Hand of God and Goal of the Century: Azteca Stadium

Hand of God and Goal of the Century: Azteca Stadium

-Arbitro corupto! Arbitro corupto! We are sitting in the nosebleed section of the Azteca stadium in the outskirts of Mexico City listening to the hilarious chants of the local boisterous soccer fans.  We are sitting so high that I feel a little dizzy and a…

How Saigon Became Ho Chi Minh City and how Ho Chi Minh City Almost Killed Us

How Saigon Became Ho Chi Minh City and how Ho Chi Minh City Almost Killed Us

We landed in Ho Chi Minh City after struggling not to sleep through a thirteen-hour flight to Tokyo, a three-hour layover full of Japanese snacks, and another five-hour flight to Vietnam.  We arrived in the early evening, damp air around us deceptively cool, but the…

Itinerary Hell: I Hate It Here, I am Never Coming Back!

Itinerary Hell: I Hate It Here, I am Never Coming Back!

One of my very first trips, straight out of college, was a group tour around Europe with my best friends.  We were completely inexperienced in international travel, Internet wasn’t really as useful back then as it is now, and we had no idea how to…

Perfect Pitch – Jazz and Baseball in Japan

Perfect Pitch – Jazz and Baseball in Japan

If someone tells you that they experienced jazz and baseball on their trip, would you be able to correctly identify the country? If you guessed U.S., try again! I am talking about Japan. The Japanese are crazy about jazz and baseball.  American presence in Japan…