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Chili-laden cuisine, phallic imagery, and legal stimulants: navigating one of the world's most isolated nations.
As Scotland debates whether to hold a new referendum on its independence, we revisit a British photographer's project in border towns of the UK.
Jan Chipchase journeys to the rough edges of globalization in China
On the 25th anniversary of Lifeline Express, a photographer's journey aboard India’s fabled medical train.
Buses, buses, and buses—public transit from the DMZ to Haeundae Beach
When to hit night markets, the deal with singing garbage trucks, soup dumpling technique, and other must-knows for Taiwan's city that never stops.
When Disney passed on Ma Wan island, the Hong Kong government built the world’s most surreal creationist attraction
A writer rediscovers her hometown through cuisine and conversation.
Step right up for venison, cheap drinks, and drunken middle-aged revelry on Sweden’s finest cruise.
As Iceland continues its Cinderella story at the Euros, Mark Franek reflects on six summers of semi-pro football in the country of northern lights and Hidden Folk.
For tiburoneros, Mexico’s shark fishermen, the biggest threats may be unseen.
On the hunt through Saigon, in search of the past, present, and future of the banh mi.
In Kabul, a dispute over the future of a grand but bullet-ridden palace reflects Afghanistan's divisions over whether to bury or memorialize its turbulent history.
Thanks to Rumah Api, a punk venue space in Kuala Lumpur, the quality of extreme music on offer in Malaysia has increased drastically.
Meet the French Hmong adapting ancient healing techniques for the modern world
Built with its back turned to the Black Sea, the unloved city of Poti is attempting to reinvent itself.
Will outlaw motorcycle gangs threaten Lebanon’s booming biker scene?
The historic mansions of the West Bengali megacity are reminders of a richer, more flamboyant past
Smart travel along a legendary Asian trade route that takes you to noodles in Sichuan, sweet duck in Yunnan, and on bone-jolting bus rides.
Thanks to a visionary botanist, a man-made forest sits in the middle of the Nebraska prairie.
Rice and curry decoded, tuk-tuk tips, and informed travel in the land of serendipity.
For Robert Lucio and his golf course on the Rio Grande, a U.S.-Mexico border fence proved the ultimate hazard
Skip the ubiquitous supermarket version and gorge on the crispy, yolky, dripping-with-oil brik that writer Sarah Souli’s grandmother makes
Enjoy the silence, but always have a whisky stash: a cheat-sheet to the less-visited end of Scotland's Outer Hebrides.
In southeastern Turkey, young Syrian refugees are juggling, trapezing and stilt-walking toward self-confidence.
For those who can't afford the Hajj, there's always the Umrah pilgrimage
From Lebanon to Palestine, a small but vibrant craft beer movement is emerging—and disrupting the culture
Every year during Maggio Di Accettura in Southern Italy, an oak and a holly tree are joined in a wedding ceremony.
Bollywood shrines, political potato snacks, dangerous selfies: Mansi Choksi decodes Mumbai life and Mumbai-speak.
A Croatian shoe factory survives two wars, Communism and its own deeply uncool reputation.
The High Holy Days, apocalyptic portents, and civil unrest: just another trip to the Holy Land.
In Buenos Aires, a radio show broadcast from a psychiatric hospital helps break down the stigma of mental illness
Holy rivers, unholy bhang lassi, goats in sweaters: navigating India's surreal city on the Ganges.
Inside Istanbul's booming hair-transplant industry.
Photographer Jeremy Suyker visits six countries in 10 days with a group of Chinese tourists
After contracting a deadly disease, these gold miners in South Africa and Lesotho are fighting for compensation.
Unlikely rap stars, important dumplings, feast etiquette: a smart guide to Georgia's capital.
Residents aren’t so sure they want to find out.
How 100,000 Kenyans are redefining what it means to be a Quaker
Joshua Hammer wrote a book about the bad-ass librarians who saved precious manuscripts from jihadists, and brought back some bad-ass travel intel.
A story of cops, kelp, fear and the bizarre abalone-for-meth trade that links poor South Africans with a growing Chinese appetite for the status-symbol shellfish
Pioneering chef José Andrés went to Cuba with President Obama's delegation. After Obama left, José stayed on for a home-cooked night of rum, salpicón and politics.
In a war-torn country, men risk their lives in pursuit of a delicacy.
In Myanmar's Kachin State, the jade industry funds conflict, drugs and corruption.
Living big, eating big, and traveling smart in Pakistan's Punjab capital
In Soviet times, sanatoriums were the concrete, clinical heart of Soviet holiday culture. For many in the region, they still are.
In a society that feels increasingly lost in life, love, and finances, a self-help industry booms
A Croatian photographer retraces the footsteps of a British writer in Yugoslavia to try to reassemble a country that no longer exists.
A myth-busting field guide to a city of intense pride, Umbrella startups, and sushi.
Watching a changing nation from a single waterway in the wilds of northeast Scotland
The Malibay Cenaculo is the longest running Lent celebration of its kind, but few outside the gritty city have heard about it.
A pounded dough that sustained ancient Hawaiians on their journeys across the Pacific is making a comeback as part of a locavore movement
The once-glorious beach towns of Kep and Kampot struggle to shake their troubled pasts.
A scientist follows the ghost of a forgotten explorer.
Meet the champions of spear throwing, flint knapping, and stone throwing.
A photographer travels to the Canadian Arctic to document one musician's quest to make ice sing
In Kosovo, a troubled nation looks to its Ottoman past for inspiration.
Mail boats are essential to the Bahamas’ sprawling archipelago, transporting everything from propane to livestock to coffins
Photographer Karl Mancini documents the most mysterious and disturbing religious rituals of southeast Italy.
A photographer documents the coming of age of South Sudanese refugees who settled in his hometown in Australia 10 years ago.
A former Bollywood star remembers her past from a storefront in the Garden State.
Why are furious mobs in Vietnam murdering the desperate men accused of stealing dogs bound for the dinner table?
Three photographers—two Chinese and one American—document the African community in Guangzhou.
Photographer Ritayan Mukherjee documents his journey on the Gwalior Sheopur Kalan Passenger train, which runs on the longest remaining narrow gauge route in the world.
Forget Mykonos: Sarah Souli's intel on drinking, eating, dancing (and cursing) in northern Greece
A photographer spends time with the temporary residents of a hotel-turned-refugee center in a remote village of northern Norway
The Red Sea port city of Jeddah is a cacophonously cosmopolitan mix of cultures.
Photographing the makeshift constructions of the Calais refugees
Whimsical street food, Confucian thought, booze as cheap as water: insights for South Korea's wired-up capital
During the Historical Carnival of Ivrea, revelers pelt each other with something much harder, and oranger, than tomatoes
Thanks to her job as a teacher, photographer Eleonora Strano uncovered a country rarely seen by foreigners.
Civil war has led to the legalization of a dangerous shadow industry.
From Scotland to Uganda, 11 nations vent on the Donald
A scientific project in the jungles of Guyana allows visitors to actively engage in the capture and research of black caimans
In the heart of Beijing, a photographer finds tranquility among a group of elderly swimmers.
Traveling to Senegal in search of a president, a poet, and a patrimony.
An Indian photographer documents life in the world's largest open air laundromat
Throw away your map, embrace Chinggis vodka, and beware the Death Worm: Mark Hay's cheat-sheet for Mongolia's boomtown.
In a Kiev pizzeria, veterans struggle to adapt to life away from the Eastern front.
In Southwest Bolivia, the world’s largest salt flats are a source of beauty, money and misery
A Muslim writer travels to a Hindu holy site in troubled Balochistan province, looking for signs of a more peaceful past.
Havana's Superman to Riding Sandworms: R&K editors pick some of their favorite articles and photo stories from 2015.
In Italy, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pilgrims flock to the Madonna of Transformation
Inside the uphill fight against Hollywood’s chronic misuse of birdsongs.
A photographer documents Japan's new breed of high-tech vertical cemeteries.
He was famous beyond Cuba’s shores for his mighty endowment, a symbol of an era of sex and sin. But when the revolution came, he disappeared.
Architects and housing planners are a taking inspiration from fading traditions to rebuild Canada’s north.
A look at the Mexican matriarchal society that inspired Frida Kahlo.
What happens when aging anti-Perónists stop being polite and start getting real.
Tatars fleeing the annexed peninsula are bringing their culture to the rest of Ukraine.
Decades of turmoil drove thousands of Cambodians to the great melting pot of New York. Today, one holy place in Brooklyn preserves a fading cultural heritage.
Learning Singlish, navigating hawker centers, and the deal with the chewing gum ban: intel for Southeast Asia's city-state
Gelato wars, confusing train stations, and drinking beer out of schooners: decoding Australia's largest city.
In the limitless, drug-fuelled summer before the publication of his first book, the young writer Karl Taro Greenfeld buries looming disappointments with Europe’s drifters in Ibiza
Every year, hundreds of veteran cars make the legendary 60-mile journey from London to the seaside town of Brighton.
In the south of Indonesia's Sulawesi island, an ethnic group called the Toraja honor ancestors by digging out their corpses every three years.
Europe’s largest fire festival might feature Vikings, Ninjas, and men in dress, but it also represents the soul of this remote Scottish archipelago.
Life hasn’t always been easy for Budapest’s Chinese migrants, but food is helping bring two cultures together
A Food-Obsessed collaboration with HarperCollins and Microsoft
Despite millions in investment from China, Tanzania’s rail system is inefficient, expensive, and a pretty good time.
Legendary photojournalist David Burnett turns his lens on his adopted city and plays host to a group of international photographers
During new year celebrations, members of the Sufi order of Rifa'i pursue a highly painful form of devotion.
A strange desert road trip on the trail of the father of American rocketry
Win tickets to celebrate our new book and accompanying digital guide in an evening with Anthony Bourdain.
During Yadnya Kasada, the Tengger people of Indonesia climb Mount Bromo and throw money, rice, fruit, vegetables, goats, chickens, and even cows into the volcano’s crater.
A photographer documents Georgia's only Motorcycle Club in their Tbilisi headquarters
The last intact Geechee community fights for survival on Georgia’s coast.
Karachi hosts the world's greatest—and most ostentatious—version of the Abrahamic slaughter ritual, fueling a turf war between criminals and strongmen of political and religious parties.
A photographer's longterm exploration of the little-known islands of Zanzibar.
It may not be Epcot, but Meixin Foreigner Street—featuring Christ the Redeemer’s smaller twin and the world’s largest public bathroom—hints at what China thinks of the rest of us
The capital of Somaliland challenges media-soaked preconceptions about the region - but visitors should be prepared to eat a lot of camel meat, and mind the acrobats.
In a club in Harlem, immigrants from the troubled nation Burkina Faso gather to talk politics and hip hop.
The trains come and go, but the most fascinating people in Myanmar's Central train station aren't the travelers.
Searching for signs of Truman Capote in the Spanish fishing village where he wrote his masterpiece.
Inside the national park trying to bring peace and prosperity to conflict-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.
When Delta ended its direct route to JFK, it represented the end of an era for longtime Russia expats like Resa Alboher
In a country with crumbling infrastructure, cargo barges are vital for ferrying goods and unofficial passengers along the Democratic Republic of Congo’s aquatic superhighway.
Smith Island is the quickly vanishing home of one the last living remnants of colonial U.S. history.
Panama's largest indigenous group battle big business for control of their homeland
You can take the psychedelic drug guru out of the jungle, but can you take the jungle out of the psychedelic drug guru?
The Leadville Trail 100 takes competitors though creeks, forest, and meadows at vomit-inducing altitudes.
Once regarded as a symbol of backwardness, Iceland’s historic turf-roofed homes are making a comeback
Hell is real, it turns out, and it’s located in a garden just north of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Meet Clean Teacher Monk and his handcrafted nightmare.
Decoding Tunisia's ancient capital, where pedestrians do not have the right of way but you can smother your food with harissa and party with Italian nuns.
For China’s one percent, the sport of kings is a gateway to the global elite.
During the International Military Pilgrimage, one of Catholicism's holiest sites reveals a different face.
From St Petersburg to Beijing, Alissa Greenberg spent seven weeks on one of the world's great train journeys learning which trains to take, what to eat - and even what to wear.
The city of Bethlehem wants the world to know it's more than a Biblical theme park.
What it’s like to live with the Italian devotee of an African death cult in Brooklyn.
Rejecting the nauseating mix of new age spiritualism and old age religion that defines the Camino de Santiago, Bert Archer embarks on the lesser-known Via de la Plata
Les Manning’s stories of adventure in the Amazon were enough to land him a spot in the famed Explorer’s Club. But the stories weren’t really his.
Photographer Mike Huniewicz travels across Mauritania in a wagon filled with iron ore.
A writer journeys to the Louisiana backcountry looking for the legend of America’s outlaw couple
In the jade waters off Florida's coast, Mya Guarnieri discovers a series of islands with no names and curious histories.
Bells, yells, and feasts - intel for the navel of the Mediterranean.
In a cramped office in a market in Nairobi, the rebel army of South Sudan conducts fragile diplomacy over spring rolls
India’s Auroville was envisioned as an international community free of government, money, religion, and strife. It hasn’t exactly worked out quite as planned.
A sports photographer experiments with film in order to stave off boredom on assignment.
A music photographer turns his lens to what was behind him the whole time: the crowd.
Getting lost in Stone Town and getting on Swahili time: smart travel on the Spice Islands
How Manoj Chopra went from male beauty contests and fistfights to flipping cars and inspiring millions of Indians.
In northern Burkina Faso, an eccentric spiritual leader's unusual vision reflects the country’s unique approach to Islam.
In Uruguay’s remote interior, the horse is king and endurance races are the social events of the season.
Women's soccer is playing for keeps on and off the field - a dispatch from the Women's World Cup.
Hitchhiking, horses, and yak everything: essential knowledge for getting by in Khampa Tibet
To salvage a disastrous surf trip to Norway, Eric Greene laced up his Vans to climb gorgeous peaks and embark on a cross-country trip.
Every year, a historic and violent tournament is held in the Italian city, pitting four neighborhoods against each other.
In chess-crazed Armenia, Levon Aronian, a modest 32-year-old master, is a magazine-cover superstar worthy of Kim Kardashian’s attention
Young foodies and immigrants are defying Israel’s deepest culinary taboo.
In the far reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, the decaying compounds of brutal dictators reflect an era of corruption and greed that haunts the region today
Revolutionary writer Alejandro Murguía emerged from San Francisco’s famously eclectic—and rapidly gentrifying—neighborhood to become the city’s first Latino poet laureate
In rural Ontario, a decrepit nuclear fallout shelter awaits the end times
To help save pregnant women in remote Ugandan villages, public health programs are turning to motorcycle taxis, a notoriously dangerous mode of transport.
In Lebanon, Not Even Construction Projects Are Immune To Sectarian Disputes
Inside the complicated communities surrounding Okinawa’s controversial U.S. military facilities.
Our first installment of Dispatched, a new longform series curated by Anthony Bourdain, from an ayahuasca training center in the Peruvian Amazon
The Wakhan is as close to a tourist destination as you’re likely to find in Afghanistan, and an entirely worthy one at that.
“Being on a press trip is my least favorite way to travel, and Branson was the last place I wanted to go.”
The country’s plan to build a shiny new capital in the desert is one of a string of dubious megacity projects.
A journey to Mt. Shasta City, the New Age capital of California, where ancient enlightened beings dwell in underground cities and humans squabble over who truly represents them.
Stalking Australia’s Real Life Post-Apocalyptic Nuclear Wasteland
Stuart Freedman photographs India's coffee houses, where lawyers, journalists, city officials and artists once congregated to debate the state of the country.
Tourism is creeping toward the fraught northern border between India and Pakistan.
Photographer Eduardo Leal dives into May Day in Berlin, where revolution looks a lot like revelry.
Dubai’s Comic Con draws 50,000 fans and cult figures like William Shatner and Gillian Anderson. But the real attraction is the futuristic city’s homegrown talent.
An Israeli photographer documents Azerbaijan through the small artifacts and experiences of daily life.
The chaotic subway system is a lifeline for the city’s marginalized poor—and increasingly caught up in politics
Don't be a numpty: our guide to Scotland's capital from disco chip shops to secret tunnels.
Souvid Datta shares moments from a month spent in the country's capital.
Mong La, a gambling town dubbed a ‘City of Sin’ in the heart of the Golden Triangle, is evolving with China’s rise
At Suame Magazine, more than 200,000 skilled workers armed with welding guns and hammers make up the heart of the country’s informal economy
A city of more than 50 shades of gray and Italy's undisputed drinking capital, our guide to essential Milan intel.
To curtail a growing pigeon problem, Dubai is turning to an ancient bird of prey.
Ecuador never got the credit it deserved for its exquisite traditional straw hats, and now, they're in danger of disappearing for good
A fear of the ocean and restricted coastlines once prevented people from heading to the beach, but a group of surfers are turning the tide on this subtropical island
Behold the North Carolina Museum of Creation and Taxidermy Hall of Fame, where an Ark-load of stuffed animals offers ‘evidence’ of the Lord’s handiwork
A portrait of the megacity of Chongqing in southwest China, where millions are witnessing unprecedented urbanization and having to adapt to new worlds.
Bordering war-torn Crimea, the world’s oldest steppe reserve—home to zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests—fights for survival.
Crawling up mountains or lying in deserted plateaus, Kyrgyzstan's ancestral cemeteries reflect the country's complex religious and cultural identities.
The Serbian capital has seen a thing or two. From pork and coffee to Attila the Hun, the essentials for enjoying and understanding the White City.
Pollution and overfishing threatens the lives of millions around Africa’s Lake Victoria.
The concept of Shokunin, an artisan deeply and singularly dedicated to his or her craft, is at the core of Japanese culture. But they're a dying breed.
A Pakistani expat finds an unlikely home (and halal food) in Cuba’s capital
Ever since Kurdish fighters pushed back against ISIS last summer, the media has struggled to pinpoint exactly who the peshmerga are. Over the course of six months, Jacob Russell photographed the every day life of…
Two cousins trek to a remote island mountain in B.C. for the shortest ski of their lives
What will the decriminalization of marijuana mean for Jamaica’s Rastafarians?
As a child, Marcio Pimenta wondered about the men working in the sugar cane fields near his home in eastern Brazil. Thirty years later, he decided to photograph them.
From ice-commuting to sipping human-toe cocktails, what you need to know before moving into your very own cave in the Yukon.
As Cuba opens its doors to the U.S., a Cuban-American considers her own shifting relationship with the island nation
Photographer Liza Van Der Stock’s intimate project about a porn-producing family in Flanders was shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.
A year after its destruction, Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art remains a bombed-out shell.
On the tiny islands of Pabellon in the Philippines, the art of harvesting birds' nests has endured for hundreds of years.
Every year, the Vatican's priests, deacons and seminarians from across the world compete in a soccer tournament. Spend a week with the 2014 winners.
At the most influential Live Action Role-Playing gathering of its kind, the weirdest thing isn’t wizards or witches—it’s new-found fame
An amateur team in Turkish Kurdistan competes against a backdrop of police violence and a moribund peace process.
In Egypt’s frontier, a centuries-old code of tribal law is losing its sway
In Kolkata, a tranquil and crumbling British cemetery is a haunting monument to an unforgiving time
A controversial museum funded by an eccentric millionaire, featuring a poo machine and the chocolate-coated entrails of a suicide bomber, has bolstered tourism in Tasmania, much to critics’ dismay.
In the foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Southeast Asia’s tallest mountain, an artist collective fights punk’s global homogenization by mixing local political issues with DIY art
The Ghan—a three-day, 1,850-mile train journey—is the best way to experience the vastness of the Australian outback
On farms outside Bogotá, Valentine’s Day is less hearts and kisses and more big bucks and sore backs.
Agencies touting the services of foreign domestic workers have come under fire for exploitation, but change has come slowly.
An Italian photographer goes to Ecuador to track down ‘vegetable ivory’, a plant that could one day replace elephant ivory in global markets.
What a storytelling festival in Edinburgh can teach you about Scotland’s past and future.
The tallest apartment building in Africa was built as a modernist tribute to apartheid. Now it’s something far more important.
Thailand has one of the highest rates of traffic fatalities. Volunteer ambulance crews like the Pingnakorn Emergency Rescue are always in demand
Navigating an era of Christians, Krishna, plants and peace with an obscure Colombian spiritual movement
A journey through Brazil’s mind-blowing Inhotim art park with the eccentric mining tycoon who built it all.
On a fog-bound island off the Irish coast, trying to avoid the fate of so many other islands: permanent evacuation.
A rising generation of young martial artists are hoping to drop kick their way onto the big screen.
Growing up in rural China, where anti-Japanese sentiment raged, Karoline Kan developed an unlikely friendship that challenged everything she’d learned about a hated enemy.
In Italy, grassroots cannabis social clubs dispense medical marijuana (and sometimes cheese) to ailing patients
Centuries of squalor and imperialism have given gin a bad name. But now, liquor stores are stocked with brands featuring fancy bottles, funky names, and one-of-a-kind botanical blends.
As basketball rises in popularity in Bolivia, teams are recruiting more and more American players, who have to learn a new language on and off the court - and overcome altitude sickness.
Long past its glory days and plagued by spasms of violence, Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar is at risk of being lost to history
The Chicago-born photographer attends conventions throughout the country, uncovering the many worlds hidden below the mainstream level of society.
As a child growing up in Pakistan, the railway held a special place in Annie Khan’s imagination—even though she never actually rode a train. Last year, she returned to Karachi and boarded the country’s most…
Awsard, a small village in Western Sahara, is located 170 miles from the nearest food market. A five minute walk, however, will take you to a massive Moroccan army base.
The borough’s go-to man for the hallucinogenic potion is a ponytailed 33-year-old former Orthodox Jew. Go figure.
Hainan Island—best known for pirates, poets, and Miss World pageants—is now an unlikely player in China’s quest for supremacy in Southeast Asia.
For two centuries fisherman in the South Asian nation have relied on the whiskered river dwellers. Today, the practice is at risk of fading away.
As the country’s mining industry booms, so does the sex trade. Journalist Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore spends a night in a flourishing Perth brothel.
Participants in street soccer’s Homeless World Cup may not resemble the hair gelled superstars that played in Brazil last summer. But as Martin Fritz Huber discovered on the sidelines in Santiago, no home doesn’t equal…
Photographer Paul O'Mara lives five miles from the Rome International Speedway in Northwest Georgia. His report of a season at the track.
R&K’s biggest hits of 2014, including jihadi gift shops, Chernobyl trespassing, and a laboratory of steak in Lima.
In a nondescript chapel in a blue collar neighborhood rests the largest collection of relics outside the Vatican.
How a trash heap in Thailand became the scene of a philanthropic turf war
The Cuban-American artist Edel Rodriguez recounts his trip back to Havana after emigrating 34 years ago, putting a human face to the highly political news of détente between the two countries.
How a savory rice and meat dish remains a fragile thread between modern Sri Lanka and 16th century Dutch Burgher settlers.
Mount Athos, a womanless monastic republic within the Greek state, features hallowed rituals, the odd brawl, and occasional visits from Vladimir Putin.
In the depth of Azerbaijan's earth boils a holy fire that has shaped the country's history and people for millennia.
Even for a veteran of foreign assignments, sometimes just getting there can be the hardest part.
An ambitious program is bringing modern tech to Mongolia’s 800,000-strong nomadic population.
Ryann Ford spent the last five years photographing the country's rest stops, before they disappear completely.
After suffering two decades of sporadic violence, Egypt’s Bedouins are trying to build an ecotourism industry and break down stigmas about their homeland.
This stretch of pristine sand beach in Sri Lanka is a tourist’s dream. But as Marco Ferrarese discovers, it also has a dark side.
A Troubled Region in Turkey, a Missing Climber, and the Elusive Quest for Noah’s Ark
Putting it all on horse number four at the Chiang Mai race track.
Deepti Patwardhan reflects on India’s unusual and uncomfortable relationship with Europe’s darkest period.
From ponytailed girls teams to beer leagues to the vaunted junior ranks, hockey is in Ontario’s blood.
An excerpt from SkyMaul 2, the sequel to the in-flight shopping catalogue parody you didn't even know existed.
Stranded on a floating glacier? This crew of Icelandic volunteers is here to save you.
At France’s Piémanson beach, families build cabins on the sand and wait for the day their paradise will be shut down for good.
Two decades after being labeled the most dangerous place on earth, Kashmir is seeking redemption and entreating foreign tourists to return
Musician Gruff Rhys traces an ancestor's quixotic journey through America in search of a lost Welsh-speaking tribe.
As the legion of women bikers grows nationwide, writer Amy Maxmen opens the throttle with one manic, traffic-weaving New York City club.
As the city’s Muslim population soars, burial services are in growing demand. Meet the motley crew that ushers the dead to the afterlife.
After working as a correspondent in Africa, a British writer discovers an album of photographs mysteriously taken in Sierra Leone during the 19th century.
Meet Rob, who sells weed and ketamine to an eager audience of expats in Beijing. His only problem? The police are cracking down.
The “smoking bar" on Antarctica's McMurdo Station was raucous and depraved. For Hunter R. Slaton, it was perfect.
On the eve of the World Series, San Francisco native Lincoln Mitchell writes about the western reaches of the city in which he grew up.
A trip to an Ethiopian city for a feeding ritual that shows that we can all get along, at least when there’s enough food to go around.
In Istanbul, a once-mighty newspaper that serves the country’s dwindling Greek community is in danger of collapse
The town of Barentsburg located high in the Arctic feels every bit like a Soviet town stuck in time. Except it's in Norway.
Photographer Michael Magers spends an afternoon diving for urchin with the incredible women divers—many of them in the 60s and older—of Mie Prefecture.
A traveler's tipsheet for deciphering one of the world's great megacities: São Paulo, Brazil
A homegrown Iraqi photo agency is telling stories no one else can
Europe’s white nationalists, led by a man from Montana, meet in Hungary to plot over pints. It does not go well.
A Nepalese tourism behemoth invites journalist James McGirk for a trip to the region where he grew up.
For centuries, the curved Dha was the sword of choice for the warriors of southeast Asia. In a small foundry in northeast Thailand, the art of making them lives on.
On the 50th anniversary of Che Guevara's secret mission to Congo, a photographer revisits the past.
A Vienna guide from Schnitzel to Paradeiser.
Inside the bizarre subculture that lives to explore Chernobyl’s Dead Zone.
Bamiyan, a small Afghan mountain town best known for its blown-up Buddhas, wants to be your next holiday destination.
Independent or not, Scots will continue to gather in the highlands for feats of strength and other forms of absurdity
I set out to write an honest profile of Shahid Kapoor, one of India’s biggest stars. His fans may never forgive me.
An unlikely project has turned the ancient village of Erriadh on Tunisia’s Djerba island into a sprawling open-air graffiti exhibition.
After Russia’s takeover of Crimea, a famous rave relocates to an increasingly conservative country, the Republic of Georgia.
Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the remote mountaintop the fictional Dracula may—or may not—have called home.
Deep in Galicia, devout Spaniards who have cheated death in the past year are paraded around in coffins to give thanks to God and to the miraculous sister of Lazarus.
Boston-born songwriter and poet Arto Vaun travels to Beirut to find a deeper truth about a relative he never met.
If you want to get close to regular North Koreans, forget Pyongyang. Try the beach resort of Wonsan, where Dear Leader’s people frolic in the surf.
All kinds of troops walk around the city of Goma. The military, the police, UN peacekeepers and soldiers. And then there are the Scouts.
As a five-year-old boy, Sam Dreiman saw first hand the two sides of the melancholic funnyman during a chance encounter at a hotel in Morocco.
Can Columbia’s most violent city become a tourist destination?
Guillermo Rigondeaux had so many amateur medals that he melted a couple down to make some gold teeth. It doesn’t get much fiercer than that. So why can’t he get a proper fight?
A photographer visits the biggest ice and snow festival in the world to explore contemporary China.
Roads and Kingdoms’ Alexa van Sickle braves sea urchins, jagged rocks and myopic U.S. foreign policy to surf Havana’s Calle 70 break.
This Tatar festival with pre-Islamic roots marking the summer solstice in central Russia’s Volga region has towel wrestling, pillow fights and tickle-monsters.
A solitary crocodile swam across 50 miles of open ocean to arrive at Ft. Jefferson. He’s worth studying, but first you have to catch him.
After losing her job at a U.S. newspaper, a French photographer joined the circus and documented life on the road while gaining a family.
A journey to Bangladesh’s Sundarbans, the world’s largest contiguous mangrove forest, where rising waters threaten the future of a fragile environment.
India, long an importer of sports, finally has one to send out to the rest of the world: roll ball, the bastard child of rollerskating and basketball.
The remote Pakistani desert of Achro Thar may not have much, but as the Dr. Haathi Singh and his famed camel ambulance prove, there’s ingenuity and kindness aplenty.
In South African townships, an ostentatious youth subculture is about much more than expensive clothing.
An invasive species is devouring the native inhabitants of Belize's reefs, and enterprising Belizeans are fighting back, in kind.
Their team succumbed to Germany on the pitch, but everywhere in Rio, Argentina was winning.
In the highlands around Mumbai, practitioners of Mallakhamb perform curious acrobatic feats using poles, ropes… and castor oil.
Buying, smoking, and somehow finding a way to break the law on the first day of legalized recreational marijuana sales in Washington State.
Boat-dwellers have been living on Britain’s canals since the industrial revolution. Will their unique culture be able to survive Britain’s latest boom and bust cycles?
On a mission to lose weight and get in shape, journalist Jeremy “Lion Heart” Hartley found himself squaring off in a Muay Thai bout. It wasn’t pretty.
A Russian and a Ukranian photographer spend a month in Paducah, Kentucky, to create a portrait of an artist community.
This is the week when the sweetest World Cup dreams die. A requiem, then, for the fallen.
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is debauched, depraved, and increasingly deadly. If only it were fun.
Nathan Thornburgh takes in the World Cup from Rio's Copacabana Beach, where the atmosphere is somewhere between Spring Break and the Fall of Saigon.
On a chain of islands in Tanzania, medicine men and women work to cure coughs, fight curses, and exact revenge on enemies.
A photographer documents the rapidly-changing region to pull it away from its status as a victim of Saddam and into today's reality.
Did the Haunting Landscape of Scotland’s Isle of Jura Inspire the Despair of Nineteen Eighty-Four?
Can a bunch of surfer kids help the country’s devastated tourism industry take off?
In western Canada, a controversy brews once again over the capture and cull of herds of wild horses.
Photographer Eric Kruszewski took a job at Davis Amusement Cascadia to document the poetry and pain of life on the road with the carnival.
As MMA takes hold in China, many old masters worry the country’s traditional fighting style is dying. But they’re missing a golden opportunity.
FC Alga Bishkek was once one of the best teams in Soviet Central Asia. But in the post-Soviet age, the club—much like Kyrgyzstan itself—is mired in the nostalgia of better times.
They used to hustle SIM cards or pick trash at the dump, but now they've got corporate speaking gigs and silk pocket squares. Meet the new motivational speakers of Nigeria.
French winemaker Jean-Marc Brignot relocated to a former penal colony in the Sea of Japan for a simple reason: he wanted to be free.
It's the carnival of the masses, but sometimes the only way to watch soccer is on your own.
In the middle of the billowing dunes of the Lençois do Maranhão National Park, one small village tries to survive in the empty vastness.
Photographer Mariella Furrer spent a decade exploring child sexual abuse in South Africa, turning her painful personal journey into a monumental book she called “My Piece of Sky.”
A century after Ernest Shackleton set sail from this unforgiving island, his disastrous voyage remains a lesson of the power of nature—and man’s ability to survive.
Strange days at Bangkok's Business Day newspaper
Brazil may be the spiritual homeland of global soccer. But its women have had to fight hard just to be taken seriously as footballers in their home country. One group—the Guerreiras—is helping lead the charge.…
Nathan Deuel with a boozy, turbulent tour of his two decades on board national air carriers, from Aeroflot to Royal Air Cambodge.
Just 130 km (80 miles) east of Kathmandu, the Indigenous People’s Trail is a world away from the pizza parlors and crowded guest houses of Nepal’s capital.
Rachel Williamson on the efforts of a group of artists and activists trying to restore an apartment from the golden age of Egyptian cinema.
Like much else in China, soccer has developed rapidly and attracted huge investment, but a fan culture has developed that is independent of—and sometimes a challenge to—the state.
It's been 28 years since the world’s most infamous nuclear catastrophe. For much of that time, a photojournalist has been returning to the scene.
As Muay Thai's popularity grows, a rare wave of foreign fighters have made their way to Thailand.
After years of mismanagement, Kenyan soccer is finally coming into its own.
Cuban painter, sculptor and satirist Reynerio Tamayo spoke to us about Opening Day, Cubans’ love for baseball, and the growing opportunities for Cuban artists in the world.
All the way from Toronto, an unlikely evangelist for the most Burmese of pastimes: chinlone, the wicker-ball hackey-sack dance-sport.
Correspondent Hannah Armstrong braves landmines, uranium wastelands and something called the "nest of camels" to make it to Niger's remote Festival of the Aïr.
For fifty years, the horse-riding salesmen of Egypt’s capital have gathered for heated street races. Max Siegelbaum takes in the spectacle.
From the Rudar Soccer Club to Sake Bar Satsko or La Gran Uruguaya Bakery, New York’s immigrant communities make it the best place on earth to watch the tournament.
Xaq Frohlich visits Valencia during Fallas, a colorful festival that marks the arrival of spring.
Philosopher Simon Critchley on the spectacle, poetry and importance of professional football
Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills may be the most iconic Tibetan town in India, but for an unfiltered glimpse of the real life of the Tibetan exiles, you have to head south to the former…
Photographer Andrew Stanbrige attends the Taungbyone Nat Festival in Burma, where ladyboys reenact the lives of two brothers slain centuries ago.
Lola Akinmade Åkerström went north—far north—in search of the real meaning of the Aurora Borealis.
Getting your dollars in Argentina is now as easy as ordering a pizza.
A photographer documents what may be the last generation of the Bajau sea nomads.
Cow dribbles, lettuce hands and the poetry of Brazilian soccer
A landscape photographer explores the outskirts of Moscow in a new book called "Pastoral."
How a town in cricket-mad Pakistan became the center of the global soccer ball industry
Michael Magers photographs Angola, a country that is trying to rebound with style.
A Nigerian photographer travels to seven West African countries to investigate the cultural importance of hair.
Falconry is making a comeback in the United States and elsewhere. Inside the strange regulatory world of modern government-sanctioned bird-hunting.
A photographer travels to São Tomé and Príncipe, the volcanic island nation off the western equatorial coast of Africa.
China is on a stadium-building binge in Africa. What will the glut of cookie-cutter stadia do to the African game?
For more than 500 years, the Bishnoi people have been following their founder's admonition to protect the environment at all costs
How Zola Mahobe changed South African soccer forever
Why travel to Suriname: The former Dutch colony now run by a drug-running dictator is trying to attract tourists.
Eerie and beautiful portraits of sleeping sunbathers on the Baltic Sea coast
Welcome to the dangerous, poetic world of forcados, Portuguese bullwrestlers.
Once again, Afro-European players are making Europe reexamine its identity.
Your complete survival guide to the Catalan capital.
Leyland Cecco traveled with the pilgrims to Ethiopia's Lalibela complex, envisioned as a new Jerusalem by the ancient king who built it.
Your typical year-end round-up starring Chilean coups, airplane food, and octopus felatio.
Christian ritual takes many shapes around the world. In Myanmar, it means animal sacrifice.
Glasgow’s storied Rangers Football Club was gutted last year. Where does that leave the fans of its oldest and only rival?
Mark Weston on the surprises of being a Brit living on an island in the middle of Africa’s largest lake.
Can a controversial bodybuilder finally win Burma the respect that it craves?
Cape Town's multiethnic Rosa Choir is a fine place to consider the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
An old photograph in his grandparent's home in Calcutta had long intrigued Sugato Mukherjee. Twenty-five years later, he finally got to see Ladakh for himself.
In Nigeria, a battle looms over how best to treat mental illness: modern psychiatry or faith healing?
Fighting tradition: the life of Yim Phala, 17, a female Pradal Serey kickboxer in Cambodia.
Heroes of the Neighborhood: Can an uneven second-division club save Hamburg’s leftist St. Pauli district?
Photographer Jonathan Saruk explores the world of Kabul's cinemas in his upcoming book.
North Korea has its own restaurant chain. It’s good, even if the sea cucumber liquor and dog casserole are overpriced.
Columnist Howard Chua-Eoan drinks tea in lovely, malfunctioning Buenos Aires with Jorge Luis Borges' widow.
Photojournalist and writer Glenna Gordon is taught a few lessons in Nigeria.
As Berlin became more corporate, the old artist colonies were evicted. But a new wave of squatters, like the Bulgarian Roma whose domestic lives are the subject of photographer Hiroyuki Koshikawa's work, have taken their…
Malbec, Nazis, Journalists and Ghosts: columnist Howard Chua-Eoan meets Buenos Aires.
Death, defiance, tribunals, coverups, outrage and intrigue: in today's Egypt, soccer is so much more than just a sport.
In the neighborhood of Ocean View, a photographer documents what has become a rarity in the United States: a vibrant working-class seaside community
Howard Chua-Eoan visits a Hasidic convention in Brooklyn and finds the world’s longest conga line, along with a few answers about faith and fraternity.
Photographer Jimmy Nelson immortalizes the world's last remaining tribes before it's too late, hoping to change their minds about modernization in the process.
What a search for one of the US’s most-wanted Afghan financiers can tell us about life after war in Afghanistan.
Sheng is becoming a Kenyan language: How the urban slang of Nairobi slums is spreading.
Can the United Nations save something as intangible as a cooking style?
On the trash-lined streets of downtown Manhattan, it’s terrier versus rat, to the death. Inside the worlds of R.A.T.S.
Selling Escobar: Is it immoral to build a tourism industry around the king of Cocaine?
In the Mexican state of Veracruz, a gravity-defying dance is helping the Totonac people remember their roots.
Columnist Howard Chua-Eoan talks independence and Castilian nomenclature in Barcelona with legendary chef Ferran Adrià
An excerpt from The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union by Peter Savodnik.
May Jeong reports from the Kabul Dairy Union, where the milk is good and the Taliban is involved
This weekend, Death Hags from around the country will gather in the City of Angels to revel in the stories of L.A.’s famous deaths.
The "god of football", as local papers called him, arrived on Indian soil for a friendly at Salt Lake Stadium. But where will the beautiful game go from there in India?
At the Saharna Monastery in Northern Moldova, a weekly exorcism casts out all the demons except the ones that really matter.
Photographer Laurent Zylberman's stunning book on the complexities of Tibet is coming out in English.
A handful of young photographers offer a rare glimpse at the inside spaces of life in Iran.
Photographer Michael Magers captures photographer David Burnett at work as Burnett returns to Chile with his Speed Graphic 4x5 camera
Can the desert's beast of burden save a de facto nation's struggling economy? Mark Hay investigates.
The last days of the Doukhobors: a special dispatch from Sonia Smith
Turkish soap operas go global: Turkey’s homemade melodramas are popular across the Muslim world.
Howard Chua-Eoan takes the pilgrimage from Manila to the shrine of Virgin Mary in Manaog
Zou Shiming boxing in Macau: Can China’s premier fighter and a former Portuguese outpost save the sport?
Veteran editor Howard Chua-Eoan takes Time Magazine's Caracas corresponded to an Italian joint for lamb ragu, Aperol spritz, and a dose of Jedi wisdom
The unique selling point of Eromega in Istanbul: women do not get sexually harassed when they shop there.
A photographer explores Lithuania's village discos
Correspondent Mathew Scott is stuck in an interminable series of delays at Dongsheng Airport in Inner Mongolia.
As global temperatures rise, the one winter path into the Himalayan Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar slowly vanishes
A Dutch photographer explores ethnicity and identity... by opening kitchen cupboards
We make all the mistakes so you don't have to. In Peru.
A nostalgic tour of Warsaw's milk bars, the communist-era eateries that are struggling to find their place in the new, posh Poland
A money-saving, sanity-preserving, pleasure-maximizing guide to Denmark
Murghab in Tajikistan's Pamir mountains: a desolate crossroads between the fading Soviet empire and the emerging power of China
A West African archipelago that is home to mangroves and spirit medicine and a story of fertilizing crops with cocaine powder
Jon Rosen travels to the Wagah border to witness the daily parade that marks the standoff between India and Pakistan
An excerpt from Matt Gross' The Turk Who Loved Apples
Eight generations of Louisvillians have led Michael Lindenberger to this week, this bar, this bourbon. Why not join him?
An excerpt from Oliver Bullough's fantastic new book, The Last Man in Russia
The Tsarnaevs were murderers, but that's got nothing to do with an entire race. Here's some good things about Chechens
From Lahore, on the virtues of selling pista badaam and kulfi ice cream instead of Cookies n' Cream
John Wreford goes shopping for bread and cheese in the encroaching war zone that is Damascus, Syria
On the road in Vietnam with one of the world's most famous close-up magicians
For one week every March, Russians emerge from hibernation in search of music, dance, and piles of pancakes
A Q&A with photographer Natela Grigalashvili about her stunning new work, Georgian ABC
In holy Rishikesh, India, the quiche is eggless, the spliffs are giant, and the destination is ultimately the Self.
Ten bites of survival intel for a trip to the Rainbow Nation
Searching for identity, and a seat that actually bolts to the floor, on Armenia's fabled marshrutka minivans
A pricey breakfast interview with Matt Kepnes, author of a new book on budget travel
A long walk through the Luberon Valley, in search of the soul of Provence
Photographer Dougie Wallace goes inside Mumbai's famed Padmini taxi fleet
In Pakistan, nothing cuts through class, creed, and politics quicker than a cup of tea
You've survived Mayan prophesy. Now survive our year-end listicle.
Inside the workshop of a caganer craftsman
The shitting figurine has been a staple of the holiday season in Catalonia for over 300 years
A world-class meal on the cheap, plus a goatskin tsabouna tune played by half the town’s total population. Welcome to San Michalis.
Without this guide, you'll be confused, broke and hobbled with food poisoning within hours of your arrival. Read up.
Malick Sidibé's indelible portraiture of West Africa in the 60's and 70's
A chance encounter brings Rose Skelton into the studio of the man whose pictures had changed her life from afar
Western-style processions mix with ululations and cowhide drums in Jonathan Hanson's multimedia piece from the Celebration of St. Mary in Gondar, Ethiopia
Jon Rosen travels to the pygmy homelands at a tense time in the Congo
From farmer strikes and abalone poachers to beach barbecues and experimental kitchens, R&K takes to the ground in the South Africa
We talk with the force behind Legal Nomads, about the wisdom of taxi drivers and the dangers of llama empanadas
We make the rookie mistakes so you don't have to
Photographer Louise te Poele returns home to photograph the farmers she knew as a child. An R&K interview about her controversial work.
One phone, 11 million people. The artists and musicians of São Paulo share an iPhone throughout September
The many offenses of the Egyptian package-resort Hurghada
Forget Princess Kate's topless pics: the real raunch is in northwest Britain's bachelorette party capitol, Blackpool.
Street photographer Dougie Wallace's ode to the glories of human bodies in bodies of water.
The sites, bites, and characters that make Palermo one of the most under-appreciated cities in the world
A ludicrous search for answers about Penn State, in the Sicilian city of Paternò
Roads & Kingdoms' last evening in Sicily, featuring fretting Germans, nocturnal bambini, feuding Sicilians and what seems to be a Hobbit selling hashish
Corleone, still trading on the fictions of the Godfather series, was nonetheless home to a very real, very murderous mafia. Plus: just two hotels, one of them quite shitty. R&K's Sicily trip continues.
Big beach belly, Matt stuffed with brioche that is stuffed with ice cream, and Corleone country on fire, all set to bombastic bangra beats
From beach to mountain, notes on road-tripping through Sicily
A crumbling, colonnaded mashup of Havana, Rome and Tunis, Catania offers a glimpse of real—sometimes too real—Sicilian city life
Anchovies, eels, urchins, swordfish and early-morning smokers slinging their wares in Piazza Carlo Alberto
Rooftops, swordfish, emigration, horsemeat, tourists, purple kryptonite and one spectacular island: R&K's first four days in Sicily
Day Two in Sicily. Dispatches from a gorgeous island with a troubled history, in the Aeolian Islands.
A day in jetty-jumping, family-fighting, German-jostling, pasta-pounding Cefalú
Nazi, Elf, Sniper, Orc: Christina Molbech's photos of the faces of Danish larp
Boffer battles, waterboarding, and child Nazis: Nathan Thornburgh visits the dark, deep world of Live Action Role Playing in Denmark
An unsolicited email turns into a strange junket by land and sea in Mozambique
Tanja Fox grew up in Christiania, she raised her kids there. Now she's helping sell it, one share at a time.
Defenders of a beautiful, bruised backwater republic want you to see their land the way they do
A U.N. report released last month named Denmark the world's happiest country. R&K hit the streets to find out what happiness means to the Danes.
The most photographed valley in the world gets bathed in new light and color. Images from R&K's design chief Doug Hughmanick
When we heard that a battle between 200 Danish school children would be taking place in the forest just outside of Copenhagen, we wanted in.
Matt and Nathan are spending the week in Denmark reporting on food culture, counter-culture and everything in between. An added bonus: dinner at the best restaurant in the world.
Photos behind the scenes of Bangkok's Ratchadamnoen Stadium, with its Muay Thai mix of bookies, western gawkers and desperate fighters with names like "Hyper Battle Cyborg" or "The Turbine from Hell"
An interview with Zach Goldman about his run-in with Turkish counter-intelligence.
Metal skies loom over gargoyles and ironwork: who needs sun in the City of Light?
Jason Gagliardi on his three urban love affairs and bitter bust-ups: Brisbane, Hong Kong and Bangkok
South America's most infamous export has a softer side. R&K explores
The hard lot of working Africa's greatest mountain, as seen through the cameras of the porters themselves
Buckets of pisco, roasted jungle rats, hallucinogenics, emesis and a dead body: R&K Peru
In Iquitos, outpost of Amazon, human desperation trumped by the sweetness of fruit
His first question wasn’t “Do you have any drugs?” but rather, “where are the drugs?”
Samantha Kuok Leese, on returning to the family farm outside Crookwell for the first time in years
Notes from an afternoon at Colmado los Dos Hermanitos in the Dominican Republic
For the next eight days, we’ll be just below the equator, reporting on that heady mix of food/culture/war/death/rebirth.
In a matter of 90 minutes, every quaint stereotype that I held about the Germans crumbles like an overbaked Bavarian pretzel.
Photographer Shane Carpenter leaves Havana behind to explore Cuba's countryside
Hong Kong, as seen through the flaring lens of Liam Fitzpatrick/Black Bauhinia
Forget Santiago de Compostela: Moses was no Spaniard, and when he walked, he walked up Jebel Musa in the Sinai Peninsula. Photos by Cairo-based photographer David Degner
This is, ironically, good news for the miners brought in to replace the locals, because the locals are still not allowed to mine, and now the mines won’t be flooded by the dam anytime soon.
A visit to the Bethlehem Baptist Church, currently home to almost 100 men, women and children fleeing from the Kachin conflict.
Rangoon is still not the easiest destination for anyone, let alone a staunchly conservative burgoo-lover from Louisville on his first trip to the land of shrimp paste. Some tips for Sen. Mitch McConnell's visit to…
For the Western traveler, uninitiated in the deeper contours of Burma’s spiritual eccentricities, Mount Popa really boils down to one thing: misbehaving macques.
On the outskirts of Cape Town, the Xhosa like their delicacies toothy.
Photographer David Degner finds three beauties in Cairo's vegetable stands.
The forlorn little shrines that live and die in the permanent shade of Rangoon's banyans are a particular fascination.
Photographer Andrew Hetherington takes the experience of the airplanes and runways and tray tables and makes them new through his images.
The bad part about Zach Goldman is limited, really, to his peanut allergy, and also to the Giardia he had picked up in Borneo, and how it all had left him looking quite wan and…