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Differences between individualist and group-oriented societies

David Brooks usually focuses on politics from a conservative perspective in his NY Times op-ed column, but every once in a while he has a piece that delves into culture in some form or other. That is what he does in today’s column, which looks at some of the differences between individualist and group-oriented societies. This […]

Life in Afghanistan

What is life like for expatriates in Afghanistan? There is an interesting feature in the Financial Times today – an interview with Belinda Bowling, a South African lawyer who currently lives in Kabul. An excerpt: What brought you to Afghanistan? When I turned 30 I decided to take a year’s career break from my law firm and explore my […]

Laotian charms in Luang Prabang

The Southeast Asian nation of Laos is still a fairly untraveled destination, especially compared to its neighbor, Thailand. But the word is getting out about the charms of the Laotian town of Luang Prabang. Gayle Keck went there recently with her husband and wrote about their experiences for the Washington Post. Strangers talk to one another […]

Riel World photo – Sydney Harbour Bridge


Sydney, Australia A view of the Harbour Bridge at sunset.

The paradoxes of Tel Aviv and Israel

There was an interesting recent article about Tel Aviv in the New York Times travel section. It’s interesting because it not only gives the typical tourist overview of a destination, but it gets into the culture and the psyche of Tel Aviv and Israel. An excerpt: Tel Aviv is “half Iran, half California; it’s a synagogue […]

Talking travel with Arthur Frommer

Everyone knows about the Frommer’s series of travel guidebooks, but what about the man behind the guides? Arthur Frommer just did an online interview for Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding site and talked about his life as a traveler and a writer. Some highlights: How did you get started traveling? By accident, and at the expense of Uncle Sam. […]

In Iran with Rick Steves

Rick Steves became famous for his European travel advice, but he recently journeyed to Iran in order to produce a documentary about that country and its people. A photo essay about the trip was then published in Yes! magazine. The experience was described by Abdi Sami, who accompanied Rick on his travels. Over the years, […]

Jib Jab’s satire of U.S. politics

If you follow U.S. politics, you’ll enjoy Jib Jab’s latest animated satire of this year’s election campaign. They poke fun at everyone involved. Check it out:     Jib Jab first became famous for a satire of George Bush and John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election. It’s a classic and is still fun to […]

Resurgent Lisbon

The Portuguese city of Lisbon has often been an afterthought when considering the great capitals of Europe, but that seems to be changing. Lisbon is getting increasingly good press of late, culminating in this nice profile in the travel section of Sunday NY Times, which focuses on the city’s vibrant arts scene. After all, this wasn’t […]

Riel World photo – Buenos Aires, Argentina


Buenos Aires, Argentina Argentine tango dancers in a public square in Buenos Aires.

Dancing around the world

Now, this is the way to travel around the world. Matt Harding‘s latest dancing/travel video…   You can read more about Matt at his website, or in this recent NY Times profile.

Hidden paradise in Mexico

Everyone knows about the Cancuns and Cabos of coastal Mexico. But there are still a few small Mexican villages strung along the country’s coastline where in-the-know travelers go to find a quiet slice of paradise. One of these places is the Baja town of Mulege, which Meredith May recently visited. She wrote about her experiences for […]

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