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The Unadorned Buildings of Fez

In Fez, all of the buildings, excluding the Kairaouine Mosque and University, have the same smooth, tan exteriors. Our tour guide, an average-sized Muslim man in a long brown-hooded robe called a djellaba, smokes five cigarettes over the course of our three-hour walk through the old city and begs our...

Flight VY6124 to Athens – CANCELLED

Flight VY6124 to Athens – delayed to EOD 1230. I sat on the hard, metal chairs at Gate 21 at Fiumicino Airport in Rome, munching on possibly the hundredth pizza slice I’d eaten in the past three days. My flight to Athens was delayed so I plugged in my headphones,...

Settling In

[I composed this piece in August 2015, almost two years after having moved to Germany, a month after having finished my Master’s degree at the University of Bonn, and just days before moving back to my native United States. Once back stateside, I knew that when sharing the last few...


Dancing in Paradox

Hangzhou, West Lake. Bleachers set up by the waterfront. A stillness in the air before all the commotion of tourists and locals alike. She watches 『印象西湖』 with wide eyes. The entire “Impressions of West Lake” show is staged on a platform built on the surface of the water. The storyline...

How I Caught Wanderlust

Wanderlust- “a strong, irresistible impulse to rove or travel about” It can strike at any moment—you might be scrolling through Instagram, zoning out in lecture, eating dinner at the Ratty—and suddenly a strong urge overtakes you. All you want to do is pack your bag with some clothes, a toothbrush,...

PURULIA DIARIES: OF CHHOU MASKS AND MAGIC

Charida, a village in the Bagmundi, Purulia district, is the back of beyond of the back of beyond. The landscape shifts as villages fly past. Clouds of lotuses bloom in clear ponds, and in chimneys smoke the fresh bricks being toasted in their kilns. The egg devils and aubergine fritters...

German Christmas Markets

The anticipation of the first snowfall, imminent chocolate overdoses waiting in Christmas stockings, piano strings warmed for the 10th rendition of Carol of the Bells: these winter festivities and rituals charm and warm the soul, regardless of which holiday is being celebrated during this magical season. Prior to spending Christmastime...

The Punk Spirit

The punk spirit is still in there somewhere, though — at least, I hope so. ~ Martin McDonagh, on his writing in an interview to The Guardian /// Elegy for The Pillowman i know your life is a plastic bag with no breathing holes are everywhere and in every heart yet...

7am Wanders

I have always been a city girl, through and through. Growing up in Hong Kong as I did and loving the city as I do, I’ve learnt to move with the energy of the place. This city that never sleeps, never content to stay still in the status quo; this...