Archive November 2017

Was this the first Dead Sea Scroll?

“Is that what you’re wearing?” the security guard asked as I stood at the entrance to the giant Wadi Mujib gorge in southern Jordan. I was dressed in what my brother refers to as my ‘journalist costume’: long-sleeve khaki shirt, green army trousers and boots – a fashion-backward ensemble meant to protect me from the pounding summer sun. “Yes?” I replied tentatively. The guard smirked and waved me through. View image of The author began his journey to unravel a century-old mystery in Jordan’s Wadi Mujib (Credit: Credit: LOOK Die...

Chicago’s underground city that’s becoming a design star

The only sounds came from strip lights fizzing in the ceiling and the slow, eerie echo of footsteps in the distance. Aromas of coffee, grease and chlorine mingled in my nostrils as I pushed through heavy double doors, rounding a corner to a dizzyingly long magnolia-coloured corridor. To my right was the ground-floor entrance to Macy’s department store, its food hall, with few customers inside, visible through the glass. Opposite was a different kind of window display – a row of 22 rectangles of American Victorian stained glass, backlit and glowing dramatically from the inky black...

5 Ways to both Travel and Educate Yourself

Traveling is a wonderful experience people like to do for fun and leisure. However, some people also like to meet different people, try local foods and get to know the culture that surrounds them better. If you want to be among these travelers, here are five hints for how to both travel and educate yourself. Visit cultural buildings If you want to learn more about the place you’re traveling to, do some research on all cultural buildings you can visit. Galleries and museums about the local history, art and customs can show you more about the people and development of that country. Also,...

The birthplace of the Illuminati

“I have heard there are some meetings here, but where and when, I have no idea,” Sister Anna told me, taking some time to open up on the subject. “I think they come from France, England, all over, but Ingolstadt is the meeting place in Europe.” Working in the church bookshop opposite Ingolstadt’s colossal Gothic Liebfrauenmünster church, Sister Anna sees, and speaks to, a lot of people. But some remain shrouded in mystery to her: Illuminati pilgrims, who she believes may still carry out secret meetings in the Bavarian city. The idea that clandestine...

In Mexico City, pleasantries help keep the city afloat

I’d lived in Mexico City for about six months before witnessing somebody get visibly angry in public. And it wasn’t a Mexican. It was just after the workday had ended, and the buzzing cafe I was in had a perpetual line wrapped around the counter. Suddenly a man began to raise his voice toward the cashier. “You’re trying to rob me!” he yelled in Spanish, with a non-Mexican accent. He looked around the cafe and announced loudly that he had given the cashier 500 pesos, but had only received change for 200 pesos. The young cashier appeared mortified, and people in...

Abkhazia, A Beautiful Country Barely Anyone Heard About

When bored check all the countries in the world by alphabet and you will find plenty of them unknown for you. Later check about it on internet and brace yourself to get surprised by all the beauties every single part of our planet hides. Most of the less know, or better said unknown countries hide unbelievable nature, culture and history that is a pity that the world have hardly heard about them. We would like to give you a brief introduction to such a country that will make you want to go and explore it on your own. Image by Clay Gilliland via Flickr Image by Dmitry Karyshev via...

The Pakistan village with a unique system of philanthropy

At 3,100m, Shimshal is the highest settlement in Pakistan’s northern Hunza region and the last village before the Chinese border. It is reachable via only one rocky, hairpin turn-laden road cut into the Distegill Sar and Karun Kuh mountains. The road, known as the Shimshal Valley Road, is considered one of the world’s most dangerous. Much of it runs along the gorge of the Shimshal River, bordered by nothing but a steep drop off without guardrails. Completed in 2003 after 18 years of construction, it is an unmarked turnoff from the Karakoram Highway, navigable only by four-wheel...

Harris Tweed: from island cloth to cutting-edge fashion

Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is home to the kind of scenery more commonly associated with tropical locations: white sand and turquoise sea, framed by a row of hills in the distance. Beautiful in any weather, it’s one of my favourite views on Earth. But on the grey spring day I found myself back in Harris, I wasn’t there to admire the view; I’d come to witness Harris Tweed weaving in action, something I hadn’t seen since my childhood in the neighbouring Isle of Lewis. View image of Harris Tweed is unique to...

How to Eat Healthy When Travelling Australia

So, you have the amazing opportunity to travel the Land Down Under and see all its beautiful sights. But before you pack up and take off, a little planning will be necessary if you want to maintain healthy eating habits. This is a bit difficult wherever you travel, because of changing time zones and climate, poor cooking facilities at the place you’re staying, an overall change in your routine, etc. In the case of Australia, eating healthy is even more of a task for travelers, considering that local produce is not available in the usual supermarkets, which carry mostly processed...

Things You Should Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance

Amidst all the excitement of planning a dream trip away, buying travel insurance is hardly the most glamorous of things to think about. But as much as it smacks of the humdrum and sensible world you want to leave behind for a while, it should be considered a travel essential. The risk people take with travel insurance – apart from not taking out any cover at all – is rushing their purchase to get it out of the way. It is often assumed that all travel insurance policies are alike, when in truth this is far from the case. At best, jumping at the first policy you are offered...

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