Monthly Archives: November 2011

Living in Pseudo-America

I spent Thanksgiving weekend in the United States. Well, to be more specific, I spent the weekend in a strange, faux-United States in the rural district of Kaiserslautern, Germany. If you ever find yourself in the area, and know a member … Continue reading

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A Supposedly Relaxing Thing I’ll Never do Again

“Too many kebabs, eh?” I’m semi-nude and a Turkish guy, also semi-nude and who strongly resembles my middle-school art teacher, is poking me in the stomach. He reaches for a cloth mitt as rough as a cat’s tongue and begins … Continue reading

Posted in ani-pals, Europe, Turkey

The Trouble With Sinterklaas

[Queue up The Twilight Zone theme song and hit “play” before you read this] Imagine, if you will, a country where dressing-up Caucasian children as African slaves, complete with curly wigs and blackface, is considered a beloved, holiday tradition. A place where full-grown … Continue reading

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Europe in Three Minutes or Less # 20 – The Kostnice Ossuary, AKA “The Bone Church”

The temperature drops ten degrees as you cross the threshold and the air inside is deathly still. Why? Because this infamous church outside of Prague contains the bones of hundreds of people, intricately displayed throughout. Welcome to the Kostnice Ossuary, … Continue reading

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Scenes From the Occupation

I should be a huge, unquestioning advocate of the Occupy Wall Street movement. In the autumn of 2009, my career abruptly came to an end when my company, about to wrap up yet another unprecedentedly successful quarter, announced that it was going … Continue reading

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