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A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A local point of view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil "Então, você é do Rio de Janeiro?" asked the tan, freckled girl next to me on my flight from Miami, Florida, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I stared at her, unsure of what she'd said. "Inglés?" "You speak English?" she asked, her eyes widening...

The Lost World: New York City's Little Guyana

The Lost World: New York City's Little Guyana In April 2011, in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, two rival Sikh factions, long at odds with each other, decided it was time to come to blows. As one faction prayed in a temple, the other entered. What happened next is straight out of a B-list movie you might...

Sweetlife Festival to feature hot music and sustainable eats

Sweetlife Festival to feature hot music and sustainable eats It isn't often you get invited to a party with a purpose. But that's exactly what the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, will be: an all-day extravaganza celebrating the values of "sustainability, community and fun."...

A record exec's guide to South by Southwest (SXSW)

A record exec's guide to South by Southwest (SXSW) Tens of thousands of hipsters and wannabe hipsters from around the world will be converging on Austin this week for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music, film and technology festival, now in its 26th year. What started as a music showcase for some 172, mostly regional,...

Top ten things to do in Brussels, Belgium

Top ten things to do in Brussels, Belgium A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with some fellow travel writers and the conversation turned to Brussels. The general consensus seemed to be that Belgium's capital isn't worth visiting. I disagree. While it can't compete with London or Paris, it has its own charm and...

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil

Weekend trip from Rio de Janeiro: Buzios, Brazil While many travelers to Brazil choose to spend a majority of their time in the large and lively metropolitan city of Rio de Janeiro, there is a culturally rich and sophisticated village about two hours away that is well worth a visit. Búzios, with its sandy beaches,...

Video: cosmic time-lapse, 'Temporal Distortion'

"Temporal Distortion" from Randy Halverson on Vimeo. If you're in the mood for taking a beautiful, cosmic, time-lapse break, consider this your opportunity. The gorgeous time-lapse images that make up this short film (which is part of a 23 minute expanded version)...

Austin's Beard and Moustache Competition: Q&A with Allen Demling and Bryan Nelson

Austin's Beard and Moustache Competition: Q&A with Allen Demling and Bryan Nelson For the sixth year in a row, a popular Beard and Moustache Competition was held in Austin. Misprint Magazine, a delightfully snarky read based out of Austin, has sponsored each one of these competitions thus far. Held Saturday night at The Mohawk in Austin, the event...

10 St. Patrick's Day alternatives to Dublin, Ireland

10 St. Patrick's Day alternatives to Dublin, Ireland While travelers often think of Dublin, Ireland, as the must-visit place for St. Patrick's Day, there are many other excellent destinations all over the world to celebrate the festivities. To help you decide where to spend March 17 this year, check out this list of ten...

Rio Carnival 2012: A playlist of traditional Carnival songs

Rio Carnival 2012: A playlist of traditional Carnival songs During Carnival, the city of Rio de Janeiro pulses with the sound of percussion. Music is an integral part of the Brazilian festival, and it doesn't seem like you can turn a corner without hearing the infectious drum-driven beats of samba music or the sounds of drunken...

Food & Wine Classic at Aspen celebrates 30 years, tickets going fast

Food & Wine Classic at Aspen celebrates 30 years, tickets going fast Who would have guessed that 30 years ago, a high-altitude, fancy-pants gathering of some chefs, winemakers, and hungry and thirsty revelers would have evolved into the nation's preeminent food and wine festival? This year, from June 15-17th, Food & Wine magazine will...

Rio Carnival 2012: Backstage at the Sambadrome parades

Rio Carnival 2012: Backstage at the Sambadrome parades "Follow the feathers" was my strategy for finding the Sambadrome stadium in Brazil this past Sunday, the first evening of Rio Carnival's famed samba parades. The metro exit was packed with crowds moving in all different directions, so I had little choice but to...

Las Vegas' hotel supervisor tells all in Reddit Q & A

Las Vegas' hotel supervisor tells all in Reddit Q & A An alleged Las Vegas' hotel supervisor, Front_Desk_LV, decided to host an "AMA" (Ask Me Anything) Q&A discussion on the online community site Reddit earlier yesterday afternoon. While some of the questions seem blunt, the answers are shockingly honest. The following...

Video of the Day: Adorable little girls dancing samba at Rio Carnival

The scene outside the Sambodrome stadium on the first night of Rio Carnival's famed samba school parades was madness. Hordes of people moved in all directions while scalpers hawked tickets, street vendors fried food, and costumed paraders maneuvered in huge feathered...

Rio Carnival 2012: Costume shopping and impromptu samba dancing

Rio Carnival 2012: Costume shopping and impromptu samba dancing During Carnival, the streets of the Saara market in Old Downtown Rio de Janeiro are flooded with local cariocas shopping for wacky beer hats, neon-colored wigs, cheap plastic accessories, and the ubiquitous noise horns, which echo periodically (and loudly) in the air....

Rio Carnival 2012: 10 best bloco street parties

Rio Carnival 2012: 10 best bloco street parties If you want to feel the real essence of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, look no further than the city streets. In the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, lively street parties and parades, called blocos, wind throughout Rio's various neighborhoods, led by floats blaring live...

Video: Rio Carnival's biggest street party, Cordão do Bola Preta

Despite a nearly unbearable early morning start time, the Cordão do Bola Preta bloco on Saturday attracted more than 2.2 million people -- the most any of Rio de Janeiro's popular Carnival street parties has ever seen. The party got started at 8:30 a.m. in...

Rio Carnival 2012: what's new this year

Rio Carnival 2012: what's new this year Rio Carnival 2012 is being looked upon as the Brazilian city's "coming of age". Not only are experts predicting a record number of revelers, but the world's eyes will also be trained on Rio de Janeiro to see how it manages the crowds and festivities, particularly as...

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails

Gallery: A guide to South American cocktails Margaritas, Cuba libres, piña coladas and mojitos are drinks with Latin American origins that have become staples at bars across America. But what about the drinks being mixed up further south? Whether you want to know what to order up at the bar during your next...

10 free things to do in Barcelona, Spain

10 free things to do in Barcelona, Spain Barcelona, Spain, is full of fun things to do and interesting sites to explore. Luckily, the city features many experiences for the budget traveler with free museums, walking tours, beaches, parks, museums, dance shows, and more. Use this list to help you save money while...

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