The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

The Magic Dancing Dolls or The Scam That Took 15 Years to Solve

In 1999, a few girlfriends and I decided to take our very first international post-college trip to Europe.  We had no idea how to go on our own, so we booked a bus tour that would take us across seven countries in a span of…

A Lesson On How Not To Get Scammed From People Who Got Scammed

A Lesson On How Not To Get Scammed From People Who Got Scammed

From the moment we strap on our backpacks, tell the cats we love them and to behave themselves, and head out to the airport, an invisible target appears on our backs.  We are now tourists and therefore a target to every tourist scam in the…

NAKED     BATH      JAPANESE     GIRLS

NAKED BATH JAPANESE GIRLS

It’s always interesting for me to see which of our posts get more traction and which barely a trickle of visitors.  I often find it to be completely unpredictable when some of my own favorite posts fly under the radar (example 1, 2, 3) while uninspired…

How I Left Everything and Joined a Monastery in Japan… For One Night

How I Left Everything and Joined a Monastery in Japan… For One Night

There are old fables of exhausted men climbing tall mountains to find a wise Buddhist monk meditating on the very top.  The monk then, in very few words, discloses to the weary traveler the secret to success, love, life, or whatever grand question is presented. …