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Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment

This island, given that you explore it properly, is guaranteed to leave you enchanted. The soft, white sands of serenely beautiful beaches will swallow you. The dangling tendrils…

Travel Notes from Tanzania

Travel Notes from Tanzania

You’re barreling down a dirt road through the middle of Serengeti in the late afternoon. Wildebeest are flashing by your windows but you’re in a race against the…

Rio de Janeiro, A City of Contradictions

Rio de Janeiro, A City of Contradictions

“A Cidade Maravilhosa”—the Marvelous City. That’s the name that a 1935 traditional Brazilian song gave to Rio de Janeiro, and the city has embodied it ever since. The…

Women’s School for Peace: Fighting for Gender Equality in Indonesia

Women’s School for Peace: Fighting for Gender Equality in Indonesia

In the depths of East Jakarta sits a neighborhood called Pondok Bambu. This neighborhood rests beside the river, a location known by all to be a lower-economic status…

The Magic of Travel

The Magic of Travel

I thought I would most vividly remember the butterflies. The tiny silver ones that flitted low among the wildflowers; the tiger-striped and cheetah-spotted ones that liked to land…

A Call To Stories In Soweto, South Africa

A Call To Stories In Soweto, South Africa

Burning. Burning coal, garbage, vegetation. Inhale smoke, exhale exhaustion. This is Johannesburg. The tangy smell reminds me of the violence during apartheid that had once destroyed parts of…

Saint-Omer: City of Art and History

Saint-Omer: City of Art and History

At first glance, the town of Saint-Omer, located in the heart of France’s Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, seems an unlikely home for priceless historical artifacts or significant artistic institutions. Sure,…

On Being Brown-ish

On Being Brown-ish

Being an Indian American girl in India is a bit of a shock for one’s self esteem. One day, when I walked into a local salon to get…

Reflections from a Political Tour in Bethlehem

Reflections from a Political Tour in Bethlehem

In July, I went on a 5-hour tour with an Immersion group from the U.S., led by a Palestinian tour guide. The focus of the tour was the…

Living like a Berber in the Moroccan Sahara

Living like a Berber in the Moroccan Sahara

Spending the night in the Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world, was a unique experience and was the most awe-inspiring adventure of my stay in Morocco.…