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Nathan James Thomas

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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Travel journal
October 28, 2017

The Petrol Merchants of Uzbekistan

The antique streets of Bukhara weave around ancient mosques and crumbling walls of brown clay. You can imagine camels happily clopping by, perhaps pausing for a hearty spit into the…
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Stories from the past
October 5, 2017

An Outsider Walks the Streets [Six Months in Sichuan Part 3]

This series details six months the author spent as a student in Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province, in 2014. Part 1. Part 2. We all got used to…
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Stories from the past
September 26, 2017

China Will Not Be Defeated [Six Months in Sichuan Part Two]

This series details six months I spent as a student in Chengdu the capital of China's Sichuan province, in 2014. Read part 1 here. When you the North Gate of…
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Intrepid Times Interviews
September 17, 2017

Three Minutes in Poland – Interview with Glenn Kurtz

A few years ago, writer Glenn Kurtz was conducting research for a novel when he came across an old video, recorded by his grandfather in 1938 in┬ásmall, predominantly Jewish town…
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Travel journal
September 5, 2017

On Crossing a Border

During a drive from Europe to Central Asia, the author contemplates the experience of crossing a border. Borders, like nation states, are artificial. They would not exist if it weren't…
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Travel journal
September 3, 2017

Corruption (And Other Careers)

On Recent Drive From Europe to Kazakhstan, The Writer Was Impressed To Discover the Innovative Ways in Which Locals and Officials Made Their Living An expat in Almaty, the former…
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Intrepid Times Interviews
June 30, 2017

Poland Today – Interview with Daniel Tilles On Politics and People

Daniel Tilles is a British academic who first moved to Poland in 2004. A frequent writer on current events, Daniel manages the highly popular 'Notes From Poland' community, an English…
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Stories from the past
June 27, 2017

Six Months in Sichuan Part One: A Phone Call in Tibet

  Vibrant blue and yellow prayer flags were wrapped around an ugly metal pylon. The thin fabric shook frantically in the wind, as if electrified by the current surging through…
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