Author Archives: Zach

Marble Tears

Agra is the best and worst of India in one place.  The city is home to the Taj Mahal, a magnificent site that is absolutely stunning and truly exceeds expectations, especially when one grows up seeing pictures of it in … Continue reading

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Elephant and Stream

Varanasi is a crumbling city.  Built upon the west bank of the river Ganges, the city slides, slowly, serenely, into the cinereal waters.  Narrow boats slip between pilgrims and palaces to reach the holy ghats, the Hindi word for steps … Continue reading

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The Rajpath

Last summer I read William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns. Part travelogue, part love affair with his favorite city, Mr. Dalrymple discusses his six-year sojourn in the Indian capital, Delhi. The city is said to be the eight iteration of a … Continue reading

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Portugal’s Napoleon Complex

The sound of rain hitting the siding of the ship almost drowns out the footsteps on the metal plank. People begin to stow their luggage as attendants hand out immigration cards. Located about 40 miles to the east of Hong … Continue reading

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Into the Fragrant Harbor

Suddenly there was blue.  A sky patched with a few ivory clouds gave way to verdant hills and cerulean waters.  In the distance, one could make out the faint outline of the skyline; down below, the world was lost in … Continue reading

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Flash and Fervor

The glimmer of glass and steel competes against the buzz of neon signs.  Hushed streets, whispering of a bygone age of monks and swordsmen, intersect the city.  Asymmetrical beauty – a Korean vision for planning their once and future capital – … Continue reading

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Tattered Flag

Like a twisted scar, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea is a living relic of the war that divided the peninsula and on a larger scale, it epitomizes the Cold War.  The DMZ is the literal flashpoint … Continue reading

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