Postcards tagged: We're Not in Kansas Anymore
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.
GRUNEWALD FOREST, GERMANY — The station and the hill were abandoned after the Berlin Wall fell. In the '90s, kids would break into the towers to party and vandalize. (Who could blame them?)
KHASAB, Oman – There's a petrol station, an airstrip (no international flights yet), a few restaurants, and a population of 18,000, though we count only four people.
LAKE VICTORIA, Kenya – Lots of speeches, a warm Fanta, and several songs later, we had us a brand new school, with gleaming desks, fresh books, and a library in the works.
NAIROBI, Kenya – Four years ago, standing in the blazing sun in the middle of the African desert, I looked a Samburu tribeswoman in the eye and promised her we would build a school for her children.
TIBET – Official instructions warned "to not eat dog, donkey, and horse in Tibet." It's one of those things where you didn't know you wanted it until someone told you that you couldn't have it. Now all I want to do as soon as I get back to New York is to hit my favorite grilled donkey stand.
TAJIKISTAN – For true bragging rights, visit the former Soviet republic. It's the belly button of the world: rich in natural resources, but very poor and haunted by its past and present conflicts.
TAJIKSTAN – In the unspoiled landscapes in the Pamir Mountains, you might go days without seeing humans, drinking from endless streams and rivers. Here are the logistics.