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Your Trip to a Famous Party Hostel

When you walk into Carpe Noctem the first thing you’ll be handed is a beer. Much like the hostel itself, it will probably be something with a vaguely local veneer and not a whole lot to offer without the alcohol—maybe Arany Ászok or Kőbányai Sör – though you’ll be assured...

The Ultimate Community

“Un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six”—I looked to my dump, the player to turn to for support. The language was different, but the game was still the same. I flicked it back to him, and he then hucked it up the field where someone caught it in the end zone....

Ten days in Tokyo and Kyoto

I spent 10 days traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto in the summer of 2014, along with 10 graduate and undergraduate students across all disciplines on campus. I was part of a program trip, sponsored by RISD and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which aimed to promote all that was...

Umbrellas, Tea, and Philosophy

Men, women, and children formed a colorful array of gonchas and chubas. Everyone gleamed radiant in this traditional attire—elaborate waistcoats spun from richly colored Tibetan wool and embellished with bright Himalayan weaves and textiles. We were in Choglamsar, a small town that is home to many Tibetan refugees, only eight...

The Necessity of Strait Talk

One of the Strait Talk delegates put it this way: Imagine you’re on a date with a girl. While you’re eating, you notice that she has something on her face. Do you tell her on the spot? Perhaps you hesitate out of politeness. After all, you don’t want to embarrass...

Santé: Champagne and Culture, from Paris to Providence

In my arms, I hold seventeen pounds of smooth green glass and I can’t help but think, what if I drop this? I’m cradling the largest bottle of champagne that I’ve ever seen, but I don’t feel like Kanye at his latest release party. I feel like a little kid on...

The Resplendent Isle: Sri Lanka

The tumultuous blue waves crashed onto shore with a ferocious energy, the foamy water spreading across the sand, reaching my toes all the way up the beach. The sun was hot and beating down hard on the dozens of tanned Lankan bodies sprawled across Narigama Beach in Hikkaduwa. The sand...

Uyuni, Bolivia: Photo Guide

The Bolivia-Chile border spans the Atacama, the world’s driest desert. This huge expanse receives an average rainfall of about half an inch per year and is composed of salares (salt lakes), red rocky terrain, volcanic lava geysers, and endless miles of sand. It took me three days to cross from...

A Guide to Churches in Rome

Have you ever thought about making a pilgrimage to Rome to soak up some religious culture, but you’ll be damned if you’re going to trawl through every Wikipedia and TripAdvisor entry under the sun? Well if that sums up your woeful apathy, then this handy list is right up your...