Tag archives for Around the world

Over-quoted and underfollowed, the Chinese sage Lao Tzu famously expounded that, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” I remember this every time I pass through an airport’s metal detector—to affirm that I am not merely a passive subject of security screening, but rather an intrepid traveler breaking the threshold of a…

Not once while I was in China did I eat rice. Perhaps I was ordering wrong but I also don’t remember seeing it on any menus. Instead, I was fed a steady diet of delicate dumplings and noodles so long it took me ten seconds to slurp a single spoonful. Chinese food may have already…

Sleep is entirely overrated—travel is not. While both sleep and travel share priority status in my life, the latter tends to beat out the former in every case. For instance, after flying more than 18 hours from San Francisco (with a water and wi-fi break in Korea, as it were), I touched down in the…

Seconds after updating my Facebook, San Francisco comes out to play. Don is back from Bali, Spud invites me to the office, George texts “Drinks in the Castro!” and Jason wants to grab lunch. Andrew Nelson is in New Orleans but delivers one of his no-fail food missions (Go to Tartine! Get the orange rolls).…

So far, I have never missed a plane in my life. Ever. Perhaps this is because all my journeys begin in the still, black hours of pre-morning, when not even the rats are roaming the streets of our nation’s capital. If I start early enough—say, 4 AM—I can usually make it from my doorstep to…

In the last month, I went all around the world. My first time, ever, believe it or not. I did not set out to circumnavigate the globe—my schedule just evolved in such a way that traveling on many one-way tickets was shorter than several round trips. And yet, my many one-way tickets turned into a…