A wide view of the Mars-like terrain of Wadi Rum. So Mars-like that it's where they shot The Martian. Tire tracks follow behind.

Is Not Chicago

shenanigans and tomfoolery throughout the world


March 16, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Wednesday 7 March I awoke the next morning with quite a bit of rumbly in my tummy. I don’t know if it was the previous day’s choripan or some bad water, but I had not felt that bad since the Camboian wild beast of ‘06. I had a ticket for the evening’s Boca Juniors vs Fluminense fútbol match and I hoped that I would be recuperated in time. The day was spent in bed, but when 5:30 rolled around… Read more

Awesome Places in South America

March 16, 2012
I’ve been compiling a map of cool (and not so great) places I’ve been on this trip. If you’re travelling around South America, I have short reviews of hostels, restaurants, and sights.  View the map on Google

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina

March 16, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Monday 5 March – Tuesday 6 March My plan for the second day in Buenos Aires was simply to wander around and explore a bit. Based on recommendations from several people we stopped by El Ateneo which is an old theater that’s been converted into a giant bookstore. The main floor is filled with shelves of books; the two levels of what would have been box seats are also filled with specialized books… Read more

Si duda, siga los tambores

March 11, 2012
Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sunday 4 March First tango in Buenos Aires, cars being blocked by dancers in the streets, following one drum parade and finding a samba party in the street, closing it out with some lomo. Pretty awesome first day in Argentina. – Facebook post. While the rest of my company ended up stranded in Costa Rica for an extra night (there are worse places to be stuck)… Read more

All Work and All Play Makes Jason a Happy Boy

March 7, 2012
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
When I first began planning this immense adventure, I thought January and February would be the best time to escape the Chicago winter. As I worked out my plans with my new employer Table XI it became quite obvious that the proper time would be to depart after the company retreat to Costa Rica. So, while many might dread spending an entire week with their coworkers… Read more

Destination: South America

February 6, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Step 1: ORD-LIR 25 Feb (Chicago, USA to Liberia, Costa Rica) Step 2: ??? Step 3: Profit Step 4: UIO-ORD 4 May (Quito, Ecuador to Chicago, USA) The time is swiftly approaching before my next adventure commences. Most of you know that I began a new job in October. As part of my negotiation… Read more

One Year Gone

June 14, 2011
It’s been nearly a year since I’ve left the country. While that would normally make me more than a little sad, I think I’ve been making up for it by travelling quite a bit within the borders of this fine country. It’s wedding season, and over the past four months I’ve been to three weddings, three bachelor parties… Read more

My New Band Makes an Album

April 20, 2011
Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted because, yes, it’s been a while since I’ve left the country. But that doesn’t mean I’m not hauling ass around my own nation. Between by the end of May I will have gone to Las Vegas twice, New Orleans, Oklahoma, and Ft. Lauderdale over the course of three months. Including the ones happening in Chicago… Read more

The Dusts of Kilimanjaro Part III

November 3, 2010
Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
Read Part I Read Part II Part III of III While it felt like we, having achieved our apotheosis as lords of Africa, were standing on Mount Olympus, the frigid air and the fatigue spurred us to begin our descent poste haste. The way back to Barafu camp was long, but not nearly as arduous as the ascent. Instead of sucking you down and impeding your upward progress… Read more