Experiences

Shame and Surprise on a Chinese Train

By / August 2012

Will Fleeson travels from Guangzhou to Kunming by train: “I had barely finished the sentence before the man swooped down and grabbed my calf muscle.”

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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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Of Holy Mountains and Dirty Hotels

By / June 2012

Brian McKanna visits an eastern Turkish town in the shadow of Mount Ararat: “The legendary peak looms over Dogubeyazit, both overshadowing it and bathing it in reflected glory.”

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Sunrise at the End of the World

By / May 2012

Chris Watts takes part in a morning ritual in southern India: “I wound through the crowds to the end of the road, the last road in all of India, then abandoned my car to join the pilgrims.”

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