By Amy Marcott
A souvenir becomes a symbol of hope.
At the end of my first trip to Paris, I had come to the Place du Tertre to buy a painting. I could not afford this. I’d just finished an MFA in creative writing and financed my trip with my student loan. But intuition told me that [...]
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By Amy Marcott
By Michael Sano
Secrets surround a romance between a visitor and local in the mountains of Nicaragua.
The music at the discoteca is so loud that I have to shout to be heard. I’m nodding my head, pretending to listen to one of my co-workers, while searching the green slices of light on the dance floor for [...]
By V. Hansmann
Some people say the most splendid thing about a road trip to Ohio is the road trip from Ohio. I might have agreed; benighted rustbelt, flyover, swing state that it is. But follow this simple itinerary and you may come away with affection for Ohio. Spring is a good time [...]
By Hannah Sheldon-Dean
In the middle of the St. Charles Bridge on a warm day in Prague, we wait with our binders of music, wondering if anyone will bother to show up. There are five or six of us here now, out of perhaps twenty-five. We’ve been singing all week, and [...]
By Peggy Jaffe
At first I ignore the mail piled in the foyer, take my shoes off, and absorb the warmth of the terra cotta floor. Outside the living room window, a carpet of dandelions welcomes me like a light parade. How I love being in Tuscany in May—the lavender-laced air, hills stretching [...]
By Jessica Dur Taylor
It’s not that we hadn’t fallen in love with Cuba, her slender crocodile figure and rhythmic hips, her bawdy street corners and crumbling veneer. We had. We’d been all the way to her furthest tip, braving a five-hour bus ride over the sumptuous mountain curves, to Baracoa, where [...]
By Lola Akinmade Akerstrom
Eight of us - six Swedes, one Finn, and me - are gathered in a modest city-center studio apartment in Stockholm’s eclectic Sodermalm district. Next to our dinner table is a small window with a gorgeous view of Stockholm’s history-rich old town, Gamla stan, with its narrow fingerlike [...]
By Laura Lee Huttenbach
An unprepared trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro turns into an adventure of a lifetime.
“If you ever make it home from Africa alive, I’m going to kill you myself,” said my mom. She wasn’t happy with my decision to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro without an oxygen supply.
“But Mom,” I said, “it was [...]
by Kevin McCaughey
A traveler to Russian learns he is not allowed to understand Russian humor.
“It’s impossible for you to understand.” That’s what Galina told me. She was head of the university English Department in a city on the Volga river.
Maria, Galina’s sidekick and thesaurus, said: “Unattainable. Russian humor is very specifical.”
These pleasant, fleshy-faced, [...]
by Veronica Hackethal
What happens when a New Yorker follows the trail of Dostoyevsky’s characters in wintry St. Petersburg? A transformtaive tale of literary intrigue peppered with cool humor.
During the St. Petersburg winter, dawn sneaks over the unwary night, which fades to a lighter shade of lead. There is no clock in my budget [...]