Chris Watts's Archive

Searching for Solitude in the Indian Desert

By / January 2013

Is it possible to be alone in the second most populous country on earth? Chris Watts goes looking.

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Long Way from Home

By / December 2012

Four immigrants living in Rome, Turin, and Genoa talk about where they've landed and where they hope to go.

Triumph Among the Ruins

By / October 2012

Chris Watts recalls Italy’s improbable 2006 World Cup run: “Grown men embraced and wept openly. Daredevils scaled the ruins of Palantine Hill. Parliament declared a national holiday.”

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A Good Fortune Is Hard to Find

By / July 2012

Chris Watts goes hunting for an infamous white rat in a Hindu temple: “I followed the fingers of the worshippers and saw, deep within the stack of wood, something moving.”

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Retreat from Xanadu

By / July 2012

Chris Watts sours on a backpacker paradise in Bangkok: “I watched a big-hatted woman carrying a tray of underwear kick an enormous rat against a metal wall. She had done this before.”

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Walk Toward the Water

By / July 2012

Writer Chris Watts takes a rollicking trip down the bombsheltered coast of Albania: “Perhaps we’d deprived ourselves of the hard-won satisfaction that comes from losing one’s way only to find it again.”

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