Chris Watts's Archive

Down a Deep Well

By / December 2017

Indian bison are the largest bovine species on earth. They can weigh up to 3,000 pounds. So what happens when one falls into a well? Chris Watts sends this dispatch from Kodaikanal.

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In Rome, the Holidays Get a Sour Face

By / December 2016

In Italy, writes Chris Watts, Saint Nick plays second fiddle to La Befana, the Christmas Hag. Just don’t call her a witch.

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Faces in the Trees

By / February 2016

Chris Watts searches for the Jarawa people, in the Andaman Islands: “There were warnings about taking pictures. In 2015, some Brits had posted video online. As a result, officials had closed the road for months.”

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In Zeus’ Cradle

By / October 2015

Chris Watts sends a dispatch from the island of Naxos: “With free reign to wander, unencumbered, across this large Cycladic island, you quickly discover that most of the narrow, serpentine roads pull you toward the rough interior.”

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Let Down and Hanging Around on the Hippie Trail

By / April 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, American and European hippies flocked to India’s Anjuna Beach. A half-century later, what remains of the counterculture bastion?

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The View from the Strait of Hormuz

By / March 2015

Chris Watts on what the sought-after Middle Eastern chokepoint looks like from an Omani enclave: “I can see Iran from here. We’ve gained some elevation, and I can just make it out over the windblown humps of sand.”

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