Lured by the Jewel of the Andes

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I sat up in the stillness of the night, taking in a deep breath of the brisk, tonic air. The moon seeped through the clouds, sending a glow across the curtain of condensation that clung to the windows. I watched as one tiny sliver of rain lost its footing and slid down the glass like the last drop of mercury in the atmosphere.

Cautiously, quietly, I moved closer to the door, careful not to wake anyone. Silently, I pressed my finger in a tiny circle against the pane. Peering through the eyelet, I gazed onto streets pooled with water dimpled by the rings of carefully laid cobblestone. I took in the simple muddy hovels with dried grass roofs and cozy wooden benches that glowed turquoise in the moonlight.

DSC_0006 The village of Quilotoa

I smiled to myself knowingly with the understanding of an artist. The vibrant, misplaced benches were a subtle…

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How Adidas Took Over the Sneaker Game with a 50-Year-Old Shoe

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The opening bars to Run-D.M.C.’s classic “My Adidas” are among the greatest lines in all of rap: My Ahhh-didas, walk through concert doors And roam all over coliseum floors I stepped on stage, at Live Aid All the people gave, and the poor got paid And out of speakers I did speak…

The beauty of small things: a voyage into a garden’s microcosm

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Jules Verne Times Two

“The more we travel, the bigger the world gets”. Over the last couple of years we have taken advantage of our somewhat vague motto to talk about many different things. Christened during our round-the-world trip, it originally stemmed from our observation that no time in the world would be enough to visit all places worth visiting. After we came back, we realised this to be true even for our own country. Abandoning all hopes of closure, we expanded our definition of travelling to encompass other things we love: time-travelling to long-past history, mind-travelling on the comforts of solitude, soul-travelling with the wonders of friendship. All those wanderings however involved some degree of physical travelling. Not today. Today we won’t go beyond Jules’ parents backyard, in Ponte de Sor.

Over the course of countless weekends, I made a habit of sneaking into Jules’ parents garden to take pictures. Hunching…

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Winnipeg’s Indigenous Bear Clan Patrol Protects the Vulnerable

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After the body of 14-year-old Tina Fontaine was found in Winnipeg’s Red River in 2014, members of the community took action. At Vice, Geraldine Malone reports on the Bear Clan Patrol, a grassroots group that formed in Winnipeg’s North End neighborhood to walk the streets at night. Nearly three years later,…

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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The winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize were announced today — on the 170th birthday of Joseph Pulitzer — and though there were some surprises, the majority of the honors were bestowed on some of the year’s most talked about pieces of writing. For example, Colson Whitehead won for his ground-breaking…

Scott’s Pawn & Jewelry: Founded by Steve Scott

Scott’s Pawn & Jewelry was founded by Steve Scott and his wife Teresa in 1993 as a small, one-stop shop for trade-in items and goods. Today, the company has eight locations in Birmingham, Alabama. Scott has worked in many business capacities, including as a consultant and salesman. He loves running his own business and continually… Continue reading Scott’s Pawn & Jewelry: Founded by Steve Scott