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Exploring My Immigrant Identity While Visiting Communism Memorials

“Privit!” thundered the immigration official at Borispil International Airport. After an uncomfortably long silence, she slowly slid my stamped passport under the thick plexiglass window without breaking eye contact. I breathed a sigh of...

Winter in Hallstatt, Austria

I’ve always found my favorite places on Earth among the mountains. Maybe it’s because I won’t ever truly understand them, or maybe it’s because I find them more mysterious than anywhere else in this...

Hampi: Poetry Etched in Stone

“I never saw a place like this,” wrote Nicolo de Conti, the Venetian merchant who arrived in Hampi in 1420, the first European to set his eyes on the Vijayanagara empire. Another century would...

It’s Okay Not To Go Home for the Holidays

I was thinking about starting to write this piece when I got a notification to my phone, from one of the few apps whose notifications I still have on: are your priorities today different...

The Extra Responsibility I Carry as a Black American Woman Abroad

While I was walking back home one night through the narrow streets of my Spanish town, two girls I didn’t know approached me while giggling. They looked at me and said, “We have a...
A dish of berries and other vegan ingredients rests on a fruit in someone's cupped hands.

Why the World Needs More Vegans

World Vegan Day has been celebrated on November 1 every year since 1994. In 2020, Veganism is both more popular and more pertinent than ever before. While Passion Passport seeks to bridge communities and...

Why Travel Is a Privilege

Ask any traveler what they enjoy about setting out from home for new destinations, and they’re likely to say something about what a freeing experience it is. Whether we call it broadening our horizons,...

The New Normal: Small Business Stories from Lisbon, Portugal in the Time of COVID

The Coronavirus crisis very quickly changed the world as we knew it. The pandemic triggered a global health emergency with critical consequences for the economy and our way of life, even here in Portugal...

A Love Letter to Iceland, in Pictures

At times like this, my fortune to have seen just short of 40 countries in my time as a photographer on cruise ships leaves me with a lot of choice when it comes to...

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