Tag Archives: Rough Landings

Next Stop For Charlie [Tuning In]

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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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Magic Answers [Rites of Passage]

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A spooky, beautiful essay from past contributor Kate Erickson on the power of travel, happenstance horror, accidental reveries, and becoming a New Yorker. I hated the dogs— two wobbly, stubborn labs I had not expected to be walking every weekend … Continue reading

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India Hour One [Hotel Hell]

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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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A Mysterious White Powder [Losing It]

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The good thing about skiing in a ghost town is that you have the slopes—and the bar—to yourself. And the bad would be obvious…if you believe in ghosts. Well, I don’t. But one day last spring, I found myself wondering. … Continue reading

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The Traffic Apocalypse [Drive Like Hell]

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I was at the Aga Khan
University in Karachi, organizing a writing workshop, when the call came in. “Oh no,” whispered my colleague. 
”That’s bad. That’s terrible.” She turned to me. “Benazir Bhutto has been assassinated. We want you to go … Continue reading

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Skiing, South American Style [Road Warriors]

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You know when your friends are out there having a complete, unhinged blast and they email you from the road, fired up on life, making your workday feel even blander? (OK, OK, guilty as charged). Here’s a letter I got … Continue reading

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The Naturist [Try Not To Laugh]

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I don’t currently own a pair of Tevas, but everything about this ridiculous spoof of Man Vs. Wild made me want to buy some. Yes, it’s sophomoric, but it’s also dead on.

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Beetle Bedlam [Road Warriors]

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Here’s a yarn about the joy of driving in a foreign country from a first-time contributor, Rachel Roberts. Enjoy! — Ed. Croatia was never on my list of places to go. I simply knew nothing about it, so I did … Continue reading

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This Air Bag May Take Your Life [Rough Landings]

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Here’s a yarn from the writer Bill Gifford: Eight friends went hot-air ballooning in the Poconos on a perfect spring day. What could possibly go wrong? I’ve done plenty of stupid stuff that could have killed me, everything from backcountry … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of Booze [Logical Excuses for Missing Work]

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In early May 2009 TheAccidentalExtremist.com traveled to the Scottish Highlands to follow the Drambuie Pursuit, a one-of-a-kind, two-day, nine-stage adventure race open to teams of amateur athletes from around the world. Hundreds of weekend warriors applied, but only 13 four-person teams made … Continue reading

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