Hi I'm Nick. I like traveling and making people laugh. This blog is what happened when I combined the two.

 

 

 

 

 

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Southeast Asia Travel Advice
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Rock Bottom in Cambodia
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Things I Learned Living with Three Girls… and Charley
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Ladyboys and Bathroom Sex
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Mormons in Madrid

Southeast Asia Travel Advice

A lot of people have been asking me where I went when I was in Southeast Asia. Instead of continuing to email that info around, I figured I would post it all here.

Before I embarked on my three month trip, I was incredibly nervous and wanted to piece together a perfect plan. I emailed every acquaintance I could think of who had been to Southeast Asia and pleaded for their advice. I then took time compiling their lists into one “super list” of places to go. Over the course of my trip, I didn’t look at that list once.

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Rock Bottom in Cambodia

I read a quote the other day about the problem with social media being that, “…we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” That really resonated with me. When you’re feeling down, what’s one of the first things you do? Pop on the computer and check out Facebook. And it’s filled with pictures of your friends at that music festival or in Vegas partying it up, and then you feel worse because why aren’t you having fun like they are? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: they’re all filled with moments of when we’re at our happiest. They provide a slanted perspective of life. Shit, life is hard. Some days you feel sad and alone but you’re never gonna see a tweet like “feelingaloneandconfused #existensialcrisis” even though I’m sure that’s a feeling that everyone can relate to. No one is happy and loving life all the time but we try to make our social media personas come across that way.

I’ve realized that I’ve been doing just that with my blog. If you knew nothing else about me, you’d think that my life is one crazy party, where I hop carefree from country to country, concerned only with where to find my next beer. Yet the partying is just a sliver of my life. What I haven’t talked about are the times that I get down when I’m traveling, and I aim to change that by telling you the story of the time I found myself down and out in Cambodia, smoked opium, and got mugged in a local village.

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Things I Learned Living with Three Girls… and Charley

I rented my apartment in Madrid while still living in the U.S. so that I would have a place to stay when I first arrived. It was a rookie move, and I ended up paying about 200 Euros more per month than I should have. I decided to move out after the end of my first month and quickly learned that trying to find an apartment in Madrid is like trying to find a quote from Donald Trump that doesn’t make me cringe – damn near impossible.

Fortunately, my apartment troubles led me to a fun two-and-a-half week couch surfing experience, with the East-coast goobers pictured above, where I learned a couple of life lessons.

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Ladyboys and Bathroom Sex

My final stop before returning home is a week long stay on Koh Tao, another of Thailand’s islands. It’s getting toward the end of the week and there’s a bar crawl on the island that everyone participates in. I sign up and head on over.

The first stop on the crawl is a ladyboy cabaret. I’ve already been to one of these at this point on the trip, so I figure that there won’t be any surprises. Foolish.

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Mormons in Madrid

So I’ve been in Madrid for a little over a month now and have yet to write a damn thing. The reason being that, thus far, the scope of my experience has been confined to the inside of a classroom. I’ve been taking an intensive course to become a certified English teacher and have spent nearly every waking moment either in class or working on a project for class.

This month-long course has now been followed up with a berserk week of job hunting that I have spent pinballing around Madrid like a coked out Mr.Pacman (what are those little white balls he eats made of anyway?), taking any and all interviews available. I’ve officially accepted a job teaching English at Deloitte, and now that I finally have some free time on my hands, I’d like to recount my first few days in Madrid.

I touch down in Madrid at 7:00 p.m. local time. It has been a long day of flying and the time difference is a nine hour jump forward so I’m a bit out of it. My first test upon arrival is figuring out how to buy a metro pass from the ticket machine.

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