Dancing at the Blood Festival

Since I hadn’t had time to change my clothes that morning, I arrived at the Jordanian customs station in Aqaba with the bloodstains still on my pants. The blood had dried to the point where I didn’t look like a fresh mass murderer, but no doubt I appeared a bit odd walking through the ferry station with scallop-edged black droplets on my boots and crusty brown blotches soaked into the cuffs of my khakis. The blood was from the streets of Cairo, which at the time had been in the midst of celebrations marking the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice,… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 2, 2015
Category: Africa, Asia

Book Review VANISHING TALES FROM ANCIENT TRAILS by James Dorsey

VANISHING TALES FROM ANCIENT TRAILS by James Dorsey, 2014, Vagabundo Magazine Publishing. Buy on Amazon. When I first found his writing on celebrated travel webzine Perceptive Travel, there was one thing that made me an instant James Dorsey’s fan. It was the amount of literary adrenaline he was able to inject straight into readers’ eyes with the opening three lines of each and every story. Indeed, James would pull out his wordy meathook, and catch you right under the chin, pulling you into the action. You would feel the smells, sounds and fear he was trying to tell you all… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 28, 2014
Category: Africa, Asia, South America, Travel Writing

Vagabonding Field Report: The Morocco most people won’t see

Welcome to Guelmim, Morocco, the gateway to the Sahara! Cost/day: ~$24 What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? Camel meat is a common ingredient in the southern area of Morocco. There are 3 types of camel, and each color has its own function. White camels are special as they can smell water from 30 km. Dark brown (referred to as black) camels are used for work, and the lighter brown ones are used for meat. When you visit a butcher to buy your camel meat, you will find their legs hanging up. Younger camels are used for chops while older… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 19, 2014
Category: Africa, Vagabonding Field Reports

Want some free Travel Wickedness?

I admit it, I have been lacking a few posts and overall been bogged down with work (yes, work, because even to sustain a life abroad we need some, in a form or the other), and I beg your pardon. To start off the New Year right, I believe you might love reading some quirky, wicked travel narratives from around the world. You might take this as a shameless example of self-promotion, but the third issue of Wicked World, an alternative digital magazine I edit with British travel writer Tom Coote, is finally available as a great eye candy: just… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | January 2, 2014
Category: Adventure Travel, Africa, Asia, South America, Travel Writing

Wicked World releases issue 2

I take this week's chance to announce the release of the second issue of Wicked World, a digital magazine project that dares to be different. Unrestricted by commercial considerations, it remains free to challenge, question, and tell the truth about the business of international travel. We’re not here to sell expensive guided tours, round-the-world gap year tickets, or travel insurance, but exist primarily to provide a platform for the kind of honest, alternative and irreverent travel writing that wouldn’t normally find a home in more mainstream publications. In Issue Two you will find articles on: the walled Muslim city of Harar… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 5, 2013
Category: Africa, Asia, Travel Writing

Midnight at the oasis: A snapshot from Douz, Tunisia

Whoever idealized the serene night scene of Berber tents surrounding an oasis, fires flickering, a reflection of the stars above, the quiet hum of insects and maybe a bedouin bathing by moonlight had obviously NOT actually spent a night at an oasis; especially on a festival night. If there is one thing that an oasis night is not, under any circumstances, it is quiet. There is really no way to describe the cacophony of sounds that paint the darkness: donkeys braying, dogs barking, cats calling, camels roaring (they don’t exactly roar, but they are certainly making their best attempt.) Add… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | July 16, 2013
Category: Africa

Wicked World releases its first digital issue

In the past few months, I have complained several times about the current status of travel writing and how it does not satisfy my needs. In this sense, it would have been too easy to just sit there and complain without actually doing something about it. And that's exactly what I did by joining forces with British travel writer Tom Coote. We sat down and worked hard to create a new digital magazine: Wicked World. You can access it by clicking here. Wicked World exists to promote the kind of travel related writing that wouldn’t normally find an outlet in… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | June 13, 2013
Category: Adventure Travel, Africa, Asia, Destinations, North America, Travel Writing

Long-distance footpaths

[caption id="attachment_17021" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="My two horses stop for a snack along the Continental Divide Trail in Montana/ photo/ Lindsey Rue"][/caption] Recently I’ve been reading, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. When the author was in her mid-twenties she solo hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Her book unfolds as she treks north, nursing her blistered feet and cumbersome heavy pack along a majority of the 2,663mi (4,286km) trail. It initially begins at the Mexican border, passes through California, Oregon, and Washington in the USA and over the border into Canada. Several years ago I’d been gearing up to ride my horses along… Read More...

Vagabonding Field Report: Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya by bus

       Cost/day: $30/day   What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? After spending several months in Africa, I have seen a lot of strange things and it has all begun to be quite normal. Therefore, the contrast of Kigali, Rwanda was actually the strangest thing I have seen in a while. The streets were impeccably clean, everything was organized and you couldn’t find corruption anywhere. The harassing street hawkers weren’t trying to sell me the same worthless junk or “Made in China” African statues and masks like everywhere else, but rather USB sticks, Oxford English dictionaries and Economist magazines. Compared… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | July 28, 2012
Category: Africa, Destinations, General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Over-landing Southern and Eastern Africa

Cost/day: $50-75 What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? In Malawi I was introduced to the water spirit Tokoloshe. It resembles a human figure - two hands and two feet - but with extremely exaggerated features like the massive belly and enormous mouth and tongue. I have never seen anything quite like it and decided I had a buy one. Luckily, there's a million craft stalls in Africa and Malawi is no different. I bought mine from a fellow that called himself "Cheap As Chips". (more…) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | July 21, 2012
Category: Africa, Vagabonding Field Reports