Experiences

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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Something in the Water

By / February 2015

Now I stand on a wooden dock under a thatched roof and watch twenty Russians in white robes wade into the waist-deep Jordan. Some swallow large gulps of the brown, muddy water. Others fill plastic bottles of the sacred swill.

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The Song and Dance

By / February 2015

The hills of Salzburg, writes Brian McKanna, are still alive with the sounds of music, but not in the way you might think.

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