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Signage Gone Wrong

Yeah, I’m kind of a boring tourist. Something wild and crazy could be happening to the left or to the right, but I’m taking a picture of a sign because “its” (possessive) is spelled with an apostrophe. When it all comes down to it, there are aspects of life that are much more important, so […]

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Traveling in 2015

We have become wary travelers. News of the crimes committed in Paris was still fresh when we landed in Kochi, India. A cruise ship with 3000 people on board seemed like an easy target for hate crimes. And we were just about to get on one. Check-in, customs and security at the cruise terminal all […]

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Is South Africa Safe?

I was apprehensive. When I told folks I was going camping in a motorhome for three weeks in South Africa, the first question they asked–always–was do you think that’s safe? It made such an impression on me that I actually broke my rule about being totally ignorant of the place and did a bit of […]

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Kaleidoscope — Writers Abroad Anthology 2015

Did you know that 2015 is the year of LIGHT? Well, it is. And Writers Abroad, a group of talented expat writers, have just published their 2015 anthology on the theme of light. All of the stories and poems are written by writers who are living, or who have lived, in another country. As you […]

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Publishing News

If you haven’t already popped by these wonderful places, I hope you will. I’m grateful to have been included in these journals: Literary Orphans — “The Ground Above My Feet” For at least a few years now, I’ve been thinking about fathers, not necessarily my own father but maybe myself as father or non-father. This […]

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The 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Competition — The Winners!

I hope you’ve been keeping up with this year’s competition. We had an incredible variety of entries from almost all corners of the planet. Over 300 people from 43 countries sent in stories. Many of them, even though they did not make it into the semifinalist and finalist rounds, were memorable and very well written. […]

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The Big Five

If you’re planning a trip to a national park in Africa, have you saved room in your backpack for one of these? If you haven’t, you should–not because you’ll look sexier but because you’ll see sexier. I made do with my pitiful little Sony, so the quality of the photos below suffers in many ways. […]

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An Island in the Baltic Sea by Pamela Hensley

My cousin Martin lives a clay-tiled house on an island in the Baltic Sea. Set back from the road, or what they call a road, a single lane of concrete slabs placed one after the other an axle-width apart, the house is one of four or five on a stretch of land above the shore. […]

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Feathered Nights by Sofia Lavista

This must be the end of civilisation. The Argentinian pampas and clear sky stretch out to infinity. We are in the north-eastern province of Entre Ríos, which, as its name states, is sandwiched between two rivers: the Parana and the Uruguay. Until the late seventies, it was an isolated island of gauchos herding cattle. Still […]

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On a Terrace in Peru by Stacey Venzel

Mistakes abound when you’re frolicking in a foreign country. Language barriers, wrong turns and cultural faux pas are common threads between travelers. I once asked a waiter at a restaurant in Latin America if I should “sentirme” instead of “sentarme,” the difference between “feel myself” and “seat myself.” In Portugal, I took a path less […]

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