A 'Vice' Vacation Without Leaving Home


Alvi ends his portion of Vice's travel guide on a bleak note: "Americans are trying to beat down the Taliban uprising, and they think that by sending in their troops and Pakistani troops that they'll be able to squash these people down. Good luck! These people live in caves. They have no tongues. They make guns with their bare hands. You can't beat them. They've been doing it for centuries, and they will continue to."

Not exactly the "welcomed us with open arms" review most of us are used to. But, Alvi added, "It's fascinating to go in there and see the working conditions and just the vibe of the place. You get in there and people are remarkably friendly. It didn't feel dangerous."

"The Vice Guide to Travel" also visits Beirut, site of prolonged religious strife, where the Vice team literally stumble upon a gold mine.

"That whole shoot was a mistake," Smith said. "We'd done this shoot 'Skating with the Hezbollah' … but when we got there, [the skate park] had been blown up. We just started going around talking to people and we met the head of the Al Aqsa Martyrs brigade."

Al Aqsa's leader, Munir Muqada, not only spoke on camera but gave Vice access to the PLO camp and their class of "boy scouts." The 6-, 7- and 8-year-old scouts, are shown joyously singing battle hymns. And there also is a cartoon championing a young boy "achieving the honor of martyrdom."

In Palestine, "the idea of becoming a martyr is fused with patriotism," said Mia Bloom, the author of "Dying to Kill." "As soon as there is a martyrdom operation, there are posters of them everywhere. Streets are named after them. Martyrs become virtual rock stars in their societies."

In David Choe's trip to the Republic of Congo in search of the fabled dinosaur Mokele Mbembe, the focus turns from trekking through the jungle with Pygmy guides to drinking hallucinogenic beer with them instead. Unlike the gung-ho, no-holds-barred attitude of the other correspondents, Choe's closing lines are, "So, I don't know. We might have to come back. We'll see."

In the Chernobyl segment, hosts Shane Smith and Pella Kagerman also emphasize heavy drinking.

With ever-advancing technology and fearless, sometimes reckless, explorers, there may be no limit to where Vice will go.

ABC News' Nancy Cordes and Rebecca Lee contributed to this report.

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