The Indian Pacific Railroad – Perth to Sydney, Australia

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Bring Clean Underwear – Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

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Leif Pettersen has a fear of heights that is more or less incapacitating, so there was no question that whatever high-flying activity he chose, he’d need to bring smelling salts, a defibrillator and clean underwear.

The Kiss of the Jellyfish – Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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After snorkeling the reef, Leif Pettersen is convinced of his profound affect on stinging blueys.

I Lost My Cynicism in Sydney – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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On a whole Australia is very much like being in the States, or more appropriately England, but there are small things that confront you each day that jar you out of a general sense of normalcy.

Walking Wounded – Budapest, Hungary

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Don’t Go to Berlin – Berlin, Germany

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Berlin is a city full of drunk, ornery, rude, tourist-haters. According to Leif Pettersen, it is a city that will take your money and dignity and give you nothing in return.

Don’t Go to Naples – Naples, Italy

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Leif Pettersen set out to find the gems of Naples. The problem was, there really weren’t any and if there were, the supreme effort that was required to get your ass anywhere in Naples completely traumatized the author.

Don’t Go to Andorra la Vella – Andorra la Vella, Andorra

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To say that Andorra la Vella, the capital city of Andorra, was a huge let down would be a disservice to all of the other things Leif Pettersen have called a “huge letdown.”

Don’t Go to Monaco – Monaco

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In the space of less than two hours (closer to one hour if you subtract the walking time between the castle to the casino), Leif Pettersen had exhausted all that supposed, mighty Monaco had to offer.

Istanbul’s Magic Carpet Ride – Istanbul, Turkey

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For his first paying assignment, Leif Pettersen heads to Istanbul, home to narrow streets and carpet salesmen.