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Justine Cutler

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Day 3: Binder to birthplace of the GREAT Ghengis Khan Without exaggeration, last night I had the worst nights sleep in my entire life. The gers all contain stoves. When our stove was on it was sauna-like hot so I went to sleep in short PJs and a tank top. However, in the middle of […]

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Sameness

Day 2: Ulaan Baatar to Binder The tediousness began and shows no sign of ending. The day started off fine enough, en route to our first stop on the way to Genghis’s birthplace. We pack our stuff into a Soviet troop carrier (i.e. van) unchanged since the 1960s. Our guide, Chinzo, let us know that […]

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Neither not particularly

Day 1: Ulaan Baatar / Capital of Mongolia Our first impression of Mongolia was the inability of anyone at immigration to crack a smile. I tried smiling at the lady suspiciously eyeing my passport, to no avail. She probably thought I had some kind of facial tic, because I kept smiling and she kept frowning […]

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Is being on vacation supposed to be this stressful?

Is being on vacation supposed to be this stressful?

After our trip through Asia we will live in New Zealand for around ten months, and return to the States in a year. We’ve organized a crate to be shipped to NZ and the day before it is due to be picked up we realize we’ve forgotten everything. Customs declarations, preprinted packing labels, insurance…we have […]

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The start: Four dictators, two horses, and a sinking boat.

The start: Four dictators, two horses, and a sinking boat.

Destination: Mongolia! One week into unemployment and the night terrors have started to subside, although still I wake at 2am panic-stricken that I’ve forgotten to do something at work. I’ve spent the last five days not packing, which is probably not smart just a few days before a six week trip across Asia and a […]

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Escape from Africa

Senegal to Dubai I’d like to say that after the most recent police ticket for having luggage in the back seat (it still makes me mad, how utterly ridiculous!) we were ready to get the heck out of Senegal, but frankly I was ready to leave Senegal a long time ago. We figured we’d make […]

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Tomba and Abunda

Guinea Bissau back to Senegal to The Gambia to Senegal The most wonderful thing didn’t happen when we left Varela, Guinea Bissau. No one asked us for money! Everyone had been welcoming to us just because they were kind people. I’d been having a surprisingly hard time giving away the massive amounts of school supplies […]

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Peanuts

Varela Our first day on the beach in Varela and Rick decides we should buy some fish from the fishermen, and wanders down to the pirogues. I thought this was quite brave of him given the language barrier. Unfortunately they only had catfish which he doesn’t like, so he came back empty handed but plus […]

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100% hard

Ziguinchor (Senegal) to Varela (Guinea Bussau) We find a nice hotel (Le Flamboyant) in Ziguinchor that nearly offsets the a-hole policeman. The restaurant across the street, Les Touriste, is good, and there’s a pool, hot shower, and wi-fi (pronounced wee-fee). The next day we set off to the Guinea Bissau embassy with that familiar feeling […]

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Rick tells me I can’t use the words ‘c**k s*cker’ in a blog post

Niokola Koba Park to Ziguinchor We leave our lovely night in the park with the river and birds and baboons and the aromatic scent of leaves. Our truck is a sight – bamboo, broken branches and leaves jut haphazardly out of any crevice it was possible to jam into – the roof tent, the propane […]

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