"I didn’t get to see Camp X-Ray on my first trip to Guantánamo—in 2003, for The New York Times Magazine. The original detention facility for prisoners of the war on terror, it was used for only a few months, until something larger and sturdier was ready. But on my second visit, in 2014 for Vanity Fair, the military placed the abandoned prison on the itinerary for the morning of my third and final day.
"What is a stranger? Why are we warned, from a young age, not to speak to them? What are we to make of those who wander into our path—without name or context, without promise of reappearing? And what of those who, once we've painted them with meaning, suddenly walk out? To no one are these questions more pertinent, more central, than the traveler: by definition, someone who seeks out strangeness; someone who lives to dance across its borders."