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Sucevita Monastery

Romanian Holiday

Rains finally came. The dog days came to a pause for two days, but Bucharest was still hot...

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Zaitunay Bay, Beirut

Don”€™t Come for the War

I landed at Rafic Hariri Airport at five in the morning. Friends had asked if Beirut was d...

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How to Fly in Comfort

About 44.3 million Americans are going to be flying this holiday season, which is a millio...

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Raikot polo

Playing Polo in Heaven

For somewhere a long way from anywhere, Nanga Parbat is a pretty lively place. The five-mi...

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Scenes From a Nashville Convenience Store

I didn"€™t expect to see so many derelicts in Music City USA. I thought the home of coun...

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Warming Up to the Sunshine State

It really is possible to change your attitudes, even in…well, let’s say late middle ag...

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10 Things I Learned About the South

In 1831, Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville came to America. Four years later, he published a...

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Inside Burning Man

Burning Man defies easy categorization. Wikipedia describes it as “an annual week-lo...

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Greece My Love

The idea of being cooped up on a boat with nowhere to go, at the mercy of a princess, an a...

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Switzerland of the East

Switzerland of the East

I was less than eager to discover the Arab world. My previous experiences in Egypt and Tur...

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An American’s Guide to Moving to Australia

An American’s Guide to Moving to Australia

In spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of ... emigrating. And when it do...