Experiences

Better than Varanasi

By / December 2015

In northern India, a meal made over a dunghill fire turns a detour into an arrival: “The smell of manure and raw meat mixed in the air. I felt sick, and not only to my stomach. This was the opposite of Varanasi.”

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The Case for Geocaching

By / November 2015

From environmental activism and travel incentives to close-knit community and increased consciousness, the global treasure hunt known as geocaching turns up far more than caches.

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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Desperately Seeking Autumn

By / September 2015

Even in the Ruhr, far from the famous Oktoberfests and vibrant forests, fall, writes Tara Thomas, has its charms: “I needed to look at trees with bright leaves. But how? The Ruhr is landscaped with steel plants.”

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A Mosque, a Book, and a Banister

By / August 2015

“The codes surrounding holy books and buildings in Islam are different than in the religion I grew up with,” writes Rachel Pieh Jones in her latest essay from Djibouti, “but there are similarities.”

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The Day of the Goat

By / August 2015

Over a breakfast of tomatoes, cheese, olives, bread and hot, black tea, I asked Ergun what he had in mind. He spoke a word I dona��t know, kA�rkA�m. It was the same word he had used on the phone the night before. a�?Whata��s a kA�rkA�m?a�? I asked.

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