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These are strangers' travel stories. Each time I ask how travel has changed them and hope listening like this evaporates borders.

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    • Places & Travel

These are strangers' travel stories. Each time I ask how travel has changed them and hope listening like this evaporates borders.

    129 Al-Amin—The Bronx, Where Mohibul Trusted

    129 Al-Amin—The Bronx, Where Mohibul Trusted

    Mohibul runs the restaurant his father established when he moved from Bangladesh to London. They named it Al-Amin, which means “trust.” I asked how he learned to connect so well with his customers ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Visit Al-Amin Restaurant in East London: https://alaminrestaurant.com/

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund: http://www.westinsfund.org/

    "I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do."
    —Henry David Thoreau

    • 34 min
    128 Belonging—Mostar, Where Anja Is Writing a Bible

    128 Belonging—Mostar, Where Anja Is Writing a Bible

    Anja left Bosnia as a toddler and lives there now to reconnect with her roots. I asked if she has found herself in her journeys ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund (westinsfund.org).

    Learn more about Youth Power (https://www.youth-power.org/).

    “The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.”
    —Audre Lorde

    • 48 min
    127 The Beauty of Sorrow—Zipolite, Where Indra Drowned

    127 The Beauty of Sorrow—Zipolite, Where Indra Drowned

    Indra broke up with his girlfriend in Turkey just months into traveling the world together and set off the series of events that brought him to South Korea. He almost died in Mexico. I asked whether he’s going to write all these experiences ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund, an organization that covers the medical costs of families who lose children to stillbirth and miscarriage: http://www.westinsfund.org/

    “The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity.”
    —Edna St. Vincent Millay

    • 59 min
    126 Vipassana—Tel Aviv, Where Meytal Wants to See

    126 Vipassana—Tel Aviv, Where Meytal Wants to See

    Meytal felt uncomfortable just following the typical path of a young Israeli, school, the army, job, and so she found another path that took her to India—and eventually, back to Israel. I asked whether people here comment on her Yemeni roots ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boule.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund (http://www.westinsfund.org/).

    "If you want to study yourself—look into the hearts of other people."
    —Friedrich von Schiller

    • 23 min
    125 The Fourth Cup—Nazareth, Where Odna Is Being Investigated

    125 The Fourth Cup—Nazareth, Where Odna Is Being Investigated

    Odna was summoned by the police in Nazareth and questioned about her Facebook activity. They said they were secretly listening to her conversations as well. I asked what her name means ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders.

    Consider donating to Westin's Fund (http://www.westinsfund.org/).

    "I have been a stranger here in my own land."
    Sophocles

    • 47 min
    124 Beyond the Beyonds—Limerick, Where Frank Grew Up

    124 Beyond the Beyonds—Limerick, Where Frank Grew Up

    Frank McCourt wrote his beloved memoir, Angela’s Ashes, about a childhood spent in Ireland. Una Heaten turned the schoolhouse he attended into a museum honoring his book and his legacy. I traveled to Limerick to ask what it’s like to build a museum ... and hope listening like this evaporates borders. Special thanks to the musician Dana Boulé.

    Consider donating to the WestinsFund.org.

    Visit the Frank McCourt Museum: https://frankmccmuseum.wixsite.com/

    "Telling stories is sure medicine."
    —Primo Levi

    • 45 min

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