Looking for Piroshki: Clandestine notes from Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky), Russia.
A close shave at the baths, crashing a wedding, and hanging out with the Kurds in From Istanbul to Van: A Turkish Traverse.
To be a Komodo Ranger is not Easy: Searching for dragons, riding atop bemos, and bonding with a monkey named John Lennon in Flores and Komodo, Indonesia.
Christmas Island, 1999: Fin de millénaire notes from the world's largest atoll.
Denizens of the Eldorado Youth Hostel: Waiting for Godot in Khomasdal, Namibia. (Featured in Travel at the Speed of Light.)
Remembering Baobabs: A travelogue of Senegal disguised as a meditation on the melancholy.
The Long Road to Venice: How to ditch a car and survive highway robbery in Italy.
An essay on The English Patient: The Geography of Desire. (Originally published in The San Juan Star, 1997.)
Freetown restaurant guide for Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone (circa 1988).
A bit of ancestral research in Kumamoto, Japan.
Freetown Bicentenary, 1987, in pre-civil-war Sierra Leone.
Waiting for boas at a cave in Mata de Plátanos, Puerto Rico.