All Posts By

Nathan James Thomas

Europe
February 26, 2019

Madrid – Mysteries Overlooked

Madrid is a languid rush. As in all big cities, people look ahead and walk with purpose. Yet they move slowly. Pedestrians habitually pause in the middle of the street,…
Read More
Europe
October 16, 2018

Some Corner of a Foreign Field

The Story of Five New Zealand POW’s Buried in Poznan, Poland A New Zealand expat in Poznan discovers the story of five countrymen buried far from home. First published in…
Read More
EuropeTravel journal
August 24, 2018

In Search of My Family’s Jewish History in Lublin, Poland

Walking across the border from Slovakia into Poland felt like crossing into Narnia. The bridge that connects the two countries was covered in snow, surrounded by white mountains and frost…
Read More
AsiaChina
July 9, 2018

Surviving Baijiu, China’s Pungent Grain Alcohol

My friend paused, holding the small bottle in his hand. It was dark, and for a moment the streets of Kunming seemed to grow silent. The cars stopped honking. The…
Read More
AsiaChinaTravel journal
June 7, 2018

Conquering the World’s Spiciest Hotpot in Chongqing, China

30.1 million people - greater than the population of New Zealand, Australia and Scotland combined. A city of skyscrapers erupting chaotically out of cloud strewn mountains like fungus on a…
Read More
EuropeTravel journal
April 24, 2018

Thieves, Horseradish Vodka and St Sophia

How to Get a Meal in Kiev Kiev’s metro makes little sense. Below the main railway station commuters are funneled through an impossible labyrinth of white concrete tunnels, ending in…
Read More
EuropeTravel journal
March 28, 2018

Nightfall in Wrocław Square

Western brands in the polished white shopping mall vanish as you exit, take the escalator, and find yourself in Poznan's grey, sooty train station. Down another escalator, outside and across…
Read More
United States
February 11, 2018

American Impediment – Notes from an Interrogation Room

The following events took place at the airport of an affluent city on the east coast of the USA. To protect the privacy of the individuals involved, I will not…
Read More
EuropeTravel journal
January 18, 2018

The Refugee Opera Singer from Iran

He was sitting at the table chatting to my friend when I came back from the bathroom. Dressed like a rock star, perfectly coiffed hair, contoured beard, a stud in…
Read More