What Anthony Bourdain ate on his summer vacation
September 12th, 2013
12:30 PM ET
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Season 2 of "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET with the host and crew making their first trip to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. In the following essay, Bourdain talks about how he had a rare "real" family vacation this summer.

It's that time again. Time to slip out early in the morning and deflate the pool floaties. "Mr. Crockie," the crocodile, looks up at me accusingly as he shrivels on the chaise lounge. Two air mattresses wait for similar treatment behind him. I gather up the big water guns, the water pistols, plastic sharks, two purple rubber octopi, the goggles, plastic treasure chest and shuttle them into the garage.

It's a rental property, so I'm not sure if I'll see them again.

Anthony Bourdain: The world is filled with decent people
March 18th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
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World-renowned chef, best-selling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain is the host of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," CNN's new showcase for coverage of food and travel. The series is shot entirely on location. "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" premieres Sunday, April 14, at 9 p.m. ET

Before I set out to travel this world, 12 years ago, I used to believe that the human race as a whole was basically a few steps above wolves.

That given the slightest change in circumstances, we would all, sooner or later, tear each other to shreds. That we were, at root, self-interested, cowardly, envious and potentially dangerous in groups. I have since come to believe - after many meals with many different people in many, many different places - that though there is no shortage of people who would do us harm, we are essentially good.

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