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it’s all free now.

I was going to wait until I could change a few things here on the site – namely the home page with the loooooong introduction video and stuff like that, but I don’t have the money for it.

nevertheless, I leave for Amsterdam tomorrow and wanted to get this out there.

it’s free.

the vids, the photos, the stories, the podcasts – it’s all free.

once upon a time, I had envisioned a way to charge $5 a month for all of this – thus funding my adventures and showing you a bit of the world. but that’s not exactly fair, nor right, and I ended up feeling like an asshole for it. I thought back to being a poor kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and my parents barely having enough to feed us. so why should another in that same position miss out on my Life of Riley? he shouldn’t. and I’m sorry I ever tried to make money from my blessings.

it should be said that a large handful of people saw past that and helped kickstart this little thing – and for that I thank them…

but it’s all free now.

watch, steal, laugh, think, ignore, enjoy – all of it.

there’ll be much more after this Europe on a Bike Adventure I’m heading off on soon, but for now… well… tuck in.

 

new this week – may 17th

oh, I’ve been naughty about not updating this section. apologies. being on the road for National Geographic [didn’t know if you’d heard or not… ahem] has been nuts – but that’s no excuse.

here’s what’s been posted since the hacking, which is turning into an interesting story in itself:

videos

snacks [los angeles] – admittedly, I’m not a huge el lay fan, but my gosh… the snacks are amazing. I visit my top 3.

the best pisco sour I ‘ever had – the above got me in a delicious mood, so I posted my favorite bartender in Peru making the most famous cocktail in Peru. and then proceeded to have 4.

eastern state penitentiary – hands-down, the best place to visit in all of America. I kid not. been there 7 times now. haunted.

the shanghai [exile] diaries [part two and three] – we head North of Bangkok to Sukothai and then Chiang Mai.

bolivian mines – they start at 13, they die before 40. we take a tour of the wet, dirty and cursed mines of Potosi.

podcasts

tracks 4 – five more songs you need to hear… at least I think so.

rough sundays 4 [from mississippi] – some proper gospel, Delta blues and even some Brazilian thrown in.

tracks 5 [must have albums] – we review my favorite 3 albums of this past trip to South America.

[note: an amazing Chilean show is being edited as we speak – look for that soon]

photos

o.p.p. 1o – such humor! and from the late 50’s!

ecuador ’12 – my least favorite country in all of south america. but gorgeous in a drab filtered photo.

o.p.p. 11 – one of my favorites in this collection.

seattle ’11 [iPhone] – this city caught me by surprise. and it won’t be my last time back. love their food, beer.

o.p.p. 12 – ah, the joys of one’s first cable car ride in San Francisco. in the 60’s.

western australia ’11 – way out there. dull. but it’s where the wine comes from.

o.p.p. 13 – who knew cereal would make such a great postcard?

peru ’12 – magic. soulful. hard to explain, but I tried.

and… writings.

snacks [montevideo] – I couldn’t afford the meat platter. nor could I have finished it.

newsboy – I feel like we don’t talk much anymore.

snacks [Tim Tam’s] – best. cookie. ever. and look what those Aussies do with it!

… so that’s it. I’ll try to be more diligent about this in the future.

massive news coming your way very, very soon.

stick close.

I love you.

-a

 

hold, please.

hiya.

just a quick note to let you know that yes – this site was hacked.

we’re not sure how, who or why [okay – take your pick for why], but we’re getting back to normal.

loads of new stuff is waiting to be published, but I don’t want to do anything until this is fixed, and all things are secure.

also – in a few weeks, we’re going to have a rather large announcement, so check back, stay close and thanks for being patient.

love,

Aric

new this week – april 06th

hello from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

here’s what we got happenin’ this week:

writings

[not as many as I would have liked to have penned, but so much of that has to do with the little guy you see below – my darling nephew. gosh, he turns me to mush]

street snacks [choripan]: forget about what they say regarding the steak in Argentina. I spent half-a-day finding this spot, then the next 10 days revisiting it.

[time] sharing is caring: a studio apartment in Buenos Aires runs $1000 a month. in Paris and Berlin as well. so why aren’t we all paying $100 each for 1.2 months of it a year?

podcasts

aqueenandcountry – show 6 [bolivia]: want to be able to talk intelligently about Bolivian music? so do I. but that didn’t stop me from asking around the country to who I should be listening to. [and Bolivian Gypsy, for the record, is fantastic.]

videos

– h.m.s. absurdidy.’s maiden voyage – not so long ago I bought a sailboat. without knowing how to sail it. this is how that first [mis] adventure went.

snacks [l.a.] – snacks are very important to me. here are the best in Los Angeles.

photos

o.p.p. 9 – dig the colorization. dig the 1909 writing. dig the 1 cent stamp.

israel ’10 – only a handful of shots from the Old City, but with places this moving, that’s sometimes all you need.

… and that’s it. much more on the way next week!

thanks.

aric

new this week – March 26th

shame on me.

I’ve been uploading stuff, but not keeping up with this.

and now it looks like I’ve been slacking.

I haven’t – promise.

and am now back Stateside, so things will be a bit more normal… for now.

here’s what’s new:

writings

– ‘the f-word. and stuff like that’ – the terrifying realization that some people might be looking up to me.

‘restless. and need rest’ – 5 months on the road was too long. way too long.

‘street snacks – rico mote con huesillos – peaches. caramel. cereal. Chile. done.

‘the stretchers’ – can’t tell who I hate more. them, or the cheaps.

‘street snacks – jamon sandwiches’ – not so much a tip, but a suggestion. [I love snacks.]

‘the aires of buenos’ – being raised a grandchild of the Beat Generation sometimes leads to drunken spontaneous prose. in cabs.

podcasts

o.m.k.o.s. 4 – far too special to try to put into words. the late DJ Flanuer shall continue to live on. for as long as I do.

rough sundays 3 [from the Florida Keys] – more gospel. more Motown. more Otis.

photos

o.p.p. 7 – from 1957!

n.y.c. [iphone] [series 1] – it took me a long, long time to admit that photos from a phone were worthy. but they are.

o.p.p. 8 – New York City. and the nicest penmanship you’ve ever seen.

colombia ’11 – from the mean streets of Bogota to the Caribbean coast. down to the border and a lot more.

 

videos

kauai road trip – took a day with my superfamouspal Shira to some of the best spots on the island a few years back.

Huza’s beer review – the quirkiest guy in Shanghai allows me into his life. part one – beer.

good eatin’ – Valparaiso – one of the highlights of my trip, this town/guesthouse. but many make many a culinary mistake. here’s how not to.

 

… and there you go.

more next week.

[and thanks.]

a

new this week – March 5th

well, wow. this will be a big one. but we couldn’t exactly talk you into joining with just a few things up, could we?

here’s what you got:

videos

Times Square… from my Vespa – we went to the most over-touristy crowded annoying spot in NYC so you don’t have to.

The Great Mayan Road Trip Adventure Journey Experience – I rented a Jeep in the Yucatan to spend a few days visiting the ruins. I’d get lost. I’d get some snacks. I’d have to pay a lot of money to a few dodgy policemen. and I’d get Chichen Itza all to myself.

The Shanghai Show – Pilot Episode – back in the day, I had this amazing idea to – once a week – have a show highlighting the city that I called home for 4 years. in this one, we look at The Bund, my maid explains local cuisine, an introduction to Shanghainese – the local dialect and I tape a camera to my moped and through an old decaying neighborhood.

Seattle Drinkin’ Holes – while producing a project on this quirky city, I asked 3 pals of mine to take me to their favorite spots… and share a few of my own.

A Walk Through Old Havana – that’s it. I turned the camera out, walked out of my apartment and around the neighborhood I stayed in for a few weeks.

Birth of The Hamburger – we visit the place where it all started… in Connecticut.

An Ecuadorian Enema – exactly what it says. I get one. and film it. [viewer discretion is advised]

A Guide to Western Australia – last year, I spent a few weeks taking in Perth, Rottnest Island, and the vineyards of Margaret River in a campervan.

The Ayahuasca Adventure – having been obsessed with finding this sacred plant ever since reading The Yage Letters [highly recommended], I journeyed to the North of Peru to find a well-known shaman, and have a private ceremony with him. what I could film, I did. there was also a microphone running the entire 4 hours.

– The Shanghai [Exile] Diaries – Trailer and Part 01 – Bangkok – having gotten myself in trouble with the Chinese Government, I hid in SE Asia, India and Nepal for 6 months. and filmed a large portion of it. [note: original series was shown on Current TV.]

– How I Was The First Up On Machu Picchu for 2012 – don’t know if I’d mentioned that before or not? my first piece for National Geographic? here’s exactly how to do it. from a guy who walked around for 2 days with a ridiculous GoPro camera on his head.

– A Good Day In: Austin – [my new favorite series to produce]. we show you exactly how to have the perfect Sunday in the 512. food, drinks, music, snacks, vinyl, graffiti, cupcakes, tattoos and drinks.

– Down The Bolivian Death Road… On A Mountain Bike – 200-300 death a year on average. scary. and I took a mountain bike down it.

podcasts

okay, this has the possibility of being a long entry, so let’s truncate.

you got 5 different kinds of shows.

AQueenAndCountry – I walk around with a mic, recording local musicians, buskers and more. or I find someone who can speak English and have them play me their favorite tracks. so far, we have Austin, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, and Peru. [note: the Mexico show wasn’t all about local music. nor was Austin, for that matter. but after experiencing the magic of Cuba, I decided to make this program for local music only… and then for just regular good songs, start the show below.

Tracks – easy. fun. 5 songs you might not have heard before. or want to hear again. my taste is impeccable. shows one, two and three.

Rough Sundays [re-release] – old gospel. blues. and more. so far, we have the pilot showepisode 1 and two.

O.M.K.O.S. – I battled with re-releasing this old shows, as they were done with a Brother who left us a few years ago. but I know he would have wanted me to, so I did. listen to the pilot episode. more coming soon.

and then you have the Specials – interviews, etc. first show is me sitting down with San Pedro’s most famous inmate, Daniel Foley.

photos

before I had this idea for a website, my original plan was just to sell them for $5 each. but now they’re free. download them, print them out, use them for whatever… all rights are waived if you’re a member.

India

Paris

Mexico [The Mayan Ruins Road Trip]

Egypt

Vietnam [Saigon]

Cuba [Havana]

– and in between of them, you have O.P.P. [short for Other People’s Postcards. found them in this old antique shop in Philly, bought loads. all of them handwritten, some dating back to 1909.]

writings

there’s a lot. I like to write. here are some highlights:

 

– I love Otis Redding most. I love snacks second most. everywhere I go, I snack. and I take a photo. and I write about it. I love snacks.

an interview with Augustine, the antiquated owner of a music-obsessed bar in Colombia.

– travel tips… the ones I didn’t hand over to NatGeo.

The Yage Emails – I write to my Ginsberg [Adam Cohn] and he writes back to his Burroughs [me]. it starts out about finding this plant, but deals with a lot of other stuff. as of now, we have 7 or 8 letters posted. there are more.

my addiction to coca tea.

the loneliness of the road. it’s happened a lot this trip.

– how to go about bathing properly in the Ecuadorian town of Banos.

– getting into a fight in Peru. ending up in the police station in Peru.

– what it was like seeing my name under that golden border of National Geographic for the first time.

– Route 36 – finding the hidden cocaine bar in La Paz.

trying to break into a prison.

– being broke… again.

… and a whole lot more.

go get ’em.

and thank you.

a.s.q.