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A home that had been waiting for me forever

Pico Iyer, Travel writer

Facing a dreaded 20-hour layover after weeks away from home, Pico Iyer sees his best option is to set out and explore a city he never planned to visit in the first place. Pico’s expectations, like anyone traveling to a new place for the first time, are to distract himself with new experiences and try to make sense of the world around him. What happens, though, couldn’t be more unexpected. A feeling of recognition and familiarity washes over Pico as if he’s been there all along. What happens next is anything but a layover. Photo credit: Derek Shapton.


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