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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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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