The Peace of Negele Borena, Ethiopia

Yesterday morning I had three breakfasts. One, a cup of sweet, spiced tea at a restaurant with interwoven branches for a ceiling, colored umbrellas mounted on the walls, and birds chirping overhead. Two, more...

Redefining Kenya

A small boy outfitted in an oversized, threadbare t-shirt grabbed my sleeve. “Nipe, Mama,” he begged. Give me. Street orphans abound in Kenya. They crowd nearly every corner and vacant space in...

Postcards from Rome: Rome’s Eighth Hill

Michelangelo designed the dome and the Lantern for St. Peter’s — at the time the tallest dome ever built over the largest church ever built. Tickets for the Lantern are 6 € each, and an elevator...

Postcards from Rome: There Are TWO Kinds of Pizza

Pizza-cut-with-scissors and “real” pizza. Pizza-cut-with-scissors — and yes, they do cut it with scissors — is the fast food pizza in Italy. It is pre-made. You tell the guy at the counter how...

Postcards from Rome: Uncorking Rome’s Table Wine

Drink the table wine. It is cheap. It may even be produced by the restaurant itself. Many Roman restaurants are generations-old establishments that have little farms out in the countryside which help to...

The Bamako Boiler to Tambacounda, West Africa

“No, no, no! Train, no good” pleaded Souleymane, my faithful friend of two days, referring to the infamously difficult train from Bamako, Mali to Dakar, Senegal. “You must take bus. Bus good....

Port of Call: Riga, Latvia

I recognized those haircuts. I’d seen them in 1987. Complete with tapered stonewashed jeans tucked into high-top sneakers, teenagers and young adults filled all decks. This was, I presumed, going to be their...