Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The Dark Side of the Scottish Highlands

When I was in high school, I was in a performance of Brigadoon.  The show — cheesy, but featuring some very beautiful songs — is set in the Scottish Highlands. Brigadoon couldn’t have painted a prettier, happier picture of life in the Highlands — weekly markets filled with cheerful merchants, beautiful fields of heather, proud Scottish […]

Vang Vieng Tubing Deaths and Dangers

The dangers of tubing in Vang Vieng, Laos, are well-documented.  Most guidebooks say that a few people die every year. While in Vang Vieng, I heard an ominous (though unconfirmed) rumor that four people had died within the past two months. Most of the time, people die in Vang Vieng because they drink too much […]

You Must Visit The Killing Fields.

That tower pictured above looks beautiful, doesn’t it?  Naturally, I took a picture. Zoom in and you’ll discover, as I later did, that it’s filled with human skulls. Dark tourism. That’s a term given to the kind of tourism that covers concentration and death camps, war zones and sites of gruesome death, torture and degradation.  People […]