Experiences

The Deep End

By / January 2018

An American living in Italy gives water polo a shot: “With every ounce of remaining strength, I leapt from the water, caught the pass, and launched the ball towards the goal.”

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Ancestral Echoes

By / December 2017

Jarred McAfee goes in search of his last name in Scotland: “In the end, perhaps the outside elements are what unite us. Perhaps what flows from without trumps what flows from within.”

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Pray for Rain

By / June 2017

In India, writes Robert Smythe, waiting for monsoon season is an exercise in hope and fear: “There is a third reason why Indians pray for rain, a reason that I might crudely describe as the unifying thrill of monsoon season.”

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Fact and Fiction on the Autobahn

By / March 2017

In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, the idea of a national speed limit is as controversial as gun control in the U.S.

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The World Is a Table

By / January 2017

EthnoTraveler writers have published essays on food from China, Turkey, Peru, Tunisia, France, Israel, Djibouti, and even North Korea. Here is a selection of some of our favorites.

Tea Time at the TB Clinic

By / June 2016

When, asks writer Rachel Pieh Jones, is it rude for a foreigner to refuse a drink? “My way has always been to say yes, to fried camel hump, rancid butter, syrupy drinks. But am I still foreign? Does time erase the pressure to comply?”

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