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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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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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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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Europe
February 24, 2020

The Proposal

A chance meeting with a Syrian asylum-seeker on a bus in Wales opens up a new way of looking at life and love, and reveals the contrast between two different…
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Europe
January 21, 2020

Everything is Going to be Okay…

A lifeguard works on the shores of Greece during the refugee crisis in 2016. ‘Get on your wetsuit, re,’ Svestis says back to me from the driver’s seat. About fifty…
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Europe
January 13, 2020

It’s Always Dark Here

In a land without daylight, a traveler's phrasebook provides uncanny insight into local life. Sitting in a restaurant in Arctic Lapland at 1 p.m. at night, I wait for the…
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Europe
January 6, 2020

My Azorean Ancestry

With nothing but an old black and white photograph to go on, a writer searches for his ancestors on an island in the Azores. "O destino enviou você para sua…
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Europe
December 5, 2019

Tirana from all Angles

In the streets of Albania, a traveler finds evidence of a country trying to distance itself from its political past. Editor's note: This article was written before the world's deadliest…
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Europe
November 26, 2019

Where Memories Flow Like Vranac

After a day of paddleboarding on Montenegro's Rijeka Crnojevića, a traveler makes an unlikely friend who offers her a piece of the river itself. I launched my stand up paddleboard…
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Europe
October 29, 2019

A Tale of Blacksmiths and Brides

At a small museum in Scotland, a traveler discovers just why young couples in the 18th century were getting married over a blacksmith's anvil. The “runaway wedding” capital of the…
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