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Gone Away is the personal blog of Curt Gilman, where he shares travel anecdotes and reflections on everyday life.

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Facebook persona non grata pivots toward the Fediverse

Facebook persona non grata pivots toward the Fediverse

— Thirty days ago, Facebook and Instagram blocked this blog, citing an unspecified violation of community standards. I lost my ability to interact with other users on Instagram until I removed the link to the blog. On Facebook, any content mentioning the blog was deleted. My hunch is that it wasn't any single post, but rather an algorithmic scoring system that added up every individual bit of wrongthink until it dropped the ban-hammer.
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Mexican border formalities, San Luis and Los Algodones

Mexican border formalities, San Luis and Los Algodones

— If you search the internet for the immigration procedures a U.S. citizen needs to follow when driving to Mexico, you’ll find many different answers. Most of them are outdated. Some of them apply in certain cases and not in others. Few of them are authoritative. One common answer is that you don’t need a so-called “tourist card” if you’re traveling less than 25 kilometers from the border and staying less than 72 hours in Mexico.
How to order coffee at McDonald’s in Phoenix

How to order coffee at McDonald’s in Phoenix

— I like drinking coffee. I enjoy eating fast food. I live in Phoenix. You might be inclined to think I’d be a master at ordering a cup of coffee in a local McDonald’s. You’d be mistaken. Years ago, it wasn’t such a challenge. I’d visit a McDonald’s and ask for a small coffee. I’d get a Styrofoam cup with brewed coffee. I’d then turn around and find the condiment station, which would have the creamers and sweeteners and those cool plastic stirrers with the arches on the handles.

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The English woman on the train from Ljubljana to Salzburg

The English woman on the train from Ljubljana to Salzburg

— I’ve been reviewing a lot of my old travel blog posts recently and sharing the more interesting ones on Facebook and Twitter. While doing this, I noticed a glaring omission on my part. There was a story I never told because, at the time, I was so embarrassed by my naiveté with respect to the opposite sex. It happened five years ago this week, in August 2006. In some ways, my naivete should have come as no surprise to me or anyone else.