AsiaChance EncountersEurope
May 18, 2020

The Last Days of Communism

In the final story selected as one of three finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a traveler making her way through St. Petersburg and Siberia witnesses the…
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AsiaChance Encounters
May 10, 2020

For the Love of a Dugong

In the second of three stories selected as finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a traveler heading to the Spice Islands relays an unexpected encounter with an…
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Chance EncountersEurope
May 4, 2020

Knights on the Mountain

In the first of three stories selected as finalists for the 2020 Chance Encounters travel writing competition, a pilgrim of the Camino de Santiago meets the knight sworn to protect…
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Asia
April 29, 2020

The Gates of Hell

In the desert of one of most politically repressive countries in the world, a traveler gazes upon a famous, undying fire that has burned against all odds for nearly 50…
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Asia
April 26, 2020

Conversations with the Gardener

An expat in Kathmandu and his Nepali gardener attempt to bridge the gap of culture and language as they face the uncertainty of Covid-19 together. Knees creaking, ankles cracking, I…
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India
April 22, 2020

The Land of High Passes

Dangerous weather on India's highest plateau forces a traveler to choose between safety and adventure. I gave up telling people my plans to go to Ladakh because the responses were…
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Asia
April 18, 2020

Hiking with Lady

After starting a challenging solo hike to prove something, a woman discovers that company isn't a barrier to finding oneself. Why do I even like hiking? I grumbled to myself…
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The Middle East
April 6, 2020

Hawraman Valley

After traveling in Iran for a month, a writer visits the province of Kurdistan and finds herself in a whole new world. We stopped for a beautiful view of the…
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Europe
March 30, 2020

Catfish and Cormorants

On a trip down the Danube Delta, a writer absorbs the wetland's beauty and history while learning about its role in the economy of Romania. The narrow channel opened out…
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The Middle East
March 24, 2020

The Path to Petra

Stuck in Aqaba, a traveler makes his way to Jordan's celebrated "lost city," where the ancient ruins leave him in awe — and a little poorer. Aqaba is a city…
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