Monthly Archives: February 2011

One Last Chip and Salsa for Papa [Insult, Meet Injury]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Airport "Food", Nothing to Declare, Salsa of Doom, Viva Mexico | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Our family traveled for an unlucky reason: a reunion to commemorate the premature death of my father. Right after the funeral, the relatives still needed to be together, so we agreed to meet in Mexico to hug, cry, and wind down. We were … Continue reading

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Deep Trouble [X Marks the Spot]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Amateur Hour, Close Calls, Off The Map, Survival, X Marks The Spot | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

In 1961 two friends and I decided to explore the limestone caves of West Virginia. I had a map that caving friends had given me and so we headed south from Pittsburgh. Sure enough we found an entry hole just … Continue reading

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American Confidence [Hotel Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in "Study" Abroad, Breaking and Entering, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Travel, when undertaken with the correct élan, can be as much about reinforcing national stereotypes as breaking them down. One of the great and unique advantages of being in a place where no one knows you is that you can … Continue reading

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Where the Wadi Meets the Road [Water Water Everywhere]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Amateur Hour, Close Calls, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, Uncategorized, Water Water Everywhere | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Finding English speakers can be a little hit and miss in Oman. While some locals speak perfectly, others struggle to even understand our very basic attempts at pronouncing place names in ‘gringo’ Arabic  – but it’s not for want of … Continue reading

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The Shipwreck Drowned My Homework [Semester-at-Scream]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in "Study" Abroad, Close Calls, European Delights, Human Sacrifice, Semester-at-Scream, Survival, Uncategorized, Water Water Everywhere | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

In 1963, my wife and I set out on a round the world cruise with over 500 undergraduates in an old tub converted to a floating university. We approached Alexandria, Egypt in a storm so nasty that all the other … Continue reading

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