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The Small Country with a Big Appetite

BY KASSIE WANG, NAISHAD KAI-REN & SADHANA BALA Photos by: Shierly Mondianti Imagine a bustling hawker center, or Singaporean food court, crammed with dozens of food stalls, and with the delicious sights and smells of turmeric, curry, garlic and other spices wafting from all four corners. There is a palpable...

Commodifying Wild: Life and Tourism in the Last Frontier

BY DOLMA OMBADYKOW As a lifelong Alaskan, I’ve experienced my fair share of questions about the northern, western, and easternmost state in the Union. My childhood exploits to “The Lower 48” were plagued with questions such as, “Do you ride polar bears to school?” “Is it true you have 100...

Another Shitty Day in Paradise

BY IAN SHANK Yesterday, still sluggish with sleep, I drowned my Macbook Pro. The day had begun like most. After opening my eyes to the same time-bending darkness that re-sedates me each morning, I’d stiffened into an even tighter fetal ball, wondering, as I often do at that hour, whether...

Protests in Venezuela (Part 2): Many Problems, One Solution

BY JOSE FRANCISCO MUCI The wave of protests and civil unrest that is sweeping over Venezuela began on February 4th in San Cristobal, a city in the state of Táchira. That day, university students gathered to demand improvements on campus security after a case of sexual assault went unresolved. Police...

A Night in Umbria

BY JONATHAN NICHOLAS A blue sedan grinds to a halt beside me. Its brakes make sounds reminiscent of fingernails scraping a chalkboard. The passenger window lowers to reveal a bearded face that commands, “Get in!” We step forward somewhat reluctantly, open the door, and slide into the backseat. The beard...

Milestones at the Oscars

BY LINDA NAVON CHETRIT Little by little the Academy Awards is following the film industry’s path in embracing diversity. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony marked a milestone as more foreigners than Americans won Oscars for the first time in history. This shows that both Hollywood and the Academy Awards are...

Tickets Restaurant: The Future of Molecular Gastronomy?

BY JULIA BORDEN As of today, March 6, only one out of the next sixty days on the Tickets Restaurant reservations calendar is available. The other 59 are entirely booked. Tickets opened in 2011 in Barcelona to much fanfare, especially after the closure of elBulli, the famous molecular gastronomy restaurant...

Rising from the Ruins

BY ELIZABETH STUDLICK In 2011, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The quake struck in February, ripping apart the country’s second-largest city and killing 185 people. The center of the city, which is home to much of New Zealand’s cultural heritage, was decimated by the...

Snapshots: Isle of Skye

PHOTOS AND WORDS BY REBECCA FORMAN In October, while I was studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh, my mother and I met up and drove, ferried, and hiked for 600 miles through the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye and its Cuillin Mountains in the Inner Hebrides.  When...

Protests in Venezuela (Part 1): Venezuela Adrift, Maduro in Trouble

BY JOSE FRANCISCO MUCI During fifteen years of Hugo Chavez’s “revolution”— and the largest oil bonanza in Venezuela’s history—inflation rose from 23% to 56% and the homicide rate quintupled from 4,500 dead a year to 23,000 dead a year. The exchange rate slid from 0.56 BsF/USD in 1999 to 87...