Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania

Mizu is in the city of Centralia. Only five city dwellers live here because the place is literally on fire. It can perish anytime, even as you read this story. A realization of sorts had dawned upon Mizu. She was sipping on a cup of coffee, with a 77-year-old man, in a wooden cottage inContinue reading “Hot coffee in burning city – Centralia, Pennsylvania”

Evenings in Kowloon City – Part 2

Mizu and Zelda walked into the upscale Ozone bar that had swanky blue lights and foggy glass windows. At its far end, they met a group of Chinese and Japanese men and women that were hurdled together, deep in conversation. Among the troop, one woman stood out. She had her hair tied up like theContinue reading “Evenings in Kowloon City – Part 2”

Barcelona – the City of Circles

Mizu had walked past seven Spanish Fruterias in Barcelona when she finally decided to enter one on La Rambla  street. The fruit shop was so tiny that she had to take care not to tip over the fruits that were stacked up on either side. An old Spanish vendor was squatting by the fruits tryingContinue reading “Barcelona – the City of Circles”

Less than a day in Adelaide

The train came to a screeching halt at the Adelaide Parklands Terminal and a few restless passengers got off in a hurry. They were instructed that they only had ten hours in Adelaide, at the end of which the train would take off to Perth. Mizu and the young man had got off too andContinue reading “Less than a day in Adelaide”

The Great Pacific Train Journey

Day 1 Mizu boarded the Indian Pacific at Sydney and navigated her suitcase through the narrow corridors of the train. She found her seat besides a square window inside a compact twin cabin. There, two vacant bunkers lay waiting to be occupied by two strangers. After placing her suitcase beneath the bunker and sitting byContinue reading “The Great Pacific Train Journey”

Mizu lands in the “city of bones”

Beneath the runway, a million bones lay waiting to stir. At touch down, a loud rattle struck the entire airplane and the man beside Mizu almost jumped off his seat. “You heard the bones then?”, asked Mizu, making sure she wasn’t dreaming as she had in the past. “I think seat belts were made onlyContinue reading “Mizu lands in the “city of bones””

Farewell Tokyo!

Mizu stood by the peculiar love-hotel and looked up at its two signs, “shukuhaku” and “kyukei” which meant stay and rest. She had received none of the two. This 2000 yen-per-hour hotel was her makeshift service apartment for a month. Now, she stood by it with her new compact suitcase and had resolutely given upContinue reading “Farewell Tokyo!”