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New York, New York: Living on Wall Street

Life on Wall Street is probably not how you imagine it. It’s quiet, at times a bit messy, and, by New York standards at least, somewhat dull. The area does not house enough mixologists and artisanal cheesemakers to attract the hipsters and creatives, but also lacks the stately beauty of those other neighborhoods associated with […]

Reykjavik, Iceland: Of Lagoons and Fishing Disputes

AA left the Reykjavik airport grumpy. Not a single one of the shops in the arrival hall had allowed him to buy a banana without a valid departure ticket. Thus primed, AA was not impressed with his first glance of Reykjavik proper, empty in the early morning light. “What are we in North Korea? Is […]

Newcastle, Australia: From London to Newcastle—10,544 Miles

I am a fundamentally organized person. ‘Type A’ where the idea of 2,364 unread emails (junk or otherwise) gives me palpitations. Or even one unread email, come to think of it. The point is I couldn’t possibly move across the world without having anywhere to live, a job to start or really any other reason […]

Dublin, Ireland: Connections to Home

St Patrick’s Day was just a few days ago. Sadly, we missed the holiday in Dublin, but New York City put on quite a show. Now St. Patrick’s may normally be just an excuse to cut loose for a bit, but the holiday is also a reminder of how important the Irish have been to […]

Cap Cana, Dominican Republic: You Can’t Escape Politics

AA loves his new GoPro (you may have noticed from the videos included in a few of my recent posts). It is by far his favorite purchase of the past year – much to the delight of my family who now have enough GoPro–related items to last a number of birthdays. AA is cautious of […]

Lake George, New York: Finding Friluftsliv in the Big Apple

My relationship with winter has been an on and off again one, as I imagine it is for most. When I was young in Wilmette, I don’t remember ever feeling the cold. There was just the excitement of the first snowfall and the anxious hope that it would arrive around Christmas when everything was still […]

Chicago, Illinois: Urban Crime, Mayhem and Metropolitan Beauty

My father is from Mississippi and my mother grew up in Chicago, both lived in unforgiving environments. My grandmother (father’s mother) moved to Chicago in the 1960’s when many black folks from the south were relocating north for a better life. It seems that when she arrived here she got very comfortable because she sank […]

Paris, France: Paris is for Jim

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” William Blake, Marriage of Heaven and Hell. “Indeed, Allah [alone] has knowledge of the Hour and sends down the rain and […]

Costa Rica: The Forest Will Provide

Vines make up 30% of the forest’s mass,” Sergio said, pointing to the canopy below us. We had passed the line between new and old-growth forest, and the wind changed. The breeze grew stronger and the smell of moisture intensified. Relaxing in the verdant air, we continued onward, high above the dry rainforest of Costa […]

Interview with Um A’yube: Writer, Mother and Wadi Rum Transplant

Hello Um A’yube. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a shy person and I like to watch the world go by. People fascinate me and I reflect a lot on why people act the way they do. I like to hold on to hope that the world is overall a good […]