Tag Archive for Travel

Lessons From Couchsurfing: More Trust, Less Fear

Couchsurfing party on a much more hopeful election night in 2008.

I’m writing this in the wake of the United Kingdom’s referendum to leave the European Union. No one really knows the full implications of what this means for the future of Britain, the EU, or the global economy. The one…

80 Couches: 200 and Counting…

To the next adventure: Finland!

This is my 200th published post on 80couches.com! When I started this blog five years ago prior to my move to Korea, I had no idea where my random brain-droppings would take me, or where I would take myself. Since…

In Between Days

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“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I have this watch from communist-era Czechoslovakia that I bought from an antique shop in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. It has no battery, relying…

Colca Canyon

One of many great views.

Peru is an amazing country. Despite hovering around the equator, it boasts an extensive array of climates. It has broad beaches along its Pacific Coastline, desert highlands, and seemingly endless Amazonian rainforest. I’ve not written about my South American adventure…

Why I Always Travel with Cards

Stolen ruthlessly and without permission from http://www159.pair.com/

I always bring a deck of cards with me when I travel. This was my uncle’s suggestion. He told me on more than one occasion, “The most important thing to bring is a deck of cards, because if you get…

Iceland Preview

Don't let the bag fool you,  it's not even close to being fully packed.

When the time came to finally decide how to best use our remaining vacation time in November, Iceland wasn’t really anywhere on our radar.  The criteria were: 1) Somewhere we’ve never been, and 2) Somewhere warm. Imagine our surprise as…

Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 6, Paju, Korea

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This is my latest in my “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” series. The rest can be found here.  My first time up to Paju came two weeks before starting my new job at English Village. The first thing I noticed…

Chaos Theory of Travel

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Exactly two years ago today, Christine and I were robbed in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon in Buenos Aires, Argentina. What unfolded from that point forward was an unforgettable, life-changing trip. Was the robbery a low-point in our adventure,…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 4 (Continued), Nagasaki, Japan

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This is the second half of my piece on Nagasaki. Part 1 can be found here. My other posts in my “Strange Places” series include Milwaukee, South Florida, and Knoxville.   Many places have pest problems, but nothing could have prepared me for…

The Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 4, Nagasaki, Japan.

No, I didn't get into funny mistranslations, or Japan's bizarre sexual culture. I hope this sign suffices for both.

Author’s Note: When I set out to write this piece, I didn’t think it would take so long to fully convey my complex feelings about Nagasaki. As such, it has become a series within a series, divided into two parts.…

Working to Live: Walter Mitty Edition

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Author’s note: this is a follow up to my piece “Working to Live or Living to Work?”  And if you’ve not seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” this is my spoiler alert!  One of my favorite movies of the…

Legoland

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The Danes have a great deal to be proud of. They’re the World’s Happiest People. They have a high level of social cohesion, equality, and standard of living. They have some of the best restaurants in the world. They thumbed…