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The International Issue Of Child Street Vendors

Before I take any international trip, my friends and family become overwrought with “helpful pieces of advice” for me. Most of it is usually common sense like not doing drugs in alleyways or leaving hundreds of dollars unattended on tables; however, one piece that stood out to me before embarking […]

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Ethical Travel: Should You Visit Thailand’s Long Neck Women Villages?
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Ethical Travel: Should You Visit Thailand’s Long Neck Women Villages?

For some tourists, seeing the giraffe-like, long neck women Kayans may seem like just another stop on a Thailand adventure of a lifetime. Many tourist agencies stop by these hill villages between jeep rides through snake-infested jungles and tours of elegant temples. Visitors pile out for a quick photo opportunity […]

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Discovering The Real Raleigh During A Near Death Experience
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Discovering The Real Raleigh During A Near Death Experience

“Has anyone been to a roller derby?” Meg asks, jolting me out of my glazed eye efforts to come up with the Green function for a charged toroid. Fulfilling her role as the informal event coordinator for the North Carolina State University physics education research group, she continues, “Why don’t […]

Cambodia Beyond Angkor Wat: Meeting Tonle Sap’s Floating Community
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Cambodia Beyond Angkor Wat: Meeting Tonle Sap’s Floating Community

My undergraduate Asian Art class would have been more aptly named “Inspired Daydreaming.”  Sitting in the dark, listening to the comforting click of the old-school slide carousel projector, my imagination ran wild imagining the exotic locations that inspired paintings, sculptures and ancient architecture.  I was particularly seduced by Cambodia’s mighty […]

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A Look At Thanksgiving Traditions Around The World

Among much else, America is a land where leaves change color and temperatures begin to reach nose-nipping levels during the month of November. These notions have made finding the best way to curl up into the changing seasons a priority since it was first encountered by European pilgrims. They quickly […]

Wellness Travel: Spiritual And Medicinal Healing At A Sangoma In Johannesburg, South Africa
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Wellness Travel: Spiritual And Medicinal Healing At A Sangoma In Johannesburg, South Africa

At Epicure & Culture, we enjoy sharing cultural and sustainable experiences. On a recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, I had a truly local experience that not many tourists even know about: Visiting a traditional herbalist. Known as a sangoma in South Africa, the herbalist is an important community figure, […]

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Cultural Encounters: A Look At The Traditions Of The Dene First Nations

While most people envision life in northern Canada as being cold, dark and dull, for people of the Dene group of North American First Nations this is far from the truth. “Dene,” which is the Athabaskan term simply for “people,” includes the First Nation bands of Chipewyan, Tlicho, Slavey, Sathu […]

Exploring Native Culture Through The Tongue In New Mexico
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Exploring Native Culture Through The Tongue In New Mexico

“There are three basic ingredients in the diet of Native tribes,” explains Tazbah McCullah, the marketing director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. “Corn, beans and squash, which you may known as the ‘three sisters’ as they work together to help each other grow. In terms of nutrition, the corn […]

Chia seeds. Photo courtesy of Stacy Spensley.
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How One Couple Is Using Cereal To Help The Community

“I never thought of Holy Crap as cereal, but as a survival kit.” I’m currently on British Columbia‘s Sunshine Coast touring the Holy Crap cereal plant. It’s a small yet well- run factory with 20 employees who have all been a part of the company since Day 1. But these […]

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Tips For Immersing Yourself In Local Culture

Too many times when people travel they only skim the surface of their destination. They may check out some sites listed in their guidebook, snap some photos of interesting buildings and eat at a few recommended restaurants, but what about what’s deeper? To help you really sink your teeth into […]