By Colin McFadden

You know what goes well with meat? Meat.

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Having New Years during the darkest, gloomiest part of the year doesn’t make a lot of sense does it?  “Happy New Year! Now, go back to sulking and reading Scandinavian murder fiction.”  Having New Years on the Spring equinox, when the daylight is returning and…

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By Colin McFadden

Gonzo for Gondolas

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 We’ve been in Almaty for two weeks now.  Just about everyone who’s asked us what we’ve been up to has expressed shock and dismay that we hadn’t yet been to the mountains.  Yesterday we righted that wrong. Before we get to that though, there are…

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By Colin McFadden

Buying and filling an Onay Bus card in Almaty

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 Almaty has an extensive transit network.  In particular, the busses are affordable and easy, especially with the help of apps like Almaty Bus and WikiRoutes.  While you can pay on board, an “Onay” transit card is a lot more affordable and easy.  Getting them can…

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By Colin McFadden

Visiting the Candy Factory

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 We’re wrapping up our first week in Almaty.  We’re pretty settled and comfortable, and it’s feeling like home.  We haven’t done any major tourist excursions or activities yet – our days have mostly involved working, teaching, and walking around the neighborhood to get the lay…

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By Colin McFadden

Settling in

This post is part of a series called Kazakhstan 2019 We’re about 36 hours into our stay in Almaty, but it’s already becoming familiar and friendly.  We were met at the airport by a PhD student from the University, along with his sister.  They dropped us at the “House of Young Scholars”, a dorm for…

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By Colin McFadden

Traveling with Tony

Yesterday, Anthony Bourdain decided to peace out on 2018.  I’m still coming to terms with that. Bourdain was such an important influence on my life, and is essentially the reason for this site.  I’ve lost idols before – Bowie, Steve – but idols exist on a different plane.  You don’t go through your days thinking…

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By Colin McFadden

Cars and Café

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Back in Minnesota, today was the monthly installment of Cars and Coffee.  Car nerds get together in a parking lot and look at other cars.  We did something similar, but it was while sipping espressos on the waterfront of Horta, watching rally cars drive past…

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By Colin McFadden

Right 5 over crest, Left 3 don’t cut

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Our flight to Faial was supposed to depart at around 8:15, however there were clouds on the horizon. After an hour-long delay, the airline representative called everyone over to the counter to announce that we were going to take off and attempt to land on…

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By Colin McFadden

Buying Pastries on the DL

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Our last full day on São Miguel!  We kicked things off with another homemade breakfast (we had some bread and eggs to use up).  Then we hit the road to the north side of the island to check out the Gorreana Tea Plantation, the only…

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By Colin McFadden

Honk If You Love Hamburgers

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 Today we took it easy. We didn’t climb mountains, hike around volcanoes or climb any rocks. Actually we did climb rocks but they were rather small rocks. Our first stop of the day was a bakery in Ponta Delgada near our now familiar grocery store….

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By Colin McFadden

Revealing our horrible disease

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 It’s time to come clean: Kat and I have a horrible disease.  More on that in a moment. We got up early again to enjoy the sun and the view and the coffee pot.  Since we wanted to get an early start on our day,…

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By Colin McFadden

Bit of a Tuff Day

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 An entirely reasonable 10 hours of sleep transformed us from mad-eyed miscreants mumbling incoherently into normal-eyed miscreants mumbling incoherently.  As per usual. I got up early to make coffee and watch the city wake up.  We’d assumed that town was so quiet yesterday because it…

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By Colin McFadden

From A to Azores

This post is part of a series called Azores 2018 When you tell someone you’re headed to the Azores, you’ll get one of two reactions: “What are the Azores?” or “Oh I was there on a military flight once.”  We have yet to meet anyone in person who’s actually been to the Azores for fun. …

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By Colin McFadden

Why Should I Visit Senegal?

You should visit Senegal because chances are you don’t know much (if anything) about it, aren’t entirely sure where it is, and are looking to be totally surprised by a destination.  You should visit Senegal because chances are good you’ve never been to Africa (under 0.5% of American international travel), and it’s time to change…

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