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Two days, sickly-gutly

There are a lot of great things about being in a foreign country. There are the glimpses of other cultures, through food, music, clothes, etc.—and the chance to connect that such glimpses offer. There is the way that foreignness, and one’s response to it, can provide insight into the ways Read more…

By Chelsea Biondolillo, ago
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Mumbai to Alibaug

Today I went in search of critically endangered birds. The Asian White-backed vulture was once the most populous raptor in the world. Now less than 1% are left… All because of what amounts to a small aspirin taken for aches and pains. Many of you who know me already know Read more…

By Chelsea Biondolillo, ago
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MUMBAI

In other news: what the hell was I thinking?! And also: omgomgogomgogo  That’s as eloquent as I can maybe be right now. I just wrote this whole post and lost it (thanks, terrible new squarespace app!)  I’m so weak and wobbled with exhaustion, I can’t recreate it.  Some thoughts: this Read more…

By Chelsea Biondolillo, ago
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Hamilton to Albany to NYC

I’m watching the rusty blush of Hudson valley leaf cover and brush fly past the train window. I learned decades ago that sitting backwards is supposed to minimize motion sickness—is this even true?  The russet is punctuated by straw yellow reeds, at the water’s edge, with even paler pampas-looking feathery Read more…

By Chelsea Biondolillo, ago
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ONE

Over on Brainpickings (one of only a few sites I subscribe to that aren’t run by friends), there is a great post on How to be Alone. Here’s the piece that struck me the hardest. “How have we arrived, in the relatively prosperous developed world, at least, at a cultural Read more…

By Chelsea Biondolillo, ago