Demoralized by goals and guidebooks, Rolf tackles Poland on a thumb and a prayer.
Between the fistfights and the Finnish girls, it’s hard to get any writing done.
Amid an epic Beijing-to-St. Petersburg train trip, Rolf parties with librarians, tracks down the fate of Genghis Khan’s testicles, and (among other things) embarks on a madcap race to catch up with the train after getting stranded on the Mongolian-Siberian border.
In his first dispatch from an epic Beijing-St. Petersburg train trip, Rolf explores the mysteries of Mongolia.
As he leaves Southeast Asia, Rolf reflects on the evolution of the middle-class travel revolution.
The official analysis was “diarrhea, with vomiting.” Right.
Hoping to find an obscure Vietnam War killing field, Rolf discovers that some lessons of history teach themselves.
Wandering off the Vietnamese budget travel trail in search of authenticity, Rolf finds that authenticity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
In a quixotic attempt to re-create Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi” in Southeast Asia, Rolf invests in a Laotian riverboat and attempts to drive it 800 miles to the Cambodian border.
On the pleasures and paranoia of being a mostly clueless white guy in the company of Third World hosts.
For adventurers headed overland to Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s Route 6 is Disneyland gone bad.