|Thoughts In The Ceasing Rain: Jim-jil-bangs & Mountain Temples in South Korea - Fiona Marion
Tonight I'm going to go to the jim-jil-bang, which is my favourite evening place to be during the rains. A jim-jil-bang is a Korean bath house. It is a very special experience
An 18th century watch in Jaipur - Sumeet Lakhotia
“Tu toh Hrithik Roshan dikhe hai” (You look like Hrithik Roshan). In India you always know which hero is ruling the roost based on beggars, especially hijras (transgenders) likening you to him
John M Edwards
I had come to Vietnam to investigate a weird supernatural religion called Caodaism, an attempt to fuse the ideal faith, “a universal religion,” from a potboiled spiritual pho centered on Spiritism
Rock of Ages: a first time trip to Gibraltar - Chris Mills
Gibraltar was swelteringly hot. We should have expected heat - it was mid August after all
Turkmenbashi’s Land of Fairy Tales - Tom Coote
I got lost on my way to the land of fairy tales. I had confidently followed the road to the Promised Land, to find that it led to ruins
The Importance of a Spoon
Little did I know when leaving Mainland China’s Hung Hom Rail Station for Hong Kong, that a spoon would be my hero in what was obviously a Chop Stick city
Jamaica - Once you go, you’ll know - Jennifer J. Beaumont
You are on the run, in the midst of guerilla warfare, centuries before granola bars and beef jerky, up in the heavily wooded mountains, pimiento groves mostly, and, the pigs are plentiful
Riga: The past meets the Future Ieva Lakute
For 15 years it was my home. I have lived in England for over four years now and my image of Latvia has been put into a perspective
Cloak & dagger in Cuba
We wanted to see some Cuban countryside, so we decided to take a bus from Havana to Santa Clara, a trip of around 6 hours – give or take.
Citizen Health Care
The new year will begin for the federal government in the courts, where the Health Care Law, derisively dubbed Obamacare, will be deconstructed and hammered about, as it should be.
Spain Needs Statesmenship
Amidst campaign propaganda using porn, Pac Man computer games gobbling up illegal immigrants and one showing a man dressed as Mainland Spain running through the streets stealing the wallets of innocent bystanders Catalonian citizens finally went to the polls
China in Jordan
The China Products Fair has taken Amman by storm underlining Jordan's ability in attracting international business
Spelling Words with Words
Here is a linguistic exercise for you. Try to spell the name of a famous person, using English words, rather than letters. For example Michael Huntington would be “my call hunt in ton”
Brooklyn Nets and Nutz
Make way for the next Sports Capital of the World, ladies and gentlemen, and I ain’t talkin’ about Rio de Janeiro or even freakin London, England. I’m talking about Brooklyn!
Romance in the Euro Zone
John M. Edwards
Can't buy me love on the Reeperbahn. There has been a lingering suspicion that evil bankers attend multilateral gatherings more for the after-hours thrills than for the joy of listening to the setpiece speeches
What future for Arts Degrees?
It's not just fees that need that rethinking, courses need to be shaped around potential earnings.
Can and Can't in Casablanca
After a four-week teacher training course here I am in Casablanca ready to perform in the classroom — en principe at least.
At a time when most of my neighbors and friends bustle about in the frenzy of mailing Christmas cards, choosing trees, and shopping for gifts, my mind is elsewhere
Not So Pretty in Pink: A Mother’s Angst Over Princess Syndrome - Maija Barnett
Not only is their princess obsession the main focus of their pretend play, but it raises its hairy tresses each morning when we get ready for school
Meeting a Modern Day Che
One tends to meet highly educated Cubans in the most unlikely places. We were staying at a 'casa particular,' a Cuban bed and breakfast, in a small town known mostly for it's relaxed, convivial atmosphere.
My First Car
Sitting in Finck's Tire waiting area the first you notice is all the magazine's are about hunting.
Russian thistle is what drove me to the Grand Canyon this time. That big, bushy weed you’ve seen bouncing across the silver screen in old western films.
Visiting Uncle Ho
Hanoi at 7am is buzzing. The narrow streets near Hoan Kiem Lake are alive with the sound of civilian life revving at full throttle.
Horatio Quiroga's San Ignacio
San Ignacio probably would no longer exist if it were not for the ruins of the great Jesuit mission, San Ignacio Mini (1696-1768), a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts thousands of tourists each year
Secrets of the Vatican
I’m driving around in Rome, which is a nightmare under the best of circumstances, but when you’re trying to make a circle to get back to the right street you feel like pulling out your hair
São Miguel's Volcanic Lakes
A picture in a brochure was all it took. I had to go and see the Sete Cidades caldera.