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The 5 Discounts Offered by Moroccan Street Hawkers

Street hawkers, also known as street sellers, street vendors, and the most godforsaken spawn of satan ever to walk the earth, are rampant in Morocco, especially the main tourist cities of Marrakech and Fez. At first I was polite, then turned to ignoring them, then I noticed something: these street traders kept coming back to the same rehearsed…

Cambodia Capital Riverside

A Drowning Man in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I was standing along the water’s edge in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, talking to a man with an intimate relationship with his mother, when a man in the river started screaming, “I’m drowning! I’m drowning! Somebody please help me, I’m going to die!” All at once, several things crossed my mind. I thought, Holy shit, this is…

Chinese snacks

China on a Transit Visa

At best I thought I was going to have to spend the night in a hotel room under armed guard, at worst chained to the wall of a jail cell with only the wails of a tortured woman for company. But as it turns out, China’s not that bad. I successfully flew from London Heathrow…

Royal Palace, capital of Cambodia

A Serious Discussion About Ladyboys in SE Asia

I was in a bar in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, eavesdropping on a conversation between two Irish expats. We were at outside tables on a humid, dirty street packed with parked mopeds just off the main road. Scruffy tuk-tuk drivers lazed in their vehicles keeping one eye open for tourists. “So, have you admitted you’re gay…

Amsterdam Canal

“The Most Vibrating Shop”

I was wandering aimlessly along Amsterdam’s canals, snapping a few photos of the cute bridges and the rows of patchwork houses, when I noticed a shop sign that proudly announced it was “The Most Vibrating Shop”. It was a sign full of intrigue; my curiosity was piqued. What vibrates? Phones? Electric toothbrushes? Bombs? I stopped,…