Louis Harnett O’Meara talks and writes on whatever takes his fancy, which is usually culture, politics and the arts. He has spent plenty of time in London and Mexico City and now finds himself at Boston University, studying as a scholar for an MFA in fiction. Updates to his Substack, At Large, have slipped from regular to rare – but they’re still worth the wait, he assures you. 

What does a journey mean to you?
Depends how much psilocybin I’ve ingested. 

Which country or location most inspires you?
Probably Ireland – for the people, the countryside and the weather. There’s a patch of my imagination that’s forever dusted with soft rain. 

Where would you go back to and why?
Eswatini. I spent a couple of years there growing up and haven’t been back since. I’d be interested to know what sort of feelings a visit would dredge up. 

Top insider tip for Mexico City.
Go to Mercado de Sonora. It’s famous for selling occult trinkets and herbal medicines, earning it a reputation as the “witches’ market” for those visiting. But be warned: there’s a live animal section, which no one will pretend is fun to see. 

What journey would you most like to go on?
My parents met in Nicaragua, supporting the Sandinistas during the revolution in the 1980s. I’d like to go and write a long-form piece on the country’s development since then. 

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