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Knee Shops Out of Basements in Bulgaria’s Capital

Monday 12.24.2012 , Posted by

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After 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, the people in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, wanted to move away from communism as fast as possible, so they opened up their own businesses. However, with rent prices so high, many convenience stores were operated out of basements through a tiny window storefront at ground level. The little stores became known klek (knee) shops because in order to pay the vendor and get your convenience items, a person had to kneel down. The unique display of colorful merchandise through the glass storefront are quickly dwindling in Sofia, but remain a tourist attraction as a memorial of capitalism. [Read more...]

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Grandma’s Home Cooking From Around the World

Wednesday 12.19.2012 , Posted by

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There’s nothing like a home cooked meal- and somehow grandma always does it best! Before he set out for his couchsurfing world tour, Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother was worried that he would not get good, hearty meals on his journey, so she made him her family famous homemade ravioli to send him off with a full belly. Much to his grandmother’s delight, everywhere he went, Galimberti got to play the role of hungry grandson, enjoying native dishes and secret family recipes from around the globe. In this amazing collection of photos, Galimberti captured loving grandmothers preparing then presenting their favorite dish to him, and he got to take the recipes with him! [Read more...]

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Holiday Travel: Which Airports are the Most Reliable?

Tuesday 12.11.2012 , Posted by

Traveling during the holidays is a necessary evil for many of us. Some are lucky enough to have family live in the same city —or a neighboring one — and their travel times are basically nonexistent. Then, there are the unfortunate bunch who had to nail down their air travel plans months ago to make sure they’d arrive home in time for the holidays. Air travel is always stressful during the winter holidays, but nothing incites frustration and rage more than a delayed or cancelled flight. [Read more...]

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India: A Colorful Country in Black & White

Thursday 11.22.2012 , Posted by

India is unlike any other country in the world. Boasting over 1.2 billion people in a country only 1/3 the size of the United States, it is a place of many cultures, environments and fascinations. Constantly changing yet steady, India cannot be contained in a box. Indeed one has to travel, experience and spend more than a few weeks there to truly experience what this unique place has to offer. [Read more...]

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1000 European Breweries on One Map

Tuesday 10.02.2012 , Posted by

The beer obsessed folks over at Pop Chart Labs have outdone themselves again, creating a thirst inducing poster of breweries and abbeys on the European continent. Featuring nearly 1,000 breweries, from craft to micro, the beautiful print seems to be designed specifically as an inspiration for future travels, tasty ones at that. [Read more...]

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Safety, Speed, Comfort: Rare Posters of World Travel

Monday 10.01.2012 , Posted by

Before you could easily jet-set around the world, reaching your destination in only a matter of hours, the prospect of world travel was far more slow… and probably more exciting. Now Zeitlos, a Berlin based purveyor of vintage design, is opening an exhibition of rare travel posters from the dawn of world travel. Featuring ocean liners, fast (and safe) trains, airplanes and even a few rare zeppelins, the posters are beautiful examples of the exciting time when foreign lands seemed further away… and even more foreign. [Read more...]

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5 of the World’s Most Inaccessible Monasteries

Tuesday 09.25.2012 , Posted by

Here are some far out places of faith which house followers of many different creeds. Whether it is Orthodox Christianity, Buddhism or Islam, these monasteries were built to be protected from the powers that be – ones that may not agree with their words and lifestyle. They were built on mountains, rocks or cliff sides, overlooking beautiful vistas where one could chant into infinity and be “away from the world.” [Read more...]

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25 Places You Have To See Before You Die

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

Although they say it’s a small world, anyone who’s done a bit of traveling knows that it’s big enough to spend your entire life on the road and still only see a fraction of it. So, as a gift to all of you globetrotters out there we decided to simplify things and put together a list of 25 places you have to see before you die. [Read more...]

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25 Weirdest Buildings In The World

Tuesday 09.04.2012 , Posted by

Whether its a hotel, restaurant, or just an office building, who says it has to look normal and boring? Although some of these buildings are probably going to make you wonder what kind of crazy thoughts the architect was thinking, it’s hard to not appreciate the creativity involved. These are the 25 weirdest buildings in the world. [Read more...]

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The Beautiful Sphinx Observatory in the Swiss Alps

Tuesday 08.21.2012 , Posted by

It might only be the 14th highest observatory in the world, but the Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is possibly the most beautiful and unique. Located at Jungfraujoch on a treacherous peak at 11715 feet (3,571 meters), the classic structure is reached via the worlds highest railway, followed by a tunnel and then an elevator… it’s very remote, but still accessible year round thanks to the hard work of past adventurers. [Read more...]

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