nora on 01/14/2014

Notes from the Road: Quiet City

I have been in a very celebratory mood as of late — celebrating Christmas (as a lapsed Catholic turned atheist), celebrating the dawn of the New Year, and as of December 28th on a hilltop in Chiapas, Mexico, celebrating my engagement to the love of my life. I have always been fascinated by the ways […]

Kate on 11/08/2013
Istanbul markets | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: Istanbul’s Farmers Markets

I held up my index finger. “Beer kilo.” Inside, I giggled at how ridiculous I sounded. But the man across the piles of fruits and vegetables from me scooped up golden, ripe apricots and handed me a paper bag overflowing with my favorite fruit. He held up two fingers and said what sounded like “icky” […]

Kate on 10/11/2013
Cuba | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: On Borders

If it weren’t for a contractor a few miles outside the Malaysian city of George Town, in Penang, my friend and I would likely still be wandering around, lost, sweaty, and miserable. He went out of his way to give us a ride, because he realized we were idiots whose Lonely Planet maps were woefully […]

nora on 09/10/2013

Notes from the Road: A Flaneur’s Footsteps in Mexico

I have been thinking a lot about walking these days. Walking to explore, walking to get somewhere, walking to think, walking to see, walking to clear my head. When I first moved to New York, I would carve out two to three hours every weekend to just walk around neighborhoods. History was so alive in […]

Kate on 08/30/2013
Paris Metro | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: Paris Metro Stories

On my first day back at work in Paris after Christmas, I ran from the cold and into the métro station. As I walked up to the machine to recharge my card, a perfectly ordinary man approached me. There wasn’t anything particularly notable about him – he was about my height, looked to be about […]

Lauren Heineck on 06/28/2013
Akha Ama Coffee Thailand | Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: The Coffee Whisperer

The young man gracefully meanders through the mahogany-and-forest-green cafe in a ‘Born to be wild’ t-shirt, ripped jeans and flip-flops. His physique is tenuous, his aspect trustworthy. To all appearances, Lee Ayu is like any other twenty-something in backpacker-ridden Chiang Mai, engulfed in conversations with expats, sipping macchiatos, and zooming through traffic on a Mazda […]

Kate on 06/14/2013
Dharamsala Tibet Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: Dharamsala and Peanut Butter Cookies

When I arrived in Dharamsala – or, more accurately, McLeod Ganj – I was broke, starving, exhausted and sick. On the overnight bus-train-bus trip from Rishikesh, via Delhi, I’d been robbed of my camera and cash, my travel companion had gotten explosive diarrhea, and we hadn’t eaten in about 24 hours. It was high summer […]

Kate on 04/05/2013
Britannia Mumbai Abbott & West

Notes from the Road: Bombay Regrets

Striding with all the purpose of a local running late, I turned at random off Mumbai’s bustling Shahid Bhagat Singh Road and headed down a strangely quiet and clean side street, leaving the touts and staring men of the major thoroughfare behind me. As I kept up my rapid pace past the well-maintained government buildings […]

Cheyenna on 02/26/2013

Notes from the Road: Field Studies in Diner-Land

Bill Brown is a traveling philosopher who maintains that the deliciousness of roadside diner fare is directly proportional to the number of calendars hanging on the wall. He notes especially that if they are from hardware stores, funeral homes, or insurance companies, then the food will be outstanding. If they’re lacking in calendars you should […]

Kate on 02/21/2013
Paris Metro Abbott & West Productions

Notes from the Road: International Language

I didn’t have to speak to the Korean backpackers to know they’d just arrived in Paris. When you’ve traveled enough places, arrived in enough cities exhausted from an overnight train or flight, and stumbled onto public transportation enough times with only a vague idea of where you’re going and how to get there, you can […]