Destination: Rio de Janeiro
by Michael Yessis | 05.04.10 | 10:06 AM ET
It’s also Ground Zero for dog hairdressers, according to Jon Lee Anderson. His compelling take on Copacabana and Rio de Janeiro is in the Financial Times:
That’s the Copacabana I see, anyway, a place full of ordinary people and chancers, too; a bit tawdry and unknowingly retro, and, therefore, deliciously original. To a large extent, this description also applies to Rio at large. At a time when so many other cities in the world have seen radical makeovers to adopt the cloned look of homogeneous urban modernity, Rio is still refreshingly eclectic and chaotic, so enveloped in its own self-indulgent, sometimes desperate but radiant reality, too, that it seems to inhabit its own time capsule.
by Larry Habegger | 04.07.10 | 3:03 PM ET
Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news
by Caetano Veloso | 02.23.10 | 10:47 AM ET
In an excerpt from the book "Culture is Our Weapon," Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso explores the power of AfroReggae in Rio
by World Hum | 02.01.10 | 12:56 PM ET
A brightly-dressed reveller joins in a carnival parade in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, this weekend.
by Larry Habegger | 11.25.09 | 10:48 AM ET
Larry Habegger rounds up global travel news
by Eva Holland | 10.05.09 | 11:32 AM ET
Michelle Higgins ponders the impact of U.S. border control policies on Chicago’s failed bid for the 2016 Summer Games. For my part, I suppose that could have been a factor—remember the visitor shortfall in Beijing after China tightened its visa restrictions—but beyond any specific considerations, I’m just not sure about the assumption that 2016 was Chicago’s to lose. After all, the United States has already hosted the Olympics eight times, while Rio’s winning bid will mean the first Games ever on South American soil. It’s about time, isn’t it?
by Jim Benning | 10.02.09 | 3:13 PM ET
by Michael Yessis | 09.28.09 | 10:50 AM ET
Jon Lee Anderson’s story Gangland from the latest issue of the New Yorker isn’t online, but the magazine did post a stunning audio slideshow with photos by Joao Pina.
We posted Rob Verger’s slideshow about tourism in Rio’s favelas last June.
by Eric Weiner | 03.16.09 | 11:57 AM ET
Global Positioning: On the intersection of place, politics and culture
by Tom Swick | 03.02.09 | 10:35 AM ET
Contemplating and celebrating the world of travel
by Michael Yessis | 02.24.09 | 8:55 AM ET
- Video: The Battle of the Oranges.
- A French town wants a new name that’s easier to find via search. It’s current name? Eu.
- Blog to watch: World Hum contributor Daisann McLane has launched a companion blog to her National Geographic Traveler column.
- Florida bans fish pedicures. What’s a fish pedicure? Here’s some video of McLane getting one in Malaysia.
- Photos: The Big Picture goes to Carnival.
- $28,067.31 for a “wireless session” on a cruise ship? Here’s the tale. (via Cruise Log)
- Some compelling photos of 19th- and 20th-century railway lines by Mark Ruwedel.
- Love this graphic: The most-used subway systems in the U.S and around the world.
- My obsession with travel typos continues: Here’s a look at NYC Transit’s Top Typos!
by World Hum | 02.23.09 | 11:10 AM ET
Carnival queen Jessica Maia waves to the crowd during the first night of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
by World Hum | 02.20.09 | 5:58 PM ET
Our five most popular slideshows from the past week:
by Rolf Potts | 02.13.09 | 10:09 AM ET
With superior dentistry and monolingual charm, you too can pick up women overseas. Rolf Potts gets all Maxim magazine.
by Michael Yessis | 01.28.09 | 8:50 AM ET
- Love this graphic of anatomical terms that most sound like exotic vacation destinations. I’m booked for the Fissure of Rolando.
- Cole Hamels loves Sydney.
- Giant waves battered cruise ships in the Bay of Biscay. Photos at the Daily Mail.
- GOOD rightfully thinks trains need some more support—and more money—on Capitol Hill.
- Inside the quest for alternative jet fuels. Black vomit nut, anyone?
- Another great Time Zones piece: “The Beautiful Chaos of Bangkok”
- Sex and Romance in Rio: Seth Kugel looks at the relationships between male tourists and female locals. Some background on the story.
- A Fugu mishap in Japan injures seven.
- Have you read “the world’s best passenger complaint letter”?
- An Alaskan entrepreneur wants a license to sell booze on his Fairbanks shuttle bus. His goal: To make enough money so he can hire another shuttle bus driver and join the mobile party. (via Fark)
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