Author: katewanders

War on Backpacks

Cambodia

March 2015 They were everywhere. On shoulders, in front of hostels, under beds, outside bars, riding in tuktuks, stuffed in lockers. Dusty, full of flip-flops, and covered with patches of flags, the backpacks […]

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Japan: Final Edition

Japan

February 2015 Osaka I still didn’t speak any Japanese. And some of the dancers didn’t speak English. But we did the Charleston and swing danced all night, communicating with just a song and a dance […]

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Tokyo by train

Japan

January 2015 Me: bow Konichiwa! (hello) Shopkeeper: bow Konichiwa! (hello) Me: Arigato gazimasu! bow (thanks for taking my money) Shopkeeper: bow Arigato gazimasu! (thanks for your money, come again soon) Me: awkward bow, […]

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A week in Hong Kong

Hong Kong

January 2015 No matter how many places I’ve been there is nothing like that new-country-smell, anything and everything is possible. After five solo weeks in China, I was meeting my San Franciscan friend, Laura, […]

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Chopsticks with gloves

China

They say that China is shaped like a chicken, with its head bordering the Korean peninsula, its back next to Russia, and its rump encompassing Tibet. When describing where different cities are in […]

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Homeless in Thethi

Albania

“You’re traveling and having new experiences, so this is a new experience”, he said. “I don’t think I want to have this experience again”, I replied. Hungry, tired, alone, energy-less and penniless, I […]

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Bulgarian Mountains

Bulgaria

After a sleepless overnight bus ride from Istanbul I rolled into Sofia, a small city of 1.2 million and capital of Bulgaria. Between the impossibly high heels women wear, brightly colored tights from […]

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Not Constantinople

Turkey

“Istanbul was Constantinople / Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople / Been a long time gone, Constantinople / Why did Constantinople get the works? / That’s nobody’s business but the Turks” They Might Be Giants Constantinople […]

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