Tourism

Hell on the Mediterranean: Two Nights in Turkey’s Most Luxurious Hotel

“Slathered with excess and sparing no luxury, a bleak, depressing vibe permeates the Mardan Palace hotel.”

Jun 20, 2017
Entering Jerusalem: Scenes from the March of Flags

Notes from 2016’s Jerusalem Day, an Israeli national holiday.

May 24, 2017
The Love of a Good Woman: A Visit to Alcatraz

“This is doing time. This is giving away a piece of your life. If I did get fixed, it wasn’t jail that did the fixing.”

Waiting to Go Home: On Being a Traveler in Trinidad

“Tourists accumulate photos and mementos; travelers collect memories and friends.”

Apr 13, 2017
The Giant Garbage Pit, or The Largest Diamond Mine in the World

Then, a Robbery and a House on Fire: My Travels in North Siberia

Mar 06, 2017
Two Men Kissing

“One man kisses another, they fool around, and it’s all downhill from there.”

Nov 29, 2016
Nudists Always Play Volleyball

Undressing at the nudist resort.

Nov 03, 2016
The Seamstress

“I was a product of this beautiful country in spirit, if not in fact.”

Jun 29, 2016