An illness in a Himalayan retreat was a proving-ground for parsing the frustrations of inertia from its small solaces


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Try not to mourn the holidays you won’t be taking this summer. We all need to get used to travelling less anyway.


Khuanitkhan, one of the famous eagle-hunters of the Mongolian Altai region, stands with his golden eagle.

A cynic seeks to rediscover the art of wonder in the West Mongolian mountains.


The Al-Hamidiyah Souq, Damascus

A memory of Damascus before the war.


The Garhwal Himalayas, India.

Some of us just can’t help seeing a peak without wondering what might be visible from its summit, and we’re not sure why.



Britain’s class system is back. Did it ever go away?


That pitch you just sent? It’s probably rubbish.

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A hiker walks through a glen on the Svaneti Trail, an hour out of Mestia, Georgia’s trekking hub.

A trek along Georgia’s Svaneti Trail offers a time-warp world of medieval villages and jaw-dropping scenery.


Henry Wismayer

Essays, features and assorted ramblings for over 80 publications, inc. NYT Magazine, WaPo, NYT, The Atlantic, WSJ, Nat Geo, and TIME: www.henry-wismayer.com.

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