Experiences

The Dream of Fluency

By / September 2018

The first year in Amman, I encountered lots of things I didn’t expect. I didn’t expect that my Arabic voice would sound different than my English voice. That people would laugh at me for saying something correctly. That in the same day I would feel the heights of exhilaration and the depths of humiliation.

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Ancestral Echoes

By / April 2018

A writer 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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Down a Deep Well

By / March 2018

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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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.”

Pray for Rain

By / June 2017

In India, writes Robert Smythe, waiting for monsoon season is an exercise in hope and fear: “Now in the middle of Indian summer again, as monsoon approaches from the south, I am doing the same as everyone else. I am praying for rain.”

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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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