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A directional sign in an endangered language

The Race to Revive Our Dying Languages

Pay attention to the street signs of France’s outlying towns, and you’ll notice that many of them are inscribed not only in French but also in another, less familiar language. The other words are...
Old windows sit against a wall

This and That American Life

When I was recently in Zanzibar, Tanzania, I met a 29-year old yogi from Buffalo, New York. There is a certain quality of surrealism that accompanies meeting a fellow American in a far away...
Desert rocks underneath a blue sky

How Climate Change is Affecting the World’s Indigenous Peoples

The world is in the midst of a climate change crisis. This summer, temperatures all over the Earth have shattered heat records in places that typically boast moderate climates, and the hottest places on...
Two people stand in a field seen through a window

Who Are Indigenous Peoples?

Any historical account of the world would be incomplete without mentioning the people who exist beyond what we consider “modern societies.” International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples commemorates the cultures and societies of...
Aerial view of a windy road through forested mountains

The Road to Port Antonio

Taryl seemed to know every pothole on the road between Kingston and Port Antonio, Jamaica. He weaved between craters without pressing on the brake. The car horn wasn’t used in anger, but as a...

Notes From Along The Way

It was getting late. Most of the pink had disappeared from the sky, making the cornfields on either side of the road dark and shadowy. I veered right onto the exit ramp and pulled...
Vista of a dry plain from atop a hill

On Being Foreign

As a Cuban girl with an American passport and a home in the Dominican Republic, I am no stranger to foreignness. My sense of identity is as makeshift as patchwork, an improvised quilt with...
A gazebo sits on a grassy field with cars in the background

Not a Grape to be Found: Martha’s Vineyard as Experienced by a Mainlander

Islands are always a world apart from the mainland. They have a strange serenity that is not found on most parts of the continental world. Somehow, the fact that islands are physically separated from...

An Expedition Through Son Doong, the World’s Largest Cave

Tucked away in the middle of central Vietnam’s jungle is a nondescript entrance to the world’s largest cave, a cave so massive that it could fit multiple full-sized airplanes and 40-story skyscrapers. Inside it...

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