Experiences

Good Neighbors

By / June 2015

A robbery prompts Ryan Wolf to question cultural shifts in Istanbul: “There is little energy left to catch up on neighborhood gossip over tea, let alone bring over food to neighbors on holidays, activities that used to be hallmarks of life here.”

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Summer in the Ukraine

By / June 2015

Before it was a war zone, the Crimean peninsula was one writer’s idea of paradise: “Now, with every image I see in the news, I wonder how much of the levity that I experienced still endures? How much was in jeopardy before I arrived?”

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The Voyeur at the Wedding

By / May 2015

“I’ve lived so long in Djibouti,” writes Rachel Pieh Jones, “that I rarely feel like a tourist. But it was important for me to be reminded at the wedding that day that I am. That, in some sense, I will never fully blend in.”

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Fire on the Water

By / May 2015

Writer Jason La Farge takes a ferry ride to Angkor Wat: “I was a little seasick. I was more than a little sunburnt. I was right on the cusp of falling asleep when the boat jerked to the side.”

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Let Down and Hanging Around on the Hippie Trail

By / April 2015

In the 1960s and 70s, American and European hippies flocked to India’s Anjuna Beach. A half-century later, what remains of the counterculture bastion?

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Clarity on an Ethiopian Airstrip

By / March 2015

A chicken kept brushing against my feet. There was the smell of spiced butter in the air. I was on a bus headed for the Omo Valley. I had a single bottle of water. I had a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese. I had laughably minimal language skills.

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