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Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited

Other Countries A US President Has Never Visited Nov 19th, 2012 at 1:00PM: President Barack Obama will land in Myanmar (aka Burma) this week, a first-time visit for any President of the United States. Never mind that Myanmar is best known as a brutal dictatorship, not exactly in line with U.S. foreign policy. Disregard any political or geographically strategic reasons for befriending Myanmar. Today, this is all about the President being the first to visit Myanmar and...

Five unusual destinations from London

Five unusual destinations from London May 30th, 2011 at 7:00AM: London is incredibly well served as a transit hub. Collectively, London airports see more traffic than any other cluster of city airports in Europe. An impressively broad network of routes connects the city's airports to destinations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. For anyone predisposed to travel, this range of destinations is inspiring. Many of the world's most visited...

Ten great bands that I only discovered by traveling

Nov 12th, 2010 at 11:00AM: To travel is to trade. From the 15th century Portuguese explorers to the overconfident 18-year old who crosses the ocean with a loaded iPod, travelers are always in the business of exchanging things: ideas, food, fashion, genes and diseases. Music is right up there, and with the ease of the MP3, we freely unload playlists to one another like apples in a market. When I look over some of the...

Marseille's Noailles quarter: a taste of Africa, in Provence

Marseille's Noailles quarter: a taste of Africa, in Provence Oct 6th, 2010 at 5:00PM: The Provencal port city of Marseille has historically been associated with bouillabaisse, and, to a lesser extent, whores, thieves, and the usual debauchery that goes with being a sea port. Things started to turn around about a decade ago, and today it's a safe, vibrant, thoroughly charming city whose cuisine and culture reflect its past as a colonial trading port with North Africa. When France...

Ferry crash in Spain strands 1,000

Ferry crash in Spain strands 1,000 Jul 19th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Imagine spending 20 hours crammed onto a ferry with almost 1,000 strangers. This is exactly what happened this weekend when strong winds forced a ship going from Orán, Algeria to Alicante, Spain to crash into the dock. Those on board were able to get off, and the next wave climbed aboard ... where they would wait for almost a full day. On Saturday night – after boarding Friday night...

Dakar to Paris: Layover in Algiers or Tripoli?

Dakar to Paris: Layover in Algiers or Tripoli? Apr 24th, 2009 at 1:30PM: You think that you know things about airlines until you start searching for flights in and out of African. There, the old knowns of KLM and British Airways go out the window and replacements like Afriqiyah Airways and Air Algerie come into play, carriers that many never knew existed. The current itinerary on which I'm working involves a one way flight between Dakar and Paris, a three thousand...

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