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13 things you’ll experience when you visit Jakarta
13 things you’ll experience when you visit Jakarta

I WAS BORN AND RAISED in Jakarta until I was shipped off overseas for university. It wasn’t until I came back a few years later to the “Big Durian” that I experienced my own form of culture shock. Since then, I’ve developed a love / hate relationship with this city, which is probably how most people who visit also feel.

10 reasons no one is as hardcore as upstate New Yorkers when it comes to winter
10 reasons no one is as hardcore as upstate New Yorkers when it comes to winter

1. Our snowstorm ’emergency’ kit is made up of beer and snacks.We should be heading to Wegmans and stocking up on milk and bread, but what we are really going to need is beer, pretzels, and toilet paper. Who wants to drink a glass of milk after shoveling your driveway for five hours? I only grocery-shopped in a state of panic once, and it was before my very first adult WNY snowstorm.

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville
North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Open! We are so lucky to have the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville! Surrounded by the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the NC Arboretum is one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America. The 434-acre campus in Pisgah National Forest is the ideal place for a sensory-rich stroll or hike while admiring and learning about our natural wonders.

10 superpowers you gain living in Paris
10 superpowers you gain living in Paris

1. The ability to stare directly at a stranger on the metro and feel zero awkwardness.In Paris you can’t be afraid of a good staring contest. People will give you the once-over, the up-down, or just generally look right into your eyes as though they’re trying to pick apart your soul with their gaze.You get used to it, and eventually you initiate the stares.

Think twice before you slam people’s shows of solidarity with terrorism victims
Think twice before you slam people’s shows of solidarity with terrorism victims

In the wake of terrorist attacks, it’s becoming part of the process for people to express solidarity online, whether that is in the form of an emotionally written post, changing the profile photo to the flag of the attacked country or the sharing of articles which reinforce the importance of togetherness at times like these.

Remember MTV? I was one of their VJs, and this is what I learned
Remember MTV? I was one of their VJs, and this is what I learned

1. People are amazed by VJsWhen I worked for MTV Brasil I wasn’t the target audience: I was a 30-something music critic. But in 2010 the network decided a new music show was needed. I got to audition, and someone thought I was good enough. I accepted the job because they were going to let me choose the videos, and as someone who grew up watching MTV, it was an offer too cool to pass up.

Great Smoky Mountains Hotels & Resorts, NC
Great Smoky Mountains Hotels & Resorts, NC

Adjoining the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this all inclusive, luxury hotel offers rooms and private cabins at 5,000 feet elevation that are individually decorated and include many amenities atop a ridge overlooking the mountains. Dining is an event, prepared with the finest local ingredients and produce from the hotel’s.

11 things I stopped doing when I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles
11 things I stopped doing when I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles

1. I stopped taking public transportation.In San Francisco, I did not own a car. The public transportation system was very efficient, and having a car was more of a headache than not. When I moved to Los Angeles, the opposite was true- a car was a necessity. Buses and the Metro existed, but since the city was so spread out it took twice as long to get anywhere with public transportation.

What Thanksgiving means to this Native American
What Thanksgiving means to this Native American

Forty-one years ago my Native community began a November “Harvest Dinner” thanks-giving tradition. It’s an intertribal time honoring our traditions with traditional foods, song, dance, prayer, storytelling, conversation, and laughter. Initially, these gatherings began as a way to include Native students at the nearby university who did not travel home to their families on reservations or distant cities and were left alone on campus during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The magnificence of Puebla in 21 images
The magnificence of Puebla in 21 images

Mexico may be on your travel wish list, but have you ever heard of Puebla? The state is located just two hours from Mexico City but is unknown to many visitors. These Instagrams are a celebration of the wonderful state of Puebla (and its capital city of the same name), and will most definitely convince you to include it in your next trip to Mexico!

6 ways you spend the holidays in Greenland
6 ways you spend the holidays in Greenland

1. You fill up on three different kinds of reindeer meat — cooked, smoked, and dried.Just like everyone else, we eat a lot during the holidays. But our food is traditional Greenlandic — smoked, dried, and cooked fish, reindeer meat, whale meat, whale skin cut into small pieces, fish liver smashed with blackberries and shrimp, then the typical ice cream and cake for dessert.

WORST. PRESS TRIP. EVER.
WORST. PRESS TRIP. EVER.

Author’s note: This was to be my first press trip. Visions of naan bread, squinting heat, burning spices, neon silk on dirt roads, and professional validation were in orbit. Forty-eight saris, 2,000 km, one exploding tire, some mild sexual harassment, and a jail stint later the dream had begun to rust.