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!Nara Melon: The Essential Fruit of Namibia’s Topnaar People

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!Nara Melon in Namibia

One of the first things people notice about Namibia is how clean and orderly it can look compared to other developing countries. But if you go far enough in certain directions, you’ll see people living in extreme conditions that belie the seeming prosperity. On paper, Namibia is an upper-middle income country, but the reality is […]

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An Ode to Exploring Markets in Other Places

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A market vendor poses with one of his peppers at the Tlacolula market in Oaxaca state, Mexico

You step inside the market, the condensed and uncensored microcosm of the town, city, or neighborhood you’re visiting. Your awareness of your foreigner status is heightened. Vendors call out to potential customers and each other. There’s a stand selling undergarments next to a fruit stand next to a handicraft stand. Families squeeze past you as […]

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Photo Essay: Berlin’s Vibrant Turkish Market

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Dried Foods at the Turkish Market in Berlin

Have you ever felt like you were traveling within your travels? That’s how I felt when I set foot in Berlin’s largest Turkish market. I didn’t intend to stay long when I arrived, but the lively and charming Kreuzberg market ended up drawing me in for hours. As soon as I exited the subway station, […]

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Eating in Berlin: The Currywurst Edition

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Currywurst, fries, and pilsner in Berlin

When people find out you’re planning a trip to a heavily visited city such as Berlin, it’s not long before you’re saddled with “you have tos”. One of the most common lines I heard before I left for Berlin which continued after I arrived was, “You have to try to the currywurst!” I make an […]

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Eating in Berlin: The Continuing Quest for a Good Burrito Abroad

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While I stay far away from American fast food chains abroad (as I would at home), I’m not the type of traveler to feverishly stick to a diet of food only from the local culture when I travel. I get a kick out of seeing how a restaurant in Ghana might make a Chinese dish […]

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Eating in Prague: Czech Cuisine at the Subterranean Cafe Sudicka

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On a quiet street in the fancy Vinohrady neighborhood of Prague, I spotted the entrance to the restaurant and cafe, Sudicka. I walked down the steps into a cavernous, brick walled space. It was dark and medieval feeling, yet somehow very cozy. Books and antiques filled the space and dripping candles gave the room a […]

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Songs for the Road No. 17: The Blues and Contentment in Berlin

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The cloud infused evening sunlight gives the city a golden glow and the gracefulness of dusk prophesizes the night’s mood. I walk across the Oberbaum Bridge from Friedrichshain to Kreuzberg where huge murals by Blu welcome me to the neighborhood. This is my first time crossing into what used to be the former West Berlin. […]

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Oaxaca Hot Chocolate and Decision Making at Lidia’s Eatery

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One morning in Oaxaca, I wake up with an onward bus ticket on my mind. I am supposed to leave the following day. I head out of the hostel earlier than normal and make my first stop at a bank. The ATM line is long and moving at a sloth’s pace. I share sighs and […]

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