Experiences

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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180 Days in the Desert Democracy

By / March 2015

“Somaliland,” writes Abdi Latif Dahir, “is a nation united by its sleepy hamlets, desert plains and scrubby badlands. From the onset, I was besotted.”

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