Availability Bias: Media Sensationalism Often Sacrifices Truth for Attention

In the aftermath of major airline incidents, the media’s tendency to sensationalize minor mishaps can appear almost comical. The Alaska Airlines door plug incident of January 5, 2024, serves as a prime example: suddenly, every cracked windshield, fuel leak, or routine medical diversion became headline news, as if every hiccup in the air warranted blockbuster […]

Negombo Delights: Sri Lankan Temples, Fishing, and Seaside Charms

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Negombo, a charming fishing village along Sri Lanka’s picturesque coastline. Explore historic temples, bustling markets, and golden beaches, all offering a taste of island life. Liza Weisstuch of The New York Times recommends Negombo as a top 2024 destination for its enchanting seaside charms and less-trafficked atmosphere, just […]

Singapore ‘hawker culture’ : UNESCO Heritage

Olivia Lee of The Guardian notes that Singapore’s hawker culture, recently added to the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, encompasses the community of vendors cooking and selling meals across the city-state’s 114 hawker centres. In 2019, out of the 58 eateries in Singapore listed on the Michelin Bib Gourmand, an impressive 33 […]

Boundary Waters Canoe Area: Minnesota’s Wilderness Escape

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is recommended for a visit in 2024 by Stephanie Pearson of The New York Times. Despite concerns about potential environmental damage from mining activities, this wilderness adventure in Minnesota offers pristine lakes, dense forests, and abundant wildlife for nature enthusiasts. This roadless wilderness is pristine, a place to fish for […]

Angela Merkel’s and the Ukraine-Georgia Controversy at 2008 NATO Summit

At the NATO summit in Bucharest in April 2008, Germany, along with France and several other NATO members, expressed reservations about extending Membership Action Plans (MAPs) to Ukraine and Georgia. Angela Merkel’s cautious stance was due to concerns about provoking Russia and exacerbating tensions in the region. Aaron Burnett of the German news outlet The […]

Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia’s Mesmerizing Salt Flat

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is noted by Lucinda Hahn of The New York Times as a top destination for 2024. Marvel at the world’s largest salt flat, while concerns about potential environmental impact from mining activities loom over its surreal beauty and wildlife. Like all the best places, Salar de Uyuni, 12,000 feet high in […]

Gaudí’s Barcelona Gem: Whimsical Park Delight

Rowan Moore of The Guardian highlights Park Güell in his compilation of must-visit urban parks worldwide. Designed by Antoni Gaudí in the early 20th century, it’s a whimsical masterpiece marrying nature and architecture, boasting colorful mosaic sculptures, winding pathways, and stunning views of Barcelona. Park Güell was partly a property speculation, as the centre of […]

Costa Rica Crossings: Trekking El Camino from Coast to Coast

In 2024, Nora Walsh of The New York Times recommends embarking on a transformative journey across Costa Rica. Immerse yourself in the biodiversity of lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and active volcanoes. Trek from Pacific beaches to Caribbean shores on the El Camino trail, now easier to navigate for eco-tourism and outdoor exploration. Organized into 16 […]

Starting Beats Knowing

In Erwin Raphael McManus’s discourse from Mind Shift: It Doesn’t Take a Genius to Think Like One (2023,) he highlights the power of getting started over knowing it all. Learning as we progress opens doors to growth and achievement. By recognizing our limitations, we unlock valuable opportunities often overlooked in the pursuit of success. When […]

Witnessing Monarch Butterflies: Mexico’s Natural Phenomenon

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico is recommended by Jorge Valencia of The New York Times as one of the top travel destinations for 2024. Experience the spectacle of over a billion monarch butterflies overwintering in Central Mexico’s green forests. This 139,000-acre reserve has six sites where visitors can hike into the forest and […]