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  • Popular The Death-Defying Climb for Honey

    The Death-Defying Climb for Honey

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    Twice a year, about 80 miles outside Kathmandu, Nepal, villagers from Bhujung embark on a centuries-old quest. Enduring bee stings and hanging from handmade rope ladders, Madan Singh Gurung and his fellow honey hunters defy death to gather precious liquid

  • Popular Ride a Wooden Bike Down the Swiss Alps

    Ride a Wooden Bike Down the Swiss Alps

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    Skiing and sledding down a mountain? Amateur hour. Try rolling through on a wooden bike. Say hello to the Velogemel, a snow bike local to the Swiss town of Grindelwald. Named for the Swiss words for bike (“velo”) and sled (“gemel”)

  • Popular The Ancient Hawaiian Art of Bark Cloth

    The Ancient Hawaiian Art of Bark Cloth

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    Sabra Kauka finds great joy in making the past present. A cultural practitioner on Kauai, she teaches Hawaiian children the arts of their ancestors, including kapa. In this physically demanding process, bark from the wauke plant becomes clothing and blank

  • Popular How Hawaii’s Master Stone Carver is Preserving History

    How Hawaii’s Master Stone Carver is Preserving History

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    Hoaka Delos Reyes is the last of his kind. The master stone carver has practiced his craft, one that holds deep significance in Hawaiian culture, for 40 years. His process utilizes the technique and tools of his ancestors, requiring patience, endurance an

  • Popular The Valley of Tombs

    The Valley of Tombs

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    To locate this ancient cemetery in Sicily, Italy, you’ve got to look up. Dating back over 3,000 years, the cemetery of Necropoli di Pantalica has more than 5,000 tombs carved into a limestone rock face. The tombs are built like artificial caves, and

  • Popular World’s Most Expensive Watches Are Made Here

    World’s Most Expensive Watches Are Made Here

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    Among the Jura Mountains in Western Switzerland, just a few miles off the border of France, is a city where time begins. Sitting at the center of an area known as “Watch Valley,” La Chaux-de-Fonds is the beating heart of the Swiss watchmaking

  • Popular How-Slow-Can-You-Go Horse Racing in Hokkaido

    How-Slow-Can-You-Go Horse Racing in Hokkaido

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    In Obihiro, on the northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido, racehorses aren’t the lithe, lean thoroughbreds you’ve seem run the Kentucky Derby. Instead, they’re lumbering draft horses who pull one-ton sleds down hilly tracks. The sport

  • Popular This German Castle Has Been One Family’s Home for 850 Years

    This German Castle Has Been One Family’s Home for 850 Years

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    Talk about choice real estate—the Eltz Castle in Wierschem, Germany, is a spectacular medieval structure that sits within a valley, surrounded by serene forestland. The Eltz family has owned this piece of enchanting beauty since 1157, and has kept r

  • Popular How Bamboo Bikes Are Helping This Community

    How Bamboo Bikes Are Helping This Community

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    In Ghana, there is an abundance of bamboo. So much so, that one company devised an unusual means of transportation: bamboo bikes. Crafting bamboo into bike frames, Boomers has made thousands of the sustainable bikes. Once finished, the bikes are said to b

  • Popular This Tiny Island Was a Hub for Lumberjacks

    This Tiny Island Was a Hub for Lumberjacks

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    Located just outside of Rovaniemi City is Kotisaari, one of Finland’s tiniest islands. Measuring only 820 feet long and 200 feet wide, this sleepy locale used to be a center point for loggers in the area. The picturesque island is surrounded by a ri

  • Popular Mapping the Wilderness

    Mapping the Wilderness

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    Map artist Jared Prince gets his inspiration from his love of the wilderness and the places he’s been. Thanks to Coors Light, he’s getting inspired for his next project by going straight to the source, deep within the Rocky Mountain range. The

  • Popular A Canvas in the Clouds

    A Canvas in the Clouds

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    There’s no way to climb Little Ring Mountain in southwestern British Columbia, but thanks to helicopter pilot Brad Friesen, muralist Jessa Gilbert can still make her way to the top. Together, this unlikely team (a trio if you include Brad’s co

  • Popular She Works Six Jobs to Keep Her Island Afloat

    She Works Six Jobs to Keep Her Island Afloat

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    For most people, keeping track of one job is complicated enough—now, imagine juggling six. On the small island of North Ronaldsay off the northern coast of Scotland, that’s the case for many of the residents. With a population of just 50, ever

  • Popular These Handwoven Panama Hats Can Run You $25,000

    These Handwoven Panama Hats Can Run You $25,000

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    Simón Abel Espinal wakes up thinking about his work—and with good reason. For nearly 40 years, he’s handwoven toquilla straw hats of the highest quality. Widely known as “Panama hats,” these brimmed beauties actually come fr

  • The Keeper of the Ghost Trees

    The Keeper of the Ghost Trees

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    Hidden deep in the woods of the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is a small cluster of unusually pale, phantom trees. These 'ghost trees' are albino and extremely rare. Out of the millions of redwoods in the park, only 13 are albino. Due to threats to the

  • These ‘Canine Ambassadors’ Are About to Make Your Vacation Adorable

    These ‘Canine Ambassadors’ Are About to Make Your Vacation Adorable

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    Since 2001, Fairmont Hotels around the world have been home to a highly esteemed (extremely adorable) fellowship program. Fairmont’s Canine Ambassadors aren’t just a hotel guest’s best friend and the perfect four-legged concierge—t

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