Why You Should Spend Time in A Surf Spot, Even If You Don’t Shred the Gnar

  Surfers are unique people. Despite all the stereotypes and clichés, they neglect to note that surfers are the best for picking out the best beaches. It’s almost like their "spidey-senses" tingle when a good wave passes by. While surfers know them as Pipeline, Swamis, or Turtles; you might know them as Haleiwa, Hawaii; Encinitas, California and Montauk, New York. Long Island is, traditionally speaking, not known as a surf spot. Instead, they’re known for terrible TLC shows, excellen

Street Food

Street food is nerve wracking. More often than not, it will come from a bubbling pot or pan. You don’t know when that thing’s been cleaned. The owner over the stall will likely have horrifying fingernails. The meat will be of a dubious nature. And it will be the most mouth-watering, delicious thing you have ever put in your mouth, ever. America’s relationship with street food is best represented at a carnival. Everything is on a stick and likely deep fried. There are boundless listi

By: rmarides13 Aug 2015 Tags: , , , , , Read More

You’re Not Cool Enough for Berlin

A brief history lesson: seventy years ago, Berlin was partitioned into 4 separate and not-so-equal parts. The London Protocol deemed Berlin to be fair game because the city was basically destroyed. They needed a restart. The Soviets got most of East Berlin and the Allies (the US, the UK, and France) got to split the rest. The Soviets proceeded to do what they do best and dismantle any sources of happiness and industry. They also built really huge, gray, depressing buildings. When the USSR reali

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Two of the Coolest Hotels for Total Nerds

The Non-Copyright Infringing Harry Potter Hotel in London [caption id="attachment_5801" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo cred: http://goo.gl/swOLq0[/caption] For those of you who were devastated to not have an owl swoop in your window on your 11th birthday to hand you your Hogwarts letter, this will do. The Georgian House Hotel, a bed and breakfast in Central London, calls their rooms “Wizard Chambers”, most likely to avoid the wrath of Warner Brothers and JK Rowling’s lawyers. There

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Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: Iran

In January 29, 2002, President Bush first used the term “axis of evil” in his State of the Union Address. He then continued to think it was a good idea to repeat the term over and over and over again during his presidency. As a history course refresher, he decided that Iran, Iraq and North Korea were the axis of evil and MUST BE DESTROYED!!! And thus begins the third of our trifecta, “Going Where No Man Has Gone Before: Iran” Recently, Iran has been thoroughly peppered throughout the n

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JFK changes travel with bone-shaped pools and “pawdicures”

John F. Kennedy International Airport is about to revolutionize the travel industry. Not because they pissed off their contractors so much that they briefly went on strike a few weeks ago. Nor because Nate Silver’s blog, FiveThirtyEight, recently ranked it as the second slowest major airport in the USA. Instead, they are doing something so much better. They’re making a doggie terminal. The New York Post recently reported that JFK is investing $48 million in an ARK terminal which caters exc

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Going Where No Man Has Gone Before Part II: North Korea

North Korea is called the Hermit Kingdom for good reason. Much like a hermit crab, they are weird, insane looking and have a crusty, near impenetrable shell. No one really wants to go in there and see what’s inside, but that sick, twisted curiosity inside you (the kind that slows down at car crashes) says to DO IT. It’s very important that you listen to that sick, twisted curiosity, even if the State Department advises against it at this time. Because North Korea is opening up. Thus begi

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Lookin’ Fly On The Road: New Accessories and Other Travel Swag

You don’t want to be in a suit all of the time. The ties choke. The panty hose run. Sometimes, you just have to relax a little bit. But at the same time, you don’t want to be hauling around neck pillows and attachable reading lights all in the name of pseudo relaxation. You want compact-ability and functionality. And, as an added bonus, you’ll look cute too. The Andiamo iQ is, to not be dramatic, the suitcase of the future. Six hundred dollars will get you all sorts of suitcase wonderfuln

Going Where No Man Has Gone Before. Kinda. Part I: Cuba

Globalization has allowed for cheaper goods, faster travel and better ease of access. The world is much smaller than it was 20 years ago. And it’s good to take advantage of this. In the wise words of Drake, you only live once. So get out of your comfort zone! Seize the day! What’s the best way to do this? Vacation in the Axis of Evil, obviously. Thus begins, a three part series on different silly and allegedly terror filled countries that are begging for your American dollars. Now, you’

By: rmarides17 Jul 2015 Tags: , Read More

Two Different Utterly Ridiculous Ways the Airline-Powers-That-Be Are Trying To Ruin Your Life

On June 1st, the news finally broke: The TSA is terrible. According to ABC News, “An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials.” They had an overwhelming, and all too unsurprising, success rate of five percent. The same internal investigation concluded that despit