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It’s a Good Day to Bombay: My Day with the Dabbawallas!

Dressed in their white kurta pajamas and traditional Gandhi caps, Mumbai’s fabled army of dabbawallas has been satisfying the hunger of the city’s commuters daily since 1890.  A minor miracle of logistics, this carefully choreographed tiffin service is celebrated around the world and has even been studied by the likes of Harvard Business School.  In […]

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How to Camp on The Mall (Or Die Trying)

Staking out your campsite on The Mall is serious business, y’all. Tent placement, power supply, food and beverage, weather considerations, personal hygiene.  And, if I do say so myself, I think my brother Jack and I did a brilliant job! Here, you can see my brother Jack setting up our mini lounge chairs for our mini

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Drowned, Decapitated and Drop-Dead Crazy: The Island of the Dolls

Deep in the heart of the canals of Xochimilco lies an island. An island with a tragic and terrifying history. An island that will send shivers up and down your spine. Over the years, rumors have run rampant about this tiny island being cursed or inhabited by something (or some things?) darker. If you are

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Hungry Like the Wolf: My Search for the Best Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest!

Exploring the Black Forest requires stamina, y’all! You have to park the car, get out of the car, walk through insanely picturesque villages and towns, sometimes strolling beside — gasp! — spectacular riverbeds, get back in the car and then drive to the next dazzling destination. Nightmarish indeed! I began a crusade to find the

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The Art of the Stroll: Coyoacan Edition!

Mexico City is having a moment. Sure, the sunny Central American country has been luring tourists for ages with its sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts. But for travelers seeking mind-blowing food, amazing art and architecture, history and religion, adventure-packed excursions and exciting nightlife, you are spoiled for choice in this colorful capital! Street life is

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Red Hot, Right Now: Iceland!

Topping bucket lists everywhere, Iceland is, quite possibly, the most fascinating country on the planet.  A vast volcanic laboratory, Iceland is literally a country in the making. Every day, geysers gush, mud pots boil, volcanos rumble and glaciers cut great pathways through entire mountains. These mighty forces seemingly all come together to remind us of

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Get Lucky: The Right Way to Rub a Statue

People build statues of heroes. The Greeks built statues of Hercules and Adonis.  The British built statues of Nelson and Churchill.  The Egyptians, Colossi of Memnon.  We Americans build statues of our heroes, too.  Like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Heroes usually only get statues when they’re dead.  And, when a

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All the Queen’s Men: Right Royal Facts About the Queen’s Guard

Dressed in their iconic red coats and bearskin hats, the Queen’s Guard exemplifies classic British pomp and no visit to London would be complete without witnessing this world-famous ceremony.  The Changing of the Guard is a centuries-old tradition steeped in custom and is led by experienced, front-line soldiers. For more than a millennium, the British royal

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