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Travel and culture oriented articles, stories, essays, and documentaries as featured in previous editions of 3 A.M. MAGAZINE.

ALL THE WRONG PLACES
AUGUST, 2002

"I'd met Doug, a bankrupt ex day-trader, the month before on Khao San Road, hustling pool from yuppie backpacking kids in search of Leonardo DiCaprio's "Beach." Doug got pummeled when the Nasdaq tanked and escaped the States with about 50k, leaving a mountain of unsecured debt in his wake. He quickly fell in love with Thailand on realizing that his bountiful girth was an asset rather than a liability in wooing local women. Doug threw his weight on a stool and quickly dispatched a girl in search of a safety pin to replace the lost button on his shorts. He ordered a Heineken and turned to me, smiling." By D.A. Blyler.

FABLES OF THE RECONSTRUCTION - EVIL TRAINS
MAY, 2002

"I've seen seasons change outside the train windows. I've heard dozens of foolish Russian pop songs about failed love affairs, broken hearts and drunken days and nights, songs I'd never listen to voluntarily but couldn't escape on Ukrainian trains. I've seen people who didn't have the equivalent of 70 cents to pay for the train bedding and had to sleep on filthy mattresses. I've missed at least a dozen football games that our team played and that I really wanted to watch but couldn't because I was on a train. I've participated in a number of useless conversations with my compartment-mates who all seemed to be amateur philosophers with gloomy and unpractical yet unromantic views of life." By Veronica Khokhlova

A DAY IN THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE
MAY, 2002

"As the sun sank toward the horizon, I decided to leave the beer bar to continue my walk down the strip. As I left, one of the greeters made a last ditch effort to capture my attention. Slipping her foot out of a sandel, she alluringly stretched it out and wriggled her toes at me. Of all the fetishes known to Pattaya, foot fetishes are the most popular. In fact, one punter at the beer bar (a fifty-something American) was seen prostrating himself to gleefully suck the toes of his “girlfriend,” each time he won their game of Connect 4. Ironically, this fetish is endlessly amusing to Thais, as they view the foot as the dirtiest, and least erotic, part of the body." By D.A. Blyler

MILAN SUCKS DICK
MARCH, 2002

"I’m in the middle of dozens of t-shirt wearing, sweaty communists running from the police. As a herd we make a left down another street but see the blue lights of police cars so we turn back and now I’m further ahead in the pack and we’re trampling down an alley. We make another left and the men become eerily silent; just feet scraping and shuffling; that silence the most frightening aspect of the ordeal. In an instant I’m at the head of the pack and I start to think that isn’t a good idea after all." By Jim Marquez.

EDDIE ESCAPES AFRICA
OCTOBER, 2000 - TRIPPING

Travel"He hung out on nude beaches in Greece, hellraised in several continental capitals and spent some months getting reacquainted with relatives down on the arch of Italy's boot. Since then, he's dreamed of moving to Italy, finding an Italian girl and settling quietly into the lap of la dolce vita." By Vincent Abbate.


TravelBE NICE OR LEAVE
AUGUST, 2000 - TRIPPING

"I collect the two-inch-long pink and blue bomber planes that arrive atop each fresh cocktail. I sip and I savor. The bombers are lined up in a row on my desk now, reminding me of two fine weeks between youth and death." By Vincent Abbate.


PORK LARD CHANGED MY LIFE
AUGUST, 2000 - REPORT FROM THE PEST

"The nice lady at the corner butcher shop, upon discovering that I speak English, decided to practice her language skills whenever I come in. Now she refuses to speak to me in Hungarian. The problem is, I don't understand a fucking word of her English. Last time I was so baffled that, without even realising it, I ended up walking out of the shop with about three kilograms of chicken gizzards instead of the delicious pork sausage I was eyeballing." More misadventures from Budapest by Foog.

NUMBER 15 BUS
JUNE, 2000 - REPORT FROM THE PEST

"You might think that the best way to get to know Budapest and have a genuine Hungarian experience is by finding the best local restaurants, the folksiest cafés, and the pubs most popular with the natives. Of course you'd be wrong." If you're hungry for Hungary, Foog recommends a trip on the Number 15 bus.

WES the Power TrioSON HOUSE MEETS WES THE POWER TRIO
JUNE, 2000 - TRIPPING

"Eddie Son House is reporting back to the other members of the chorus of dead blues legends. Our music. They done changed it again. But it's still going. It's still alive." Vincent Abbate, on location in New Orleans, has seen the old man's world-weary face before - in black and white.

VéLO CITé
JUNE, 2000

Patrice Juarez, our very own Virgil in combat pants, guides you through the bars, restaurants & clubs of gay Paree. Suivez le guide!

THE CAT THAT WALKED THROUGH AMSTERDAM
APRIL, 2000 - TRIPPING

In "The Cat that Walked Through Amsterdam," Vincent Abbate goes Dutch with a talkative female feline and a gaggle of freaky, freeloading friends: "This was one time Mambo gladly stepped into my camera bag, understanding that I would leave the zipper open a crack so she could peak out at greatness."

ParisVéLO CITé
APRIL, 2000

If you want a good nosh-up-cum-piss-up on your next trip to gay Paree, follow Patrice Juarez.




 
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