Experiences

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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The Spice Seller

By / July 2015

A search for local seasoning reveals a different side of Tunisia: “I had a feeling he was not telling us this interesting detail out of simple kindness, but sometimes it was hard to tell. Many people were very kind for no reason at all.”

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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

“Ia��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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