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San Carlos

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San Carlos is a dog rousing itself from the paving stones to comb the streets for food, a kingfisher swooping down on its glittering prey, a woman singing to herself as she sweeps the sidewalk clean.   Last night’s throbbing Read more ›

La Luna del Rio

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At La Luna del Rio the river rushes past the wooden balconies like a frothy sea, swirling in eddies around the bobbing canoes as if it were going to engulf the entire town, to sweep away the pilings and flood Read more ›

At the Hammam

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the apartment by the tracks that I rented from the dwarf contained no shower just a bucket of water hanging in the courtyard heated only by the sun so on cloudy days I frequented the hammam where wiry cross-eyed Hamid Read more ›

Shenandoah

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the higher you climb the more the summit seems to recede like an unobtainable dream in the end you’re scrambling over bare rock at times skirting a granite wall on a narrow ledge searching for handholds at others hoisting your Read more ›

White Storks

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They came in mid-autumn, sailing across the stark brown hills like white ghost-ships and settling on the tiled roofs of the villas by the school   To the muezzin’s deep dismay, they built a nest atop the minaret and when Read more ›