Pozas Azules: My Bedlam Baptism

“Let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious.” Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. “Just follow the road to Ixcateopan,” the old lady said, flipping blue-grey tortillas on a smoking road-side griddle. “Don’t worry. You’ll find it.” I could barely pronounce it, much less find it. Barely a mile Read More …

Lima, Peru Photos on Instagram!

Hey there, mystic vagabonds! Have you checked the TVB Instagram feed recently? Follow The Vagabond Beat on Instagram for the latest iPhoneography on the road!   Meanwhile dig these Lima, Peru photos from my recent trip! Noble steeds advance upon the curious crowd. A photo posted by Theo (@thevagabondbeat) on Jul 5, 2015 at 9:48am PDT   Read More …

The Timeless Shores of Martín Adán’s Cardboard Barranco

Hopping on the Lima Metropolitan’s main trunk in downtown Lima I headed south. I didn’t know exactly where I was going. All I had to go on was my memory of a few general maps and the solemn nod of a station attendant whom I asked if I could get to Barranco this way. But Read More …

Chasing Ginsberg’s Ghost in Lima

An almost imperceptible shift of sound in the streets below stirred me from sleep in the unfamiliar San Isidro apartment. I squinted through a crack in the blinds, where yellowish lanterns like fireflies pierced encroaching mist under a dense, black sky. I smiled, then drifted back to sleep. When I woke again the fireflies were Read More …

How to Defy Time: Camping in Amatlan

“Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.” Albert Camus.   Downtown Cuernavaca was nearly empty on Saturday morning when I found Neko and Honga huddled at the feet of a weary General Zapata. Read More …

Undercover in Underground Mexico City

For a naïve gringo living in provincial Cuernavaca, the “#ClubQueers” party by Fiestas Bomba in Mexico City had been a big gay whiff of fresh air. I got to meet my favorite American queen Raja and watch some of Mexico City’s talent up-and-coming DJs and drag performers. Most importantly, it was the first event I’d ever attended where Read More …

Finding Our Tribe at Club Queers

“…You have to be a deviant or die of boredom.” William S. Burroughs.    “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I Read More …

Doubt & Fresh Trout in a Vast Backyard

And as I sat there…I thought of my friends from one end of the country to the other and how they were really all in the same vast backyard…” Jack Kerouac, On the Road  Sometimes, the best adventures are waiting in your own backyard.  “Come by around 2. It’s just a ten minute drive from Read More …

Welcome to The Vagabond Beat

Travel was always a part of me. As a kid I burned with desire to go “Over There,” just for kicks. I spent my sixteenth year in Japan–6,354 miles from home–and haven’t stopped traveling since. Drifting through unfamiliar places is as natural as breathing. And I can’t stop. “I’ve always wanted to get as far as Read More …