Michael Fraiman

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Scrubbed the Wrong Way: My Moroccan Massage that Wasn't

In Chefchaouen, Morocco, a city best known for being almost entirely painted blue, I experienced two important aspects of Moroccan culture: one …

Mind

Purifying Myself in New Mexico’s White Sands

I came thundering to Alamogordo and the White Sands National Monument on Highway 70 from Las Cruces, through the mountains and military missile …

New Mexico

Trekking Past the Limits in Slovakia’s High Tatras

I thought, as I warily eyed the dark, near-vertical, slippery rock face in my path. The only way was up, and the only way up was a rusty chain which …

‘São Paulo makes London seem like a village’

With its feverish energy, opulent nightlife, culture and chaos, the Brazilian megalopolis is a perfect setting for Joe Thomas’s debut crime thriller<p><b>I went to São Paulo for love – a good reason to do anything – and stayed for 10 years.</b> It’s the setting for my debut novel. The sheer size of the city …

Brazil

Christmas in the Devil’s Lair

When outsiders describe Djibouti, they often rely on Satanic metaphors: demons, hell, the Devil himself. In 1930, Frenchman Joseph Kessel described …

Allahu Akbar

Riding, Racing, and A Can of Beans: Surviving Ecuador

Ecuador