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Expats and Legends

hey people, last week i mentioned writing for Nowhere’s Magazine’s blog, and i just wanted to expand on that, ’cause i know some of y’all will be down to hear it! i’m working on two different series: Expats, a series on diaspora that focuses on places foreigners form communities, stories about displacement and profiles of people who lived between identities. Legends is a series profiling personalities and places that have left a mark on our social landscape but are on the verge of lore, like communities at risk of endangerment, people with obsolete skills and explorers whose stories ended in mystery.

Photo by By Alejandro Linares Garcia
Photo by By Alejandro Linares Garcia

Here are two examples and excerpts that were recently published on the site. Feel free to like, comment, share & shit. Legends: Flying Circus Balancing a reed flute in one hand and beating out an ancient rhythmic prayer on a small drum with the other, El Caporal stands 150 feet above the ground atop an erect pole, overseeing the flight of four young dancers gliding counterclockwise around him, like a human pinwheel. The acrobats, known as “bird men” among the Totonac of Veracruz, Mexico, are connected to the pole by a cord of rope wrapped around their waists, and slowly uncoiled from the top, the acrobats descending upside down, with arms outstretched, to the High Priest’s unrelenting tune. Expats: Babble On Jackson Heights began to draw in a boom of enterprising immigrants when reforms loosened New York immigration laws in the 1960s, and today represents the city’s second-largest population of foreign-born residents. One can walk through streets like Kalpana Chawla Way, where bearded vendors canvass gold bangles and spangly saris over a soundtrack of Bollywood hits beating from the nearest shop window, while the IRT # 7 “International Line” rattles overhead every few minutes. And a few blocks away on Calle Colombia, you can order a cafe con leche from a Beijing native in the neighborhood’s most beloved Chino-Latino joint.

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Nowhere All The Time

hey people of the internet!

numero uno: follow me on twitter @bani_amor and add your handle in the comments so that i could follow you back!

thanks for sitting tight while i’ve been on a little hiatus from the site. i’m glad folks have kept on reading, commenting and liking stuff, and that new folks continue to find and follow the blog, even when there hasn’t been much new stuff going around.

as you can probs see from my author bio, i’m now writing the travel column for YouQueen.com as well as regularly contributing to Nowhere Magazine’s blog with my Expats and Legends series. i’ve also been applying for guidebook gigs, reporting fellowships and writing workshops, so making deadlines took up most of my energy these past few weeks. in the interim, i turned 26.

New Mexico, 2009
New Mexico, 2009

here’s some of the stories i’ve had published lately. feel free to comment, like, share and any other kind of social media magic you can muster to get my shit out there.

Babble On  Nowhere Magazine’s blog

In the early 1900s, the New York City neighborhood that would become Jackson Heights, Queens, was all “barns and beehives, carriage-houses and corn-cribs…dirt roads, packed hard by years of iron-shod hooves.” A century later, it marks a crossroads of cultures where almost 200 languages are divided amongst over 100,000 residents, making it one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world.

5 Women Who Inspire Us to Travel YouQueen.com

When it comes to world travelers who have left a mark on our social landscape, guys usually get all the credit. But why let them have all the fun? It’s hard not to bump into another woman on the road these days, and we’re indebted to the ones who came before us in less-forgiving times who showed the world that adventure isn’t an exclusive sport.

Travel Destinations for Coffee Lovers YouQueen.com

Forget Starbucks! From Ethiopia’s ancient ceremonies to Portland’s sustainable revolution, explore how coffee culture is celebrated around the globe.