What is Dark Tourism?

Dark tourism involves going to places associated with death and tragedy, like former prisons, sites of natural disaster, or Walmart on Black Friday. It’s not a new thing – gladiator games in ancient Rome, public executions, etc. – but the term “dark tourism” was coined only in 1996 by two people at Glasgow Caledonian University….

A Very Serious Post About Nuclear Apocalypse

Here are some things that are creepy: clowns hiding under bridges. A forty year old man with glasses and a camera sitting on a swing in a children’s playground. My grandma’s fondness for sucking on popsicles. But my visit to Chernobyl, Ukraine, site of the worst nuclear incident in history, was creepier. Way creepier. It started…

Enjoying the Sun at a Cambodian Site of Genocide

It was a glorious day of bright sunshine and fluffy blue clouds. Locals relaxed inside their shaded moped tuk-tuks or stood smiling beside carts of ice-cold water and Coke; tourists meandered around the streets, cameras swinging around their necks; even the man in the hostel couldn’t have been any more helpful this morning.  All in all, I…