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Last summer I saw something that completely shocked me. I witnessed a man attempting to unclog a flooded street in Dhaka, Bangladesh. That doesn’t sound too shocking, but given the circumstances, I can assure you it was. In his attempt to do so, he was forced to go down the sewer, half naked, with...

It is a ghost town. The shops are closed, the windows shuttered and the interiors gutted. But it is not an abandoned ghost town. People do still live here. Their livelihoods, however, do not. This is the town of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. FINALIST 2010 YOUNG TRAVEL WRITERS SCHOLARSHIP When you enter...

A few weeks back, I travelled to Beirut, Lebanon. I feel it’s important to capture what I experienced in the few days I spent in the country. As my buddy and I walked ourselves out of the airport, we were immediately approached by a taxi driver hawking his goods. This was the first of many times a...

It's amazing how real history is when you get to see where it happened. Yeah, reading about it is exciting, or maybe boring depending on how much you care, but once you lay your eyes on a place  where something significant happened, it's almost like you are sucked into that event looking through...

I came into the dining car to eat my half cold, half microwaved turkey and swiss hoagie. I had my Holga and A Return to Modesty to keep me company. The Holga I had chosen as my photographic companion, film fueled and full of flaws. The book is by a female philosophy graduate who felt compelled to...

48 hours in a sleeper car is a very.  long.  time. I’m on a two-day long train ride headed south from Beijing to Yunnan Province.  It’s a huge trip, two weeks in Southern China and then backpacking onward to Laos and Thailand.  I’ll be gone for a month or so – my plans are still super vague but it’...

 During my time in Europe I have been blessed with a wealth of incredible experiences.  There has been no city that I have visited that has made me more aware of this - or more grateful - than Berlin.  The city has a special feel to it - a unique character - that will no doubt touch any visitor to...

Traveling is exciting, regardless of where you're destined.  And doing it solo is even better.  Lost in the clouds, disconnected from the mayhem on the ground, unable to retrieve and send emails, with no possibility of being located, flying is an escape.  Your own thoughts become louder, your...

If a person never took the time to appreciate their life, then a New York City cab driver will change that in an instant. Before my friend and I could even securely fasten our seatbelts, the cab driver had dashed into traffic and left all caution at the curb of LaGuardia Airport. My friend was...

            My friend Addy is studying forensic science in Scotland this year. Her Facebook status frequently updates us on her spontaneous weekend travels across Europe. Hence, my comments often express my jealousy at her situation. Come visit, she replies! Come visit and you, too, can experience...

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