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After completing a powerful investigation within his country's police force, a Belgian photographer documents life in its prisons.

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Photographer Eduardo Leal dives into May Day in Berlin, where revolution looks a lot like revelry.

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Don't be a numpty: our guide to Scotland's capital from disco chip shops to secret tunnels.

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Photographer Alessandro Sala documents the rigors of Parmigiano production - a cheese with many imitators, but no equal

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A city of more than 50 shades of gray and Italy's undisputed drinking capital, our guide to essential Milan intel.

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Bordering war-torn Crimea, the world’s oldest steppe reserve—home to zebras, buffaloes, and wildebeests—fights for survival.

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On the hunt for Italy’s greatest plate of pasta

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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.

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In the Ukrainian town where Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky, 90 percent of adults are out of work, young men drink vodka on airplane seats,…

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Photographer Liza Van Der Stock’s intimate project about a porn-producing family in Flanders was shortlisted for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

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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.

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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

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A photographer documents the lives of a lesbian couple in Putin's Russia, in all its brutal intimacy.

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What a storytelling festival in Edinburgh can teach you about Scotland’s past and future.

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On a fog-bound island off the Irish coast, trying to avoid the fate of so many other islands: permanent evacuation.

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In Italy, grassroots cannabis social clubs dispense medical marijuana (and sometimes cheese) to ailing patients

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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.…

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The rabble-rousing musicians of La Solfónica provide a soundtrack to Spain’s many protests

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Thanks to gourmet chefs and TV cooking shows, Parisian knife grinders are experiencing a revival.

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Mount Athos, a womanless monastic republic within the Greek state, features hallowed rituals, the odd brawl, and occasional visits from Vladimir Putin.

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Deepti Patwardhan reflects on India’s unusual and uncomfortable relationship with Europe’s darkest period.

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Stranded on a floating glacier? This crew of Icelandic volunteers is here to save you.

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At France’s Piémanson beach, families build cabins on the sand and wait for the day their paradise will be shut down for good.

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Booze-free clubbing is Sweden’s latest party craze.

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Making Parma ham the right way requires an assembly line of skilled craftsmen. Photographer Alessandro Iovino visits Il Gazzolo Di Alberto Galloni e Figli, a producer in Langhirano…

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As the city’s Muslim population soars, burial services are in growing demand. Meet the motley crew that ushers the dead to the afterlife.

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Journalist Annabelle Chapman, serving as election observer, watches as the country continues its westward course after months of turmoil.

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The town of Barentsburg located high in the Arctic feels every bit like a Soviet town stuck in time. Except it's in Norway.

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Europe’s white nationalists, led by a man from Montana, meet in Hungary to plot over pints. It does not go well.

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In Eastern Ukraine, Home to the World’s Newest Breakaway Republics, Nothing Is As It Seems

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A Vienna guide from Schnitzel to Paradeiser.

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Inside the bizarre subculture that lives to explore Chernobyl’s Dead Zone.

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You've heard Scotland decided to stay with the UK. But have you heard of the Scots who want to join Scandinavia?

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Independent or not, Scots will continue to gather in the highlands for feats of strength and other forms of absurdity

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"We have the porn that we deserve,” wrote the feminist activist María Llopis. Photographer Katia Repina tends to agree.

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Scotland may be about to secede from the United Kingdom - but just what is it about their southern neighbors, the English, that made them the most evil…

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Ola Cichowlas returns to the Polish orchards her grandmother grew up in to find out how apple growers are handling Russia’s boycott of this year’s harvest

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For one week a year, the hard-bitten Serbian town of Guca erupts with blaring trumpets, pig roasts, and a splash of nationalism.

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Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew wants to attract visitors to the remote mountaintop the fictional Dracula may—or may not—have called home.

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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…

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The memories of starting a new life in Greece, coupled his adoptive country's seemingly never-ending economic and social crises, form the basis of his project “Shadows in Greece.”

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Echoes of a deported people can still be heard on the banks of the Volga - if you listen carefully.

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Foreign correspondent Stephan Faris visits the island of Lampedusa, which is both a tourist destination and a grim waystation for migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

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After centuries as an iconic Cockney ingredient, the always slithering, often jellied eel has fallen on hard times.

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The Ukrainian Army has been sending young soldiers into combat without body armor or even helmets at times. Enter the ‘ants’—pro-Ukraine Ukrainian volunteers who walk army surplus goods…

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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?


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The city of Skopje is undergoing a Disneyfied transformation in celebration of its ancient Macedonian heritage. If only the Greeks next door didn’t argue it was their history…

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Did the Haunting Landscape of Scotland’s Isle of Jura Inspire the Despair of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

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On the eve of voting in the European Parliamentary elections, Britons have been shocked—shocked!—by the racist things their leaders say. But a traditional toy called the golliwog tells…

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Someone has sliced open soccer’s hourglass, and the sand has come pouring out on to the streets.

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In Bosnia-Herzegovina, football won't easily mend the chasms created by mortars and massacres.

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Glaswegians claim to have invented the iconic British-Desi dish. But so do Newcastlers, Punjabis and Uttarpradeshis. Who is telling the truth?

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For a glimpse of one possible future for eastern Ukraine, look no further than the frozen-in-time breakaway republic of Transnistria.

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In central Moscow, a famous and slightly foreboding institution is finding new life under restaurateur Alexei Zimin

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Carlos Spottorno's newest photography project takes him to the countries that function as tax havens in Europe.

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Chef Magnus Nilsson returns to the remote Faroese island of Stóra Dímun, where modernity and ancient traditions collide.

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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.

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What happens if the place where you live isn’t regarded as a nation by FIFA? You start your own federation.

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In Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood, feeding the secular and religious both.

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After Turkey’s massive Gezi Park protests last summer, LGBT candidates are now taking their fight to the political arena.

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Photo Essay: Sochi's Olympic Village, after the circus left town.

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Crimea’s future is uncertain, and so is the future of its two most storied and successful football clubs.

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A first-person tour of the Crimean peninsula—as it’s being stolen.

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The Colombian photographer witnesses the disappearance of the Portuguese village of Torre.

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Xaq Frohlich visits Valencia during Fallas, a colorful festival that marks the arrival of spring.

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Philosopher Simon Critchley on the spectacle, poetry and importance of professional football

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A century ago, a hero rose up from the Ukrainian heartland who fought for neither east nor west.

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström went north—far north—in search of the real meaning of the Aurora Borealis.

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Justin Fashanu was a rugged English striker and the first black soccer player to be traded for a million pounds. He was also openly gay.

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How the Russian LGBT Sports Federation is trying to hold an event for people who aren’t supposed to exist.

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A landscape photographer explores the outskirts of Moscow in a new book called "Pastoral."

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A historic upset, a heart-breaking relocation, and a fan-fuelled revolution: the improbable history of AFC Wimbledon.

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Dalston, in the East London borough of Hackney, is an area that wears both the obvious scars and the shiny adornments of gentrification.…

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Why does the place with the world’s best café culture have no coffee culture?

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Eerie and beautiful portraits of sleeping sunbathers on the Baltic Sea coast

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Welcome to the dangerous, poetic world of forcados, Portuguese bullwrestlers.

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Once again, Afro-European players are making Europe reexamine its identity.

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Your complete survival guide to the Catalan capital.

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One major difference between the Euromaidan street uprising in Kiev and the ones that kickstarted Arab Spring: it's freezing out here.

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Howard Chua-Eoan meets up with leaders of the Russian LGBT Sport Federation in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics

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Glasgow’s storied Rangers Football Club was gutted last year. Where does that leave the fans of its oldest and only rival?

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Balaklava, a small town by the sea in the Crimean Peninsula, was closed to the outside world for more than 30 years because of its top secret submarine…

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Heroes of the Neighborhood: Can an uneven second-division club save Hamburg’s leftist St. Pauli district?

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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…

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In Catalonia, booming local microbrews are just another way for people to express their independence.

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Bourbon and brisket, pork jowl and picklebacks: London is diving deep into barbecue at the moment, and Pitt Cue Co’s Tom Adams is in the middle of it…

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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.

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By photographing the site of every murder that occurred in London over a two year period, a Mexican-born photographer presents an alternative portrait of the city he calls…

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Travelling to the heart of the Holy See for libations and for the more Catholic sense of ‘spirit.’

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Columnist Howard Chua-Eoan talks independence and Castilian nomenclature in Barcelona with legendary chef Ferran Adrià

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An excerpt from The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union by Peter Savodnik.

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Unearthing Italy's most lavish ingredient with the help of a $40,000 dog, a camo-clad hunter, and one of America's most famous chefs

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At the Saharna Monastery in Northern Moldova, a weekly exorcism casts out all the demons except the ones that really matter.

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Lola Akinmade Åkerström on the deeply Swedish ideal of lagom.

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Howard Chua-Eoan travels to Copenhagen to the world's most fearless food festival.

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The last days of the Doukhobors: a special dispatch from Sonia Smith

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Why McDonald’s has become an unexpected defender of local taste.

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Howard Chua-Eoan meets an old friend and a dessert that tells stories of gold, and greed, and tragedy

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A Fake Event for Fake Meat

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A month spent babysitting children at a refugee center in Belgium quickly turns to long stretches of tedium punctuated by moments of extreme culture shock

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On the silty shore of eastern England, oysters once bloomed in their millions. Now hungry diners may be their only hope.

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A photographer explores Lithuania's village discos

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Moscow chef Ivan Shishkin on eating, and cooking, Andalucia

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A Dutch photographer explores ethnicity and identity... by opening kitchen cupboards

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A nostalgic tour of Warsaw's milk bars, the communist-era eateries that are struggling to find their place in the new, posh Poland

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A money-saving, sanity-preserving, pleasure-maximizing guide to Denmark

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Chloe Borkett photographs the daily life of Britain's Gypsies and Irish Travelers.

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Nathan Deuel's troubled encounters with high-bred Scots followed by incredible Fruits de Mer in an Edinburgh district better known for knifecrime than razor clams

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Thomas Dworzak talks about his obsession with the little things in Instagram

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Coke dealers, meta hipsters and the gods of indie rock: A night at Barcelona's Primavera Sound

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This year's Tbilisi Photo Festival is a referendum on the soul of Georgia. Q&A with Nestan Nijaradze.

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An Israeli photographer visits the prisons of Ukraine and Russia.

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An excerpt from Matt Gross' The Turk Who Loved Apples

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In 1927, a Parisian newspaper first reported on Ilya Ivanov’s attempts to inseminate women with chimpanzee sperm. The Institute he founded is still active in the forgotten land…

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To understand the chefs behind the newly-crowned best restaurant in the world, start with a meal at their parents' restaurant

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The story of Rustam Daudov, Chechen teen hero

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An excerpt from Oliver Bullough's fantastic new book, The Last Man in Russia

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His brother may be the most famous chef in the world, but Albert has carved out his own kingdom in Barcelona

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Federo Motos is a farmer, a cave dweller and a master of migas, the humble creation of Spanish shepherds

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A Dutch trio of coffee enthusiasts prove that the future of coffee looks an awful lot like its past

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For one week every March, Russians emerge from hibernation in search of music, dance, and piles of pancakes

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A Q&A with photographer Natela Grigalashvili about her stunning new work, Georgian ABC

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The modern coffee movement, as seen through a small café in Stockholm

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Searching for identity, and a seat that actually bolts to the floor, on Armenia's fabled marshrutka minivans

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A long walk through the Luberon Valley, in search of the soul of Provence

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You've survived Mayan prophesy. Now survive our year-end listicle.

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Inside the workshop of a caganer craftsman

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The shitting figurine has been a staple of the holiday season in Catalonia for over 300 years

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A world-class meal on the cheap, plus a goatskin tsabouna tune played by half the town’s total population. Welcome to San Michalis.

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One American's attempt to cook a traditional Thanksgiving feast for a crew of Europeans

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How did one of the world's best bars end up in a country with so little love for beer?

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One man's decade-long pursuit for perfect paella wasn't always the delicious journey he expected

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How one very famous restaurant is changing the cuisine, image, and even economy of an entire country

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We make the rookie mistakes so you don't have to

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Photographer Louise te Poele returns home to photograph the farmers she knew as a child. An R&K interview about her controversial work.

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An inside look at the creative sessions that fuel the Copenhagen superstar

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What 5 hours, 26 courses, and $902.47 worth of food and booze looks like

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How the most-hyped restaurant in the world manages to exceed expectations

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Can a country be both a treasure trove for tourists and an economic and political disaster? An adopted son explores

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Billionaire Georgian politician Bidzina Ivanishvili breaks bread with our friend Paul Rimple

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Writer Nemonie Craven is a tourist in the land of drinking, debt and desire that is her hometown

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Forget Princess Kate's topless pics: the real raunch is in northwest Britain's bachelorette party capitol, Blackpool.

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Around the island in 41 dishes

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Street photographer Dougie Wallace's ode to the glories of human bodies in bodies of water.

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The sites, bites, and characters that make Palermo one of the most under-appreciated cities in the world

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A ludicrous search for answers about Penn State, in the Sicilian city of Paternò

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Aftermath of the Pussy Riot trial: church and state mix at their own peril in Moscow.

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Redder than a fire truck, sweeter than a mother's love, the Pachino tomato holds the secret to Sicilian cuisine

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In the poor neighborhood where Mario Balotelli was born, immigrant kids play out their own dreams of football fame on an asphalt schoolyard pitch.

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Roads & Kingdoms' last evening in Sicily, featuring fretting Germans, nocturnal bambini, feuding Sicilians and what seems to be a Hobbit selling hashish

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Few cultures know how to gild the lily quite like the Sicilians. Three island-wide examples of delicious excess

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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…

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Big beach belly, Matt stuffed with brioche that is stuffed with ice cream, and Corleone country on fire, all set to bombastic bangra beats

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Two Americans, a dozen Sicilians and a four-hour al fresco dinner in the coastal village of Ribera

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From beach to mountain, notes on road-tripping through Sicily

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Roads & Kingdoms goes to Sicily in search of the early roots of American food and culture. Now you can participate.

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A crumbling, colonnaded mashup of Havana, Rome and Tunis, Catania offers a glimpse of real—sometimes too real—Sicilian city life

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Anchovies, eels, urchins, swordfish and early-morning smokers slinging their wares in Piazza Carlo Alberto

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Cheesy, savory and red as a firetruck, one of Sicily's most iconic pastas bears a striking resemblance to a staple back home

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Rooftops, swordfish, emigration, horsemeat, tourists, purple kryptonite and one spectacular island: R&K's first four days in Sicily

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Day Two in Sicily. Dispatches from a gorgeous island with a troubled history, in the Aeolian Islands.

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A day in jetty-jumping, family-fighting, German-jostling, pasta-pounding Cefalú

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A journey through the melancholic breakaway republic of Abkhazia

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Nazi, Elf, Sniper, Orc: Christina Molbech's photos of the faces of Danish larp

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Boffer battles, waterboarding, and child Nazis: Nathan Thornburgh visits the dark, deep world of Live Action Role Playing in Denmark

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Video of Roads & Kingdoms' first interview with a head of state: Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi

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The "micro-nation" of Christiania has stood in the center of Copenhagen for 40 years. On July 1st, it's being sold.

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Tanja Fox grew up in Christiania, she raised her kids there. Now she's helping sell it, one share at a time.

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On the hunt for Spain's greatest shawarma

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Defenders of a beautiful, bruised backwater republic want you to see their land the way they do

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The first time I drank a gin tonic, a real gin tonic, it was three in the morning in an old converted castle in the tiny town of…

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In Peru, R&K tracked down the rising star behind Lima London. Video report from Virgilio Martinez's Central Restaurant

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The Weed Pass isn't nearly as awesome as it sounds. Actually, it's (yet another) (ill-fated) attempt to target Holland's coffee shops. R&K video from Amsterdam

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Eating the world's best oyster on the boat of an oysterman who doesn't eat oysters

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Farmer Søren Wiulff is part of the reason why Noma remains the world's best restaurant. R&K visited his world of wild vegetables in the Lammafjørd, Denmark

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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.

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AOC is cooking some of the most exciting food in the world's hottest eating city. R&K gives you the blow-by-blow

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Denmark's open-face sandwich is an evolutionary key, something between entrée and sandwich, a fish that walks on flippers.

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I wrote an op-ed for this week’s Time cover story—you’ve probably seen the cover image by now, a young mother confidently breastfeeding a…

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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.

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Denmark may be better known for pickled fish than for emulsified meatstuffs, but it warms the heart to see the love of a good tubesteak is alive and…

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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…

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Acclaimed author Oliver Bullough talks with street vendors and presidents about adjika, the national condiment of Abkhazia.

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The blueprint for outdoor bliss, no matter where you decide to spread your blanket

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In the wake of last night's Best Restaurants in the World announcement, we offer a taste from the "second best restaurant in the world"

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For the third year running, Noma has been crowned the best restaurant in the world. Roads and Kingdoms has a dinner date with the champ next week.

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Mountains of grilled onions, sauce stained to your cheeks, cava in your belly: It must be springtime in Spain.

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An interview with Zach Goldman about his run-in with Turkish counter-intelligence.

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Tejo Bar in Lisbon, where there is nothing borrowed about the melancholy

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Metal skies loom over gargoyles and ironwork: who needs sun in the City of Light?

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Uncovering the secret sauce at Le Relais de Venise, a Parisian Steak Frites powerhouse

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A plate of the world's best vodka chaser, from Salekhard on the Arctic Circle

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After six weeks on the road, Matt finds Barcelona deep in strikes and rioting

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After all that blood and salt and fallen acorn, finally a taste.

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In a matter of 90 minutes, every quaint stereotype that I held about the Germans crumbles like an overbaked Bavarian pretzel.

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When salt meets flesh, magical things can happen.

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This is the tough part, but if you want to make ham, you have to spill some blood.

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When the acorns stop falling, pigs start dying. And thus begins our tale.

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Most men think they were born to grill, but Victor Arguinonziz has smoke and fire in his DNA.

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These potatoes barely register on the Scoville scale, but damn are they delicious.

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These beauties come from one of the main thoroughfares in Bruges, where tourists make easy prey for any Belgian with a waffle iron.

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What started out as a lifeline has turned into a routine: squid, eggs, bread, cava.

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Eating dumplings with a People's Liberation Army paratrooper in Nanjing.

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Imeretians form it in a circle, Ossetians add potatoes, the Svaneti add greens. But Adjarian Khachapuri is as it should be: a song of salt, of milk, of…

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What’s it like being in a city that’s been dead as long as you’ve been alive?

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I died as a mineral and became a plant / I died as plant and rose to animal / I died as animal and I was Man /…

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Ivan Shishkin—journalist, photographer, chef and raconteur—makes a delicious a multiple course feast in Moscow.

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This: a plate of perfectly grilled fresh calamari with chili oil for dipping. Thank you, Istanbul.

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I felt like the old tribes had left the photographer and I these gifts. Ground beef and lamb, wrapped softly in dough, paired with a half-dozen beers to…

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