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I’m an American, and in a couple weeks I’ll be leaving to teach English for a year in a small town in Zhotomyr, about 2 hours west of Kyiv.

The program I’m going on pays well, I have pretty comfy living arrangements, and while my Ukrainian is pretty trash-tier I’m going to be put in an aggressive language program from the start. I wanted to hear from anyone living in Ukraine or has traveled there, anything like easy dishes that have easily obtained ingredients, fun weekend trips, recommendations for what to pack, or just what you found especially fun or challenging about living in Ukraine. Obviously I’ve done a lot of research on the country for my job but nothing beats hearing from people who have already been.
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>>1719229
I think you're pretty much right.

>>1720697
Probably better off with other drugs like mdma or even cocaine. Weed is expensive and usually low quality.
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ukraine is the mad max series. the 80s were mad max 1. law and order still existed, but it was shitty and barely hanging on against the toecutters gang. (caucus and central asian gangsters) the 90s was mad max 2, everything collapsed and there world was ruled by roving gangs of barbarians. the 2000s were mad max 3, heavy industry and agriculture started back up, and there was a brutal semi efficient medieval sort of law and order. now were in fury road, theres a huge muscled tough guy controlling all the resources, and he keeps the peace through decaying military equipment and badly trained but fanatical soldiers. welcome to the wasteland.
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>>1719147
No I just stayed there when I was in Kiev for a couple weeks and the staff were really good and the atmosphere was nice.

>>1720697
Idk about buying but I smoked hash out of a water bottle with some local guy who I met
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How can I find cheap ukranian rentals? I want to rent an apartment for like a single month, how do I go about doing this? What sites can I look at. Moldova or Bulgaria are options for me as well.
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>>1722043
theres no system in place. you just have to come to ukraine, meet a sleazy russian speaking american in his mid twenties who survives by hooking up boomers with gen 2 ukrainian chicks in exchange for a few bucks here and there. ill be wearing a hawaiin shirt and a mustache.

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A thread for discussing tourism in the Philippines in general, with a focus on reproductive sex in the missionary position with nice Filipina girls.

Old thread >>1710502
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>>1718778
>>1718780
You know there's promos if you bring a third guy in whorehouses in the Ph right. Lol
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>>1719563
>>1719592
can't you get some kind of visa that lasts three years as an american citizen?
oh wait, im probably talking to people from "other" countries
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>>1721613
The original thread ran out of space (and then got nuked by some shithead jannie who couldn't just let it fall off the board and go into the short-term archive, nooooooo, had to virtue-signal about whatever). It's still on 4plebs if you want to read it:

http://archive.4plebs.org/trv/thread/1710502
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>>1721795
You can extend your initial visa for a couple of years (I thought it was 2 but someone above said 3, and I’m just going by memory). You can also get a retirement visa as early as age 35 if you have 50k in the bank
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What are they like in Phuket?

I'm staying in central London during February for 6 days.
Any useful tips? How's the metro system? Buses or taxis?
I'm also interested in museums, historical buildings, walks and food.

Thank you in advance
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>>1720516
Perhaps I underestimated this museum a bit because I have a similar one in my city with even more impressive WWII collection (at least one good thing came out of living in a formerly war-torn place) but the other stuff is definitely something I've never seen. Wilhelm's uniform, fragment of The Red Baron's plane or Larence of Arabia's clothing, the lifebuoy from Lusitania, Panzer Mark I (or some later variant) and so on. It was hard to find at first but I just asked the local. I wouldn't rate it as high as Natural History Museum but it's a tight race I don't think any museum disappointed me (granted I never made it to the one in Greenwich.
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I was there in September though. Landed in Luton, middle of the week and I waited in the queue for like two hours or I don't know it's hard to tell. Everybody had national ID the line for the passport control was non-existent. So keep in mind that even if you arrive off season and in the middle of the week many people will think of the same strategy. Maybe September is still a hot busy month I don't know. I imagine it's gonna be a little bit better in February.
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Im also in London

Wondering if theres any things to do alone apart from museums, any events that are on now or just nice places to eat ill be around fitzrovia leicester square mayfair ish not so much southbank or borough
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>>1721967
What else is there to visit in big cities aside from museums and landmarks? Vibrant gay scenes? I did enjoy walking through Whitehall, St. James Park or resting on the steps of the National Gallery/Trafalgar Square.Since it's autumn maybe you can go on one of the Ripper walks in Whitechapel. This is something I decided against because I didn't want to be out in the city after dark the first time I was there but I visited the old London Hospital and its museum and Mitre Square.
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>>1721967
Theatre

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Let's discuss the Heart of Asia - Taiwan.
Going back for three weeks over Chinese New Year. I won't be running all over the island like I did this year with my partner. We'll spend most our time in Banqiao & Yilan. Still not sure what I want to see. Thinking about going back to Hualien just for a coffee. Who else is planning on going next year?
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This thread is really making me miss Taiwan, living there got tiring but it'd be nice to go back for vacation
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>>1722005
Thanks, though it really was out of laziness / quick posting on a train.
Today: Maokong gondola --> Yinghe cave waterfall. The hike there was really great, and the cave / waterfall itself was merely pretty good. I'm glad the weather held out for today.
Right now I'm on the train back to my hostel, probably going to see the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial since I have some extra time.
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>>1721479
Of course, after I sucked it out it would be a waste to not eat it.

>>1721996
Singapore's hawkers are more pleasant, even the ones in Little India. Here is the layout of the night market: It starts with the stalls on one side, followed by a lane full of people walking in one direction, then come the tables, another lane with people who are walking in the opposite direction, and then the stalls on the other side. It's very crowded and narrow.

>>1722005
I use my smartphone to take spontaneous snapshots that I post here afterwards. I use a digital camera that takes better photos for my private collection.
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Going to Taipei for 6 nights and 5 days in early January. Not a lot of time but it is all I could manage (also going to Seoul and Tokyo during the same trip.)

Just a couple of questions. I want to see Maokong, Beitou Hotsprings, and Jiufen. Are all of those advisable to see in such a short time?
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>>1722005
I was just wondering how you were moving so quickly but being two different people explains it.
>>1722041
That looks really cool. If you were to go to Taroko Gorge, there's hike to a cave which has a creek running though it. The roof leaks in lots of spots and everyone shares watercoats to not get wet as they travel through the cave. At the end it gets pretty wet.
Does anyone know of any second hand junk stores? Like where I could go buy old Sony merch, walkmans and shit to bring back cheap.
I bought some old Boxed PS1 accessories from Taipei City Mall when I was there in February and I'll definitely be heading back when I visit in Jan.

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How the fuck does one travel around this city? It's smaller than London but everything is confusing and chaotic. Went to SM Megamall this afternoon after crossing a shaky overpass and taking a bus from the "bus stop" where everyone is cramped and I had to pay the guy going up and down the bus while we were "moving". Walking back was a better experience even though everything smells like shite.

Is Cebu or other cities better than Manila? I might as well cut off the rest of the stay here if it's going to be like this everyday.
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>>1721783
I think everyone agrees you are a faggot.
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>>1722011
quiet rodent
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>travels to 3rd world asian shithole
>WHY IS EVERYTHING SO CROWDED AND MISERABLE GUIS

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>>1721783
You should just stay the fuck out of Bangkok as well you cretin.
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>>1721783
You are a pussy-faggot. You should only travel between towns in your own state.

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Xmas soon Edition

*FAQ (aka shit you should stop asking)*
>Where should I stay in Tokyo?
Anywhere on the JR Yamanote loop line.
>Is Hiroshima+Miyajima worth it as a day trip from Osaka/Kyoto?
Not really, it's too rushed and you should probably just stay the night there.
>Is Miyajima worth visiting when the floating torii gate is under construction?
Yes, it's still a great place to visit.
>"Dude what should I see in ________?"
https://www.japan-guide.com/
https://www.jnto.go.jp/
Solid general guides - sights, sample itineraries, pre-travel considerations, etc
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1fmfaySQHmojbRGKWCwRecq6Ln1Bb2Xdh&ll=35.67928012473078%2C139.68638283648374&z=12
/JPG/anon put together an autistic supermap of sights, restaurants, and shopping. Go nuts.

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>>1720627
Not going to any otaku events, but will be there from Christmas Eve to January 3rd. I'll mostly be just exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara. Down to meet up if anyone is interested. Will be going out quite a bit to restaurants, bars, and dinner cruises.
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>>1722062
willer express
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>>1721100
Yeah, I had that same problem when looking for a Ryokan. I spent way to long trying to make up scenarios for how and why I would go to one in Gifu, Kyushu, Niigata, Akita, etc. when Hakone and Arima where the only real viable options for my trip.

I am looking forward to doing it again.
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>>1721821
Has anyone ever actually been denied sex after the shower?
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>>1722347

I'm a fat ugly idiot and they still fucked me even if they didn't put their heart into it. So unless you take off your pants and you have herpes sores everywhere, p is going in c which is going in v

This place has to have some good hidden gems, anyone have experience?

Also how easy is it for an amerixna to find a job there? I'm planning on showing up to schools asking for a job, I have 5+ years experience of teaching
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bump
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>>1720891

It doesn’t work that way
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do people actually live their lives like this?
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You're not going to get an ESL job without functional Polish. Sure, English is a valuable skill but they will hire a Pole over you any day. Your best bet for a job is tourism work.
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>>1721434
Lots of private language schools in Poland pride themselves in having native English teachers, and those teachers sure as shit can't speak Polish. I would say that getting a job is entirely doable as long as you have some ESL teaching certificate.

t. used to live in Poland

What does /trv/ think of cooma
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>>1722068
Best place to chat up 80yr+ women for sexy sex

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What do you anons do to make your trips eco friendlier?

If there is more than one trash can in a hotel room, I only use one so the hotel staff doesn't have to throw away more than one trash bag.
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>>1720873
Is that in Taiwan? I never quite figured out what was considered recyclable there and what wasn't.
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>>1721763
Yes, it is. There are symbols on the packaging of products that show you whether they are recyclable. Pic related is a water bottle.
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>>1721140
I've been doing dispersed camping and holy shit my dude you're so right, people are SO disrespectful. Like bury your shit at least y'know? I feel like a giant asshole when I can't properly separate my recycling and other people just throw their garbage and excrement fucking wherever.
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>>1721744
>You never hear about it because Western environmentalist scam artists are hyperfocused on climate change to get those sweet subsidies.
>You never hear about it
But we do. Any number of """news""" organizations have published reports and studies about how horrible the U.S. is for dumping plastics into the ocean.

That's the headline, anyway -- "U.S. rivers on list" for most plastic-polluted rivers. They, barely, eventually mention that it's the Mississippi, and it's number 20 on the list, buried down at the bottom after a whole bunch of much shorter and smaller rivers in Asia and Africa.

Australia of course gets a total pass since they're one giant fucking unpopulated desert with no noteworthy rivers, you cheeky shitposting cunts.
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>>1721995
>buried down at the bottom after a whole bunch of much shorter and smaller rivers in Asia and Africa.
To be fair, you shouldn't forget that we outsourced most of the dirty industries to these countries. Especially the paper and clothing productions create a lot of pollution.

Next story time:
>be me in a restaurant in East Asia
>get free water in a pot
>order an iced tea and a lunch
>waitress returns a few minutes later to bring me my tea
>it's in a to-go cup
At least they used s-o-y ink for the print

Sup trv

I’ll come to Bangkok at 5 December for two month and I have 500$ for living at this time. What do you advice me to do for don’t die and have a fun? I’m 26 years old, I speak English and Thai a little bit. I need adventure.
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>>1719416
5 shirts, underwear and socks, 2 pants, 1 pair of shorts, and a waterproof coat are all you need no matter how long your stay is.
You're the autist carrying a whole wardrobe in the desperate hope of impressing women. If they stop calling you, it's not because you cycled clothes after 5 days, it's because you're boring and/or ugly.
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This is a silly thread, but off-topic question.

Is there any country in the world today where you could get by for a month or two on 500USD alone? Thailand like everyone has been saying is clearly out of the question, but are there any countries that are actually that cheap in reality?
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>>1722032
Sure. Go to some African hell hole. Also you can live in Thailand easily on $500 except you’re going to be living poverty tier and it’s not going to be in a major city or tourist hub. You’d be asking some Thai villager to sleep on a hard floor and shitting in the woods.
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>>1722036
I don't mean just get by I mean is there a place where I can rent a room in a hostel or rent an apartment/airbnb for a month + eat a meal everyday for 500USD? If so where specifically. AFAIK most african hellholes are actually really expensive for westerners using hotels or airbnbs.
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>>1722036
It's not that hard to live in any Thai city including Bangkok for $500 if you give up on aircon and alcohol. $200/month for accomodation and you have like $10/day for food, you don't even need to cook.

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since the 3 people who care have died of malaria, AIDS, or the Vatican designer plague known as "Ebola" I figure I'd try again
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>>1720182
Based
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>>1720182
>talking bullshit as if SA isnt the Switzerland of the continent
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>>1720182
>White Caucasian living in the remnants of a prosperous, civilized white Caucasian country built by white Caucasians believes the outside world is just like his
A story all too familiar.
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>>1720412
I love alpacas, guanacos, vicuñas, llamas and other African wildlife!
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Can anyone recommend african Islands? Thinking about going to the Seychelles.

I’m thinking about doing a French immersion course here for a month in the spring... what is this little port city like? Is it a decent place to spend one month
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>>1721589
Thank you for input! I’m getting cold feet about the specific program in villefranche.. it seems like it’s much older people in general and might not be right for me. My purpose for learning is I start uni in a French speaking area soon (course taught in English, but I need some decent French to help socially etc). That’s why I’m starting to consider Montreux a bit. If its any good it would be nearby to future plans. Ps I don’t care about weather really
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>>1721593
Montreux is expensive.
Vichy is boring.

If you don't care about the weather , you can go to Rennes or Nantes, lots of young people and students.
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>>1721593
Like I said Villefranche is not far from great towns such as Nice (and has also France’s second most important airport after Paris’ 2 airports which connects to many countries), and is not much of a social welfare shithole since it’s populated by decent income earners and retired rich Parisians.
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its really cute but tiny, a month will be boring
>pic related
i live close
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>>1721598
There's not just Nice, but Antibes and Cannes, Monaco nearby. Antibes alone had beautiful place s, museums, the Ile de Lerins (where the man with the iron Mask was kept), can recommend.

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What the fuck is the point of coworking spaces and services like hacker paradise that seem like tours for IT manchilds who can't seem to be by themselves if they are not surrounded by other "nomads"
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>>1721832
>you can live like a king in SEA making 35k/yr.
What? You can live like a king pretty much everywhere with that except a handful of really expensive countries. I thought SEA countries were more like $200/month, what the fuck.
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>>1721965
If you want to live in a decent condo (Think high middle class but not luxury) by yourself in bangkok that's like $400-600 monthly rental. Add up gym costs and cooking most of your meals and some other expenses and you are looking at $700-1000 to live.

If you want to go to restaurants/clubbing/etc then it can go up by a lot.
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>>1722019
>that's like $400-600 monthly rental.
That's twice than it costs for an apartment in my perfectly decent European country lmfao, you people are crazy if you're paying that kind of shit in the third world.
>gym costs
? ? ?
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>>1722023
I lived all around europe and prices are mostly the same if you don't want to live in a commie block.

I meant a gym membership, that's another $50 per month or more if you are unlucky.
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>>1721406
Boohoo, my looks haven't handed me everything I want on silver platter....

You're the beta now Chad, I hope the trust fund doesn't run out too soon.

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Going to Vancouver for a week around the new year.
Any tips or recommendations?
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>>1719981
We have a lot girls like her in town.
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>>1720496
When were you last there?
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>>1721310
2014, somewhere around that time.
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>>1721334
I see
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>>1719916
Brush up on your Mandarin skills with Duolingo.

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Sup /trv/,

At some point I promised to do a trip report of my trip to Afghanistan's Wakhan corridor and well, here it is after months of postponing. I first heard about the Wakhan through some overlanding/motorcycle website over a decade ago, and it has been nagging in the back of my head ever since, often more as a dormant idea but never entirely forgotten. The idea to visit the Wakhan again resurfaced to finally take concrete shape when a fellow countryman of mine released the movie 'Land of the Enlightened' (which I recommend), and I'd been looking for people to go with after I first saw it. Not an easy job: I have a good number of friends who were interested, but they either were working abroad, had injuries that prevented walking, didn't have money because they just purchased a house or whatever.

In the end, I ended up teaming up with a random German dude who posted in the comment section of some trip report. You may even be able to find that with some sleuthing. So without further ado, here's an Afghanistan thread.

Disclaimer: I have about 15 minutes left, so expect no further posts before tomorrow.
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>>1710237
Is Islam the worst part of their culture?
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>>1718333
Will get to it tomorrow hopefully. Been there four times so feel free to ask any questions. Even if I have no personal experience with whatever it is you might ask, I can most likely provide you with an answer.

>>1718368
Muslims generally consider a guest a gift from God, and my personal experience supports this, so I'd say no. That, and 'Islam' itself is too broad a concept to generalize and put down in black and white terms. Don't ask me what the actual worst part of culture may be, I'd have to go back and live with them for a good while to pinpoint that.

I do, however, suspect that much of their hospitality predates islamification - hospitality is nothing short of mutual life insurance in places where bad weather, lack of fuel or crop failure can easily kill you. The environment doesn't leave that big a margin of error for hostility. This most likely goes for a good number of their other customs - the place feels culturally very authentic.

Pic totally unrelated, but I don't have my HDD with pics on me, so have this picture of a cat I helped give birth to. She's a sweetie and lives with my parents.
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>>1718106
My authentic Afghan yak skull. Maybe I should hang it indoors so I can actually look at it.
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Hey, I just wanted to say that I really love your travel log and the photos that were taken. I really think something like this could belong in national geographic or something.


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