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Water Cooler: Travel reads

UPDATED: Tue., April 13, 2021

Although global travel has yet to fully reopen amid the pandemic, you can still enjoy globetrotting daydreams whether you want to become more travel savvy or you just need a mental vacation.
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Fly-fishers are hooked by this Belizean atoll

For some, the notion of an isolated, utterly private Caribbean atoll may conjure up fantasies of tropical indolence – chaise lounges on a white-sand beach, umbrella drinks and perhaps a paperback.

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Water Cooler: Celebrate spring around the world

UPDATED: Mon., April 5, 2021

Spring is a season celebrated around the globe. It seems there isn’t a culture on Earth that can resist the joy brought on by the first hints of green on the thawing ground and bare branches. Learn how different cultures welcome spring.
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Why some seasonal hotels across the U.S. are staying open this winter

Hotels and resorts across the United States have been getting creative this past year in an effort to entice travelers to visit. This winter, hospitality brands are finding ways to innovate and offer new experiences during the pandemic as the industry continues to weather the fight against closures, furloughs and layoffs.
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A day at the Colosseum with custodians who have Roman ruins all to themselves

ROME – Only a few living souls are inside the Colosseum these days: a team of security guards, some maintenance workers and a family of hedgehogs who live in the bowels and have grown bolder without so many people around. In normal times, the Colosseum would be teeming with visitors – 3,000 at any minute, 7.5 million in a year.
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These D.C. museum websites provide a virtual fix of inaugural pomp and pageantry

Tourists usually pack into Washington’s museums in the days leading up to inauguration, cooing over the first ladies’ gowns at the National Museum of American History or lining up to see the new president’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. While most museums remain closed for the foreseeable future, there are virtual exhibitions.
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UNESCO adds traditions to cultural heritage lists

It sounds like the setup of a riddle: What do the grass-mowing custom in Bosnia and Finland’s sauna culture have in common with Nar Bayrami, a pomegranate festival in Azerbaijan, and Budima Dance, a warrior dance practiced in Zambia? The answer isn’t as cryptic as you might think. 
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Water Cooler: Resources for learning a new language this year

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 4, 2021

2021 has come and although most international travel is still limited, learning a new language can still make for a worthwhile New Year’s resolution. It might be a great way to put some optimistic intention toward the possibility of future travels, not to mention the great mental and cultural benefits that come along with language learning. As Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once put it, “A different language is a different vision of life.”