Radio.Garden
Jan07

Radio.Garden

I was 12 years old, in early days of analog FM broadcasts, when I bought my first component radio. Many nights were spent tuning in different stations, getting different viewpoints. My favorite: KPPC, broadcasting from high above the Los Angeles basin. Billing itself counterculture and playing long full album-side non-conformist tracks, it was “underground” music. Those were different days, or so I thought, until a friend sent me a...

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Flipping Off the Intensity Switch
May05

Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights,...

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The Amber-Eyed Prince
Sep19

The Amber-Eyed Prince

In the Kalahari our eyes met and I melted. My knees would buckle if I wasn’t already sitting. For a second there, I thought he was about to jump into the car through the open window and tear me apart, but I didn’t care – he was just that beautiful. Young, three-four month, maybe less, but by his amber eyes you could clearly see why he is up for the throne of the king in this desert. For more stories about...

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Great White Diving

A rough boat ride from South Africa’s town of Kleinbaai brought me into stormy open sea next to a small island with a fur seal colony. Crammed into a steel cage like sardines in a can with a few other brave souls, I submerged to see great white sharks. To my surprise, I wasn’t scared when the first shark showed up. There was no “TA-NA-NA-NA, TA-NA-NA-NA” playing in my head, nor was there a seemingly deadly...

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Getting Down and Dirty

Pockets full of dynamite and coca leaves, looking like a construction worker who is about to rob a train, in a hard hat and a bandana over my face, I went down the dark narrow shaft. The silver mines of Bolivia’s Potosi, the highest large town in the world (over 4,000m), were claustrophobic and dusty. They swerved on and on, disappearing in the dark. Fixed to the ceilings were rubber tubes carrying high-voltage electric cables,...

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Barcelona’s Concert Hall

BARCELONA’S CONCERT HALL CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY Palau de la Música Has Year-Long Program of Events, Concerts, Exhibitions Barcelona’s Palau de la Música, the city’s striking Modernist concert hall (and UNESCO world heritage site) is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a year-long slate of events, art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural projects. More than 40 of the city’s arts, cultural and sporting organizations are...

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European River Cruises

Save $200 on 2009 CIE Tours European River Cruises Get a head start on travel savings for 2009. CIE Tours International is making a big splash by offering discounts of $200 per couple ($100 per person) on Europe’s popular river cruises, exploring the waters of the Danube, Rhine or Moselle rivers as well as the Black Sea. Leading the list of over a dozen different cruises is The Legendary Danube, a 9-day/7-night cruise that...

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Garden Shows Across Germany

Where ever you’re going to travel in Germany this year, the probability of there being some magnificent gardens on show is very high. All over the country, regional garden shows are more than just displays of flowers and plants. Their aim is to promote quality of life and the ecological climate of the towns and cities where they take place. This year’s Rhineland-Palatinate State Garden Show in Bingen (18 April to 19 October) is set up...

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Oceana Donation Packages

IN CELEBRATION OF ‘WORLD OCEAN DAY,’ THE TIDES BRAND DONATES PORTION OF MARINE-INSPIRED PACKAGES TO OCEANA – Percentage of proceeds goes to ocean conservation group through ongoing partnership; packages pay tribute to ocean habitats – The Tides, one of Kor Hotel Group’s elite hotel brands, will honor “World Ocean Day” on June 8, 2008 with vacation packages that will generate donations to Oceana, the ocean conservation...

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Newfoundland Sailing Expedition

JOIN A SAILING EXPEDITION AND DISCOVER NEWFOUNDLAND 1,000 YEARS AFTER LEIF ERICKSON’S VIKINGS LANDED THERE Newfoundland is the “ Far East ” of the western world. In fact, most Newfoundlanders live closer to Ireland than they do to, say, Manitoba or Minnesota . Newfoundland and Labrador is a land of seafaring people who respect boat trips made under canvas. It was more than 1,000 years ago that the Vikings, led by Leif Erickson, landed...

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