Posts Tagged: travel

Why Climb?: My Cardio Apostasy

I wake to the familiar smell of yak dung. It's day 20 of a month-long hike through the Nepalese Himalayas. Bhimsem, my guide, is slurping dahl bat in the teahouse kitchen. He's anxious to get going, even though we have 14 hours of daylight to trek three miles; the same three miles local children hike twice a day just to get to school. He fidgets with his backpack straps as I eat a chocolate pancake. Then, the speech.

Today we will see many mountains. We will go up. And we will go down. There will be many sights. You will take pictures. Yes? Bhimsem is frustrated when I take pictures [...]


The Batcave, 1982-1984

"In time we moved to Mile End, to a sort of ghetto full of musicians, news readers, and producers from the BBC. We learned to knit, we knit on the train, learned to play mah-jongg, and went dancing at the Batcave, or the Camden Palace on a Thursday night."

But what is the Batcave, you might wonder, if you bought this e-book and read Maria Bustillos' story "On Travel As An Escape From Untenable Circumstances" (excerpted here, and in the quote above), and weren't already familiar with the Batcave?

This video may or may not clarify, but it has a lot of amazing hairstyles (and: "As [...]


The Hairpin Travel Series, Part Two: "An Escape From Untenable Circumstances"

Episodes One and Two of The Hairpin's Kindle Serial "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having" are available in full via Amazon. Episode One, by Carrie Frye, is excerpted on The Awl


One romanticizes the idea of traveling to a distant country, but in my experience the romance-novel version of travel occurs rarely, if ever, in an ordinary person’s life. Even if one manages to plan everything out, with gorgeously tempting color brochures and guidebooks lovingly marked up in advance, the likelihood is that unforeseen circumstances will interfere with even the most carefully laid plans. Far more often, though, travel is inescapable, the result of disruptive, oppressive, [...]


8 Days Alone in Kyrgyzstan

Jia Tolentino is me.

So you are doing this series now?

I would like to! Please email me if you have been traveling alone somewhere cool. And my definition of both “somewhere” and “cool” is loose, like maybe the next piece will be “2 Weeks Alone in a West Virginia Chuck-E-Cheese” or “7 Months Alone With My Terrible, Terrible Secret.”

What is a Kyrgyzstan? Is it real? How to pronounce?

It is a country in Central Asia, located west of China and south of Kazakhstan. You pronounce it Kur-giz-stan. It is wild and beautiful. See?

Why did you go there this summer?


The Hairpin Travel Serial, Part Three: "The Last Great Adventure"

Episodes One, Two, and Three of The Hairpin's eight-part Kindle Serial "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having" are now available in full via Amazon. Excerpts from the first two episodes can be found here and here


1. The guy sitting next to us on the plane to Mexico looked like he’d been dropped in a pot and boiled — his face and chest bloomed in a glorious bouquet of pinks and reds. He was a mess of peeling flesh, so sunburned that when he rubbed his cheeks and chin, long strips of skin came off, and he rolled those pieces between his fingers, making little pill-shaped balls [...]


The Smoothest Rock

If something is described as "the smoothest rock" or "not the smoothest rock," what would you think of?


Air New Zealand Celebrates the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage With a Sky-High Wedding

Meet Lynley and Ally, a same-sex couple from New Zealand who have been together for over 13 years. Since same-sex marriage was just legalized in New Zealand, they finally had a chance to make it official on the very same day as legalization. Air New Zealand was happy to oblige them with an unforgettable wedding aboard one of their planes in front of their children, friends and family. They said their vows at 30,000 feet, with special guest Jesse Tyler Ferguson looking on.

For more photos and footage, visit Air New Zealand on Facebook.


Lines From a Kindle Serial to Titillate and Tantalize!!!

One-line excerpts from The Hairpin's eight-episode travel-themed e-book ($1.99!), in no particular order. (The next episode, by the way, comes out this Tuesday, September 10. The Amazon-provided synopsis: "On a trip to Mexico, Jenna Wortham and her then-boyfriend spend a week pinballing between moments of beauty and disaster, following homemade maps, and discovering a latent lactose intolerance, in search of a fresh start." Ah, yesss.) Okay, the lines:

1. "The breast dexterity was astonishing."

2. "Maybe if Moxie was called 'Wuss Juice' I wouldn’t like it so much."

3. "Another time, during a weekend trip to Vegas, I took too much ecstasy and got lost on a casino floor, [...]


A Visit to a Ghost Town: Whittier, AK (Pop. 223)

 “Want to go to the creepiest town in the world?”

This is how I first hear about Whittier, a former military base and current port on Prince William Sound, just over an hour’s drive from Anchorage. Tim mentions it amid other options for the day’s adventure: a climb up Wolverine Peak, a drive to Talkeetna to visit a brewery. I’m all about hiking and drinking—and came to Alaska with precisely those low-rent ambitions—but a creepy town at the end of one of the country’s most scenic drives? Hell, yes. I can hike and drink anytime.


I had polished off a book of essays about the [...]


The Hairpin Travel Series

Hello! I'm excited to announce (and encourage you to buy!) the travel anthology "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having: Travel Stories From The Hairpin." It's a Kindle Serial featuring eight longform, never-before-published non-fiction stories from eight frequent Hairpin/Awl-world contributors: Carrie Frye, Jim Behrle, Maria Bustillos, Anne Helen Petersen, Chiara Atik, Nicole Cliffe, Jenna Wortham, and me. Each story takes about 10 minutes or so to read, and the whole thing costs $1.99. From the Amazon description:

Like The Hairpin, these essays are funny, weird, adventurous, and moving. There are stories about following a mysterious stranger’s maps in Mexico, attending endless step aerobics classes in Buenos Aires, faking a terrible [...]