Category Archives: Hotel Hell

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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Pee Tree Dish [Water Water Everywhere]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival, The Call of Nature, Water Water Everywhere, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

It all started with a drive. A drive consisting of 20 people packed into a fairly impressive 16-seater van. I found myself sandwiched between a frail granny buried under a load of groceries and a teenage boy whose cool demeanor was significantly reduced … Continue reading

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The Death Grin [Surgical Tourism]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Books + Media, Close Calls, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Off The Map, Survival | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The dentist grinned at me. He was missing teeth. Several teeth. He stood in front of a small, sturdy building in a dusty town in southwestern China, sharpening some kind of crude metal tools on a stone wheel. Like his … Continue reading

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Kasonga Through the Back Door [For Love or Money]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Survival | Tagged | Leave a comment

“Oh yes, we have Ciprofloxacin,” says the woman behind the drugstore counter. “You have typhoid?” “Not yet. There’s always hope.” I’m a little cranky after a bone-cracking day in the back seat of a bus crossing southern Tanzania, followed by … Continue reading

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Of French Vipers & The Disappearing Path [European Delights]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Books + Media, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, La France, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, When Animals Attack | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Reaching the top of Sanetsch Pass, long used for trade and warfare, it became impossible to find the Via Alpina until we dropped into a dairy farm for directions and found a sympathetic ear. The farmer, dressed in her white … Continue reading

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Next Stop For Charlie [Tuning In]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From the makers of Last Stop for Paul comes a new tale—actually, a whole series of made-up tales on Showtime—about what it’s like to go off the rails completely in search of something important while traveling. In the case of … Continue reading

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He Took The Road Insanely Traveled By [Books + Media]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Bad Asses, Books + Media, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, European Delights, Hotel Hell, Human Sacrifice, India, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Road Warriors | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dear Readers, as you head into that great American tradition, a long, lost weekend of drunken pyromania family, friends, and tasty BBQ, take a minute to consider the less fortunate, like adventure travel writer Carl Hoffman, whose new book  ‘LUNATIC EXPRESS: Discovering … Continue reading

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India Hour One [Hotel Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Drive Like Hell, Hotel Hell, India, Road Warriors, The Old Bait and Switch | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

APRIL 18, 2010…After 25+ hours of traveling, my mom and I made it to Delhi from Denver. I was going to volunteer for three weeks, and roped her into a week of sightseeing first.  Although we consider ourselves seasoned travelers, … Continue reading

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