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Akiki-Ambangeg dayhike of Mt. Pulag

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Two and a half years after doing an Akiki-Ambangeg dayhike of Mt. Pulag (see Hiking matters #441), I returned to do the same thing, this time with a different set of friends and colleagues. The trail has actually been open for several weeks now but no one really goes up because the campsites are still closed in the wake of ...

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The Most Beautiful City in Puglia

Lecce Cathedral is one of the top things to do in Lecce, Italy, our favourite city in Puglia

I was planning on writing a post about the best things to do in Lecce, but it’s not really a “doing” kind of place. Sure, there are a few museums and dozens of churches to visit, but none of them are must-sees. Instead, Lecce is for experiencing—for wandering the narrow streets of golden sandstone, for finding hidden piazzas, for lazy ...

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On Visiting Every European Country, and Goals that Matter

On Visiting Every European Country, and Goals that Matter

I landed in Cyprus with a smile. More than 17 years after I first set foot on the European continent, I had visited every country in Europe. (47 countries by my count, which includes all UN-recognized nations plus Kosovo and the Vatican. I count Turkey but I don’t count the Caucasus.) To be honest, I can’t remember when that became ...

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Are Some Animals Too Smart for Their Own Good?

Are Some Animals Too Smart for Their Own Good?

Last week a Minnesota raccoon captivated the nation as it climbed a skyscraper. As people marveled at its endeavor on social media, Lauren Stanton thought “Yes, that seems like something a raccoon would potentially do,” she said. Raccoons are climbers. They are dexterous, clever and adaptable, Stanton said. She’s a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wyoming and works in ...

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Unbelievable Road-Trips in India Under 300 kilometres

Unbelievable Road-Trips in India Under 300 kilometres

In a country as diverse as India, where the scene drastically changes every few kilometers, road trips are an incredible delight. Taking the opportunity to explore the brilliant culture and terrain of India, we have put together some road trips routes across the country which are scenic, diverse and gorgeous. Apart from their sheer beauty, these routes connect some ...

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How To Prevent Motion Sickness

How To Prevent Motion Sickness

I’ve wanted to write about dealing with motion sickness for nearly two years. But so far, my tolerance for mountain roads has been poor. My way of dealing with it has been to pop a pill, sleep in whosoevers lap is available and hope for the best. Throwing up just 2 times was an achievement of sorts. But not anymore. ...

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Best Restaurants In Rarotonga | Getting Stamped

Getting Stamped

All trips to the Cook Islands start and end in Rarotonga so you’ll find yourself on the island for a few meals. We spent 5 nights in Rarotonga and ate as many restaurants in Rarotonga as possible not only for research for this article but we like trying different places. It takes less than an hour to drive around Rarotonga ...

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Affordable Veneers in Cape Town • The Blonde Abroad

The Blonde Abroad

The first thing I noticed about my boyfriend, Meyer, was his open personality and friendly smile. However, as we became closer and I got to know more about him, he confided in me about how he has always been self-conscience about his teeth. Many of you may not know this, but Meyer has a history of playing professional rugby. Rugby ...

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Ethiopia: The past, present, and future of coffee

Ethiopia: The past, present, and future of coffee

I think a lot about their hands. The hands of farmers I met in the country where coffee was born. Hands, brown like mine and browner still, coaxing saplings from rich soil, pulling bright red berries (called “cherries”) off thin branches, transforming fruit into the precious liquid that propels me and millions of others into the day. I arrived in ...

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