Fathomaway Compass

Postcards tagged: Fish out of Water

Shanghai Street Crossing

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.

On the Road in Tajikistan

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.

Beirut: Bring the Noise

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.

Who You Calling Chicken, Turkey?

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.

Expat Chronicles: The Hidden Swiss

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.

Day of the Dead. It's a Party.

OAXACA, Mexico – An American visiting Oaxaca this week discovers that Dia de los Muertos is a cause for raucous celebration.

Night Falls in Africa

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.

In Praise of Happyness

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.

Expat Chronicles: Halloween Turnips

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.

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