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The best things to see in Detroit

The best possible way to learn, understand, and appreciate a new city is to dig into its history. And few cities in the United States have the historical chops of Detroit, which has been a major part of more US cultural movements than nearly any other city. Forget the things you thought you knew about Michigan’s largest city and go make new discoveries, partake in exciting historical moments, and explore beyond the guide books. This itinerary starts with destruction and finishes with an eye t...
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Souqs in Middle East, North Africa

If it were possible to distill the essence of the Middle East and North Africa into a single experience, it would be a jaunt through the spice-ladened air of a busy souq. Souqs, collections of adjacent vendors often sprawled out over a plaza or multiple semi-enclosed streets, have served as the economic hubs of Middle Eastern metropolises since their first appearance, which some researchers contend was as early as 2,000 BC. Despite the vast distances and imposing geographies separating them...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Jerusalem, Syria, Unesco, Egypt, Middle East, Oman, Jordan, Nizwa Fort, Khan, Muscat, Jupiter, Tunisia, Damascus, Aleppo


Free snowboarding on A Day For Jake

Burton, the snowboard and clothing brand founded by the “father of snowboarding,” announced Wednesday that it will host a memorial for Jake Burton on Friday, March 13. As the man who brought snowboarding to the masses surely would have wanted his memorial to happen, it’s going to take place on slopes all over the world. Thirteen ski resorts will welcome riders with free lift tickets and a commemorative wristband on March 13, in an event dubbed “A Day For Jake.” “Jake Burton Carpenter’s visio...
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Rights of nature laws around world

With every new headline relaying the detrimental effects of climate change, it can be easy to overlook the positive climate news that filters through our feed each week. There is good being done on the environment’s behalf, with nature increasingly being afforded legal rights of its own. A number of ecosystems around the world have been declared living entities by local or federal courts, many of them also granted personhood, and laws are being codified to manage, conserve, and protect the na...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Australia, India, Environment, Americas, US, Colombia, Nature, Pennsylvania, United States, Maine, New Zealand, Bangladesh


The best coffee shops in Madrid

Spaniards love good food, a good siesta, and good company. But, in recent years, good coffee has steamed its way into their hearts and stomachs as well. You’ll find people in Madrid relaxing with a small cup of coffee at all times of day. There are the older men who chat at the local bar with an espresso and a caña (a small glass of beer) and the university students who sip café con leche in hip digs. In Madrid, quality coffee is making its way up there with quality jamón, wine, and manchego ...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, Spain, David, Madrid, All, Madrid Spain, Chai, Malasaña, Bianchi, San Ildefonso, TOMA CAFÉ Facebook Toma, Toma Located, Calle de la Palma, Randall Coffee Roasters, Vallehermoso


Ride-hailing polluting more

You might believe that foregoing your own vehicle for a ride-hailing service is beneficial for the environment, but according to a new study, that’s not exactly the case. The Union of Concerned Scientists just released new data that shows ride-hailing trips generate about 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they replace, including public transportation, biking, and walking. According to the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “For ride-hailing to contribute t...
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Kitchen Garden at Chatsworth House

To drive onto the grounds of Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, England, at the edge of the Peak District, is to be transported. You leave present-day England the moment the tires hit the pavement driveway leading to the house, and enter an idyllic 18th-century oil painting of the English countryside. Fluffy sheep dot the emerald green hillsides and roam freely along the roadside like placid little clouds. The River Derwent runs through the foothills of the property, its current drifting under...
Tags: Travel, England, Cavendish, Chatsworth, Duke, Gardens, Peak District, Kitchen Garden, All, Chatsworth House, Queen Elizabeth, Sophie, Glenn, Stefan, Mitford, Bess


What happened to the Aral Sea

Reaching what is left of the Aral Sea will take a long time no matter where you choose to depart from. Located in a remote corner of Central Asia between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the lake that was once the fourth largest in the world has been receding for the past six decades, with disastrous consequences for the communities relying on its waters. The dark pools staining the vast expanse of arid flatlands that can be seen today on a map represent a fraction of what the Aral Sea used to be. ...
Tags: Travel, Nasa, Bbc, Unesco, Uzbekistan, Ecology, Union, Ussr, Kazakhstan, Tashkent, All, Soviet Union, Central Asia, Almaty Kazakhstan, NASA Earth Observatory, Islam Karimov


What is cocido madrileño

One of Madrid’s most typical dishes, if not the most typical, is a hot one. It’s easy to think about sun and hot weather when thinking about Madrid, and that isn’t wrong, but in winter the city can get chilly (relatively, at least, with temperatures in the 30-, 40-, and 50-degree Fahrenheit range). It’s on these days that the classic Madrilenian stew hits home as an important part of Madrid’s gastronomy. Cocido madrileño (literally “Madrid stew”) is a three-course meal of soup, chickpeas, and...
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Who are the Ainu people of Japan

With fewer than five months to go until the start of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Olympic officials have canceled a dance performance by Japan’s indigenous population, the Ainu people, that was set to be part of the event’s opening ceremony on July 24. Kazuaki Kaizawa, an official at the Hokkaido Ainu Association, told Reuters that they received notice that there wasn’t any room to fit them in the ceremony. “We have been preparing and it is a disappointment, but we hope there will still be a c...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Unesco, Olympics, United Nations, Switzerland, Tokyo, Japanese culture, All, Reuters, Kuril Islands, Geneva Switzerland, Ainu, Lake Akan, Nibutani, Tokyo Olympics


Air New Zealand Economy Skynest

Air New Zealand is blurring the line between economy and first class, giving coach passengers a taste of the lap of luxury. The airline just filed patent and trademark applications for a six-sleeper pod called the Economy Skynest, which would make lie-flat sleepers available in economy. The Skynest would have two rows of three bunks spanning over 6.5 feet, and each bunk would come with bedding and privacy curtains to make it easier to sleep. Photo: Air New Zealand/Facebook Mike Tod, chief ...
Tags: Travel, New Zealand, Newark, Auckland, Air New Zealand, All, Air New Zealand Facebook, Economy Skynest, Skynest, Sleep Pods, Mike Tod, Nikki Goodman


USDA mushroom test strips

Foraging for mushrooms in the woods is fun and all, until you accidentally ingest a poisonous mushroom and need an emergency trip to the hospital. According to the Mycological Association, of the 10,000 different large fungi in North America, fewer than 100 are “dangerously poisonous,” but those can prove fatal to both humans and animals. To help identify toxic mushrooms, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has developed a portable test strip that...
Tags: Travel, Usda, North America, Toxins, Foraging, All, Ars, Mushroom Test Strip, Poisonous Mushrooms, Test Trip, Mycological Association, Candace Bever


Airbnb surveillance suggestion

In an attempt to put an end to unauthorized wild parties in its listed host properties, Airbnb is encouraging hosts to install surveillance equipment. The equipment, which can be attached to ceilings or walls, would monitor decibel levels and alert the host’s smartphone when the noise gets too loud. As part of its new “party prevention” campaign — which also includes banning “open-invite” parties or events — Airbnb is offering hosts discounts on three monitors, with one even able to sense cha...
Tags: Travel, UK, Surveillance, The Times, Airbnb, All, Airbnb Parties, Airbnb Policies, Airbnb Surveillance


World’s largest man-made wave

Waves and desert might sound like polar opposites, but champion surfer Kelly Slater is bringing the two together in a big way. The Kelly Slater Wave Company is taking part in a project to build the world’s largest man-made wave in the California desert, which will let surfers ride a massive open-barrel wave located nowhere near the ocean. The wave will be located on a 400-acre site in La Quinta, California, at the base of Coral Mountain and will include a resort, private club, dining venues,...
Tags: Travel, California, Surfing, All, Kelly Slater, California Desert, Kelly Slater Wave Company, La Quinta California, Artificial Surfing, Man-made Wave, Coral Mountain, Raglan New Zealand


Duck entangled in plastic NYC

It’s always tragic when an animal becomes entangled with plastic debris, or is otherwise affected by human waste, but such stories can also be refreshing, uplifting examples of the good side of human nature. This week, for instance, a widespread rescue mission is underway in New York city’s Central Park as both rangers from the city’s parks department and bird enthusiasts search for a duck reportedly entangled by a piece of plastic. The duck, a female merganser, has a plastic ring caught arou...
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The ultimate road trip in Dominica

I magine discovering a hidden swath of old-growth forest, a thriving, uncharted coral reef in the middle of the ocean, or — in this case — a lush, volcanic island rising jagged into the sky, warmed by the waters of the Caribbean. Would you tell those back home about your find? Or would you keep it to yourself? This is the inner debate you’ll wage when you visit Dominica. It feels like Earth has divulged to you a secret, and it’s your responsibility to hold that secret near and dear, to preserv...
Tags: Travel, Earth, Itinerary, Things To Do, Atlantic, Marvin, Portsmouth, David Attenborough, Indiana Jones, Caribbean, Road Trip, Mastercard, All, Places To Go, Trip Planning, Scott


Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, the capital and largest city in the northern European country of Estonia, is an innovative and creative hub at the intersection of Northern and Eastern Europe. Here, ancient castles and cobblestone streets marry with repurposed warehouses and sleek, modern urban districts. The city of about 425,000 is a city of contrasts, both the best-preserved medieval city in the region and home to the third-most startups per capita on the continent. The capital’s unique beer culture, entrepreneur...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Latvia, Michelin, Estonia, Bolt, Scandinavia, Lithuania, Skype, Baltic Sea, Helsinki, Eastern Europe, Tallinn, All, Old Town, Tallinn Estonia


Belgian coronavirus measures

As more confirmed cases of the coronavirus materialize around Europe, Belgium is instituting new measures to keep closer tabs on its citizens traveling abroad. FPS Foreign Affairs is now asking Belgians traveling abroad to register online, with the aim of making it easier for the government to contact them in the event of any health-related issues. The new policy follows the quarantining of 110 Belgian travelers — among hundreds of others –at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife. Acco...
Tags: Travel, China, FPS, Italy, Tenerife, Belgium, All, Tui, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Europe Belgium, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, Coronavirus News, Coronavirus Spread, H10 Costa Adeje Palace, Karl Lagati


Best Boston Freedom Trail itinerary

Spend an afternoon in downtown Boston, and you may encounter a man in a waistcoat and breeches spouting facts about the American Revolution. The city’s top attraction is a set of 16 historic sites known as the Freedom Trail, and the costumed guides who herd tourists down the 2.5-mile red-brick path that cuts through northern Boston have become fixtures of the city. Impressive as their commitment to historical accuracy is, the Freedom Trail can be an opportunity to appreciate more than just Bo...
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Traditional Jordanian dishes

Jordan is widely known for its beauty thanks to the ancient city of Petra, the Wadi Rum Desert, and the Dead Sea. What gets less mainstream attention is the country’s rich culinary tradition. Jordan’s central position in the Middle East has long made it a crossroads of culture and a melting pot of food from North Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Today, that history has made Jordan one of the most exciting areas for those who love to eat and drink. It is no coincidence that ther...
Tags: Travel, Syria, Egypt, Middle East, Rosewater, Jordan, Petra, All, North Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Wadi Rum Desert, Dead Sea, Northern Africa, Mansaf, Palestine Lebanon Jordan, Jordanian Cuisine


What is artificial vanilla extract

Vanilla is in our cupcakes, birthday cakes, and ice cream cones. It is sweetness personified, the taste of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies after dinner and licking frosting straight off the spatula. A little bottle of vanilla extract is a staple in pantries across America, and there is hardly a home baker in the country that questions where it came from when they pour a teaspoon into batter or dough. They definitely aren’t thinking about beaver glands. And yet these forest-dwelling, dam-...
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Mardi Gras beads create huge waste

Mardi Gras is all about letting loose, having fun, and putting your worries aside, but for some, the Mardi Gras experience isn’t exactly joyous. For New Orleans cleanup crews, the holiday is a nightmare. Last year, officials said cleanup crews threw away over 608 tons of Mardi Gras-related debris. This includes beer bottles, food waste, and, most prominently, Mardi Gras beads. At the conclusion of last year’s Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, city spokeswoman LaTonya Norton said, “We wi...
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London's childhood museum renovating

If you’ve already knocked out all of London’s must-see museums, there will soon be a reason to revisit the V&A Museum of Childhood. On May 11, the museum will close for a serious revamp, which will be aimed at making the space more child-friendly. “The new museum will be shaped in entirety around the way in which children aged 0-14 explore, play, and learn,” the museum’s website explains. Photo: V&A Museum of Childhood The V&A Museum of Childhood is currently home to 26,000 objects dating b...
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Human bone walls in Belgian church

European churches are known to have some intriguing and creative architectural features, but a wall made of human leg bones is a bit more inventive than you might have expected. While excavating the grounds of Saint Bavo’s Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, ahead of the planned construction of a new visitor center, archeologists discovered entire walls made of human bones. Reportedly, sometimes in the 17th and 18th centuries, residents of Ghent dug up old burial grounds and, to make room for new gr...
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Austria restrictions for coronavirus

As the coronavirus takes root in Italy and people fear for its spread across Europe, Austria is taking steps to protect its citizens. On Sunday, Austria suspended train services to and from northern Italy for four hours to test two passengers suspected of carrying the coronavirus. The train, which came from Venice and was heading to Munich, continued on as the travelers were tested negative. Northern Italy — which borders Austria, Switzerland, and France — is currently on lockdown following a...
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LGBTQ guide to Washington, DC

When you think of Washington, DC, perhaps you flash to a photo of the capitol building and the White House. Maybe you picture a crowded senate floor or a news anchor standing in front of the Supreme Court. DC might not, however, be one of the first places you think of when you think of LGBTQ+ travel destinations. That’s not entirely DC’s fault since first and foremost it’s the capital of the United States and is typically associated with lawmaking and politics. But if you peel back a few of t...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Senate, White House, Lgbt, America, United States, Washington Dc, House, Capitol Hill, Lgbtq, Dc, Annie, HRC, All, Dupont Circle


Where to see rocket launches 2020

Rocket launches aren’t just for Florida anymore. Noting that the second-most-popular tourist attraction in Central Florida is the massive Kennedy Space Center, the rest of America — and the world – has begun developing tourism around the awe-inspiring experience of watching a rocket shoot into space. And many of them are in places worth visiting for more than just the launch. Though our American launch pads are easily the most accessible, if you were planning a trip to South America, Japan, o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, Florida, California, China, Russia, US, America, Washington Dc, Paris, Sputnik, Moscow, Brazil, Tokyo, Rockets


Reddit map of New York City

New York City is in a constant state of flux. There are few better examples of this than the ever-shifting (and ever-argued-about) neighborhood boundaries, which have a different name or border depending on which resident you ask and which real estate developer is trying to sell you on a property. To try and settle the debate once and for all, a Redditor created an official NYC Neighborhoods Map. The map designates 288 neighborhoods in the five boroughs. It covers the obvious and largely unco...
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How Brazilian food honors Nigeria

As part of my voyage of the heart to heal from the sudden loss of my mother, Grace, I headed far afield to Brazil, a country she loved wholeheartedly yet never visited. During my mission to forget her passing, I encountered many a reminder of her aliveness, the dishes she cooked, and the tales she told of the place she was born: Nigeria. I arrived in time for Rio Carnival, which promised samba, pulsating revelry, and splashes of glitter. But the world’s grandest street party also brought me ...
Tags: Travel, Grief, Nigeria, Antarctica, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Grace, Rio, All, Bahia, Brazilian Food, Rio Carnival, Seu Jorge, Lapa, Erez, Feijoada


African American heritage sites 2020

2020 is the 155th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Here’s the list of museums, memorials, and historic sites you’ve got to see this year. We pored over the websites of all the best-known African American cultural and heritage institutions to find those that are running fantastic exhibits, like the Negro Motorists Green Book at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. We also considered the legacies of luminaries and the experiences of everyday peop...
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