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Two Years Ago, I Saw the World

Everyday this week, when I log into Facebook, I’ve been seeing a little reminder that “on this day, two years ago,” I was hitting up the Notting Hill Carnival or being wowed by the freakish ability of Swedes to dance … Continue reading

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From the AV Room: Egyptian Papyrus Art

Back when I was in Cairo a few months ago, I had taken a taxi into the Old City to catch a free performance of the Whirling Dervishes (in Turkey, which has higher-profile dervishes, they charge admission). As soon as … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: The Magic of Macau

Macau. Most people haven’t even heard of the place: a former Portuguese colony on the southern coast of China established as the first permanent European toehold in the Far East back in 1557 and the final foreign stop on my … Continue reading

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Hot and Kold, Hong Kong

Oh, Hong Kong! How the currents of history and culture have conspired to make you the entoxicating urban assemblage that you are. Poised at the foot of Victoria Peak and gracing both shores of a similarly-named harbor, Hong Kong has … Continue reading

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Sometimes, Even Fly Brothers Can’t See Past the End of their Noses

MALAYSIA — Kuala Lumpur. At this point in my journey, after two months and nine countries, I was operating on borrowed funds and becoming just the slightest bit panicky about where the next cash infusion would be coming from. The … Continue reading

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A Diwali Story ~or~ Check the Local Calendar for Holidays Before Booking the Flight

This year, the Hindu holy day of Diwali fell on October 17th. This year, my twelve-hour layover in Chennai, formerly Madras, fell on October 17th. As with most religious holidays such as Eid (end of Ramadan) or Hanukkah, Diwali—the Festival … Continue reading

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Delhi Denizens

Dry and monstrously big, India’s capital city houses over twelve million people who, despite sprawling over 570 square miles at the apex of the Indo-Gangetic plain, still seem stacked on top of one another. The New Delhi train depot served … Continue reading

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