Pain is just a word for bread

This looks grueling. Put on your best pink tutu, peacock feathers or Viking hat and get ready to run – and drink! Held on 11 September in 2021– just in time for wine harvest – the annual Marathon du Médoc brings contestants to more than 30 vineyards in the wine region of Médoc in France, north of Bordeaux. They’ll stop…

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Airline food

Perhaps it’s just us (I doubt it,) but we can’t imagine travelers looking forward to airline food, especially in this day and age.  Packets of pretzels generally do not make us squeal with delight anymore. But, always posh and always positive British Airways have anticipated our needs before we did and are now offering their 20,000 foot fare in the…

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Starfish and coffee

Prince Rogers Nelson (Prince) was a pretty popular guy when he was still in the land of the living.  He passed away in April 2016 and still leaves quite a considerable legacy. So much so that his home, Paisley Park, an extraordinary estate and production complex in Chanhassen, MN is offering tours. Fans have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand…

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Hey, hepcats!

Our town, Vancouver, has many things:  many shops, many sights, many people and  . . . many restaurants, some of which come and go. But, one mainstay – and for good reason – is The Templeton.  Situated on Vancouver‘s slightly crazy Granville Street, The Templeton diner has been here for decades, serving absolutely delicious diner meals at all sorts of…

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Immortality beckons

In the Asturias region of northwest Spain, a cave drawing of a woolly mammoth has a single, internal feature: a large red heart. This work of art, at least 14,000 years old, likely depicts a successful hunt and bloody wound. From the earliest days of our species, the detection of a pulse, the preservation of respiration and the beating of a…

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Don’t pretend to be: be!

A devastating loss can shatter the façade we put up for others, exposing our deepest, rawest self. A work of art can do the same. Don’t show off! Don’t pretend to be, be!’ The piercing voice of my stern ballet teacher with the stick and the square glasses still echoes in my mind. These two sentences were standard at almost…

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Bohemian, like you

I’m getting vibes…. We’d like to introduce you to West Bohemia, a region filled with charm and chances to dig deeper into Czech culture. West Bohemia – two hours west of Prague – includes three cities that are all about health and wellness: Karlovy Vary – the well-known wellness destination of free-flowing mineral springs, founded by King Charles IV, and…

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Chateau No

Some people have all the luck. An infamous €57million French chateau that was built illegally in the Côte d’Azur has been definitively condemned for total destruction, in what is expected to be the final stage of a 15-year-long court case. Chateau Diter was built by Montreil-born property developer Patrick Diter between the years of 2000 and 2011, and is set…

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Poetic Ayurvedic

Known as a wellness and Ayurvedic destination, Sri Lanka is once again welcoming international tourists after reopening its borders. Anantara Kalutara Resort is launching signature treatments created by French chiropodist and “foot virtuoso” Bastien Gonzalez, called the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio. The treatments are performed by chiropodists and specialized therapists using the premier Bastien Gonzalez product line and are sought out by…

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Staycation situation

It appears, despite our best wishes, 2021 is also going to be the summer of staycations as restrictions against non-essential foreign travel continue for the foreseeable future. Naturally, the recent government crackdowns on international travel have sparked a surge in online searches. Searches on Airbnb for summer staycations more than quadrupled in comparison to the first few weeks of January.…

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Be a part of the subscribe tribe

Two new global subscriptions for digital nomads, remote workers and companies with distributed workforce are available now. Remote workers and digital nomads can work and have fun in a way that perfectly fits their lifestyle – thanks to two new subscription services by our affiliate friends,  citizenM. Known for its adaptability to the changing demands of global business travellers –…

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You should settle down

In the wonderful world of finance, you can often do well by buying a property, especially if it’s in a place that you love.  Fortunes go up and down, but property – well chosen – is usually a good bet. Our friends at A Place in The Sun have recently published a selection of desirable properties from around the world…

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Say it loud and proud!

The LGBTQ+ community are fighting for something that non-LGBTQ+ travellers have always taken for granted. Belonging. The ability for an individual to choose where in the world they feel like they really belong has always been the privilege of those who conform. Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is an all-too-familiar reality for those in the…

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Man misses airports so much that he…..

Moving walkways are something we associate with airports, even though some – like Chicago O’Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth – have removed walkways so that passengers don’t bypass shops and make impulse purchases. TSA reported travel numbers remain low compared to last year. We’re all hopeful that vaccination, combined with the sheer number of people who have recently had Covid-19, will…

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Fly abroad? Why not buy abroad!

2020 has been rough, in so many ways, and it looks like we will need to ease our way – very carefully – into 2021.  But, word has it that travel experts are targeting July 2021 for when we may be able to travel and get back to our lives again. One effect of 2020 is that situations have changed…

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A range of possible futures

I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that the philosophers and cognitive scientists who tend to pose the questions often assume that the mind is a thing, whose existence can be identified by the attributes it has or the purposes it fulfils. But in…

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British Bareways

A London Heathrow-based flight attendant for British Airways has deleted most of her social media accounts as an airline investigation is underway to uncover her identity, after the U.K.’s Sun newspaper revealed that she offered illicit onboard entertainment to passengers for a fee as well as selling worn items of clothing online to fetishists. The attendant, who also sells her knickers online, lures in…

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How our brain sculpts experience in line with our expectations

The Book of Days (1864) by the Scottish author Robert Chambers reports a curious legal case: in 1457 in the town of Lavegny, a sow and her piglets were charged and tried for the murder of a partially eaten small child. After much deliberation, the court condemned the sow to death for her part in the act, but acquitted the…

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No stigma in Antigua, virtually

In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does…

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Consciousness is not a thing….

….but a process of inference. I have a confession. As a physicist and psychiatrist, I find it difficult to engage with conversations about consciousness. My biggest gripe is that the philosophers and cognitive scientists who tend to pose the questions often assume that the mind is a thing, whose existence can be identified by the attributes it has or the…

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