The Holidays are a busy time for everybody; including The Traveling Hen. For this, I blame Daniel Kalder and his guide ‘Lost Cosmonaut’ ( reviewed by DT here ). Having read it a number of years in the past, long before I had ever set foot within the Former Soviet Union, his description of the Kalymk capital conjured up photographs of an absurd wasteland on the unhappy periphery of Europe, trembling under the megalomania of a chess-loving, enemy-assassinating dictator while slowly disintegrating into the dust of the infinite steppe surrounding it. I loved the e book and its description of Kalymkia, and was intrigued by idea of a Buddhist enclave within Europe which was obsessed with chess and had nothing of any consequence to offer the world. Though then an armchair desolationist as yet uninitiated to the fun of travel within the fringes of the Soviet empire, the book sparked my creativeness and never faded from my memory.
Among the many backpacks in our check group, the Stowaway Day Pack affords essentially the most versatile mixture of comfort and organizational features. Absolutely unpacked, the Stowaway Day Pack performs virtually as well as a dedicated backpack thanks to its ventilated and comfortable straps and again panel, but it nonetheless compresses right down to the scale of a ninety nine¢ chip bag. Though it is not the smallest or lightest of the daypacks we picked, it is one of the few geared up with a waist belt and sternum strap—which help with heavier loads—and the only one to mix that design with an exterior kangaroo pouch that can accommodate a pair of sneakers, rain gear, or anything you wouldn’t need to muck up the within of the bag. Its ripstop-nylon development sheds rain and resists put on higher than cheaper polyester, but … Read More