Postcards tagged: Fish out of Water
SHANGHAI – We step off the sidewalk again and scan the traffic. A string of city buses crowded with morning commuters lumbers along. We miss our chance. A reader story.
KHOROG, Tajikistan – Recent clashes between the government and rebels have ended violently, but this Central Asian melting pot has always been a place of extremes and co-existence.
I contemplated my old life there and my new one, my Beirut and New York selves — were they the same? — and tried to get to the bottom of what we talk about when we talk about home.
CAPPADOCIA, Turkey – Land of fairy chimneys, cave dwellings, ancient underground cities, and inn keepers that probably don't want to kill you. A reader story.
ZURICH, Switzerland – Underneath that conservative MaxMara and Bally veneer lurk the hearts of Hells Angels. Everyone in Switzerland is the girl with the dragon tattoo.
OAXACA, Mexico – An American visiting Oaxaca this week discovers that Dia de los Muertos is a cause for raucous celebration.
OUAGANDOUGOU, Burkina Faso – My friends and I wanted to hear some music and drink some beer because we wanted to chill a bit after the previous night's exorcism.
SHANGHAI, China – A young writer gets all dolled up for her fake Chinese wedding photo shoot. Groom not included.
STONE TOWN, Zanzibar – Under red and gold tarps stretched across the bazaar, the temperature doubles, the crowd triples, and you lose your escort. A reader story.
ZURICH, Switzerland – No, mommy, you're not carving a pumpkin. You're carving a turnip. The Swiss Family Cuthberton faces the high-maintenance holiday root vegetable.