Category: Travelogue

Black, White, and Blue Saint Louis 0

Blue Mood: Saint Louis

When a few minutes before 3:00pm, our driver, Joseph, who had said little since we left Dakar, drove us into Saint Louis on the border with Mauritania, I felt my anxiety rise. The Fulani...

Outside the Terminal 0

In Plain Sight: Dakar

I had been on longer flights. But this one was particularly uncomfortable. Lomax, my younger brother, didn’t fare much better on the plane, but he could brush it off faster because he liked to...

Love Lost: Moscow 0

Love Lost: Moscow

The moment I took the final step up the wide staircase and reached the third floor of the MS Sergei Yesenin, I stopped and looked out the window of the door leading to the...

A White Car in Dakar 0

A White Car in Dakar

The car came to a stop in the middle of the roundabout, just as a large truck came up quickly from behind. A boy, wearing a white polo shirt with brown slacks, emerged from...

Underground in Moscow 1

Underneath the City: Moscow

That night on the boat I finished reading the yellowed pages of Notes from the Underground. I looked over the railing of the ship’s upper deck into the Moscow River, feeling the warm June...

A Dream Come True 0

A Dream Come True

Johanna had been waiting for this moment a long time. A day before, the 40-year-old woman from Holland had talked about her love of Russian literature. Earlier that day, she had mentioned she studied...

Looking for Igor in Moscow 2

Looking for Igor in Moscow

It was somewhere on a bridge over a canal in the middle of Moscow. We realized Igor wasn’t there. Standing on the steel and concrete path above the water, the seven of us looked...

Flying to Dublin, Ireland 0

Flying to Dublin

The huge plane seemed to float over the Irish coast and then over the outskirts of Dublin, a beautiful capitol city, at 8:30 AM. It was light outside. The people in the large middle...

MoMA and the Met in NYC 0

MoMA and the Met in NYC

It was Wednesday, May 2. I had arrived in New York City, or more precisely lower Manhattan, the night before. I got up on Wednesday morning and ate a big breakfast (eggs, sausage, yogurt,...