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10 Climbing Tips for Beginners

After you’re done climbing, don’t use lotion on your hands. When you’re climbing, though, you want to keep your hands as dry as possible. Climbing TermsWhen you start spending time in the gym, it will sometimes feel like people are speaking a different language. Equipment:Rock Climbing Shoes – pretty self-explanatory, but they are tight shoes necessary for climbing. feet of textured climbing surface, there is a yoga studio, showers, social areas, and a gym to help you train.
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10 EASY WAYS TO BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER IN 2021 – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. Besides creating a more authentic travel experience for yourself, you are also helping someone create a better life for themselves. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 eco initiatives for greener city living

Imagine a world where cities are designed sustainably with an aim of positive living for all. The Ideal City, published by Gestalten (£24) and available to purchase at gestalten.com, celebrates forward-thinking urban initiatives that contribute to a brighter future. Spilling with big, bold ideas, this beautiful but digestible coffee-table book was created with Copenhagen-based research geniuses SPACE10. It includes stories of visionary innovation and hope-stirring wisdom from architects, designers, entrepreneurs and community leaders about game-changing projects in 52 cities in 30 countries. We spotlight some of the smartest solutions where leftfield designers have approached construction and infrastructure in such a way that micro innovations have potential to influence on a macro scale.
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10 European Discoveries for 2021

The last several years, my New Year tradition has been to assemble a list of 10 European Discoveries. And that’s the theme of my 2021 European Discoveries: 10 places where you might want to settle in for a week, or a few, and really get to know a fascinating corner of our planet. Where are you hoping to slow down and savor our world in 2021? We wanted to savor the delightful market days (jours de marché) that hop from place to place around the bucolic Provençal countryside. If you have the means to travel, as soon as it’s safe, consider booking a return visit.
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10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021 – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. Besides creating a more authentic travel experience for yourself, you are also helping someone create a better life for themselves. We must keep in mind how important it is to show respect to those local customs and traditions when we travel. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 Important Ways to be a RESPONSIBLE TRAVELLER in 2021

Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2021. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. 10) Educate Others to Be Responsible TravellersBeing a responsible traveller might come naturally to some, but others may just not be aware of the implications their actions can have when they are abroad. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 Proven Ways to Be a Responsible Traveller in 2020

Welcome to our simple and proven guide on how to be a responsible traveller in 2020. Here are 10 ways to help you become a responsible traveller. But even if you are not highly qualified, you can still find beneficial ways to volunteer. 10) Educate Others to Be Responsible TravellersBeing a responsible traveller might come naturally to some, but others may just not be aware of the implications their actions can have when they are abroad. Start discussions about responsible travel with people in your hostel, hotel or who you are on tour with.
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10 secret hangouts beloved by celebrities

Wondering where your favorite celebs go for a holiday? From where do they post those amazing tanned photos? Well, today, I am gonna tell you all the hidden spots your beloved celebrities hang out at.
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10 resolutions all travel-lovers should make in 2021

Go even slowerDon’t get us wrong: it’s time to travel more – but let’s roam closer to home, then when we go to faraway places, savour longer, slower trips. 10: Geek out on eco infoThere’s more greenwash out there than ever – tune your sustainability antenna with enjoyable ‘edutainment’. Now read:What is sustainable travel? All the terms you need to knowWhat is sustainable travel? All the terms you need to know Inspiration What is sustainable travel?
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10 sustainable destinations to visit in 2021

Also worth celebrating for their green and ethical ways…Rwanda gets high-fives for saving the wild mountain gorilla from extinction as does Seychelles for its work boosting biodiversity. All hail Switzerland for its super-slick waste management – it might not sound sexy, but 900 wastewater treatment plants and a recycling rate of 53 per cent is impressive. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is another winner when it comes to exemplifying circular-economy ways. New Zealand gets points for announcing it intends to have a carbon-neutral public sector by 2025. Now read:10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects Places To Stay 10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projectsThe most peaceful countries in the world
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10 sustainable destinations we'd love to visit in 2021

Also worth celebrating for their green and ethical ways…Rwanda gets high-fives for saving the wild mountain gorilla from extinction as does Seychelles for its work boosting biodiversity. All hail Switzerland for its super-slick waste management – it might not sound sexy, but 900 wastewater treatment plants and a recycling rate of 53 per cent is impressive. In the Netherlands, Rotterdam is another winner when it comes to exemplifying circular-economy ways. New Zealand gets points for announcing it intends to have a carbon-neutral public sector by 2025. Now read:10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 of the most sustainable cities in the world Destinations 10 of the most sustainable cities in the world10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projects Places To Stay 10 stays in the UK that contribute to conservation projectsThe most peaceful countries in the world
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10 Tips To Help You Work From Home

How To Work From Home. The joys of working from home. While working remotely gives you plenty of freedom and flexibility, it can be difficult to adjust to if you’re used to going into a more traditional office every day.
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10 ways to be a better traveller in a post-lockdown world

Rethink flyingFor many of us, the grounding of planes has led to instant relief from noise pollution as well as clearing some of the worst kinds of air pollution. When aviation starts to pick up again, travellers could be met with long queues, health checks and higher prices, so minimising time at airports and on planes is something many of us will want to keep doing. All of which will force us to think hard about where we want to fly, and why. Etihad, for example, was quick off the mark on these fronts – at the forefront of developing more fuel-efficient planes, reducing waste on flights and trialling new airport technology designed to help identify medically at-risk travellers. Read this piece on 5 things everyone should consider when we can fly again
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10 UK destinations to visit instead of Cornwall

KentBest for: food loversIt’s true: Cornwall has one of the most exciting foodie scenes in the UK right now. Luckily, those in search of a restaurant-hopping weekender can find farm-to-fork dishes and inventive chefs in a growing number of places around Britain. Bristol is a safe bet for artisanal producers and cutting-edge food spots, while Cumbria has become known for its Michelin stars and local ingredients. Away from the well-established fine-dining scene, 2020 arrival The Pig at Bridge Place brought with it the brand’s food-obsessed ethos, opening a restaurant that sources most produce from its kitchen garden. Where to stay: The Pig at Bridge Place has cosy rooms painted in deep maroon and navy, or bed down at The Albion Rooms in Margate, a seaside B&B turned creative hub.
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100+ Unique Travel Gifts to Give in 2020

Well, you’ve come to the right place, because we put together a list of unique travel gifts for all types of explorers. From super practical travel gear they’ll actually use on their next trip to something unique they’d never think to buy for themselves, you’ll be sure to find a perfect gift. What types of items are in this travel gift guideInstead of being filled with high-priced items (like a drone or laptop!) Find the perfect gift for all types of travelersWe’ve gathered all sorts of items for different kinds of travelers. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t worry because we even have a section of great travel gifts under $15.
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101 Things to Do in New Orleans Bucket List

Planning to take a trip to New Orleans? Confused about where to go and where to stay? Don't worry! We've got you covered. Here presenting to you 10 amazing things to do in New Orleans and spend a beautiful time there.
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11 Beautiful Things to Do in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is a beautiful park that sandwiches Tucson, Arizona. With two districts, there is more than enough opportunity to appreciate the majestic Saguaro Cactus that covers the park grounds. Here are the 11 beautiful things you can do in Suguaro National Park.
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11 Incredible Things to Do in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming

There’s no denying the beauty of the Teton range in Grand Teton National Park. Paired with the winding Snake River, abundant wildlife, and miles of hiking trails, it’s easy to see why people fall in love with this National Park. We visited on the tail end of our Yellowstone trip and wished we spent more time here.
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11 Incredible Things to Do in Jackson Hole Wyoming

1450 US-89, 83001, mapWe met early morning at Sands Whitewater & Scenic River Trips and got into the river 25 miles south of the city. Ours felt like the perfect mix of enjoying the scenery and an adrenaline rush, which made it one of our favorite Jackson Hole activities. The rapids are typically class 2-3, and they run tours May to September depending on the water levels. If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can opt for the scenic float trips down the river. The water is warmer and there are the most rapids.
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11 Interesting Things to Do in Reykjavik Iceland

Iceland is a hot destination right now! You can easily get multi-day layovers from the US to Europe, and most likely you’ll be starting your Iceland trip in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city. If you’re visiting Reykjavik for a day or two or just passing through, here are our picks for things to do!
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11 skills you can learn at home

Pick up a paintbrushLots of people haven’t tried their hand at art since they left school. But painting is a brilliant way to detach yourself from your phone and practise mindfulness. Udemy has classes in various styles, such as oil painting and comics. Create your own film scoreTake any musical skills you have to the next level with this series on MasterClass led by Hans Zimmer. She even offers words of advice on finding an agent and dealing with critics once that crucial first draft is polished off.
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11 Top Free Things to Do in NYC + More

Last Updated: October 11, 2020YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO FREE THINGS TO DO IN NYCWe’ve compiled a list of all the free things to do in the city. 11 POPULAR FREE THINGS TO DO IN NYC1. FREE NYC ATTRACTIONSOUTDOORS + URBAN PARKSFREE NYC MUSEUMSArt MuseumsBotanical Gardens, Aquariums & ZoosChildren’s MuseumsCommemorative Museums & MemorialsCultural MuseumsHistory Museums & LibrariesSpecialty MuseumsMuralsNew York City is full of amazing murals and is like an ever-changing art gallery. TriviaSyndicated Bar in Bushwick – Free Movie Trivia Tuesdays 8 pmVideology in Williamsburg – Free Move Trivia Tuesdays 8:30 pmFREE NYC TOURSBoats & FerriesEast River Ferry – Technically not free but same cost as a subway ride. Staten Island FerryWater Taxi IKEA Shuttle Ferry – Free on Weekends & Free with $10 Purchase at IKEABrewery Tours & Wine TastingsBierkraft Brewery – Free Tastings Tuesdays After 7 pmBig Nose Full Body – Free Tastings Saturdays 4-6 pmBrooklyn Brewery – Free Tours Saturdays and SundaysNew York Distilling Company Free Tours and Tastings on Saturday and Sundays 2-5 pm.
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11 Unique Things to Do in Congaree National Park

Starting the trail in an urban environment really shows you the contrast as you continue to float downstream and enter the National Park. Here's the ultimate guide to 11 amazing things to do in Congaree National Park.
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11 ways to be more eco-friendly when travelling

(It’s always worth a try – I’ve had this happen after saying something at an outpost of an elegant Japanese restaurant.) Now read:What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? Style & Culture What is 'greenwashing' and how can we avoid it while travelling? Why sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planetWhy sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planet Inspiration Why sustainable travel is as much about humanity and diversity as it is about the planetThe biggest sustainable travel breakthroughs from the past 50 years
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12 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

Bring the bar home. Nio’s letterbox cocktails flat-pack the classics for UK-wide delivery, and you can build your own box of favourites (the Milano Torino is a refreshing choice). If you live in North London and are looking to support a local venture, try newly opened neighbourhood bar Crossroads: an innovative, zero-waste drinking den in Camden that has launched a lockdown delivery service (pictured), cycling cocktails across London. Try the Perfect Lady for a smooth blend of gin, olive leaf, nectarine and oolong or the Cairo for a fresh mix of vodka, sencha, melon and soda. Each bottle is 500ml (so makes around five cocktails).
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13 Fun Things to Do in Mérida, Mexico

Looking for an exotic gateway in Mexico? How about Mérida? A beachfront destination that makes for a great day trip! Check out this ultimate guide to unlock 13 fun things you can do in Mérida, Mexico.
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14 Awesome Things to Do in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan (2020 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

From eagle hunting to sunset cruises on the lake, here are 14 of the best, most unique things to do in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. It really is at the top of the list of things to do in Issyk Kul. Every evening during the summer you can head out onto the water for a 2-hour cruise to really appreciate Issyk Kul from a different perspective. It’s a great way to get the lay of the city and learn more about some of the Issyk Kul attractions. If you’re wondering what to see in Issyk Kul, head to the Fairy Tale Canyon for breathtaking views!
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14 Inspiring Campervan Experts and Their Advice for You

The “garden” is a small portion of the van but to me it’s the small things that make the space feel comfortable. Visas needed to be applied for, money needed to be saved, our belongings needed to be stored, jobs needed to be quit. Plus, I feel like I need at least a little bit of structure or else I go a little crazy. What is your advice for someone who is interested in campervan life? There’s ways to give van life a go without fully committing to buying and converting a van all in one go.
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15 BEST Things to Do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (2021 Guide)

READ MORE: Here’s our guide to the best things to do in Tashkent! From left to right, we have Ulugh Beg Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah and Sher-Dor Madrasah. Khodja Abdi Darun ShrineNot as popular as the other best things to do in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, but still worth a visit, is Khodja Abdi Darun Shrine. After your time exploring the best Samarkand points of interest, you have quite a few options on where to go. READ MORE: Check out our brand new guide to the best things to do in Bukhara!
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15 Unforgettable Things to Do in Jasper National Park

We finally made our way up to Jasper National Park! Jasper is the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO world heritage site along with Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho. And here are the 15 unforgettable things to do in the Jasper National Park.
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17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2020 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

From kayaking with whales to swimming in the caldera of an active volcano, here are 17 awesome things to do in Antarctica. The Best Things To Do In AntarcticaThe best things to do in Antarctica reads like an ultimate bucket list for just about any traveller. Nothing will take your breath away quite like watching a humpback whale breach right next to your kayak – one of the best things to see in Antarctica! In the 1900s whaling for oil was growing at a rapid rate and processing plants were eventually established on Deception Island in 1912. Hang Out with PenguinsIf there’s one thing everybody wants to do when they visit Antarctica, it is hang out with penguins.
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17 Awesome Things to Do in Antarctica (2021 Guide)

From kayaking with whales to swimming in the caldera of an active volcano, here are 17 awesome things to do in Antarctica. The Best Things To Do In AntarcticaThe best things to do in Antarctica reads like an ultimate bucket list for just about any traveller. If you’re getting ready for a trip, or even just thinking about it, don’t miss out on these 17 epic things to do in Antarctica. Nothing will take your breath away quite like watching a humpback whale breach right next to your kayak – one of the best things to see in Antarctica! Hang Out with PenguinsIf there’s one thing everybody wants to do when they visit Antarctica, it is hang out with penguins.
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17 Awesome Things to Do in Dawson City, Yukon – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Dawson City is one of those towns that everybody seems to know about, but few people ever get to. Wander the picturesque streets – just one of the many awesome things to do in Dawson City, Yukon. Our visit was quite short, but you could very easily spend weeks exploring the area around Dawson City. Definitely one of the top things to do in Dawson City, Yukon if you can time your trip right. Party at Dawson City Music FestivalBesides the Sourtoe Cocktail Club, there was something else we kept hearing about whenever we talked to people about Dawson, and that was the legendary Dawson City Music Festival.
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17 AWESOME Things to Do in Wanaka (Free 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Located just 10 minutes from Wanaka town, it’s easily accessible for all kind of travellers, even if you don’t have a car. On the peak, you’ll get an unobstructed view over the snowy mountains of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka, and the picturesque Wanaka town. You’ll get to see the Southern Alps (Mt Cook & Mt Aspiring included), Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Wanaka town and all the green farms down there during a clear day. Relax in the Wanaka Lavender FarmLocated just a few minutes’ walks from Wanaka town lies Wanaka Lavender Farm. Our Top Pick for Accommodation in Wanaka – Wanaka HomesteadEvery now and then we come across a style of accommodation that makes us want to open up our own guesthouse, welcoming friends from around the world.
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17+ Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga TN

At Presencia, we work with a team of young leaders from the Buford Highway neighborhood in Atlanta to tutor and mentor the children of immigrants. In addition to their work with Presencia, our staff navigates violence in their homes and neighborhood, immigration issues, poverty, and all the normal challenges of growing up. The city of Chattanooga was the obvious first choice to make this happen. From major tourist attractions to rugged outdoor adventures, Chattanooga, Tennessee is a great city for new experiences. Esther and Jacob met up with the Presencia staff in Atlanta, and we all traveled to Chattanooga, where we learned about ourselves and each other while tackling four challenging new experiences together.
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17 Unforgettable Things to Do in Destin Florida This Year

1007 US-98, Destin, FL 32541, mapWater park lovers should head to Big Kahuna’s to check out its 40+ attractions. Buccaneer Pirate Cruise 100 Harbor Blvd Unit B, Destin, FL 32541, map If you had a time machine and could visit Destin in the past, the waters would be filled with pirates. 102 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541, mapIf you’re looking for something free to do, head to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. 4251 Legendary Dr, Destin, FL 32541, mapUncle Buck’s transports you under the sea to a uniquely fun themed bowling experience. Golfing307 Kelly Plantation Dr, Destin, FL 32541, mapDestin is home to some beautiful golf courses.
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18 Free (& Cheap) Things to Do in Budapest

If you’re planning to travel to Hungary or anywhere in Eastern Europe, you must visit Budapest. We'll explain why we fell in love with this city and how you will too with the top free and cheap things to do in Budapest.
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18 Fun Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

This means that as crowded as the National Parks can get, there are lots of trails and land that rarely get explored. But now, we always try to get a backcountry permit too and get off the path most traveled… err, hiked. Things to know about backcountry camping in Grand Teton National ParkBear canister: First, know that you’ll need to carry a bear canister to keep all of your food and toiletries. Backcountry permit: In order to camp in the backcountry, you’ll need to obtain a wilderness permit. It is possible to reserve your backcountry permit online, but there are limited permits available and you must know your exact dates.
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18 places in Europe our editors are booking for 2021

Norway is only a short flight away, and you see colourful low-rise cities, sea, fjord, forest and mountain scenes in one trip. I’ll fly into Oslo, maybe take the overnight train from Trondheim to Bodø, then head to Leknes, pick up a Tesla for a road trip – some crazy percentage of the population has electric cars so there are charging stations everywhere. Back at the wheel, I’d follow one of Norway's 18 scenic routes from Lofoten to Kvitnes Gård, and stay in an Airbnb room on a farm. I’m really keen to get to Davvi Siida to meet the Sami, and learn about the history and culture of these indigenous people here in the Arctic. Then finally I’d end up back in Oslo, if only to have dinner at Rest were they turn food waste into fine dining.'
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19 AWESOME Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Epic 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

READ MORE – Don’t miss out on our complete guide to the best Banff hikes. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. Rafting on the Bow River – Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. 11) Hike Around Lake Louise and the Nearby TeahousesOne of the true gems of the region, Lake Louise is almost as iconic as Banff itself. If you head out into the Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, your chance of seeing some wildlife goes up drastically.
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19 EPIC Things to Do in Banff, Canada (Free 2021 Guide) – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

READ MORE – Don’t miss out on our complete guide to the best Banff hikes. Photo credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. Rafting on the Bow River – Photo Credit: Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography. 11) Hike Around Lake Louise and the Nearby TeahousesOne of the true gems of the region, Lake Louise is almost as iconic as Banff itself. If you head out into the Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, your chance of seeing some wildlife goes up drastically.
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19 Unusual & Fun Things to Do in Berlin

It’s no secret that Berlin has endless options when it comes to nightlife. Many people that come to Berlin overlook some of the smaller events that happen in the city. Check out this article to know more.
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20 Questions to Ask Your Partner Before Moving into a Campervan

When you’re living in an ultra-tight space, it can get cluttered fast. What is your favorite way to spend “alone time”? When you’re living in a campervan you are spending nearly every moment with your partner – driving, eating, sleeping – everything. You even need to tell your partner every time you need to use the bathroom so they can pull over. What’s your favorite road trip snack?
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20 travellers protecting the planet: the Green List 2021

Tica MinamiTHE AMAZON SPOKESPERSONIndigenous communities are stewards of an estimated 65 per cent of the earth’s land, hosting 80 per cent of all biodiversity. ‘They hold the fate of humanity,’ says Tica Minami. In her role as campaign director at Greenpeace Brazil, she works with indigenous people on the frontline in the fight against deforestation. ‘The Amazon is referred to as the lungs of the world, but I think of it as the beating heart that drives global weather systems,’ she says. It is crucial to diminish this pressure, down to questioning if the food we are eating is connected with the clearing of the rainforest.
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22 of the best Covent Garden restaurants

Kebab QueenA secret chef’s table serving kebabs unlike any you’ve seen beforeThought we’d seen every iteration of a speakeasy imaginable in London by now? Serving a six-course kebab-inspired tasting menu in the heart of Covent Garden, it takes the London craze for fancy kebabs and expands the idea as far as it will go. Enter through a kitchen and duck into the dinky dining room, where the similarities with a dodgy fast-food place end. Ten bar stools are set around a bar with a front-row view of the open kitchen under pink neon lighting. A milk soda cocktail made with more Grey Goose finishes the evening off as a sweet accompaniment to the pudding.
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23 bus passengers contracted coronavirus from 1 infected person. No one was wearing a mask.

From one infection to 23 moreThe infected person who boarded the bus that fateful day wasn't showing symptoms, just yet. (Those critical hours right before a person starts feeling sick are often when people are most contagious with the coronavirus.) On the first bus, sitting near the infected person didn't seem to matter most when it came to getting sick. A seating chart shows how one infected bus rider (red) infected many others, even those who weren't sitting close by. Even on airplanes, enclosed spaces where the air is very well purified, and people now wear masks, the risk of getting infected is not zero.
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24 BEST Places to Visit in Kyrgyzstan (2021 Expert Guide)

The Best Places to Visit in KyrgyzstanWe love Kyrgyzstan! For some culinary variety, this is absolutely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. Want to visit Kyrgyzstan on a unique and adventurous small group tour? However, it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in Kyrgyzstan. And it’s one of the less common places to visit in Kyrgyzstan so you’ll probably need to take a private taxi.
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25 best sustainable beauty products that are good for the soul (and the planet)

When it comes to choosing skincare and wellbeing products that aren’t just good for us, but are great for the wider world, there’s much to consider. What’s their provenance and does the manufacturer use an ethical supply chain that hasn’t harmed animals? Is the company’s carbon footprint off the charts due to long-distance distribution, or does the maker offset emissions? These terms are as wishy-washy as ‘green’ and ‘kind’ – what we want to look for is trackable statements of positive impact and credible certifications from respected third parties, surely? It’s rare to find a product that ticks every sustainability box, absolutely, but we can pick make-up or skincare that’s a hero in some way.
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25 Eco Friendly Travel Products for Responsible Travelers

Packing the right gear can really help you reduce your waste and travel in a more eco-friendly way. When you have the option to choose between air and ground travel, the latter is always a better choice for the environment. If you’re traveling in a different region, a simple Google search of “[location] + clean up” should point you in the right direction. This is especially important if you’re traveling in an area where water is in short supply. Ethical travel gear brandsIn addition to packing specific items that will help you be a more responsible traveler, think about the brands you’re supporting with your purchases.
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25 Free Things to Do in San Francisco California

San Francisco is known to be one of the most expensive cities in the US, but you can enjoy plenty of what the city has to offer including many iconic tourist attractions for free. Today, we’ve put together some of the best free things to do in the city.
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27 Adventurous Things to Do in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is actually a “sweet spot” when it comes to spotting humpback whales. If you're planning an exotic trip to Costa Rica, here's an ultimate guide to pack you with 27 adventurous things to do in Costa Rica.
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3 Days Kayaking in Abel Tasman (Everything You Need to Know)

This is what it’s like to spend 3 days kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park. With the logistics taken care of, now all we had to do was get to Abel Tasman National Park! Looking out over Te Pukatea Bay, one of the stunning beaches you can find in Abel Tasman National Park. The team at Abel Tasman Kayaks (ATK) had organised for us to get a transfer from our hostel right to their office, the launching point for adventures in Abel Tasman National Park, at Marahau. Tips For Kayaking In Abel Tasman National Park With ATKUnless you’re very experienced with sea kayaking, you’re looking for some tips about what it’s like to paddle around Abel Tasman National Park.
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30 EPIC Things to Do in Easter Island (2021 Guide)

Politically Easter Island belongs to Chile, but geographically the island is over 4000km away from the South American continent. We visited here in May 2017 and spent a week trying to discover all the things to do on Easter Island. Things To Do In Easter IslandMost people visit Easter Island on a short trip from Santiago, or from the other alternative at Tahiti. Travel Guide Easter IslandNow that you know all Easter Island attractions you must visit, next thing to decide is where to stay in Easter Island! Coupon: AGODANMD10Best Luxury Hotel In Easter Island – Hangroa Eco LodgeIn our opinion a visit to Easter Island is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and if you can afford it you should do it in style.
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30 of the best honeymoon destinations

Amalfi, where the light makes your heart sing, and the vertiginous mountain road leads from one beauty spot to another? Tuscany, where the sunshine bathes the hills and your lover in its golden haze? And Italy has some of the world's most romantic hotels. Check into Santa Caterina on the Amalfi Coast, the hotel with the best views in the area, or at Le Sirenuse in Positano. WHEN TO GOSummers are beautiful but more crowded – visit Tuscany in autumn, when the landscape turns golden, or plan a spring trip to Venice.
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32 Creative Travel Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography is an art. That too fine one! Whether you’re a total beginner or you know your way around a camera, the practical tips and easy photography hacks in this article will show you how to take your travel pictures from average to amazing.
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4 Great Non-Touristy Places To Eat In Istanbul

Istanbul is a massive, sprawling city, whose area and population make it better to break the city down into its neighborhoods. Vegan IstanbulCanteen style lokanta are a good way to try various meat and vegetarian dishes. In Turkey however, borek is borek, and there are places dedicated to selling only borek. There are a few places to try cig kofte in Istanbul but although he’s no longer there, Orhan Usta is worth mentioning. A Few Other OptionsIn most cases eventually good places to eat in a city are found out by tourists.
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30-50 Feral Hogs? More Like 8-9 Million Running Wild Across the US

ADVERTISEMENT“I’ve heard it referred to as a feral swine bomb,” says Dale Nolte, manager of the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program at the United States Department of Agriculture. But if you’ve got a million, it doesn’t take long to get to 4 [million], then 8 million.”Most wild pigs are a mixture of domestic breeds and European wild boar. A feral pig can host at least 30 viral and bacterial diseases, along with nearly 40 parasites. The province is also gaining insights from the new, national steering committee on feral swine in Canada, which had its first meeting in January. “Prevention is critical in those areas where no feral pigs are established,” says Zimmer.
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4 Things Frequent Travelers Need To Consider Before Getting A Cat

Many frequent travelers who want to have pets opt for cats over dogs, thinking that these animals are like dogs without the work. Consider A PairSince I’ve been talking about the difficulties of having a cat you might be wondering why on Earth I’m recommending getting two cats if you’re a frequent traveler. Cats don’t need exercise – It’s easy to assume that since they sleep up 13-17 hours a day (dogs sleep around 14) but your cat needs to release energy. In many ways having a dog is easier than a cat for most frequent travelers. It’s important not to get sucked into the thinking that cats don’t need as much attention or work as dogs and consider the responsibilities, especially if you travel frequently.
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4 Ways To Track And Recover Your Stuff If It Gets Stolen When Traveling

You’re probably carrying smaller, more expensive electronics today than you ever have – two good reasons to prepare yourself in the craftiest ways possible. All Around Laptop, Tablet, Mobile Phone Recovery: Project PreyI am a huge fan of Project Prey and if there’s one solution you should use as part of a physical security plan for your gadgets, Project Prey is it. If your gadget gets stolen, you activate Project Prey remotely (through a free account on their website) and you can track it, get secret screenshots, steal passwords, and even get pictures of the crooks covertly with any built-in camera. Project Prey helped Matthew recover his Macbook Pro in Panama. This won’t work in every country but if the pickpocket decides to use that credit card somewhere and you’ve reported it stolen, police can use surveillance footage from stores to track them.
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43 Absolute Best Things to Do in Chiang Mai

Planning a trip to Chiang Mai? Wondering what to pack? Where to stay? Don't worry! In this ultimate guide, we are going to show you 43 absolute best things to do in Chian Mia and spend a great holiday.
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47 face masks to wear when travelling

Where do you have to wear a face mask in the UK? Do you have to wear a mask on a plane? Find out each and every detail in this exclusive article and buy the perfect mask for yourself.
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48 face masks to wear when travelling

Where do you have to wear a face mask in the UK? In Scotland, face masks must be worn in shops, and anyone who does not wear one could be fined up to £60. Yes, most airlines around the world, including British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, now require both staff and passengers to wear masks while onboard and at the airport. While the government advises making masks at home to save medical-grade masks for key workers, there are a host of fashion designers and retailers making fun and cheerful face masks to buy now. Here is our edit of the best face masks to buy now.
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5 Questions to Ask Before Getting a Home Security System

A security system can alert you to prowlers, to open windows, and to kids trying to sneak in after curfew. It’s also important to remember that security systems don’t just watch for intruders. A professionally installed system typically costs more than a DIY system because it involves someone coming to your home and doing all of the dirty work. Most security systems offer some type of integration with other smart-home devices, whether that’s support for cameras, lights, or Amazon Alexa voice control. When picking a security system, don’t just look at the package price.
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5 reasons to visit Okinawa in southern Japan in 2021

From food and nature to hotels and history, here are five compelling reasons to visit Okinawa in 2021. History lovers should not miss Funauki village where the dreamy tropical atmosphere belies a dramatic past: a 19th-century coal mine occupied by the Japanese Army during World War II is among several local war sites. Accessible only by boat from jungle-covered Iriomote Island in the Yaeyama archipelago, the village is set on an expanse of ivory-white beach. Stay at Oku Iriomote Cottage and take a chartered boat trip with the friendly owner Ikeda-san. Explore the world of natural plant-dying at Shimaai Farm on Ishigaki Island.
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56 coronavirus cases were linked to a Starbucks in South Korea. But employees who were wearing masks didn't get infected.

At least 56 coronavirus cases have been linked to a Starbucks in Paju, South Korea. None of the employees, who were wearing masks during their shifts, were infected. At least 56 coronavirus cases in South Korea have been linked to a Starbucks in Paju. Many customers were not wearing masks, and the poorly ventilated space likely contributed to the spread of the virus, local news reports said. But the four employees were not infected, and experts think it's because they were wearing masks during their shifts.
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5G and Coronavirus: Why We're Scared of Invisible Radio Waves

The human eye can only capture a minuscule portion of the energy travelling across the universe in the form of electromagnetic waves and other types of radiation. In 1979, electromagnetic waves began to be associated with cancer. In the 1980s, when microwaves became a common household appliance, public fear of electromagnetic radiation spiked, fuelled by the media. As for the long-term effects of electromagnetic radiation, in 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified electromagnetic radiation as “possibly carcinogenic”, but with a huge caveat. Scientific basis for the panic is shaky at best, but that hasn’t stopped people freaking out about electromagnetic waves.
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6 wine regions to know about in New South Wales, Australia

Hunter ValleyThe birthplace of Australian wine, the Hunter Valley is the country's most famous wine region. After an easy two-hour drive from Sydney you’re in a patchwork of award-winning restaurants and vineyards steeped in historical significance. Pioneering 19th-century viticulturists, who defied the odds in a humid and warm climate, are the stuff of legend. Stay at Spicers Vineyards Estate, an elegant 12-suite hotel amid the vines and get up early for a hot-air balloon across the Hunter Valley before embarking on wine tasting, which can be done on your own, with a tour, or even on horseback. A year-round destination, this spot really goes into overdrive during the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival in May and June each year, when the best of the best put on a show.
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76 Items our fashion editor loves for Autumn

It's a season of cozy knits, nights in, crisp UK walks, and crispier leaves underfoot. Flip-flops and floppy hats are dutifully stored away and replaced with cashmere, cable knits, and, best of all, many proper pajamas. Check out this autumn collection to update your wardrobe.
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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Using Frequent Flyer Miles (Keeping You From Getting Free Flights)

94 Shares PinAirlines created frequent flyer programs to encourage repeat business from regular travelers. Budget airlines with frequent flyer programs are generally US-based, such as AirTran, Southwest, and Frontier Airlines. Well, your frequent flyer miles aren’t only for you to use, they can be redeemed for anyone you choose. Frequent flyer programs aren’t inherently complicated to use, it’s the cloudy information surrounding them which makes it seem so. What are some of your best tips on using frequent flyer miles and some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
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85-Year-Old Thru-Hiker Dale Sanders Just Lapped The Grand Canyon

I drove all the way myself so I think I’m a little bit sore from that. Before the Mississippi River and before I got into hiking, I worked in Parks and Recreation for about fifty three years. I was really, really fortunate because I flip-flopped. And even on the Appalachian Trail, trail angels are-oh my gosh, it’s so nice to walk up to a road crossing and find somebody with an awning set up with food under it. It’s very, very challenging, but if I’m really motivated to do it nothing is going to stop me.
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9 Amazing Things to Do in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park comprises of 12 out of the 48 mile-long canyon of the Gunnison River. The South Rim is the most established part of the park with plenty of pullouts and short hikes. 9 THINGS TO DO IN BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK1. Pro Tip: The South Rim has easier hikes and the North Rim has longer and more strenuous hikes. The Gunnison River is the 5th steepest mountain descent river in North America.
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9 Amazing Things to Do in Rockefeller Center

If you’re visiting the city for the first time and want an area to spend a whole day in, the Rockefeller Center complex is an easy choice. To help you make the most use of your time, we put together a comprehensive guide to the area and our favorite parts of the area.
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9 memorable lockdown birthday ideas

Bring the bar home. Nio’s letterbox cocktails flat-pack the classics for UK-wide delivery, and you can build your own box of favourites (the Milano Torino is a refreshing choice). If you live in North London and are looking to support a local venture, try newly opened neighbourhood bar Crossroads: an innovative, zero-waste drinking den in Camden that has launched a lockdown delivery service (pictured) f, cycling cocktails across London. Try the Perfect Lady for a smooth blend of gin, olive leaf, nectarine and oolong or the Cairo for a fresh mix of vodka, sencha, melon and soda. Each bottle is 500ml (so makes around five cocktails).
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9 Painful Things You Can Do In The Winter

With seemingly three-quarters of the country currently experiencing winter with a capital W, we thought back to this charming essay/list of some of the sharper sides of winter, and wanted to share it. Winter brings all sorts of fun: powder days, fatbiking on snow, quiet snowshoe trails, the strange Cro-Magnon appeal of losing track of time absentmindedly watching logs burn in a fireplace. Ice SkatingIce skating can be a beautiful thing in the hands of professionals, or even practiced amateurs. But if you’re new to it, have had several beers before you try it, or just kind of suck at it, you might note that falling is quite painful. ShovelingSix inches of fresh snow is awesome when you’re looking down at it between your skis from a chairlift.
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9 Unique Things to Do in Langkawi Malaysia

As a child whose parents were born and raised in Malaysia, I grew up flying to the tiny island of Penang almost every summer to visit family. Malaysia is like a second home to me. If you're looking to visit Malaysia, this guide can be useful.
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A Beginner's Guide to How the U.S. Prison System Actually Works

Activists currently argue that mass incarceration not only perpetuates inequalities, but that the underpinnings of the prison system are racist, capitalist, sexist, colonialist, ableist, and transphobic. From the school-to-prison pipeline to the privatization of prisons, mass incarceration remains inherently intertwined with everyday facets of American life. ), renowned professor and activist Angela Davis explores why the prison system is so ingrained in our culture and how exploitive it has become. She delineates why the prison system is no longer feasible and imagines what decarceration would look like in practice. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle AlexanderPublished in 2010, The New Jim Crow has been considered the seminal work on mass incarceration.
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A Brief Guide to Immigration for Americans Looking for a Post-Election Escape

Like the Romans before us, the U.S. empire is in decline, and VICE News dug to see how easy it is for Americans to escape the imminent collapse. Matkowsky said people in the U.S. are seemingly concerned about their country’s future and are looking for pathways to escape. CIC News documents immigration trends in Canada and found that growing unease among immigrants, likely because of Trump, has inspired immigrants to come to Canada. Like Canada, Mexico favours newcomers who are educated, accomplished, and can speak the national language. You could stayIf immigration isn’t a viable option—which it probably isn’t if you’re not relatively privileged—you’ll likely have to stay in the U.S.
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A Day in the Life: Living in a Campervan

“What’s it like living in a campervan? Is it all it’s cracked up to be?” We’ve been getting this question on repeat for the last couple months, so we decided to make a video that brings you along and shows you a day in the life living in a camper van. Plus, being that we do a lot of work online, we spend a lot of time in coffeeshops getting work done. But this should give you an idea of what some of our days look like while living in a campervan. Whether you are interested in RV life or are looking to do a campervan renovation yourself, this video can help you gauge if tiny living is for you!
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A Fervent Call to Protect ‘America’s Amazon’

Wonders like this are the heart of environmental journalist Ben Raines’ book Saving America’s Amazon: The Threat to Our Nation’s Most Biodiverse River System. The Mobile River Basin, that is, a branching network of rivers and creeks that drains part of four neighboring states and most of Alabama into Mobile Bay. More than a third of all known freshwater fish species in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico call Alabama home. Saving America’s Amazon is Raines’ devotion to these riches and an earnest call to arms. I grew up in a small town on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay.
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A Few Thoughts on Camping With Kids

We would be a camping family from the very beginning – two out of three of us swore on it. Whether the kids wanted to make a fort inside the van or search the woods for walking sticks, I was equally happy. The van had become home, and car camping was becoming our thing. Soon they were begging me to spend night after summer night on their own in wilds between the porch light and the back wall. “This makes car camping look stupid.”A burning star streaked overhead, but I didn’t make a wish.
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A Fresh Look at Our Neanderthal Relatives

A little shorter, broader, and more muscled than modern humans, Neanderthals likely outnumbered Homo sapiens in Europe — at least at first. “Neanderthals were never some sort of highway service station en route to Real People,” writes Wragg Sykes, a Paleolithic archaeologist. The first Neanderthal bones were discovered in 1856 in a cave in the valley now known as Neandertal (spelled Neanderthal prior to 1901) in northern Germany. “The enduring myth that Neanderthal technology was stuck in some kind of cognitive mire, bogged down by minds unable to innovate, is false,” according to Wragg Sykes. She also raises questions about why so many human bodies, particularly babies, appear to be cannibalized at Neanderthal sites.
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A Giant 2,000-Year-Old Cat Drawing Was Accidentally Found by Workers In Peru

One of the oldest artistic depictions in the Nazca Lines, a mysterious collection of geoglyphs preserved in southern Peru, was discovered during recent remodeling efforts within this UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 2,000 years ago, people in this region created a 37-meter-long outline of a sprawling cat on a hill slope according to a statement released on Thursday by Peru’s Ministry of Culture. The Nazca geoglyphs, some of which stretch across hundreds of meters, were made by ancient artists who removed rocks from the landscape to create stunning earthworks of animals, people, and more abstract designs. The cat geoglyph has substantially faded over the centuries, and was found by accident as workers remodeled parts of the Mirador Natural, a lookout point within the Nazca Lines. “The figure was barely visible and was about to disappear due to its location on a fairly steep slope and the effects of natural erosion,” the Ministry of Culture noted in its Oct 15 statement.
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A Greek Orthodox Church in the Village of Kastania

Just up the coast, wedged in a ravine, the village of Kastania is more inviting, and offers a rare opportunity to explore a traditional Mani village. Like people in Russia, Serbia, and some other Balkan countries, most Greek Christians are Eastern Orthodox. The iconostasis — the icon-covered screen in the middle of the room — separates the material world (where the worshippers stand) from the heavenly one. Traditional Orthodox worshippers stand through the service, as a sign of respect. Orthodox worship generally involves chanting, and the church is filled with the evocative aroma of incense.
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A Jeep Driving Drifter’s Travel Tips

I prided myself knowing I could (probably) pack my entire life into the back of my Jeep Cherokee and set out for anywhere. Travel by car and plane is common for work, and other various creative trips.
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A Lisbon Food Tour and Portuguese Taste Treats

To be sure we get the most out of our visit, I’m joined by my friend and fellow tour guide, Cristina Duarte. Along with a warm welcome, you’re sure to gain an appreciation of the local taste treats. No visit to Lisbon is complete without sipping the favorite national drink: port wine. Cristina: Well, cod is the national food, but port is the national drink. Stopping here is a ritual for me with every visit to Lisbon.
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A Peek at the Script for my New European Art Series – Rick Steves' Travel Blog

And I wanted to share a sneak peek of what will be episode two of our upcoming six-hour series on Europe’s art and architecture. I’m collaborating with my amazing co-author for the series (Gene Openshaw) and leading editors (Cameron Hewitt and Simon Griffith) to get this script tight and to time. Drawing from our rich archive of Europe’s greatest art — compiled in the field over the last two decades — it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous. This is a long process, but we’re committed to debuting our six-hour art series in October of 2022. Pick up the full-color coffee-table book I wrote with Gene Openshaw, “Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces” — and satisfy those art cravings with a chronological tour through Europe’s greatest paintings, sculptures, and historic buildings.
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A Profanity Filter Banned the Word 'Bone' at a Paleontology Conference

Participants in a virtual paleontology meeting were not permitted to use the words “bone,” “sexual,” or “Hell” in early digital Q&A sessions, sparking amusement and frustration from researchers attending the online conference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) opted to hold its annual meeting, which runs from Monday to Friday this week, as a virtual event. Thomas R. Holtz Jr., a paleontologist at the University of Maryland, created a spreadsheet of banned words so that meeting organizers could keep up to date on the issue. “At first, when fellow conference attendees noted on Twitter that ‘Hell’ and ‘bone’ were banned, I was very amused by it,” Tseng said in an email. “I figured the filter was simply over-tuned to prevent many slang words used by schoolchildren from being shown in a professional meeting.”“I became disturbed when I saw that the crowd-sourced list of banned words included ‘Wang,’” he continued.
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A Rookie Cop Was Just Fired For Posting on Neo-Nazi Forum Iron March

An Indiana police department fired one of its newly-hired cops this weekend after antifascists linked the man to a post on Iron March, a defunct neo-Nazi forum that espoused racist, fascist, and anti-Semitic views. “@LafayetteINPD— it looks like you just hired a Nazi,” Twitter user @AntiFashGordon said in a tweet to the Lafayette Police Department Friday after a separate Twitter account, @Ghosts_of_Past, revealed what was described as a post from police recruit Joseph Zacharek. “Meet #JosephZacharek, newest member of Indy PD,” Twitter user @Ghosts_of_Past wrote, linking to the post. The user describes themselves as a “boring white Southern suburban housewife who likes to dox facists and racists.”“Member of #IronMarch, the forum for #Neonazis and #WhiteSupremacists,” @Ghosts_of_Past said in the tweet. “I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Flannelly told the Journal & Courier.
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A Spicy Peanut Sauce So Yummy You Can Put it on Anything and Everything

Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, I am pretty sure that you take a little peanut butter with you whatever kind of trip you’re on. Since peanut butter is such a common ingredient in the backcountry pantry, making a peanut sauce is an easy way to add flavor to any basic meal. The No Recipe way of making peanut sauce when you’re camping is just to throw in a little peanut butter and soy sauce into whatever dish you are preparing, then mix it in. In this recipe, the peanut sauce is used to douse a bowl of simple sautéed vegetables, but feel free to use it on whatever you want. Once you’ve sautéd the vegetables, you will need to put them aside while you prepare the peanut sauce.
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A road trip through North Wales

We think of North Wales, with its sky-mirrored, bird-flocked estuaries and reptilian peaks, in shades of green and slate-grey. Discover another Welsh road trip itineraryThe ultimate Wales road trip itinerary Inspiration The ultimate Wales road trip itineraryAdvertisementThe village’s creator, Clough Williams-Ellis, conjured it from memories of Portofino, cocking a snook at Twenties modernist upstarts by upcycling architectural salvage – a Victorian mantelpiece here, a 17th-century ballroom there, Gothic spires and a bell tower – into an Italianate fantasy, his home for fallen buildings, a folly to end all follies. In the past, North Wales may have felt the need to make worldly allusions, but today it seems like a destination comfortable in its own skin. The Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is available in several colours including Elettrico Blu (ferrari.com)Keep scrolling for more pictures of this road trip through North Wales...Read next Scenic road trips in Scotland Inspiration Scenic road trips in ScotlandLike this? Now read:Portmeirion: an insider's guidePortmeirion: an insider's guide Away From The City Portmeirion: an insider's guideThe 10 loveliest hotels in WalesAdvertisementThe 10 loveliest hotels in Wales Places To Stay The 10 loveliest hotels in WalesThe most beautiful places in Wales
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A Spicy Peanut Sauce You Can Use For Anything

Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, I am pretty sure that you take a little peanut butter with you whatever kind of trip you’re on. Since peanut butter is such a common ingredient in the backcountry pantry, making a peanut sauce is an easy way to add flavor to any basic meal. The No Recipe way of making peanut sauce when you’re camping is just to throw in a little peanut butter and soy sauce into whatever dish you are preparing, then mix it in. In this recipe, the peanut sauce is used to douse a bowl of simple sautéed vegetables, but feel free to use it on whatever you want. Once you’ve sautéed the vegetables, you will need to put them aside while you prepare the peanut sauce.
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A Super-Spreader Jail Keeps Sparking COVID Outbreaks Across the U.S.

When the coronavirus hit the jail, he was moved along with at least eight other Grady prisoners to the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Nearly eight months into the pandemic, the Grady County Jail has earned a reputation as a super-spreader, linked to outbreaks at federal institutions across the country. More than 445 prisoners (over 75% of the women housed at Waseca) became infected after a bus carrying Grady County prisoners arrived in late August. According to a Waseca staff member and prisoner who spoke with VICE News, four women have been hospitalized and dozens remain severely ill inside the prison. Things at Waseca were calm, Lacey said, until the Grady prisoners and two other buses arrived.
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A Symphonic Journey: France’s Call for Freedom

No tour of Europe, musical or otherwise, is complete without a stop in France, home of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and, in a lot of ways, the birthplace of modern Europe. Its struggle was a domestic one between the haves and the have-nots, between royals and aristocrats and peasants, between elites and commoners. Through its revolutions — and they had several — the French led the call in Europe for the end of the old regime notion of divine monarchs. Until then, most people just accepted the notion that some people were born ordained by God to be rulers and the vast majority were born to be ruled. The revolutionary slogan of the day was “Liberty, equality and fraternity.” And this slogan inspired those who longed for freedom all over romantic 19th-century Europe.
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A Symphonic Journey: Italy’s Celebratory Aria

Our next piece is from Italy, and it evokes the struggles of the Italian-speaking states as they set their sights on independence. For Italian nationalists, Romantic music served as a bugle call on the battlefield, and their favorite music was opera. They'd stand on their seats and together they'd sing the dramatic Verdi arias, as if raising their voices in unison for Italian statehood. It's from the Verdi opera "Aida." While it's set in ancient Egypt, when you listen to it, the pharaoh could almost be a stand-in for the triumphant king of a newly united Italy.
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A Taiwanese Airport Is Letting People Rediscover the Joy of Travel. Well, the Joy of Going to the Airport at Least.

In an apparent attempt to assuage those feelings of global FOMO, Taipei’s Songshan Airport is giving locals the opportunity to rediscover the joys of travel, or at least what is arguably the least appealing aspect thereof: check-in and boarding. Some 7,000 people applied to take part in the unique experience, with a first batch of 60 winners chosen at random, Reuters reports. Taiwan is uniquely suited to putting on the bizarre “trips,” given its resounding success in curbing the coronavirus’ spread. Songhshan also just so happens to be using the promotion to show off recent renovations, and to highlight the COVID-prevention steps the airport is taking. The airport plans to offer more of the unique non-flights in the coming weeks.
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A Tapas Dinner in Madrid

When it comes to variety, Madrid is Spain’s tapas capital. While Spaniards don’t eat dinner until 9 or 10 o’clock, with a meal like this, I can eat early and still go local. For starters we’re going for one of Madrid’s quirkiest snacks and this spot is named for it, la oreja de oro — sautéed pigs ears. He’s popular for his refreshing gazpacho — the cold tomato-and-garlic soup. I like gambas al ajillo — shrimp sautéed with garlic, and gambas a la plancha (grilled shrimp).
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15 things to do with kids during February half term 2021 in London and the UK

Mudlarking on the ThamesBest for: ages 10+Trudging about in the mud by the river is a pretty cool pastime – but it’s also educational. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can uncover all sorts of gems washed up by the ebb and flow, from Victorian clay pipes and Georgian tiles to Mesolithic flints. Geocaching all over London, the UK and the worldBest for: ages 11+Who knew that looking for tiny containers in your local area could be so thrilling, and take you to places that you never knew existed? If you’re not up to speed, now is most definitely the time to discover geocaching. Download the Geocache app, and use GPS navigation and clues to unearth ‘treasure’ – this means anything from bottle caps to toy Smurfs, but finds can be more substantial.
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A Trailer Park in the Swiss Sky

“Swiss” and “trailer park” are not phrases that you’d typically put together, but hey, why can’t the Alps enjoy the fruits of single-wide mobile living? Photographer Christian Neuenschwander did a study of a park in Flumserberg, and the results are worth giving lengthy consideration. Though one is loath to stereotype, the site does seem to fit qualities that are typically associated with the Swiss: neatness and order preside. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape.
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A Venerable Wine Estate in Umbria

Corrado: So this is our soil, a volcanic soil, very rich in minerals, on which our vines grow and produce our Orvieto Classico wine. Corrado: We'll drink this wine in 18 months, and we'll go on drinking this wine for two more years. Rick: Franz Liszt played this piano? It's not Franz Liszt, but he might enjoy that. And modern wine makers are trying to duplicate the same conditions, and this bottle of wine is more than 30 years old.
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Abolishing the Electoral College May Not Save Us

The basis for how we elect the President and Vice President of our country, the Electoral College awards delegates by almost each state on a winner-take-all system. Abolishing the Electoral College outright would require a constitutional amendment, an unlikely political feat in the current environment, but there is another way. If states representing a majority of the Electoral College votes sign onto The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and agree to allocate their votes to whoever wins the national popular vote, not just their state, the College would essentially be nullified. As of July 2020, jurisdictions representing 196 electoral votes have signed on, 74 below the needed threshold. New Rules, Same Apathy: Turnout might stay the sameIt seems obvious that a national popular vote would increase voter turnout.
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Acorns and Corncobs: Looking Back at my Semester in Spain

The idea that my host family owned a countryside property was hard to fathom. Returning to the farmhouse, my host father announced he was ready for our help with the winemaking. My host family was far from affluent, but wine in unlabeled bottles always flowed freely at their dinner table. Fran pulled on a pair of rubber galoshes and climbed into the tub. “Now the grape juice ferments,” my host father explained.
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Afternoon tea in London 2020: your ultimate guide

Afternoon tea at Balthazar LondonBest for: New York buzzIt could be the height of the evening, rather than 3pm, as you enter the warm glow of Balthazar London. It’s all very 1920s Paris by way of New York, where the original branch opened in 1997, with the Covent Garden restaurant launching in 2012. Very Gatsbyesque – Art Deco lighting, rustic mirrors, shiny maroon leather and tiny floor tiles that shimmer like a mermaid’s tail. But they soon clear out, leaving you to revel in the restaurant’s downtime at this slightly less obvious London afternoon tea spot or, as it’s officially named, NY-Tea. And while the teas themselves are quite standard (from English breakfast to chamomile by way of jasmine and chai – because, who would mess with tea in London?
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Afternoon tea in London 2021: your ultimate guide

Afternoon tea at Palm Court, Kimpton Fitzroy London HotelBest for: immersing yourself in Bloomsbury’s most historical hotelThe 18th-century landscape gardener Humphry Repton is widely credited with having brought many of London’s squares to life with his nature-first approach. His gift, as he called it, was most famously bestowed on Russell Square, elevating the area and leaving a permanent mark on Bloomsbury. The result is a green, serene space; the natural light and presence of nature itself is at once calming and elegant. Interior designer Tara Bernerd is behind the hotel’s renovation, and this is a space so smart I’d have been content having afternoon tea in the mosaic-floored lobby. But the cool, airy Palm Court makes for a lovely change from some of the over-stuffed, over-fluffed tea rooms in London.
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Airbnb Owners are Now Flipping Their Successful Properties for a Premium

The listing mentions that, as an Airbnb, the little one-bedroom bungalow raked in about $6,000 per month at a 70-percent occupancy rate. As cities continue to pass legislation that makes it harder to operate an Airbnb or short-term rental, markets like Joshua Tree, where no such regulations exist, are increasingly flooded with turnkey Airbnb properties for sale. In cities across the country, listings that mention Airbnb potential are priced higher than neighboring houses. And in Phoenix, a three-bedroom house that mentions Airbnb potential is currently listed at $789,000—at least $200,000 more than similar listings in the same neighborhood. The turnkey properties sell too fast and at too high a price, and an influx of cash offers from investors and potential Airbnb hosts from LA make financing offers look weak.
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Agrigento: Ancient Greek Temples in Sicily

A two-hour drive takes us the city of Agrigento, and the most impressive ancient site in Sicily: Its ridge lined with Greek temples. Little survives of ancient Agrigento beyond a few grand temples. In the fifth century BC, Agrigento was the third-largest city in the Greek world — after Athens and Syracuse, another Sicilian city. To think that 2,500 years ago, two of the top cities in the Greek world were here in Sicily, is another reminder of the importance of this island in ancient times. As there’s no marble in Sicily, temples were built of limestone.
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Airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population — and airline CEOs say it's proof that flying is safe

Flight attendants and other airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population, despite spending time in transit and in small, enclosed spaces. But some surprising data from airline workers show that is not the case. In fact, flight attendants and other airline workers have had a lower incidence of COVID-19 than the general population. All in all, the low rates among flight attendants and airline workers suggest that the combination of safety measures on board airplanes works. "The question is broader than just our sector in air travel," he added.
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Airlines are Making Australians Fly Business Class to Get Home

It was initially unclear how the airlines would enforce these passenger limits, and who would be given first preference in making the cut. Am in economy and to be honest, as much as I want to get home, I also don’t want to facilitate this classist bullshit of strongarming people into buying business class,” someone posted last week. Yes flights are flying but taking priority customers, filling business and first class then economy if seats are remaining,” wrote another. “Business Class customers are asked to wear their face shield and mask onboard at their own discretion, as they enjoy more space and privacy,” the airline said in its announcement. In the same statement, Qatar Airways boasted of its “ground-breaking Business Class experience”, which won a number of awards in 2019 including “World’s Best Business Class” and “Best Business Class Seat”.
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AJ Winter Issue Is About to Drop

The adventure has been an escape for a lot of us. Mountains don't need a reason to visit. Check out this winter's issue covering gorgeous Southern California's Mt. Baldy.
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Alaska Airlines strengthens face covering policy: No mask, no travel, no exceptions

Effective Aug. 7, all Alaska guests age 2 and older will be required to wear a cloth mask or face covering over their nose and mouth – with no exceptions . For guests who forget their mask, Alaska will have them available upon request, in addition to providing individual hand-sanitizer wipes on board. Flyers must sign-off on a health agreement at check-in to acknowledge and attest to their willingness to adhere to the mask requirement. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK). SOURCE Alaska Airlines
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All My Road Trip Essentials – My Perfect Road Trip Bag

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we love road trips! Today I’m participating in a blog hop (details below) and also sharing what I put in my perfect road trip bag. I like to travel light and pack as minimal as possible, but these are my road trip essentials
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An Epic Brooks Range Bikepacking Packrafting Trip

The Brooks Range is a huge expanse of very remote, geologically old mountains stretching 700 plus miles east to west across Northern Alaska and into Canada’s Yukon Territory. Its use would bookend our trip, providing a quick, albeit sketchy ride in, and a Cadillac smooth 100-mile river trip out from the heart of the range. A vast wilderness lay ahead, so vast that our trip would disappear into it and barely scrape the surface. Fortunately, we were at the low elevation point of our trip, and the higher we got the better the riding got. It’s not if you will see a bear on a Brooks trip, it’s when.
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Ancient Rome’s Appian Way, Catacombs, and an Aqueduct

The Appian Way — Rome's gateway to the East — is fun to explore on a rented bike. Tombs of ancient big shots lined the Appian Way like billboards. But of course, early Christians didn't have that kind of money. Further along the Appian Way is Rome's Aqueduct Park and a chance to see how the ancient city got its water. Without water Rome basically shriveled up.
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Ancient Salt Flats and Carthaginian Ruins in Sicily

The shallow lagoon surrounding the island of Mozia is ideal for extracting salt from the sea. And, for thousands of years, locals have labored in salt pools like these as part of this essential industry. Rick: So, Alfio, this is, like, a mountain of salt with tile to protect it from the wind. Alfio: The Carthaginians, when they came here, they established this salt flats in the eighth century BC. Rick: Now, the Carthaginians came about 800 years before Christ.
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And the Biggest Losers From Trump’s Pardon Sweepstakes Are…

The QAnon ShamanThe standout Capitol Hill rioter, whose real name is Jacob Chansley, reached out to Trump for a pardon through his lawyer last week. Trump’s decision not to pardon Giuliani looks like retribution for Giuliani’s bungling inability to secure Trump a second term, Michael Cohen, Trump’s estranged former private attorney, told VICE News. Trump’s legal team lost over 60 court decisions while pursuing phony claims of voter fraud. Lawyers for Exotic were so optimistic about a Trump pardon that they put a 38-foot long “Monster Ram Truck Limo” on standby to pick him up. And it wouldn’t have helped Trump where he needs it most.
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Anti-Capitalist Teens Are Sharing Shoplifting Tips on TikTok

Eighteen-year-old Lucy* started shoplifting around a year ago, when she wanted a necklace that she couldn’t afford. What started out as a way to share a glittery PowerPoint she made for a friend on how to shoplift is now part of what is known as “Borrowing TikTok”. But according to those involved, Borrowing TikTok is about more than just teaching people how to steal stuff. The borrowing community is mainly US-based – Lucy and Destiny are both Americans – with teens from wealthier countries like the UK and Australia joining in. For sociology lecturer Dan Mercea, what stands out about the TikTok community is their offline activity, in contrast to most online-only clicktivism.
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Anti-Masker Allegedly Threatened to Kidnap Kansas Mayor and Turn Him 'Into Fertilizer'

A man who allegedly threatened to kidnap the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, slash his throat, and turn him “into fertilizer” over the city’s mask mandate, has been arrested and charged by local authorities. The messages described an elaborate plot to abduct and kill the mayor, with Dowty allegedly asking the recipient to share Whipple’s address. The Wichita mask mandate, imposed July 3, is one of many in American cities that have sparked backlash. Earlier this month, the FBI foiled a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. The same way Dowty criticized Whipple, the men plotting to overthrow the Michigan government accused Whitmer of overstepping her power.
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Anti-Nazi Resistance in World War II

The Dutch Resistance Museum gives a glimpse of life under fascism. Propaganda movie clips tried to make Dutch Nazis look like winners. With this corset, stuffed with ration cards, a woman who looked pregnant helped feed both hidden Jews and resistance fighters. If resistance fighters weren't killed in battle, they faced dire consequences if captured. In this small town, deep in the heartland of France, late in World War II, fighters of the local resistance killed a Nazi soldier.
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Aphrodisias: Ancient Roman Grandeur in Turkey

Turkey fills the Anatolian Peninsula and Anatolia is peppered with remnants of civilizations long gone. While this site goes back much further, what we see today is ancient Roman — only about 2,000 years old. Here in the middle of Anatolia, you can find an incredible ancient stadium and it's all yours. Long before the Romans came, locals worshipped a mother goddess, who eventually morphed into the Roman goddess of fertility, Aphrodite. It was lined with fine reliefs recalling both Greek myths and the triumphs of Roman emperors.
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Armed Trumpers in MAGA Gear Threatened Michigan's Top Election Official at Her Home

Dozens of armed protesters in MAGA gear chanted “Stop the Steal!” outside Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s home on Saturday night — an escalation to the torrent of threats she and other state election officials have received since the election early last month. They targeted me in my role as Michigan’s Chief Election Officer,” Benson wrote in a statement on Sunday. But the scene that unfolded outside Benson’s home on Saturday was nothing new by the standards of 2020 — especially in Michigan. The feared violence on election day never materialized, but the deep divisions in the state made it ripe for misinformation and conspiracies about the outcome of the election to take hold. And week later, over 10,000 pro-Trump protesters flooded the streets of Washington, D.C., some of whom clashed violently with counterprotesters.
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As Italy Reopens, Tour Guides Plead for More Aid, and Tourists

ROME — A few dozen black-clothed tour guides and tour organizers twirled white umbrellas to the tune of “Singing in the Rain” outside the Pantheon, one of Rome’s greatest tourist attractions recently. The Pantheon, an ancient Roman temple, was among a wave of attractions across Italy that reopened this month after the coronavirus lockdown. In the days after some of the first lockdown restrictions were lifted, Italians relished the empty streets, rediscovering city monuments and museums that they would normally avoid because of long lines. But even as travel restrictions are lifted throughout Europe, reluctance to travel outside national borders remains high. Forecasts for the number of airplane reservations to Italy suggest drops of 95.2 percent in June, 82.4 percent in July and 76.4 percent in August, compared to the same periods last year, according to Italy’s national tourism agency, ENIT.
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Asian Americans Are Calling on Allies in Response to a Wave of Violence

In light of recent events, the Asian American community is continuing calls for action that began with the surge of anti-Asian violence last year. (In response, President Biden signed an executive order condemning anti-Asian racism shortly after his inauguration.) In their social media posts, Kim and Wu pointed to the history of anti-Asian violence in the US. “The skyrocketing number of hate crimes against Asian Americans continues to grow, despite our repeated pleas for help,” they wrote. The first case involving an Asian American victim to use the Civil Rights Act, “the Vincent Chin case forced Asian Americans into the civil rights discourse,” Roland Hwang, co-founder and former president of American Citizens for Justice, previously told NBC News.
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Asian Financial Hubs Hong Kong and Singapore Announce 'Travel Bubble'

Singapore and Hong Kong have announced a two-way "air travel bubble" that will allow passengers to skip quarantine after arriving, boosting hopes for Asian countries eager to restart international tourism after months of crippling coronavirus restrictions. Under the agreement, set to be launched as early as November, tourists from the two Asian financial hubs will have to test negative for the coronavirus. "Singapore and Hong Kong are regional aviation hubs and both governments have recognized that we successfully controlled [our] epidemics and incident rates remain low," transport minister Ong Ye Kung, who has frequently stressed the importance of travel, told local reporters Thursday. The first European travel bubble involving Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ended after new quarantine rules were announced, though it is still possible to move between many European countries as long as rules are observed. In almost all of Asia, however, only domestic tourism and work travel has resumed.
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Ask My Mom: How To Cook Your Favorites From Turkish Cuisine

180 Shares PinTurkish food is disproportionately represented by doner and other kebab varieties in the minds of many. Although it’s not immediately evident eating out around Istanbul’s bright Istiklal Caddesi, most dishes served in Turkish homes are vegetable-based. A lot of Turkish dishes that seem complex (stuffed grape leaves; zeytinyağlı dolma) or excessively time consuming (lentil balls; mercimek köftesi) have tricks she’ll teach you so they’re easier to prepare. You can eat around the world but often nothing we find on the road replaces our favorite meals we ate as children. Everything takes place in the comments below so don’t be shy, we look forward to hearing from you.
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Barr Declares NYC, Seattle, Portland 'Anarchist’ Cities and Threatens Funding Cuts

All three cities saw large, sustained protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May. “We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted when the safety of the citizenry hangs in the balance,” Barr said. In a press conference Monday, Bill de Blasio accused President Trump and his DOJ of playing politics. It's insulting to the people in New York City and his effort to withhold our funding is unconstitutional." New York City corporation counsel James Johnson added that the city is "preparing to and will be prepared to fight this in court."
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Battle of Culloden: The End of Scottish Dreams

Just beyond Loch Ness, I feel the real spirit of Scotland most deeply at Culloden, the site of the last major land battle fought on British soil. The last leader of this cause was Prince Charles Edward Stuart — fondly known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie." For a long time, Bonnie Prince Charlie confounded the English and their Protestant monarch. Slipping from valley to valley, hiding behind clever disguises and in sympathetic farmhouses, Charlie kept the Scottish dreams of his Jacobite followers alive. The Scottish clans gathered every possible warrior.
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Beat the Crowds: How to Avoid Long Lines in Europe

It’s more important than ever to be smart and strategic to avoid long lines. No matter where you travel, a few overarching strategies can help you avoid lines and minimize crowds. All of those sad, wretched people you see standing in long, long lines at major sights?
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Behind Her Eyes filming locations: where the Netflix thriller was filmed

A psychological thriller with more twists than Italy’s Stelvio Pass, Behind Her Eyes is Netflix’s latest lockdown-binge hit, with some incredible filming locations. When they move to London their paths cross with single mother Louise (Simona Brown) and secrets are made and uncovered. We see her walking along the seafront and then visiting a café, filmed at Cosiez on Upper St James's Street. Style & Culture Where was 'The Dig' filmed? Style & Culture Where is ‘Bridgerton’ filmed?
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Belmond Copacabana Palace review: Rio de Janeiro's most elegant hotel

Pool at Belmond Copacabana PalaceAdvertisementWhat are the eco-credentialsThe hotel runs entirely on renewable energy, sources food and flowers from sustainable suppliers, and also supports a number of local charities with fundraisers. Bedroom view at Belmond Copacabana PalaceRead next The 23 best hotels in the Maldives Places To Stay The 23 best hotels in the MaldivesWhat sort of person comes here? Suite at Belmond Copacabana PalaceAnything else? Address: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Avenida Atlȃntica 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBook your stayLike this? Now read:The best restaurants Rio de JaneiroThe best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in Rio de JaneiroWhy you should visit the Amazon right nowAdvertisementWhy you should visit the Amazon right now Inspiration Why you should visit the Amazon right nowRio Carnival: the lowdown
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Beloved Canadian Outdoor Co-Op MEC Announces Sale to Private Equity Firm

Inventory had been piling up and sales weren’t close to relieving the burden, with online retail kneecapping the Canadian outdoor giant. Their board revealed this week it unanimously approved a sale to Los Angeles-based Kingswood Capital Management. ADVERTISEMENTThe acquisition will allow MEC to continue using the name and the brand, Richardson has explained. 5 million people have signed on as MEC members, and paid $5 for one share in the company. The past decade, however, saw blow after blow begin to hobble the financial foundation of the brand.
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Berlin, Memorials, and Memories of Hitler

Berlin is dotted with memorials and reminders of its troubled 20th-century history. For a man with such megalomaniac ambitions, it’s striking how little survives of the world Hitler created. Check out this article to catch glimpses of memories of Hitler.
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Best Bikepacking Multi-Tools From the Folks Who Know Best

Best Bikepacking Multi-Tools From the Folks Who Know BestRecently, I rounded the corner on a lovely piece of single track, hub whirring, just as a light rain started to fall. He needed to replace a link, but didn’t have a mini chain breaker tool. A quick search for the most broadly useful bike multi-tools led to a lovely rundown from the folks at Bikepacking.com. There are some great options in here, vouched for by people who spend a huge amount of time way, way out there, often MacGyvering their way out of mechanical issues. Top Peak AlienTopeak Ratchet Rocket Lite NTX +Crankbrothers M19 Multi-Tool + CaseWolf Tooth 8-Bit Pack PliersMineral Mini BarThanks, Bikepacking.com– Justin Housman
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Best Hikes in Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Parks is best known for the epic Going to the Sun Road drive through the park. The drive gives you amazing views and pullouts, but if you want to see the best views in the park, you need to hop onto the trails.
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Best Campervan Rental in New Zealand: Everything You Need to Know

Without a doubt, the renting a campervan in New Zealand is the best way to travel around this country (or “hire a campervan” as the Kiwis would say). Choosing the best campervan can be tricky. And truthfully the best campervan company for us may not be the best for you. So let’s start by going over the factors you should consider before you start looking at companies. [“Katie and Ben, I already know what I’m looking for and just want to see the best campervan rental companies…” Great!
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Best-selling writer Jung Chang on the pull of her hometown

Instead I watched its lockdown on YouTube: a concrete network of mammoth streets, eerily empty, with no sign of life. When I think of her in Chengdu, instead of picturing her in the nondescript block of flats where she lives, I see us going for walks along the alleys outside. I love those that are grown only on the Chengdu plane and have flavours I can’t taste anywhere else. The vendors also sell spring blossoms in straw-tied twigs, usually still with traces of the gentle rain in the night. These alley-ways have been immortalised in classic poetry and survived modern times, and they are what the real Chengdu is for me.
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Bethlehem: Place of Jesus’ Birth and Dinner with Friends

No longer just the little town of Christmas-carol fame, Bethlehem is a leading Palestinian city. While beloved among Christians as the place where Jesus was born, it’s now a predominantly Muslim town. Nativity Square [Manger Square] marks the center of Bethlehem. Along with Christians, Muslims are also drawn to this holy site. For the Muslims, Jesus is their second important prophet.
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Biden Can Rollback Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks—But He Should Go Further

President-elect Joseph R. Biden has indicated that he’ll quickly roll back the rollbacks as soon as he’s inaugurated. When Obama established the monument, it was 600,000 acres smaller than the proposal, and the tribal role was reduced to an advisory one. Trump slashed the monument by 85% and rammed through a shoddy management plan for what remained, further diminishing the tribal role. Biden should restore the monument, giving the tribal nations an equal role in determining new boundaries and creating a strong management plan. With Trump now taking a similar stance, Biden may be forced to drag two people out of office come January.
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Biden’s Pick for Secretary of State Has a Band, So We Reviewed His Music

President-elect Joe Biden has been teasing his cabinet picks lately like he's a mid-tier indie rock band beginning a press campaign for a new album. Jokes aside, Blinken has been a longtime presence at the State Department, beginning his career there under the Clinton Administration and serving as Deputy Secretary of State under Barack Obama. On Twitter, Tony Blinken linked to his songs, writing in 2018, "For those who like wonk rock check out and follow ABlinken on Spotify. This raised several questions: first, what's "wonk rock"? But as far as this definition of "wonk rock" goes, it's less derivative than Joe Scarborough's music and much better dressed than Mike Huckabee's band.
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Biggest Gravel Event Around, Dirty Kanza, Rebranded as ‘Unbound’

Biggest Gravel Event Around, Dirty Kanza, Rebranded as ‘Unbound’Dirty Kanza, The Dirty, DK, it went by a few names, but it was, or is, the biggest gravel racing event in the land. Founded in 2006, the race bounds over short, flowing hills in Kansas (yes, they exist) and attracts riders from around the world. The company that owns the race, Life Time, bought it last year. After Cummins was dismissed, a clamor arose among riders and activists that the name Dirty Kanza ought to be changed. Unbound Gravel is the new name.
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Bikepacking (and Backpacking) Is Running Away from Home for Grown-Ups

Running away from home for a Tuesday night. And living out of a van or station wagon helps keep that dream alive a bit longer-but I see now, maybe not as much as a good backpacking or bikepacking trip. They’re a symbol of freedom, but you still have to drive them through traffic to get where you’re going. More bike packing goodness• Here’s our look at the best bikepacking sheltersADVERTISEMENT• Want to get into bikepacking? • We’re big fans of Ortlieb’s bikepacking gear, if you’re in the huntPhoto: Patrick Hendry
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Best Travel Camera: How to Choose in 2021

At a basic level, a DSLR is a camera body with a lens attached—just like a mirrorless camera. We’ve used all Canon lenses as an example. DSLR camera bodies range from entry-level camera bodies to professional level. The images are sharp and I love the perspective.”—Frances Beatty, Professional Wedding PhotographerIf you’re sporting a Nikon camera, consider the D lenses. Kelly Moore The Kate Canvas Camera Bag Kelly Moore makes camera purses and bags that don’t look like your average camera bag.
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Bizarre Monolith Discovered in Remote Utah, No Bones or Apes in Sight

Bizarre Monolith Discovered in Remote Utah, No Bones or Apes in SightSomething strange is going on in remote southern Utah. Last week, wildlife officials were out flying over the desert in a helicopter, counting bighorn sheep, when something out of this world appeared among the red rock. Shiny, clearly unnatural, straight and uniform, not things made in nature. There, standing straight from the ground, was a 10-foot monolith. “That’s been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”
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Black Bean Soup with Fried Tortilla Strips

There are two ways to go about this recipe depending on what kind of trip you’re planning on. If you’re on a shorter trip or one where weight isn’t an issue, you can opt for refried black beans as the base of the soup. Using refried black beans gives it a nice, creamy consistency. If, however, every bit of extra weight counts, dehydrated black bean flakes will do the trick. When you make this recipe, you can add or decrease the amount of water depending on what consistency of soup you want.
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Black Friday in Tuscany

Fortunately, “Black Friday” in Tuscany is pure pleasure. Work crews setting up the town Christmas decorations, and the golden-stone lanes are sparking. Let's a take closer look into the Tuscany Black Friday.
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'Bot Battle' Shows What Happens When Two AI Programs Go On a Date

What happens when two AI programs go on a date? AI company Pandorabots, Inc. and Facebook AI have gone head-to-head in a “Bot Battle” for the ages. Streamed on Twitch, the two programs interacted with each other for three weeks straight. Pandorabot’s Kuki, a female embodied agent sporting a neon bob haircut, won in a landslide victory picking up 78 percent of the vote. Kunze said she wishes that people would instead focus on the technology and AI’s potential in avatar tech moving forward.
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Breac House, Donegal review: An Irish bungalow turned B&B

Breac House is set on a slope of the dramatic Horn Head peninsula and has far-reaching views of the wind-combed landscape, Dunfanaghy village, Sheephaven Bay and cloud-snagged Muckish mountain. Read next The county with some of the best beaches in Ireland Destinations The county with some of the best beaches in IrelandSleepThe trio of bedrooms is restrained, with white walls, wooden floors and private terraces. Views from Breac.House, IrelandRead next The best Airbnbs in the Lake District Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in the Lake DistrictWho comes here? Horn Head is also on the scenic, 1,553-mile Wild Atlantic Way. Address: Breac House, Horn Head, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, F92YC56Price: Doubles from about £265 per night (two nights minimum)Book your stayRead next The best Airbnbs in Wales Places To Stay The best Airbnbs in WalesLike this?
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Brenner Pass, Tolls, Castles, and Trade

The Brenner Pass has been the easiest way over the Alps since ancient Roman times. Today, the Brenner Pass is easier than ever to cross, as drivers arc gracefully along one of the engineering wonders of Europe. Empires from Roman times to World War II understood the strategic value of [the] Brenner Pass. From the looks of the sumptuous green room, medieval life for the nobility was pretty comfortable. Two castles like these, strategically straddling the valley, could control much of the trade passing between Germany and Italy.
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Bridal Veil Falls Trail [CLOSED]

This trail is reported closed for rehabilitation: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm A great, quick paved trail for the whole family. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607-foot, double cataract waterfall. The last portion up to the falls is more difficult with wet and loose rocks. There used to be a tram located near the trailhead that took people up to a restaurant located on the cliffs above the falls. The trail may be slippery or muddy by the falls.
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Bring On the Emissions-Free Overlanders, Like The New Mercedes EQC 4x4 EV

Bring On the Emissions-Free Overlanders, Like The New Mercedes EQC 4×4 EVFor the 2021 model year, Mercedes has introduced the all-electric EQC, an SUV with all-wheel-drive and roughly a 200-mile range. It’s luxurious and expensive and very much a Mercedes. But what’s attracted our attention is the off-road version of the EQC, the 4×4². It’s basically the EQC, just with twice the ground clearance, off-road designed axles, computerized off-road driving modes, an electronic limited slip differential, and of course big meaty tires and suspension. It really does feel like we’re on the precipice of emissions-free off-road capable vehicles.
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Bruges: Gourmet Chocolate, a Carillon, and Holy Blood

By the 14th century, Bruges’ population was 40,000, as large as London’s. Clerk: We have special ones like Cuban tobacco, or Saffron curry, or ginger. Rick: Cuban tobacco? Rick: Cuban tobacco leaves? 15th century Bruges was a thriving bastion of capitalism and this building served as a model for town halls elsewhere, including Brussels.
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Brussels: Food, Art, and the EU

Le Grand Place — Europe’s grandest square — is just a short walk from the train station. As a matter of pride, Brussels businessmen rebuilt their offices better than ever — all within about seven years. For higher art, I like Brussels two greatest art galleries: The side-by-side Ancient and Modern Art Museums. The attached Museum of Modern Art gives an easy-to-enjoy ramble through the art of the 19th and 20th centuries: from neoclassical to surrealism and beyond. And some of Brussels’ top art is edible.
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Bush Pilot Don Sheldon Was a Definitive Badass

In 1950, bush pilot Don Sheldon and his friend Frank Moennikes tried to take off from a lake in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains with Sheldon’s Aeronca Sedan floatplane packed full of moose meat. To avoid crashing into the wall, Sheldon spun the plane around, and the engine stalled. He learned to fly planes in Alaska and after Pearl Harbor was accepted into the military’s Civilian Pilot Training program. From the 1940s to the early 1970s, Sheldon was the man when it came to flying in the Alaska Range. In 1959, Sheldon received the U.S. Air Force’s Exceptional Service Award for his role in numerous rescues in the Alaska Range.
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Budapest, Established a Thousand Years Ago

Hungary, landlocked deep in central Europe and formerly part of the Warsaw Pact, is now part of the European Union. Start with those first Magyar settlers, mix in Germans, Slavs, Jews, Gypsies, spice with a dash of Turkish paprika…and simmer for a few centuries in its famous thermal baths. The last half of the 1800s was boom time for Budapest — its cafes were packed as was its opera house. Budapest is hot — literally. After 2000 years of experience and innovation, locals have honed the art of enjoying their thermal hot springs.
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Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Filled with Art of the Pharoahs

A visit to Cairo's Egyptian Museum helps bring the country's many ancient sights to life. Along with the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, this museum shows off the best collection of ancient Egyptian art anywhere. This ancient art is so well-preserved because most of it was hidden away for 4,000 years, dark and dry, in tombs. A remarkable thing about ancient Egyptian art and society as a whole was its stability. Akhenaten replaced all the gods of the Egyptian pantheon with one all-powerful being, the sun god, whom he called "Aten."
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Cairo's Upper-Class District, Dining with Egyptian Friends

Rick: So how do you say — in France, you would say, "bon appétit" —Heba: Bon appétit, yeah. This is moussaka; this the stuffed vine leaves…Rick: Stuffed vine leaves…Heba: OK, and this is okra with tomato sauce…Rick: Okra! Heba: …very delicious, and this is Egyptian beef with onion sauce, and this is of course, rice, and this is, then, rokak…Rick: Rokak. Rick: I was going to say, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and tzatziki — a Greek would say, "that's my food" — but it's Egyptian also? Heba: Yes — American ones.
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Calls Mount to Recall Popular Avalanche Beacon After Possible Malfunctions

She knew that Black Diamond would be required to keep it on file, and she said she said she tried to find some solace in that. Black Diamond says they worked with UPS for a month to locate it, but its whereabouts are still a mystery. They collected a handful of DSP Sport and DSP Pro beacons that demonstrated potential for switch malfunction and sent them in for testing. Calls for Pieps and Black Diamond to initiate a more aggressive response—the word recall is frequently used on social media—have only snowballed from there. Black Diamond and Pieps spokesperson John DiCuollo said their goal right now is to restore customer and retailer confidence.
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Camper Fined $53k For Starting Grand Canyon NP Fire With Burning Toilet Paper

Camper Fined $53k For Starting Grand Canyon NP Fire With Burning Toilet PaperInadvertent backcountry fires are just as dangerous, costly, and frustrating as intentional fires lit by arsonists. A camper in Grand Canyon National Park recently learned that the hard—and expensive—way. Wind kicked up the flames of the burning TP and immediately ignited the hillside, with a small blaze racing to gain fuel. The toilet paper burner entered a guilty plea this week, nearly one year after the blaze. How much of that is from burning TP is another question entirely.
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Can I Get My Boyfriend to Make Me Work Out?

Now you are going to calibrate what you try to with them, based on that, if you are compatible on this spectrum. Do you have a question about working out, eating, your health, or why you shouldn't be afraid of lifting heavy weights? Here are some at-home workout things you could egg each other on about doing. Same as above, I would just make the workout a little harder or less like things they’ve done before. Try a squat-thrust chicken fight, where you both crouch down and try to get the other person to fall over first by swatting at them.
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Can these farmers save the planet?

Soil conservation and regeneration is the headline benefit of this agroecological approach – and arguably one of the greatest needs of the planet. Grazing also enhances the microbiology of the soil thanks to the animals’ enzyme-rich saliva, and their tread turns the topsoil. Better soil drains more effectively and stores more water, depending on the season, with minimal human manipulation. And it leaves a better taste in your mouth knowing you're eating ingredients that hail from a positive-impact system which is better for people and planet. The Biggest Little Farm is a sweet documentary about a couple who leave LA to farm the land using traditional, eco-friendly methods (watch trailer).
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Can You Go on Erasmus During the Pandemic?

I decided to do Erasmus in Greece, because I love the country and I speak the language – I am half-Greek. When I was planning it in the spring, Greece had prevented the spread of the virus pretty well. I have been trying to keep myself busy: doing my online lessons, exercising and going for walks in the park nearby. But if I hadn’t built online relationships with other Greek and Erasmus students, I would probably forget I’m even on an exchange programme. I was lucky to start this before the lockdown, but an entire semester of Erasmus in the world as it is right now would defy its fundamental goal, which is to discover another country and learn its culture.
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Can a Vaccine for Covid-19 Be Developed in Record Time?

And yet the oft-cited target for creating a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is 12 months, 18 at the outside. Peggy Hamburg: So with Covid-19, we are moving at record speed, in terms of the history of vaccine development. But what is the track record so far of a real human vaccine for a real human disease using these genetic techniques? Several vaccines are also in clinical trials in China, including Sinovac’s inactivated-virus vaccine and another vaccine based on a human common-cold virus. For rapid deployment of a vaccine after clinical efficacy is shown, large-scale manufacturing of multiple vaccine candidates has to begin before there is demonstration of vaccine efficacy.
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Can You Get Covid-19 on an Airplane? Yeah, Probably

The airplane cabin turned into the classic indoor, crowded, low-ventilation space you really want to avoid if you don’t want to pick up a respiratory virus like the flu—or, more relevantly today, Covid-19. If everyone’s wearing a mask and the ventilation is blowing, it is indeed difficult to get Covid-19 when you fly. Most scientists and health care workers now agree that the virus that causes Covid-19 can travel through the air, borne aloft in teeny globs of snot. Masks can stop some of them, though probably not all—but hey, nobody really knows how many you have to inhale to get sick, either. In a plane where everything’s working up to spec, the whole cabin gets an air change every two to three minutes.
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Canada Could Have COVID-19 Vaccine Before Christmas, Justin Trudeau Says

Canadians will start getting vaccines against the deadly novel coronavirus next week, pending Health Canada approval, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday. Photo by David Kawai/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesCanada will get up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this month, pending Health Canada approval, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday. The encouraging new Pfizer vaccine timeline will allow provinces to provide vaccines sooner than expected, potentially before Christmas. Pfizer doses will continue to arrive throughout 2021, with Canada expecting between 20 and 76 million. Health Canada and Pfizer are currently working with provinces and territories to finalize preparations for the first 14 inoculation sites across Canada.
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Carcassonne, Cathars, and the Inquisition in Southern France

The fortress city of Carcassonne is a 13th century world of towers, turrets, and cobblestone alleys. This became a center of the Cathars — a heretical group of Christians who thrived around here from the 11th through the 13th centuries. As France was working to consolidate its central power, it clamped down on feisty regions like this… especially if they were sympathetic to heretical groups like the Cathars. When driven out of Carcassonne, many Cathars hid in the nearby castles of Lastours. Back in Paris, the king wanted to tighten his grip on southern France.
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Celeb-Endorsed Cha Cha Matcha Chain Under Fire for Allegations of Problematic Workplace Behavior

“Black Lives Matter is a people’s movement,” according to an NYC-based former manager who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal from Cha Cha Matcha’s owners. Sandelman and Morton, 27 and 28, debuted the first location of Cha Cha Matcha on Soho’s Broome Street in 2016. Cha Cha Matcha is not the first company to be accused of emphasizing applicants’ physical appearances during hiring processes. At Cha Cha Matcha, the company’s alleged obsession with image to the detriment of employee well-being went beyond staffing, though. Under the new program, participants in the loyalty program could still receive free drinks and food from Cha Cha Matcha stores, but limits were placed on the sizes of their orders.
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Chamonix, Mont Blanc, and the Aiguille du Midi

From Lyon, we drive east into the Alps — into a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest peak. Statues celebrate famous mountaineers with their sights set on Mont Blanc. Within minutes, the powerful cable car sweeps us up 10,000 vertical feet from Chamonix to a pinnacle called the Aiguille du Midi. At nearly 16,000 feet, Mont Blanc is the top of Europe. And you can look down on the classic hundred-mile trail that circles Mont Blanc — part of which we'll be hiking later.
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Chamonix's Shrinking Glacier, the Mer de Glace

One of the first, this two-car cogwheel train — inaugurated in 1909 — transported turn-of-the-century visitors to the edge of the Mer de Glace glacier. The Mer de Glace is France's largest glacier — four miles long. In the 1600s, the glacier extended much farther downhill — actually threatening to block off the valley. For me, this shrinking glacier is one of the most poignant. When I first came here, back in the '80s, the Mer de Glace was hundreds of feet higher than it is today.
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Chewton Glen, Hampshire hotel review

There is something forever cozy, comforting and rooted about Chewton Glen, a British hotel that feels no pressure to be anything other than that. Check out this excellent review to plan your next stay!
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Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes with Apricot and Fig Compote

We all know everyone is in it for the sweet taste of maple syrup. But how many of you are lugging bottles of maple syrup with you on trips? But let’s get back to the discussion of maple syrup. Why is maple syrup so good? While you might not carry maple syrup on the trail, I bet you carry some dried fruit, and in that case, you can make something that’s on par with maple syrup: fruit compote.
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Christmas markets in London: the best to visit in 2020

It’s officially Christmas market season. As with all open markets, social distancing will be in place, with pre-booking required for closed-space events. PEXMASSpread over two weekends in Peckham’s creative Copeland Park, Pexmas (an amalgamation of ‘Peckham’ and ‘Xmas’) is set to open its doors mid December, with social distancing in place to keep crowds safe. During the week, the space will become Pexmas Emporium, hosting a handful of boutique shops selling stocking fillers – and a glass of mulled wine, to boot. Tickets are required, as visitors will be given timed slots to control the flow of traffic and ensure you’re given enough time to browse and buy.
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Church of San Miniato in Florence

While most of Florence’s attractions cluster together in the old center, a short bus ride takes us to a much-loved medieval church. Set on a hill overlooking the city, it makes it clear there’s more to Florence than Renaissance treasures. For a thousand years, the Church of San Miniato — still part of a functioning Benedictine monastery — has blessed the city that lies at the foot of its hill. The church predates the Renaissance by several centuries. And the eagle on top, with bags of wool in his talons, reminds all who approach the church who paid for it — the wool guild.
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Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny

Mid-way between Rouen and Paris — about an hour’s drive away — is Giverny. Claude Monet, the father of the Impressionist movement, spent his last 40 years here finding inspiration in these gardens. The colors of his cottage garden are like his brushstrokes — they seem untamed and slap-dash, but are part of a carefully composed mosaic. Museums in Paris bloom with Monet’s garden paintings. The true subject is not really the lilies, but the changing reflections on the surface of the pond.
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Climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay on protecting The Himalayas

The son of the first person to summit Everest alongside Edmund Hillary, climber Jamling Tenzing Norgay now leads the effort to clean up the peaks with Swiss fashion house Bally. Jamling Tenzing NorgayWhat is your earliest memory of the mountains? ‘I was eight years old when I followed my father, Tenzing Norgay, on one of his many journeys into the Himalayas. We continue to work together in the Himalayas as part of the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation and my father’s namesake charity, the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Foundation, through which the label sponsors community-led clean-ups and educational programmes. I am dedicated to sharing my time and understanding about the Himalayan environment with those who live on the shoulders of these great summits.’Jamling Tenzing Norgay is a spokesperson for the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation.
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College Students Are Pissed They Wasted Money on a COVID Semester From Hell

As the fall winds down, undergraduate and graduate students told VICE the past few months were in no way as valuable as a traditional, in-person semester. A lack of interaction with professors and other students, distracting remote work environments, and Zoom fatigue all greatly diminished their ability to learn, making this whole semester feel like a several-thousand-dollar wash. Kara’s semester was a mix of Zoom classes and occasional in-person lectures and projects. He moved back to DePaul for the semester even though his classes are entirely online, and only set foot on campus twice. “When you have students looking at 25 other students, they pick up on stuff.
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Colonial Statues Had a Pretty Bad Thanksgiving

A sign hangs from the statue of George Washington in Union Square, New York, during a rally in June in response to the killing of George Floyd. In Portland, a war memorial in the city’s Lone Fir Cemetery dedicated in 1903 to veterans of the Mexican-American War was vandalized and a statue torn down the night before Thanksgiving, according to KOIN. Class C felonies in Oregon carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and up to $125,000 in fines. A statue of former President George Washington in Minneapolis was toppled and splashed with red and yellow paint on Thursday, according to left-wing journalism and activist collective Unicorn Riot. In downtown Spokane, Washington, a statue of former President Abraham Lincoln was splashed with red paint.
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Comporta: Portugal's best secret beach spot

AdvertisementHerdade da Comporta in PortugalThe name Comporta, roughly translated, means a gate that holds back water, a lock. Regulars will tell you that the best way to experience Comporta is to rent a house. The Herdade da Comporta has rigorous planning restrictions on what can and can't be built within its jurisdiction. Then there's the Beach Villa (from £2,660 per week), all slatted wood and smooth stone, a curving deck and panoramic rooftop pool. At Praia da Comporta, Comporta Café and Restaurante Ilha do Arroz stand guard.
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Confronting the ‘Failure’ of Miscarriage as a Trans Man

A column about being a pregnant trans dad, and all the prejudices, healthcare challenges, personal dilemmas, and joys that come with making a family in 2021. On New Year’s Eve, I drove for two hours for a blood test to check HCG levels. We took cold walks together and shared warming meals, helping time pass quicker until a second blood test. You need two for comparison and hopefully, a conclusive answer; HCG rising = still pregnant, HCG falling = miscarriage. On the morning of the second blood test, the bleeding was heavier.
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Considering Gratitude

It’s about, well, like the title says, Gratitude. Mike was going to Iceland in February, so he’s a little more motivated to swing tools into some ice. I did an 11-day backpacking trip across the Sangre De Cristo mountains with my friend Jim Harris in September 2013. Another trip in a year of big things. He’s no doubt going to miss that big adventure in Patagonia and a season of backcountry skiing in the Wasatch.
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Consumer Online Profile And Opt-Out

MANAGE YOUR ONLINE PROFILE WITH USAlmost every major Web publisher, advertiser and ad network uses cookies and similar tracking technologies to collect data to optimize advertising effectiveness. DisplayYou can opt-out of receiving ads that are personalized by our clients using our technology by using the opt-out tool below. The opt-out operates by placing a cookie on your device that is unique to the browser and device you use to opt-out. You also can set your browser to notify you when a cookie is being set and to block most cookies, including ours. a smart TV or a set top box) may give you the ability to opt-out of the use of information for advertising purposes.
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Coronavirus ‘corridor trains’ running nonstop to avoid international infection

While Europe reopens its frontiers, some trains have been running without stopping through foreign territory because of fears about infection. As a result, the trains were required to run nonstop on a 14-hour journey through European Union territory. They have now temporarily stopped altogether because Belarus, which they also passed through, has blocked the trains from its international lines. Other “corridor trains” remain in active service across Europe. The Europe by Rail team also point out that the UK is the starting point for one of the oddest “corridor trains”.
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Coronavirus travel advice: from insurance to airlines

Does travel insurance cover coronavirus cancellations? The key value of travel insurance is the medical cover it offers while you are travelling. What should I look for in a travel insurance policy now? Which travel insurance policy should I buy? Now read:UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsCovid tests for travel: everything you need to knowAdvertisementCovid tests for travel: everything you need to know Inspiration Covid tests for travel: everything you need to knowAre UK hotels open?
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Could This Actually Be the Year Democrats Take Texas?

“Democrats are indeed increasingly competitive in a broader swath of Texas,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. Meanwhile, the high voter turnout has been a statewide phenomenon, including in many of the red districts that have long kept the state solid Republican. Jim Riddlesperger, a professor of political science at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, has previously predicted that Texas would go blue in 2024, and he still thinks that’s right. The big question is, How many voters are left out there?”This wouldn’t be the first time Democrats got their hopes up about taking Texas only to end up sorely disappointed. And regardless of what happens this year, it’s good news for Democrats into the future.
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COVID Test Lines Sure Are Long This Week

The lines at COVID testing sites all across the country are extremely long right now. There’s now even an entire Twitter account dedicated to monitoring the daunting lines outside of the chain of CityMD urgent care locations. Even in cases where everyone at a Thanksgiving table has been recently tested, a test shows only a snapshot of a specific moment in time. A negative test on the Monday before Thanksgiving, in other words, doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a person can’t become contagious and/or symptomatic by Thursday. The lines forming from coast to coast suggest plenty of people are not making that choice, despite finger-wagging from elected officials.
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Covid tests for travel: everything you need to know

In Ireland, for example, failure to produce a negative test result taken within the previous 72 hours could lead to a fine or even imprisonment. (Even with a negative result, travellers to Ireland still have to self-isolate for 14 days.) Covid tests for travel are not available on the NHS and must be arranged privately. Ireland Getty ImagesRead next Coronavirus travel advice: from insurance to airlines Inspiration Coronavirus travel advice: from insurance to airlinesWhere else can I get a PCR test? UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsAre UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
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15 Things to Do in Monterey CA + Giveaway

If you’ve been following along, you already know that Monterey is one of our favorite areas in California. Today, we’re partnering with See Monterey to share the best things to do in Monterey and give away a family package for 4 (more info at bottom of post).
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D-Day Landings in WWII Normandy

During the D-Day invasion, American troops and their allied partners courageously assaulted the German-occupied cliffs using grappling hooks and ladders. The small town of Arromanches was ground zero for the D-Day invasion. Officially named the Memorial for Peace, it puts the Battle of Normandy in a broader context. You start with a downward spiral stroll, tracing (almost psychoanalyzing) the path Europe followed from the end of World War I to the rise of fascism and into World War II. You’ll get a thorough look at how World War II was fought — from individual weapons to floating airports to the two-ton V-I — the unmanned predecessor of today’s smart bombs — to the D-Day landings.
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Daily Dose of Europe: Appreciating Milano

Even though we’re not visiting Europe right now, I believe a daily dose of travel dreaming can be good medicine. My new book is called “For the Love of Europe” — and this story is just one of its 100 travel tales. By the time the Renaissance hit, Leonardo had moved here and the city was called “the New Athens.”Milan’s cathedral, the city’s centerpiece, is the third-largest church in Europe. This story appears in my newest book, For the Love of Europe — collecting 100 of my favorite memories from a lifetime of European travel. You can also find a clip related to this story at Rick Steves Classroom Europe; just search for Milan.
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Daily Dose of Europe: El Greco’s “Burial of Count Orgaz”

We’re standing before El Greco’s most beloved painting, which couples heaven and earth in a way only “The Greek” could. This 15-foot-tall masterpiece, painted at the height of El Greco’s powers, is the culmination of his unique style. El Greco considered this to be one of his greatest works. On the handkerchief in the boy’s pocket is El Greco’s signature, written in Greek. Looking directly out at the viewer is the painter, El Greco himself.
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Dartmoor: Wild Ponies, Strange Geology, and Prehistoric Megaliths

Perched on the edge of the moor, the tiny town of Chagford is an easy home base for exploring Dartmoor. One of England’s most popular national parks, Dartmoor is one of the few truly wild places left in this densely populated country. England’s moors are vast medieval commons — rare places where all can pass, anyone can graze their livestock, and — in the case of Dartmoor — ponies run wild. The iconic ponies of Dartmoor run wild. Living in the harsh conditions of the moor, these ponies are a hearty breed, known for their stamina.
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David Fincher Is Making a TV Show About 'Cancel Culture'

David Fincher, the American director best known for dark psychological thrillers like Se7en, The Social Network and Fight Club, is turning his attention to a new monster haunting the American imagination: “cancel culture”. Cancel culture has been the subject of fierce debate over the last half decade. Is cancel culture a comedian finding it harder to book gigs after being accused of sexual harassment? However, it seems unlikely that David Fincher will be making a prestige drama about the Tumblr call-out scene. It’s a troubling idea.
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Delicious, Filling, and Easy: Spicy Red Lentil Dal

Red lentils are a versatile ingredient when it comes to savory camp meals. If you’re on a shorter trip and can carry fresh ingredients like leafy greens (perhaps a little kale or chard? ), those will work great in here as well, just shred and toss them in a few minutes before the lentils are finished cooking. When it comes to quantities, no matter how much you are cooking, you want about a 1:3 red lentil to water ratio. Depending on your preference on levels of spiciness, gauge how much or how little to use.
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Dick Cage Maker Says IoT Chastity Belt Is Safe After New Penetration Test

The vulnerabilities were found last year by the security firm Pen Test Partners, which specializes in finding bugs in Internet of Things devices. The distributor says it contracted with a third party to do an additional penetration test of the cock cage's app. "The security issue reported by Pen Test Partners was in the QIUI app, not the CELLMATE chastity device. To support this claim, Jansen referred to a third-party security assessment (called a penetration test) which they showed Pen Test Partners. Jansen declined to share the third party pen test.
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Dingle, a Gaeltacht in Southwest Ireland

The dramatic Connor Pass leads to the scenic southwest tip of Ireland, Dingle Peninsula. Dingle Peninsula offers an ideal mix of far-and-away beauty, archaeological wonders, and desolate walks or bike rides — all within convenient reach of its main town. [Irish lesson]And here, Irish songs are sung in Irish. [Irish song]And old churches do double duty as concert halls where those enthusiastic about traditional music share their art. Although a popular tourist destination, Dingle still has a relaxed feel.
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Distillery Row Portland Tour with PDX Pedicab includes Portland Distillery Passport

PDX Pedicab: The Best Way to See Distillery RowIn our opinion, PDX Pedicab is the best way to experience Distillery Row. With the Pedicab Tour, you don’t have to worry about finding each location or how you’ll get from one place to the next. The Passport also has profiles of each distillery, tasting notes, maps, and touring info. You only receive a $5 gift card good towards a bottle purchase, rather than the $10 you get with the Pedicab tour. Have you done a distillery tasting or tour before?
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DIY ‘Needle-Free’ Lip Fillers Are Still Injections—And Still Dangerous

She said she spent time Googling the device and eventually decided to take the plunge and try the hyaluron pen for herself. According to the American Med Spa Association, some companies seem to have picked up on the cottage industry of administering these injectables, and offer hyaluron pen training courses for people looking to start their own hyaluron pen business—appealing, given the low price of the pen itself. She has since stopped using the hyaluron pen, but “[I] do credit it as an important stepping stone in my learning process,” she said. “I have seen several doctors, who I respect, express concerns regarding the hyaluron pen,” Snook said. That kind of distinction, though, would likely be lost on someone who came across the hyaluron pen in a 15-second clip and used that snippet to inform their choices.
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Do Chicken Sexers Still Exist and Why?

But as he begins his first growing season, he and his wife Monica (Yeri Han) spend their days at a local hatchery, working as chicken sexers. And it mirrors Chung’s own experiences: Like the Yi family, Chung grew up in Arkansas, where his father did chicken sexing for 19 years while also establishing a farm that grew Korean medicinal herbs. A chicken sexer, however, can tell the difference between “the nearly identical genitalia of male and female hatchlings and, in an instant, makes the call,” McWilliams explains. And with fewer young people interested in the job, Japan had just a “few hundred” chicken sexers in 2010, as opposed to over 1,000 chicken sexers in previous decades. In 2015, CNBC reported that in the U.K., chicken sexing had become a “$60K a year job nobody wants,” with only 100 to 150 chicken sexers in the entire country.
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Do Epic Shit Metal Wall Art / Housewarming Gift / Home Decor

DescriptionDo Epic Shit metal wall art is a fun piece for anyone and any room! Material:Crafted from aluminum composite panels that are 3mm thick. Aluminum composite art makes for the the ultimate in durability and aesthetics. This material has a brushed silver finish and is composed of two sheets of aluminum with a reinforced recycled plastic core. This recycled core improves the durability and longevity of your sign, making it much stronger than a standard aluminum sheet.
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Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90s

Dodge Came So Close To Kickstarting American Off-Road Van Market in the ’90sLegendary minivan designer creates fabulous off-road version of venerable family hauler, only to have the idea torpedoed by jealous Jeep dealers. That’s it, that’s the pitch. A frustrating story for the ages, if you like vans and off-road travel. But when Jeep dealers got wind, they feared people would rush to the vastly more practical Caravan and Jeep sales would plummet. They were probably right, but they deprived us of a brave new world of outdoor-ified production vans long long before #vanlife, or hashtags, or social media, were on anybody’s mind.
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D’oh! A Deer: Taking Two “Sound of Music” Tours Back-to-Back

The thing is, I only have to deal with the Von Trapp clan twice a year — and at that rate, they’re harmless and quaint. But if you’re a tour guide in Salzburg, you have no choice: The Sound of Music is your entire life. Our Rick Steves guidebook recommends two Salzburg-based Sound of Music tours: one with a big bus, and the other with a minibus. And it’s only one-third of the movie Von Trapp family house. But even so, people gobble up the stories of the youngest Von Trapp falling out the wrong side of the canoe and being rescued by Liesl.
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Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Travel can increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. If You Decide to TravelTravel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Check CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination before planning your trip. Some travel activities, like the transportation you choose and where you stay, can increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
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Dominion Voting Systems Is Suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 Billion

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion, claiming Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer carried out a “viral disinformation campaign” against the company by spreading lies on, Twitter, Fox News, and his podcast. Giuliani led Trump’s effort to get the November election result overturned, and increasingly embraced baseless conspiracy theories in order to do so. Central to his effort were numerous conspiracy theories about Dominion and its employees—rumors that first emerged from the QAnon fever swamp before being embraced by Trump and his team. In late December, Dominion sent Giuliani a letter warning that the company was keeping a record of all statements by the former New York City mayor. But Giuliani ignored the warning, and continued to disparage the company.
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Down a Bumpy Road Toward the Light

We’re piecing it together for now, for the love of climbing and the freedom of the road, but it comes with sacrifices. Yet there’s a freshness about life on the road, one that I worry I’ll miss in more stable chapters of my future life. So for now, I’m on the road, returning to the Black Canyon with Whitney and her Subaru following behind. ?The stopper hanging from my rearview mirror bats against the glass and I head down the bumpy road, towards the light. Down a bumpy road, towards the light.
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E.U. Formalizes Reopening, Barring Travelers From U.S.

BRUSSELS — The European Union will open its borders to visitors from 15 countries as of Wednesday, but not to travelers from the United States, Brazil or Russia, putting into effect a complex policy that has sought to balance health concerns with politics, diplomacy and the desperate need for tourism revenue. The list of nations that European Union countries have approved includes Australia, Canada and New Zealand, while travelers from China will be permitted if China reciprocates. The plan was drawn up based on health criteria, and European Union officials went to great lengths to appear apolitical in their choices, but the decision to leave the United States off the list — lumping travelers from there in with those from Brazil and Russia — was a high-profile rebuke of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Travelers’ country of residence, not their nationality, will be the determining factor for their ability to travel to countries in the European Union, officials said, and while the policy will not be legally binding, all 27 member nations will be under pressure to comply. If not, they risk having their European peers close borders within the bloc, which would set back efforts to restart the free travel-and-trade zone that is fundamental to the club’s economic survival.
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Eco-Friendly Travel Gear Packing List

Imagine gazing at a beautiful valley while sipping coffee and reading a book. Sounds amazing right? Check out this eco-friendly travel gear packing list which can help get your next trip sorted.
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Eco-Conscious Off-Roaders, the New Toyota RAV4 Prime Is for You

The brand new Toyota RAV4 Prime, a plug-in hybrid version of the already pretty solid RAV4. The RAV4 Prime, however, is capable of 42 miles on EV power alone, with 98 mpge when driving in hybrid mode. And for those who simply must have unnecessarily capable off-roaders, there are rumors that a TRD Pro RAV4 Prime is in development. Now, the RAV4 Prime isn’t cheap, of course, but it’s manageable. All of which knocks the roughly $40k hit to the wallet for the RAV4 Prime to a far more palatable $30k.
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Eco Friendly Travel Products for Responsible Travelers

"Sustainable travel" has become a buzzword in recent years, and we think it’s wonderful that people want to learn more about traveling responsibly. That said, sustainable travel isn’t just a trend that we should use in a hashtag and forget about. Because as we’ve learned, it's much easier to make good choices and minimize your footprint when you’re prepared with the right gear. Our favorite eco products for travelWithout further adieu, let’s dive into some of our very favorite eco products that we always carry with us! Check out this list of eco-friendly products!
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Ed Abbey, the Desert Rat, Would be 94 Today—We Raise a Glass

A high school friend had suggested Abbey one afternoon while we wrenched on his old ’72 Bronco, drinking Rainiers pilfered from his dad’s workshop fridge. I wouldn’t want to live like Abbey, often alone, way, way out there, pleasantly pickled on beer and salt pork. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. What would come, would come, and it would be beautiful, even if it was death. That’s not a metaphor for anything, Abbey isn’t the bear in this story, but my own backyard became infinitely stranger after I read Abbey.
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Eddie Bauer’s 1000 Fill Jacket Gives MH’s Ghost Whisperer Run For Its Money

Eddie Bauer’s 1000 Fill Jacket Gives MH’s Ghost Whisperer Run For Its MoneyDon’t sleep on Eddie Bauer. It might just be where I live and recreate, but I see much less Eddie Bauer on trails than I do REI, Patagonia, Mountain Hardwear, and other outdoor brands. I don’t know, but it might be that Eddie Bauer is associated more in some people’s minds with middle aged comfort than full-on adventure. Stuffed with 1000 fill, Responsible Down Standard (RDS) down, this jacket weighs only 10 ounces and can be packed down to the size of a big grapefruit. It’s cut a little broader, too, than the Ghost Whisperer, so it fits better over mid layers if you need more insulation.
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“Eddie Would Go” Is About So Much More Than Sending It

In lightning speed, Eddie Aikau’s big wave prowess and gutsiness were memorialized on bumper stickers and in the collective consciousness of anyone taunting their buddies to go a little harder, a little bigger. But “Eddie Would Go” was never intended for marketing and Eddie Aikau can’t be limited to one interpretation of those three words that captured the world’s attention. Four generations and 150 years later (give or take), a 22-year-old Eddie Aikau would carry on the family legacy by becoming the official caretaker of sorts for this legendary paradise. In 1984, Quicksilver honored Aikau with the creation of the Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau. All Photos courtesy of the Eddie Aikau Foundation, by Steve Wilkings, The Honolulu Star Advertiser, the Aikau family, and David BettencourtFor more on Aikau’s life, pick up a copy of Eddie Would Go: The Story of Eddie Aikau, Hawaiian Hero, by respected Hawaiian surf historian, Stuart Holmes Coleman.
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Edinburgh’s Cathedral and John Knox

Look into the eyes of John Knox's statue and think of the Reformation struggles of the 16th century. Knox, the great reformer and founder of austere Scottish Presbyterianism, first preached here in 1559. Thanks partly to Knox, it was Scottish minds that led the way in math, science, engineering and medicine. Rick: Excuse me, sir, do you know where John Knox is buried? Man: Yes…By the way, John Knox, Scotland's great reformer, is buried just out back — with appropriate austerity.
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Edinburgh: The Castle, Royal Mile, and Scottish Pride

The Scottish National War Memorial commemorates Scottish soldiers lost in World War I and in British wars since. Within these same castle walls, the National War Museum thoughtfully covers four centuries of Scottish military history. Even when fighting — with rather than against — England, Scottish regiments promoted the romantic kilted warrior image. Old Edinburgh's main drag — nicknamed the Royal Mile — leads from the castle downhill through the old town to the palace. The Royal Mile ends at the gates of Holyrood Palace — for 500 years the official royal residence here in Edinburgh.
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Editor's letter: Melinda Stevens on getting back out there

AdvertisementFor a person who used to be on a plane or train every week (can that really be right? Certainly every other week), the fact that days now pass without me leaving the house is astonishing. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened hereIt is late at night. But also that we mustn’t forget what’s happened here. We mustn’t forget what we’ve seen.
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Egypt's Temple of Abu Simbel

An ancient garrison town famed for its granite quarries, today it's embraced tourism, taking full advantage of its attractive riverfront. To visit that temple, tourists catch a short flight from Aswan. The Temple of Abu Simbel, while originally built by Ramses II in about 1250 BC, was relocated here only about 50 years ago. Abu Simbel was saved from being submerged in the lake and lost forever after an international outcry. Thanks to a heroic effort, in 1968, this ancient temple was cut into huge blocks and relocated to this spot — high and dry for at least another 3,000 years.
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Ehrenberg, a Ruined Castle in Austria

A hike up to the stark and brooding ruins of Ehrenberg Castle provides a striking contrast to Ludwig’s fantasy castles. We start here in the Middle Ages with Ehrenberg, we have a Gothic element in the valley, we have a Baroque castle, and we have a brand-new fortification system of the 18th century. We’re visiting two castles of the ensemble — the 13th-century Ehrenberg and, higher on the right, the 17th-century Schlosskopf. A steep hike takes us up to the bigger and more modern Schlosskopf Castle, which Armin and his crew have just recently started uncovering. This became clear in the early 1700s when, by cover of darkness, local Tyroleans wheeled two canon up here and pulverized Ehrenberg Castle, which was occupied by their enemies, the Bavarians.
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Electric Cars’ Very Big Problem Continues to Loom

If successful, this bold move will be an industry game changer, making electric vehicles competitive with conventional counterparts. But the announcement also underscores one of the fundamental challenges that will complicate the transition to electric vehicles. ADVERTISEMENTBut electric cars have their own dirty little secret: Every electric vehicle, and most hybrid vehicles, rely on large lithium-ion batteries weighing hundreds of pounds. None of the lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles are recyclable in the same sense that paper, glass, and lead car batteries are. There are no clear prohibitions against exporting used lithium-ion batteries or selling used vehicles with degraded batteries to low-income countries at fire-sale prices.
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Elizabeth Olsen's favourite places in the world

That’s been our breathing space, to be able to leave LA, which sometimes feels a bit suffocating.’Sonoma Getty ImagesWhere in the world have you felt happiest? I did a really strange deep-dive into how an American could legally live in the UK and I saw that there’s a retirement visa once you reach 54. I feel as if British people work to live – they don’t live to work, unlike in LA and New York. Even given the current circumstances, it will be a nice trip.’AdvertisementBoboli Gardens in Florence Getty ImagesWhich is your favourite city? Now read:The Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the worldThe Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the world Inspiration The Crown's Emma Corrin on her favourite places in the worldSam Claflin on his favourite places in the worldAdvertisementSam Claflin on his favourite places in the world Style & Culture Sam Claflin on his favourite places in the worldOur expert travel insiders share their favourite places in the world
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England’s Lake District and Wordsworth Country

A short drive south from Keswick takes us through the very countryside that inspired England’s great Romantic poets. If appreciating nature became a religion in 19th century England, Wordsworth was its prophet. While Wordsworth would likely be appalled at the speedy convenience of it all, drivers can enjoy car touring. From Keswick, a scenic 20 mile loop south reveals the essence of Lake District charms. Like a mini-Stonehenge drenched in Lake District beauty, it was built over 4000 years ago to function as a celestial calendar.
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Emiliano Hotel review: the top stay on Rio de Janeiro's most famous beach

The little sister of the Emiliano São Paulo, this stylish hotel has drawn a distinguished crowd after a design-led option. Plus, a sprinkling of business guests stopping off on their way to the other Emiliano but wishing they could stay longer. Views from Emilano Rio de JaneiroRead next The 23 best hotels in the Maldives Places To Stay The 23 best hotels in the MaldivesWhat’s the neighbourhood scene like? Address: Emiliano Rio, Avenida Atlȃntica 3804, Copacabana,22070-001 Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBook your stayLike this? The latest lockdown rulesThe best restaurants Rio de JaneiroThe best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in Rio de JaneiroWhy you should visit the Amazon right nowAdvertisementWhy you should visit the Amazon right now Inspiration Why you should visit the Amazon right nowRio Carnival: the lowdown
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Escape Routes Podcast: Borneo

‘Mysterious, wild…. This is nature for the vigorous, the sybaritic and those in search of solemn awe.’Malaysia Airlines connects travellers to Malaysian Borneo, Langkawi, Penang and beyond – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. The company is a member of Oneworld, so travellers can also collect and redeem Avios, as well as earn Tier Points, when booking flights to South-east Asia and Australasia. For more information, visit malaysiaairlines.com
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Escape Routes Podcast: Koh Lanta, Thailand

The search for the perfect Thai isle, the one to match The Beach-fuelled fantasies, is a well-trodden path. ‘It’s not as if Koh Lanta is some hidden paradise, an untouched spot where no one but the most intrepid backpacker has ever set foot,’ says von Simson. ‘But it is, in the grand scheme of Thai islands, deliciously unspoilt…. Thailand is one of more than 150 countries that Malaysia Airlines flies to – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Mallorca

Music by harpist, Olivia Jageurs: @15secondharpThis month, our podcast has been brought to you by The Thinking Traveller, a company that holds exclusive access to the Mediterranean’s best holiday villas. This offer can be redeemed in all of The Thinking Traveller destinations, not just Mallorca. Valid for new bookings only and cannot be applied retrospectively to bookings already made with The Thinking Traveller. Applies to 2021 stays only – stays must be taken before 31st December 2021. The Thinking Traveller reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without notice.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Malta

Like many island nations, Malta has been shaped by the ebb and flow of its neighbours’ intrusions: ‘invaders and settlers that left behind tidal flats of language, buildings and food,’ says Jordan. Grapes wine bar on the neighbouring island of Gozo Manuel Gomes da CostaTo book your next holiday to Malta, visit kuoni.co.uk/malta. AdvertisementMusic by harpist, Olivia Jageurs: @15secondharpThis podcast is sponsored by Visit Malta. Cast between Sicily and North Africa, Malta – including neighbouring islands Gozo and Comino – is famed for its average of 300 sunny days a year, making it a destination for every season. From top-notch diving to head-turning art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the archipelago is packed with discoveries.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Sri Lanka

Shaped like a teardrop peeling over the tip of India, this incredible Indian Ocean island has been fought over more than most. Turquoise Holidays can put together delicious Sri Lankan itineraries – find out more at: turquoiseholidays.co.uk. The leading tour operator – and Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 winner – is passionate about creating imaginative itineraries. Its specialists know destinations inside out, so whether you’re planning a sensational honeymoon or a please-everyone family gathering, Turquoise Holidays will craft your own unforgettable travel story. For more details, visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk or call +44 1494 678400.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico

The boho town’s star appeal changes with its traveller tides – the fashion crowd, foodies, yogis – but its slow-moving beauty always remains a little stellar. From the beach (‘a great beach by any standard. Turquoise Holidays knows all the out-of-this-world hits along the Riviera Maya, including Tulum – find out more at turquoiseholidays.co.uk. Its specialists know destinations inside out, so whether you’re planning a sensational honeymoon or a please-everyone family gathering, Turquoise Holidays will craft your own unforgettable travel story. For more details, visit turquoiseholidays.co.uk or call +44 1494 678400.
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Escape Routes Podcast: Ubud, Bali

Join the Zen seekers, digital nomads and self-improvement gurus in Bali’s green heart as author and BBC Radio 4 presenter Quirke unravels its unwavering magnetic pull. ‘Ubud is always vivid,’ she says. Malaysia Airlines operates flights to Bali via Kuala Lumpur – find out more at malaysiaairlines.com. This podcast is sponsored by Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, which is the best way to fly to, from and around the country, jetting from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur on board the state-of-the-art Airbus A350. The company is a member of Oneworld, so travellers can also collect and redeem Avios, as well as earn Tier Points, when booking flights to South-east Asia and Australasia.
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Escape Routes: the Condé Nast Traveller podcast

Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, Mexico Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Tulum, MexicoAdvertisementEditor-in-chief Melinda Stevens on the endless appeal of Tulum, Mexico’s slow-living beach town filled with yogis, hippies, the fashion set and foodies. Escape Routes Podcast: The Gili Islands Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: The Gili IslandsRead next The best travel deals for 2021 Inspiration The best travel deals for 2021Contributing editor Antonia Quirke on Indonesia’s Gili Islands and their empty shores that draw in a beachy crowd with their sun-soaked charm. Escape Routes Podcast: Sri Lanka Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Sri LankaAdvertisementFeatures director Fiona Kerr on Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean island that is continually shifting and changing after decades of unrest, with the surfer south undergoing a contemporary update. Escape Routes Podcast: Lagos, Nigeria Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Lagos, NigeriaAuthor Noo Saro-Wiwa on Nigeria, the country of her birth, where she spent four-and-a-half-months writing Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. Read next The best Christmas lights in London 2020 Inspiration The best Christmas lights in London 2020Escape Routes Podcast: Comporta, Portugal Podcast Escape Routes Podcast: Comporta, PortugalAdvertisementUK editor Issy von Simson on Comporta, Portugal’s lovely, low-key beach town.
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Europe’s 10 Best Markets

What traveler doesn’t love a great European market? There are few better windows into local life than rubbing shoulders with shoppers, browsing stands piled high with colorful produce, nibbling on street munchies. Check out this list of Europe’s 10 Best Markets.
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Europe’s Patchwork Reopening

Spain, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, is waiting until July to lift most of its travel restrictions. That list hasn’t been finalized, Mr. Muñiz said in an interview, but it will probably include most European nations, and could be expanded to a select group of countries from outside the region. (The country’s land borders with neighboring France and Portugal are due to reopen on June 22.) He added that Spain has asked the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for specific guidance on how the country should draw up its list. “When you talk to epidemiologists, what they tell you is that if you have these two containers with equivalent amount of Covid risk, it’s almost irrelevant if there are transfers of movement of people from one place to the other,” said Mr. Muñiz.
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Europe’s Festivals: Munich’s Oktoberfest

Of Europe’s many great festivals, one of the wildest is Oktoberfest here in Munich. Oktoberfest lasts for two weeks, from late September into October. Filling a huge fairground, under a dramatic statue representing Bavaria, locals set up about 16 huge tents that can each seat several thousand beer drinkers. The queen of the parade is the Münchner Kindl, a young woman wearing a monk’s robe riding the lead horse with her beer stein raised. After trotting through much of Munich, the parade finally enters the fair grounds.
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Evictions Have Led to 10,000 Additional COVID Deaths

More than 433,000 additional COVID-19 cases and over 10,000 deaths came after state-level eviction bans expired over the summer, according to new research out Monday. Forty-three states and the District of Columbia instituted temporary eviction bans in response to the widespread joblessness caused by the pandemic in the spring. And the researchers warn there will be another related rise in COVID cases after federal eviction protections expire on New Year’s Eve, putting non-paying tenants once again at risk of removal. “Effects grew over time, perhaps due to mounting displacement, crowding, and/or homelessness as evictions proceeded,” the study’s authors wrote. The researchers note that the severity of associated COVID-19 cases may have also arisen from “structural racism and poverty,” since evictions are more common among Black and Latino households—the same communities that are at a disproportionate risk for virus deaths.
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Exhibiting less crowding and more rules

Museums that have opened in Vienna include the Albertina, the Leopold Museum and the KHM Museum of Fine Arts. In Brussels, a number of museums also opened in mid-May, according to Patrick Bontinck, CEO of Visit Brussels. Visitors must wear masks and observe social distancing, and to reinforce the standards, the museum website offers cartoons explaining the new rules. In Denmark, museums reopened June 8 with similar measures, and Norway's Munch Museum will reopen in Oslo on June 15, with limited capacity. Meanwhile, some smaller French museums and cultural venues already reopened, including the Giacometti Institute, which reopened May 15, with online advance ticket purchase required.
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Experience Tuscany: Lick Artisanal Gelato

Why choose Licks? Ice creams should not just taste good. It should benefit the body with nutrients as well. Check out this article to know the perfectlious spots to grab your next Lick Artisanal Gelato.
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Fascism in Spain, Franco’s Dictatorship, and Picasso’s "Guernica"

Germany was booming, and building up its massive military — blatantly breaking the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I. Representing this reactionary faction, a military strongman, General Francisco Franco, invaded Spain from Spanish Morocco. Like Mussolini and Hitler, Franco vowed a return to order and to restore Spanish power and national pride. It was here that the world first witnessed the terrible power of the fascist state — a prelude to World War II. Picasso's painting put a human face on the horror of war, and threw a stark light on the brutality of Franco and Hitler.
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Field Guide to Smells

As Harold McGee shows in Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells, olfaction is a fascinating landscape that adds much to our sensory experience of the world, if only we would breathe a bit deeper. To answer that question, McGee discovered he had to immerse himself in the volatile world of scent. His account begins with “simple” smells — meaning the sulfurs and ammonia that suffused the Earth during its early formative period. What’s most important, McGee argues, is that readers listen to and interrogate the smells they encounter in the kitchen, the forest, or the city. It pays off as the world expands.”Sara Harrison is a freelance journalist who writes about science, health, and technology.
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Finally: Fed Tax Credit for E-Bikes Proposed

They’re great, the tax credits. The main roadblocks preventing non-avid cyclists from trying out an e-bike, especially a cargo version that can largely replace a car, is the cost. ADVERTISEMENTThe Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act, sponsored by Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), would give tax credits of $1,500 for any new e-bike purchase. The individual part of the bill means multiple family members could get them at once. If I could add one more piece to this legislation, I’d bump up the credit to $2,000 or even $2,500 for a cargo e-bike.
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Finding Adventure Through a Child’s Eyes

The truth was I was spending long days in an even more strange and unfamiliar place: the couch. Chemotherapy was an adventure I didn’t sign up for and lives up to its murderous reputation. I chose one kid-friendly adventure for each state—a combination of trips I had done and loved and activities I wanted to do but hadn’t. To write a kids book, you have to in some way become a kid yourself—or at least connect to and channel your own kid-like qualities. A couple of weeks ago, my book, 50 Adventures in the 50 States, was officially born into the world.
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Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a Reservation

Firefall Returns to Yosemite This Week But You’ll Need a ReservationFirefall, that ephemeral magic that happens in February, when Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls catches the afternoon sun just so and ignites into a brilliant fuming sweep of reds, pinks, and oranges, a lick of flames shooting down bare granite, looks likely to begin this year on February 12. If you haven’t seen it in person, it may seem like a quant regionalism. It’s a phenomenal experience to see a waterfall turn from white to blazing orange just as the sun begins to set out west of the mouth of Yosemite valley. You will, however, need a permit to enter the park if you’re interested in checking it out. They went on sale yesterday, so if you haven’t bought one yet, and intend to check out the show, head here, right away.
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First in at The Mayfair Townhouse: 2020’s most-talked-about London opening

AdvertisementBedroom at Mayfair Townhouse Adam LynkWhat’s the story? AdvertisementBar at Mayfair Townhouse Adam LynkHow about the food and drink? AdvertisementRestaurant at Mayfair Townhouse Adam LynkWhat sort of person comes here? Address: The Mayfair Townhouse, 27-41 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 7BGTelephone: +44 20 8138 3400Book now:Book your stayLike this? Now read:Read next 15 of the best holiday cottages in Cornwall Places To Stay 15 of the best holiday cottages in CornwallThe best London staycationsThe best London staycations right now Inspiration The best London staycations right nowThe 30 best hotels in LondonAdvertisementThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in London]The best walks in London right now
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Foodie Tuscany

It should come as no surprise that our Thanksgiving week in Tuscany was all about the food. There were truffle hunts. There were wine tastings. There were three different cooking classes. Here’s a foretaste of the bountiful food experiences we enjoyed in Tuscany.
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Four island hotels to escape to this winter

Raffles SeychellesRising up a lush hillside on the north-eastern slopes of Praslin, with views over the opal-hued ocean to the green island of Curieuse, Raffles Seychelles offers one of the world’s most romantic vantage points. When the Victorian explorer General Charles Gordon sailed into Praslin in 1881, he swore he had arrived in Eden – and it’s not hard to see why the Singapore-born hotel group chose the go-slow island for its first purpose-built resort. This spot is particularly magical, rising up from the coral-fringed Anse Takamaka beach, with constant views of Curieuse, a marine park known for its looming takamaka trees and Aldabra giant tortoises. Each of the immensely private cream villas, woven into the jungle canopy and reached by golf carts, makes the most of the setting with a private plunge pool and terrace for romantic suppers overlooking the sea. It is an Eden – a place that makes the real world feel a long way away.
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Founding Fathers of the United States

All held additional important roles in the early government of the United States, with Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison serving as president. [10]The phrase Founding Fathers is a 20th-century appellation, coined by Warren G. Harding in 1916. The result of the convention was the United States Constitution and the replacement of the Continental Congress with the United States Congress. OccupationsThe Founding Fathers practiced a wide range of high and middle-status occupations, and many pursued more than one career simultaneously. She has studied the challenges facing the Founding Fathers particularly as it relates to their position and actions on slavery.
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France’s Amboise, Home to François I and Leonardo da Vinci

Straddling the Loire River, Amboise is an inviting town with a pleasing old quarter below its hilltop château. It just made sense: The ultimate French Renaissance king invited the ultimate Renaissance Italian artist, Leonardo da Vinci, to join his court. In 1516, Leonardo da Vinci left Rome, accepted the position of engineer, architect, and painter to France’s Renaissance king, and moved in. Enjoying the patronage of the French king, Leonardo pursued his passions to the very end. Five hundred years ago, when Leonardo was looking for work, the résumé he sent to kings touted his engineering skills.
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France’s Fontainebleau, Palace of Divine Monarchs and Napoleon

The palace is richly decorated in royal and imperial symbolism, and its walls are hung with exquisite tapestries. Louis XIII was born here, Louis XV was married here, and after the anti-monarchy chaos of the French Revolution, Napoleon reigned as emperor right here. Fontainebleau has more Napoleon Bonaparte connections than any other palace, with his personal apartments and an adjacent museum. Napoleon’s throne room is the only French throne room that survives with its original furniture. A tent-like room is dedicated to Napoleon at war, with his small but iconic battle coat and hat, field-cot, and first-class camp gear.
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France’s Loire Valley and Its Royal Châteaux

Because of its strategic location, the fertility of its land, and its long and involved history, the Loire Valley is home to a dizzying variety of castles and palaces. But when a “valley address” became a must-have for France’s royalty in the 16th century, the old medieval towers were replaced by luxurious châteaux. Exploring the vast domain by rental bike, you can imagine royal hunting parties chasing their prey. The royal connection with the Loire Valley goes back to the Hundred Years’ War — that was about 1350 to 1450. Still, the French kings continued to live in the Loire region for the next two centuries, having grown comfortable with the château culture of the region.
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France’s Mont St-Michel and its Romanesque Abbey

For over a thousand years, the silhouette of this island-abbey has sent pilgrim’s weary spirits soaring. Today it does the same for tourists. Check out this article to know what France’s Mont St-Michel and its Romanesque Abbey hold for you.
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France’s Palace of Versailles and Louis XIV

Versailles is the palace other palaces were modeled after, the one many tried to outdo — but none succeeded. This ultimate royal palace is all about this man: the ultimate divine monarch, Louis XIV. The Palace of Versailles was the residence of the king and the seat of France’s government for a hundred years. Throughout Europe, when you said, “the king,” you were referring to the French king — Louis XIV. Versailles celebrated Man, rather than God, by elevating Louis XIV to almost godlike status.
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Free Things to Do in New Orleans

If you’re headed to the Crescent City and are looking for some fun to get into that won’t cost you a penny, check out our list of 25 free things to do in New Orleans. You can have a really great experience without it breaking the bank.
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Frescoes by Giotto in Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel

Padova’s Scrovegni Chapel, with its precious 14th-century Giotto frescoes, is one of Italy’s most beloved art treasures. Wallpapered with Giotto’s beautifully preserved cycle of frescoes, the glorious chapel — painted in about the year 1300 — depicts the lives of Jesus and Mary. Giotto, considered the first modern painter, painted scenes that were more realistic and human than anything that had been done for a thousand years. Moving beyond medieval 2-D and gold leaf backgrounds, with these realistic ground-breaking frescoes, Giotto introduces nature — rocks, trees, animals — as a backdrop for religious scenes. These frescoes are considered by many to be a precursor of the Renaissance to come.
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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park and Route 66

Enjoy a day tour from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and a drive on Route 66 in a deluxe motorcoach. On your way to the South Rim, make your first stop at the Lake Mead Overlook to enjoy spectacular views of this unique desert lake and landscape, created by the construction of Hoover Dam. Travel through the Mojave Desert, cross over the Hoover Dam via the famous Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, and along iconic Route 66. Desert plants and animals change to scenery and wildlife from the Colorado Rockies, with 100-foot tall pines, giant elk, and mule deer. Once you arrive in Grand Canyon National Park, you’ll have 3 hours to explore the deepest and widest part of the canyon at the South Rim.
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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon National Park & Helicopter Tour

Depart from Las Vegas and set off for the widest and deepest part of the Grand Canyon - the South Rim. After this, arrive at the Grand Canyon Airport in the National Park where you will be checked in for your 45-minute helicopter tour. Enjoy a thrilling scenic flight as you observe the canyons, fault lines, and towering rock formations that are otherwise missed by many of the visitors to the South Rim. Take an 80-mile loop circuit that crosses the Colorado River in 2 locations and flies along the North Rim of Grand Canyon before returning to Grand Canyon Airport. At the end of your experience, after approximately 3.5-hours in Grand Canyon National Park, return to Las Vegas.
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Gear Brands Making Reusable Face Masks

Protective Face Masks You Can Check OutAt the start of the year, you probably never thought about buying a face mask. This sudden demand has meant a lot of companies have turned their efforts towards making reusable face masks, and we’re not just talking fashion retailers either. So we’ve put together this list (in no particular order) of brands making reusable face masks that you can check out. Hyperlite Mountain GearCheck out the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Face Mask. Stay Healthy & SafeSo there you have it—several gear brands currently making reusable, protective face masks.
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Georgia's GOP Secretary of State Unloads on Trump's Election Lies

Georgia’s Republican secretary of state has had enough of President Trump’s lies about voting integrity. #America,” Raffensperger wrote along with a post linking to a BuzzFeed story headlined “The President Tweeted Something Bad Again” that debunked Trump’s lies. Raffensperger has been the target of Trump and his allies ever since Georgia’s slow vote count eventually found Joe Biden with a lead of nearly 14,000 votes in the state. And Trump himself accused Raffensperger of entering a consent decree with Democrats that allowed them to cheat. Raffensperger partially caved to GOP pressure last week and ordered a full hand recount of all of the state’s ballots, a move that Collins and other Trump allies had been demanding.
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Germany’s Medieval Walled Town of Rothenburg

The Catholic army took the Protestant town of Rothenburg, and, as was customary, they planned to execute the town leaders and pillage and plunder the place. And when peace finally came, Rothenburg was never again a major player. They came here to paint and write about the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. But some of the townfolk needed a more physical form of guidance, as displayed in Rothenburg’s Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum. Glorious woodcarvings and cruel and unusual punishments shine a light on medieval life, but my favorite trip into medieval Rothenburg is with the Night Watchman.
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Getting into the stride: Walking in Kenya's Loita Hills

Almost 50 years ago, in The Tree Where Man Was Born, Peter Matthiessen wrote of the Loita Hills as ‘roadless and little known... that epic Africa of hope and innocence’. In the Loita Hills the impression is one of congestion and enclosure. Yet the same forces affect the virtually unknown Loita Hills. Dry riverbed Julien CapmeilThe black rhinoceros, once abundant across southern Kenya, is no longer found in the Loita Hills. Yet glance away from a walking Maasai for a minute and he will have disappeared over the horizon.
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Getting Out to Get Out of a Stale Life

Until this point I had spent my life trying to fit into the mold of society; the more I struggled to fit, the more I felt it squeezing the life out of me, and the more uncomfortable and restless I became. I wasn’t really living; I was just watching from the sidelines as my life passed by. Trail life is simple. You walk and walk until you feel like your legs might fall off but somehow they just get stronger. An adventurous life is a fine balance between being discontent enough to keep tearing yourself down and content enough to appreciate what we already have.
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Giant Rats Are Sniffing Out Landmines and Tuberculosis

He’s made headlines for receiving the animal world’s highest medal of honor for his life-saving work detecting unexploded landmines across Cambodia. According to the organization, these rats can detect tuberculosis faster and more accurately than standard detection in developing countries. One rat can sniff 100 tuberculosis samples in less than 20 minutes, while a lab technician might take at least 4 days. Turns out the hero rats’ powerful noses can be used on just about anything that has an odor profile. So they’re currently in training to detect illegally trafficked wildlife, specifically pangolins, by sniffing outside of shipping containers.
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Glasgow: Gritty Industry and Feisty Scottish Culture

Local: A person from Glasgow has more fun at a funeral than a person from Edinburgh does at a wedding. Local: They're honest, they're friendly, and they'll go out of their way to do anything for you at all. Don't know if that's red wine…Rick: This is a very Scottish thing, to walk around with your golf clubs. I don't actually play golf, I just walk around with these. For more Scottish art, we're heading inside and visiting Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
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Globe Trotting As A Couple

What's it like to globetrotting as a couple? How do plan for spontaneous trips? Check out this article to know how a couple fell in love with each other through travel.
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‘Gone Viking’ Follows Epic Journeys of the Misunderstood, Well, Vikings

Viking was a verb, not one that described violence or strength, but simply going on a voyage to unknown places. To “go viking” then is to strike out on a kind of epic adventure, unsure of what you’ll find. In this case, it’s the root of Gone Viking a fun travel saga by Bill Arnott, who does, indeed trace the footsteps and the boat wakes of the legendary travelers we now call vikings. That night aboard the cutter our weather, according to the poem, was the type to keep Vikings away. In the black of night we watched phytoplankton – dinner for the sharks – twinkling like waterborne stars mirroring night sky.
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Going Over the Falls of Fear

But life doesn’t stop, there are adventures to be had, and a little fear isn’t going to get in the way. The fear never went away and it was always a cold feeling, but desire, aflame, could burn it off like sunlight put to fog. We scouted the rapid and portaged all the other boats, leaving two blue duckies–inflatable kayaks–above the falls. I climbed into the boat, pulled into the current and caught the green tongue that led toward the falls. What was going to happen was going to happen, but hadn’t happened yet.
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Good Friday, as Commemorated in Italy, Greece, and Slovenia

In Slovenia, the medieval town of Škofja Loka is famed for its Easter play. Back in Italy, at Cantiano’s Passion Play, the main square becomes a stage. Because Eastern Orthodox Christians use a different calendar than Western Christians, Orthodox Easter usually falls on a different Sunday. The Greek Orthodox ritual may feel exotic and mystical to many Western eyes and ears. After being carried around the church, Jesus is lovingly decked in flowers.
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Good To-Go Chef Jennifer Scism Dishes on Camp Food—With Bonus Kebab Recipe

A few years ago, somebody stashed a couple bags of Good To-Go meals in my backpack at Outdoor Retailer. We talked about what actually goes into healthier dehydrated meals and how one goes from slinging plates to stocking hiker’s shelves. What prompted you to try to fill the void with healthier, good food dehydrated meals? Before starting Good To-Go, I had been working as a chef for 20 years and created my own unique recipes. Is there a meal you wish you could make as a dehydrated meal but just can’t?
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Google Earth ‘Found’ the World’s Best Wave—But Geology May Soon Destroy It

When Google Earth first debuted to the public in 2005, it was likely your first experience with robust, navigable satellite imagery of the planet’s surface. The software Google Earth is based on, or was then, however, was not new. Google acquired Keyhole in 2005, and just a few years later, Google Earth was already a cog in our pop culture machine, with millions of users virtually traveling the planet. In 2006, they kicked off the Google Earth Challenge. He’d spent dozens of hours poking around on Google Earth before he spotted this potential wave.
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GORUCK GR2 Buyer’s Guide

The GORUCK GR2 is a serious backpack with a price to match and given these bags last forever, deciding on one can be a big decision. Although there’s little variation between its two versions, a GR2 isn’t the ideal travel bag for everyone. GR2 ToughnessThe GR2 is made by GORUCK, founded by an American Green Beret who wanted to create a consumer backpack that’s military tough. GORUCK also provides a lifetime guarantee with the GR2, practically daring you to damage this bag with normal use. The GR2 is in a small group that can be considered one of the best one bag travel backpacks.
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Granada: Alhambra, Islamic Moors, and Reconquista

The story of Granada is all about the Islamic Moors. Granada's dominant sight is the Alhambra, the last and greatest Moorish palace. After the re-conquest, Charles built this Renaissance palace incongruously right in the middle of the Alhambra grounds. In fact, reliefs show the eventual forced conversion of Granada's Moors shortly after the Reconquista. For a time near the end of its Moorish period, Granada was the grandest city in all of Spain.
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Greek Isle of Hydra: Easy Getaway from Athens

We're riding a Flying Dolphin — one of the fleet of speedy hydrofoils that zip from Athens to the islands, and from island to island. After a 90-minute ride, Athens is a world away, and we pull into the isle of Hydra. Its main town, also called Hydra, is home to about 90 percent of the island's 3,000 residents. Hydra was a Greek naval power famous for its shipbuilders. I hope you enjoyed our look at Athens, the oracle of Delphi, and the romantic isle of Hydra.
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Grotto Curved Cabin, Ontario, Canada

The Grotto Sauna is the best kind of manipulation. From the outside, you think you’re getting an angular, modern cabin. Named the “Grotto,” the design reflects the small cave behind a waterfall: cozy, perfectly ergonomic, and sporting outrageous water-level views, naturally. The Grotto isn’t in Sweden. Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins.
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Guest Bed, Dog Haven, Therapy Couch: An Ode to My Coleman Camping Cot

In 2016, I found myself needing a guest bed for a small space on short notice. Sign up Feel free to opt out at any timeA compact guest bedI originally bought this cot as an extra bed for guests. Just having the cot set up in my office is a nice visual reminder to plan for breaks. It’s Sleep Week at Wirecutter! Read more about the best Sleep Week deals on our expert-recommended mattresses, bedding, and more for your bedroom.
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Güzelyurt, Rural Turkey, and Visiting with an Imam

Imam: [speaks Turkish]Lale: [translates] It is our faith to believe in all prophets. Imam: [speaks Turkish]Lale: [translating] There is no difference to us between Muhammad, Moses, Abraham, or Jesus. Imam: [speaks Turkish]Lale: [translates] The only difference is we recognize Muhammad as the last prophet. Imam: [speaks Turkish]Lale: [translates] He requests that people do not believe the distorted view of Islam but try to understand and learn what really it is. Imam: [speaks Turkish]Lale: [translates] He requests people not to say Islam equals the terrorism, because it is not.
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Haarlem, Frans Hals, and a Grand Pipe Organ

Just down the street, Haarlem’s top museum features the work of its most famous son: the great portrait artist Frans Hals. Here, in a room full of his masterpieces, we get a good taste of Protestant Dutch art. Dutch society was a merchant society, and now artists worked for a new kind of customer…Merchants. Haarlem’s Grote Kerk, or “great church,” towers over the market square as if to bless all the business that takes place below. Haarlem’s towering organ has been giving worship here an inspirational soundtrack since 1738.
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Hacker Tried to Poison Florida City's Water Supply, Police Say

Sodium hydroxide is also known as lye and can be deadly if ingested in large amounts. Advertisement"The hacker changed the sodium hydroxide from about one hundred parts per million, to 11,100 parts per million," Gualtieri said, adding that these were "dangerous" levels. In smaller quantities, sodium hydroxide can cause severe skin burns and eye damage. That instance of remote access was brief, but then it happened again at 1:30 p.m., and the hacker changed the sodium hydroxide levels, Gualtieri said. AdvertisementJessica Mackesy from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office told Motherboard in an email that the remote access software used was TeamViewer.
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Half the Great Barrier Reef’s Coral has Died in the Past 25 Years

The Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, has lost more than half of its coral in the past 25 years. That’s according to a new report from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, published this week, which found that mass bleaching events are irreversibly devastating small, medium and large coral populations along the 2,300 kilometre length of the reef. “Coral colony abundances on reef crests and slopes have declined sharply across all colony size classes and in all coral taxa compared to historical baselines,” the report states. "We can clearly correlate the rising temperatures to coral mortality and bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef,” he told the ABC. “We've had large-scale bleaching events in 1998 and 2002, but they were absolutely dwarfed by the more recent ones in 2016 and 2017.
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Hall in Tirol and the Historic Importance of Salt

Actually, too traditional if you're trying to accomplish anything more than a leisurely lunch from noon till two, when everything closes. The town's name, Hall, means "salt." Hall was so important because it was a center of salt mining and trade. Back when salt was money, Hall was loaded — its seal features a barrel of salt. The town's elegant architecture and rich church make it clear that in its day, Hall was a local powerhouse.
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Halloween events London 2020: the editors' pick

SCARY SCREENS AT THE RIVOLI BALLROOMThe beautifully grand Rivoli Ballroom will be transformed in 2020, as a host of frightening movies take over the famous auditorium. Choose from a range of films guaranteed to give you nightmares, including Hocus Pocus, Psycho, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Scream. Address: Rivoli Ballroom, 350 Brockley Road, London SE4 2BYTelephone: +44 208 692 5130Tickets: rivoliballroom.com/halloweenDate: Crofton Park Pictures pop-up cinema takes place at The Rivoli Ballroom from Monday 26 to Saturday 31 October 2020HALLOWEEN RIPPER WALKS AT THE DISCOUNT SUIT COMPANYShoreditch speakeasy Discount Suit Company is teaming up with the award-winning London Walks to stir up pre-drinks before a Jack The Ripper tour this Halloween. The bar is right in the middle of the notorious murderer’s hunting grounds, and visitors will be offered a fortifying hot toddy before embarking on a tour through the shadowy streets of East London with expert guide Simon Whitehouse.
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Have You Ever Seen Land Rover’s Edible Survival Guide?

There is something about a printed survival guide you can eat that just screams Land Rover Defender. That says Land Rover, right? It makes perfect sense then that they would have made an edible survival guide to include with Defenders sold in 2012. ADVERTISEMENTEach was printed on edible paper with edible ink and reportedly had approximately the nutritional value of a cheeseburger. But how many people really need a Land Rover Defender, anyway?
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Hamburg and Its Destruction in World War II

A century ago, Hamburg's port was the third-largest in the world, with strong connections both east and west. Heavy damage in World War II devastated the commercial center. Let's take a closer look at Hamburg and its destruction in World War II.
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He Built Homes for the Homeless. So the City Sued Him

A Toronto carpenter, whose work to build miniature, winterized shelters for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic has received immense public support, is speaking out after the city requested an injunction against further construction of the shelters. The problem is that Toronto’s most vulnerable people are falling through the cracks,” Seivwright said, adding that unhoused people have told him they have “nowhere to go” and they “no longer trust” the city’s shelter system. “Is the capacity in the emergency shelter system very high? The ultimate goal is to get people permanent housing through the city’s Streets to Homes program, and the encampments complicate that transition, Ross said. “It’s painful to see the city weaponize the (threat of fire) against the life-saving capacity that tiny shelters have, because the amount of lives that they have saved is huge at this point.”
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Hebron: The Tense City of Abraham’s Tomb

As if rising out of those ancient olive groves, the ancient town of Hebron, with over 200,000 people, is the largest city in the West Bank. That’s because this city has the tomb of Abraham, so sacred to both Israelis and Palestinians. Here, Jews live literally atop Palestinian Muslims as the two communities struggle to be near Abraham’s tomb. On one side of the glass Jews worship in the synagogue — the second most holy place in Judaism. And the other half is a mosque — where Muslims worship before their shared patriarch with equal fervor.
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Here's What You Need to Know About Biden's COVID Team

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden holds a protective mask as he speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board. Those three officials, alongside 10 other doctors and policy experts, will guide Biden’s team through the winter, and what is already one of the darkest periods of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what else you need to know about Biden’s advisory team:Who all is on it? “From the very beginning of this outbreak, this administration has not told Americans the truth about this virus,” Bright told NBC News in October. I believe it's intensified.”Here are the other officials serving on the advisory team, many of whom have worked for or with the federal government before:
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Here’s a Guy Skiing Down a Wave Mountain at Mavericks

Here’s a Guy Skiing Down a Wave Mountain at MavericksLast week we posted a clip of Pete Mel riding one of the best waves of all time at Mavericks, the big-wave break in California that’s put on quite a show this winter. Once you’re towing, surfboard design is a wildly different beast than when you’re paddling. This is not a new thing for Patterson, he’s been at this skiing in the ocean game for years now. This is a great wave for him though, and can’t possibly be as easy as it looks. Again, video is from Powerlines Productions, an outfit with hours of incredible Mavericks footage.
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Here’s How the 2020 Western Wildfire Season Got So Extreme

High fire risk days have been common this year as the 2020 wildfire season shatters records across the West. ADVERTISEMENTWhat caused the 2020 fire season to become so extreme? The 2020 season was dry, but the Western U.S. has seen worse droughts in the recent decade. Even more alarming, we found that extreme dry-hot conditions that would have been expected only once every 75 years have occurred three to six times in many areas over the same period. When soil moisture is low, more solar radiation will turn into sensible heat – heat you can feel.
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Here’s how you can help London restaurants right now

Order a deliveryFor now, a handful of London restaurants are still operating their own contactless doorstep delivery systems, although those with team members not living within walking distance are generally shutting down to keep staff from travelling unnecessarily. Bao’s new offshoot, Rice Error, will be up and running soon, delivering roast chicken and rice boxes that make use of Taiwan’s chishang rice to Soho, Fitzrovia, Southwark and Hackney. Mediterranean opening Oren will deliver across East London and Yard Sale and Pizza Pilgrims are both still dropping off pizzas, with a 50 per cent discount for all NHS staff. Meanwhile, deli-slash-wine-bar Provisions on Holloway Road is sending out orders costing more than £60 with free delivery across the city. Browse more takeaways from London's best restaurants
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Here’s Why Women Are Less Likely to Have Gone In on the GameStop Gambit

As last week’s Reddit-driven Gamestop stock drama dragged financial market participation into the cultural spotlight, it gave way to another anomaly. AdvertisementIt’s no secret that, on average, women make less money than men do—or that the gulf widens for most women of color. A September 2020 report from the National Partnership for Women and Families found Latinas making a measly 55 cents, Native American women making 60 cents, and Black women making 63 cents to a white man’s dollar. Johnson highlighted the ways Black women specifically can benefit from investing in the stock market, given the $15,000 annual income gap between Black and white women and the way Black-owned businesses have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the realities of income inequality for women and people of color really blunt the GirlBoss, Lean In feminism of “ladies, you gotta get into the stock market!” plugs.
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Hey, I’m in Europe!

After a particularly grueling flight connection from Seattle to Sorrento, it’s great to be back in Europe. Check out this thrilling experience that is screaming "Hey, I'm in Europe"!
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Hey, We Found a Pretty Good Instant Coffee and It’s Not Starbucks

Hey, We Found a Pretty Good Instant Coffee and It’s Not StarbucksBoulder, Colorado-based Alpine Start has been around for a little while now, not sure for how long, but for the past couple of years someone from the brand has stuffed little packets of their instant coffee in our bags at Outdoor Retailer. I’d always tossed them in my camp kitchen box but hadn’t gotten around to trying the coffee until recently. It’s better than the venerable Starbucks Via packets, though I still really like those too. It’s ground into a super fine powder and I’ve found you don’t really even need to stir it if you don’t have a spoon or a twig nearby, it dissolves that nicely. This size is ideal for car camping, even backpacking if you don’t mind putting up with a little extra weight.
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High in the Mountains with Tina’s Dad

Ever wondered what's it like to go hiking with dad? Yes, High in the Slovenian Alps, through driving rain, Gorazd grips the steering wheel. He follows an unpaved road up, up, up above the tree line. This is Tina's dad we're talking about.
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Highgate: the insider's guide

You might have walked past Chango Empanadas without even realizing it’s there – pristine, prim and emblazoned with a tea-and-saucer emblem that makes it look like an average, run-of-the-mill coffee shop. Check out this insider's guide!
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Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre Turn

Hikers Are Missing at Already Mysterious Dyatlov Pass, a Bizarre TurnThe pieces we’ve written about the mysterious death of nine hikers in 1959 at Russia’s Dyatlov Pass are some of the most read, most shared, and most argued over articles in the AJ archive. Briefly: Nine hikers died, some brutally, after making camp after becoming lost attempting to cross a snowy pass in the Ural Mountains. Some where crushed, some died of hypothermia, the camp was torn to shreds. Just last week, we covered some new information about what may have killed the hikers, a small, localized avalanche, but even that information was greeted with skepticism by those who suspect something malicious or far weirder killed the hikers. They were due back on Wednesday, and have yet to appear.
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HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Just the thought of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park sends shivers down my spine. Also it’s necessary to know that weather in Patagonia is so varied and can change at any time, which can very quickly alter your Patagonia hiking trip. Hiking In Torres del Paine National ParkWhen it come to hiking in Patagonia, no trip would be complete without spending at least a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile. If you are after a really magical experience spend the night in the park and start hiking up in the dark. You can pre-order food in some of the refugios in Torres del Paine, but that’s about it.
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Hoh Rainforest Trail Olympic National Park

The Hoh Rainforest Trail in Olympic National Park was long hike with very little elevation change. Although the views inside the rainforest were incredible, the overall topography didn’t change very much throughout our hike. It wasn’t like any other hike I’ve been on, and I felt completely lost in there. Photos from the Hoh Rainforest Trail hike:PinPinWe spotted some elk while we were driving to the trial head. Not a fan of either of the ones pictured below, but I do like the Spicy Thai Chili flavor.
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HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best Treks

Home | Adventure | HIKING in PATAGONIA – The Ultimate Guide to the Best TreksEverything you need to know about hiking in Patagonia. Just the thought of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park sends shivers down my spine. Also it’s necessary to know that weather in Patagonia is so varied and can change at any time, which can very quickly alter your Patagonia hiking trip. Hiking In Torres del Paine National ParkWhen it come to hiking in Patagonia, no trip would be complete without spending at least a few days in Torres del Paine National Park, the crown jewel of Chile. If you are after a really magical experience spend the night in the park and start hiking up in the dark.
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Holy Week, Leading up to Easter, as Celebrated in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, and Spain

While Palm Sunday kicks Holy Week off with grand spectacle, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are quieter. In fact, all of Holy Week is a school vacation. It’s a time of music, blessings, and community as Holy Week builds to Easter Sunday. Back in Spain, in Sevilla, various religious fraternities parade on different days during Holy Week, so preparations continue all week long. The entire Holy Week in Spain is a glorious spectacle.
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Honoring Heritage in a Renovated Barn

Over time, a structure’s function melds with physical signs of use and emotions that filled the space. Off in the foothills of the eastern Cascades, in Washington, is a renovated barn that, through maintaining the dignity of its original purpose, has avoided such a fate. When the 3,875-square-foot barn was repurposed into a home, the essence of its origin was maintained – physically and in spirit. All of the siding, paneling and flooring were repurposed from the original barn or nearby structures facing demolition. The repurposed barn, designed by MW Works Architecture+Design, displays the convergence of form, function and sentimentality in every corner.
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Honoring One Woman’s Love of Travel

We had a fun tradition of tucking a few euros aside with the promise that they would lead to our next tour! While I still have the travel lust and watch your shows religiously, without my travel partner, Nancy, and with the years going by, we don’t have plans to return to Europe. But we really like the idea of somehow seeing these leftover euros in our future trip kitty return and be enjoyed. ), I will buy beer for every one of those young travelers until those 255 euros is gone. And with each round, we’ll drink to Nancy and her family, knowing she is smiling down on us from an even more wonderful high-altitude perch.
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Horror Movie Fans Are Having an Easier Time Dealing With the Pandemic, Study Says

"Although most people go into a scary movie with the intention of being entertained rather than learning something, scary stories present ample learning opportunities," they wrote. Through fiction, people can learn how to escape dangerous predators, navigate novel social situations, and practice their mind-reading and emotion regulation skills." What they learned was that people who indicated that they were fans of horror films and who "engaged more frequently with frightening fictional phenomena" were experiencing lower levels of psychological distress during the pandemic than those who preferred other genres. "Assuming the causation flows from watching horror movies to becoming more resilient, it may depend on the mechanism by which this happens. For example, if the primary mechanism is practicing emotion regulation and learning to deal with fear and anxiety, it's possible that it could help," he said.
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How a Climate Corps Could Put Youth to Work in Greening America

But with so many competing proposals, what should a modern-day Civilian Climate Corps look like? Most Climate Corps proposals focus on employing young people from places that have suffered environmental injustice. And, as with existing AmeriCorps programs, Climate Corps projects could be selected through applications from nonprofits and various levels of government. Climate Corps jobs should be focused on maintenance and restoration programs that address these needs. A new Climate Corps could lead in restoring our economy and natural environment.
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How a trip to Ethiopia helped Dervla Murphy to cope with living in isolation

It was time, I reckoned, to savour ways of being that would soon be obliterated by the food and tourist industries. Along much of my route everyday possessions were made of wood, stone, mud, wool, hides or horn. Blocking our way were some 200 geladas, or ‘bleeding-heart’ baboons, found only in Ethiopia, and in Ethiopia only on the highest mountains. These geladas crowded the whole slope, the nearest scarcely 10 yards away, giving me a clear vision of the heart-sized patch of crimson on each chest. Our intrusion had provoked hysterically raucous protests – reputedly baboons are cowards yet none moved far away as we slowly ascended their spur.
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How a Year of Too Much Drinking, Stress, and Sitting Affects Your Body

Will your body ever recover from a year of basically no moving around at all? Are the fortunate survivors of this extremely deadly pandemic all going to die early, because of the habits we adopted to cope with 2020? Advertisement“As humans, we are all very resilient,” Leah Whigman, associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso, told VICE. More drinking“Excessive drinking,” according to the CDC, means eight or more drinks per week for women, or 15 or more per week for men, based on average body size. But one year of drinking two beers per night isn’t necessarily going to take years off your life, Whigman explained.
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How Amy Coney Barrett Ruled in a Case About a Raped Pregnant Teen Is Worrying People

Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, is facing renewed scrutiny over her role in a 2018 ruling that found Milwaukee County wasn’t liable after a jailed woman said a guard repeatedly sexually assaulted her. The woman said that Thicklen sexually assaulted her again just four days after she gave birth. He was fired, sentenced to three days in jail, and fined $200, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Amy Coney Barrett’s judgment demonstrates a level of unconscionable cruelty that has no place on the high court,” Herrig said. “The only thing more concerning than the rush to confirm by Senate Republicans is what we are learning about Amy Coney Barrett’s extremist record.
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How Apple’s Trade In Program Works

Apple’s Trade In program lets send back all but the oldest iPhones, Macbooks, and other devices for credit toward something new. How It WorksApple’s Trade In program gives you the option to send in an old Apple device (or select phones from other manufacturers) for credit toward a new one. Straight Store CreditOtherwise, simply using the trade in program (without a new purchase) will apply Apple store credit to your account. And if your old Apple product is too old for any store credit, Apple has a free recycling program. Otherwise, Apple’s Trade In program streamlines the process, is fast, and consistent with pricing.
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How Beirut's urban scene has bounced back

The pool at Arthaus Hotel in Beirut Guillaume de LaubierDebs and his wife Zoe were set to launch their Arthaus hotel on that ill-fated day. Instead, they found themselves dealing with massive destruction to the historic 25-room property in Gemmayze, one of the hardest hit spots. Now partially reopened, Arthaus is meant to be an experiential creative hub, not least because of its location. AdvertisementA bar at Arthaus, Beirut Guillaume de Laubier‘This whole district is really avant-garde; it’s a concentrated area of innovative people who went about rebuilding immediately after the blast,’ says Debs. The art-collecting pair fought back the way they know best: gathering about 50 artists for a fundraising exhibition in the hotel, Beirut Year Zero, as well as a charity auction held by Christie’s New York.
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How did face masks divide America?

Some Republican lawmakers have mocked the practice of wearing masks, while local rules requiring masks have been rescinded in some locations following a backlash. ADThe U-turn regarding masks and the subsequent political divide over them has come to symbolize the chaos of the U.S. response to the still-raging pandemic. In many Asian countries, surgical masks were socially acceptable long before the coronavirus pandemic, partly as a result of experience in past pandemics, like SARS in 2003. The divide over masks in the United States cannot be blamed on the president’s vanity alone, however. ADOther factors include the United States’ decentralized political system, as well as Americans’ focus on protecting individual liberty.
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How Do Afghans Relax in a War-Torn Region? Go Hiking

A young man named Hamidullah, a good friend of Ramesh, my translator, has invited me to go hiking in Sholgara. Combat has ebbed but never ended, and small, locally based detachments of the two militias still clash here from time to time. “Where I am taking you, it is secure.”Mazar-e-Sharif to SholgaraAfghanistan’s blood-drenched history, ancient and recent, rolls past the car windows. SholgaraWe pull up to a pedestrian rope bridge sagging over the murky Balkh River, leave the car, and cross the bridge on foot. The mountains are white, then blue, then gray, then green as they swell toward us.”I love you, Afghanistan!” Hamidullah exclaims.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Nap

A decade of working from home and afternoon energy slumps set the perfect trap, and now that I’ve started, I don’t plan to stop. Set aside time and embrace failureThe most useful advice I found about napping was to be okay with not falling asleep. Set the sceneThe things that make you comfortable and able to nap will doubtless be different to those used by other people. Let your partner or roommates know you’re napping so they won’t bug you. This side effect will often be worse after a long nap rather than a short one.
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How I Travelled Across the World This Year Through Pokémon Go

2020 was Pokémon Go’s best year so far, reaching $1 billion in player spending in the first 10 months alone. Players criticise the game for putting several of its features behind a paywall like extra Pokéballs and Pokémon “storage” to be able to hold Pokémon, candies, potions—everything that makes up the trainer’s tool box. Since 2017, Pokémon Go has hosted a big festival, where players would assemble to win special Pokémon and finish event-based tasks. Another member, Jonas Wosnik from South Germany, has participated in over 50 remote raids. Remote raids have made it possible to truly catch ’em all.
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How Is My Goal To Visit Every Country Progressing?

Around that time, I set the goal to visit every country in the world, with no particular end date. One of the first responses if this goal of mine comes up is: how many countries are there? Do the sea lions in Galapagos know they’re in Ecuador? Goal Still SetThere are many other examples of this I’ve witnessed. The opposite side of the coin being having a long-term goal to visit every country means I’ve gone to places I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
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How John McCarthy found peace in India

I remember that once inside, the atmosphere suddenly became much quieter and cooler among the passageways. Stalls selling incense and food to be given to the deities within – garlands of flowers, books, musical instruments, paintings, even toys. This was just a tiny part of the temple, yet it would dwarf London’s Burlington Arcade. There was a steady flow of visitors, some saying a brief prayer before moving on, some just there to watch. AdvertisementJohn McCarthy Getty ImagesI am moved by such displays of devotion even though I am not committed to any faith.
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How Long It Takes To Get To The New Istanbul Airport

9 Shares PinGetting to and from different parts of Turkey’s largest city to the new Istanbul Airport (IST) isn’t as convenient as it was from the former major airport in town. You can see the best times to get to Istanbul Airport in the video above or read on. From the Asian side, add an extra hour to be absolutely sure you’ll make it to the airport on time. Once ThereKeep in mind at IST you’ll go through security before entering the airport, then after passport control, with a third check likely before your gate. Ride And SecurityYou almost never need to arrive at an airport 3 hours before your flight, two is usually sufficient.
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How Sex Toys Became the New Celebrity Fragrance

But Allen’s announcement was the launch of “The Liberty”, a suction sex toy released in collaboration with the German sex toy company Womanizer. The actor became an investor and co-creative director of Maude, a sex toy brand known for its “sculpture-like sex toys”. Google searches for “sex positivity” boomed between 2015 and 2017, and publications began reporting the rise of sex positive influencers in 2017. “They should back up their communication with rich, sex positive, educational content.”The pivot to sex influencing comes with other issues, too. Topher Taylor, a sex educator and brand manager for queer sex shop Clonezone, says he’d like to see celebs who promote sex positivity address censorship on social media.
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How ‘Steel Grandpa’ Gustaf Håkansson Pirated Sweden’s Toughest Bike Race

After riding almost the whole course in reverse just to get to the race, Håkansson thought officials would surely let him compete. So, on the morning of the grand départ, the Steel Grandpa began riding after the other competitors had disappeared up the road. As Håkansson chugged into view in Luleå, a mere 140 kilometers into the race, a young boy blurted, “Here comes Stålfarfar!” and the legend of Steel Grandpa was born. He released his first record, a 45 titled Stålfarfar Vals (Steel Grandpa Waltz), barely a month after finishing the Sverigeloppet. Top image: Gustaf ”Stålfarfar” Håkansson during Sverigeloppet 1951, accompanied by Olympic cyclist Sven Johansson, who was not in the race but became a great fan.
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How This Guy Traveled From Singapore to Canada Without Flying

Before enlisting in the military, he took a trip to Europe where he hitchhiked for the first time. Then it hit him: with 10 months left before he starts university in Canada , why not go there without flying, and visit other cities along the way? I’ve been addicted to it ever since then.”Though he did not plan it, that was like training for his 9-month trip from Singapore to Canada. “I really wanted to do something that not many people have done, or maybe even no one has done before,” he said. He went to places like China, North Korea, Iran, and Germany, while only riding trains, buses, cars, and boats.
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How this Swiss fashion brand is helping to save our mountains

This year the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation was established as part of the brand’s commitment to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. The Bally Peak Outlook capsule collectionIn addition to the organised clean-ups, Bally launched a capsule collection of 37 sustainably made activewear pieces. How did you become involved with the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation? We just returned from Mount Cho Oyu, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, and Mount Everest.' Do so by shopping the collection below, with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards the Bally Peak Outlook Foundation's future expeditions and initiatives worldwide.
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How the U.S. Military Buys Location Data from Ordinary Apps

The news highlights the opaque location data industry and the fact that the U.S. military, which has infamously used other location data to target drone strikes , is purchasing access to sensitive data. The other stream is through a company called X-Mode, which obtains location data directly from apps, then sells that data to contractors, and by extension, the military. "The Most Popular Muslim App!," Muslim Pro's website reads. Some companies obtain app location data through bidstream data , which is information gathered from the real-time bidding that occurs when advertisers pay to insert their adverts into peoples' browsing sessions. But some apps that are harvesting location data on behalf of X-Mode are essentially hiding the data transfer.
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How to avoid jet lag on your way to Australia and double your holiday

Every frequent flyer has their own tips and tricks for combatting jet lag – from avoiding salty in-flight meals to spritzing themselves with lavender. But when long haul gets serious, crossing multiple time zones, the savviest jet-setters know that stretching the stopover into a bonus mini-holiday is truly the best way to reset their body clock. As soon as Australia opens its borders, a few days in Singapore en route is just the ticket. So with this in mind, here's a guide to the best places to visit, eat, drink and stay in both Singapore and Sydney. Street-food hawkers rival Michelin-starred restaurants and charming shophouses sit alongside gleaming skyscrapers – nowhere embodies the old and new quite like the Lion City.
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How to Actually, Effectively Quarantine, According to an Expert

To clear things up, VICE spoke with an infectious disease specialist who answered, in detail, all your loophole, nitpicky quarantine questions. Quarantine, by definition, is separating a possibly exposed person from everyone else, so they don’t inadvertently get others sick. But as our understanding of COVID-19 improves, along with testing capacity, it’s possible that you can feel safe about a slightly shorter quarantine. Chin-Hong said a proper quarantine means no going to the grocery store, drugstore, nearby park, walk-up neighborhood bar, etc. Fourteen days is the CDC-determined period of time for COVID-19 quarantine because it’s the long end of the average range of infection.
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How to Balance Health and Travel

I run a company called Woke Media that creates impactful content for brands in the travel, fitness, and fashion industry. Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that doesn’t?
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How to Drive Iceland’s Ring Road: The Ultimate 800-Mile Road Trip

Europe’s best road trip circles Iceland, from Reykjavík to Reykjavík, on the 800-mile Highway 1 — the Ring Road. But if you can spare more time, it’s worth investing a full week (or more) in driving the Ring Road. The Ring Road is an 800-mile loop. I did the entire Ring Road in a dinky Hyundai and never felt unsafe or underpowered. The Eastfjords, while majestic, represent the most tedious part of the Ring Road drive.
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How to Drive in Sicily: Just Go Numb

I recently spent three weeks driving 800 miles around Sicily (working on our new Rick Steves Sicily guidebook, available now). I’ve got it: “Terrifying.”The trick to driving in Sicily is keeping in mind that you are driving in Sicily. But, like with other things in Sicily, if you just sort of go numb and roll with it…you’ll be just fine. If you’re ready to tackle the Sicilian roads, our Sicily guidebook is available now. In other blog posts, I wrote about my top 10 tips for visiting Sicily, Palermo’s amazing street food scene, and the challenge of driving in Sicily.
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How to Embrace Change & Find Balance When Traveling

Some years ago I decided to fully embrace the phrase, “The only thing that will ever be constant is change.” Yes, it’s an annoying expression. Nevertheless, since accepting this concept as truth I’ve been able to honor my passion for travel in unforeseen ways. Learn these travel hacks.
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How To Enjoy the Holidays if You’ll Be Alone This Year

I was definitely going to miss everybody, and I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. The very first year a good friend of mine became a vegetarian, she hosted a Friendsgiving dinner at her place. Take care of yourself by letting go of expectations and pressure to celebrate holidays a certain way. Once you clear the decks of holiday obligations and pressure, you can start adding back the good stuff. If the religious aspects of the holidays and religious ceremonies are important to you, pray on!
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How to Escape the Confines of Time and Space According to the CIA

The left hemisphere then dishes the carefully prepared data to the non-critical, holistic, pattern-oriented right hemisphere, which accepts everything without question. There, stimuli can reach the sensor and motor cortices of the right brain, which corresponds to points in the body. 3) Biofeedback, on the other hand, uses the left hemisphere to gain access to the right brain’s lower cerebral, motor, and sensory cortices. With repetition, the left brain can reliably key into the right brain, and strengthen the pathways so that it can be accessed during a conscious demand mode. The left hemisphere then compares it to other data, reducing it to its 2D form.
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How to Get Through the Pandemic Winter Without Leaning on Drugs and Alcohol

"Happy" "Holidays" 2020 is a series about feeling connected and vaguely festive during the coronavirus pandemic. can all propel people to use drugs and alcohol in search of relief. “An important part of an adaptation to loss is to process the reality and consequences of the loss,” she said. “Maintaining regularity is an important element in all of this.”Another important part of a healthy routine, especially when it comes to dodging tricky situations with drugs and alcohol? “For some people who are struggling with intense, prolonged grief, they don’t enjoy holiday gatherings much, because they find it stressful,” Skritskaya said.
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How to Get Internet While Traveling On the Road

During our 3 months living on the road in an Airstream, the hardest part was not having good or consistent Internet. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Panera ending having really fast internet that was equivalent to home cable/DSL, but they were hard to find and the costs of a meal were much higher. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need. Rent a desk for a few hours, day, or week and get all the fast internet you need.
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How to Have a Safe-ish Friendsgiving This Year

But depending on the climate where you live, an outdoor dinner may not be the most comfortable experience, even with the help of blankets and space heaters. However, it is possible to have a safe indoor micro-Friendsgiving, Wender said, but you’ll have to do a significant amount of planning—and then adhere to those plans. “Everything you can do outdoors, do outdoors.”Now that our local COVID bubbles have become our support system, Friendsgiving takes on more importance than ever. People have been gathering in person to various extents for months now, so Friendsgiving may seem like a natural way to celebrate for some friend groups. If you’re thinking of rallying your chosen family for a small Friendsgiving dinner, here’s how to make sure everyone is safe and well-fed.
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How to Have a Sexy, Romantic Night In When You Also Have Roommates

A fun, sexy little date night at home is no exception. But that doesn’t mean that creating a sensual vibe is anything other than essential to having a good date night in. Just be mindful of the sounds/sights/scenes involved as they relate to your roommate's night, too. Don’t freak if your date night doesn’t go exactly as you’d planned it. That means crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s in preparation for your date night doesn’t mean everything will go off without a hitch—on your end or your roommates’.
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How to Make Safe Decisions When Avalanche Danger Looms

ADVERTISEMENTMuch like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Much like how we’re all navigating daily risk assessment during the pandemic, making safe, conservative decisions in avalanche terrain is a matter of life or death. Largely because of COVID, experts are predicting a significant increase in backcountry travelers this winter. “The simplest way to mitigate avalanche hazard is to avoid avalanche terrain altogether,” the AIARE 1 course manual advises. But we can, and should, employ regular processes to check in with ourselves and others when it comes to making safe decisions.
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How to make the best pancakes in the world with Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck, chef founder of CUT at 45 Park Lane in London, opened his first restaurant, Spago, in Hollywood, California in 1982. We met with him at CUT at 45 Park Lane to learn how to make the best pancakes in the world. Wolfgang Puck at 45 Park Lane PressAdvertisementAn interview with Wolfgang PuckAre you a breakfast person? AdvertisementWolfgang Puck and David McIntyre at 45 Park Lane PressHow do you deal with jet lag? AdvertisementThe 30 best hotels in London Places To Stay The 30 best hotels in LondonThe best brunch in London for delivery 2021 Eating & Drinking The best brunch in London for delivery 2021
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How to Move like a Pro: Moving Tips and Checklist

In the past 5 years, we’ve moved to 5 different cities and learned a few things about the art, or shall we say, pains of moving. Hopefully, these tips will teach you how to move like a pro and help your move go smoothly. Moving ScamsThere are moving scams out there and you’ll have to do the research the be sure you find a reputable company. We’ve moved in a big truck, in just our sedan, and we’ve rented a van for our most recent move to NYC. MOVING CHECKLIST AND TIMELINEClick image for full PDF Click image for full PDF Pin Pin LET'S GO!
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How to Get a Sak Yant in Chiang Mai (Hygienically and Safely in 2020)

Sak Yant Chiang MaiI, however, noticed none of it. This time for my sak yant in Chiang Mai I booked an experience with Where Sidewalks End. Getting a sak yant in Chiang Mai was one of the most spiritual and powerful experiences throughout my time in Asia. Getting a Sak Yant In Chiang MaiIt is possible to simply visit a temple to get your sak yant in Chiang Mai, in much the same way I did at Wat Bang Phra in Bangkok. Click here to check out the great deals on Agoda.comMy Sak Yant Chiang Mai tattoo experience was provided by Where Sidewalks End.
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How to Send Dirty Voice Notes

Dirty voice notes aren’t going to be for everyone. She says that when it comes to sending voice notes, the key is authenticity and not overthinking it. Maybe get used to sending regular voice notes first, she says, “Then get yourself in a space of sexiness. “Do not send unsolicited sexy voice notes to random people that you don’t know or haven’t been sexual with,” she says. Incorporate those in voice notes so you feel comfortable because it’s familiar.”When it comes to the actual voice part of the voice note, Gigi says it can be fun to lower your voice a touch – everyone loves a husky voice.
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How to Shower While Living in a Campervan

Where do we shower while living in a campervanThere are tons of places to shower when you are on the road, you just have to know where to look. While living in in our campervan, we would typically shower at various national and state park campsites. There are plenty of other places to shower in different towns, like a public pool bathrooms, fitness centers, or guesthouses. With a wide variety of places to shower, we would typically shower every 2-3 days. Products highlighted in the videoThere are many products that made our lives easier while living in the campervan.
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How to Travel for a Living and Running a Travel Blog

If you think traveling will be a vacation, think again. This is more to help you keep your sanity and have a healthier lifestyle. For many years, we didn’t have a separate space to work and live. Here's what we have learned.
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How To Travel To Every Country In The World

It’s been a long standing goal of mine – and this blog – to travel to every country in the world. On Episode 26 of the foXnoMad Podcast, Stefan and I discussed why he decided to visit every country in the world, some of the frequent flyer strategies he used to cut costs, and how he got into Syria overland. Stefan also talks about his guide in Syria, a Palestinian refugee, and her struggles as a stateless person. It’s a touching story that’s a reminder of the power travel can have in connecting us all. You can join other travelers looking to visit every country on his Facebook group Every Passport Stamp, and find him on YouTube.
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How to Use Maps to Avoid Avalanche Danger

You should not travel in avalanche terrain until you and your partners undergo avalanche safety training and are competent in the use of avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, probe). ADVERTISEMENTThis article covers how to identify avalanche terrain by observing: Aspect and Elevation; Topography; Terrain Traps; and Avalanche Paths. A Short Primer on Avalanche TerrainIf you aren’t familiar with identifying avalanche terrain, the Avalanche Canada online terrain identification tutorial is a great place to start. Many avalanche forecast centers use an avalanche danger rose to forecast the distribution of the different avalanche problems at different aspects and elevations. Key points to keep in mind before you venture into avalanche terrain:• Get avalanche safety gear.
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How To Wash A Backpack & Other Gear Cleaning Tips

Let’s be real—your gear could probably use a wash. Things like backpacks, sling bags, down jackets, etc get dirty while you’re using them in your everyday life or life on the road. And, it’s probably been a while since you’ve taken the time to clean your gear.
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How We Made $14,179 in 1 Month On Our Travel Blog: Income Report March 2019

So in a way, this income report is an answer to all those people who have asked. We’ve found income reports incredibly helpful as we’ve grown our blog to what it is today. We can only hope that this income report is valuable to other aspiring bloggers out there. This road to earning a full-time income on our blog hasn’t been an easy one. So I guess in a way, pressing “publish” on this income report is a big milestone for us.
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How We Made $16,389 in One Month (while Island Hopping!): Income Report April 2019

We have nearly 30 affiliate programs we work with (just added a few new ones this month!). Here are our top-earning affiliates in the month of April (in no particular order):LOOKING FORWARDWe added a few new affiliate programs during the month of April, so we’re excited to see how they do. But for us, they’re just kind of meh...We’ve actually had the best luck working with smaller affiliate programs. In our income report last month, we predicted our advertising income would be lower in the month of April, and we were right. LOOKING FORWARDFor the month of May, we are expecting our advertising income to stay the same, or even decrease slightly.
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How we made $17,811 in 1 Month on our Travel Blog: June 2019 Income Report

Our Goals for next MonthWe release these income report late in the month, because we have wait for our affiliates to report their numbers. Next month goals: Like I said, we’ll be pretty go-go-go in the month of August, so hopefully we can make time to:Finish reading another book (I’ll finish my first one!) A change for our Income ReportsWe really hope you have enjoyed these monthly income reports and have learned a little more about travel blogging. The travel industry tends to be quite seasonal, so it is a better representation of our traffic and income to report on it seasonally. If you want to be updated when we release a new income report, please sign up for your Blogging Tips email list.
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How we made $18,065 in 1 Month on our Travel Blog: May 2019 Income Report

BONUS: Free Stuff: $5,181 valueWe NEVER include free travel or products in our income because even though it’s a nice bonus, it doesn’t pay the bills, honey. FREE* TRAVEL: $5,181 for two peopleOur Nepal press trip could technically be considered free travel, so we’re including the estimated value in this section. They might have nice meals and stay at a nice hotel and have an overall good time, but it’s still a work trip. Now, I think travel blogging press trips are probably way more fun than the work trip I just described, but it. MONTHLY COSTS:New Monthly Cost: This month, we joined Impact Travel Alliance, a media network for conscious travel bloggers.
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How Will the New Brazil COVID-19 Variant Affect the Lockdown Roadmap?

Someone somewhere in England is infected with what is understood to be a more infectious variant of COVID-19, and they may not even know it yet. Among the most worrying factors is the potential for reinfection with the Brazilian variant among people who have already had COVID-19. “We don’t have the data yet, but by analogy with the South African variant, to which it has similarities, the vaccines aren’t as effective. Failing to do so could put Boris Johnson’s four-step roadmap for lifting lockdown – and reopening shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs – in jeopardy. Advertisement“The roadmap has four tests that must be met, and two of them are about reduced transmissions and the risk posed by variants,” Young says.
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How YouTube's Ambience Artists Create Vibes, Virtually

What draws me to these ambience videos isn't just the sound, but also the uncanny valley visuals. Unlike Chilled Cow's simple graphics (the often-memed "study girl"), the images in these videos look real, but something's not quite right. There's overlap between the 3D art world and the YouTube ambience niche, it turns out. AdvertisementIn non-pandemic times, ambience videos provided windows into other worlds or calming background noise for studying and working. As McLean sees it, the visual surreality of these ambience videos can actually be part of the appeal.
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Hyderabad Just Got a Cab Service for Pets and Stray Animals

It’s been a weird year for the world at large but for our pets, it’s kinda been a mixed bag. Two animal activists in the south Indian city of Hyderabad recognised this issue, and came up with a pet cab service to address it. Every time we’ve wanted to take a rescued animal to the vet, the auto rickshaw drivers have charged us extra money.”The new cab service, though, is definitely a pricey option. We often advise customers on what and when to feed their pets before travelling.” After each ride, the taxi is disinfected. This isn’t the first time a cab service for animals has been launched—a service in Kolkata allows the same 24/7 while a Mumbai-based taxi service even does outstation pick-ups and drops.
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I Was A Trans Comedian. Here’s Why I Quit

They're not picturing us in the audience, and definitely not onstage, even as trans comic geniuses like Patti Harrison and Jes Tom are reaching increasingly mainstream audiences. Over the next three years, I rose through the ranks as a semi-professional stand-up comic. It was a depressurizing way into what I really wanted to talk about onstage: going through life as a trans guy. I especially wanted trans people in the audience, and I wanted them laughing loudest. “But you don’t always have to tell trans jokes.
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I Tried (and Failed) to Pull Off a Romantic Mexican Vacation During COVID-19

We had heard from a friend that the COVID-19 travel ban wasn’t being enforced at the Mexican border. “I’ve decided not to let you drive into the States today, ma’am,” said the U.S. border officer assertively once we reached San Ysidro, the busiest land border crossing in the world. This whole experience showed me how each country is enforcing the travel ban in very different ways. The land ban is simply not being enforced, despite pleas from Mexican governors and citizens. Americans make up 90 percent of daily border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico land borders, according to U.S.
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I Watched the 2003 Rudy Giuliani Movie So You Don’t Have To

Considering the real Giuliani seems to land in headlines weekly for some stunt more ridiculous than the one that came before, the movie is worth revisiting 17 years later. Film producer Marie Bardi shared a 71-second clip from Rudy last week, and it quickly racked up more than 2.8 million views. Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and I spent 89 excruciating minutes watching it, all in the name of journalism. But despite the 'Mayor of the World' stuff, the movie itself wasn't praised as effusively as its subject had been. And in a takedown headlined "James Woods, USA Network, and Canada All Suck," the University of Miami student paper wrote the whole thing off as a "waste of a combover."
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I Went On a Weed Tour of Afghanistan

After India, Nepal and Pakistan, Afghanistan was next on my list, for its unique weed growing culture. In short, decades of conflict have stalled economic development and largely cut Afghanistan off from the rest of the world. Once in town, I noticed a few weed plants growing around people’s houses, probably planted for personal use. The further we drove from the centre, the more conspicuous the weed plants became among the neighbouring cotton fields – until, finally, they occupied entire plots of land. This traditional method filters the cannabis resin, making it more concentrated – a practice that likely originated somewhere between northern Iran and northern Afghanistan in the Middle Ages.
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If We Care About Public Lands We Absolutely Must Reform the BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is the federal agency that controls the largest acreage of federal public lands, especially in the West and Alaska. My district comprised nearly 3 million acres and included two BLM national monuments and eight statutory wilderness areas. BLM lands can, and should, be a big part of achieving this goal. We see this in the BLM national monuments established under the Antiquities Act. For a great primer on public lands, pick up a copy of That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Public Lands.
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Illegally Serving BLM Head Illegally Remains At Post in Defiance of Court

William Perry Pendley, head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has been serving illegally in his position, according to US district judge Brian Morris. A couple weeks ago, Morris ruled that Pendley must vacate his position, having not been confirmed by the Senate, a legal requirement. Pendley has simply decided that, no, he won’t leave actually, in defiance of the federal court ruling. It also calls into question whether or not Pendley’s BLM feels the need to abide by any rule or law they disagree with. ADVERTISEMENTPhoto: BLM
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I’m an ER doctor. Here’s what I feel OK doing as my state reopens.

Each of us will decide, with a certain degree of arbitrariness, what we consider safe and important. That would clearly just not be safe right now. People have done integrated strategies to mitigate their risk of COVID even as they march and kneel in the streets. So I will also ask myself, will this activity allow me to tread lightly upon the earth, and if it doesn’t, do I really need to do it? I still don’t really know, and that uncertainty is something we will have to learn to live with too.
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In a Huge Policy Shift, Pornhub Bans Unverified Uploads

"Effective immediately, only content partners and people within the Model Program will be able to upload content to Pornhub," a statement released by Pornhub says. "In the new year, we will implement a verification process so that any user can upload content upon successful completion of identification protocol." As part of its moderation expansion, Pornhub says it will use a newly established “Red Team” that’s dedicated to auditing the platform for potentially illegal material. Carrie Goldberg, CCRI board member and attorney, told Motherboard that it's "not enough" that companies self-police and moderate content their users upload. Pornhub declined Motherboard's request for comment on Tuesday's policy change.
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In Canada's 'Hippie Town,' COVID Has Led to an Influx of Vanlifers and 'CERB Surfers'

Tofino has long been known as Canada’s surf capital and “original hippie town,” drawing transient individuals that reject conventional ways of living since the highway to the town was paved in the 1970s. But after only a few months, he went back to Vancouver due to limited job opportunities. Knowing how difficult it was to find housing in the small town of 2,000, he decided to live out of the back of his van. “I’ve moved eight times, and I’ve been here for eight years,” said Bush, who’s now employed at a surf shop in Tofino. For years, it was common for people travelling through Tofino to sleep overnight in their vans.
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In Europe, Travel Returns, but Not Confidence About What Comes Next

LONDON — Europe’s internal borders, closed three months ago in a frenzy of panicked uncertainty, are opening again. The uncertainty remains even if the sense of panic has eased. France, Germany and Switzerland were among the nations that lifted restrictions on Monday for all arrivals from nations in the European Union or the border-free Schengen zone. They joined Italy, Belgium and other countries in trying to move to a new phase in the struggle to balance public health imperatives, economic realities and shifting public attitudes. To help people navigate rules that vary from nation to nation, the European Commission launched “Re-open EU,” a site dedicated to information on travel to and within European countries, including quarantine requirements and tourist facilities.
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In Praise of the Vanishing Ice Dragons

A few centuries after the extinction of dragons, glaciers will also have disappeared, exterminated by humans and the harmful consequences of their lifestyles. Black iceOn a physical level, glaciers (like dragons) are huge living, mobile masses, often covered in seracs, big blocks of broken ice shaped like scales. In many regions around the world, the extinction of glaciers has accelerated because of the darkening of the ice. Due to its lessened reflective powers compared to bare ice and its increased absorption of solar energy, the darkening of the ice accelerates the melting of glaciers. Although dragons still occupy a key place in our cultures despite their disappearance, what will the physical, ecological and spiritual consequences of a life without ice be?
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In Rome, You Can Never Get a Taxi When It Rains

“In Rome, when it rains, it becomes very hard to get a taxi.” Apologetic shrug. “Well,” he says, “It seems that we may not be able to get you a taxi.” Big shrug. In Rome, it rains — on average — something like 70 days every year. “Well, there is a taxi stand. The taxi stand has but one taxi.
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Inside the Bizarre Publishing Ring That Linked 5G to Coronavirus

An international group of scientists, some seemingly well-credentialed, have been publishing prolifically in obscure scientific journals, accruing hundreds of co-authorships over the past several years. The authors' public profiles range from essentially non-existent to seemingly normal; some have institutional affiliations and co-edit a journal from a major academic publisher. Interviews with the co-authors, representatives from journals, and experts in scientific fraud did little to clarify a confusing web of motives for why these bizarre papers exist. Other co-authors associated with the pseudoscientific papers—and Lotti—have co-authored dozens of Letters to the Editor in the journal. Two of the leading figures of this monumental effort in publishing pseudoscience are Massimo Fioranelli and Torello Lotti.
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Inside the Lavish, Secret Vacations Celebrities Are Taking During COVID-19

But they did share the details of just how opulent their clients’ trips have been. Heald said she recently organized a two-week trip to South Korea for a "very high-profile Korean-American" family of four. Private villas, private yachts, private jets." "That’s the highest we’ve had recently," Couvillion said. There is some of that: 'If I am traveling, I want it private, because I don't want people to know.'"
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Into Not So Thin Air—How Global Warming Is Altering Oxygen Levels on Everest

Even if you have, there’s some interesting work being done about atmospheric pressure changing as the planet warms, and what that means for oxygen saturation levels at various elevations. A new study, available for free (refreshingly) at iScience shows how oxygen levels change at Everest’s highest elevation depending on air pressure, and with warmer summers the air pressure will be higher, meaning more oxygen should be available near the summit. You can actually, well, typically, anyway, infer the amount of oxygen available at a given elevation by examining the air pressure/elevation relationship. The same is true for all other 8,000-meter peaks on the planet, simply because they lie in the subtropical zone, and have access to slightly warmer air. As pressure increases, oxygen molecules pack tightly together, increasing the amount of oxygen in a given mix of gasses, like our atmosphere.
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Iran and the West: The Shah, Islamic Revolution, and Khomeini

Finally, with the establishment of a Third Persian Empire in the 16th century, this culture enjoyed a renaissance. After the war Iran's young shah, or king, Mohammed Reza Shah Palavi became more closely involved with the West. Back on the throne, the shah allowed Western oil companies to run Iran's oil industry again. After 25 years of the Shah's rule, the Islamic Revolution threw him out and brought Ayatollah Khomeini back from exile. Some Iranians claim the hostage crisis was a way to radicalize the Islamic revolution and put the hard-liners in power.
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Ireland’s Kinsale and a Big Battle

Not many of us know that Kinsale mixes history and cuteness better than any town on Ireland's south coast. Check out this article to know more about the self-proclaimed gourmet capital.
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Ireland’s Potato Famine and Famine Ships

And its feisty spirit pitted against the power of its mighty overlord meant centuries of suffering — compounded by a potato famine. Moored in the town of New Ross is a reminder of those hard times — the Dunbrody Famine Ship…a memorial to the countless starving Irish who sailed to America on ships like this. It was a very black period in Ireland and this was where the potato crop, the only crop the Irish had as food, was caught by a blight, and that took over the potato crop and destroyed it for all the Irish. So these ships came along and they took all these Irish immigrants over to America as they had better lives over there. Now, coffin ships were sailing back in the famine times.
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Iran’s Shiraz, Poets, and Dinner with Iranian Friends

A couple more hours to the southwest is Shiraz — a booming city of over a million people. Another center of Persian culture, Shiraz is a sophisticated city. Shiraz is famous as the home of beloved Persian poets. Gardens sprawl out from the poets' tombs with tranquil corners provided to ponder the mystical brilliance of these prophets of love. Guide: Nooshe jan.Other man: Yeah, nooshe jan.Rick: Nooshe jan, nooshe jan.Guide: The same as bon appétit.
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Irish Spirit: Sports, Literature, and Independence

It’s the perfect finish to a day in Dublin: Enjoying a pint and the great Irish storytelling tradition. While it’s been Dublin’s grandest street for 200 years, it was renamed after this man, Daniel O’Connell, only after the Irish won their independence in the 1920s. It was from here that Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of Irish Independence in 1916 — the one we saw earlier. This kicked off the Easter Rising, which ultimately led to Ireland’s independence from British rule. Here at Dublin Castle the British formally handed power over to the Irish in a stirring ceremony in this courtyard.
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Is Dimora Delle Balze the most beautiful hotel in Sicily?

Aubergines, peppers, potatoes, courgettes, melons, onions and strawberries are all grown for the kitchen, or are destined for the health-food stores of northern Italy as part of Dimora delle Balze’s Empasso Ladro project. Read next Hotel de' Ricci: a design-focused stay in Rome's epicentre Places To Stay Hotel de' Ricci: a design-focused stay in Rome's epicentreAnnuciata Junior SuiteWhat can we expect from our room? Spread across the manor house, the outbuildings and stables framing the courtyard and the turreted entrance tower, each of Dimora Delle Balze’s cool earthy-hued rooms is different. Address: Dimora Delle Balze, SS287, Noto SR, 96017, ItalyTelephone: +39 327 906 4756Price: Doubles from £114Book your stayRead next Is The Libertines' hotel worth staying in? Now read:A road trip tour of the best places in SicilyA road trip tour of the best places in Sicily Inspiration A road trip tour of the best places in SicilyThe best new hotels in ItalyAdvertisementThe best new hotels in Italy Places To Stay The best new hotels in ItalyThe most romantic hotels in Italy
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Is DJI’s Trade Up Program Worth It?

DJI, arguably the most popular producer of consumer drones has a buyback program called Trade Up, where you can send in an old drone for credit toward a new one. How Trade Up WorksThe Trade Up program accepts more than just drones, DJI does take back a variety of smartphones and GoPros for example, but let’s focus on the drone buyback. Visiting this Trade Up program page, you enter the model of drone, serial number, general condition, and any accessories you’ll be giving back as well. That’s nearly double the first estimate DJI gave me and 10 times what they would have actually credited me. DJI’s Trade Up program isn’t any of those things enough to make it the best option for selling back your old drone.
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Is Interior Department Blocking Public Lands Funding Out of Retribution?

The Great American Outdoors Act, which environmental groups considered a historic public lands conservation package, passed the Senate with what some dubbed “rare” bipartisan support on a 73-25 vote. The DOI list covers LWCF projects that would add land to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. “There’s no New Mexico LWCF projects approved through the Department of the Interior. Heinrich, who was instrumental in getting the Great American Outdoors Act passed in the Senate, agrees. Pendley was officially removed from his post in September, but not before the Trump administration formally nominated him to the position.
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Is It Safe to Fly During the Coronavirus? One Traveler’s Risk Assessment

Leading up to the trip, I thought long and hard about whether air travel was advisable with a deadly pandemic still raging. Considering the high air filtration standards, the biggest risk in commercial air travel seems to be the people in your immediate vicinity. I find it helpful to consider these decisions in terms of “risk budgeting.” This begins with the idea that risk isn’t a binary condition. The goal is to have a finite sense of how much risk you’re willing to take, overall, and then “spend” that risk thoughtfully. Before making any of these decisions, each person ought to make an honest and realistic assessment of their own risk.
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Is the All-New Ultralight Jetboil Stash Ultranecessary?

ADVERTISEMENTThe new Jetboil Stash ($130) though can split that difference, at least, to some degree. Because of that heat exchanger, it’s definitely faster than a pot with a flat bottom, but not nearly as fast as the standard Jetboil if that’s what you’re used to. The titanium burner and aluminum pot combo (barely) tip the scales at 7.1 ounces. If you’ve ever used a backpacking stove, you’ve basically used the Jetboil Stash. You can easily find a titanium pot that weighs less than the 5 ounce Stash pot, and a lightweight titanium burner that together will cost and weigh less than the Jetboil Stash.
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Is the Dyatlov Pass Mystery Finally Solved?

Is there a movie of the Dyatlov Pass incident? Realizing their mistake after a time, Dyatlov decided the group should make camp for the night where they were, though they were quite exposed. To sum it up: A small avalanche, about the size of an SUV, is likely what killed the hikers. The Dyatlov Pass researchers found data from old car crash testing in which GM stuffed cadavers in cars and rammed them into walls. Photo: Wikipedia***For more, check out Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
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Is this Scotland's most innovative archipelago?

Kildonan House, Eigg Charles DelcourtBut speaking to Eigg resident Johnny Lynch, aka musician The Pictish Trail, any notions of parochialism seem absurd. ‘Now, those ideas have entered the mainstream.’Read next The best hotels in the UK 2020 Places To Stay The best hotels in the UK 2020But Castaway 2000 proved that small-island life isn’t for everyone. Address: St Franny’s Bothan, Eigg, ScotlandWebsite: stfrannys.comPrice: From £77 per nightCragaig Bothy, UlvaOn Ulva, the structures are more ancient and primitive. The pick of the bunch is the Cragaig Bothy, reached only via kayak or a two-hour hike from the ferry pier. Now read:The most beautiful places in ScotlandThe most beautiful places in Scotland Inspiration The most beautiful places in Scotland8 of the best bothies in ScotlandAdvertisement8 secret bothies in Scotland Places To Stay 8 secret bothies in ScotlandThe 20 most beautiful islands to visit in Scotland
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Is this the Caribbean's most beautiful island stay for 2021?

Aerial view of Jumby Bay AntiguaSet the sceneTucked along Antigua’s north coast, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, Jumby Bay is a 300-acre island with dreamy palms that slow-dance in the breeze. Pool suite at Jumby Bay AntiguaAdvertisementWhat can we expect from our room? The Estate House at Jumby Bay AntiguaHow about the food and drink? Beachside suite at Jumby Bay AntiguaA final note: is it worth it? Address: Jumby Bay Island, Antigua and BarbudaTelephone: +1 2684 846000Price: Rooms from £1,661 per night, all inclusiveBook your stayLike this?
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Israelis and Palestinians: The Struggle to Share the Holy Land

In the Middle East, Israel and Palestine share the land west of the Jordan River. Israel is the predominantly Jewish State, while Gaza and the West Bank are Palestinian — mostly Muslim and Arab. The Muslims and Jews who call this region home share a family tree that goes back nearly 4,000 years. And today, most Arabs here are Muslim — a religion that arrived much later with their prophet, Mohammad, in the seventh century. Today, the combined population of Israel and Palestine is about 12 million — roughly half Jews and half Arabs.
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It's Not Just You, USPS Packages Are Massively Delayed Again

Every holiday season, the United States Postal Service gets inundated with packages and holiday cards. But this holiday season is proving downright crazy in some parts of the country. A spokesperson for the Northern Ohio District of USPS told Cleveland.com that the processing center has "faced challenges." The dynamic is similar to the one from the summer when packages were also significantly delayed around the country. Tintes told Motherboard he has roughly five times as many delayed packages this year as previous holiday seasons.
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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, the Great Church of Constantinople

The best look at ancient Constantinople is a church-turned-mosque that's been considered among the greatest houses of worship in both the Christian and Muslim worlds: Hagia Sophia, the Great Church of Constantinople. Hagia Sophia, which marks the high point of Byzantine architecture, is the pinnacle of that society's sixth-century glory days. For four centuries after that, Christians in Europe looked to Constantinople as the leading city in Christendom and this was its leading church. But the Byzantine Empire collapsed in the 15th century, and Hagia Sophia was turned into a mosque. When Hagia Sophia became a mosque, they couldn’t move the church, but they could move the focal point of the praying.
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Italy's Alps, the Dolomites

The Dolomites, with their distinct and jagged peaks, offer some of the best alpine thrills in Europe. The Italian part is called "South Tirol." That's why I feature it in my Italy guidebook as the ideal home base for exploring the Dolomites. Here in the region of South Tirol, even though we're in Italy, locals speak German first and Italian second. Kastelruth is the gateway to Europe's largest alpine meadow, the Alpe di Siusi [a.k.a.
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Italy’s Cinque Terre Villages and Traditions

Giuseppe: Yes, yes. The dry-stone-masons of the Cinque Terre are famed for their skill at artfully building and preserving the trails and terraces. Monica: Exactly, exactly. Italy’s Cinque Terre is an irresistible mix of nature, culture, and human activity — well-worn locals, sunburned travelers, and inviting family-friendly piazzas. While the Cinque Terre now endures the storms of the modern world, the region’s charms are as endearing as its people are resilient.
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Italy’s Lake Como: Honeymoon Country

While all have their charms, Lake Como is my favorite. Lake Como is lined with elegant, 19th-century villas, crowned by snowcapped mountains, and busy with fleets of little ferries. Bellagio, the self-proclaimed "Pearl of the Lake" is a classy combination of Old World elegance and new world luxury. Many Lake Como towns have a villa or two with their dilapidated 19th century elegance and wistful gardens open to the public — and even transformed into inviting hotels. Albergo Milano, located right in the old town, is the kind of place I like to recommend.
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Italy’s Padova: City of Galileo, Learning and Faith

Like the rest of the Veneto, Padova was ruled by Venice from the 15th century until Napoleon came — at about 1800. Four hundred years ago, the great scientist Galileo — notorious for disagreeing with the Church’s views on science — enjoyed that academic freedom. With 60,000 students, Padova’s university is always lively, and you’re likely to stumble onto some kind of spirited school event. The main drag leads to one of the most important pilgrimage churches in all of Europe: the Basilica of St. Anthony. For nearly 800 years pilgrims have flocked here to venerate the tomb of St. Anthony of Padova.
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It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still Standing

It’s Been Five Years and These SoCal National Monuments Are Still StandingOn February 12, 2016—five years ago today—fellow left-hander Barack Obama picked up his pen and created three new national monuments and protected 1.8 million acres of land that belong to you and me. Those three monuments are Castle Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow, and across Southern California, as best they can in these covid days, people are celebrating the anniversary. Spanning 1.6 million acres, more than 350,000 acres of previously congressionally-designated Wilderness, MTNM is comprised of a mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows, and spectacular sand dunes. It protects Native American trading routes, World War II-era training camps, and the longest remaining undeveloped stretch of Route 66. The monuments survived the four years of Sauron’s administration without reduction, thankfully, but threats remain, including groundwater pumping, development encroachment, climate change and more.
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It’s Market Day in Sarlat

Twice a week, the normally traffic-free lanes of Sarlat are clogged with a human traffic jam of shoppers. Wednesday and Saturday are the town’s market days. Check out this article to know what all goes in a normal day at this market.
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It’s Time for the Eternal September to End

I am, of course, discussing the Eternal September, a 1993 move by AOL to allow its users into the free-for-all that is Usenet. Image: sarahe/FlickrHow the Eternal September set the stage for decades of online conflictFor decades, internet culture has struggled with the n00bs. The initial separation between the normal and the technical that the Eternal September fostered underlined the tribalism that other internet users follow without even thinking about it. And well, this user was a technical user in a highly technical role. And while technical corners can and should exist, we should no longer pretend that technical users have a monopoly on these stories.
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Jabra’s Elite 45h May Be The Smartest Headphones Under $100

Jabra’s Elite 45h aren’t the best on the market – there are much more impressive and expensive headphones – but rather than water down premium features, the 45h have come up with their own. At less than $100, Jabra’s 45h are carving out a niche in the mid-tier headphone space for anyone shopping in this price range. On The SurfaceThe Jabra Elite 45h come with a USB charging cable and carry case, neatly fitting inside since the ear cups can be turned 90 degrees. The speakers in the Elite 45h are 40mm, largest in this class and the battery life is a very impressive 50 hours. You can make out more nuance from what you’re hearing, it’s like having a different pair of headphones.
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Jabra’s Elite 85h Noise Canceling Headphones Are Designed With AI For Frequent Travelers

Active noise canceling (ANC) is a feature reserved for premium headphones but Jabra’s Elite 85h is a jump into the market, bringing artificial intelligence with it while undercutting the competition. The Elite 85h on the other hand analyzes your surroundings automatically, tuning the ANC to let vocals through when needed. Your phone will show two Bluetooth connections to the Elite 85h, not entirely elegant but more of a quirk than a complaint. Beautiful but functional Scandinavian design like their entry-level Move, the Elite 85h automatically pause music when you take them off. There’s a lot to like about the Elite 85h, they’re comfortable to wear, come with a form-fitting case, and impressive AI ANC.
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Jams Are Fun: A Rough Day on the North Sea

I wrote this a few years back, while working on our Northern European Cruise Ports guidebook, somewhere in the churning North Sea. As I write this, my cruise ship is rocking violently to and fro. In a bit of delicious serendipity, the afternoon’s scheduled entertainment was — I am not making this up — a troupe of Chinese acrobats. Wise move, Chinese acrobats. And if I’m lucky, maybe they’ll reschedule those Chinese acrobats.
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Jams Are Fun: Making the Most of a Bad Situation

As we head into a long, dark winter, I find myself thinking about my travel motto: “Jams Are Fun.” That means making the most of a bad situation, rolling with the unexpected, and finding humor, joy, and meaning in the chaos. But now more than ever, it’s important to stay the course, stay positive, and try to find the fun in the jams. I’ve been collecting my own “Jams Are Fun” travel stories for the last few years on my blog. And in the Comments, share your own favorite “Jams Are Fun” stories. What are some of your favorite “Jams Are Fun” memories?
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Jams are Fun: Speed Traps and Bribes in Republika Srpska

After two fascinating days road-tripping through Bosnia with my buddy Ben, we were on our way out of Republika Srpska, within sight of the Croatian border. Leaving the little town of Vrbaška, the country road entered a sparsely populated area, and the car ahead of me slowed way down. Finally came the answer: “We can pay fine for you later today. And who would later be blogging to the whole world about just how corrupt the police force is in Vrbaška, Republika Srpska, Bosnia-Herzegovina, postal code 78400. When it comes to getting out of a jam, 50 euros is a hefty price to pay.
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Jerusalem: Holy for Jews, Muslims, and Christians

But its historic core, the Old City — home to around 35,000 — feels lost in time. The pilgrims’ journey ends in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Calvary Hill, or “Golgotha”. Only a few steps away, under a grand dome, pilgrims line up to enter the Holy Sepulchre and place a candle near the tomb of Jesus. While complete Muslim control of Jerusalem is unrealistic, many Arabs envision an independent Palestinian state, with this part of Jerusalem — East Jerusalem — as their capital. These are the homes of Jewish families staking out this bit of the Old City for their community.
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Jono Lee: Advice on Gear & Travel Apps

Today, I'm still on the road and working on Wanderprep.com, a to-the-point travel resource because I realized how friction-filled traveling was. Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that doesn’t?
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Keep Looking Forward: 20 Instagram Accounts for Environmental Inspiration

Let’s call it hopescrolling — the art and act of looking for beautiful things and important information to keep us inspired. With the pandemic and election results still looming over our heads, here are 20 of our favorite nature- and environment-related Instagram accounts. ADVERTISEMENTiNaturalistSome of the best photos from the app that helps scientists and everyday citizens keep track of the natural world. Everyday Climate ChangeSix photographers team up to showcase the very real effects of climate change around the world. David AttenboroughThe conservation icon doesn’t plan to be on Instagram very long — hey, he’s in his nineties — but this account is gold.
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Kelly Loeffler Posed for a Selfie With a Longtime Member of the KKK

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, one of two Georgia Republicans running in the crucial Jan. 5 runoff race that will determine control over the Senate, is trying to distance herself from a lifelong white supremacist she took a selfie with last week. Doles has a long history of racist violence, including a 1993 beating of a Black man at a Maryland traffic light. He also took part in the violent 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, where one counterprotester was killed. Doles told the AP that he’s denounced white supremacy since 2017, allegedly going as far as to address his past in front of an all-Black church congregation. If the two conservative incumbents lose, the Senate will be locked 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, which would make Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote.
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Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier

It was also in Beantown that a young woman named Kittie Knox picked up her first bike, and rode off into both cycling and civil rights history. Ayesha McGowan, first inaugural Kittie Knox Award recipient from the League of American Bicyclists. “With the Boston delegation is also Miss Kittie Knox, a pretty young colored girl, who rides in the Riverside Cycle Club, Boston’s only colored cycling club,” the article continued. Until February 28, 2021, USA Cycling is hosting the Kittie Knox Challenge, a virtual cycling event to honor her miles ridden between Boston and Asbury Park. Today, in her hometown of Cambridge, cyclists can take to the Kittie Knox Bike Path, a permanent honor to her memory and historical impact.
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LA’s Rich Somehow Got COVID Vaccines Meant for Minority Communities

A man gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Connie Castro, a Los Angeles Unified School District nurse, as LAUSD's first vaccination site opened at the Roybal Learning Center, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Los Angeles. More than 2,000 community organizations have contacted the state about participating in the program, California Office of Emergency Services (OES) spokesperson Brian Ferguson told the Times. AdvertisementBut after those codes became available last week, wealthier people in Los Angeles began getting the codes via group chats and messages, the Times reported. AdvertisementThe Los Angeles situation shows how the well-documented problems with vaccine signups persist. After Massachusetts expanded its COVID-19 eligibility last week, the state’s vaccine appointment locator website crashed for more than two hours, according to Boston.com.
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Lawsuit by Tech CEO Over Failed Everest Bid Could Be Big Problem for Guides

The idea was to take photos of Mountain Hardwear athletes in action, and make a push for the summit. “This was a Mountain Hardwear expedition arranged by the president of Mountain Hardware to do photo shoots and then try to go to the summit,” Bookman told GeekWire. “On the first acclimatization walk out of Base Camp, the president of Mountain Hardwear fell seriously behind and was obviously struggling,” Bookman said. “The very next morning, [Vernachio] announces the Mountain Hardwear expedition is canceled. With the Mountain Hardwear team gone, Madison waited for a week to see what the serac would do.
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Leader of Christian Group Amy Barrett Belonged to Once Said He'd Kick Out Members for Gay Sex

At the time of that interview, Barrett was a nominee for a slot on the 7th U.S. Additionally, Barrett was on the board of trustees at Trinity Schools, a group of Christian schools established by People of Praise, from 2015 to 2017, according to the New York Times. Past members of the group told the Associated Press last month that women were taught to submit to the will of their husbands. In the 2019 South Bend Tribune report, a woman also said she was punished for expressing in a women’s group meeting that she was attracted to women. Group members also reportedly adhere to a lifelong loyalty oath, according to the Times.
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Learning From Turning All Year

ADVERTISEMENT“We have permits!” I yelled back, shuffling my muddy ski boot off the snow and onto a pile of sun-warmed rocks. The rain-or-shine challenge of Turns All Year beckons us to stop looking for that silver platter of fun and powder days and to go outside anyway. It was July 1 and we were skiing on a mountain covered more with sunburned rock than fields of snow. There are years when the local ski resorts can only open for a few days because the snowpack is so dismal. The rain-or-shine challenge of Turns All Year beckons us to stop looking for that silver platter of fun and powder days and to go outside anyway.
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Learning to Love Backpacking in the Rain

The first time I got caught backpacking in a serious rain I was an idiot. The—barely there, I admit—sense of potential danger thrilled in a way fair weather backpacking never had. When rain starts, I get a little charge out of donning my rain gear. It’s like a miniature spring in the afternoon, as animals emerge from their bad weather refuges, me included. A little bad weather gives a more complete picture of the backcountry experience than you’d get if you only tramp around in 75-degree perfection.
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Leon Crane Survived a Plane Crash and 80 Days in the Alaskan Winter

ADVERTISEMENTLt. Leon Crane’s ordeal began 25,000 feet above that lonely stretch of the Yukon on December 21, 1943. Crane watched Pompeo’s parachute drift over a nearby ridge before he landed up to his waist in snow. After calling out to no response, Crane starting pushing through the snow making for the smoking crash site, some 1/4 mile away. Crane managed to start a fire next to the frozen river using a letter from his father warmed in his breast pocket. Crane survived over 80 days in the Alaskan wilderness, with no training, no experience in the Arctic, and no survival skills.
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Life with covid-19 requires smart thinking about how our risks accumulate - The Washington Post

It’s the same with a coronavirus budget. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined specific criteria for who is at highest risk for worse outcomes from covid-19. The same applies for the coronavirus budget: What activities are essential? Where you live is the single most important determinant of how much more you can fit into your coronavirus budget. The concept of the coronavirus budget works at the community level, too.
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Listen to Michael Palin Discuss Scottish Mountain Legend Hamish MacInness

MacInness, a decorated mountaineer and rescue expert, became friends with Palin during the filming. ADVERTISEMENT“I rang Hamish from the heart of the Karakorum mountains: ‘I can see K2 how do I get there?’” Palin added to a reporter at Irish News. We’ll be covering his life in a future Historical Badass column, but for now, we wanted to share this wonderful interview with Palin about MacInness. I think I was the worst mountaineer in the team at the time. MacInness is legendary for his work, The Mountain Rescue Handbook, considered “the Bible” of mountain rescue books.
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London's National Gallery and Tower of London

And, overlooking it, is the National Gallery, with London's greatest collection of European paintings. The National Gallery lets you tour the sweeping story of European art without ever crossing the Channel. The Tower of London goes back to the Norman Conquest. This original tower — the White Tower — gave the castle complex its name. The tower marks the oldest part of London — a district called “The City.” Today this is the financial center of Britain.
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Locanda Don Serafino, Sicily review

A Ragusan original carved into a historic hilltop town with a legendary restaurant. Check out this article to get a modest review of Locanda Don Serafino and plan your next dinner date!
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London’s Two Great Churches: St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey

And the city that rose from the ashes of that fire was decorated by the Wren-designed spires of some 50 churches. Today, it’s the symbol of London’s resilience: its rise from the Great Fire, and of London’s survival of the Blitz of World War II. In the 1800s, Queen Victoria called St. Paul’s “dim, dingy, and ungodly,” so the east end of the church was then slathered with Victorian bling…beautiful Victorian bling. Christopher Wren spent nearly half his life working on St. Paul’s. The abbey is filled with the remains of people who put the Great in Britain — saints, musicians, scientists, and soldiers.
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Love in the Time of Corona

Call me a romantic, but I don’t believe some rude little virus should get in the way of love, or, at least, in the way of dating. Host a remote movie dateUnder less cataclysmic circumstances, I love seeing a movie in a theater on a date. In lieu of going to a theater, schedule a remote movie date. Take a (virtual) museum strollGoing to a museum is another great date option that corona wanted to ruin but CAN’T. If your date is 420-friendly, you can both light up and pretend you’re in Amsterdam at the Van Gogh Museum.
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Lyon, France's Proud Second City

Despite being one of France's largest cities, Lyon has an old center that feels peaceful and manageable. Check out this article to know Lyon became one of the leading cities in France since ancient Roman times.
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Madrid and Its Love of Ham

No major sight is more than a 20-minute walk or a five-minute cab ride from Madrid’s lively main square the Puerto del Sol. My Spanish friend and fellow tour guide Carlos Galvin is joining us to share a local’s insight into Madrid’s culture and food. If Spain had a national food it would probably be jamón — that’s ham. The eatery, called the Museum of Ham, is tastefully decorated…unless you’re a vegetarian, or a pig. Rick: So in Spain you don’t just say "ham"?
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Make Your Campsite Breakfast Better with Freshly Made Biscuits

Maybe it’s because the idea of having something freshly baked on a camping trip seems so foreign to most people. Let’s get one thing straight: camp biscuits are probably not going to have the same form as biscuits made in your kitchen. You are eating freshly made biscuits after all, who cares what they look like? Eat them straight off the frying pan, and when you split them open, they are warm and a perfect vehicle for a healthy dose of jam or honey. This recipe makes a biscuit that can go just as well with breakfast as it can with dinner; essentially any time you are craving something freshly baked and have a few extra minutes to spare on the frying pan.
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Making Your Own Outdoor Toys Is the Best Kind of Addiction

Win, win, and win. Woodworking appliances made to shave down straight pieces of lumber seemed like the most ill-suited tools imaginable to shape a curved surfboard made from foam. Still, I may have been getting ahead of myself; after all, there was a chance my handshape wouldn’t even surf. Win, win, and win. Pick up a copy of The Surfboard Book: How Design Affects Performance for a good place to start.
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Maramureș: Romania’s Living Folk Museum

At the fringe of the country, tucked next to the Ukrainian border, is Romania’s most isolated region: Maramureș. The gates protect family compounds: along with the home, you’ll find a barn, a garden, and an old-time dipping well. After dinner, the evening continues in the music room, where Ana’s husband gets out his violin and shares some rousing folk music. Even modern churches are still built in the traditional wooden style. In 1935, a local woodcarver — reviving an old tradition — began adorning what’s known as the “merry cemetery” with a forest of vivid memorials.
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Marfa, Texas, Surprises Us Again

Marfa, Texas, was destined to be a funky desert town in the proverbial middle of nowhere. It’s certainly quirky, and there are likely at least a few hermits and misanthropes around town, but Marfa has evolved into a compelling, cultural West Texas outpost. Inspired by the starkness of the landscape, Marfa produced – and still cultivates – a strong minimalism movement in the art world. The Marfa weeHouse was designed by Alchemy, a Minnesota-based architecture firm that pioneered this particular style of tiny (and not-so tiny) home. The Marfa weeHouse is 440 square-feet of horizon-watching relaxation.
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Marie Tharp’s Discovery of Undersea Mountains Shook—and Changed—the World

Tharp showed that it contained rugged terrain, and that much of it was laid out in a systematic way. Thanks to Tharp’s hand-drawn renditions of the ocean floor, I can imagine a walk across the Atlantic Ocean bottom from New York City to Lisbon. Then back down to the ocean floor, until I began trekking up the European continental slope to Lisbon. Their collaboration included an Indian Ocean map, published by National Geographic in 1967, and a 1977 World Ocean Floor map that is now held at the Library of Congress. Marie Tharp was the first person to show the rich topography of the ocean floor and its different neighborhoods.
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Martin Luther’s Experience as a Pilgrim in Rome

Imagine Luther, the weary yet wide-eyed young pilgrim, trekking for weeks… and finally cresting this hill and seeing Rome. Passing through the gates of the city, he dropped to his knees and said, "Hail, holy city of Rome!" While today’s basilica was built shortly after Luther’s visit, stepping into the grand church, Luther would have had an experience much like pilgrims do now. In Rome, Luther came face to face with this worldly corruption at its worst. Like any devout pilgrim, Luther immersed himself in the holy sights of Rome and visited a long list of relics.
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Mask-Wearing Is a Very New Fashion in Paris (and a Lot of Other Places)

In France, a strong belief that the French would culturally reject the practice — and confidence that masks could be imported quickly if needed — has contributed to a desperate shortage. In the past decade, France’s formidable national stockpile of masks shrank from 1.7 billion to 150 million at the outset of the current pandemic. The debate over the simple face mask has sometimes evolved into a larger discussion over the role of the individual in society, pitting the West’s individualism against Asia’s collectivism. President Trump appeared to embody that ambivalence when, even as he announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now endorsed widespread mask-wearing, he said he would not wear one himself. Frédéric Keck, a French anthropologist specializing in pandemics, said that, in the West, mask-wearing was seen through an individual’s perspective.
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Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor Shop

Meet, and Save, Slim Pickins, A Very Cool Outdoor ShopIn downtown Stephenville, Texas, a small town smack in the middle of the state, there’s an old Recall Drugs storefront that, in 2017, became Slim Pickins, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop. Jahmicah pondered leaving the town, a traditional cowboy-centric Texas place, but decided to make his, and his family’s stand right there in Stephenville. A dedicated angler, Dawes wanted a shop that the Black community could feel comfortable walking into, maybe learning a new skill, a new way to be. Together with The Outbound Collective, Slim Pickins put together a great short film about their shop, their community, and, whether they meant to or not, the film taps into that love we all have of our own gear shops. The film is below, and if you feel so inclined, here is a link to their GoFundMe page.
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Meet the 17-Year-Old Leaking Music From Some of the World's Biggest Rappers

This last detail might sound implausibly high-tech for a teenager from Suffolk, but the fact is that the global music leaking scene is largely run by young hackers. There’s other ways songs leak but I’d rather not give light to methods that still work great to this day. How much unreleased music would you say you’ve had access to since you've been doing this? Sometimes I promote unreleased music on their social media accounts, so I definitely have gained a few customers from hacking rappers. I’ve done a lot of stuff before music leaks, and music leaks probably give me the biggest buzz out of all of them.
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Meet the College Professor Teaching 'Trek' to Millennials

Edelson was one of 15 students in the spring 2019 section of Mohamed Noor's "Genetics, Evolution, Star Trek," a course that teaches evolutionary biology through Star Trek. The professor has led sessions and sat on panels at cons such as Atlanta's DragonCon, and wrote Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds, which he used as the textbook for "Genetics, Evolution, Star Trek." "The objective isn't to teach Star Trek," Noor says. "The objective is to teach genetics, evolution and a little astrobiology, but using Star Trek as an entryway for it." "Genetics, Evolution, Star Trek " met for 90 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your Doorstep

Meet the Decal That Can Return Your Lost Gear to Your DoorstepPretty much every well-used trailhead in or near any outdoorsy town has a little lost and found section. You buy a decal for $4, it has a QR code printed on it. Scan the code, enter your info to create an account, and now the gear can be traced back to you. Drop your fishing net, trekking pole, etc., and somebody finds it, they see the decal, they scan the QR code indicating they’ve found it, and Karmik pings you to let you know. The finder also gets a reward from Karmik, anything from an entry for free gear to Karmik-branded swag.
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Meet the female farmers changing the face of Australian agriculture

She fell for ‘another world and life, meeting phenomenal people who I made honest connections with, something I lost living in the city’. ‘I love station life; it is where I’ve learned my skills and what has made me who I am,’ says Gordon. A case in point is Camille Camp, head stockwoman at her family’s Kalyeeda Station in Kimberley. The day closes with an ice-cold stubby of beer and a hearty dinner before lights-out at 8pm in a simple, demountable donga. Days off are spent exploring new bush territory, swimming in isolated water holes and taking part in rodeo.
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Meet the Fishermen Who Caught the Fish in Your Aquarium

He earned PHP4 for three days of work in the 1970s, selling one reef fish for 10 to 50 centavos. In 1993, at 27 years old, Mang Cito received an offer to be an aquarium fish diver in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mang Cito, then, traded education for a life at sea to continue providing for his family as the first-born son. Historically, the highest concentration of reef fish species could be found in the Visayas region. In the latest assessment of the Philippines’ marine ornamental fish industry, over 60 percent of the total supply of these types of fish come from Region 4A, where Batangas is located.
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Meet the Gen Z campaigners fighting for environmental justice

Climate justice has increasingly grabbed headlines since, and many of those driving positive action to protect the environment are still at school. Just as with the topic of sustainability as a whole, the cause of climate change is complex. There are no humans without the earth.’AdvertisementOluwaseyi MoejohTO SOLVE THE CRISIS WE NEED GLOBAL CITIZENS. Ask the University of Buenos Aires political science student what he thinks the biggest causes of climate change are and you won’t hear clichés. ‘To solve the crisis, we need global citizens.
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Meet the Guy Who Teaches Wilderness SAR Teams About Wilderness

You see, in my family, you had to know ‘the story’ of the plants and the landscape around you. I slowly started to consider that maybe, just maybe, I had received a different kind of indoctrination to my peers. After I left school, I discovered that clambering over increasingly steep and dangerous sections of mountainside could be good fun. I wanted to reconnect with those childhood studies and share a different type of knowledge with those I journeyed into the wilderness with. Police officers, SAR teams and military units would seem, at first glance, like a diverse range of clients.
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Mercedes-Benz to Make Electric Sprinter Van—And It’s Coming to the US

Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch an all-electric Sprinter van, the eSprinter, in North America beginning in 2023. True, Rivian has raised more than $5 billion, but Mercedes-Benz doesn’t need to create all-new factories or an entire manufacturing infrastructure. So nearly half a billion bucks devoted to the Sprinter is actually quite a large statement. And don’t forget that VW will be entering the market, too, with its long-promised, reborn electric microbus. No matter what, we’ll have to wait until 2023 to see an eSprinter in the flesh.
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Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list

The Green Star, or four-leaf clover, marks sustainable dining and will appear in all future additions of the 121-year-old Michelin Guide. The symbol celebrates the restaurants holding themselves accountable for both their ethical and environmental standards. Lots of these joints work with eco-conscious producers and suppliers to avoid waste and reduce or even remove plastic and other non-recyclable materials from their supply chain. Check out our list of Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland to see the 2021 winners. Now read:2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed Eating & Drinking 2021's new Michelin-star restaurants revealed10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35Advertisement10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35 Eating & Drinking 10 Michelin-starred lunches for under £35The most beautiful restaurants in London
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Milan’s La Scala Opera House

Milan is home to possibly the world's most prestigious opera house, La Scala. Since it opened in 1778, La Scala has been committed to hosting the grandest of operas in all their intended glory. The La Scala museum collection features things that mean absolutely nothing to the MTV crowd: Toscanini's eyeglasses, well-worn batons, Caruso's bust, original scores, and much more. For over two centuries, Milan's glitterati has enjoyed breathtaking performances by the biggest names in opera from Maria Callas all the way back to Verdi. Giuseppi Verdi was the greatest of the romantic Italian opera composers.
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Milk Bar Heaven in Kraków

Looking to try something new? How about authentic traditional specialties for suspiciously low prices? Yes, this hidden gem in Poland lets you dive into the unique polish taste.
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Mitch McConnell Just Slammed Trump’s Plan to Pull Out of Afghanistan

(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just took a big swipe at President Trump over his reported plan to slash U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, displaying a rare split from the president. McConnell has defended Trump for years through major controversies, including an impeachment and Trump’s refusal to admit that he lost the 2020 election. "A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight, delight, the people who wish us harm,” McConnell said. The U.S. currently has about 4,500 US troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 troops in Iraq, according to CNN. McConnell compared a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan to what he called America’s “humiliating” pullout from Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.
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Moab Arch Sees 100,000th Yoga Pose

We could use a little humor this week, so laugh along with us. Friday morning, Melissa Fortnoy of Aurora, Colorado, slowly bent into Warrior Pose on top of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, and recorded the 100,000th yoga pose performed on top of the iconic sandstone formation. Park staff would prefer hikers not walk on top of the arch, but that obviously hasn’t stopped more than 100,000 practicing yogis, and others who don’t mind the exposure to the east. Moab’s most famous arch, Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, doesn’t draw nearly the amount of yogists, according to McCann. “I don’t do yoga, but I get it,” McMann said.
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Modern Art » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

Along the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, we decided to check out the rest of the museum. We bought a special timed ticket for the Kubrick exhibit for $20, which includes all of LACMA. The 2000 Sculpture by Walter De Maria:Sometimes I’m not sure that I understand modern art. But I do like how the book Steal Like an Artist put it: Modern art = I could do that + yeah, but you didn’t. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)5905 Wilshire BlvdLos Angeles CA 90036Have you been before?
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Modern Paris: La Défense and a Little Power Shopping

For a stark contrast in glass, head out to La Défense — a forest of skyscrapers nicknamed Paris's "petit Manhattan." To see the contemporary side of Paris — a celebration of modern commerce — hop on the Métro and visit La Défense. The glassy buildings — which house shopping malls with hundreds of stores, convention centers, and towering corporate headquarters — playfully compete for your attention. That's why the Le Défense Esplanade is like an open-air modern art gallery, sporting pieces that make going to work just a little more fun. My Parisian friend, Delphine Prigent, is showing me how even window shopping some of Paris's many fine boutiques can be a cultural experience.
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Moderna's COVID Vaccine Is 94.5% Effective and Can Be Stored in a Home Fridge

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, phlebotomist Mayra Fernandez gets ready to take vials of blood from study participant Julio Li, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez)The COVID vaccine being tested by pharmaceutical company Moderna had an efficacy rate of 94.5 percent, a “truly outstanding” result, according to top infectious disease doctor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The results came from a study of more than 30,000 participants, according to an independent, government-appointed review board. “It's just as good as it gets -- 94.5% is truly outstanding.”Vaccinations could begin in the second half of next month, according to Fauci. Last week, Pfizer announced that its vaccine candidate was more than 90% effective, making it the first company to release results from a late-stage trial in the U.S. for a vaccine candidate.
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Modernisme and Gaudí: Art Nouveau in Barcelona

While adhering to height and width limitations, they built as they pleased — often in the trendy style of the day: Modernisme. Modernisme is the Catalan version of Art Nouveau, which flourished across Europe in the late 19th century. Barcelona was the capital of Modernisme and, especially here in the Eixample, it shimmers with its characteristic colorful, leafy, flowing, and blooming shapes. Barcelona is an architectural scrapbook of the galloping gables and organic curves of the most famous Modernista architect… hometown boy Antoni Gaudí. Mixing Christian symbolism, images from nature, and the organic flair of Modernisme, it's an impressive example of Gaudí's unmistakable style.
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Monolith Disappears in Utah, Another Appears in Romania, Whoops, It’s Gone Too

Monolith Disappears in Utah, Another Appears in Romania, Whoops, It’s Gone TooLast week the whole world took a serious interest in the otherwise oft-ignored southern Utah desert when a 10-foot metal monolith was discovered. That remoteness did not stop people from somehow figuring out where it was and venturing out to try to get a much closer look. Photographer Ross Bernards went to visit the monolith and was stunned to see a group of visitors topple the monolith, break it into pieces, and cart it away. Another metal monolith is spotted, this time in Romania pic.twitter.com/K4BkfoVKSX — Reuters (@Reuters) December 1, 2020Will this be the end? Have the artists, or the aliens, or the alien artists satisfied themselves?
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Montenegro: The Black Mountain of the Former Yugoslavia

The black mountains that define this basin gave this country its name, Montenegro. Most of people from Montenegro are actually Serbian Orthodox Christians. Rick: That, in part, really kind of substantiates the fact that this is the most important religious place in Montenegro. As you can see, actually what makes hams for Montenegro different than hams from, you can say, other part of the Mediterranean coast is actually the process of smoking. Every 10 or 15 days, people who are doing that process are testing actually if the meat is good.
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Mount Etna: Sicily’s Lively Volcano

At about 11,000 feet, Mount Etna, Europe’s biggest volcano, towers majestically above the villages and farmland of the east coast. Today, the slopes of Etna are renowned for their fertile soil and some of the finest vineyards in Sicily. Salvino: We’re in the slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, and actually a great wine region. What we have here is volcanic soil. Etna, just like the rest of Sicily, has been producing grapes for thousands of years, but only in the last three decades has the quality of Etna wine achieved such great notoriety and prestige.
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Mount Everest Is Now Higher—Officially Speaking, Anyway

Nepal’s new measurements are “remarkable for their density.”Measuring Everest required a blend of old and new techniques. Figuring out where sea level technically is, below Everest, is extraordinarily difficult. Nepal deployed a gravimeter in hundreds of locations around the country, which, in effect, helped walk an imaginary sea level line from the coast to the mountain. Imagine Everest lifted from the Earth’s crust, and placed on top of the sea in the Bay of Bengal (typically, where sea level is calculated when estimating Everest’s height). Chinese surveyors performed their own measurements, based on satellite data and data collected from a survey back in 2005.
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Mountain Bike-Loving Bentonville, Arkansas, Will Pay You $10k to Move There

Mountain Bike-Loving Bentonville, Arkansas, Will Pay You $10k to Move There“It’s Pleasantville for a mountain biker and it’s a region with people behind it that are willing to do whatever it takes to grow the sport,” said Pinkbike’s Daniel Sapp this summer in an article about Bentonville, Arkansas, which has recently secured the trademark for “Mountain Bike Capital of the World.”Avid mountain bikers have probably heard whispers of Bentonville as a destination, but, at least for the Northwest Arkansas Council, not enough mountain bikers with good job experience have moved to Bentonville to live, so they’re sweetening the pot. For the next six months, they’re committed to spending a million bucks attracting young professionals to the area with $10,000 cash and $600 toward the purchase of a new bike. They’re gearing for remote workers, and, in fact, you must have a full-time remote job to be considered. You also must be willing and able to move within the next six months. But to take advantage of the riding, you really wanna be in Bentonville.
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Croatia and Czech Republic Planning a Corona Corridor

Some have already taken note, such as Croatia and the Czech Republic. Croatia is looking to expand this plan to as many countries with health security as possible, and the Czech Republic would extend it to Slovakia. The Czech Republic has also had a good number of negotiations. In 2019, tourism revenues in Croatia reached 10.5 billion euros from international receipts and 1.5 billion from domestic tourism. In doing so, “all countries could be prepared to control all aspects of the tourism industry recovery, including the worst affected countries in Europe,” he said.
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Many Climbers Claiming 8,000-Meter Summits Are Wrong

And whether by confusion or expediency, many have also missed the higher of the twin tops on Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). There hasn’t been a lot of climbing activity since the piece came out, so people haven’t had to deal with it. You write also that most of these missed summits were honest mistakes, and that the earlier climbers didn’t have access to the technology that’s available today. If we set aside the professional climbers for a moment, the majority of the people that are claiming these false summits today, often unknowingly, are guided clients. And so I didn’t actually pay that much attention.
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My Favorite Hair Care Tool Is a Silk Pillowcase

When people talk about silk, they’re usually referring to Mulberry silk, which is produced by a species of silkworm called Bombyx mori. A high momme count: Momme (mm) is the unit used to measure the weight of silk. A 30mm silk pillowcase will cost more than a 19mm pillowcase because the 30mm case has the thickest silk threads woven tightly together, which gives it a hefty density. A 30mm silk pillowcase will cost more than a 19mm pillowcase because the 30mm case has the thickest silk threads woven tightly together, which gives it a hefty density. A frustrating reality of silk pillowcases in particular is that most of them are sold individually, not in sets of two.
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Mumbai: female entrepreneurs changing rules in the city

Suhani JalotaThis isn’t just a revolution played out through creative circles; young Indian women are challenging the status quo in every aspect of the female experience. Suhani Jalota’s Myna Mahila Foundation, whose mission is to break down taboos around menstruation and end period poverty, is tackling wider challenges in Mumbai’s slums. It offers education, a support network and financial independence by empowering women through employment. ‘I see a lot of that “I’m not going to take s*** any longer” attitude now,’ adds Charanjiva. Now read:The best things to do in Mumbai, India10 Amazing Things to Do in... Mumbai City Breaks 10 Amazing Things to Do in... MumbaiFive charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaFive charitable organisations empowering local women in India Inspiration Five charitable organisations empowering local women in IndiaThe best shopping in Mumbai
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My holiday is cancelled: why don't you just give me a refund?

'We wouldn't dream of telling guests that they cannot have a refund — it would spoil our reputation,’ says the Bangkok- and Bali-based architect. ‘By postponing [your holiday], your money allows them to operate on what were already the skinniest of margins and keep staff members employed. While airlines aren’t currently in a position to give a straight refund, only promise credit or change dates. If flight costs were built into the price of your holiday, that part is going to be even trickier to recover. Read next Why you shouldn’t cancel your holiday Inspiration Why you shouldn’t cancel your holidayLike this?
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My Ultralight Is More Ultralight Than Yours

ADVERTISEMENTThis is the moment of shame, and we’ve all been there, whether we acknowledge it or not. You would like to think of yourself as a purist, an expert on ultralight backpacking or fastpacking or just fitting everything inside your pack. You are calculating calories per ounce of certain foods to determine which will be the most effective for your trip. You are cutting extra straps off, removing zipper pulls, doing everything you can to cut your pack weight. Then you throw a flask of whiskey in the top of the pack (what are we, savages?
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Mysterious Monolith Update: New Mysterious Monolith Appears in Romania

See More →An almost identical structure to the now-famous Utah monolith has been found across the world in Romania. The European monolith is only a few feet away from where an ancient Dacian fortress once stood, according to The Daily Mail. In a comment on a post asking to find the monolith’s location, they explain the red Utah rock was a giveaway. Lastly, the Redditor looked at the helicopter’s flight path, which started in Monticello, Utah, according to the post, and they followed it until the chopper went off radar. In a direct message to Motherboard, they explain Google Earth images from 2015 and before show no monolith.
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Napa Flats Wood Fired Kitchen

Cuisine inspired by California flavors with an Italian flair, made from scratch and then prepared in an open kitchen over a wood-fired grill. Enjoy the great dining experience here at Napa Flats Wood Fired Kitchen!
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National Monuments, Historic Sites, and More

Fee: No Entrance Fee, but Ferry Tickets must be Purchased from Statue Cruises (Additional fees for Crown and Pedestal access.) We did the Pedestal access ticket and got on the very first ferry from NYC (they also have ferries from NJ). If you come from the NYC side, the ferry goes to Liberty Island first, then to Ellis Island. Afterward, we headed over to Ellis Island to get a glimpse of the space where 12 million immigrants passed through to enter this country from 1892 to 1954. We kind of wished our family had more history in America because going through the Ellis Island Immigration Museum would be walking the footsteps of our ancestors.
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NASA Found a Lot of Water on the Moon In Breakthrough for Human Habitation

Humans have dreamed about living on the Moon for centuries, but this ambitious vision hinges on the amount of water that lies hidden in the lunar surface. “Today we are announcing that, for the first time, water has been confirmed to be present on a sunlit surface of the Moon,” said Paul Hertz, astrophysics division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, during a NASA teleconference on Monday. “This is exciting because the expectation is that any water present on a sunlit surface of the Moon would not survive the lunar day,” continued Hertz. The results suggest that some 40,000 square kilometers of the Moon’s surface may contain water ice, about twice what was previously estimated. The detection is particularly interesting because it shows that water can survive on parts of the sunlit Moon.
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Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

Following a joint FBI and Michigan State Police investigation, Watkins was charged with gang membership for his association with the Base and using computers to commit a felony. “We are buying houses and land and fortifying them,” said Watkins under an alias on the encrypted chat app, Wire, in early 2020. The chatroom was a place where members of different affiliations mingled and discussed the state of their violent movement. In early 2020, the Base was hit with a series of high-profile arrests of many of its most prominent members. But in the midst of the chaos, its Michigan cell, led by Watkins, remained intact.
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Neuschwanstein: “Mad” King Ludwig’s Castle in Bavaria

And it’s a land of fairy-tale castles — and the most spectacular: the castles of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, a.k.a. "Mad" King Ludwig. Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig’s boyhood home, looks much like it did in 1836. This is young King Ludwig’s bedroom. King Ludwig intended to sit on a gold-and-ivory throne in the company of six historic kings who were made saints.
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Nestlé’s Cookie AI Looks Creepy As Hell, But Could Improve Your Baking

I'm feeling slightly judged by the face staring back at me. AdvertisementRuth does not seem amused by my unrelated speech; she’s here to talk about cookies, and I keep stalling. She gives me two options, for a recipe walkthrough or to customize my cookies, and it begins: I have entered the portal into Nestlé’s new Cookie Coach helpline. She was created in response to recipe troubleshooting questions that came into Nestlé’s customer service line, as Nestlé’s head of digital strategy & innovation Orchid Bertelsen announced on Twitter Tuesday morning. As a proficient baker, I’m not sure I need quite this much guidance personally, but I’m slightly reassured and amused to know that there’s someone there to troubleshoot the baking process with me, even if Ruth’s surreal appearance unsettles me a little.
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New Banksy Mural in New York Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment

The anonymous British artist’s 70-foot-long mural was unveiled on Thursday, and it protests the imprisonment of the Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced last March for painting the destruction of a predominantly Kurdish town, with Turkey’s flag flying over rubble. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy said in a statement to the New York Times. Banksy’s sparse mural mostly consists of black hash marks, which visually represent jail cell bars and count the number of days that Ms. Dogan has spent in prison. A rendering of Ms. Dogan herself peers out of one of the cells, with her left hand gripping a bar that doubles as a pencil. She still has 18 months left to serve, and remains unaware of the mural, according to a news release.
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New coronavirus cases in the U.S. soar to highest single-day total

Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said, while the other states are not penalizing people for violating the “travel advisory.” Connecticut Gov. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have seen infections slow, while cases and hospitalizations have accelerated in many states in the South and West. “Learned that lesson.”Emphasizing the Northeast region’s progress, Connecticut Gov. Early in the coronavirus pandemic, in March, Florida Gov. New York was the main hot spot of the U.S. outbreak, while Florida had roughly 1,200 confirmed cases and 17 deaths.
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New Videos Show BLM Protester Running Away From Cops Before Being Fatally Shot

Screenshot of surveillance video of Jorge Gomez' fatal shooting at the hands of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Police say Gomez was also carrying a handgun in his backpack, which violates Nevada’s open carry laws. Police say they asked Gomez, who attorneys say was headed toward his parked car, to comply with orders to leave. After a brief exchange, one of the officers, who Gonzalez identified as Officer John Squeo, shot five non-lethal beanbag rounds. Police say Gomez raised his gun toward the four officers who had just arrived, prompting them to shoot at the man 19 times.
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New York City on a Budget: 17 Money-Saving Tips

Looking to fly to New York? Planning a budget trip to your favorite city? Check out this amazing article and get yourselves 17 money-saving tips that can help you spend a great time in New York city without stressing too much on your pocket.
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New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating on Zoom Call

The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added. There were also a handful of other producers on the call from the New Yorker and WNYC. At this point, they said, it seemed like Toobin was on a second video call. New Yorker spokesperson Natalie Raabe said: “Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended while we investigate the matter.”Toobin’s Conde Nast email has been disabled and he has not tweeted since October 13.
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Nice and Naughty: Santa Is a Sex Symbol

This year, Santa's parade arrival was pre-taped, as the parade organizers attempted to navigate around a pandemic to approximate some normalcy. But one thing remains constant in the holiday tradition: Santa is not just the star of the secular show from here until 2021, but a timeless sex symbol, and more people should say it. There are the old classic songs like "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Baby," two songs so unsubtle it's amazing anyone listens to them in the same rooms as their grandparents. Santa is Christmas' Porn Pizza Guy. Dozens, if not hundreds, of porn plots have taken advantage of these very tropes in their holiday content.
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Nicholas Clinch Proved American Teams Could Make First Ascents Too

Despite a nickname that makes it seem diminutive, Hidden Peak soars to over 26,500 feet the Karakoram range in northeast Pakistan. It’s also the only 8,000-meter peak with a first ascent nabbed by an American climbing team. That drive got two men to the top of Hidden Peak in the spring of 1958, before anyone else: Pete Schoening and Andy Kauffman. As in: “The plane ticket cost me five squirrels.”In 2006, a peak near Mount Vinson, reaching 15,900 feet into the sky was named Clinch Peak. ***You can still find copies of Clinch’s account of the Hidden Peak climb, A Walk in the Sky: Climbing Hidden Peak.
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Nîmes in Southern France: Roman Ruins and a Bullfight

The Pont du Gard reminds us that throughout the ancient world, aqueducts were stone flags heralding the greatness of Rome. It was a critical link, helping keep a steady river of water flowing cross-country to Nîmes — one of the Roman Empires largest cities. The Pont du Gard’s main arch is the largest the Romans ever built — 80 feet across. All this work was designed to bring water into the still grand Roman city of Nîmes. Nîmes' Arena — which is still in use — is considered the best preserved from ancient Rome.
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No Cooking No Problem For These Nut Butter Morning Oats

Nut Butter Morning Oats is a delicious, backpacker-friendly version of popular overnight oats recipes. If you’re an ultralight hiker and prefer to go stoveless or you’re not always a fan of a hot breakfast but need calories for the miles ahead, we’ve got you covered.
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No, more testing doesn’t explain the rise of covid-19 cases in the U.S.

ADADBut a closer look at the state of testing in the United States shows that this theory is dangerously wrong. It is true that the United States has dramatically expanded testing for the virus that causes covid-19. At the beginning of April, when testing was constrained at around 20,000 tests per day, positivity reached a peak of 50 percent. That’s the pattern health officials would like to see in testing, but it is not the prevailing pattern across the United States. ADADOverall test positivity in the United States has fallen dramatically (partly because we tested so few people early on).
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No Roof Rack? Pssh, No Problem, Says Sea to Summit’s Inflatable Rack

No Roof Rack? Pssh, No Problem, Says Sea to Summit’s Inflatable RackThe best piece of gear isn’t always the sexiest, most flashy thing on the online marketplace shelves, but it always solves a problem. That’s the case with Sea to Summit’s Pack Rack, a smart little soft rack system for any vehicle. Inflatable tubes cushion your cargo and protect the roof of your vehicle. A few quick passes with the straps and presto, roof rack is ready to go.
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No Word From Winter K2 As Sleepless Summit Push Enters Third Day

They last spoke to their base camp manager at nightfall Friday, approximately 6 p.m., telling him they were pressing on for the summit. Snorri and the Sadparas started from base camp Wednesday morning, climbing to Camp 2 that day and arriving in Camp 3 early Thursday afternoon. Sherpa Pasang Norbu, who on Thursday morning began an audacious bid to climb base-to-summit-to-base in one go, has returned to base camp after reaching Camp 3. Skatov’s fiancé, who was in base camp with him, flew with the body to the regional capital Skardu. Top Photo: Muhammad Ali Sadpara on the summit of K2, summer 2018
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North Carolina Claims Prisoners Who Died of COVID Didn't Die of COVID

Bingham was the ninth prisoner to die of COVID-19 in North Carolina—or at least, he would have been counted as such. The death certificates confirmed the deaths due to COVID-19 that North Carolina’s prison system announced, through September 20, when the deadliest months for North Carolina prisoners were yet to come. North Carolina has had relatively few prisoners die of the virus compared to other states, such as California and Michigan. Known as the Office of Corrections Ombuds, it has provided independent reports on state prison conditions and data throughout the pandemic. This decision about whether a prisoner’s death is COVID-19-related is made internally, by the prison system’s chief medical officer, according to Bull.
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'Nomadland': where was it filmed?

Frances and David Strathairn McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES. A road movie set among the van-dwelling nomad community of the American West, it’s based on a non-fiction work by journalist Jessica Bruder. AdvertisementFrances McDormand in Nomadland © 20TH CENTURY STUDIOS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. PROPERTY OF SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES.
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Norway’s Great Composer, Edvard Grieg

In the late 19th century, Norway's greatest artists and musicians called Bergen home. And just outside of town, is Troldhaugen, the home of Norway's greatest composer, Edvard Grieg. Touring his home takes you back to the Romantic age when Grieg was a major player among European composers. Composing at the turn of the 20th century, Grieg fused simple Norwegian folk tunes with the flamboyance of Europe's Romantic style. With a setting like this, Grieg fans become tuned into nature and nature lovers become tuned in to Grieg.
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Norway’s Lofoten Islands: Cod Only Knows Their Beauty

The Lofoten are a chain of spiky islands way up at the northern end of Norway, well above the Arctic Circle…comparable to the northern reaches of Alaska. To reach the islands, we went to Oslo (already at Alaskan latitudes), then flew due north for about an hour and a half. From there, we side-tripped into the main town of the Lofoten, Svolvær, where we took an RIB (rigid inflatable boat, a.k.a. Enlarge photo Enlarge photoOur favorite stop was the town of Reine, in the middle of a fjord immersed in the most spectacular stretch of Lofoten scenery. However, in a full week in the Lofoten, we never once encountered a single other American.
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Norway’s Natural Wonders: Mountains, Fjords, and Glaciers

Norway's lunar-like mountain-scapes and deep fjords were shaped by glaciers that covered most of the Continent 10,000 years ago. Rivers of ice like this carved huge valleys creating the defining feature of Norway's landscape — the fjords. And the visual highlight of this ride, Nærøyfjord is ten miles long and breathtakingly narrow — as little as 800 feet wide. Man: Long way down. Romantic painters and writers were inspired by the mountains plunging into the fjords and by the dramatic light.
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Now’s a Great Time to Become a Backyard Naturalist — Here’s How

Experts say you can find nature where you are already — whether that’s your backyard, a window box, or whatever sliver of wild is within reach. If you’re not sure where to start, try birds. “Backyard birding by putting out feeders is a lot of people’s entrée into the birding world,” says Andrea Jones, director of bird conservation for Audubon California. Or a lack of insect-eating birds could indicate a loss of insects from things like pesticides and insecticides, Jones says. This is an opportunity to appreciate what you’ve got in your backyard, says Jones.
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Nürnberg Rallies: The Stage for Hitler’s Propaganda

Nürnberg, so steeped in German history, was nicknamed the "most German of German cities." And it was here, in Nürnberg, that Hitler declared the Third Reich — a powerful German empire to last a thousand years. When Hitler took power, he made Nürnberg's Zeppelin Field the site of his enormous Nazi Party rallies. Inspirational images from Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda movie Triumph of the Will were filmed at the 1934 Nürnberg rallies, and then shown in theaters and schoolroom throughout the country. Nürnberg shows the enormous power of fascism's secret weapon-: propaganda.
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Nürnberg: Destruction in World War II

While this church, along with the rest of the city was heavily bombed in World War II, much of its art survived, thanks to heroic and creative efforts by its citizens. One part of Nürnberg that avoided bomb damage was underground — its vast and long-established network of waterways, tunnels, and beer cellars. It’s also where countless art treasures — both local and looted — were safely hidden away. That, for example, [is] where guards used to be who protected the artworks, which were stored in here during the second world war. We didn’t just stash the art treasures down here — they were carefully packed.
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NXIVM Survivor India Oxenberg on Why She Didn't Believe She Was Brainwashed

Oxenberg’s involvement in NXIVM didn’t begin in 2015, and it didn’t start with blackmail or sex slavery. She first learned about his life coaching venture NXIVM from her mother, Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, back in 2011. “I was groomed and coerced without my consent for nearly five years before I even had a relationship with Keith Raniere,” Oxenberg said. When Catherine Oxenberg went to the press about DOS in 2017, India says NXIVM suggested her own mother was a psychopath. Raniere’s sentencing comes a month after NXIVM funder Clare Bronfman was sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison.
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NYPD Cop Caught Saying 'Trump 2020!' on Squad Car's Loudspeaker Suspended Without Pay

A still taken from the viral video posted to Twitter by Brandon Hines. The New York City Police Department suspended one of its officers after viral video footage appeared to show the cop using their patrol car’s loudspeaker to declare their support for President Donald Trump. “Trump 2020,” the officer said over the patrol vehicle’s loudspeaker, according to a video posted by Twitter user Brandon Hines. BI-DEN!” Hines said in a tweet sharing the video Saturday, the first day of early voting in New York. Just last week, a Miami police officer was accused of voter intimidation after he wore a “Trump 2020” face mask to an early-voting site while in uniform.
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On Day One, Biden Moves to Undo Trump’s Environment, Public Lands Policies

On the schedule for President Biden’s first day on the job? Moving quickly to reverse Trump’s business and energy-first environmental policies. According to Gina McCarthy, President Biden’s national climate advisor, Biden will move immediately to sign more than a dozen executive orders today, one of which will direct federal officials to tackle 100 different projects meant to undo Trump’s environmental legacy. Biden will also immediately cease construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a giant relief to conservationists in the Southwest, outraged by the construction of a wall through a sensitive and wild ecosystem. Within his broader push to undo Trump’s environmental decisions, Biden will also restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments to their original sizes, reversing the Trump administration’s shrinking and opening of them to oil and gas drilling.
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Olympic National Park Hall of Mosses

Inside the Hoh Rainforest in Olympic National Park, there was a short 3/4 mile loop called the Hall of Mosses. Initially, we skipped the short loop, because we thought the scenery would be comparable to the longer hike. Plus, we wanted to see how far we could get on the rainforest trail first. Photos from the Hall of Mosses in Olympic National Park:PinThere were mossy trees on the hoh rainforest trail but none like these. PinPinThis short loop highlighted the best of the Hoh Rainforest.
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One Man's 16-Year Journey to Release an MMO Made Entirely By Themselves

Long before the video game industry was interested in making tools accessible for the average person, software like RPG Toolkit was absolutely essential. He was 10 years old at the time, and it would be several years before Johansson started on Key to Heaven. Johansson started making single-player adventures in RPG Toolkit, before feeling his ambition grow. Key to Heaven was an MMO, and an MMO needs players for it to function. "I ended up searching online using Google and 'top 100' lists to find '2D open world online RPG games,'" said Fisher.
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On Winter K2 The Search For Missing Climbers Comes To Reluctant End

Five days after Muhammad Ali Sadpara, John Snorri, and Juan Pablo Mohr Prieto launched their summit bid on Winter K2, and more than 100 hours since they were last seen from base camp, the search for the missing climbers has effectively ended. A fourth climber, Ali’s son Sajid Sadpara, 22, descended Saturday to base camp in winds as high as 60 miles per hour after waiting overnight for the others. Their departure marks the bitter end of a season that on January 16 saw the first winter ascent of K2. “When I was putting the regulator on, the oxygen started to leak because it didn’t fit well,” Sajid Sadpara said. Sajid Sadpara believes they reached the summit and met an accident on the way down.
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One Wild Week Road Tripping in Idaho

How to get to Thousand Springs: Getting to Thousand Springs is a little tricky. Along Highway 30, there is a big sign that says Thousand Springs Resort. Turn around and right after you cross over the bridge, turn east on the State Fish Hatchery Road through the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area. You will work your way through some farm roads in the direction of a road called “Thousand Springs Grade”. This steep road leads you into a park right next to the Thousand Springs.
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One Woman’s Mission to Visit Every Single Big Thing in Australia

Some of the more niche entries include The Big Deck Chair, The Big Lobster, The Big Purse, the Big Axe, The Big Galah, The Big Bull, The Big Kangaroo—you get the idea. Originally from New Zealand, Shez has travelled extensively around Australia, visiting some 250 big things over the past five years. Shez at the Big Hay Wagon and Bales in Kojunup, Western AustraliaVICE: Hey Shez, do you remember the first big thing you ever visited? The Big Deck Chair, Winton, QueenslandWhat have you learned about Australia’s national character while visiting big things? For people who have come to Australia and seen something like The Big Kangaroo or The Big Galah, they’re symbols of Australia; they’re part of Australian culture.
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Opinion: ‘Look At Me’ Culture Leaves Too Many Marks

The ranger showed a picture of rock art, or “ancestral inscriptions” as archaeologists often refer to the practice. Isn’t it just modern rock art?” she asked. Why are 800-year-old handprints sacrosanct, but not if hacked onto rock walls on public land today? Stacking up rocks, painting rocks, scratching poetry into the walls — it’s all part of the “look at me!” culture. Modern graffiti is often deposited over centuries-old rock art, and in some parts of the country, rock art has been used for target practice.
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Only One Republican Senator Is Expected to Vote Against Amy Coney Barrett Tonight

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of only two Republican senators who might have voted against Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, announced Saturday that, actually, she will vote for Barrett after all. And when it does, I will be a yes.”After a procedural vote Sunday, the Senate is set to hold a final confirmation vote on Barrett on Monday evening. Although every Democrat is expected to vote against Barrett, Republicans’ 53-47 majority in the Senate means there’s next to no chance that they will fail to confirm Barrett. Barrett, who will cement a conservative 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, is likely to be sworn in as soon as possible. That will let her participate in oral arguments in a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act that will come before the Supreme Court in November.
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Our editor-in-chief on how to get through this madness

Celebrating and supporting the travel industry. We are most satisfied when we track down the small, the independent, the curious and brilliant finds that don’t cost a fortuneRead next The best travel deals for 2021 Inspiration The best travel deals for 2021Ah, I love that film. I have to keep walking away from conversations because either a) I’m not hearing stuff correctly; b) I’m not hearing stuff because I don’t care; c) I’m not hearing stuff because I’m deaf; d) I’m not hearing stuff because what I’m hearing is not convenient to my current truth; e) I’m not hearing stuff because everyone is talking rubbish; or f) I’m not hearing stuff because if I listened properly it would mean I have to answer and I no longer have anything to say. That are special and one-off and lovely as can be, because all these places continue to need a helping hand. Celebrating and supporting the entirely reasonable in a world that gets madder by the minute.
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Our Best (And Shittiest) Travel Experiences From Two Years On The Road – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

People ask us what it is like to be professional travel bloggers, often assuming that we are “living the dream”. So to celebrate this momentous occasion, here is our collection of some of the best, and shittiest, travel experiences over the last two years. Camping On The Great Wall Of ChinaNo visit to China is complete without seeing the Great Wall of China. In the morning we showed up and spent all day teaching English to the coolest bunch of kids we’ve ever met! We couldn’t find water for hours, and we did it was filthy (luckily we travel with a SteriPEN).
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Our editor-in-chief on our commitment to the planet

And yet I don’t mind being at home, I don’t mind it at all. Humans are rather remarkable, the way they love with such rigourRead next The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, Italy Inspiration The ultimate road trip around Tuscany, ItalyAnd I wander. So after many months and many discussions, here is our edition focused on exactly the most important matter at hand. This is when the true commitment begins, for our planet and for the people who live on it. He looks at me, holds up his fist, gives a smile and says, ‘Come on, let’s go again.’
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Our editor-in-chief travels abroad for the first time post-lockdown

The moment I arrive, I doze off on the sofa as kids tumble in and out shouting and squawking. A second image is of the monks from the local monastery who have come to witness the brilliance of the lemon. Øivind HaugAdvertisementThis is the new issue of Condé Nast Traveller. For those who know there is alternative news, different stories, other narratives, if you wish to seek them out. Download the October issue of Condé Nast Traveller now, or subscribe to get your trial offer for only £1 a month + FREE home delivery + FREE instant access to the digital edition
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Our Editor’s Fave Facemasks From Outdoor Companies

I’ve been testing out more than a dozen different options from different outdoor brands over the past month or so. Favorite Overall: Outdoor Research Essential Face Mask ($20)Another mask with a filter pocket, the OR mask is a terrific blend of comfort, stability, breathability, and moisture-wicking. The filter pocket is prone to scrunching the included filters, but that’s the only gripe. Best for Demanding Physical Activities: Buff Filter Mask ($29)This mask boasts the sheerest and lightest feel, though it’s a double layer of polyester for extra protection. It also has a filter pocket and the mask comes with a handful of thin filters.
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Our New Favorite Fireside Blanket

Our New Favorite Fireside BlanketTakibi, in Japanese, means something like “to gather with friends around a fire.” Sounds pretty good to us. Now they’re pairing with Rumpl, maker of down blankets, on a collab called the Takibi Blanket that promises to be a warm, easily stowable blanket, that’s made with Snow Peak’s Tabiki fire resistant material. The fire resistance comes from a material called aramid, woven into the fabric of the blanket. Snow Peak’s products are universally well made with excellent attention to detail, so even though this is just a blanket, you just know every stitch and seam has been well thought out. We’re stoked to try this puppy out once temperatures finally drop enough to sit around a fire with a blanket, here out West.
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Out of Gas on Scotland’s North Coast

Driving along Scotland’s north coast is treacherous. No, I’m taking about running low on gas. Assured by the tourist office that there’d be gas in the village of Tongue, farther east, I continued on my way. About 10 miles out of Durness, the “low gas” light flickered on. I’m famously stubborn about driving to work and back — twice — with the “low gas” light on.
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Outbreaker Travel Backpack – Tortuga

If something is wrong and is our fault, we will make it right. Tortuga is a small business. We live and die by our reputation. If you have a great experience with a Tortuga product, we're both happy.
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PacSafe’s LS450 Backpack Is Ultra-Secure And Pretty Useable Too

Combining storage and security isn’t easy when it comes to something that needs to be as portable as a backpack. The MetroSafe LS450 Anti-Theft Backpack gets closer than most in a very capable backpack with security features – still a divide in usability you’ll have to navigate. You can watch my full review of the MetroSafe LS450 in the video above or read on. Those cushions make it so adjusting the straps while you’re wearing the LS450 isn’t really feasible. A thicker band around your neck too isn’t entire comfortable during hot weather – again another security design trade-off.
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Paris’ Latin Quarter and the Revolution

The Latin Quarter is the core of the Left Bank — as the south side of the Seine River is known. In fact, the University of Paris, a leading university in medieval Europe, was founded here in the 13th century. And Parisians called this university district “the Latin Quarter” because that’s the language they heard on the streets. The French Revolution was kicked off with the storming of the Bastille prison. Today, Paris’ vast Revolution Square is called Place de la Concorde — “place of harmony.” The guillotine is long gone, and its centerpiece is an Egyptian obelisk.
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Paris: France’s City of Light

The Seine River splits the city into the Right Bank and the Left Bank. Paris was born centuries before Christ right here on the Ile de la Cité — an island in the middle of the Seine River. But the little Ile St. Louis, connected by a pedestrian bridge, is laden only with the delights of good living. In fact, it faces the River Seine, and the River Seine has been called by Parisians “the mirror of the city.”Rick: Ah, it’s a great people zone. They were all, you know, very wild vendors which were all along the River Seine like that.
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Paris’ Louvre, Europe’s Greatest Collection of Art

The Louvre’s huge collection covers art history from ancient times to about 1850. The crowded Grand Gallery — while a quarter-mile long — displays only a small part of the Louvre’s collection. His private paintings became the core of the Louvre’s collection. Leonardo’s work epitomized the esthetics of the Renaissance, and the Louvre’s collection of his paintings demonstrates his lasting influence. The French Revolution was all about ending kings…so Napoleon crowned himself “emperor.” The politically correct art style of the time was Neoclassical.
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Paris’ Rodin Museum: Impressionism in Stone

A short walk takes us to the palatial mansion, studio, and garden of another great impressionist: Auguste Rodin. Rodin was a modern Michelangelo, sculpting human figures with powerful insight, revealing, through the body, their deepest emotions. With his groundbreaking Bronze Man, Rodin came into his own, and was recognized as an artistic force. The Kiss was the first Rodin work the public loved. Leaning slightly forward, tense and compact, every muscle working toward producing that one great thought, Man contemplates his fate.
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Parler Is Coming Back Online, But Its Users Have Already Moved On

In the weeks when Parler was offline, many moved to Telegram, Gab, MeWe, and other fringe platforms. Advertisement“Fuck Parler” was a common refrain on Patriots.win, a rabidly pro-Trump forum formerly known as TheDonald. But Parler, whose user interface mimics Twitter’s, tapped into a desire for a new online space for people who felt persecuted by Silicon Valley. On Monday after the site went live again, the new CEO sought to reassure users that Parler was back for good. Even when Parler was online, they simply mirrored their posts on other platforms rather than engaging in any meaningful way.
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Paris’ St. Sulpice Church and the Grand Pipe Organ

But the church I like to visit in Paris, especially on Sunday mornings, is St. Sulpice — to enjoy its magnificent pipe organ, arguably the greatest in Europe. For organ lovers, a visit here is a pilgrimage. Before electricity, it took three men, working out on these 18th-century Stairmasters, to fill the bellows, which powered the organ. St. Sulpice has a rich history with a line of 12 world-class organists going back over 300 years. This sacred music continues to fill the spiritual sails of St. Sulpice as it has for centuries.
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Part-Time Digital Nomads Natalie & Thomas

My name is Natalie and I'm a chocolate loving, calligraphy obsessed, graphic designer who loves loves loves to travel! These bed liners are really great to use at hostels or hotels. Thomas' “Trusty Three” travel itemsEagle Creek Pack-It Clean Dirty Cube: In all honesty I'm pretty organizationally obsessed so any packing cube is amazing but this one is really great. They are pretty great when you find yourself in a situation with a bunch of people and everyone is looking for an excuse to get together and do something. Natalie: I think the weirdest travel item I've seen is the Suitcase Robot from Travelmate Robotics.
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Pasta-Making Night at the Agriturismo

At Agriturismo Cretaiole, Thursday night is pasta night. Guests return from a busy day of tooling around Tuscan hill towns and wineries to make pasta specifically, the local hand-rolled noodles, called pici.
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Peloton Review: What to Know Before You Buy

The instructors of the live classes are a huge selling point, which makes sense, as the classes are Peloton’s bread and butter. “Encore” classes are re-aired live classes, with new live leaderboards, that fill out the schedule when actual live classes are not available. They are a major selling point—and a way for Peloton members to keep their full fitness strategy within the Peloton fold. The tablet is equipped with a camera and a microphone, designed for video chats among Peloton riders. We also like that people who don’t own a Peloton bike may try it free for 30 days and then buy into it if they want.
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People in the UK Could Face EU Travel Ban from 1st January

But you might want to hold off planning that city break to Lisbon: from the first of January, people in the UK may be banned from travelling to EU countries for non-essential purposes. This is because our coronavirus rate is too high and, as we will no longer be in the EU, stricter rules will apply. There is currently a list of eight non-EU countries designated “safe” enough to allow their citizens to travel to the EU for non-essential purposes. According to a Financial Times report, there are currently no plans to add the UK to the list. As it stands, it remains unclear exactly how long this state of affairs can be expected to last, although the “safe list” is currently reviewed every two weeks.
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People Take Care of Public Parks If They Feel They Have a Stake In Them

Based on my research in this area, I’ve found that it is possible for people to feel a sense of ownership toward parks and other public places without actually owning them. While people often intuitively feel this happens all the time, we directly measured its occurrence while conducting a series of four studies. Next, we asked half of the cross-country skiers at a public park to plan out their route on a park map. We tested the impact of “Welcome to your park” signs and an attendance sign showing the number of visitors to a hypothetical park. We hope that the managers of public parks take advantage of our findings.
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People Told Us About the Last Time They Hooked Up With Complete Strangers

One of life’s great pre-pandemic pleasures was kissing near or total strangers in public. I ended up ghosting him right after because I was gunning on hooking up with a different friend in the group, oops. — Brent, 23Puke-and-runAbout three years ago, I was at a bar in Austin with my friends during our senior year of college. Once I found her, she told me some older guy was harassing her. I'm not sure if he knew exactly why I pushed him, but I felt like the toughest person in the club.
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Pepsi's Biggie Ad Is OK, But These Videos of Him Freestyling Are Incredible

In a press release, the soda company touted Biggie's verse as a token of his “unwavering love [?] Watching the ad, you might think that Biggie's freestyle came out of nowhere, a random product of his allegedly deep devotion to the company's Refreshing, Delicious Beverage™. In reality, according to Biggie's friend DJ Enuff—who was there when Biggie recorded it—this verse was always meant to be an ad. We did a little digging and brought the wormhole to you, compiling some essential videos of Biggie freestyling about things decidedly less PG than a soda company. Biggie's Freestyle on 'Teen Summit'—1992 (or 1993?)
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Peru Opened Machu Picchu Just for This One Tourist

But this lucky tourist was finally able to check an item off his bucket list when his request to go to Peru’s most popular tourist attraction, Machu Picchu, was granted over the weekend, following a seven-month wait. Jesse Katayama, who is from Japan, arrived in the town of Agua Calientes, Peru on March 14, with the dream of seeing the historical site, Reuters reported. Determined to see the 15th-century Inca citadel, Katayama submitted a special request to the government to open the site. He was finally granted permission to enter on Saturday when the site reopened for him. Neyra added that the stone ruins of Machu Picchu will reopen in November, operating at 30 percent its usual capacity per day.
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Place of Women in Iranian Society

In fact women outnumber Iranian men in both universities and in many respected professions. There was no real student union center, just a small commons in each department…with a snack bar for men and an adjacent one for women. Rick: I would like to take a picture (that’s a good looking hat). Iranian women live under strict Muslim laws in public. Local surveys indicate that about 70% of these women would dress more freely in public if allowed.
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Pocket Outdoor Buys Outside Magazine, Other Brands In Huge Shakeup

For years, Larry Burke, who has owned Outside Magazine since 1978, had offers to buy the outdoor media flagship. As of today, Outside Magazine is now part of Pocket Outdoor Media, which already owned a bushel of outdoor titles, including Backpacker, Climbing, Ski, and Beta, the newly launched mountain bike magazine formed from the ashes of Bike Magazine. Nobody at Outside Magazine is expected to be laid off in the transaction. It’s a tough world out there for independent media these days, with ad revenue shrinking. It’s also a tough world for magazine lovers who value independent publications, with another biggie entering another big media brand tent.
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Poland’s King Kazimierz and its Jewish Community

If you’re going to remember one Polish king, remember Kazimierz the Great, who ruled Poland from Kraków in the 14th century. In the 14th century, when other nations were deporting Jews, King Kazimierz actively welcomed them. The neighborhood of Kazimierz — named for the king — was a thriving and autonomous Jewish community for centuries when most of the world’s Jews lived here in Poland. As Polish and Jewish culture mingled here for so many centuries, it’s hard to distinguish between Jewish and Polish cuisine. This thriving Jewish community — like most in Europe — was decimated during the Holocaust.
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Poll: Majority supports removing Confederate statues from public places

The majority of voters now say they support removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country, according to a new survey. A similar poll from 2017 found just 39 percent supported removing Confederate statues from public spaces, while 50 percent were opposed. ADVERTISEMENTSupport for removing Confederate statues is heavily split by party, based on the poll. Among Republicans, however, 80 percent said they oppose removing Confederate statues from public spaces and just 14 percent support it, the survey said. Independents are more split, with 50 percent saying they support removing Confederate statues and 46 percent saying they oppose doing so.
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Portugal’s Nazaré: Barnacles, Petticoats, and Wild Waves

Saving the capital city of Lisbon for another episode, we explore Nazaré, Batalha, Coimbra, the Douro River Valley, and visit the city of Porto. The fishing town of Nazaré. While touristy in the summer, Nazaré offers a good look at how bits of traditional Portugal survive. Nazaré and its golden beach stretch all the way to the new harbor. When conditions align, they create monster waves a hundred feet high, as dare-devil surfers enjoy the ultimate ride.
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Possession of All Drugs Is Decriminalized in Oregon Starting Today

Oregon has become the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to decriminalize possession of small amounts of all drugs effective today. The measure does not make it legal to produce and sell drugs in Oregon. Today, Oregon shows us a better, more just world is possible.”Portugal decriminalized small scale possession of all drugs in 2001. In Canada, the federal government is in talks with Vancouver—which is ground zero for the opioid overdose crisis—to decriminalize personal possession of drugs there. Montreal has also asked the Canadian government to decriminalize simple possession of drugs nationally.
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Powder Turns and the Art of Living

It was like hearing someone talk about a song or a work of art that spoke to them. Tele skiing. Mitsu’s response-describing the subtleties available within a telemark turn-made me realize that, for him, a perfect powder tele turn is a work of art. Or, what’s the most beautiful way to do this? By the way, if you’re into tele skiing, check out Paul Parker’s Free-Heel Skiing, now in its third edition.
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Pre-Historical Badass? 9,000-Year-Old Female Big-Game Hunter Found in Andes

9,000-Year-Old Female Big-Game Hunter Found in AndesVery interesting news out of Peru this week, as archaeologists uncovered the remains of a big-game hunter who died roughly 9,000 years ago in the Andes. More digging, more points and hunting tools, clearly belonging to the body. Contemporary and recent hunter-gatherer societies typically see a massive division in labor, with men the hunting and women the gathering. Even if this hunter was an outlier, a 17-year-old woman, hunting big mammals 13,000 feet up a mountain, is not what many people, archaeologists included, think of when they imagine a pre-historic hunter. Top photo: Vicuña, game species native to the Andes, surveys a domain free of teenage hunters.
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Preserving the Shackleton and Scott Huts

For an over a decade, conservationists of the Antarctic Heritage Trust–a Christchurch, New Zealand-based historical preservation organization–endured year-round harsh conditions to preserve three iconic Antarctic explorers’ huts and their possessions. Known as the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition, two parties intended to sledge boats from either side of the landmass, meet at Beardmore Glacier, and proceed to Ross Sea. With excessive persistence, Shackleton and a few of his men rescued the team’s second half–the Ross Sea Party, which was likewise stranded–19 months later. Buried under snow, warped by ice and threatened by deterioration, the outposts that were once occupied by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party and Captain Robert Falcon Scott had been redlined as endangered sites on the World Monuments Fund watch list. Photos courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust
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Prisoners Are Loading COVID Victims Into Mobile Morgues for $2 an Hour in Texas

El Paso County detention inmates on work release climb into a transport van after working at the Medical Examiner's office in El Paso, Texas on November 13, 2020. Mirroring COVID spikes nationwide, nearly 34,000 people are currently ill with coronavirus in El Paso, according to a public health tally kept by the city, and more than 1,100 are actively hospitalized. In the past month alone, more than 130 people have died of COVID-19 in El Paso County, according to data from the city. In response to the spike, El Paso tried to shut down nonessential businesses to block the spread of the virus. About 839,000 people call El Paso County home; the vast majority are Hispanic or Latino, government data show.
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Protection Worth The Price? A Review Of The Ultra-Secure Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 Backpack

9 Shares PinThe Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 is probably the most secure daypack you can buy at a 15 liter capacity. Little But StrongAs you can see in my full video review above, the Citysafe CS300 is a compact daypack made specifically to protect against pickpockets and robbery. The Citysafe CS300 is more of a camera with some random stuff type of sightseeing backpack. Who The Citysafe CS300 Is Good ForAlthough it has an RFID blocking pocket, the inconspicuously locking zippers are the CS300’s most practical protective feature. The Pacsafe Citysafe CS300 is good at being a backpack that thwarts pickpockets, bag slashers, and RFID hackers for a cost of around $100.
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Pups 4 Sale: Inside the Biggest Scam of 2020

As the coronavirus lockdown shuttered the nation, slimming Britain’s leisure industry right down to “long walks near your home”, demand for puppies peaked spectacularly. The most essential items of 2020 might have been N95 face masks, but not far behind were cute little designer puppies. According to Action Fraud, demand for investigations into this kind of puppy scam was nearly eight times higher than last year. The breeds most commonly used in fraudulent ads, they say, are Staffordshire bull terriers, Pomeranians, labradors and golden retrievers. In one instance, a vet in Crewe discovered a puppy with ocular problems so severe it lost both of its eyes.
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QAnon Is Here to Stay—Even Though Trump Lost

But given how central President Donald Trump is to the conspiracy theory, Q’s current lack of messages to their millions of followers is possibly his most significant period of silence to date. “Some QAnon followers are bewildered, but most are still trusting the plan,” Travis View, a conspiracy theory researcher, told VICE News. “Honestly, QAnon is so Trump-centric that there's little hope of followers accepting defeat until Trump does. And even then it's not a guarantee.”Biden’s victory might look from the outside a significant blow to the QAnon community, which views Trump as their hero. The car the men were driving was plastered with QAnon stickers and one of those charged, Antonio LaMotta, was a QAnon believer.
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QAnon Is Running the Pizzagate Playbook With Hunter Biden

In 2016, the original Pizzagate conspiracy theory—which claimed Democrats were running a child sex ring—spawned the birth of QAnon, a conspiracy movement that has grown to become a global phenomenon. QAnon followers quickly picked up on the claims and linked them to other so-called proof. Along with Johnson, prominent far-right voices are giving the Pizzagate 2.0 scandal oxygen on Twitter and Facebook. So much for Twitter’s banTwitter’s decision to ban all links to the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden last week didn’t really have the desired effect. According to Zignal Labs, a media intelligence firm, shares of the Post article “nearly doubled” after Twitter started suppressing it.
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QAnon Lies Are Taking Over Election Conversations Online

See More →QAnon followers have an increasingly large influence on election-related conversations online, despite social media companies’ efforts to silence them. At 96,100 accounts, QAnon makes up just 0.02% of the total Twitter monthly active user base of 330 million. But despite being a tiny fraction of total Twitter accounts, QAnon accounts are punching well above their weight when it comes to driving conversation on Twitter — especially when it comes to the election. Put another way, approximately 1 in 20 tweets about the election are coming from QAnon-related accounts. For example, almost 10% of total posts using the hashtag #fightback were posted by QAnon accounts.
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QAnon Thinks Trump Will Become President Again on March 4

See More →Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 19th president of the United States on March 4, 2021. When that doesn’t work, followers of the sovereign citizen movement have reacted violently. Now, QAnon followers have latched on to the theory and adapted it to suit their needs. QAnon followers believe that Trump will become the president of the original republic, and not the corporation that they believe the 1871 act created. While there was some crossover between QAnon and the sovereign citizen movement prior to Trump’s election loss, the conspiracy theory has gained a lot of traction in recent days, as QAnon followers struggled to reconcile their beliefs with Biden’s inauguration.
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Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know

Part of this could mean mandatory quarantine for travellers entering the country, who would be required to stay in government-approved hotels. Having said that, relatively few people are travelling right now because of UK lockdown rules forbidding holiday travel. Getty ImagesAdvertisementHow long would you have to quarantine in a hotel for after travelling outside the UK? We don’t know yet which hotels will be part of the scheme. UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest travel corridorsAdvertisementUK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridors Coronavirus travel advice UK travel quarantine destinations: the latest news on travel corridorsWhat the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel
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Quarantine hotels in London: Which airport hotels will be included?

How do quarantine hotels work? Which are the quarantine hotels in London? Read next Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhen will quarantine hotel restrictions be lifted? Unfortunately, there’s no word on when the government may decide to lift the quarantine restrictions. Now read:AdvertisementQuarantine hotels UK: everything you need to knowQuarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to know Inspiration Quarantine hotels in the UK: everything you need to knowWhy you should think about booking a holiday nowAdvertisementWhy you should think about booking a holiday now Inspiration Why you should think about booking a holiday nowAre UK hotels and Airbnbs open?
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Quarantine: Ministers urged to build ‘air bridges’ after travel industry backlash

Manuel Lobo Antunes made the demand as pressure grows on the government to ease the UK’s blanket quarantine rules. Department for Transport officials are negotiating reciprocal no-quarantine deals known as “air bridges” or “travel corridors” with key destination countries. The first review date for the UK quarantine policy is 29 June. But it is being increasingly challenged by Conservative backbenchers concerned about the damage quarantine is causing to the travel industry. The three biggest airlines operating in the UK – British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair – are seeking a judicial review of the policy.
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Racism in the U.S. Prompts a Growing Community of Thriving, Black Expats in Mexico

TULUM, Mexico — As President Donald Trump and Joe Biden squared off in their third and final presidential debate in late October, Leesa Bahía enjoyed a glass of chardonnay in an open-air restaurant in Mexico. Bahía was attending a debate watch party in the seaside city of Playa del Carmen, organized by a growing community of Black expats and travelers in the Yucatan Peninsula. In the meantime, she's dedicated herself to the burgeoning group and trying to create more representation of the Black expat and traveler experience in Mexico. Like many within the growing community of Black expats and travelers in Tulum, her economic status and success allowed her the privilege of traveling freely. But while it's not all about partying, that's not to say the community doesn't like to have a good time.
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Ramallah, De Facto Capital of Palestine

The city of Ramallah is the de facto capital of Palestine. Second student: Women, I believe, women…First student: I think more women, yes. Second student: Yes, we can do everything together. Students: Yes. The city of Ramallah is filled with the same youthful and positive energy I felt at its university.
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Rare Rhino Feeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Most people who visit San Diego know about the world renowned San Diego Zoo, but did you know that they have a second park just 30 miles outside of town called the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (or Wild Animal Park by the locals)? They have Balloon Safaris, Jungle Ropes Safaris, Caravan Safaris, and Flightline Safaris just to name a few. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park allows them to ensure that those survival skills stay from generation to generation. San Diego Zoo Safari Park15500 San Pasqual Valley RdEscondido CA 92027760.747.8702Pro Tips for visiting the San Diego Zoo Safari Park:There is plenty of food and drink options at the park, but bring a small backpack with a water bottle that you can refill. A huge thank you to San Diego Zoo Safari Park for hosting our Caravan Safari.
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Recipe: How to cook the perfect Cornish squid

In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Having led the creative kitchens at London restaurants Brunswick House and St Leonards, Andrew Clarke co-founded Pilot Light, an ethical business focused on tackling the stigma around mental health in hospitality. AdvertisementAndrew’s chef journey began at The Swan in West Malling where he absorbed the importance of local produce, organic farming and foraging, hunting and butchery. It plays a key role in improving any budding chef’s interaction with produce and its preparation. Moreover, the Victorinox’s Grand Maitre Filleting Knife allows the precision needed when filleting fish (if Andrew’s squid recipe were substituted for a fish option).
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Reader's Choice Awards 2020: The best hotels in Australasia and the South Pacific

Reader's Choice Awards 2020Mark RoperThe best hotels in Australia and New Zealand10. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia. Kokomo Private Island Resort, Yaukuve Levu Island, Fiji. Laucala Island Resort, Fiji. Now read:Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersThe best hotels and resorts in Europe 2020AdvertisementReaders’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in Europe Places To Stay Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in EuropeThe best hotels in the UK 2020
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Recipe: How to make The Palomar’s grilled aubergine

Here, he shows us how to make The Palomar’s grilled aubergine drizzled with tahini, topped with cucumber yogurt and cherry tomatoes. I have adapted the usual flavours used in siniya – tahini, yogurt, lemon, pine nuts – to enhance the flavour of the classic Israeli vegetable: the aubergine, which is always abundantly available at markets. We normally cook the aubergine in the Josper at The Palomar, but it can be made under a very hot grill at home. It's best enjoyed by just scooping the flesh, baked tahini and yogurt out of the aubergine skin and spooning it onto warmed pittas. Rub the spice mix all over the cut side of the aubergine and leave to rest.
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Recipe: the ultimate scotch eggs from Holborn Dining Room

The renowned restaurant at Rosewood London’s, Holborn Dining Room, serves classic, seasonal British food amid reclaimed-oak-panelled walls, antique mirrors and sparkling chandeliers. Bring a saucepan with enough water to cover five of the eggs to the boil, carefully place the eggs into the pot and boil for five minutes. Leave the eggs for five to 10 minutes to cool completely, then peel the shell off and dry. Let the Scotch eggs rest for two minutes before eating. Now read:Recipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at homeRecipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at home Recipes Recipe: how to cook Padella's famous pasta dish at homeRecipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew WongAdvertisementRecipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew Wong Eating & Drinking Recipe: how to cook super noodles with super chef Andrew WongRecipe: How to make Chipotle king prawns
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Reconsidering the Past, One Statue at a Time

He said that statues removed from parks and street corners could be teaching points if they are placed in museums, side-by-side with documents and first-person accounts from the era. “Let’s say you put a Columbus statue in a museum and you show students the way Columbus was lionized in a history textbook and you have them read ‘Devastation of the Indies’ by de Las Casas,” he said. In Raleigh, N.C., the statue of a former newspaper publisher who was also a white supremacist was removed on Tuesday. In Sacramento, a tribute to John Sutter, a settler famous for his role in the California gold rush who enslaved and exploited Native Americans, was taken down this week. And in Dallas, construction crews recently removed a statue of a Texas Ranger, long seen as a mythical figure in Texas folklore, amid concerns over historical episodes of police brutality and racism within the law enforcement agency.
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REI Didn’t Make a Profit in 2020, Despite Crush of New Outdoor Participants

Instead, members will receive a reward (credit) for purchases at REI in the amount their dividend would have been, had there been one. Unlike a member dividend, however, the reward can’t be redeemed for cash—it must be used to buy something at REI. But most of the stock issues are related to supply chain shortages due to pandemic, not necessarily a crush of outdoor purchases. REI members received an email this morning from Vivienne Long, Vice President of Marketing:ADVERTISEMENT“2020 was a year like no other—at the co-op and around the world. You asked us how you could help the co-op; we responded by asking for your continued loyalty as co-op members.
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REI Boosts Used Gear Store With Trade-In Credits for Your Old Stuff

REI Boosts Used Gear Store With Trade-In Credits for Your Old StuffREI joined the used gear marketplace in 2018 with their program that sold recently returned gear at a pretty solid discount. When people returned gear that they’re recently bought but didn’t like, for whatever reason, REI cleaned it up and sold it at a discount, keeping it from landfills. Now REI is upping their game a bit, by offering trade-in credit for REI members. The co-op is going even further by piloting two used gear pop-up stores in Manhattan Beach, CA, and Conshohocken, PA.Used gear is always a better buy for the environment than new gear, and that’s factoring into REI’s decision making here too. We here at AJ think used gear and gear rentals have a huge future in the outdoor gear marketplace, so we’ll be keeping an eye on this one.
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Remember the Blue Dogs From Russia? Now Look at These Green Dogs From Russia

Another pack of colourful stray dogs has gone viral in Russia, but this time they’re a rather sickly shade of green instead of vibrant blue. Stray dogs with a distinct green hue found in the city of Podolsk. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesLast week, pictures of the blue dogs blew up on Russian social media site VK. The Russian Society for the Protection of Animals told state news agency RIA Novosti that the green dogs were otherwise healthy. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty ImagesRegional food and agriculture minister Sergei Voskresensky said that according to government veterinary specialists, the green dogs were not aggressive.
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Remove All Old Baggage Tags (Including Bar Code Stubs) To Avoid Lost Or Delayed Luggage

Little Tags Can Make A Big DifferenceAnyone who’s flown anywhere commercially is familiar with the large baggage tags that airline employees rapidly stick to one of your bag handles or straps at check-in. Off of that same baggage tag there’s often a smaller sticker with the bar code only, called a “bingo” tag, that’s placed somewhere else on your bag. The bingo tag is there as a backup in case your other bag tag somehow get detached; that’s called a “tag-off” and only occurs in 3% of lost luggage cases. If you’ve got a habit of getting lost as I do or have a ways to walk from a subway station, removing baggage tags – not forgetting the bingo tags! Finally, if you’re bags happen to get lost, here’s how you can best recover lost luggage and how to track and find your stuff if it gets stolen or lost.
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Renaming Offensive Route Names Is Popular, According to Survey

In collaboration with outdoor adventure experience site 57Hours, a recent SNEWS survey asked readers just one question: Have you ever encountered a [climbing] route name that you consider to be racist, sexist, discriminatory, or otherwise offensive? ADVERTISEMENTWe’ll not republish some of the most offensive here, but suffice it to say, if you aren’t a climber and therefore unfamiliar with the, um, frat boy, or really, middle school level of vulgarity that many climbing route names us, there a plenty of route names that would make the most well-versed in curses squirm. 57Hours’ survey went a bit further and included mountain bike trail names too, with more probing questions. 43 percent of respondents said they feel that women and BIPOC climbers and bikers could be deterred from participating in outdoor activities because of offensive route names. To examine the survey results in greater detail, head to 57Hours.
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Republican leaders now say everyone should wear a mask — even as Trump refuses and has mocked some who do

The GOP-led city of Jacksonville — which President Trump recently selected to host many of the Republican National Convention festivities in part because of its relatively lax public health restrictions — is now mandating people wear masks in indoor public spaces. The recent shift on the political right has left Trump isolated, with the president and his White House staff openly resisting the calls for mask-wearing. Particularly among GOP senators, there has been a noticeable uptick in public comments and social media posts encouraging the public to wear masks as the number of infections rises nationwide. After a million-plus people get infected?”ADADThe rise in cases has not changed the thinking inside the White House. At Saturday’s “Salute to America” fireworks extravaganza, which Trump is hosting at the White House, social distancing will be observed and face coverings and personal hand sanitizer will be provided to guests, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
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Republicans Went Full QAnon at CPAC

And MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who is currently facing a $1.3 billion lawsuit for spreading election conspiracy theories that emerged from the QAnon fever swamp, was also there. Angela Stanton-King, a former congressional candidate who has long boosted the QAnon conspiracy, spoke at CPAC on Sunday, and openly called for the authorities to investigate baseless allegations that Democrats are running a cannibalistic, pedophile ring. “So we know in this election, there were some things going on in regards to the conspiracy theories with Q, right? So Sunday’s speech, Trump’s first since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, was highly anticipated by QAnon believers — and their idol didn’t disappoint. Trump’s CPAC appearance was also received enthusiastically by members of QAnon-linked groups online.
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Review Of Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR30BT Headphones: Carving Out The Under-$100 Range

Nestled in between however is a growing class of headphones that are bringing premium sound quality under $100. The Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT wireless, over-ear headphones fill out this sparse budget range, making them an attractive option for a wider audience of travelers. Bring Some, Not All Premium FeaturesThe ATH-SR30BT headphones look and feel premium since Audio-Technica hasn’t cut many obvious corners on the design. These headphones seem a lot more expensive than they cost, with respectable sound quality for being both wireless and less than $100. More on the sound quality below but where Audio-Technica has cut costs is in places many non-audiophiles won’t notice too much.
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Rich Indians Are Making Travel Plans to Get COVID Vaccine in the UK

A Mumbai-based travel agent told news agency PTI that some people have raised queries about “how and when and if” they can travel to the U.K. to get the vaccine. “I have told them it is too early to say (whether Indians can get the vaccine in the U.K.). In November, Mumbai-based Gem Tours & Travels announced a coronavirus vaccine tourism package for rich clients who wish to travel to the U.S. We will finalise details only if and when the U.S. government allows outsiders to come and get the vaccine”, Tejas Kapasi, director of Gem Tours & Travels told VICE. Industry experts are cynical about vaccine tourism and if it is even a good idea.
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Rick Steves’ Europe Behind the Scenes: Romania’s Parliament Votes No… Then Yes

After filming more than 100 episodes of Rick Steves’ Europe, Rick and the crew have seen most everything…until they got to Romania. At every major sight, the tourist authority would dispatch little delegations to greet us: guides, local tourist board representatives, big-name hoteliers, and so on. The tourist authority was over the moon that Rick was going to film in Romania. The tourist authority was terrified that Rick, too, would present Romania in a negative light. This is part eight of my “Behind the Scenes” blog series about Rick Steves’ Europe Season 9 — now airing nationwide (check your local listings).
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Rewilding: the UK initiatives helping save our countryside

The plan to undo years of land mismanagement is the most extensive conservation project in the UK. Somerleyton Hall, the home of Wild East founder Lord SomerleytonThe most recent of the country’s regeneration projects, Wild East was set up in 2020 by Somerleyton, Ollie Birbeck and Argus Hardy. But debate is still welcome, which is why a lynx – a potential reintroduction to East Anglia – sits defiantly on the Wild East logo. Rotating crops, restoring heathland, introducing bison (something of a heavyweight rewilding pin-up, despite not being native to England). What does seem sure is that, while many rewilding projects feel out of reach, everyone will be welcome to join the Wild East mission; an approach that’s long overdue.
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Rise in Shark Encounters Reminds Surfers of Unique Risk

Yesterday, a shark attack yards from a contest site in Maui shut down the first professional surf contest of the new season. “Expert Warns 2016 Could See a Record Number of Shark Attacks,” said the Washington Post. “It’s Not Just You: Shark Attacks Are Definitely on the Rise,” said Esquire in July. Surfers bear the brunt of shark attacks worldwide—nearly half of all shark attack victims are surfers, as opposed to divers, swimmers, fishermen, or waders—which is why we should be most concerned with their increasing presence. Over the last few years, he’s covered shark attacks in Australia extensively, as well as the government’s response to them.
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Rights Groups Demand Lawmakers Stop Amazon's Workplace Surveillance

On Wednesday, a group of civil rights groups within the Athena coalition published an open statement demanding lawmakers prohibit workplace surveillance, specifically methods used by companies like Amazon to retaliate against workers. Amazon's surveillance technique, known as the Time off Task (TOT) tracking system, is able to track a worker's physical movements as they take breaks or move between tasks. Amazon’s TOT system came under scrutiny, with workers worried that time spent washing hands would be used against them. Warsame, who organized workers in the Shakopee warehouse to successfully demand better working conditions, was the third Amazon employee fired at that warehouse after raising concerns about working conditions. If Amazon’s 75 warehouses have similar rates, the result would be tens of thousands of workers fired annually for failing to meet productivity quotas.
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River-Running Badass Ellen Falterman Has Bold Plan to Row Around the World

So I just kind of woke up one morning and said I’m going to do the Mississippi. If I wasn’t exposed to Patrick and his way of navigating the world, I wouldn’t even know that’s an option. I’d been talking to the Missouri for so long that this river, the Mississippi, was like a brand new person. I didn’t feel right going down to the Gulf at that point because there’s all this water upstream that doesn’t know me. So I write in my head as I’m going, and then when I have a chance, I’ll write it down on my map.
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Rivian Unveils Prices and Packages for SUV and Pickup

When we first walked around the Rivian RT1 all-electric pickup at OR a couple summers ago, we were impressed. One of the engineers said the pickup was planned to start at $69,000, with the SUV, the R1S, priced a little higher, probably around $75,000. Rivian just announced the pricing and trim level details for both the pickup and the SUV. But if it boosts range by even a hundred miles, suddenly range anxiety is a much smaller issue. Rivian is expecting to start delivering the R1T in June, 2021, the SUV the following year.
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Roost 2.0 vs. Nexstand K2 (Laptop Stands)

Anyone who sits in front of a laptop all day—like we often do—should really look into getting a laptop stand. Check out this article to know why you need this amazing and durable Laptop stand.
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Rome: Italy's exquisite, shape-shifting city

I was thinking about Rome and the way it unlocked every kind of feeling and that private notion that it belonged to us. I love the way Italian designers incorporate inspired modern elements in architecture whose roots lie in the centuries before Christ. Arched ceiling in St Peter’s Basilica Jenny ZarinsWe felt the city belonged to us, as if it was our own private realm. Read next 10 eco initiatives for greener city living Inspiration 10 eco initiatives for greener city livingCastel Sant’ Angelo Jenny ZarinsBut this past spring has been different. It is a rare moment – a moment of reflection, when you may just feel that the city is yours.
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Rotterdam and the Dutch East India Company

Back in the 17th century the Dutch East India Company, which did business in ports around the world, was, in a way, the first great multi-national corporation. Today, the Dutch, with little in the way of natural resources, still make their serious money in trade. After mighty Rotterdam, the tiny but historic port of Hoorn (a couple of hours to the north) seems quaint. But in its day, it was one of six trading cities that joined forces to create the Dutch East India Company. Here, you feel the pride and the power of the Dutch — when they dominated world trade and brutally capitalized on their far-flung colonial empire.
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Rudy Giuliani Hospitalized for COVID After Maskless Election-Conspiracy Tour

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)Former New York mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani was admitted to a hospital in D.C. on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports. Slaoui told CNN that the vaccines are “highly effective,” and that he expects “most of the highly susceptible people,” around 100 million or so, to be protected against the virus by mid-March. Pfizer said last month that its vaccine, which requires two doses administered three weeks apart, is 95 percent effective. "We have a vaccine,” Slaoui told CNN Sunday.
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San Marino: A Small, Proud Republic in Italy

The Republic of San Marino brags it's the world's oldest and smallest republic. A leader of the Italian unification movement, Garibaldi hid from his enemies here in San Marino. This trio of fortresses has done its part to keep San Marino free and independent over the centuries. Ever since a key victory back in the 15th century, the crossbowmen of San Marino have been a part of state celebrations. As if celebrating their bulls-eyes, the San Marino Crossbowman Federation enlivens their mountain top republic with traditional fanfare.
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Sarlat: Foie Gras and Force-Fed Geese

Still, it's an inviting tangle of traffic-free cobblestone lanes and handsome buildings, lined with foie gras shops (geese just hate Sarlat), and — in the summer — stuffed with tourists. And the biggie, what people come to this area for, foie gras, which is the luxurious liver of force-fed geese and ducks. Many question the morality of force feeding geese to make the foie gras. To have good foie gras the geese must have good life outside or in during the force feeding. This one’s confi, which is foie gras cooked in its own fat.
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Scientists Just Found a New Way to Search for Habitable Exoplanets

“All we know about these exoplanets is their mass, radius, and properties of their orbit around the host star,” explained Atri in an email. Atri and Mogan focus in particular on “M-dwarf” stars, also known as red dwarfs, which are the most abundant type of star in the Milky Way. Exoplanets that orbit tiny red dwarfs—about 14 percent as massive and the Sun, and smaller—have the best odds of retaining their atmospheres over the long term. Scientists may be able to constrain models of atmospheric escape around these distant exoplanets by observing conditions closer to home—in this case, on Mars. The United Arab Emirates recently launched its first orbiter to the red planet, called Hope, which is due to arrive at Mars in February.
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Scotland’s Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness Monster

And, shortly after that, with the advent of steam trains, the Caledonian Canal became almost useless…except for Romantic Age tourism. The most famous part of the Caledonian Canal route is the long and skinny Loch Ness. While the lake is, frankly, boring, the local tourist industry thrives on the legend of the Loch Ness monster. And, finally, we have the environmental message, in terms of the record within the Loch Ness sediments. I would like our visitors to go away thinking about what could live in Loch Ness, when we have explained Loch Ness.
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Scenic road trips in Scotland

Isle of MullSlightly less busy than Skye but with just as spectacular scenery, Mull is perfect for those seeking an island adventure. To get there, take a car ferry from Oban or Ardnamurchan before making your way along the rugged coastline. Driving west from here, pass the Isle of Mull Cheese farm and café and the well-situated Glengorm Castle, which has guest rooms. South of here, a road leads west to more bays such as Fidden and the peaceful island of Iona. Now read:9 of the best road trips in the UK and Ireland9 of the best road trips in the UK and Ireland Inspiration 9 of the best road trips in the UK and IrelandThe best road trips in IrelandThe best road trips in Ireland Destinations The best road trips in IrelandThe best places to visit in Scotland
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Scots Sweets at Lickety Splits

Who doesn't love visiting candy shops? We can't really ignore a good-smelling sweet monster factory in the middle of our way. One such great spot is found in Edinburgh that will take you back to Scottish childhood.
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Secret Amazon Reports Expose Company Spying on Labor, Environmental Groups

They also reveal, and an Amazon spokesperson confirmed, that Amazon has hired Pinkerton operatives—from the notorious spy agency known for its union-busting activities—to gather intelligence on warehouse workers. The Pinkerton spies were posted in a Wroclaw warehouse known as WRO1, operated by the Amazon contractor ADECCO, to investigate the allegation, according to the Amazon report. Requests for risk assessments of Amazon warehouse sites are sent to the team by email, according to an email viewed by Motherboard. It has become typical for workers across Europe to stage mass strikes against Amazon between Black Friday and Christmas, when Amazon workers experience the highest injury rates and the workload becomes especially grueling. "Potential labor initiatives at Amazon by traditional unions may constitute an attractive opportunity for SiCobas to attend and gain visibility," it continues, referencing an Italian labor union that has organized Amazon warehouse strikes on Black Friday.
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Seven Wonders of the World for 2021

Aaron Millar is the host of the Armchair Explorer podcast, where the world’s greatest adventurers tell their best story from the roadWonder is nourishment for the soul. Of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only the Great Pyramids of Giza remain. These, instead, are seven wonders for our time. Because the real magic of wonder is not in the thing itself, but in the fact that the more you look for wonder in the world the more the wonder of the world becomes a part of you. Seven wonders of the world for 2021
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See You at the Air Show: A Not-So-Glamorous Day in the Life of a Travel Writer

As a travel writer, I pride myself on coming up with creative solutions to vexing itinerary challenges. By the way, Andrew Durman is a prince of a guy and one of my favorite Polish people. What do you want to do?”I had to drop off this car at this airport, before crossing into Poland. You know, there’s an air show today.”As I got closer to the airport, Andrew called me to say he’d parked his car, and was walking back to direct me to the terminal. By the time we reached the car, traffic had cleared out, and we zipped across the border and headed for Kraków.
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Sex Education's Emma Mackey on her favourite places in the world

‘The train from London Paddington to Cardiff Central to film Sex Education is my most-used route for four months of the year. Read next The 50 best winter-sun destinations Inspiration The 50 best winter-sun destinations‘I’ve just started properly reading again, because university killed it for me for a while. Where is 'Sex Education' filmed? Style & Culture Where is 'Sex Education' filmed? Sex Education star Asa Butterfield on his favourite places in the worldAdvertisementSex Education star Asa Butterfield on his favourite places in the world Style & Culture Sex Education star Asa Butterfield on his favourite places in the worldSex Education's Lily Newmark on her favourite places in the world
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Sex Workers Are Fighting to Get the COVID Vaccine

But many sex workers have been economically ravaged by the coronavirus and driven to work in-person, sometimes without adequate PPE. Some sex workers who’d paid taxes as independent contractors can be eligible for unemployment, but that still leaves out wide swathes of people. “Sex workers have been cut out of a lot of benefits and are not able to make ends meet and so are going back to sex work,” D’Adamo said. That includes sex workers, who do not have the option to mitigate a lot of the risks.”AdvertisementIn the early days of the pandemic, during the first shutdown in the spring, researchers led by the University of Illinois, Chicago surveyed 21 sex workers in their city. The deplatforming was a gut punch to sex workers, who relied on online forums to find and vet clients as well as share “bad date” lists, which warn other sex workers against dangerous clients.
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Sherpas Are Gunning For a K2 Summit in Winter—Alpinism’s Last Great First

The first winter ascent of K2 was supposed to be the last great prize in Himalayan alpinism. ADVERTISEMENTThe mystique of that Last Great First will bring as many climbers to K2 this winter as the mountain normally sees in the summer season. In addition to the Seven Summits expedition’s complement of 21 Sherpas, two highly decorated Nepalese climbers are leading all-star teams to K2 this winter. Mingma G, whose palmares include five Everest ascents and two K2 summits in summer, plans to climb without supplemental oxygen. Cooperation is key to any climb involving multiple expeditions, and Sherpa climbers are used to sharing trail-breaking and rope-fixing duties.
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Should India, Emerging Global Virus Epicenter, Open for Tourism?

“Their [locals’] reaction made me realise that I was wrong to promote tourism at such a time,” Treasury told VICE News. Even as the country is now emerging as the global virus epicenter, it has started easing restrictions in a phased manner. We’re not sure if the incoming tourists will respect social distancing norms,” Simran Bandekar, 24, a financial analyst in Goa told VICE News. Chandel said that he is impressed by Himachal Pradesh, another north Indian state known for its hilly terrain. “Financially and psychologically, the lockdown put a heavy strain on us,” Chadha told VICE News.
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Should You Cancel Your Travel Plans Because Of Coronavirus?

Here’s how to handle your travel plans over the next 45 days and what to do about planned travel soon after that. What If You Have Travel Plans Confirmed? The information here isn’t about the medial implications of traveling (the World Health Organization has a good primer) but how to handle your travel plans. If you have international travel planned between now and April 15th for recreational purposes all things considered, you should probably cancel or delay your trip. booked) travel between April 15th and May 15th, it’s best to keep those plans as the middle of April is when a major reassessment but governments and the travel industry is likely.
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Should You Upgrade From The GoPro HERO7 Black To The 8?

The GoPro HERO8 Black is the latest, most advanced action camera you can currently buy – but if you already have the HERO7, you might be wondering whether an upgrade is worth the effort. Another great improvement on the HERO7 but not exactly worth a complete re-haul of your action camera setup. The form factor is new and the accompanying accessories to fit it aren’t out yet (not to mention, expensive) meaning a HERO8 upgrade is probably premature. There is though one feature which makes the HERO8 a decent upgrade choice from the 7 – Hypersmooth 2.0. GoPro has introduced Hypersmooth 2.0 on the HERo8 and it will all but remove the need for any gimbal.
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Siena: A Gothic Powerhouse and a Joy Today

The historic junction of Siena’s various neighborhoods, or “contrade,” it fans out from City Hall as if to create an amphitheater. And these sights have a consistent theme: The Republic of Siena is independent and perfectly capable of ruling itself. The Mangia Tower [City Tower], built nearly 700 years ago, remains one of Italy’s tallest secular towers. For a portrayal of that “good government” in action, drop by the historic hospital of Santa Maria della Scala. The city, rather than the Church, ran this hospital, illustrating how far secular society had come in Siena by the 1400s.
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Since When Do You Have to Be Stylish on the Trail?

I ran into them some 20 years ago as they were wandering the high country of Washington’s North Central Cascades. ADVERTISEMENTI thought of them recently while considering the slow transformation of trail style over the last decade or two. Are we no longer allowed to look like slobs when we’re on the trail? REI, the co-op outdoor store of the people, had become the store of the affluent. Another artificially created expense for the trail walker seems to be trekking poles.
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Singapore Airlines Cancels ‘Flights to Nowhere’ Following Backlash

Singapore Airlines first floated the idea of flights to nowhere in mid-September as a way to boost business. Most of Singapore Airlines’ planes have been grounded and the company has cut around 2,400 employees. Singapore Airlines also plans to hold guided tours of its training center on Nov. 21, 22, 28, and 29. Those at home can have Singapore Airlines’ food delivered with wine or champagne. Royal Brunei Airlines launched its Dine & Fly service in August that takes passengers on a scenic tour of Brunei.
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Siracusa: Urban Sicily Drenched in History

Like so much of Sicily, Syracuse has ancient Greek origins. The Temple of Apollo, marking the center of old Syracuse, was the first stone Greek temple in Sicily. With its shabby-chic vibe, delightful back lanes, and breezy sea views, old Siracusa is for me the most enjoyable urban environment anywhere in Sicily. It was built into an ancient Greek temple. In Sicily, you hear the same basic story of the parade of civilizations over and over — ancient temple, church, mosque, church.
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‘Sistine Chapel’ of Prehistoric Rock Art Discovered in Colombia

‘Sistine Chapel’ of Prehistoric Rock Art Discovered in ColombiaLast year, combing the nearly impenetrable jungles of the Colombian Amazon, archaeologists discovered an astonishing series of rock paintings, thousands upon thousands of them, covering an eight-mile long network of cliffs. The paintings depict hunters attacking animals that have been extinct for at least 12,000 years, like mastodons and giant prehistoric lamas. “It’s going to take generations to record them,” José Iriarte, professor of archaeology at Exeter University told the Guardian. In addition to horses, lamas, and mastadons, there are depictions of people dancing, birds, lizards, and fish too. When you look at a horse or mastodon in these paintings, of course they weren’t going to live in a forest.
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Sketchy: Two Dudes Skied Half Dome to Valley Floor

On Sunday, while you were doing anything else, two guys who live near Yosemite Valley, Jason Torlano and Zach Milligan skied the iconic shoulder of Half Dome, continuing all the way to the valley floor below, descending thousands of feet until they reached the frozen shores of Mirror Lake. At least once before, Half Dome itself had been skied, but not all the way to the valley’s bottom. Torlano is a longtime first descender of ski lines throughout Yosemite. He’d been scouting a Half Dome line for years, finally deciding this weekend that the snow would allow it. ADVERTISEMENTThe two hiked to the base of Half Dome on Saturday, woke at dawn on Sunday, trudged to the top of the dome and looked down.
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Slovenia’s Karst Region and Škocjan Caves

A short drive south takes us into a totally different landscape: Slovenia's Karst region — a high, fertile, and windblown plateau. Since the limestone upon which everything around here sits is easily dissolved by water, the Karst is honeycombed with a vast network of caves and underground rivers. The most dramatic cave to tour is Škocjan. Guides tell the story as, drip by drip, stalactites grow from spaghetti-thin strands to mighty sequoia-like stone pillars. While there's little reason to go inside, the castle makes an ideal spot for a scenic drink — and a great capper for our visit to the Karst region.
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Ski Map Artist Jim Niehues Is The Picasso of the Piste

“I just don’t have enough words for it.” The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues is now in its fourth printing. The 292-page hardcover contains more than 200 of Niehues’ hand-painted ski trail maps, and sells for $90 on Niehues’ website. He estimates that he’s painted trail maps for 75 percent of the resorts in North America, and a smattering on four other continents. Niehues became the “Monet of the mountain” and the “Norman Rockwell of ski resorts.”How about “Picasso of the Piste?” we asked. “Famous Artist School I think it was called.” Sixty years on, there’s no more famous or influential artist in the ski map world.
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So, Can I Go to Europe? — How the Coronavirus Is Changing European Travel for Americans

My goal is not to give definitive answers, but to provide a midyear snapshot of European travel in the age of coronavirus. Among European countries, Sweden famously took a more hands-off (read: “American”) approach, and stands alone among European countries in its high infection rates and lower-than-hoped-for immunity rates. How European Travel Will Be AffectedThat said, the time will come — eventually — for Americans to head back to Europe. In the weeks after 9/11, hunkered-down Americans wondered if we’d ever travel in Europe the same way again. (I remember that panicked morning in Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Center — standing by to answer phones that never rang — and wondering whether planes would even fly again.)
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Sol Duc Falls » Local Adventurer » Travel Adventures in Las Vegas + World Wide

I wasn’t aware of this before our trip, but Sol Duc Falls (Olympic National Park WA) is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in the northwest. The falls, fed by the Sol Duc River, stand 48 ft tall and has a very unique shape where it can split into four channels depending on the time of year and water volume. PinPinPinPinPinPinPinPinVisiting Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park WA:It’s a good waterfall to visit all year round, but it flows best during March to July. The sign at the beginning of the trail said “Soleduck Falls” because prior to 1991, it was spelled that way. Some people also refer to it as Medina Falls because of a famous photograph.
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Solitude and Survival at the South Pole

Six months later, I was packing my bags to fly south to start my tenure at Rothera Research Station, operated by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Fortunately, I am backed up by the British Antarctic Medical Unit (BASMU) based in Plymouth and can get expert advice within hours, if not minutes. Life on an Antarctic research station is unique. The Antarctic winter is a challenging but personally rewarding time that drew many of us down here in the first place. Slush, pancake ice and finally fixed sea ice forms over the bay and the silence becomes all-consuming.
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Some of the Raunchiest Hookups of My Life Were on Mumbai's Crowded Trains

I had broken the unspoken rule of local train cruising: Never interact outside the realm of the sweaty, jam-packed train—or it gets messy. One of those is: Why do queer men hook up in local trains? The local trains of Mumbai are infamous for being packed to the point that leaving with your own limbs intact at your stop becomes a mission in itself. As they say, “When life gives you lemons, you squeeze them like a stranger’s balls on a train.”There’s a legend among gay men in Mumbai surrounding the suburban local trains. Misery loves company and the Mumbai local trains keep proving it time and again.
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Sophie Showed Me The Cybernetic Divinity of Being Trans

When Sophie was asked "do you believe in god" during a 2018 interview with Paper Magazine, the avant-garde pop musician responded simply:“Yes. Sophie’s tragic death was felt especially hard by the trans community, which the once-mysterious pop star had embraced since coming out of self-imposed obscurity with the 2018 release of The Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides. Tracks like “Faceshopping” embrace body modification and plastic surgery as a form of self-determination—an undeniably trans narrative. It was through Sophie’s music that I began to see my own transness as a kind of beautiful cyborg divinity. I remember leaving early with my then-girlfriend, both of us exhausted and assured that we would get a chance to see the enigmatic pop star perform again.
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South Dakota Voters Said Yes to Legal Weed. This Judge Threw It Out.

South Dakotans will have to wait a bit longer to learn the fate of legal cannabis in their state. The amendment approved by a majority of South Dakota voters legalizes cannabis and orders the state Department of Revenue to issue licenses to businesses. Klinger wrote that the amendment was unconstitutional, according to the Argus Leader, because it violated an amendment voters approved in 2018 mandating that constitutional amendments only concern a single subject. “Due to the intermingling of multiple subjects within Amendment A, it is not possible for this court to ascertain which sections of the amendment the South Dakota voters supported,” Klinger wrote. Brendan Johnson, a former U.S. Attorney for South Dakota representing South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, told the Argus Leader that his group was preparing to appeal its case to the state Supreme Court.
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Spate of new research supports wearing masks to control coronavirus spread

Several new studies published this month support wearing masks to curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Face masks appear to be most effective when supplemented with hand-washing and physical distancing, Schünemann and his colleagues said. Other states have directed workers in restaurants and other businesses to wear masks, while recommending that residents follow suit. And more than three-quarters — including those people who wear masks ubiquitously — said they wear their masks at least sometimes when they leave their homes. Some Republican lawmakers have criticized mask mandates as evidence of government overreach, and some have branded those wearing masks as weak.
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Spain’s Civil War: The Valley of the Fallen and Picasso’s "Guernica"

A 500-foot-tall granite cross marks the Valley of the Fallen — an immense and powerful underground monument to the victims of Spain’s devastating Civil War. Unlike America’s Civil War, which pitted north against south, this war was between classes and ideologies. But interred here — in chapels flanking the altar — are the remains of tens of thousands — victims from both sides — who lost their lives in Spain’s civil war. Another place to remember the victims of Spain’s Civil War is back in Madrid at the Centro Reina Sofia. It was a kind of dress rehearsal for the horrors of World War II — approved by Franco, carried out by Hitler.
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Spice Up Your Camp Meal With Korean Tofu Stew

This recipe, from Mai-yan, for a healthy Korean tofu stew, is easy to make, and perfect for a cold night under the stars. One of my favorite dishes is sundubu-jjigae which is what this Korean Soft Tofu stew is based on. Typically, the dish arrives at the table in an individual-sized stone pot filled with furiously bubbling stew. It is served with rice, also made in a stone pot, which yields deliciously crispy rice at the bottom. I hadn’t thought to make this while backpacking in the past—too many perishables, specialty ingredients, too heavy.
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Star Party on Mount Potosi Las Vegas ▶ Local Adventurer

This past weekend we got to attend our very first star party on Mount Potosi, which is an hour and a half southwest of Las Vegas. If you’ve never heard of a star party, you’re probably not nerdy enough. ;P A star party is where a group of amateur astronomers get together to observe the sky and nerd out over all the cool stuff they see. There were 6 being set up by a few folks from the Las Vegas astronomy club. Tips for going to a Star Party (some specific to Mount Potosi Las Vegas):Bundle up!
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Study: Climbing Chalk Appears to Halt Coronavirus

Study: Climbing Chalk Appears to Halt CoronavirusAs gyms around the country tentatively re-open, whether outdoors or indoors with reduced capacity, climbing gyms have set rules about mask and chalk use to combat any spread of the coronavirus in their buildings. A new study from the UK’s De Montfort University shows, however, that climbing chalk breaks deactivates the virus. Researchers used a substitute coronavirus, closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19 in the study. They put samples of the virus on plastic meant to mimic climbing holds. Some of the plastic was dusted with climbing chalk, and some was left clean as a control.
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Super Mario Party, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch - Walmart.com

A complete refresh of the Mario Party™ series The original 4-player Mario Party series board game mode that fans love is back, and your friends and family are invited to the party! Freely walk the board: choose where to move, which Dice Block to roll, and how to win the most Stars in skill-based minigames. Wait till you see the 2 vs 2 mode with grid-based maps, the creative uses of the console, and the series’ first online minigame mode! Test your skills in sets of five minigames with the new mode, Mariothon, and see how you stack up against players across the globe in Online Mariothon*. Toad’s Rec Room lets you pair up two Nintendo Switch™ systems**, which you’ll lay side-by-side on a flat surface like a real tabletop game.
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Surviving the World's Most Dangerous Hike

Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Huashan, better known as the ‘world’s most dangerous hike’, or the ‘plank walk’, in China. Check out our video of the World’s Most Dangerous Hike on Mount Huashan at the bottom of this article! She too was keen to tackle the world’s most dangerous hike. The thrill of surviving the world’s most dangerous hike was as immense as the mountain we had just scaled. The entire journey, including trekking on the world’s most dangerous hike, can be done in a day trip.
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Super Yum: Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

If you’re looking for something hearty, comforting, and healthy the next time you’re out camping, you need to try this vegan sweet potato peanut stew. If you’re looking for something to warm you up on a cold winter’s evening, then this stew is for you. During these brisk desert evenings having a campfire is nice, but having campfire with a simmering stew on top of it is even better. This particular recipe was inspired by an African peanut stew we saw while leafing through the amazing Oh She Glows cookbook. New Mexico chili powder gives this stew a smoky flavor with just a hint of spice to it.
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Sweden Tries Out a New Status: Pariah State

“We are really confident that our immunity is higher than any other Nordic country’s,” Mr. Tegnell said during a news conference last week. He added that while Sweden was not striving for so-called herd immunity, the higher level of immunity “is contributing to lower numbers of patients needing hospitalization, as well as fewer deaths per day.”Mr. Tegnell also said that infections in Sweden “had peaked,” and were now falling, a trend reflected in The Times’s figures. Experts in the other Scandinavian countries say the higher immunity levels have not been proven through rigorous testing, and that such talk misses a major point. But perhaps because of such differing outcomes, his star has dimmed lately. Confidence in Mr. Tegnell went from 69 percent in April to 60 percent on Monday, according to a poll done by the leading Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter and Ipsos.
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Surviving The World’s Most Dangerous Hike – Mt Huashan – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

Everything you need to know about hiking Mount Huashan, better known as the ‘world’s most dangerous hike’, or the ‘plank walk’, in China. Staring over the edge on the Mount Huashan hike. Check out our video of the World’s Most Dangerous Hike on Mount Huashan at the bottom of this article! Book here with Agoda.comThese views await you on Mount Huashan…How Much Does it Cost to Climb Mount Huashan? Mount Huashan is part of the Huashan National Park, and as such there is an entrance fee to get in.
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SwissGear Scansmart 1900 Backpack Review: Lots Of Pockets For Little Gadgets

The SwissGear Scansmart 1900 is a durable backpack with a lot of benefits for most travelers that leads to one big drawback for everyone else. One of the most popular travel backpacks, especially for people who carry a lot of electronics, the Scansmart 1900 has pockets for just about everything. Divided On PocketsOriginally I moved to the Scansmart 1900 when I picked up a Mavic Pro drone. Sure, the Scansmart 1900 can handle it, though your back might be slightly sore after a long journey. The Scansmart 1900 is a large backpack designed for small things, best compared to the Dell Premier backpack, if you’re not planning on pushing your bags limits.
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Switzerland's Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and Lauterbrunnen Valley

Its Lauterbrunnen Valley, which stretches south from the city of Interlaken, is a wonderful springboard for some of my favorite Swiss Alp experiences. Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its vertical sides and flat bottom, is U-shaped — a textbook example of a glacier-shaped valley. While the main town, also called Lauterbrunnen, sits on the valley floor, neighboring towns hang on cliffs high above. And perched on a saddle between two of those mountains is the Jungfraujoch station — and that's where we're going…by train. The Jungfraujoch [station] is like a small resort perched on a mountain ridge.
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Switzerland’s Military, Hiding in the Mountains

In the 20th century, Switzerland — famous for its neutrality — became an alpine fortress, honeycombed with underground military installations. My friend Fritz Hutmacher, who just finished 20 years in the army reserve, is giving away a few Swiss military secrets. Swiss men are required to spend time in the military, including about 20 years in the reserve. [knock, knock] Turn your mountains into a hidden fortress. Wandering through this hidden fortress you’re reminded how perilous Switzerland’s position was in the 20th century and how committed the Swiss were to defending their freedom.
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Ted Alexandro Said SNL Stole His Joke, So He Asked for a Million Dollars

“All the messages had varying ways of phrasing ‘they stole your joke’ or they took your joke’ or ‘they did the same joke,’” Alexandro told VICE. AdvertisementThe SNL sketch in question is a produced digital short, featuring the week’s special guest, Dan Levy, as well as several cast members. Alexandro has a 2019 bit with the same premise, which also name-drops Zillow. The SNL sketch sounded familiar enough to several people that they flagged the sketch to Alexandro. Upon review, Alexandro also saw the similarities, so he cut together a side-by-side clip, and asked NBC to Venmo him a million dollars.
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Thai Airways to Fly Over Holy Buddhist Sites to Boost Tourism Amid Pandemic

A grounded Thai Airways passenger aircraft is reflected on the windows of a terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on Aug. 1, 2020, as passenger numbers plummeted due to the coronavirus. Calling it a "Magical Flying experience,” the company told VICE News that the idea was to offer a "flight to nowhere" with a unique Thai Airways twist. People sit on airplane seats as they dine in at a Thai Airways pop-up airplane-themed restaurant at the airline's headquarters in Bangkok on Sept. 10, 2020. A Thai Airways official said the flight was part of the government's attempt to focus on domestic tourism. The restaurant employs flight attendants in uniform and serves around 2,000 meals a day.
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That Patagonia A-Hole Label Is Real and We Have the Story

Like a lot of people, I first saw the underside of the Patagonia label via Corey Ciorciari’s Twitter feed. “Vote the assholes out,” the label says, and who can argue with that? But with all the deepfakes and Photoshops in the hands of, well, everyone, I was dubious whether it was real. It’s true: Patagonia has made a super limited edition run of our Road to Regenerative™ Stand Up® Shorts that have a tag in them with the words, “Vote the assholes out” on the underside of the label. And we want to encourage our community to join us in voting for climate champions and voting the assholes out.
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The 10 best places to visit in Europe in 2021

The archipelago, 950 miles from the coast of parent country Portugal, is a place of volcanic craters, sulphuric hot springs, breaching whales and surf breaks overlooked by epic stacks. The archipelago of biospheres and marine reserves has also been a quiet paragon of sustainable tourism, a sort of European answer to Costa Rica. There are ferries and small planes to islands such as Faial, Pico and São Jorge, but most of the action happens on Sao Miguel, which is well stocked with good places to stay. This is a timeless sort of place; a deep-nature escape, which feels about right in 2021. Find out more about the Exploring the new wave of eco travel on the Azores
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The 10 best places to visit in the UK in 2021

Holidaying on home turf, albeit a little forced upon us recently, has never seemed so appealing. Nor – largely as a result of the pandemic – has it been so sought after; watching a growing wave of interest sweep across the UK’s best cities and beautiful landscapes, the travel industry is racing to curate exceptional staycation experiences. With four definite seasons, countless ecosystems and a growing sense of food ethics, homegrown flavours are on the up. Turning the tide on homogenisation, innovative and sustainably minded independents have more support than ever. Here are our 10 UK destinations to keep itchy feet happy at home in 2021.
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The 14 best exhibitions in London 2020

PARADISE LOST, KEW GARDENSConsider humanity’s impact on the worldClimate change continues to dominate the news, Sir David Attenborough has finally joined Instagram to hammer home the point online and a Climate Clock has been installed in New York’s Times Square to count down the years and days until the damage is irreversible. We’ve never been more aware of how society needs to change to protect our planet. Jan Hendrix’s latest exhibition, at Kew Gardens, examines what happens to the world when we alter and destroy our natural environment. Using intricately wrought glass and silver leaf, he creates a delicate monochrome depiction of Australia’s Kamay Botany Bay. A once-beautiful and teeming cove, it was destroyed as British colonials removed indigenous populations from the land in the 18th century and disrupted a centuries-old ecosystem over the following 200 years.
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The 18 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Kid O also makes a Magnatab for practicing numbers; for free-form magnetic drawing and writing, it offers this simple slate. IKEA’s Busa Play Tunnel, which we recommend in our guide to the best gifts for 2-year-olds, pairs nicely with the circus tent and was another hit with my kids. —Kalee ThompsonCostume kitsMelissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set ($25 at the time of publication)My child’s peer group is obsessed with dramatic play and dress-up. The resulting sounds may be chaotic, but 3-year-olds can learn much more from real instruments than from simply pushing buttons or tapping screens to play prerecorded songs. Kids love pulling on the bellows and pushing the vocal keys and buttons for harmony and bass.
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The 18 Best Gifts for 1-Year-Olds

Gund versions are popular, but many Wirecutter kids are partial to London-based Jellycat stuffed toys. The exchange was shockingly successful: Bun Bun became a constant companion in bed, at the park, on our bike commute, and at her day care (where Bun Bun replaced the word rabbit for the entire class). When they were first learning to grip and throw a ball, my kids loved colorful, nubby, grippy balls similar to these from Edushape. —Kalee ThompsonVersatile wooden stackersMelissa & Doug Geometric Stacker ($15 at the time of publication)There are endless varieties of these kinds of block-on-stick stackers. My kid can’t get enough of matching up the shapes, fitting the shells together, and hiding them everywhere.
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The 1990s Cult 'Heaven's Gate' Has Four Remaining Followers – We Spoke to Them

Heaven’s Gate hit just about every bullet point on the cult checklist. Naturally, they had a self-appointed messiah: the former music teacher Marshall Applewhite, who co-founded Heaven’s Gate in 1975 with a fellow Texan, a nurse named Bonnie Nettles. Despite this tragic end, there are still people out there interested in joining Heaven’s Gate. Aside from the supposed comet-based apocalypse event, Heaven’s Gate members believed that evil aliens called Luciferians had corrupted all existing religions on Earth and were conspiring to stunt human development. But, said the redditor, “This one was different.’’Benjamin E. Zeller, author of Heaven’s Gate: America’s UFO Religion, agrees Heaven’s Gate was different – and that it’s enduringly enticing.
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The 20 best holiday destinations in April

A five-day public holiday in mid-April, the country essentially turns into one giant, good-natured water fight, with locals and tourists alike soaking each other in the streets. One of the more enthusiastic places to embrace this soggy ritual is Koh Samui. A world away from flimsy beach huts and lethal bucket ‘cocktails’, Kamalaya is a jungly wellness retreat staffed by monks. Sustainable travel tip: Thai staff who work in busy beach destinations such as Koh Samui must contend with the high costs of living in a tourist town, without comparable wages, so the best thing you can do here is tip – generously, and often. The best islands in Thailand
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The 22 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

Corolle baby dolls have eyes that open and close, and they look sweetly lifelike, without getting too close to the uncanny valley. Though more expensive, American Girl Bitty Baby Dolls are equally cute, and they can be repaired or refurbished by the company (a benefit one Wirecutter staffer appreciated after her daughter decorated her doll’s face with a Sharpie). For a classic 2-year-old gift, the Green Toys Dump Truck is another can’t-go-wrong choice. (It’s a favorite in our guide to the best board games for kids.) Our toddler played this set of eight resonator bells in a music class, and we got a set for home.
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The 23 best hotels in the Maldives

Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa AtollBest for: total privacyWide-brimmed straw hats off to the Four Seasons. With this five-acre, seven-bedroom, profoundly private island it has raised the proverbial bar. How much or how little you make of Voavah is likely to be your main - your only - concern. You've got the splendours of the Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your own yacht on which to explore it. It serves to draw your eye outwards, back into the sublime, saturated colour and endless space of sea and sky beyond.
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The 25 best holiday destinations in November

Less glam than Tulum, but much hipper than resort-y Puerto Vallarta further south, it’s an easy-breezy scene, more catching waves and afternoon Margaritas than yoga and cold-pressed juice. Nip in just before peak season, though, and not only have the summer rain and humidity finally eased off, but it’s the best time for whale watching, too. Sustainable travel tip: Consider staying in Sayulita’s quieter neighbour, San Pancho. The small hotels here are closely tied to the community. These are the best day trips from Sayulita
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The 7 most romantic Greek islands

Can you think of any other country that evokes and celebrates romance goals other than Greece? Check out these 7 most romantic Greek islands to plan your next romantic trip.
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The 8 most beautiful places in Arabia

With Saudi Arabia only recently opening up to international visitors, its beauty spots aren’t yet as recognisable (or overrun) as they perhaps deserve to be. The destination is home to Nabatean tombs to rival Petra, pristine dive spots that compete favourably with any of Egypt’s and great canyons that are as awe-inspiring as the well-trodden ones populating several American national parks. The landscape is as diverse and layered as the country's ancient culture of traders, poets, pilgrims and prophets, which can be experienced in the souks of gleaming modern cities as well as around the desert homes of prophets and poets, princes and pilgrims. Much of the south-eastern region is covered by the vast Empty Quarter, the world’s largest sand desert. Here are eight spots you shouldn't miss.
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The accessible hotels leading the way in all-inclusive design

Boosting conversation around inclusivity will open doors to more quality travel experiences for all – regardless of age, gender, sexuality or ideology. AdvertisementHotel Brooklyn in ManchesterRobin Sheppard, chairman of Bespoke Hotels, is one of those ‘sexing up’ accessibility by pushing aesthetics higher up the agenda. Opening in 2021, The Londoner from Edwardian Hotels, a new 350-room and cinema complex in Leicester Square, benchmarks a new egalitarian normal. The Londoner from Edwardian HotelsJust as hotels have a green team, Sheppard urges all to have an ‘access champion’. Now read:9 accessible UK holidays that are away from the crowds9 accessible UK holidays that are away from the crowds Inspiration 9 accessible UK holidays that are away from the crowdsThe 10 most accessible beaches in the UKThe 10 most accessible beaches in the UK Destinations The 10 most accessible beaches in the UKAdvertisementThe best weekend breaks in the UK and IrelandThe best weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland Inspiration The best weekend breaks in the UK and Ireland
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The Alternatives to Instagram-Ready Desert Art

Art in the desert went viral last fall with the debut of a bewitching spear of reflective metal in southern Utah. When Desert X returned two years later, artworks that contrasted starkly with their environs proliferated again. The Painted Desert Project, an ongoing street art exhibition on the Navajo Nation, has a similar effect. (Desert X itself has expanded more controversially, bringing the biennial to Saudi Arabia last year; the show drew international condemnation, given the Saudi government’s human rights abuses.) Top photo: An installment of the The Painted Desert Project in Bitter Springs, Arizona, created by Jetsonorama in 2009.
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The Bath Arms at Longleat, Wiltshire: the prettiest pub for miles

Inside the Bath Arms Jake EasthamWhy now? AdvertisementThe entrance to the Bath Arms Dan BrodWhat is this place? The prettiest pub for miles, with its vivid Virginia creepers and pollarded lime trees known as the Twelve Apostles and Four Disciples. Address: The Bath Arms, Horningsham, Wiltshire BA12 7LYTelephone: +44 1985 844 308Price: Doubles from £100. Now read:The best restaurants in Wiltshire7 of the best restaurants in Wiltshire Eating & Drinking 7 of the best restaurants in WiltshireThings to do in WiltshireAdvertisementThe best things to do in Wiltshire UK The best things to do in WiltshireThe best hotels in the UK
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The best airlines in the world 2020

In this year's Readers' Choice Awards, we asked the readers of Condé Nast Traveller to vote for their very favourite airlines to fly with. Søren SolkærTHE BEST AIRLINES IN THE UK FOR 20204. 91.11AdvertisementTHE BEST AIRLINES IN THE REST OF THE WORLD FOR 202015. 92.61Getty ImagesRead next The 15 best airports in the world 2020 Inspiration The 15 best airports in the world 2020Here are the results for the best airlines from the Readers' Travel Awards 2019Top airlines in the UK 20195. easyJet 59.914. Now read more from the Readers' Travel Awards:Read next What it's like to travel from the UK to Europe right now Inspiration What it's like to travel from the UK to Europe right nowReaders’ Choice WinnersReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersBest cities in the UKAdvertisementThe best cities in the UK 2020 Destinations The best cities in the UK 2020Best cities in the world
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The best Airbnbs in the UK and Ireland

Before 2008, when Airbnb was founded, tracking down a holiday home was much harder. Now, it's almost too easy – there are millions of properties listed on the site – but search fatigue can be overwhelming. To point you in the right direction, we’ve started with a round up of our favourite Airbnbs in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. All listings on Condé Nast Traveller are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
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The best bars in London open for delivery right now

By day, it’s a casual café, workspace and recording studio; by night a bar, restaurant and venue for label launches and DJ residencies. FOODBy day, freelancers and tech bods are fuelled by millennial-friendly avocado and sourdough, freekeh salads and salt beef miso mustard sandwiches. For pudding, there’s a deliciously dense chocolate brownie or strawberries with a huge dollop of clotted cream and black pepper syrup. VERDICTThis may be a happy-making place for music lovers, but you don’t have to be a die-hard audiophile to enjoy it. By Teddy WolstenholmeAddress: Spiritland, 9-10 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4ABPhone: +44 20 3319 0050Website: spiritland.comThe best live music bars in London
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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

We’ve also seen a trend of some Prime Day deals continuing into the next day. Amazon Prime Day shopping tips and tricksPrime Day shopping can feel overwhelming, but we’ve compiled some tips to help you get the most out of the event. Ask Alexa: If you already have an Amazon smart device and want to ask Alexa about Prime Day deals, say “Alexa, what are my Prime Day deals?” In past years, we’ve even seen early-access deals for Alexa users. Lightning Deals on Amazon Prime DayTo get a Lightning Deal on Prime Day, first and foremost you’ll need to be a Prime member. Use your Prime account to spend $10 at checkout at an Amazon Books or Amazon Pop Up, and you get $10 to use during Prime Day.
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The best bars in London right now

THE AMERICAN BAR, SAVOY HOTELA clever new menu at London's ultimate hotel barSomebody once asked Harry Craddock, the genius who presided over the American Bar at the Savoy throughout the 1920s and 30s, what he thought was the best way to drink a cocktail. ‘While it’s laughing at you.’ How dear departed Harry’s shade must have laughed when in late 2017 the American Bar was finally named Best Bar in the World. The latest one takes its inspiration from the photographs by Terry O’Neill with which the walls of the bar are decorated. The American Bar has always been a forward-looking place – but it’s impossible not to get squiffy here without casting a fond backwards glance. You’re at the American Bar at the Savoy.
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The best beaches in Cornwall

Fistral Beach, NewquayFistral Beach is the epicentre of Cornwall's deservedly famous surfing scene - a long crescent of sand backed by grassy dunes which regularly sees waves of more than 8 feet. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Keep scrolling for more pictures of Cornwall beachesLike this? Now read:The best restaurants in CornwallThe 15 best restaurants in Cornwall Eating & Drinking The 15 best restaurants in CornwallThe best beaches in Devon
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The best beaches in the UK

Looking to spend your summers having a nice tan on the beaches? How about exploring the beach life of the UK? Check out these relaxing destinations that can live up to your holiday expectations!
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The best brunch in London for delivery 2021

After trying the simple, fresh flavours at supper we were desperate to return to try more of the menu. After the hype had died down, we did just that: rolling up for brunch. More brunch classics also get an Ottolenghi twist: green shakshuka comes with duck egg and focaccia, and avocado tops jalapeño cornbread for a classy take on avo toast. At brunch the semi-circle bar is buzzy without being heaving. You’ll leave feeling smug for having eaten so well and been somewhere so cool, early on a weekend.
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The best brunch in London

No longer trailing behind avocado-loving Melbourne or Bloody Mary-obsessed New York, the capital’s brunch scene is thriving thanks to some of the best restaurants in London now opening their doors early. Check out the article to know more.
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The best Christmas lights in London 2020

Leadenhall MarketHaving the Lord Mayor of London switch on your lights is quite a coup, and that’s what Leadenhall Market secured for last year’s Christmas spectacular. The ceremony also unveiled the market’s huge Christmas tree, covered in its own sparkling finery. Accompanying the glow from thousands of lights were choirs and other entertainment, ensuring a very merry atmosphere. Switch-on: Date TBCAddress: The Strand, WC2N 5RJLike this? Now read:Christmas in London: festive events and things to doChristmas in London 2019: 10 wonderful things to do Style & Culture Christmas in London 2019: 10 wonderful things to doBest winter terraces in LondonThe best winter terraces in London Eating & Drinking The best winter terraces in LondonChristmas markets in London
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The best Christmas markets in Europe

TALLINN CHRISTMAS MARKET, ESTONIABEST FOR: COSY KNITSThe tradition of putting up a Christmas tree in Tallinn’s Town Hall Square dates back to 1441, and it is still the big December draw in the medieval Old Town today. Christmas songs play over the speakers, and the scents of traditional Estonian dishes and snacks – black pudding, sour cabbage, gingerbread – fill the air. Warm up with hot, rum-based Vana Tallinn liqueur before shopping for woollen hats, wooden chopping boards and snuggly jumpers. Dates: 15 November 2020 to 5 January 2021Address: Town Hall Square, Tallinn, EstoniaWebsite: visitestonia.com/en/tallinn-christmas-marketLike this? Now read:Our favourite Christmas markets in the UKChristmas markets in the UK: The 11 best Style & Culture Christmas markets in the UK: The 11 bestThe best Christmas markets in GermanyThe best Christmas markets in Germany Inspiration The best Christmas markets in GermanyThe best cities to visit at Christmas
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The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013: Final Four

10K Shares PinThe Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 that began back in mid-February with over 70 cities is now down to a Final Four: Granada, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, and Sibiu. Also from that country, Sibiu is set to challenge surprise quarter-finalist Buenos Aires. The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four: Granada vs. BucharestThe Best City To Visit Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four: Buenos Aires vs. SibiuThe Best City Visit To Travel Tournament 2013 Final Four brackets. Please keep in mind the final votes for any poll aren’t final until they’re verified by my diligent verification team. The Championship round to decide The Best City to Visit in 2013 will begin next Tuesday, March 26th.
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The best cocktail delivery services in London

The Sun TavernThis handsome, whisky-focused Bethnal Green bar’s wares are now stocked by hospitality collective The Umbrella Project. The Quarantini kit is available for nationwide and international delivery, with a choice of two bottles from the Banana Daiquiri, classic Negroni, Old Fashioned, Toreador with Ocho Blanco tequila, Margarita, brandy-based Sazerac, Rob Roy and Boulevardier. Forza WinPeckham’s buzzing rooftop Italian bar and restaurant branched out into local delivery and pick-up last year, and has now helpfully bottled its digestivi for nationwide dispatch. The very collectable range of four includes a Negroni, limoncello, amaretto and clemencello – like limoncello but with clementines; it’s delicious with soda – all with retro labels. You won’t get the views from the Bussey Building while cracking one open on the sofa, but la dolce vita vibes are guaranteed.
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The best destination spas in the world 2020

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, Mexico, 93.9327. Ananda in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, India, 99.55Patricia ParinejadThe best destination spas in the USA6. CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, Arizona, 97.765. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Texas, 98.12Read next The best Greek islands to visit in 2020 Beaches The best Greek islands to visit in 20204. Now read:Spa review of Ananda in the Himalayas, IndiaAnanda in the Himalayas, India – spa review Places To Stay Ananda in the Himalayas, India – spa reviewReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersAdvertisementReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersThe best spas in the UK 2020
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The Best Early Black Friday Deals From Walmart, Best Buy, and Target

Similar to Best Buy, Target has also launched their first of many planned Black Friday, weeklong sales as well. It comes as no surprise that Target plans to run a series of sales throughout the month of November—the retailer announced last month that it has plans to kick off the holiday deals season early by offering Black Friday deals throughout the month preceding Black Friday. Target also plans to extend its 14-day Price Match Guarantee for a limited time through the holiday season. Now down to $45, this deal brings the Show 5 back down to the lowest price we’ve seen. Now down to $160 in moss or spring yellow, this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the Powerbeats Pros.
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The best eco-friendly restaurants in the world

SAINT PETER, SYDNEYA SEAFOOD BUTCHERY LEADING AUSTRALIA’S GILL-TO-FIN MOVEMENTWhen it comes to fish restaurants in this city, it’s hard to make a splash, but Saint Peter and its scale-to-tail ethos is different. Here, lesser-known Australian species are celebrated, often wild-caught, and 90 per cent of the fish – eyeballs! – are put to use, in comparison to an average of less than 50 per cent in most seafood restaurants. By Chloe SachdevAddress: Saint Peter, 362 Oxford Street, Paddington, New South Wales, AustraliaWebsite: saintpeter.com.auKeep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:Why it's important to diversify where you eatWhy it's important to diversify where you eat Eating & Drinking Why it's important to diversify where you eatMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listMichelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 list Eating & Drinking Michelin reveals UK and Ireland's top sustainable restaurants in Green Star 2021 listThe most beautiful restaurants in the world
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The best exhibitions in London – and how to see them from home

From Thursday 5 November 2020, London's museums and galleries will be shut for four weeks – but you can still see some of the best exhibitions at home. We round up our favourite displays in the capital to explore online and visit in person when restrictions lift again. Plus, find details about the exhibitions that are due to open later this year. Arctic: Culture and Climate, The British MuseumExplore the havoc climate change is wreaking in the ArcticThe British Museum has curated a series of blog posts about the Arctic, for a virtual insight into this dramatic landscape. The British Museum’s latest exhibition Arctic: Culture and Climate explores the impact this will have not only on Arctic peoples but, eventually, the rest of the planet.
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The best family hotels in the Maldives

FinolhuBest for: island playgroundFinolhu is an island that delivers on all levels. Forget Club 55: Crab Shack is the new top beach restaurant in the world, halfway down a staggeringly beautiful tail of white sand spearing nearly two kilometres into the Indian Ocean. Staff are funny, charming and top-brass, filtered from other best hotels in the zone such as Reethi Rah. The main hangout is the Beach Kitchen, an all-day dining restaurant with views of the oasis-style swimming food and exciting open-kitchen experience. An instant professional, it delivers on high energy brilliance without forgetting to get rooms, service and food pitch-perfect.
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The best farmers' markets in London

Farmers' markets have exploded in popularity over the past decade: pretty much every major neighbourhood, from Clapham to Clapton, now has one. At their best, London’s farmers’ markets are vibrant community hubs and champions of independent businesses. Address: Venn Street, London SW4 0ATWebsite: vennstreetmarket.co.ukAdvertisementNotting Hill Farmers’ Market Getty Images2. Read next The best cocktail deliveries in London Eating & Drinking The best cocktail deliveries in LondonAddress: William Ellis School, NW5 1RNWebsite: lfm.org.ukHerne Hill Market Shutterstock10. Now read:Read next The best takeaways in London for delivery Eating & Drinking The best takeaways in London for deliveryLondon markets: the 20 bestLondon markets: the 20 best Style & Culture London markets: the 20 bestThe best street food in LondonAdvertisementThe best street food in London Eating & Drinking The best street food in LondonThe best neighbourhoods in London
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The best film and TV dramas filmed in Britain

In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. AdvertisementIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Read next The best suitcases for every style of travel Style & Culture The best suitcases for every style of travelWhere was the 'The Crown' filmed? In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. In order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies.
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The best food and travel shows to watch right now

Breakfast, Lunch & DinnerIn this offshoot from his Ugly Delicious show, the preposterously busy David Chang hits the road for four hour-long adventures with comedians. He’s in Vancouver with local lad Seth Rogen, fishing and giggling, getting lost in a maze and above all revelling in the city’s Asian food emporia. Then he’s in Marrakech with Chrissy Teigen and in LA with Lena Waithe before the best of the bunch, visiting Phnom Penh with Kate McKinnon. We get Conan being tall, zany and actually pretty witty in the usual places Americans are interested in: Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Israel, Haiti and Italy. Don’t expect to get all the references but give it a go.
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The best holiday destinations for 2021

We’ll think harder about how our journeys affect local communities and do more research into where our money is best spent. And while the way we travel might change, what we want from our precious holidays is, and will always remain, the same. That’s why we’ve taken great care in selecting our top holiday destinations for 2021. With events such as the Olympic Games in Tokyo being postponed to 2021, we’ve thought about how these shifts will influence the holidays we take. Whatever your tastes, these are some of the best holiday destinations for 2021.
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The best Greek islands to visit in 2020

HydraBest Greek island for: a long weekend with the art crowdYou know when Dakis Joannou, Greece's foremost art collector, is on Hydra. Every summer, Joannou invites big hitters such as Matthew Barney and David Shrigley to create site-specific installations in the Greek island's old slaughterhouse. Car-free and protected by a preservation order, Hydra has always been the artists' muse of the Greek Islands. There's Olivia Palermo at The Pirate Bar and Chloë Sevigny shaking her tail feather at Hydronetta beach bar. To get in with the art crowd, stay at a leading local Artist's Villa (like the one pictured), available through Hipaway.
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The best hot chocolate in London

Paul A Young, AngelBest for: chocolate connoisseursThis Camden Passage chocolate shop is one of London’s little gems. A pot of rich hot chocolate bubbles away inside; order a cup which can be spiced with flavours such as cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom and chilli. It also stocks the chocolatier's famous salted-caramel brownies as well as packets of Aztec hot chocolate to make at home – all of which can be bought via the new online shop too. Pick up her signature hot chocolate from the beautiful counter. Inspired by a trip to Turin, it’s a blend of rich, dark chocolate, a shot of espresso and sweet, softly whipped cream.
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The best hotels in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

Swahili for ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama Mara is a clever distillation of the couple’s lifetime experience, understanding what their guests really want. The property is split into two camps of 15 glass-fronted tents, balanced on the rim of the valley. Private access to the Greater Mara Conservancies means that in 10 minutes you’re by the river. During migration, the predator action of a wildebeest crossingis less than an hour’s drive away – close by East African standards. The Angama Foundation’s active role in conservation, education and healthcare, and its support of small businesses, backs this up.
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The best hotels in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean: the Gold List 2021

Swahili for ‘suspended in mid-air’, Angama Mara is a clever distillation of the couple’s lifetime experience, understanding what their guests really want. The property is split into two camps of 15 glass-fronted tents, balanced on the rim of the valley. Private access to the Greater Mara Conservancies means that in 10 minutes you’re by the river. During migration, the predator action of a wildebeest crossingis less than an hour’s drive away – close by East African standards. The Angama Foundation’s active role in conservation, education and healthcare, and its support of small businesses, backs this up.
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The Best Hotels in Asia: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

THE BEST HOTEL IN INDIA 2021BUJERA FORT, UDAIPURA magical toy fort for grown-ups to play in, Bujera is a pure evocation of an Indian story from One Thousand and One Nights, but with better plumbing. Neither had experience as hoteliers when they began this project in 2008 in a rural village with views of the city’s fairy-tale lake and the Monsoon Palace. Partly influenced by These Foolish Things, Deborah Moggach’s novel on which The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based, they made their dream a reality, hoping to attract guests to their mellow, eclectic English-country house-inspired oasis. You’ll want to stay for 1,001 nights. By Victoria MatherBook your stay
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The Best Hotels in Asia: the Gold List 2021

THE BEST HOTEL IN INDIABUJERA FORT, UDAIPURA magical toy fort for grown-ups to play in, Bujera is a pure evocation of an Indian story from One Thousand and One Nights, but with better plumbing. Neither had experience as hoteliers when they began this project in 2008 in a rural village with views of the city’s fairy-tale lake and the Monsoon Palace. Partly influenced by These Foolish Things, Deborah Moggach’s novel on which The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is based, they made their dream a reality, hoping to attract guests to their mellow, eclectic English-country house-inspired oasis. You’ll want to stay for 1,001 nights. By Victoria MatherBook your stay
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The best hotels in Australia and New Zealand: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

THE BEST HOTELS IN AUSTRALIA 2021COMO THE TREASURY, PERTHThis city was built on land that has been inhabited for millennia by the Whadjuk Noongar people, who observe six seasons, rather than the less nuanced European four. Perhaps the loveliest of these is djilba, the season of conception, which corresponds with the mass blooming that transforms much of Western Australia into the most magnificent display of wildflowers on earth. Or rather, they did, until The Treasury threw open its doors – of which there are no fewer than 11 at street level. The expansive ground and lower-ground floors house several of the best restaurants, cafés and bars in town – though those in the know take the lift to the roof for a table at the world-class Wildflower. The conversion was masterminded by the late Kerry Hill, a Perth-born architect famous for his work with Aman hotels.
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The best hotels in Australia and New Zealand: the Gold List 2021

THE BEST HOTELS IN AUSTRALIACOMO THE TREASURY, PERTHThis city was built on land that has been inhabited for millennia by the Whadjuk Noongar people, who observe six seasons, rather than the less nuanced European four. Perhaps the loveliest of these is djilba, the season of conception, which corresponds with the mass blooming that transforms much of Western Australia into the most magnificent display of wildflowers on earth. Or rather, they did, until The Treasury threw open its doors – of which there are no fewer than 11 at street level. The expansive ground and lower-ground floors house several of the best restaurants, cafés and bars in town – though those in the know take the lift to the roof for a table at the world-class Wildflower. The conversion was masterminded by the late Kerry Hill, a Perth-born architect famous for his work with Aman hotels.
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The best hotels in Europe: The Gold List 2021 and 2020

What’s special about this place, near the glitzy coastal town of Porto-Vecchio, is that it offers both. Regulars and newcomers are embraced like long-lost pals by staff, many of whom have been here for decades. Such an air of comfort only adds to the thrill of the experience, which starts, of course, with the unbeatable location. Heady with the scent of mimosa and native aromatics, it was laid out masterfully by landscape architect Phillipe Niez. Old school and under the radar, just like the best hotels in the Mediterranean often are.
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The best hotels in Europe: The Gold List 2021

What’s special about this place, near the glitzy coastal town of Porto-Vecchio, is that it offers both. Regulars and newcomers are embraced like long-lost pals by staff, many of whom have been here for decades. Such an air of comfort only adds to the thrill of the experience, which starts, of course, with the unbeatable location. Heady with the scent of mimosa and native aromatics, it was laid out masterfully by landscape architect Phillipe Niez. Old school and under the radar, just like the best hotels in the Mediterranean often are.
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The best hotels in Japan

The residence opposite Nijo Castle fell out of their hands in 1945 – but, in a fateful twist, their real-estate company snapped up the land in 2015. In 2020, the gate once again leads to a Mitsui-owned property. The building wraps around a reinterpretation of the family’s original ‘stroll garden’, with flowing water and a sakura cherry tree (straw-wrapped for winter). There are countless signs of Kyoto-style attention to detail, from parking cones encased in bamboo to insider experiences including afternoon tea at Shimogamo Villa, another Mitsui family jewel. Not to forget that gate – immaculately restored by artisans, and impossible to miss.
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The best hotels in Mexico and South America: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

THE BEST HOTEL IN MEXICO 2021VERANA, PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICOEven the most seasoned traveller may have trouble thinking of the last time they stayed in a handmade hotel. Few places can be as intricately and ingeniously imagined as Verana. It may sound romantic, surrendering to the unknown in the pursuit of artistic dreams, but the reality required dedication and true grit. People come to Verana to become less distracted and more connected to themselves. In one of the most beautiful parts of Mexico, the real luxury is space to just be.
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The best hotels in Spain

Can Tres, FormenteraJust the sort of place you always wish you could stumble across, down a dusty track on the way to the bluest sea. Here are three hidden-away, architect-designed angular houses, Can Aire, Can Mar and Can Terra, each with a handful of rooms. They feel like small apartments in the smartest imagining, with shaded private terraces for hand-delivered breakfasts of freshly baked bread and sticky jams. The three Madrid-based owners hunted and hunted for a property in Formentera, having fallen for it on holiday, but it took them two years to find anything remotely workable. Address: Camí de Can Simonet, 07860 San Francisco Javier, Illes Balears, SpainBook your stayThe best hotels in Ibiza
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The best hotels in the Maldives

Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah, Baa AtollBest for: total privacyWide-brimmed straw hats off to the Four Seasons. With this five-acre, seven-bedroom, profoundly private island it has raised the proverbial bar. How much or how little you make of Voavah is likely to be your main - your only - concern. You've got the splendours of the Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your own yacht on which to explore it. It serves to draw your eye outwards, back into the sublime, saturated colour and endless space of sea and sky beyond.
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The best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: the Gold List 2021 and 2020

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, LOS ANGELESThere’s money and there’s old money, and in LA it doesn’t get much older than at the Beverly Hills, built in 1912 on Sunset Boulevard, four decades before the street would star in an eponymous film noir. Everyone has stayed at this hotel, from Charlie Chaplin and Grace Kelly to John and Yoko. But you don’t come for the stories, or because Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe actually did make love here while filming Let’s Make Love. Al Pacino could plop down on a sun-lounger by the vast Hockney-blue pool and all you’d do is order another Daiquiri. Rooms are bright and cheery but restrained, never flashy – designer Alexandra Champalimaud was always going to keep it smart.
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The best hotels in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean: the Gold List 2021

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, LOS ANGELESThere’s money and there’s old money, and in LA it doesn’t get much older than at the Beverly Hills, built in 1912 on Sunset Boulevard, four decades before the street would star in an eponymous film noir. Everyone has stayed at this hotel, from Charlie Chaplin and Grace Kelly to John and Yoko. But you don’t come for the stories, or because Yves Montand and Marilyn Monroe actually did make love here while filming Let’s Make Love. Al Pacino could plop down on a sun-lounger by the vast Hockney-blue pool and all you’d do is order another Daiquiri. Rooms are bright and cheery but restrained, never flashy – designer Alexandra Champalimaud was always going to keep it smart.
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The Best Hotels In The World: The Gold List

The Readers’ Choice Awards is the annual selection of your best travel experiences, voted for by readers and including hotels in many categories, all around the world. Here are the best hotels in the world.
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The best hotels on the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is home to some staggering hotels precariously perched along a beautiful shoreline of rugged cliffs and sandy coves. Here we review the grande dames as well as the secret boutique hotels and an amazing villa to take over as your own. Monastero Santa Rosa, AmalfiThis 17th-century former monastery dominates the shoreline about a kilometre from Amalfi. Some have terraces, but all are furnished with a mix of custom-made pieces and 19th-century antiques collected by the American owner. There are lots of quiet spots in the gardens, but it's the spa that will be the real pull.
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The best log cabins in the UK

Imagine having wine on the shore of one of the most scenic locations by The Lakes. Perfect weekend plan! Check out this amazing article to know about the best log cabins in the UK.
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The Best London Staycations Right Now

Staycations are the new vacations! If you're planning a staycation and looking for options, here's an ultimate guide to the best staycations in London. Check the article to know more.
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The best outdoor restaurants in London right now

As the weather cools down and lockdown rules ramp up, many of the best restaurants in London are adapting to the new normal with creative and weather-proof outdoor dining options ideal for groups of six. Here we round up 18 of the best outdoor restaurants right now, from pop-up outside seating spots to the capital's classic restaurants with gardens. For more outdoor inspiration, see our edit of the best winter terraces in London plus the best things to do outside in London. London restaurants with outside seatingPadellaAdvertisementBorough MarketThe original outdoor/indoor foodie haunt, Borough Market is coming into its own as we enter the colder months. Telephone: +44 20 7305 7676Website: petershamnurseries.comLondon's best restaurants with gardens
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The Best Package Tracking App for iOS and macOS

Parcel, for iOS and macOS, is the most full-featured, easiest-to-use package tracking app available for Apple devices. Push alerts generally come faster than with other tracking apps, and the app syncs across all Apple devices and Parcel’s website. In some cases, when two carriers both use the same tracking number, you may need to select the correct one. The Deliveries app, on the other hand, requires the recipient to have the app installed to see what you share. Most package tracking apps are free to download, with an annual subscription cost of $5 or less.
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The Best Pajamas for Women and Men

The women’s set we received wasn’t flannel; it was actually a thin cotton lawn that we can’t find listed anywhere on Target’s site. The fit on both the women’s set and men’s pants was off, too—both pants were too long, and the women’s top was very tight. Salvage Women’s Flannel PJ Set we tested didn’t have inclusive sizing, and the quality was poor compared with the L.L.Bean women’s flannel set. The Munki Munki Fleece Union Suit (what the company used to call a onesie) was warm and comfy, but it’s been discontinued. Other Munki Munki pajamas we tested did not hold up to a year of use, which made us less confident in Munki Munki PJs overall.
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The Best Palestinian Dishes

Looking to try Palestine food? Want to eat hearty Palestinian dishes? Here's your ultimate guide to the best Palestinian dishes from the Ottolenghi team.
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The best places in Europe for remote working

Here’s our edit of the very best places in Europe to set up your laptop. Ericeira is particularly safe and suitable for solo female remote workers and LGBTQ+ travellers. The main draw for remote workers, however, is the world-class rock-climbing and surfing nearby, due to Aberystwyth’s perfect position in the crook of Cardigan Bay. For creative remote workers who require easy access to London but crave a beachy, more relaxed existence for a few months, Folkestone ticks all the boxes. Read next The 15 best airports in the world 2020 Inspiration The 15 best airports in the world 2020Like this?
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The best places in the Peak District

The Peak District is a national park with a split personality. In some places it is an untouched Arcadia of leafy dales, blustery heaths and tumbling streams. In others, the land is crisscrossed by railway lines, its hillsides quarried and rivers dotted with mills. Contrary to popular belief, Peak doesn’t refer to hills but supposedly derives from the Peaklanders, an Anglo-Saxon tribe. These are some of the most beautiful spots in the Peak District to explore.
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The best places to visit in Bangkok according to local insiders

But now there are the beginnings of a kickback against global gentrification, and in Bangkok the cleverest new hangouts are delving into local culture, embracing its points of difference. Fuelled by folk music and Thai moonshine, chefs, musicians and designers are rediscovering their roots and putting traditional ingredients, sounds and crafts at the forefront of their work. This smart generation of Thai creatives mixes up country charm with downtown cool – here are the names and addresses to know. AdvertisementINSIDE TIP‘Around the corner from Asia Today, TEP Bar is the place to go for tipples mixed with Thai liquor. In-the-know crate diggers hit up Thai-British music collector Mark Salmon for dead-stock vinyl and ultra-rare cassette tapes.
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The Best Prime Day Amazon Echo, Fire, and Kindle Deals 2020

Less than a month before Prime Day, Amazon announced several new Echo speakers, including the 4th-generation Echo, which replaces the main Echo speaker. It doesn’t ship until October 22, so we haven’t tested it yet, but when we do, we’ll add our thoughts to our Amazon Alexa guide. The Echo Studio, Amazon’s best-sounding Alexa smart speaker, is sticking around, and we hope that it will have some good deals, too. Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)Deal price: $150; street price: $230Read our review of the best smart display for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon Echo BudsDeal price: $80; street price: $130 (Black)Read our review of the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds.
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The best restaurants for takeaway in London

Bindas EateryBest for: Indian street foodWhat to order: Butter chicken bomb burgerSince Mehak Kansal’s sell-out Anglo-Indian butter chicken bomb burger took Westfield by storm, Bindas Eatery has recently opened up a permanent residency in central London. On top of this, order small plates of Indian street food to share between you. The restaurant will also be offering set menus for Diwali, which takes place on 14 November. Like all great leftovers, these are delivered cold, to be warmed up on a whim (ideal for changeable working-from-home eating hours). Deliveries are to London only (refer to the map on G.13’s Instagram account where all orders are processed with an easy step-by-step guide).
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The best restaurants in Brixton

Fish Wings & TingsIt’s known for its jerk chicken, but Granville Arcade’s Fish Wings & Tings also has a few things on its Caribbean menu you may not be familiar with. He takes inspiration from family recipes (Nanny Suzy’s chilli sauce will blast the cobwebs away). But Negril also has an impressive veggie-and vegan-friendly menu: pumpkin curry, a homemade bean burger, Ital stew. An important part of Rastafarian culture, ‘Ital’ derives from the word ‘vital’, and emphasises natural, unprocessed ingredients such as plantain, avocado and chickpeas. Having created a friendly space for Brixton’s melting pot of people to hang out, the presence of Ital foods on Christie’s menu underscores her inclusive approach and Jamaican background.
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The best restaurants in Clapham

Joe PublicThis no-frills pizza joint does a roaring trade as a pit-stop for hungry commuters – the smell of wood-fired dough is the first thing that hits as you emerge from Clapham Common tube station. Address: Joe Public, 4 The Pavement, London SW4 0HYTelephone: +44 207 622 4676Website: joepublicpizza.comKnifeHuddled between residential flats on a busy Clapham backwater, Knife feels like a delicious neighbourhood secret, permanently packed with in-the-know carnivores. Load up on sides, too: there’s an uber-indulgent Stinking Bishop macaroni cheese, sugary-sweet roasted-corn crème brûlée and lip-smackingly good buttery truffle mash. Address: Knife, 160 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7DETelephone: +44 207 627 6505Website: kniferestaurant.co.ukKeep scrolling for more pictures of the best restaurants in ClaphamLike this? Now read:The best restaurants in BrixtonThe best restaurants in Brixton Eating & Drinking The best restaurants in BrixtonOur Peckham neighbourhood guideAn insider's neighbourhood guide to Peckham Neighbourhood guides An insider's neighbourhood guide to PeckhamThings to do in London this weekend and week
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The best restaurants in Peckham

Staying in Peckham? Looking for the best restaurants? Worry not! We've got this amazing list of the best eateries in Peckham. From Breakfasts to Lunches to Diners, this list will give you several options.
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The best restaurants to order delivery from in London

If you’re feeding a group, much of the menu can be scaled up, and everything comes in recyclable packaging. Potage is on Deliveroo, or you can order directly through its websitePappa CicciaBest for: the finest pizza outside of Italy (big statement, we know)What to order: the Primavera for mozzarella and tomato sauce(? Order garlic bread and your pizza of choice – the Bufalina is topped with creamy buffalo mozzarella and the Piccante has spicy pepperoni, black olives, Parmesan shavings and fresh chillies. The bases are perfectly thin and extra crispy, and gluten-free options are available. +44 20 7384 1884 (Fulham), +44 20 8785 7349 (Putney), pappaciccia.comThese are the best Italian restaurants in London
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The best romcoms with stunning locations to travel vicariously through

Available to stream on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google PlayIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – SingaporeIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – UKIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Annie Hall (1977) – New York CityIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies. Roman Holiday (1953) – ItalyIn order to see this embed, you must give consent to Social Media cookies.
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The Best Security Cameras for Your Home

More importantly, the Nest Cam Outdoor is completely waterproof, which includes the power cord and adapter. That means it can withstand the outdoor elements a lot longer than you can. Flaws but not dealbreakers: Without the Nest Aware service, this outdoor camera is basically limited to live viewing, so expect to pay a minimum of $6 per month on top of the purchase price. Also, if you don’t want to run wires or have an outdoor outlet nearby, placement will be limited. Subscription: required (no free video storage)Power: cordedWorks with: Nest, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantLearn more in our full review of the best outdoor security camera.
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The best shopping in Hong Kong

LOCAL KNOW-HOWGLORIA CHUNG, FOOD EXPERT AND WRITER‘Traditional wonton noodle shops are slowly disappearing, so I really cherish them. Mixologist John Nugent changed my mind about Irish coffee – his version is so creamy and light! There are also mini cocktails – great for a sip after work.’‘I never thought the old-fashioned Eaton Hotel could transform into such an edgy design destination. Make sure to try its amazing Yat Tung Heen restaurant.’Keep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong Kong City Breaks 10 Amazing Things To Do in... Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong KongSandra Choi's guide to Hong Kong Style & Culture Sandra Choi's guide to Hong KongRosewood Hong Kong review: First In
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The best ski resorts in Europe

Pradollano, SpainThe one nearest the beachEurope’s southernmost ski resort, in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Granada, reaches up to 11,150ft, with 70 miles of surprisingly snow-sure slopes that have regularly hosted World Cup ski races. But the best thing about a few days skiing here – perhaps staying at chalet-style El Lodge, the smartest place in this quirky town – is coming down the mountain and heading for somewhere entirely different. It takes 40 minutes or so to drive to Granada, where the great Moorish Alhambra palace is about as far from Alpine style as it gets; it’s barely an hour south to Motril, with its Costa Tropical beaches; and two hours in either direction to the new creative buzz of Málaga or the old Spaghetti Western sets around Almería. Now read:The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020 Inspiration The 10 best skiing breaks by train to take in 2020How to organise a skiing holidayHow to organise a skiing holiday (if you've never been skiing before) Inspiration How to organise a skiing holiday (if you've never been skiing before)The best ski resorts in the world
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The Best Solid Toiletries For Travel

Looking for a method to stop overpacking your carry-on liquid allowance? Or, perhaps you want to make your toiletries last longer or be more eco-groovy. Either way, look no further!
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The best spas in London

Spa de La Mer, HarrodsBest spa in London for: pre-night-out prepCult skincare La Mer has been at the top of almost everyone’s beauty wish list for years. And while its appeal and reach is global, amazingly there has been no therapist service available in the UK, until now. In February this year the company opened its first spa treatment room, in Harrods. This powerhouse concoction is only available in its concentrated form in the spa, making the results of the treatment all the more potent. After a light exfoliation, lotion is used to hydrate and prepare the face, various massage techniques follow to warm up the skin (to get the best from the Miracle Broth).
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The best spas near London

However, the majority of regulars at the hotel’s Sequoia Spa are locals who love to make the most of their membership, using it as a sleek home from home. The spa itself is a cool and quiet subterranean space, a short distance from the main building within the property’s 300-acre grounds. Service is warm but respectful and, to avoid masses of form-filling, guests are asked a number of not-too-personal questions in a more conversational way to ensure the experience is as bespoke as possible. And one silver lining of 2020 government recommendations is that you can reserve to have a swim, or a thoughtful soak, almost entirely by yourself. Becky Lucas
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The best takeaways in London

Bindas EateryBest for: Indian street foodWhat to order: Butter chicken bomb burgerSince Mehak Kansal’s sell-out Anglo-Indian butter chicken bomb burger took Westfield by storm, Bindas Eatery has recently opened up a permanent residency in central London. On top of this, order small plates of Indian street food to share between you. The restaurant will also be offering set menus for Diwali, which takes place on 14 November. Like all great leftovers, these are delivered cold, to be warmed up on a whim (ideal for changeable working-from-home eating hours). Deliveries are to London only (refer to the map on G.13’s Instagram account where all orders are processed with an easy step-by-step guide).
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The best staycation deals in London right now

AdvertisementRead the full Bulgari Hotel London review. Bulgari Hotel London: a masterclass in elegance Places To Stay Bulgari Hotel London: a masterclass in eleganceRead next Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to do Style & Culture Christmas in London 2020: 9 wonderful things to doThe staycationThe new-for-2020 collection of deals includes options for every kind of staycationer. Private screening room at Bulgari Hotel LondonThe holiday vibeThe extreme pampering here should stir a post-trip glow. Pool at Bulgari Hotel LondonSocial distancingEach of the staycations has been created with social distancing front of mind, with itineraries revolving around in-suite or private activities. The best UK staycation ideasThe best UK staycation ideas according to the Condé Nast Traveller editors Inspiration The best UK staycation ideas according to the Condé Nast Traveller editorsThe best airbnbs in LondonAdvertisementThe 9 coolest Airbnbs in London Places To Stay The 9 coolest Airbnbs in LondonThe new UK holiday homes to book in 2020
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The best takeaways in London for delivery

Bindas EateryBest for: Indian street foodWhat to order: Butter chicken bomb burgerSince Mehak Kansal’s sell-out Anglo-Indian butter chicken bomb burger took Westfield by storm, Bindas Eatery has recently opened up a permanent residency in central London. On top of this, order small plates of Indian street food to share between you. The restaurant will also be offering set menus for Diwali, which takes place on 14 November. Like all great leftovers, these are delivered cold, to be warmed up on a whim (ideal for changeable working-from-home eating hours). Deliveries are to London only (refer to the map on G.13’s Instagram account where all orders are processed with an easy step-by-step guide).
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The Best Thermal Underwear for Women and Men

This is what we found, and how we chose our test pool:Fabric: Both wool and synthetic base layers have their advantages, as we say above. We set aside all the thermal and long-johns base layers that were made of cotton; those make better pajamas than base layers. Fit: Base layers keep you warm by trapping heat in the small gap between your skin and the fabric. Winter-adventuring duo Justin Lichter and Shawn Forry suggested that a base layer top should have a relaxed form fit—trim enough to layer over without being bulky. Nearly all of our testers had thru-hiked a 2,000-plus-mile trail at minimum—an experience that requires living in the same base layer from four to six months—so they had opinions.
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The best things to do in Bath, Somerset

Address: Nam Store, 22c New Bond Street, Bath BA1 1BAWebsite: No telephoneWebsite: instagram.com/namstore_bathAdvertisementCards at Found Toby MitchellFoundThere is a similar ethos at fashion and home shop Found. Address: Meticulous Ink, 134 Walcot Street Bath, Somerset BA1 5BGTelephone: +44 1225 333004Website: meticulousink.comRead next The best things to do in Covent Garden Destinations The best things to do in Covent GardenBrowse unique galleriesThe Francis Gallery co-founder Rosa Park Rich StapletonGallery NineGallery Nine showcases a thoughtful range of contemporary art, pottery, jewellery and textiles. Read next A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venues Destinations A guide to visiting Tokyo's best Olympic venuesAddress: Francis Gallery, 3 Fountain Buildings, Bath BA1 5DUTelephone: +44 1225 443220Website: francisgallery.coThe best Bath hotels for the weekendEightEight by name, eight by nature. Address: Hotel Indigo Bath, 2-8 South Parade, Bath BA2 4ABBook your stayLike this? 11 of the best Bath restaurants Destinations 11 of the best Bath restaurantsThe best hotels in SomersetAdvertisementThe best hotels in Somerset Places To Stay The best hotels in SomersetThe best places to visit in the UK
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The Best Things We Bought in 2020 (Or How We Learned to Cope in a Pandemic)

No more fussing with pulling out large glass bottles, and it’s much easier to dispense the exact amounts I need. And if you’re thinking you can already do that on a sheet pan, I have two words for you: pan juices. —Lesley StocktonTurn food scraps into garden goldVitamix FoodCycler FC-50 ($400 at the time of publication)This summer my mom bought my partner and me a Vitamix electric composter that turns our food scraps into ready-to-use fertilizer for our garden. It’s small and quiet, and it works through a whole batch (about 2 liters) in just a couple of hours. Our staff also found some creature comforts in nostalgic sweet snacks, such as L.L.Bean’s box of mini Wicked Whoopies.
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The Best Time to Visit South Georgia Island (+ Travel Tips)

Our guide to the best time to visit South Georgia Island. When is the Best Time to Visit South Georgia Island? Is Autumn the best time to visit South Georgia? October to November (Spring)There’s a couple of great reasons to visit South Georgia at the beginning of the season, and if you want to get the most dramatic wildlife experiences imaginable, the best time to visit South Georgia is in October and November. No tourist ships will visit South Georgia during winter as it’s just not safe or enjoyable.
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The best travel deals for 2021

Guests can pick up a paddle board, kayak or snorkel set and explore the turquoise waters wrapping the island of Bequia. This offer must be redeemed on bookings made before 19 December 2020, for travel from 1 to 19 December 2020 and 4 to 31 August 2021. This offer of booking one cabin and receiving another half price applies to cruise rates on the Origin, Theory and Letty, for departure dates from January 3 to 10 2021 and March 7 to 14 2021. This applies to one person per minimum stay of three nights on all bookings made before February 2021. The offer is valid for travel between 1 May and 31 October 2021 and is applicable to all room categories with no black-out dates.
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The Best Travel Apps Of 2018

Travel apps are useful though tend to give you diminishing efficiency the more of them you load on your phone. Over the past 12 months, I’ve tested a lot of travel apps, but these are the ones I kept and ended up using the most in the last year. These are the travel apps you should load on your phone for 2018, in no particular order. Google Maps [Android/iOS]Although there are respectable alternatives like maps.me, once Google Maps added the ability to download maps offline it was game over. Google Translate [iOS/Android]The Google Translate app a good way to use technology to replace your lack of a foreign language to easily translate these 4 word combinations you should learn everywhere.
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The Best Travel Laptops Of 2014 (So Far)

You might be mulling whether or not it’s a good time to upgrade your travel gadgets and in past years when listing the best travel laptops of 2012 I broke them down into categories based on qualities such as price. Once More The Top PickAlthough it will upset a bunch of hipsters to say this, Apple products aren’t inherently better than Windows laptops. Microsoft Surface Pro 2 (Starting at $450) Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Starting at $779) – Prices are dropping quickly on this laptop-tablet lovechild since Microsoft will begin shipping the Surface Pro 3 on June 30, 2014. One drawback of the Surface Pro 2 however is that it averages an hour less of battery life than any of the fully grown laptops mentioned above. Much like cars, peasant foods, or Star Trek costumes and cosplay, there is rarely a single answer to what is the best travel laptop.
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The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)

Home | Photography | The BEST Travel Cameras in 2021 (Every Budget and Type)We’ve spent years working as professional travel photographers, and are proud to have put together this definitive guide to the best travel cameras in 2021 for every budget, based on actual hands-on experience. In fact this article is going to save you time and money by diving straight into the best travel camera for every budget. This great little travel camera does it all, and for the price, it is the best travel zoom camera out there. GoPro Max – Best 360 Travel CameraWith virtual reality becoming more and more popular, it might be no surprise that one of the best travel cameras for 2021 is actually a 360-degree camera! Instead just use this guide to the best travel cameras to find out exactly what is the best choice you can afford.
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The Best Travel Laundry Bag – Scrubba Wash Bag Review – NOMADasaurus Adventure Travel Blog

After a decade of trial and error, we’ve finally found the best travel laundry bag – Check out our complete Scrubba travel washing machine review. Our Scrubba Travel Washing Bag ReviewWe’ve heard a lot about travel washing machines, but never had the chance to try one. The difference between any old dry bag though and the Scrubba travel laundry bag, is that the Scrubba has a flexible, rubber washboard built into the inside. There’s a clear plastic strip down one side so that you can see inside the travel laundry bag. Scrubba Wash Bag Review – 9/10It’s not very often we find a piece of kit we absolutely love so much that it becomes something we can’t travel with, but the Scrubba Wash Bag has made the list.
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The best travel movies for kids and teens

The Boy Who Harnessed the WindLocation: MalawiWhen bad weather and tobacco corporations end his father’s farming job in Wimbe, east of Kasungu in Malawi, 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (Maxwell Simba) uses his love of mechanics and an old library book to find a solution. This inspiring true story, adapted in 2019 from William’s own book by Chiwetel Ejiofor, was filmed in Wimbe itself, using his school and the house next door to the one where he grew up. While the realities of village life are intense, there are panoramas of huge skies and empty vistas too. Almost wholly shot outdoors, it used Auckland and surrounding towns for the pair’s brushes with civilisation and found Hec’s remote farmhouse in Puhoi, on the north-east of the North Island. Most of the action, though, takes place deep in the bush of the Waitakere Ranges, west of Auckland, and among the snow-capped peaks of the volcanic Central Plateau.
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The best villa rental companies 2020

Forte San Giorgio Cerruti DraimeREADER'S CHOICE AWARDS 202020. 98.10Read next What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel Inspiration What the latest UK lockdown rules mean for travel7. The Thinking Traveller (pictured). 99.23READER'S CHOICE AWARDS 2019Winner1. Now read:Reader's Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersReaders' Choice Awards 2020: All the winners Inspiration Readers' Choice Awards 2020: All the winnersReaders’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in EuropeAdvertisementReaders’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in Europe Places To Stay Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: the best hotels and resorts in EuropeReaders’ Choice Awards 2020: The best cities in the world
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The best wellness spots in Paris

Dover Street Parfums MarketTHE PERFUMERYImagine a gallery in which bespoke fragrances and products replace artwork, and that goes some way to explaining the Dover Street Parfums Market. Sculptural vials illuminate the shelves and range from artisanal labels Byredo and Ormaie to legendary names Helmut Lang and Nina Ricci. The vast beauty section has Gucci’s latest foray into cosmetics alongside sustainable and organic hair and skincare brands from around the globe. Address: Dover Street Parfums Market, 11 bis rue Elzévir, 75003 Paris, FranceWebsite: doverstreetparfumsmarket.comKeep scrolling for more images...Like this? Now read:The best spas in the worldThe best spas in the world for 2020 Spa Guide The best spas in the world for 20203 ideas for the ultimate day trip to Paris3 ideas for the ultimate day trip to Paris Inspiration 3 ideas for the ultimate day trip to ParisThe best shopping in Paris
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The best winter terraces in London

The Boundary, ShoreditchFor a wood-smoked taste of the Côte d'AzurIf you're more familiar with Shoreditch's Redchurch Street at people-gawping pavement level, this gives you a fresh new angle. Conran's been in thrall to the Med since the days when a garlic press was an exotic object of desire – and the romance endures. Open from 4pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends, it's a good place to muse on other boundaries: between good and bad taste, gentrification and authenticity. Address: The Boundary, 9 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E16Telephone: +44 20 7729 1051Website: theboundary.co.ukJimmy's Lodge, SouthbankFor a Christmas market feelOptions are most definitely not limited at Jimmy's Lodge, which has opened early this year giving you an extra few weeks to enjoy the South Bank's coolest winter escape. For more of a private experience reserve one of the cosy snow globes (they fit ten, but are following government guidelines and will only accomodate six at a time this winter).
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The Best Winter-Sun Destinations In Europe

Planning to visit Europe? Looking for places with perfect temperature to enjoy your perfect winter-sunny afternoons? Check out this article to know the best places in Europe to soak yourself in sunny Europe.
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The Best Wireless Sport Headphones For Under $100: NuForce BE Sport3 Review

16 Shares PinThere’s a niche between high-end Bluetooth wireless sport headphones well over $100 and the ultra budget variety, less than $30. The NuForce BE Sport3 fills the void by taking the best of both ends, here’s why they might be the ideal wireless headphones for you, especially if you exercise frequently when traveling. The BE Sport3 earbuds weigh 13 grams (.45 ounces) and pair over Bluetooth with your phone. But, let me be clear, these are the best wireless headphones I’ve used when running in terms of comfort and ear placement. In my opinion, for sport headphones, especially wireless ones, staying in your ear is the most important feature.
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The Biggest Dam Removal Project in American History is Back On Track

The biggest dam removal project in American history is back on track, following an agreement last week to move ahead with demolition of four dams on the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California. “This dam removal is more than just a concrete project coming down. Though two Klamath dams they rely on for irrigation are not slated for removal, they worry that any dam removal sets a precedent that could affect their livelihood. If the Klamath River project goes forward it will be the largest by far. For Chook-Chook Hillman, a Karuk tribal member fighting for dam removal, the question goes beyond science.
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The Biggest Waves In, Oh, Forever, Maybe, Are Pounding Portugal’s Coast

The Biggest Waves In, Oh, Forever, Maybe, Are Pounding Portugal’s CoastHurricane Epsilon has been churning the North Atlantic into a maelstrom of very, very angry seas for days now. As the raw energy of the swell spaces itself out and organizes itself into a proper swell train, it has steamed straight into Europe’s Atlantic coast. Ireland’s Mullaghmore is also cracking right now, with what are probably the best and meanest waves breaking anywhere in the world. Today saw surfers tackle some of the biggest waves humans have ever ridden. Waves lurch and grow above a shifting trough that doesn’t have a stable floor to measure from.
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The Birth of Ancient Rome and the Forum

In its glory days, the word Rome meant not the just city but what Romans considered the entire civilized world. In actuality, the first Romans mixed and mingled here — in the valley between the famous Seven Hills of Rome. In 509 BC, they tossed out their king, established a relatively democratic Roman Republic, and began what was perhaps history's greatest success story — the rise of Rome. But the Republic was finished, and Rome became the grand capital of a grand empire. The Capitoline Hill — which rises majestically from the busy streets — has long been the home of Rome's city government.
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The Bohemian guide to Dubai

SAMPLE FINE FOOD WITHOUT THE FANFARE3 FILSWith only 25 seats, independent eatery 3 Fils fills up quickly, especially on weekends. Address: 3 Fils, Shop 02, Jumeirah Fishing Harbour 1, near Omnia Gourmet, Al Urouba Street, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesTelephone: +971 4 333 4003Website: 3fils.com7. However, you’re still in for a bohemian experience as the concept remains the same. Now set on the water in the middle of Jumeirah’s Fishing Harbor 2, queue up at the window and choose your catch from the huge day’s haul. Grab one of the wooden tables and plastic chairs that litter the patio and sit out under the night sky while they fry it up for you.
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The Bose QuietComfort 20 Are (Still) The Best Wired Headphones For Travel In 2018

12 Shares PinIn 2015, I told you the Bose QuietComfort 20 noise-cancelling headphones were the best a traveler could buy, having used them for a few years by then. After more than 4 years and countless flights later, they’re still the best headphones for travel, assuming you still have a headphone jack on your phone. The Bose Quietcomfort 20 are so good, Bose still sells the QuietComfort 20 as their premier wired, noise-cancelling earbuds, for roughly the original price. Road Tested: Bose QuietComfort 20 Review After 4 YearsIn the video above, I review my original pair to show you how well they have and haven’t held up. At $250, the Bose QuietComfort 20 is a solid investment in good headphones with a feature (noise-cancelling) that frequent flyers will find practically essential after a single use.
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The Bright Artery Of A City: A Photo Essay Of Istanbul’s Istiklal Caddesi At Night

But the heart and lifeblood of Istanbul breathes from its many neighborhoods and the biggest inhale flows through Istiklal Caddesi (“Istiklal or Independence Avenue”) at night. Istanbul is a city I’ve come to know well over the years and I’m currently using the city as a base to hop around the Caucuses and eastern Europe until mid-May. You’ll find roasted chestnuts (“kestane“), a winter favorite, for sale by vendors on small carts up and down Istiklal Avenue. Along the side-streets of Istiklal is where you’ll find a good assortment of common Turkish street foods. One of my favorites, you eat this common Turkish street food in sandwich form.
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The British Museum’s Ancient Collection

It’s kicked off with the Rosetta Stone, which provided the breakthrough in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Discovered in 1799, it told the same story in three languages: Greek, a modern form of Egyptian, and ancient Egyptian. This enabled archaeologists to compare the two languages they understood, with the ancient Egyptian, which was yet to be deciphered. Egyptian art was art with a purpose. In ancient Egypt, you could take it with you.
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The Buzludzha Monument – Exploring Bulgaria’s UFO

Known as “Bulgaria’s UFO”, the Buzludzha Monument hides in the Balkans as the former Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarters, and has become one of the most unusual spots in the country. I did some urban exploration at this fascinating site to find out more about this curious attraction.
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The Capitol Riot Zip-Tie Guy Had Quite the Arsenal at Home, Prosecutors Say

Law enforcement also found a safe containing 15 guns, including a sniper rifle, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. Munchel and his mother, 57-year-old Lisa Eisenhart, were arrested in Nashville earlier this month following the insurrection on Jan. 6. They have both been charged with conspiracy, civil disorders, knowingly entering a restricted building, and violent entry on Capitol grounds. Munchel took video during the riot, according to the prosecutor’s memo. I’d rather die and would rather fight.” The article was included in the prosecutor’s memo.
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The Caribbean's most romantic holidays

For foodies and off-grid explorersWhere St Lucia has a strong French Creole flavour – in its food, style and language – Antigua and Barbados also display their British influence. Parish churches could have sprung up from rural Dorset, afternoon tea is an enduring ritual and the gardens are English country by way of the tropics. Energetic couples can take to the waves for deep-sea fishing or jump on mountain bikes to discover an off-grid part of Antigua with Island Routes Luxury Caribbean Adventure Tours. For water babiesGrenada is the final island in Sandals’ address book, which like St Lucia has carved its own individual identity through a curious mix of British and French cultural influences. The rooms have a romantic West Indian feel with mahogany furniture, old-school fans and wooden shutters.
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The CDC Just Deleted Its Guidance that Said Coronavirus Spreads Through Air

UPDATE 9/21 12:42 pm ET: The CDC has removed language from its website indicating that coronavirus can spread through aerosol particles. “CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). The CDC cites examples such as choir practice, restaurants, and fitness classes as examples of situations where airborne particles are a risk. The updated description of how the coronavirus is spread also comes with new advice on how to limit that spread. Two weeks ago, a week before the CDC updated its official guidance, Trump dismissed the criticism of his comments.
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The cheapest nicest bars in London

It’s not hard to spend a lot of money on cocktails in London, but the city also has plenty of drinking dens, dive bars and wine bars that are hiding a bit of a bargain. These are the bars that not only serve a cocktail for under a tenner but that you actually want to hang out in too. callmemrlucky.comAdvertisementThree SheetsTHREE SHEETS, DALSTONKatharine Sohn, PA to the editor-in-chiefThis is a seriously unfussy bar that has quickly become an East London neighbourhood favourite. goldfinchsw17.co.uk, graveneygin.co.uk, unwinedbars.co.uk, tap13tooting.co.ukGORDON’S WINE BAR, EMBANKMENTRead next The best pubs in London Bars The best pubs in LondonPaula Ellis, art director‘Said to be the oldest wine bar in London, the old brick-lined cellar is just a tiny bit damp with aging pictures of famous people who have visited. Now read:The best bars in LondonThe best bars in London right now Eating & Drinking The best bars in London right nowThe best wine bars in LondonAdvertisementThe 28 best wine bars in London Eating & Drinking The 28 best wine bars in LondonThe best restaurants in London
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The cheapest nicest holiday destinations in the world

DAHAB, EGYPTBest for: sub-aquatic adventureWith budget airlines Tui and EasyJet running direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh, beach town Dahab, an hour’s drive from the airport, is more accessible than ever. Bedouin hospitality meets BYOB at the colourful, low-key daybeds-come-restaurant-tables built into the boardwalk, where marine biologists, backpackers and beach bums congregate. Due to the climate, the reef here is more resistant to coral bleaching than others, which means it has maintained impressive biodiversity even in the face of the climate crisis. Wake to the sound of waves at sea-view Airbnb Sea Stars or a beachfront apartment – with prices starting from about £34, we’d book the whole place just for ourselves. Find out more about the best things to do in Egypt
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The cheapest, nicest restaurants in the world – according to our editors

Emilie’s, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, Ireland‘This deli has become a real hit in the village of Glenbeigh and is now the go-to spot for morning coffees at the tables outside or flame-charred pizzas variously piled with the tastiest Irish and Italian toppings, from scamorza and 'nduja to wild mushrooms and black pudding, after a breezy day at nearby Rossbeigh beach. The waiter is your menu and will tell you about just three starters and three mains. The freshest focaccia comes in brown paper bags, the vongole dish is stunning and the prawns are enormous. Tucked away behind a thick, red-velvet curtain, the tiny, graffitied space plastered in film posters is totally unexpected in the modern, four-star hotel, marked only by a small neon burger sign. Go for the messy cheeseburger, fries in a paper bag and a beer.’ Becky Lucas, digital editor
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The CIA Tried to Have Climbers Plant a Nuke-Powered Antenna in the Himalaya

The CIA Tried to Have Climbers Plant a Nuke-Powered Antenna in the HimalayaThis is a story that has floated around a bit over the years, often mentioned in passing when telling other stories about the Cold War or Himalayan climbing in the 60s, but it’s rare to get the full telling. Especially if that receiver was sitting atop a mountain peak that nestled right up against China’s border, perhaps one within the borders of India, a US ally. The government decided on Nanda Devi, a 25,643-foot high peak once thought to be the highest in the world. They recruited top climbers of the day, including Tom Frost, and sent them up with a nuclear-powered radio receiver that would run as long as the plutonium at its core remained active. Rock and Ice published a terrific story about the Nanda Devi debacle years ago, which you can read, here.
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The cheapest nicest winter sun hotels from £55 a night

Far from Canggu’s chia-bowl-scong, concept-store-hopping crowds and Ubud’s timezone-skipping techpreneurs, this is a corner of old Bali. There are other modish touches, too, from the influencer-favourite floating breakfasts served to swimmers to the hot-pink modular daybeds beside the main beachside pool. Lie here long enough and fishing boats from Tejakula village will pull up for you to choose your own just-landed mahi-mahi for supper. The area is known for its community-driven marine-protection initiative, and there’s snorkelling to try out just offshore and the thundering, 98ft Les Waterfall to explore further inland. But mostly, this is a place for guests to steal away and enjoy their prize in peace.
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The coolest places in South Africa right now, according to the next generation of creatives

The curator: Khanyisile MbongwaThe award-winning artist and sociologist oversaw the inaugural Stellenbosch Triennale earlier this year and defines her role as curing and caringWhat's the South African scene like at the moment? 'The rise of African biennales, fairs and artist-run spaces has shifted how the global community engages with us. But all of this is informed by the backbone of amazing South African artists, such as Sethembile Msezane and Mary Sibande.' Perpetual Optimism VIII by Mongezi Ncaphayi, shown at the Stellenbosch Triennale Mirjam BleekerWhat part does art play in the conversation on bigger issues? 'IiNyanga Zonyaka (Notes on the Lunar Songbook): Anthi-Patra Ruga', curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa, runs at Norval Foundation until 26 July 2021. stellenboschtriennale.com
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The coolest places to visit in Yorkshire right now

The Art House in Wakefield David LindsayAdvertisementIt would be remiss to think this triumvirate is all it has to offer. But its arts community is mostly made up of voluntary organisations run on a shoestring, meaning they are particularly vulnerable right now. Plenty of time to open, then, before the next Yorkshire Sculpture International in 2023, following the success of 2019’s debut. As it should be: West Yorkshire is the former centre of neon-light making. Among the artisanal ice cream and cake spots, seek out Elder, arguably one of the top restaurants in Yorkshire.
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The coolest places to visit in Yorkshire

The Art House in Wakefield David LindsayAdvertisementIt would be remiss to think this triumvirate is all it has to offer. Read next The ultimate travel guide to the Isles of Scilly Destinations The ultimate travel guide to the Isles of ScillyThe best art in YorkshireTo Breathe by Kimsooja at Yorkshire Sculpture Park Kimsooja, To Breathe, 2019. Plenty of time to open, then, before the next Yorkshire Sculpture International in 2023, following the success of 2019’s debut. As it should be: West Yorkshire is the former centre of neon-light making. Among the artisanal ice cream and cake spots, seek out Elder, arguably one of the top restaurants in Yorkshire.
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The COVID Vaccine Rollout Is Leaving Black People Behind

Latinos, who make up 29% of the city’s population, have received 15% of the vaccines where racial data was reported. (The city said data was missing for 40% of those who’ve received the vaccine.) In Philadelphia, fewer than 15% vaccinated are Black despite Black Philadelphians being 40% of the city’s residents over the age of 75 and 45% of healthcare workers. White people make up 68% of the population but 82% of those who’ve received a first dose. In a Pew survey published shortly before the beginning of the vaccine rollout, fewer than half of Black American adults said they would get a vaccine if it were available.
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The Croatian monastery you can rent

‘The longest I’d been on the island, but also the calmest I’d been for ages.’The monastery and its church Igor ZacharovThe Franciscan monastery has been here since 1483, which was quite a momentous year. AdvertisementCloister arches Igor ZacharovOver the next two decades, the monastery was slowly restored. The sea is a constant presence at Lopud 1483, and the urge to engage with it is overwhelming. And the monastery is a regenerative space.’ Lopud 1483 is a rare creation, the sort that can only come from a deep, personal connection and a willingness to take time. Address: Lopud 1483, Lopud Island, CroatiaPrice: Lopud 1483 is available to rent from about £9,040 per night, B&B (sleeps 10)Book your stayFrancesca Thyssen-Bornemisza Petar SantiniLike this?
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The Craftsmen of Montepulciano

Every traveler has their favorite Tuscan hill town. Mine’s Montepulciano and it’s simply charming. Steep, twisty, cobbled lanes clamber up through an ancient, stony cityscape draped over a ridge.
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The Dead Sea, Lowest Place on Earth

Produce vendor: Yeah, fresh dates. The road ends where the Jordan River does: at the lowest place on earth, the fabled Dead Sea. Israel re-drew the border to control the entire Dead Sea shoreline. But, when tensions are low, Palestinian families who can afford the admission are welcome to enjoy Israeli Dead Sea resorts. Whether caked in mud or bobbing in the sunset, it’s fun to bring life to your Dead Sea experience.
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The Dolomites: Italy's rugged, slow living region

But the first sense that is engaged in South Tyrol is sight. They are the dancers of the mountain world, a theatrical ballet of dark granite and stratified limestone. In South Tyrol the mountains offer a kind of Tyrolean hygge. The Empress Elisabeth of Austria travelled to South Tyrol from Vienna in the 1800s to improve her health, taking the mineral waters of the famous spa town of Merano. There is no shortage of great chefs in South Tyrol, but Niederkofler is the godfather of them all.
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The Drop Bar Fat Bike Raises the Question: What’re You Looking At?

The Drop Bar Fat Bike Raises the Question: What’re You Looking At? The TOWMAK is a titanium fat bike with drop bars. Flared drops, but drop bars all the same. People have put drop bars on fat bikes before, but an expensive titanium-framed fatty built around being a drop bar bike is, well, it’s a choice. Hard to imagine a scenario in which you’d need tires like that, and fairly aggressive-looking geo, but also want drop bars.
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The Enduring Mystery of Critchfield’s Spruce

White spruce fossils from along the Gulf Coast seemed to contradict this view. The cones were twice the length of modern white spruce cones, and the wood was “peculiar,” the growth rings unusually narrow. But the Delcourts didn’t pursue the question, and the spruce fossils’ true identity remained a mystery. Earlier botanists had assumed that the fossils were white spruce, because that was the modern spruce that the cones most resembled. The reason that white spruce fossils seemed to contradict their settings was because they did — the fossils weren’t white spruce.
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