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The Open Window Exchange


Serving up travel sketches that bypass the big picture

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The Open Window Exchange


Serving up travel sketches that bypass the big picture

The Open Window Exchange is a collaborative project that showcases real travel stories through beautiful photography, video, and writing. Focused on the people, food, and authentic culture rather than the postcard view of a place, these sketches give a window's glimpse into a different part of the world.

We are currently accepting submissions from any travelers that share our passion for the unique moments that come from experiencing other cultures.

 

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We Are Not Tourists


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We Are Not Tourists


BY AMBER MORGAN

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LOCATION: RODEO DRIVE, CALIFORNIA, USA

We made the decision to walk from the Culver City metro station to Rodeo Drive because taxi cabs are too damn expensive. We are small town kids who do not ride in taxis. We walk or we bike or we get rides from our neighbors because we know all of them. We do not ride in taxis. Especially not after yesterday, when we spent 80 dollars trying to get a good view of the Hollywood sign.

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To The Asia Side


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To The Asia Side


By Steph Barnhart

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Location: Istanbul, Turkey

My skin had never felt so soft. Back now in the neighborhood near our hostel, I let my hand brush back and forth across my left shoulder as Zach and I waited for our lentil soup at the corner cafe we had spotted out the window of the taxi. Hours earlier, I was naked, lying face down on a marble slab in a hamam on Balat Street. 

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Icebreaker


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Icebreaker


By Andrew Peacock

Location: Southern Ocean, Antarctica

I'm a pretty relaxed sort of traveller. I've seen a lot, experienced many highs and low and been all over the world working as an expedition doctor and adventure travel photographer - getting paid to do both at the same time is my holy grail. So when the Russian vessel I was on was beset by thick ice in the far Southern Ocean...

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Wandernotes, Vol. 2: James for the Jet Lagged


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Wandernotes, Vol. 2: James for the Jet Lagged


 

The second volume of our Wandernotes music mixes is up! Volume 2: Jams for the Jet Lagged is scientifically proven to help you overcome your tired instincts and and carpe whatever your diem has in store for you!

 
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Collar Bones


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Collar Bones


By Michelle Gardella

Location: Little Talbot Island State Park, Florida, USA

I noticed his bike wheel mangled, leaning against the Airstream. I noticed the backpack, unzipped, in the middle of the dirt driveway. I noticed the lack of sound from the other side of the door. But for some reason, when I walked in, I was still surprised.

Slumped over a metal bowl, holding his dangling arm in place, he didn’t look up to meet my eyes. 

He gagged over the bowl, and I told the kids to wait outside. 

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Bikes Weren't Made For This


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Bikes Weren't Made For This


By Ellie Beeson

Location: Many Places

I journal. Always have in some form or another. For whatever reason, a lot of my journal entries are short and sweet and often take haiku form. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I have a love for using and abusing the haiku format to share my emotions about tiny events in my life.

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Blame It On The Pope


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Blame It On The Pope


BY HANNAH QUAAS

Location: Rome, Italy

Pope Francis. It’s his fault. It’s all his fault. I munch on my last Peanut M&M while I scrunch the yellow wrapper in my hand again and again. We’re going to miss it. I cannot not block out that thought as my wide, twitching eyes stare out into the clouds. I’m not going to make it back to Alicante.

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Without A Paddle: A Letter From The Editors


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Without A Paddle: A Letter From The Editors


 

Dear Adventurer,

By talking with others who travel, it has become quite clear to us that the best, most vivid stories people tell about their trips usually involve misfortune. Lost passports or being miserably lost in Prague. Broken down rental cars or broken bones. It’s here - in the middle of mishap - that we as travellers are confronted with the opportunity to learn from circumstances beyond our control (or sometimes within it). These disasters have made us cry, swear, sweat, crash on couches, crash on park benches, call home, take taxis, trust strangers; the list of things we had to do in a bind abroad is infinite. And mainly, they make for fantastic, often hilarious tales once we’ve made it safely back.   

 
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Meet OWE's new Copy Editor, Sally Baho


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Meet OWE's new Copy Editor, Sally Baho


 

The Open Window Exchange team is growing, and we couldn't be more glad. She fell upon the site by accident but we could sense her enthusiasm for the journal, even through email. When we Skype-met this California native, we knew her attention to detail, passion for writing, and generally catchy personality (not to mention extensive travel experience) would make a great fit here. Find out why by reading our Q&A with the newest member of the OWE family. 

 
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Temporarily Away From Earth


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Temporarily Away From Earth


BY ISHITA JAIN

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Location: Zaanse Schans, Netherlands

Waltzing along the canals, making rounds of the red-light district and gasping at the Technicolor lights, watching thousands of reflections on the canals and the streets as a slight drizzle turned to rain and umbrellas started popping out. We huddled together under our umbrellas but the rain did not dampen anyone’s spirits...

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Sawa Camp


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Sawa Camp


BY KRISTEN PRESZLER

LOCATION: MT SINAI, EGYPT

The sun was rising. My feet landing with each step in the soft deep sand as I walked along the coast. The alarm clock beeped extra early that day so I could catch the sun rise above the mountains across the sea. The mountains of Saudi Arabia had a warm glow as...

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Markets


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Markets


BY STEPH BARNHART
PHOTOS BY ZACH DAVIS

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LOCATION: ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Stall owners shout and scents – spicy pepper and cinnamon – assault your senses. People fill every space in the narrow, open corridor of Istanbul’s spice market. Dried berries and nuts and fresh panyir, sun-dried tomatoes hang in bunches drooping down like a...

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Before Tourist Season


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Before Tourist Season


BY BRIANNA VORCE

LOCATION: KAMARI, GREECE

Umbrellas dotted Kamari's coastline, chaise lounges
on either side. But they weren't there a week before.

A week before the beach was all rock, sand, and water.
Black volcanic rock, rough on feet. Salt and pepper...

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