Introducing the newest member to the Gadling team, Leif Pettersen…
Where was your photo taken – Crossing a dodgy cable, wood plank bridge that had been reinforced with metal sheeting, two hours walk outside the “village” of Bario, deep in the mountain highlands of Malaysian Borneo
Where do you live now – Earth, but once in a while I have to suck it up and go to Heathrow
Scariest airline flown – Northwest: I have an innate fear of weasels and hunchbacks, so…
Favorite city/country/place – New Zealand: If only they had an ozone layer, it would be heaven on Earth.
Most remote corner of the globe visited – Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
Favorite guidebook series – Lonely Planet, and not because I get a discount…
Person you’d most like to interview for Gadling? Natalie Portman
First culture shock experience – Retuning to Minneapolis after my first summer in Romania. I almost came unwound when I went to a bar and there were TVs hanging in front of the urinals, showing commercials one inch from my face. The urinals, man! I’ve never been so close to a seizure in my life.
Favorite travel book – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson. That book aroused the latent, “slightly caustic”, consummate, adjective-loving, gonzo travel writer in me.
Languages spoken – Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Bad English