There is no train station in La Paz

September 30, 2016

It seemed like a simple question: “Where is the El Alto train station?” I had my FerroViaria Andina train tickets for the newly reestablished route linking El Alto (La Paz’s high-altitude sister city) to Oruro, where I would catch a second train on to the popular salt flats of Salar de Uyuni. But not one of … Read More

An unguarded border: Hyder, Alaska

September 25, 2016

Border anxiety is pretty common. There’s something really uncomfortable about the imbalanced power relationship between the border guard and the passport holder. Perhaps it’s because it’s really rare to be quite so beholden to someone of authority as when at a border. Stuck and under scrutiny. Forced to answer questions. Personal inquiries that feel designed … Read More