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States,” has spent untold millions of dollars making their immigration procedures quicker and simpler. While this effort should also ease things for US…

Luxury slum resort allows people to experience poor people culture, kinda

Tweet This, amazingly, is a real thing. Shanty Town at Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa outside Bloemfontein, South Africa gives visitors the opportunity to fulfill their bucket list item of temporarily, safely living like a real life destitute person. For just $82 per night, you too can sleep in a…

Marketing spam email fail incites slightly caustic blogger to fire off scathing rejoinder

Tweet I may or may not have snapped this morning after twice being the victim of an unnamed marketing firm’s arbitrary email spamming practices – once with the original spam, then again with a “follow-up” spam two days later inquiring if I still might be interested in the original spam,…

Do not open till February 2011

Tweet Tim Cahill once said “In good travel writing, something on the trip always has to go wrong.” If this is true, then after my most recent Lonely Planet research trip in Romania and Moldova, I should have a book deal landing on my desk any second. At least I…

Overheard on the Pisa to JFK flight

Tweet Flying from Pisa to New York was the most profound test of my Buddha-like patience for rudeness and psychoses since I tried to buy a car in Romania. My immediate neighbor was a batshit crazy woman from the Dominican Republic, who was totally helpless, unable to even fill in…

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