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Welcome to Iraq  Posted on 10/06/2013
We reach Erbil in time for a suicide bomb attack near the headquarters of Iraqi Kurdish security services, not far from here we land. By the time we deplane at three in the afternoon, the airport has been put on lock down, dozens of police...
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Dead Sea Bound  Posted on 09/06/2013
In the desert there is space, there is expanse and infinity that stretches beyond the present into whatever past we connect ourselves to or future we push towards. It is a feeling of expanding and contracting at the same time that I...
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The Days My Voice Disappeared  Posted on 09/04/2013
August 28, 2013 In Ramallah, I lose my voice. It is the second time in my life this had happened. The first time I was getting our stolen laptops back in Guatemala, but I’ll leave that story for later. Suffice it to say this time...
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The Return from Tel Aviv  Posted on 09/02/2013
September 1, 2013 I do not like to watch Tel Aviv disappear from above – the Mediterranean Sea coastline a small strip of white that barely holds us from the immensity of blue that continues as we head west on the plane. I raise the...
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Back to the Holy Land  Posted on 08/26/2013
August 26, 2013 Last night I slept sitting up and today I floated in the Dead Sea. Knowing what I’m up against, I sleep the entire trip from Newark to Tel Aviv, no movies, no studying, just food and sleep. The crying babies are mere...
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La Pura Vida as a State of Being  Posted on 02/21/2013
February 20, 2013 To live in Costa Rica is “la pura vida” – a common dicho or saying that literally means “pure life” or “all life”. It’s a newer dicho, having become popular in the past...
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The Universal Hipster  Posted on 02/17/2013
Februry 16, 2013 My new friends are hipsters, Costa Rican hipsters, in the part of town called Escalante where businesses mix with residences and people come out of industrial looking buildings with dark glasses, old Vans or flip flops,...
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On the Road from Honduras to Costa Rica  Posted on 02/16/2013
February 14, 2013 We’re headed south through Nicaragua and the land gets dryer – bramble and brush with large patches of black where the grass has been burned away. The sunlight is different here, it’s more direct with a...
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What I learned over Chinese Food in Honduras  Posted on 02/12/2013
February 9, 2013 The Chinese food in Honduras is to die for, such that I’ve come to think of the national dish as some variation of chop suey. The baleada, forget it, it’s the plate of fried rice we all crowd around under the...
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