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It’s a Good Day to Bombay: My Day with the Dabbawallas!
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How to Camp on The Mall (Or Die Trying)
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Drowned, Decapitated and Drop-Dead Crazy: The Island of the Dolls
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Weird Science: Unwrapping a Mummy
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Gimme Five! Safari by the Numbers
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Castles in the Sky: Your Fairytale Guide to Portugal!
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Hungry Like the Wolf: My Search for the Best Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest!
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Hi! I’m Sandy, a fierce Virgo with a serious case of wanderlust that is rivaled only by an equally spectacular case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I’m Native Texan to the bone, although I was actually born in the Black Forest under a gibbous moon. Speaking of black, I love black licorice, black crystals and black humor.

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It’s a Good Day to Bombay: My Day with the Dabbawallas!

Dressed in their white kurta pajamas and traditional Gandhi caps, Mumbai’s fabled army of dabbawallas has been satisfying the hunger of the city’s commuters daily ...
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How to Camp on The Mall (Or Die Trying)

Staking out your campsite on The Mall is serious business, y’all. Tent placement, power supply, food and beverage, weather considerations, personal hygiene.  And, if I do ...
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Weird Science: Unwrapping a Mummy

Encased in temperature-controlled glass cabinets, mummies are often a star attraction at some of the world’s greatest museums. For centuries, mummies were viewed as nothing ...
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Drowned, Decapitated and Drop-Dead Crazy: The Island of the Dolls

Deep in the heart of the canals of Xochimilco lies an island. An island with a tragic and terrifying history. An island that will send ...
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Hungry Like the Wolf: My Search for the Best Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest!

Exploring the Black Forest requires stamina, y’all! You have to park the car, get out of the car, walk through insanely picturesque villages and towns, ...
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Beethoven’s Bewitching Bonn!

Germany is celebrated for many things.  From fairy tales and fast cars to castles and classical music, you’re spoiled for choice on where to begin ...
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Castles in the Sky: Your Fairytale Guide to Portugal!

Castle, castle, fortress, castle. Swoon! Hopping from castle to castle is enough to get any traveler excited. Throw in mind-blowing medieval villages bolstered by staggering ...
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The Art of the Stroll: Coyoacan Edition!

Mexico City is having a moment. Sure, the sunny Central American country has been luring tourists for ages with its sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts. ...
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Red Hot, Right Now: Iceland!

Topping bucket lists everywhere, Iceland is, quite possibly, the most fascinating country on the planet.  A vast volcanic laboratory, Iceland is literally a country in ...
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How To Spend a Perfect Day in The Marais

Vibrant and bustling, Paris is, in every sense of the word, monumental.   Paris is also arguably the most beautiful city in the world.  With ...
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Done and (Mostly) Dusty: Egypt Edition

Somewhere between Cairo and Paris, it became Sunday, at which point I became acutely aware that my Grand Egyptian Adventure was over. And, in case I ...
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Gimme Five! Safari by the Numbers

Safari is a year-round adventure and the planning process is exciting!   Africa is a vast continent and the possibilities for exploring it are endless. ...

The Daily Journal

Ban Ka Long Train Station

Bangkok, Thailand

24 Dec 22, 4:14 p.m.
Christmas Eve finds me on the outskirts of Bangkok. Broadly speaking, I’m about 50 miles outside Bangkok’s city center. Specifically speaking, I’m standing at the Ban Ka Long train station on my way to the so-called Life-Risking Market. Yes, you read that correctly. Life-Risking Market. Naturally, I have to investigate

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