Dear TSA Supervisor at Reagan Airport:
Let’s get one thing straight. There are two terminal buildings at DCA. One building houses U.S. Air and Delta and other overpriced but fairly competent airlines, the other houses Air Tran, Spirit and other Ford Fiesta level airlines (hereafter know as the Short Bus terminal). I am talking to the TSA supervisor who handles the Short Bus terminal. To the other guy, thank you for making flying a pleasant experience.
So you Mr. Short Bus, must have flunked a major portion of your TSA security exam or slept...
I am Isaac Oosterloo, a 26 year old tasmanian (Australian!) who has just completed an epic journey through southeast Asia, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka. In the 9 months I was away I met and connected with many amazing fellow travelers from all walks of life. I truly believe there is a global network of people, an international nomads society out there and I wrote this piece in a tiny Bangkok cafe on my last day to pay homage to those beautiful souls . Enjoy!
To Those I Have Met on These Roads, This Path
By Isaac Oosterloo
To those I have...
Well I can’t really say that credit card fraud protection sucks, but it sure can be a pain in the ass. Before I left for Egypt I called my credit card companies and my bank AND my cell phone company to tell them about my travel plans for the next 3 months or so. I sat through the boring phone calls, transfers, and verifications like the responsible traveler I (sometimes) am. At least I didn’t wait until the day of my flight to Paris to get my Eurail pass, but that’s another story.
So I thought all was well and good with the credit cards...
The following is a travel poem of sorts. Well, I suppose it’s more of a poem for travelers more than anything. Beth Ann Fennelly’s I Need to be More French. Or Japanese captures the aching many wanderlust-driven souls share: to be in that place, not this one. When I first read this poem, I was immediately drawn to it because of this shared emotion I have with Fennelly’s words. Throughout the poem, she compares the beauty of different cultures and the reality of where she is versus where she can place herself: in France or Japan...
Seeing the way others live is the only way to truly understand and appreciate (or seek to change) your own life. Traveling to other countries allows you to witness first-hand where people in different cultures live, how they get to work, what they eat for dinner, how they socialize, and all the little idiosyncrasies of daily life that are so fascinating to foreigners. However, most travelers would agree that a certain point those picturesque beaches, brightly painted homes, and endless smokey mountains start to lose the jaw-dropping effect...
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
(a.k.a Bat Sh*t Crazy North Korea)
“Do not forget the U.S. Imperialist wolves!” It’s dark images like this that make isolated dictatorships like North Korea so scary and fascinating. This is an older poster, but like most outdated things in North Korea, it’s still being used. The poster comes free with the purchase of “Kim Jung Il, Our Divine Leader” commemorative plates!
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
(a.k.a. The Soviet Union – the Original Gangster)
1. Geography of Bliss
By Eric Weiner
Weiner, a former correspondent for National Public Radio, shares his experiences and insights gathered over two decades of traveling the world. In that time he has visited over 30 countries and has seen the best and the worst of what our planet has the offer. However, in contrast to the usual media coverage of strife and disaster, he explores the nature of happiness in various cultures. From Bhutan’s measure of Gross National Happiness to the Swedish idea of happiness in boredom, Weiner discovers that...