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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Paulo Coelho and Kendrick Lamar

                                 Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Paulo Coelho and Kendrick Lamar

“What’s the world’s greatest lie?” The boy asked completely surprised. “It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

-Paulo Coelho

 

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Travel Wisdom: Kids Know Best.

Trekking through the mountains of Laos with my buddy Dave we were staying with small villages of people in rural conditions. We pretty much slept on straw mats and their houses were constructed well, but were pretty much weaved together around a few wooden supports. There was maybe one light bulb in the direct center of the hut if they were lucky, but mostly it was candles. There was a cooking fire in the center that everyone crowded around at nighttime and dinner.  I don’t consider these people poor because…

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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Jack Kerouac and The White Buffalo

                            Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Jack Kerouac and The White Buffalo

 

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”


― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

 

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What I did on my Summer Vacation: Life Creeps West at a Slow Pimp’s Pace

For about the last year and a half I’ve been rambling around the eastern U.S. and Canada, spending time with friends and family from where I grew up trying to formulate a plan for more adventure. 

Moto Dharama Bum
Moto Dharama Bum

The more I looked the more I saw, the more I saw the more I planned, the more I planned the less I did until suddenly I was reminded of something Sylvia Plath wrote:

“I saw my life branching out before me like the…

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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: John Cage and Radiohead

                              Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: John Cage and Radiohead

 

“Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.” -John Cage

 

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Falling in Love on the Road and the Wisdom of Bill Murray.

As traveler and travel writer I get interviewed and asked a lot of repetitive questions.  One of the questions that I get asked the most and one that so many travelers before me have written about is love.

How does a nomad find his soul mate? How can you fall in love if you are constantly traveling?  Is it possible to live a travel lifestyle and have a long-term relationship?

Well, I guess this is my two cents. There is no formula to love.  It happens when it is ready…

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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Stanley Kubrick and Beck

                   Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Stanley Kubrick and Beck

Mt. Everest, Tibet

Mt. Everest, Tibet

“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply…

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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Salman Rushdie and Jose Gonzalez

Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Salman Rushdie and Jose Gonzalez

“For a long while I have believed – this is perhaps my version of Sir Darius Xerxes Cama’s belief in a fourth function of outsideness – that in every generation there are a few souls, call them lucky or cursed, who are simply born not belonging, who come into the world semi-detached, if you like, without strong affiliation to family or location or nation or race; that there may even be millions, billions…

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Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Bruce Lee and The Rolling Stones

Friday Moment of Zen with Thought and Music: Bruce Lee and The Rolling Stones

Traveling, like life, has its ups and downs. Sometimes you miss trains, sometimes you don’t have enough time to see that one place you really wanted to, and other times you have to say goodbye to that girl you fell in love with for just a day. You live in a stasis of impermanence on the road, constantly a transient guest. So, with a little help from Bruce Lee and…

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Traveling the World: A relationship between Humans and Animals

One of my passions, traveling or not, is animals.  Growing up in the countryside with a horse field in my backyard as a kid definitely helped nourish this, as well did trips to the zoo, camping, and watching animal documentaries on public television.

Traveling opens up the possibility to see some of your favorite animals in their native natural environments. Me, I’m a monkey man. I love monkeys. My favorite animal hands down is the Orangutan.  The Orangutan is the main reason I want to travel to Borneo. Sure Borneo…

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Travel Advice: Leave Your Ego at Home and Remember You’re Mortal.

Sometimes it’s good to get your ass kicked. Yeah, that sounds crazy, but there is an element of clarity in it. A good tumble down some stairs or falling off a tuktuk can instantly remind you that you’re not Superman. When traveling around the world and into foreign countries something can happen to your perception. After several months, you get comfortable with the people you meet in foreign lands, you start settling into the mold of a traveler, and you let your guard down a little, sometimes a lot. This…

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The Traveler

The Traveler

The traveler moves into everyday

As he has trodden into every new world.

He has no name, yet finds rest wherever

Still can be found.

He has no family, yet finds company

In any earnest conversation.

When it’s time to move, he goes.

When it’s time to stop, he beds down.

For the traveler there is no routine

Beside exploration.

In any land he looks strange,

He wears the clothes of the world.

His bags are heavy, but the weight of

The world remains below his feet

Where…

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15 Countries in 10 Months and a Moments Rest. A Lot Can Change.

Today is the first time I have really sat still and have not had any urgent location to get to or task to accomplish in about 10 months. At least that’s what it feels like.  10 months ago I started moving, I moved across Asia North to South, started in South Korea and went all the way down through Nepal, then I island jumped around Taiwan and the Philippines. After that I ran around Vietnam and many other countries eventually culminating with me catching a train in Beijing all the…

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Life on the Train: Riding on Rails Across the World

One of the first things I really enjoyed when I started truly traveling was riding the train. In fact, it was one the first things I ever did in a foreign country. I took the Korail from Incheon Airport to Seoul to prepare for my first teaching job abroad.  Even then in the beginning it occurred to me that there might not be a more relaxing inwardly thought provoking way to travel.

Me on one of my first train rides through China on the Bullet Train.
Me…

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Tips on the Road: Accountabili-buddy and Liabili-buddy

One of the absolute best parts of traveling is the people.  They are everywhere, on the streets, in your hostel, at the sights your visiting, and in the bars you are drinking at. Especially when traveling alone it’s nice to make a friend you can share the experience with. Maybe you meet on the train going the same direction or even in the hostel you are staying at, you both speak English, always a plus, and now maybe you wanna get drinks, nothing wrong with that, is there?
Well,…

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The Shameless Traveler: Why I do what I do.

This blog is about me, it’s about my life from a certain point onward. You will notice on the top of every page on this site the words “Shameless Traveler.” It seems like a pretty straightforward concept, but I wanted to explain it a little more. For me being shameless doesn’t mean being a degenerate scumbag that drinks and parties all the time, even though I do that occasionally.


Being shameless for me was a choice to live the life that I wanted for myself. There is a…

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