By Pamela Wright
What’s the Italian word for cougar?
I wasn’t overly concerned when I heard the shouting start in the apartment next door. I’d neglected to learn more than a few pleasantries in Italian before leaving Atlanta for Florence, so I was unable to decipher so much as the rudiments of the argument. I stopped unpacking [...]
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By Pamela Wright
By Tina Koenig
What did Michelangelo know about David?
My husband Michael is the Goldilocks of travel. A window seat is too claustrophobic. Coach does not have enough legroom. First class is too expensive.
There are two ways to get Michael on an airplane. Book him on a flight that is less than three hours, or tell him [...]
by Dominick Domingo
A Guide to Cultural Egocentrism
If I’d been smart, I would have studied Spanish instead of French. That way, I would have had an endless surplus of busboys and valets with whom to practice. Not to mention the majority of my tricks. Instead I am reduced to eavesdropping on strangers [...]
by Patricia Dreyfus
Twins: Double Trouble or Twice Blessed
The heart shaped continent, the site of Eden where human life began, Africa, the center of the Earth. As I step from the plane in Lagos, Nigeria, I hear the music of Africa, high and tinkling, beating and throbbing like my pulse. I smell Africa, [...]
by Melanie Hamlett
She didn’t realize how long she’d been single until Jesus touched her during the Last Supper.
As fifty other tourists and I entered the cave, a man dressed in a pharaoh’s outfit handed us each a cracker and a teeny-tiny wooden cup of grape juice, which looked like a shot glass from [...]
by Charles Kulander
I travel faster than bad news. I comb my hair with a plastic salad fork and use a toothbrush handle to stir my instant coffee, flavoring it with Pepsodent. A money pouch hangs inside my pants, and on my wrist is a Timex with a black vinyl strap-not to tell the time but [...]
by Phil Goldman
“HELP WANTED: FOREIGN MEN NEEDED FOR STRIP CLUB.” I am just desperate enough to reply to this ad. I’m living in Tokyo and I’m broke; I can’t get a steady English teaching gig, or any other form of employment, to save my life. Unfortunately, the days when a native English speaker without any [...]
by Bonnie Morris
Western visitors to Hong Kong, Korea and Japan expect to find teahouses, tea ceremonies, rituals steeped in steeping leaves of tea. But coffee is now a staple of East Asia; in fact, as described in Taylor Clark’s book Starbucked, the world’s largest Starbucks coffeehouse is located in South Korea. And a controversial Starbucks [...]
by Dodie Cross
As I set these thoughts to paper, I must tell the reader that I am fine now. In fact, as I write this I realize how lucky I am. However, that was not the case fifteen years ago.
I didn’t make it to the ladies room in time. I’d been playing golf with some [...]
by Melissa Myers
I’ve pounded down a fistful of live termites in Costa Rica, pierced my septum at a Maori tribal ritual in New Zealand, and attempted to ride a cow in Wales. (I don’t recommend the latter.) Ticking off a list of “must sees” isn’t exactly my idea of a good time. This was especially [...]