Hang out in Japanese neighbourhoods

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm…

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Déjà vu, all over again

A brain glitch? A sign of quantum entanglement? What science says about déjà vu. Roughly two-thirds of people have had déjà vu, or the weird feeling that a new situation has been experienced before. Yet its prevalence belies just how mysterious the phenomenon remains to researchers, despite some extraordinary recent leaps in neuroscience. In part, this is because it’s extremely…

Brain science meets meditation

It’s Tuesday, June 11, 1963, and Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức steps out of a car into the middle of a Saigon intersection. He is followed by 350 Buddhist monks and nuns, all marching to end their persecution by Vietnam’s government. A monk places a cushion in the middle of the intersection. Read more courtesy of medium.com  

Working from home

Working from home is boring, un-productive, and is filled with distractions. I won’t lie. Being alone at home every day can sometimes affect your mood, and that tends to undermine one’s productivity. You’re less likely to report to work exactly on time, and under the lack of supervision, chances are you’ll have Netflix or YouTube open in a browser window…

A brutal refuge?

In the course of the nearly thirty years of his practice, Sir David Adjaye’s projects have been realized on five continents.  Here he reflects on what kinds of homes we build, and how we live in them. They include cultural and historical landmarks—such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C., and the planned Holocaust Memorial,…

Not the straight and narrow

Mapping the Gay Guides visualizes local queer spaces’ evolution between 1965 and 1980 At first glance, Bob Damron’s Address Book reads like any other travel guide. Bars, restaurants, hotels and businesses are grouped by city and state, their names and addresses listed in alphabetical order. An introductory note reassures readers that the information contained within the volume is up-to-date, while classifications written in…

No fixed address

Morton Jablin lives a simple life. He wakes early, showers, dresses, has breakfast and begins his day. He enjoys tea in the afternoon and fish for his evening meal. He’s not much different than you and me, with one exception: Morton Jablin lives on a cruise ship. Read more courtesy of GoNomad.com   Klook.com

Can we? Yes, vegan!

When you’re travelling, it’s a great idea to earmark some good eateries before you go, so you know where you can get the best vegan food in the city. I often use websites such as HappyCow to find local vegan options – this is a really great way to browse all of the restaurants around you, and check out their…

Places you’re not supposed to go

Looking for something different?  This site (now somewhat shuttered) compels the reader to explore where they maybe shouldn’t be. It’s a matter of “go at your own risk”, but the forums are lively with some threads that take you into some wild / scary / funny directions. Not for the meek.  And Matouring doesn’t necessarily endorse this. Read more courtesy…

Ah, youth

The main image may be a little bit unfair…. The video tells the story of three absolutely sensible guys who decide to fly over the Atlantic Ocean in a Cessna light aviation aircraft. In all honesty, their focus on the task in-hand is impressive, and spiked with some very funny moments, as well as a few scary ones. Good on…

Mujer-BnB

(Say it out loud) If you’ve ever felt unsafe while traveling, you’re not alone. According to a recent SAP Concur survey, over 50% of women polled said they’ve changed their travel arrangements because they felt unsafe. But now there’s a rental platform aiming to change the status quo for women seeking to travel without fear of risky accommodations. Read more courtesy of refinery29.com…

Happy trails, city slicker

If you’re one of the roughly 80% of Americans who lives in an urban area, you know how important it is to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Thankfully, the 25 most populous U.S. cities are each home to beautiful, well-maintained trails that can easily connect city-dwellers to the great outdoors. Check out these well-loved walking routes, which…

Perth is worth it

It’s the only capital city in Australia where you can watch the sun set over the ocean, but that’s not the only reason Perth is now one of the coolest places to visit—check out the best things to do in Perth for a dose of awe-inspiring activities. Once solely known for its pristine beaches and perfect weather, Perth’s booming restaurant…

Rough roads for travellers and gypsies

The UK government’s current plan to ‘tackle unauthorised traveller camps’ and ‘give the police new powers to arrest and seize the property and vehicles of trespassers who set up unauthorised encampments’ follows a long line of legislation aimed primarily at Travellers and Gypsies. Past regimes, from the Tudors to the present, have attacked the culture of itinerancy and the so-called…

The Armory Show

After The Armory Show kicked off at Piers 90 and 94 in Manhattan on Thursday, March 5, organizers of the contemporary art fair announced that starting in 2021 the event will move to Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, which was recently transformed by one of the largest mixed-use private real estate ventures in America and is now home to luxury apartments,…

Moor, Moor, Moor

No vacation is one-size-fits-all, but time spent in Sintra, Portugal comes pretty close. A mere 45-minute train ride northwest of Lisbon, this fairy-tale town is full of history, lies close to the coast, and has been named a Unesco World Heritage Site. Whether you have business in Lisbon or are heading south from Porto, this seemingly small town packs a…

May the divorce be with you

If you have found yourself newly single – or were one of the victims of this year’s ‘Divorce Day’ in January – a hotel in Ibiza has got your back. Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, the iconic party hotel which has seen David Guetta and Calvin Harris DJ its pool parties, has unveiled its ‘Ushuaïa Divorce Package’ aimed at the newly-single…

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