No man can live this life unchanged. He will carry the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match. — Wilfred Thesiger Axwell blasted through my tinny iPhone speaker on repeat, my long drive through the Israeli desert soundtracked by the one song that had loaded before I’d lost service driving out of Tel Aviv. I rolled down the windows and sang along at the top of my lungs, eager to hype myself up for the self-imposed challenge that lay ahead: five days solo at a festival I’ve never attended, at which I knew no one, in a country I’d never been to and didn’t speak the language of. It had been a while since I’d really pushed myself this far out of my comfort zone. This entire six week trip to Kuwait, Egypt and Israel had been about challenging myself. So why not finish it with a bang and do something that truly kind of … [Read more...] about What the %&* Is Midburn? A Review of Israel’s Regional Burn • Alex in Wanderland
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Travel | Angling for a Whopper in the Fly-Fishing Paradise of Patagonia On remote, trout-rich rivers in Chilean Patagonia, dreams of catching the big one really do come true. Fishing in a secluded pool off the Paloma River, a renowned trout stream in central Chile. Credit Credit Marcos Zegers for The New York Times Supported by ByJon Gluck March 6, 2019 On the final morning of a weeklong fly-fishing adventure to My Just before lunchtime, we ran a stretch of white water that squeezed between a pair of enormous boulders, then opened into a small, hidden canyon. With its overhanging granite walls, moody light and silty water the color of sapphires (if the sapphires had somehow been electrified), the chamber bore traces of both the real-life Blue Lagoon and the fictional Middle-earth. It was one of the most striking spots I’ve seen, on or … [Read more...] about Angling for a Whopper in the Fly-Fishing Paradise of Patagonia
Eric Talmadge, Associated Press Updated 6:00 pm PST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, a guide stands near a basketball shoe display in a product exhibition room at the Ryuwon Shoe Factory that specializes in sports footwear, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un. The changes are being seen in everything from television dramas and animation programs to the variety and packaging of consumer goods, which have improved significantly under Kim. less In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, a guide stands near a basketball shoe display in a product exhibition room at the Ryuwon Shoe Factory that specializes in sports footwear, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North ... more Photo: Dita Alangkara, AP … [Read more...] about K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution
By Paul Johnson on Jan 25, 2019 in Accommodation, Attractions, Events, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Illinois, North America, Regions, Restaurants, Travel Miscellany, USA Chicago welcomed over 57.6 million visitors in 2018, a growth of 4.3% over the previous year, resulting in a new tourism record. In 2019, Chicago will continue to wow visitors with its world-class theater, innovative culinary and mixology adventures, state-of-the-art hotels, premiere exhibits and more. This winter in Chicago, experience the Year of Chicago Theatre, toast to the nation’s craft beer capital, dine in the home of the James Beard Foundation Awards and experience one of the city’s many new hotels. Check out what’s new and happening in Winter/Spring 2019 below, and visit www.ChooseChicago.com for more information. Accommodation 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, set to open in Fall 2019, is a combination 297-room boutique hotel, multi-venue contemporary art museum and independently branded, … [Read more...] about What’s new and happening in Chicago
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?