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A Portuguese Panda and the Queen of Sintra

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Metro to Lisbon airport to pick up our awaiting chariot in the form of a Fiat Panda that’s about as aerodynamic and agile as a living room with wheels, filled with Oprah clones.

Bones: “When was the last time you drove stick?”

Me: “Three years ago.”

Bones: “Oh boy…” Read more

The Art of the Travel Dip

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Hello, my name is Roam About Mike and I have a terrible secret: I’m a recovering travel dipper.

It’s true. I had a problem with the dip and I’m currently repairing my reputation of committing an even worse travel transgression, the double travel dip. Read more

Nightmare on RoamAbout

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Happy Halloween, dear readers.

I love all genres of horror: camp, schlock, slasher, gore, psychological thrillers — you name it, i’ve probably seen it (or own it).

I used to go over my friends’ house when I was a kid and we’d stay up late watching the likes of Killer Klowns from Outer Space, NightbreedTremors, and Space Invaders. This was my hokey impression of horror movies until one faithful night when I was 12.  Read more

Sorry I’m Such a Shitty Blogger, Writers.

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…and I ain’t draw no good neither.

Looking at 2014, I’ve posted a measly four times.

“Slow and steady wins the race,” you say, to which I lovingly take you into my long wiry arms and stroke your hair: Shhh, sweet darling. Go to sleep now. Read more

Scary Beautiful: 3 Days in Negril, Jamaica

IMG_5448 The Bad: No beating around the bush — Jamaica is a poor nation (97th GDP/capita, out of 187) . The country’s economy has been on a rickety roller coaster since the 70’s resulting in high unemployment rates, inflation, unfinished or abandoned houses/shanties/infrastructure and a (current) dependency on tourism for a quarter of all jobs. It’s also a very violent country with a severe, legal anti-gay (read: lynch-mob) mentality, and the 6th highest murder rate in the world. Read more

Oh No! Where’d Kyoto Go? (Right Here, in 18 Photos)

Kyoto I realized the other day, as I was writing a Japanese-flavored article for a local mag, that I never wrote a blog post about Kyoto from my trip last year. Murmuring and grumbling, calling myself a lazy bastard, I suddenly remembered why I never completed a piece whilst rifling through the following photos  Read more

Orlando, FL is a Butthole

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I’m at the Delta gate in the Orlando Airport about to completely lose my shit.  Plane’s delayed due to mechanical issues, and there are no fewer than 4 babies struggling with what can only be described, aurally, by having Axl Rose (now) trying to harmonize with a shrieking goat. Read more

Two Gentlemen, a Well-Coiffed Horse, and Some Dead Fish: 18 Photos of Iceland

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Horse Mullet!

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Day of Days: Roam About Reykjavik (Without A Coat)

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Straight from my frosty travel log in Reykjavik:

No Coat, No Problem.

Flight from Columbus to Toronto on affiliate carrier Air Canada on a 1964 prop plane flown by Captain Red Baron – Check Read more

Picture of a Ghost at Old Burying Point Cemetery (Salem, MA)

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Greetings ghosts and ghouls. Before heading out to the arctic circle this week, I wanted to leave you with an inexplicable picture I took a few years back that will chill your bones. Read more

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