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Riding The New Silk Road

nytimes.com · 10 days by Pete R.

The network of routes known as the Silk Road connected Asia and Europe for centuries before fading in importance in the 1400s. Now, Hewlett-Packard ..

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Close Encounters - A Journey Through Pakistan

sidetracked.com · 2 mths by Pete R.

Khurdopin Glacier, July 5th It was well into night when I reached the remote valley of Shimshal, 3,100m above sea level, after a two-day drive over..

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Travel Is Said To Increase Cultural Understanding. Does It?

nationalgeographic.com · 3 mths by Pete R.

Empathy is commonly defined as “putting yourself in another person’s shoes” or “feeling the emotional states of others.” It’s a critical social tool..

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Were The Hanging Gardens Of Babylon Actually In Babylon?

nationalgeographic.com · 3 mths by Pete R.

Around 225 B.C. a Greek engineer, Philo, produced a list of seven temata—“things to be seen”—that are better known today as the Seven Wonders of the..

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The (real) Death Of Travel Writing

killingbatteries.com · 3 mths by Pete R.

I recently turned 50 years old. That’s right, I made it. Now that I’ve reached AARP eligibility, I feel I’ve earned the gravitas to espouse the old ..

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A Ukrainian photographer captures a decade in the life of one park bench

rferl.org · 4 mths by Pete R.

A Ukrainian photographer captures a decade in the life of one park bench. In a working class suburb of Kyiv, friends gather…

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The Enduring Romance Of The Night Train | The New Yorker

newyorker.com · 4 mths by Pete R.

If on a winter’s night a traveller is about to board a train, a fortifying drink is of the essence. Thus it was that I stood in line at Burger King,..

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Vice Guide To Iran - Youtube

youtube.com · 5 mths by Pete R.

Over the past weeks and months, Iran has descended into chaos. From the downing of a passenger jet to the assassination of a top general, and now on..

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What Solo Travel Was Like Before Smartphones And Google Maps - Condé Nast Traveler

cntraveler.com · 5 mths by Pete R.

he internet has brought a change in the very concept of travel as a process of taking one away from the familiar and into the unknown,” wrote trailb..

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The Epic Story Of The Map That Gave America Its Name

bbc.com · 6 mths by Pete R.

A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two European humanists came together to produce an extraordinary map of ..

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Ukrainian ‘railroad Ladies’

nytimes.com · 6 mths by Pete R.

Ukraine’s traffic controllers and safety officers are a kind of lighthouse: a symbol of how certain things in this country stand firm in the present..

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Peril In The Pamir: My Brush With Death In Tajikistan (part I) | Lost With Purpose

lostwithpurpose.com · 7 mths by Pete R.

Part I of my most terrifying travel experience to date: that time I almost died in a remote village in Tajikistan’s Pamir mountains. Nearly dyin..