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Nathan James Thomas

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Travel journal
December 11, 2017

The Astana Express – Night Train Through Kazakhstan

Pause at an intersection to check directions to Almaty railway station. A young man approaches, his thin face shiny with sweat. He goes to speak and his eyeballs swim in…
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Travel journal
November 8, 2017

A Dip in the Caspian Sea

The sweaty grip of another border crossing. Azerbaijan at our backs, watchtowers among the trees. We're waved through a gate, and park in a small hanger. Officials stroll to and…
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