I wake to the familiar smell of yak dung. It's day 20 of a month-long hike through the Nepalese Himalayas. Bhimsem, my guide, is slurping dahl bat in the teahouse kitchen. He's anxious to get going, even though we have 14 hours of daylight to trek three miles; the same three miles local children hike twice a day just to get to school. He fidgets with his backpack straps as I eat a chocolate pancake. Then, the speech.
Today we will see many mountains. We will go up. And we will go down. There will be many sights. You will take pictures. Yes? Bhimsem is frustrated when I take pictures [...]
"In time we moved to Mile End, to a sort of ghetto full of musicians, news readers, and producers from the BBC. We learned to knit, we knit on the train, learned to play mah-jongg, and went dancing at the Batcave, or the Camden Palace on a Thursday night."
But what is the Batcave, you might wonder, if you bought this e-book and read Maria Bustillos' story "On Travel As An Escape From Untenable Circumstances" (excerpted here, and in the quote above), and weren't already familiar with the Batcave?
This video may or may not clarify, but it has a lot of amazing hairstyles (and: "As [...]
Episodes One and Two of The Hairpin's Kindle Serial "An Experience Definitely Worth Allegedly Having" are available in full via Amazon. Episode One, by Carrie Frye, is excerpted on The Awl.
One romanticizes the idea of traveling to a distant country, but in my experience the romance-novel version of travel occurs rarely, if ever, in an ordinary person’s life. Even if one manages to plan everything out, with gorgeously tempting color brochures and guidebooks lovingly marked up in advance, the likelihood is that unforeseen circumstances will interfere with even the most carefully laid plans. Far more often, though, travel is inescapable, the result of disruptive, oppressive, [...]
Jia Tolentino is me.
So you are doing this series now?
I would like to! Please email me if you have been traveling alone somewhere cool. And my definition of both “somewhere” and “cool” is loose, like maybe the next piece will be “2 Weeks Alone in a West Virginia Chuck-E-Cheese” or “7 Months Alone With My Terrible, Terrible Secret.”
What is a Kyrgyzstan? Is it real? How to pronounce?
It is a country in Central Asia, located west of China and south of Kazakhstan. You pronounce it Kur-giz-stan. It is wild and beautiful. See?
Why did you go there this summer? [...]