The Spaces We’ve Seen: Kathmandu’s Piazzas
Durbar Square, Kathmandu

The Spaces We’ve Seen: Kathmandu’s Piazzas

Noon, Saturday 25 April 2015. In a few horrifying minutes, shortly after we finished writing this tribute to the wondrous plazas of Kathmandu, they were in ruins. Thousands are dead across the country, as well…

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Road Trip Oman: Running Hot and Cold
Display at the old suq, Nizwa

Road Trip Oman: Running Hot and Cold

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Driving 2500 kilometers around northern Oman, we found navigating quite a challenge, modeled perhaps after the wandering channels of water built for their ancient aflaj irrigation systems. (For more about the significance of the aflaj…

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Aflaj: Channels of Water and Culture
The water divides at part of Falaj Daris, Nizwa

Aflaj: Channels of Water and Culture

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Aflaj, Oman’s gravity-driven water irrigation systems, date from 2500 years ago and possibly even 2000 years earlier. The word itself is said to imitate the sound of flowing water. Along the routes of these narrow…

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Sands-free: What’s Missing in Abu Dhabi
View of Corniche skyscrapers from Emirates Palace Hotel

Sands-free: What’s Missing in Abu Dhabi

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We drove about 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi's airport to its shoreline, that stretch along the Persian Gulf of pedestrian walkway and motorway for expensive cars known as the Corniche. But we saw no sand.…

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