The Worst of Humanity at Belém Tower, Lisbon

Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal, is really quite pretty to look at. Here’s a photo: Unfortunately, that is all the positivity you’re getting out of me for this post because what’s inside that tower is not pretty. Don’t get me wrong, physically it’s fine. There’s stone and wood and some pleasant views. What isn’t pretty…

Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge

The humble bicycle has two wheels and no motor. Invented in the early 1800s and largely unchanged in two centuries, the bike is an excellent invention in transportation. And interestingly, unlike in other forms of transportation, development of the bicycle has resulted in an entirely new species of human, a species that would make Darwin…

Pyramid Scheming in Minnesota

At first it sounded like a job interview. “I’m a good communicator because…” “I work well both alone and as a team…” “I graduated three years ago but I’ve demonstrated the 17 years of requisite experience by working 4 jobs and training myself to only need 8 minutes of sleep a day.” We were in…

Getting the Perfect Photo at Neuschwanstein Castle

I was lying on my stomach in the snow at the edge of a ridge in a forest, eye squinting through a camera lens. I clicked the shutter, stood up, brushed myself off and looked at the camera display. Nope, that was also terrible. I dragged my beleaguered wife back down the hill, saying we…

Trip to Minneapolis. Minneapolis? Yep, Minneapolis!

On Saturday we’re flying to Minneapolis. “Why?” You ask. Because it’s my birthday and I always go somewhere new for my birthday, that’s why. “Ok, but why Minneapolis?” You wonder, quite reasonably. To which I reply, dunno man, does everything have to have a reason? I know very little about Minneapolis and the state in…

A Christmas Cruise Around the Caribbean

New York right now is as cold and hostile as our landlord when we told them they need to turn up the heating. So to warm myself I’m going to make myself a nice cup of tea, put on a pair of slippers, and talk about how warm and wonderful our Christmas Caribbean cruise was….

Antoni Gaudí: The Worst Builder in the World

One thing’s for sure, you wouldn’t want Antoni Gaudí as your neighbor. Imagine leaving your house one morning and bumping into him and he tells you, with a big sigh, “My house has no straight lines.” You’d get that FOR SALE sign up before you can say “stay away from my kids”. Gaudí, for those…

Getting Money Out of an Indonesian ATM

It’s one of the most common anxieties. Where am I going to get my money? Not being able to get money is every traveler’s worst nightmare. In Yogyakarta, Indonesia we ran into an unusual problem that was a first for me. But first, where do travelers generally get their money? 1) Do I get all the local…

An Afternoon in Post-Apocalyptic Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware is a piece of East Coast suburbia that feels like a new utopia created for a post-apocalyptic future. I can describe it no better than by saying the trash cans on the street are never more than 30% full. Compare that to New York, the great American dirt-hole, where trashcans are 120% full…

5 Great Ways to Pass the Time on a Long Flight

Here are 5 great ways to pass the time on a long flight that you won’t find on other websites. Mainly because these are all actually really bad ideas and neither I nor your airline nor your mother recommend you actually do. 1. Make your own movie. You’ve either seen the few good movies on…

New York City v Singapore Subway Systems

Let’s do something fun. Let’s compare the New York City and Singapore metro/subway systems and declare a winner. (It will be fun, I swear.)   1. Number of people killed Somebody told me in Singapore that after a number of fatalities from people stepping onto the tracks, within 2 years Singapore had installed glass barriers at all…

One Fateful Night in a Private Villa in Bali

Tonight we’re spending a romantic night in a private villa nestled in some rice terraces in Bali, so let me tell you about that. It’s a really beautiful place with — Scrtch scrtch scrtch What the hell was that? Scrtch scrtch scrtch There it is again. It’s coming from just outside the bedroom door, in the kitchen. We’re city…