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5 reasons musicians make the best travelers

A party is one musical note away.A cold, rainy day in Hanoi. Stuck in the hostel with little to do, you decide to put your feet up in the lobby. Your new travel companion appears, guitar in hand. You ask him to play a song. He obliges. You watch his hands move, picking with the accuracy and precision of a dart player.
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5 classic Christmas films

THERE IS SNOW on the streets today, and chocolate shops near my house are decorated with sleigh bells, assorted chocolate snowmen and reindeer. Friends here in England are celebrating with glasses of mulled wine and mince pies. Every Christmas tree is lit up and decorated, and I can’t wait for Christmas Day.
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On the geography of beards and other dogma

On a day last week I boarded the Number 3 train at Chambers Street and got off in Jerusalem. That’s what it felt like.Rising up into the sunlight in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was like falling down a rabbit hole, at the bottom of which moved gusts of black-bearded, white-shirted Hasidic men and their chubby, child-laden women.
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The story behind Cape Town’s newest street mural

On the southern-bound stretch of Cape Town’s De Waal Drive, there’s a wall with a story the locals all know. I remember driving past it on early mornings and dusky evenings on my way out of the city. For years the wall brandished a mural of a woman carrying a TV on her head; she was at once a labourer and goddess.
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The 6 best free photo sharing sites on the web

Photo sharing sites are competing for our attention by offering free accounts with a wide array of features. The following are six of the most popular. For more tips on using photo sharing sites, check out the MatadorU Travel Photography program.FlickrOut of all the photo sharing sites, Flickr‘s community is the best.
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