Journeys way off the beaten path, and the power of everyday people.

laptop stolen. the show must go on.

So here's how it happened, now that I can finally get the phone to work: The hostel I stayed at was lovely. Like a house. Renata made breakfast each morning. And we talked and drank tea in the kitchen. One night, a guy and his pregnant wife shared…

America's Not Quite Top Chef

Last night, Olaf made me dinner to be nice. I'm sick. Tonight, I want to make him dinner. Without exxageration, this is how it goes: I find a can of spicy Vindaloo sauce, with directions — in English. I don't eat spicy food. This is what we will…

A shark tried to eat my leg!

So I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef and a huge white-tip reef shark tried to take a chunk out of my leg, but I punched him in the nose like in the films and swam like hell away! Why yes, that IS a 500-pounnd fish behind me I wish. Just lik…

Rinse, repeat.

I really need to stop packing ... anything. I have an extra suitcase here, but wear the same three things. Always. I'm like "The Fly" now. Black jeans or black leopard pants or Aboriginal leggings (which Olaf has dubbed the 1970s disco…