It’s amazing how two people can live the exact same experience, yet have completely different interpretations of the events. Often dubbed the Rashomon Effect, this phenomenon has been the subject of countless books and movies, most notably Rashomon itself, and is familiar to us all. I have personally witnessed a few examples during my life, […]
Tooth Vendor in Marrakech’s Djemaa El-Fna
You can buy individual teeth or a full set with gums from this tooth vendor in Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakech, Morocco. If you read my previous post on Marrakech’s main square, you’ll know that this guy is only one of a countless number of interesting characters (remember her?) who hang out here.
Old Chinese Hipsters Dance in Beijing’s Jingshan Park
When you visit China, you can’t help but notice the bad dancing that goes on in the public parks, but these three took it to a whole new level in Beijing’s Jingshan Park and pretty much redefined the word “dance”. The new definition was not a good one, mind you, but it was certainly hilarious. […]
Why was Pedro in Beijing and Why Was He Naked?
I haven’t added to my annoying people series in a while, so I think it’s time I introduced a person who could be a whole series on their own: the annoying hostel roommate. I’m sure I’ll be writing many more posts in the future about people with whom I’ve been stuck in dorm rooms over the years, but [read more…]
Buddhist Monk in Vientiane Doing Some Grooming
This Buddhist monk was sitting outside a temple in Vientiane, Laos and checking himself out in his little mirror for a good half hour. After a few minor adjustments, he seemed happy with what he saw. Who can blame him?
The Drunken Muay Thai Master
When I first got to Thailand, I thought it might be interesting to see a Muay Thai fight. It wasn’t high on my list of things to do, but I figured it could be fun. Then I spent a few days in Phuket dodging touts with Muay Thai flyers and being screamed at by promoters […]
This Is How You Cruise the Streets of Marrakech
If you ask 100 people, you’d get 100 different definitions of ‘cool’, but this Moroccan woman fits every last one of them. Watching her cruise through the Djemaa El-Fna (Marrakech’s main square and the subject of this previous post) made me feel like real loser for walking across it all day on my own two […]
Seoul Man Sports World’s Greatest Mullet
That is the look of a man who knows that his mullet puts Kentuckians and European hockey players to shame. Business in the front, party in the back and fabulous all over, this Seoul man works the camera after a long day of hiking in the mountains of South Korea’s capital.
Large Drunk Bikers In Seoul’s Hongdae Children’s Park
This little story relates one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, but have been putting off writing about, because I have no idea how to accurately paint the hilarious picture. Even the word biker in the title doesn’t quite give the correct impression, despite being the correct descriptive word. Doesn’t make sense? I know. […]
Surreal New Year’s Eve in Kuala Lumpur
A few years ago, I found myself in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of December and got to enjoy my first New Year’s Eve in a Muslim country. My night began like so many, on the rooftop of my hostel, where a bunch of people, including eight or nine Finns, were having a few […]