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Istanbul: A Tale of Two Continents

A metropolis built by emperors and sultans that lives on two continents, Istanbul, embraces the beauty of its complex history From above, Istanbul looks like a precious stone, its cascade of domes and rooftops glimmering in the summer sun. Around it are the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the two …

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Lessons from Kilimanjaro

Outside the classroom, 17-year-old Cristobal Halffter embarks on an outdoor education and an adventure of a lifetime Aray of sunlight shone on the horizon as I sat resting on the rocky earth of Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain and volcano in Africa. It was the sixth hour of the sixth and …

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Brunei: Beyond the Stereotypes

Curtis Chin returns to the oil-rich sultanate amidst controversy and change Brunei’s capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, the Venice of the East How exactly do you eat this?” A bowl of gelatinous, glutinous starch stared up at me. This though was not just any bowl of starch. This was ambuyat—the national …

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