Experiences

A Stranger in the Ural Mountains

By / January 2015

Bobby Rahe follows a Bashkir legend across Bashkortostan: “We were passing from Europe into Asia. Most of the folks working at the roadside stops had lived there for generations. I was a foreigner, just as I was in Ufa. But I was in good company.”

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Sneaker to Sneaker in the Grand Bara

By / January 2015

“One event in Djibouti,” writes Rachel Pieh Jones, “brings together Muslims and Christians and atheists, Djiboutians and French and Americans, men and women, navy and air force and coast guard.”

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Confessions of a Hoarder

By / December 2014

In Germany, writes Tara Thomas, getting rid of trash is a serious, and frequently bewildering, business.

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The View from the Sun Gate

By / November 2014

Ariel Grove on the ethereal beauty of Machu Picchu: “The terrain changes from one moment to the next. I feel the wonder of being high up and tucked away all at once, of watching a performance with no exact replica.”

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The Bright Side of Black Mountain

By / October 2014

Off limits for decades, a hard-to-reach monastery in northeastern Turkey has become a beacon of religious tolerance.

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A Festival for Giants

By / September 2014

The story behind this Thai festival, passed down orally for generations, tells of a giant couple withA´┐Żan insatiable appetite for human flesh.

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