The annual Black Rock City gathering of artists and hell-raisers known to us as Burning Man brings forth some of the most wild architectural structures we’ve seen on planet earth. In fact, many of the temporary dwellings summon an otherworldly quality… But that’s the whole point of the week-long festival.
Who else, other than the organizers of Burning Man, would think to hold an event in the middle of the unforgiving Nevada desert. It would turn out that this seclusion, and subjection to the heat, sand, and desolation of the desert elements, makes the festival and its art all the more intense.
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South America doesn’t get the love it deserves.
Europe and Asia feature defined backpacker “trails” that have been well-worn thanks to decades of Lonely Planet-inspired travelers. While South America sees its fair share of visitors too, much of it remains pristine and ripe for exploration. Here are three of the continent’s most bucket list-worthy trips.
Get Lost on the Amazon River (Peru to Brazil)
Exploring the Amazon River may be the most audacious journey an adventure traveler can undertake. Some rustic lodging and other services exist along its 4,300-mile route but, for the most part, travelers are completely on their own. It’s remote, wild, and rugged. Malaria, piranhas, river pirates, and whirlpools are very real dangers. All of which means it’s best to go with a guide who knows the area and how to get out alive. Untamed Path Adventures provides a bespoke guided expedition that’s like a highlight reel of everything the Amazon River has to offer. The 12-day journey includes riding downriver in a dugout canoe, beach camping under the rainforest canopy, fishing the Amazon River, and landing a tiny Cessna prop plane on a dirt runway in the middle of the jungle. It’s a bit like an episode of Narcos but with a lot less cocaine.
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Author’s note: Without the permission and the assistance of the Kogi, a tribe that has maintained its culture and way of life for centuries even as the world around their isolated mountain range has changed dramatically over the past few centuries, the trek herein discussed would have been impossible. However, as the Kogi wish to remain largely untouched by, and uninvolved with the outside world, to respect their privacy, I will largely omit their mention from this piece and will give no specifics on the locations of their villages, their sacred sites, nor even on the starting point of this multiple day hike. Instead, I will focus on the actual trek and its varied challenges and moments of celebration. My heartfelt thanks go to the Kogi, to the unnamed guides and handlers who helped this journey become a reality, and to Columbia Sportswear, who financed the trek and provided much of the gear upon which I and the other members of the team relied.
The first day was going well, overall, despite the heat and humidity that are to be expected when one is hiking through a rain forest located a few dozen miles from the Caribbean coast of South America. There was one consistent cause for frustration, though: the steep, rutted, dirt trail spent as much time going down as it did up, and as any mountaineer knows, every step you take down now means a step up farther along the path.
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More and more Americans are ditching their sodas, juices, and sugary drinks for some good old, quality H2O. The only problem is, we’re reaching for bottled water instead of the stuff from the tap. Whether you’re one of the many people who don’t trust tap water anymore, or simply think bottled water “tastes better,” take just a second to hear us out on copping one of the best water bottles for your daily use.
Not only is the bottled water you’re drinking just purified, municipal and river water, these disposable bottles can take up to 1,000 years to bio-degrade and, if burned (as most are at the end of their life cycle), can produce toxic fumes that pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. This means that a majority of these temporary products cast away as litter, end up in a landfill, our city streams, and eventually the ocean–polluting and distancing our relationship with accessible drinking water.
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An investment has helped ensure an observatory’s telescope is now accessible for wheelchair users. Kielder Observatory has invested £10,000 in a fully automated Ritchey Chretein 16inch telescope. The new telescope utilises the same powerful optical system as the Hubble space telescope. Gary Fildes, founder director and lead astronomer said:
“This system makes a real statement of inclusivity from the observatory team. “It is our explicit wish to provide a safe and caring environment for all who wish to visit us and engage with our universe. “Systems provided by this new investment mean that we can now reach a wider audience and make astronomy accessible for wheelchair users.”
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It can be difficult for celebrities to make headlines these days. Especially since so may of their peers are willing to do almost anything to land themselves some coverage in the world’s press. With that in mind, the latest fashion trend doesn’t seem quite so surprising.
Recently stars have been stepping out in clothes that leave them so exposed they may as well be naked, or at least half clothed. It is all the craze from reality TV stars to actors alike.
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday.
Mr Navalny was one of at least 500 people who were detained after the protests.
The court in Moscow earlier fined him the minimum 20,000 roubles ($350) for organising the banned protests.
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