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I Thought Travel Made Me a Better Person — 2020 Proves I Was Wrong

I only got one C in college, and to say I was indignant about it at the time would be a massive understatement. I was having a lot of fun just picking classes that...
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Analog Photography: Authenticity in an Age of Loss

Let me take you back to 2018. After discovering my interest in photography, my grandmother tells me that she’s coming to visit with a gift, and an attached caveat: don’t get your hopes up,...
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Cooking to Connect in Hanoi

Crossing the streets in Hanoi is like entering the sea on a stormy day, a flow of motorcycles as an endless set of roaring waves. Once the swell breaks, you need to trust yourself...
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Living a “Year of Quiet,” Before the Pandemic

The year of quiet.  That’s how I would refer to it, in everything that followed, those 10 months spent living and teaching in a deeply rural part of southern Japan. I knew when I left...
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Danger Zone: A Palestinian Perspective on Safety in America

I’ve solo traveled to over two dozen countries and been to over 50. I’ve camped in deserts, been lost at sea, and hitchhiked across countries. Every one of those experiences paled in comparison to...
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The Sleeping Giant: Chinese Street Photography

“Erm, this is not what it looked like on Google!” The bright neon lights of Fenghuang’s nightlife had taken over, giving the famous Chinese karaoke bars the go ahead to turn up the music and...
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Mindful Wandering, Part II: Ethiopian Food for Thought

Mariam has already set to work making fresh bread. She pours batter onto a large, round stone pan over the fire and places a cone shaped lid on top. No need for an oven....
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Mindful Wandering, Part I: The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

The sun scorches my shoulders as I sit perched atop a cliff, overlooking the rocky layers of earth below. At such great heights, there is no amount of sunscreen that can protect my freckled...
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Awakening in Lake Pichola, Udaipur

The taxi from Maharana Pratap Airport took us to the edge of Lake Pichola, where complete silence greeted us after the colorful and chaotic streets of Udaipur. I felt compelled to be at peace...

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