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Crossing The North Caucasus: A Journey From The Black Sea To The Caspian Coast — The Calvert Journal

calvertjournal.com · 4 mths by Pete R.

In the spring of 2019, myself and photographer Pascal Dumont decided to embark on a journey across the Russian Caucasus, covering nine distinct regi..

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The Ghosts Above | Renan Ozturk

youtube.com · 4 mths by Pete R.

In “The Ghosts Above,” Sony Artisan photographer and filmmaker Renan Ozturk join an expedition to solve the Mount Everest mystery of who reached the..

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What I Learned From Backpacking As A 40-something

tripsavvy.com · 4 mths by Pete R.

Backpacking as a 40-something isn't as unusual as it sounds. Just by turning up, you immediately get to share a bond and common interest with weird ..

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During the pandemic, a lifelong travel writer takes a journey inward to reflect on what he has learned around the globe

washingtonpost.com · 5 mths by Pete R.

In the Before Times, I often composed my travel writing in the present tense. You know how the trick goes, the way the travel writer strains to swif..

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The Russia Left Behind

nytimes.com · 6 mths by Pete R.

A few times every day, the high-speed train between St. Petersburg and Moscow barrels through the threadbare town of Lyuban. When word gets out that..

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Riding The New Silk Road

nytimes.com · 6 mths 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 · 7 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 · 8 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 · 9 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 · 7 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 · 10 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 · 11 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,..