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The most famous works of I.M. Pei

One of the most influential architects of all time, I.M. Pei passed away on Thursday at 102 years old, leaving behind a legacy that won’t soon be forgotten. The Chinese-born architect was responsible for some of the world’s most famous and widely recognized pieces of modern architecture, and you may have marveled at some of his works without even knowing it. He is perhaps best known for designing the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Louvre’s glass pyramid, an...
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The best places in America to try forest bathing

Let’s get something straight: Forest bathing is not a simple walk in the woods. Because let’s be honest, most of us when going for a stroll through the forest bring our phones along so we can document the whole thing, and maybe send some “look how I’m communing with nature” selfies to our friends. Forest bathing, on the other hand, means truly stopping to appreciate the world around you. It starts with leaving your phone at home, and continues with mindful breathing, touching the earth, and c...
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8 essential types of dim sum to eat in Hong Kong

If there’s one meal to eat in Hong Kong, it has to be dim sum. Often mistaken to just mean dumplings, dim sum is actually a selection of small dishes commonly eaten at breakfast or lunch and is best shared among a large group of family and friends. A general rule is that two and a half dishes is the perfect number to order per person, so we say the more the merrier. Found in streetside local eateries and high-end restaurants alike, you won’t have any issues finding options. These are the mus...
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Denver decriminalizing mushrooms

The rising national movement against drug prohibition took a major step forward on May 7. Voters in Denver, Colorado, narrowly passed a measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms — effectively making them law enforcement’s lowest priority in the city. Signs around proclaiming support for Initiative 301, or I-301 as it became known, were an increasingly common sight in Denver leading up to the election, but still, the vote was close. The initiative passed by just 2,291 votes in a city of m...
Tags: All, Decriminalization, Magic Mushrooms, Muschrooms, Psilocybin, Psilocybin Mushrooms


What it's like to take mushrooms

With the recent decriminalization of magic mushrooms in Denver, you may be thinking of paying a visit to the city sometime soon. Magic mushrooms have been making headlines over the past few years as more and more studies are showing the potential benefits. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these studies are done in controlled, clinical environments. To ensure you have a positive experience in a recreational setting if you plan on giving them a try in Denver, there are some things y...
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Best coffee spots in Vancouver

In a city hyped for its cuisine and its craft beer, the real down-low is Vancouver’s coffee. Firmly into the third wave, Vancouver roasts, pours, and pulls as well as the top coffee cities in the world. And even still, Vancouver’s already mature coffee culture is growing better by the moment. If you’re just starting to learn about the intricacies of coffee and are moving slowly away from milk drinks and burnt dark roasts, Vancouver is a super place to learn more. If you’re an insufferable cof...
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Taco Bell hotel opening

We’ve heard of chain restaurants and chain hotels, but what about a chain restaurant hotel? Taco Bell is taking steps to make it a reality by opening The Bell: A Taco Bell Hotel & Resort in Palm Springs, Florida. This temporary hotel takeover is an attempt by Taco Bell to cater to its most diehard fans and create an experience beyond simply food. The hotel is rumored to feature a gift shop with Taco Bell-themed apparel, a salon with nail art and hair styling services inspired by the fast-foo...
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How to raft the Owyhee River

Unlike many rafting trips that start with epic views of a big mountain objective, the put-in on the Owyhee River is unassuming. The start of this classic excursion lies at a small, grassy landing at the end of a dirt road near a tiny speck of a town called Rome in eastern Oregon. This Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land has more open-range cows than humans — but don’t let this fool you. The Owyhee, not far from the border with neighboring Idaho, is one of the best-kept secrets in the country...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Rome, Idaho, Portland, Nevada, Bob, BLM, Pacific Northwest, Camp, Montgomery, All, Boise


Trucks can charge on Germany highway

Hybrid trucks are about to rule the road in Germany, with the installation of new “electric highways.” The country has just introduced its first stretch of an electric highway, a six-mile stretch of the autobahn south of Frankfurt, fitted with overhead wires that allow trucks to recharge on the go. Munich-based engineering firm Siemens AG is responsible for the system, which uses technology similar to trains and trams. Trucks can link up to the wires and drive while continuously receiving ele...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Bloomberg, Frankfurt, Munich, Siemens, Darmstadt, All, Siemens AG, Federal Ministry, Environment Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Rita Schwarzelühr Sutter


Cheap flights in June

The South always likes to do things a little…different. If you live there, you know this already. If you don’t, well, you’ve probably figured it out from years of Jeff Foxworthy jokes and college football reaction videos. Fried food. Sweet tea. Using “Bless her heart” as a polite way of saying “She’s as dumb as a box of rocks.” The South is, if nothing else, a special little corner of America. And if you haven’t spent good amounts of time there, you probably don’t understand a thing about it....
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9 experiences to have in Nova Scotia

E xploring the wild shores of Nova Scotia serves up experiences you just won’t find anywhere else. Its unique geography gives rise to the world’s highest tides, a terroir that’s the basis for amazing wines, the freshest seafood and local produce, and a love for the world that makes Nova Scotians seek out adventure in every part of this fair province. If all you’ve ever seen of Nova Scotia is Halifax (as lovely as that is), or the drive out to Peggy’s Cove (also lovely), then you don’t know ju...
Tags: Travel, Things To Do, Canada, Nova Scotia, North America, Halifax, East Coast, Zodiac, All, Trip Planning, Anthony Bourdain, Bay Of Fundy, Peggy, Cape Breton, Avondale, South Shore


What to see and do in Rotterdam

Amsterdam — the city famous for its canals, stroopwafel, and, of course, adult entertainment. The Dutch capital has more than earned its reputation for being one of the most interesting cities in the world, but its icon status has also made it incredibly crowded — to the point where the city is ditching the popular tours of its red-light district and some tourist-centric shops are shutting their doors, overwhelmed by over-tourism. The city has been dubbed the “Disneyland of Europe” by contin...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Unesco, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Andy Warhol, Santa Claus, Michelin, Salvador Dalí, All, Rotterdam, Schiphol, Markthal, Central Station, Kizomba, Maas


Airbnb’s trending summer travel

A good way to know the under-the-radar destinations that are trending this year is to look at Airbnb’s booking data for this summer (between June 1 and September 2). The accommodation-sharing service is so incredibly popular that it’s in a unique position to show which destinations are piquing people’s interest, from China to Puerto Rico. Whether you use the list as a guidepost for where to go, or where not to go to avoid the crowds, is up to you, but understanding travel trends is always a u...
Tags: Travel, China, Tokyo, Airbnb, Wuhan, Rockies, Puerto Rico, San Juan, All, St Martin, Mao Zedong, Valenciennes, Vieques, Changsha China, Elbow River, El Yunque National Forest


Lesser-known Hong Kong street food

Hong Kong’s history with street food dates back to when it was just a fishing village, long before it was a financial center. By the early 1900s, quick and affordable meals served from small stalls lined the streets. It thrived through the decades, despite licenses and government regulations in the mid-20th century. Today, there are more laws than ever governing what, where, and how street vendors can operate in Hong Kong. It’s still one of the best cities in the world to gorge on streetside...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, China, Street Food, All, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, Hong Kong Street Food, Yee Shun Milk Company, Lan Fong Yuen, Hong Kong Cuisine, Alison Fung Cold Cake, Canton Road Pitt Street, Gage Street Central, Alison Fung, Pilkem Street Jordan


Proposed Notre Dame roof redesigns

Since French President Emmanuel Macron announced a contest to redesign the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, which was damaged last month in a fire, entries have been pouring in. Some are more feasible than others, and others are downright far-fetched, but they are all intriguing in their own right. From a massive swimming pool to a greenhouse, here are some of the craziest proposed designs. 1. Massive greenhouse Photo: Studio NAB In perhaps the most ecologically minded design that has been p...
Tags: Travel, Earth, Paris, Brazil, Notre Dame, All, Emmanuel Macron, Fantozzi, Quasimodo, Notre Dame fire, Notre Dame Redesign, Notre Dame Roof Proposals, Alexandre Fantozzi


Dogs welcome at White Sands park

Stepping out of your vehicle onto fine gypsum crystals is the closest thing to walking on the moon that most of us will ever experience. At White Sands National Monument, dunes of white sand ripple across a vast expanse of open desert, ceasing only at the feet of the towering Sierra Blanca mountains. This 224-square-mile protected area of rolling gypsum dunes in southern New Mexico is the truest embodiment of the state’s catchphrase as the “Land of Enchantment.” But any dog owner knows that p...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Bali, Boston, US, United States, New Mexico, San Antonio, Maui, All, Albuquerque, Billy, El Paso, Walker, LAS CRUCES, El Paso Texas


Where and when to go to Iceland

If you’ve ever been to Iceland, you’ll know that what you don’t see in all those vibrant Instagram posts are the millions of tourists who visit the country every year. Take a drive around the infamous Golden Circle and you’ll find an anthill of visitors posing with cameras in front of every mountain, geyser, and miniature horse. The recent tourism boom has left many wondering if the Land of Fire and Ice has become too popular a destination. A country once known for its remoteness, Iceland now...
Tags: Travel, Arctic, Iceland, Reykjavik, South Coast, All, Akureyri, Ring Road, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Vik, Myvatn, Iceland Travel, Westfjords, Hofn, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Swiss Äscher restaurant reopening

The iconic Äscher mountain restaurant is open for business again, after a new team has taken over management of the property. Originally built as a guesthouse in 1884, Äscher has become one of Switzerland’s most widely recognized restaurants as it appears to be clinging to the side of a cliff above the mountain village of Wasserauen. The previous owners left at the end of last season, saying that the building’s old infrastructure was unable to handle the large number of tourists coming to the...
Tags: Travel, Switzerland, Huffington Post, All, Ascher Restaurant, Ascher restaurant in Switzerland, Cliff Hanging Restaurant, Swiss restaurant, Wasserauen, Seealpsee


Queen of England social media job

If you’re sick of your boss and wish you could work for someone else, the Queen of England might be your next employer. Her Majesty is looking for someone to handle her social media presence, and if you thought posting your own Instagram photos was stressful, just wait until you’re responsible for the Queen’s follower count. The Royal Household posted a job opening for a Digital Communications Manager, whose job will be to find “new ways to maintain the Queen’s presence in the public eye and ...
Tags: Travel, England, All, Social Media Manager, Digital Communications, Queen Of England, Social Media Jobs, Queen Of England Social Media, The Royal Household


Rosé All Day needs an influencer

We all know someone who’s obsessed with rosé — someone who would rather be drinking pink wine than actually working. Well, now that person can live out their fantasy. Rosé All Day wine is looking for a new #RoséAllDay influencer to create premium content for their brand. The winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to the Languedoc region of France for a content-creating vacation, which will include art directing, staging, and drinking tons of free rosé. Darren Restivo, Principal of Biagio Cru...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, France, Rose Wine, All, Languedoc, Rose All Day, Rose Influencer Job, Travel Influencer Job, Wine Influencer


Best outdoor music venues in Chicago

The summer season in Chicago is as good as you’ll find in any city, anywhere. Something about suffering through a brutal winter just makes everyone appreciate great weather that much more, and the energy that it creates is contagious. The city also has a great music scene, so obviously, people have created some awesome music venues to listen to it outdoors. Sure, there are the annual mega festivals like Lollapalooza, Riot Fest, Pitchfork, North Coast Music Festival, and Spring Awakening, but ...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Caribbean, North Shore, All, Northerly Island, Millennium Park, Grant Park, Ravinia, Montrose Beach, Chicago venues, Northerly Island Northerly Island, Chicago Outdoor Venues, Outdoor Music Venues, Montrose Harbor Dr Chicago IL, Nagel Photography Shutterstock Wrigley Field


Different types of biryani in India

Of all the culinary classics synonymous with the rich food heritage of India, biryani is in a class of its own. Variations on the simple rice, meat, vegetable, and spice dish can be found in every section of India, though it’s not quite known how it became such a staple. One theory traces the origins to Persia (where berian means “fried before cooking”) and the Mughals, who brought the dish to the Indian subcontinent in the 16th century. Another is that it’s an evolution of the plov, or rice ...
Tags: Travel, India, Hyderabad, Kerala, Kolkata, Biryani, All, Indian Food, Tamil Nadu, Persia, Southern India, Dindigul, Northern India, Kozhikode, Mughal, Aurangzeb


Where to see the next 10 eclipses

Unless you’re from the Arctic Circle, it’s not often you get to stare up at a dark-as-night sky in the middle of the day. This is what makes total solar eclipses so special — and worth planning an astronomy-themed trip to see in person. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon travels between Earth and the sun, fully blocking out the sunlight for a short span of time. In 2017, the US saw its first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years, wowing spectators from Tennessee to Oregon. If you mis...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Mexico, France, Oregon, Saudi Arabia, China, US, Spain, Nasa, Earth, Afghanistan, South Africa, Pakistan, Chile, Maine


Seven new wonders of the world

When it comes to naming the world’s greatest hits, seven seems like an awfully small number. Especially considering only one of the seven original, ancient wonders is still standing — the Great Pyramid of Giza. In 2007, a Swiss foundation put it to the public to nominate a new crop of modern wonders, seizing the long overdue opportunity to recognize some of the most iconic sites on the planet today. Millions voted, declaring the following wonders worthier than the rest — unsurprisingly, all s...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, Rome, Beijing, Treasury, Brazil, Peru, Rio De Janeiro, South America, Jordan, New Delhi, Roma, Christ, Mongolia, Machu Picchu


$2,235 reward for deciphering stone

If you’ve got a knack for languages and a love of all things mysterious, it may be time to pack up your dictionaries and book a ticket to France. The town of Plougastel-Daoulas in Brittany, France, needs help deciphering an inscription in an unknown language, carved into a rock near a beach, that can only be seen at low tide. Since the rock was found, no one has been able to read what it says. It might not lead to a massive secret treasure, but the mysterious message — whatever it is — is ce...
Tags: Travel, France, Bbc, Archaeology, All, Rosetta Stone, Brittany France, Plougastel Daoulas, Dominique Cap, Plougastel


SF bans facial recognition

You get your eyes scanned at the airport, your fingerprints taken when you get a new passport, and there is a GPS in your cell phone that allows Big Brother to track your every step. But for San Francisco legislators, this is where the creepy surveillance technology stops — they voted eight to one in favor of a ban on facial recognition technology for the police and other government agencies. Although some believe that the ban will prevent authorities to have all the tools they need to fight...
Tags: Travel, US, San Francisco, Bbc, Facial Recognition, All, American Civil Liberties Union, Matt Cagle


Where to travel in July

July is like the Cheesecake Factory menu of travel months. Everything just looks big and bright and delicious, and you’ll make the poor waiter come back four times because the options are just so overwhelming. While we can’t help you decide between the Factory Burrito and Evelyn’s Favorite Pasta, we can offer you up our picks for the best places to travel in July. Whether you’re looking enjoy July 4th fireworks somewhere beautiful, catch a baseball game, or finally spot that solar eclipse, w...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Texas, Summer Travel, California, Disney, America, Nasa, Netflix, Vienna, Canada, Wyoming, Washington Dc, Amy Poehler, Liam Gallagher, Mlb


Spice Bus from ‘Spice World’ Airbnb

Spice Girls fans can finally relive the ‘90s the way they’ve always wanted — by staying in the actual Spice Bus from the 1997 “Spice World” movie. Suzanne Goley, a Spice Girls superfan, has converted the bus into a liveable, sleek apartment, and it’s now available for booking on Airbnb. The British-flag-painted bus sleeps three people and features a “Girl Power” neon light installation, potted plants, a widescreen TV, animal print carpet, a basket of scrunchies, disco balls, ‘90s magazines, a...
Tags: Travel, London, Spice Girls, Airbnb, All, ` Spice World, Wembley Park, Godley, Spice Girls Airbnb, Spice Girls Bus, Spice World Bus, Suzanne Goley


Vancouver Island’s glaciers melting

Vancouver Island is among Canada’s most striking and diverse areas, containing 12,000 square miles of biodiversity ranging from rocky, coastal shores to high-alpine peaks, from slow-moving glaciers to running rivers flowing into the thousands of lakes on the island. The island is home to the city of Victoria, capital of British Columbia, and is a popular getaway spot for tourists and residents of the Pacific Northwest. Visitors come for rafting, hiking, skiing, and to hunt glacier-fed waterfa...
Tags: Travel, Climate Change, Global Warming, Canada, Victoria, Glaciers, British Columbia, All, Smithsonian Magazine, Vancouver Island, Comox Glacier, Courtenay Climate


McDonald’s US Embassy in Austria

McDonald’s is taking its role as an American institution seriously. So seriously, it’s volunteering to help put Americans in touch with the US embassy in Austria. In addition to slinging burgers and fries, McDonald’s staff now have the responsibility of facilitating inquiries and help requests to the embassy from US citizens, in the form of a special 24-hour hotline. According to McDonald’s, the fast-food chain sees itself as playing an important role in operating a support and telephone exch...
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