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Exiting North Korea

Exiting North Korea – Part 9

Exiting North Korea. Pyongyang, North Korea.  28 June 2017. * (For the previous part, click here: Travelling Pyongyang North Korea – Part 8) I was in the shower in my hotel at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, when the phone ran as a wake-up call from Kim, my guide. “Meester Beavers,” as he has taken to calling me lately, “It is time to get up.” A telephone extension right next to the toilet in a hotel bathroom...

Crossing from China to North Korea

Crossing from China to North Korea – Part 2

Crossing from China to North Korea. Dandong, China. June 24, 2017. * (For the previous part, click here: The North Korea Decision – Part 1) I was up at 06:30 to get things started for a five day/four night trip to North Korea.  I had a list of jobs to work on, including going onto this website and taking down any articles that were connected to politics or political events.  Also, I removed any recent stories to make Big Beaver Diaries...

I befriended her on my walk. And then she gave me this pose. This is her rondavel, including satellite dish accessory.

Drunk Diaries – Sani Top Lodge, The Highest Pub in Africa

March 27 Usually, I think I am pretty sharp and a victor (or at least an equal against the competitors in the game of life)…but I was incapable of counting money about three minutes ago. The bartender was laughing at me.  Math is one of my strong suits.  I could not make my bills add to 30, and then when I tried to overcompensate that, I made them add to 70.  The bartender wanted to help me.  I told him,...

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration

Nairobi to Arusha: Blagging Immigration. Feb 28 So I realize that it is a leap year and that means tomorrow is a fancy day. I feel like I need an explanation as to why some months have 30 days and some have 31. What is the reason that February normally only has 28 for ¾ of the time?  Who came up with this nonsensical number system…and now that I think about it, why 24 hours?  Why did they not base...

New York City to Regina – Aguardiente in Canadiana

New York City to Regina: Aguardiente in Canadiana

New York City to Regina – Aguardiente in Canadiana. August 19. A little over an hour of sleep is not enough.  I require more.  I got out of bed, grabbed my backpack, said goodbye to Julia and her cat and headed for the airport.  I would have liked to have spent a lot more time in that bed.  Julia is pretty, has an amazing body, is a great person to spend time with and has a laugh that will recharge...

Cotacachi to Popayán: Changing Countries and Talking to Idiots

Cotacachi to Popayán: Changing Countries and Talking to Idiots

Cotacachi to Popayán: Changing Countries and Talking to Idiots. July 2. Changing countries is always hell somehow.  Even as a wily veteran traveller, it is always a little bit terrifying heading into the complete unknown.  By now I should be used to that slight feeling of un-comfort, yet I still feel it every time when I am changing countries.  There is a new currency to learn the value of when changing countries, a new list of cities to geographically memorize...

Isla Del Sol to Cusco – Country Number 60!

Isla Del Sol to Cusco – Country Number 60!

Isla Del Sol to Cusco – Country Number 60! May 27. When the sun shines during the day in Isla Del Sol it is intense, and it will burn your face, as it did mine, but you can also feel a cool breeze on the wind because it is an island in the middle of a lake at 3800 meters altitude.  Isla Del So is that beautiful woman who teases you with her warmth and makes you feel so good,...

Rurrenabaque to La Paz: Mucking Through the Muck

Rurrenabaque to La Paz: Mucking Through the Muck

Rurrenabaque to La Paz: Mucking Through the Muck. May 22. Yesterday we were on the incredibly rough road on the way from Santa Ana to Rurrenabaque.  We were driving in a Toyoto mini-van.  That road is one of the worst I have ever been on in my life and it destroys vehicles.  I am not sure how tour operators can make money.  Those mini-vans drive 3.5 hour into the Pampas every day and 3.5 hours back again on an unimaginable...

Asunción to Montevideo

Bus from Asunción to Montevideo – The Seven P’s of Life.

Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. – (A proverb I got from an older black man in New York in 2004.) – I have done no research on this trip to Uruguay, and realised on the bus itself that we booked that we will be doing a lot of unnecessary backtracking because I did not take 40 minutes to look at the future of our plans and just booked a ticket from Asunción to Montevideo…  I am pissed off...

Iguazu Falls/Cataratas de Iguazú, Argentina

Iguazu Falls – Argentina/Brazil/Paraguay

March 21 A MONSTER of a day.  Irmante and I decided to head to the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls.  We took two new friends with us who, one of which we stole form the hostels expensive ‘tour package’ and we made our own adventure to figure out how to get to Argentina to see the waterfalls from there.  The hostel agreed to store our luggage, and the four of us adventured off, with some semi-informed instructions of an Israeli...