9/11 Memorial

Outside 9/11 MuseumBefore Borderlands USA’s launch, it seemed appropriate to visit where my original journey around the country’s borders began, at the World Centers site in lower Manhattan. The site has been transformed, of course, with the new One World Center reaching 1,776 feet into the heavens (now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere), the 9/11 Memorial with waterfalls over the Twin Tower’s footprints, and the recently opened 9/11 Museum occupying an immense underground space below. It was moving, beautifully done outside and in. Come join me for this journey within a journey, starting outside and then descending into the vast underground darkness, like Dante descending the circles of Hell, before returning to the light.  [please hover over images for captions]

About Ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit www.benbatchelder.com.