Category Archives: Human Sacrifice

Seeing Stars [Drive Like Hell]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Close Calls, Drive Like Hell, Human Sacrifice, Road Warriors, Survival | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

It happened in Granados, Mexico, in the summer of 1997. I was 13 and visiting relatives on a family vacation. After a feast with family, laughing together, we got into the back of red pick-up truck. Seat belts in a … 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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Prescription: Pain [The Call of Nature]

Posted by Christian DeBenedetti in Adding Insult to Injury, Close Calls, Human Sacrifice, Mountain Madness, Off The Map, Survival, The Call of Nature | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

I am a geneticist who was invited on a medical mission to Saigon. On day three of my month-long trip, I stopped on a remote mountain road to photograph a beautiful valley below. Taking advantage of the solitude, I stepped to the cliff’s … 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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Wave Goodbye [Amateur Hour]

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Within a week of my arrival to Playa Gigante—a small fishing village of 500 people on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, where I moved to teach English—I already have a friend. Jamie, a wiry, energetic Nicaraguan, offers to teach me … 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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Never Thirst [Life or Death]

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Here’s some straightforward handy advice from Mick Conefry‘s new book, The Adventurer’s Handbook: From Surviving an Anaconda Attack to Finding Your Way Out of a Desert. Read it, or risk dying of thirst next time you get lost in the … 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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