Saudi Arabia

A last-minute decision to see Saudi Arabia rewarded my travel style of not planning everything. There’s nothing wrong with following a map, but how can you be surprised and discover something new if that’s all you’re doing? Riyadh is a

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Saudi Arabia

A last-minute decision to see Saudi Arabia rewarded my travel style of not planning everything. There’s nothing wrong with following a map, but how can you be surprised and discover something new if that’s all you’re doing? Riyadh is a

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Jordan

Arriving via Aqaba, two of us are detained based solely on nationality and profession. I’m one of them; the other is an Australian police officer. Neither of us is shocked. Border guards check our passports and don’t give them back,

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Jordan

Arriving via Aqaba, two of us are detained based solely on nationality and profession. I’m one of them; the other is an Australian police officer. Neither of us is shocked. Border guards check our passports and don’t give them back,

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Egypt

Cairo can best be described as a slap in the face. You hear the word ‘Welcome’ a lot — too much, actually — just before aggression bears down on you like an angry mother-in-law, yelling and asking inappropriate questions while

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Egypt

Cairo can best be described as a slap in the face. You hear the word ‘Welcome’ a lot — too much, actually — just before aggression bears down on you like an angry mother-in-law, yelling and asking inappropriate questions while

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Turkey

My time in Istanbul is too brief. A visit to the Grand Bazaar, a delicious bite of Turkish delight at Ali Muhiddin, and a tortuous look at everything I won’t have the opportunity to eat. I love the colorful lamps

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Turkey

My time in Istanbul is too brief. A visit to the Grand Bazaar, a delicious bite of Turkish delight at Ali Muhiddin, and a tortuous look at everything I won’t have the opportunity to eat. I love the colorful lamps

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Bahamas

Most people come here on a booze cruise or to shop. I’m here for Junkanoo, Johnny cakes and conch fritters. Airport guards pull me aside at baggage claim on suspicion of being a terrorist because I’m only carrying snorkel gear

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Bahamas

Most people come here on a booze cruise or to shop. I’m here for Junkanoo, Johnny cakes and conch fritters. Airport guards pull me aside at baggage claim on suspicion of being a terrorist because I’m only carrying snorkel gear

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Mexico

It was 25°F, snowing and turkeys when I left NYC, and here in CZM it’s 25°C, sunny and tacos. The shades of turquoise rival those of Greece, but the water’s translucent quality make it more innocent and serene. My first

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Mexico

It was 25°F, snowing and turkeys when I left NYC, and here in CZM it’s 25°C, sunny and tacos. The shades of turquoise rival those of Greece, but the water’s translucent quality make it more innocent and serene. My first

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Canada

A weekend in Upstate New York to reconnect with a friend I met in California turns into a road trip to Canada, visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls. It starts to rain as I reach the Falls, which is of no

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Canada

A weekend in Upstate New York to reconnect with a friend I met in California turns into a road trip to Canada, visiting Toronto and Niagara Falls. It starts to rain as I reach the Falls, which is of no

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Thailand

Bangkok bad, Ayutthaya good. The former way too touristy, overpriced, loud, glitzy, a city of sin but named the city of angels; the latter on the path less traveled, less hectic, fantastic, though also the site of mass murder, rape

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Thailand

Bangkok bad, Ayutthaya good. The former way too touristy, overpriced, loud, glitzy, a city of sin but named the city of angels; the latter on the path less traveled, less hectic, fantastic, though also the site of mass murder, rape

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United Arab Emirates

Out of pure curiosity I stop in Dubai, a city that few people know and even fewer visit. I first learned of the United Arab Emirates when an acquaintance I met in Athens decided to move here; we lost touch

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United Arab Emirates

Out of pure curiosity I stop in Dubai, a city that few people know and even fewer visit. I first learned of the United Arab Emirates when an acquaintance I met in Athens decided to move here; we lost touch

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Belgium

Home to EU headquarters, and also where I have a job interview with NBC, Brussels is the first city on my European trek because the one-way ticket from SFO cost me 99 dollars. Suffering from severe jet lag and starving

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Belgium

Home to EU headquarters, and also where I have a job interview with NBC, Brussels is the first city on my European trek because the one-way ticket from SFO cost me 99 dollars. Suffering from severe jet lag and starving

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