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  • hardie karges 3:35 pm on June 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , psychology, , Trader Joe   

    Trader Joe & Thailand, Marketing 201 

    I used to be able to depend on Trader Joe to give me my little hit of hipness right in the heart of Hollywood, in an area otherwise given over to tourist T’s and overpriced pizza slices.  One hour–no, half-hour; it’s a small store–was equivalent to two episodes of Portlandia, three if they had any decent munchies to go with the free coffee…good coffee, too.  Managers and stockers and cashiers all went about their work as if it had some meaning in the larger picture, as if they were doing somehting for the planet, as if they knew something the rest of us didn’t.  (More …)

  • hardie karges 1:45 pm on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Mexica food, , tortilla   

    Quien Es Mas Mexicano? Tutti-frutti Burritos y Otras Delicias… 

    Once you’ve started buying your whole-wheat tortillas as breakfast pastries, you can probably forget the jalapeno-eating contests with your macho buddies.  You’ll be lucky to be invited to chow down on some fresh-roasted Hatch chiles when those guys roll into town during the season.  (More …)

  • hardie karges 2:29 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Arab Spring, Turkish Summer… 

    Turkey is shaping up as the travel bargain of the summer. Fares RT to Istanbul from the US are already as low as anywhere else in Europe (though the distances are greater), and that is likely to improve. Turkey is the European hub for Central Asia, of course, hmmm….. it’s also the one place where you can enter Iraq without much rigmarole, or danger, through the border into the northern Kurdish part of Iraq, no visa required as of my latest knowledge. Show me a former war zone, and I’ll show you a travel bargain. Political tourism, anyone? Maybe I should go do research for my book “Hollywood Baghdad”….

    Need a hostel while you’re in Turkey? We’ve got a load of them listed in the “Backpackers & Flashpackers in Eastern Europe” book, in almost a dozen cities, forty in Istanbul alone, one of Europe’s highest concentrations…

  • hardie karges 8:58 pm on June 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Omaha, Shenandoah   

    “500 Hostels” Coming Soon to a Radio Near You? That’s Hypertravel, Baby… 

    Well, I’m excited.  Not only is the latest edition  of “Backpackers & Flashpackers” out and available–“500 Hostels in the USA (& Canada & Mexico)”–but I’ve got my first radio interview lined up and ready to go, thanks to my hardworking and long-suffering (one week) publicist Rachel.  I’ve never done anything like this before, so this should be a hoot.  We’ll laugh and we’ll cry as we reminisce about the Big Bang and the origin of Life and the evolution of our species as we know it.  We’ll touch on the domestication of animals and its role in the Agricultural Revolution I’m sure, as well as the development of language and how that began to inform our thoughts and shape our lives as a certain level of organization took over what had previously had been something analogous to Boolean logic: more than, less than, equal to, and including (or not), etc.  The Industrial Revolution still going on to this day will be hard to ignore, of course, as will the Great Migrations of History–Inuit, Athabascan, Russian, and American–and me.  Which brings us back to travel, the subject I’ve chosen as my life’s thesis.  I guess we’ll have to talk about travel eventually, could be the start of something big.  Maybe instead of ‘Ask a Mexican’ it’ll be ‘Ask a Gringo’ or ‘Ask a Farang.’  Yeah.

    All kidding aside, this should be fun.  So if you happen to be in the greater Omaha area–actually Shenandoah, IA in that Tri-Corner region that includes Iowa, Nebraska, and Missouri–on June 20 then you should definitely set your dial to 690AM at 8:45a.m. local time and I’ll try to entertain you during your rush hour traffic.  Ha!  And don’t spill your espresso while you’re fiddling with those buttons, like I did in Lisbon waiting for the fado to start.  It’ll leave a nasty stain on those trousers.  Stay tuned.

  • hardie karges 6:40 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    New Guide Shows Hostel Trend Coming to North America—Finally | PRLog 

    New Guide Shows Hostel Trend Coming to North America—Finally | PRLog.

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