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A Confluence AmyGigiAlexander.com

Sweating alcohol under the incandescent iris of dusty Christmas lights, in the corner of one bar or another, I romanticized the profoundness of this trip to the max, flaunting the opportunity to not just do something drastic, but something important, something to remember, that travel offers us these vestiges of freedom. Words were flying in all directions, but finally, via the tangled expressways of hyperbole spewed at autobahn-inspired speeds, I drove my point home.

“Think about it, this time tomorrow, we could be getting drunk-” whispering this last part with reverence for added effect, “In Montreal.”

Brooklyn Zan Boko WordRiot.org

Basquiat grew up middle-class in Park Slope and East Flatbush. He is almost always classified as ‘an American artist’ even though his moms was a black boricua from the BK and his father a Port-Au-Prince native with Ivorian roots. He sends a drawing of a gun to J. Edgar Hoover the same year his mother is institutionalized. By the age of 11, he could fluently speak, read and write French, Spanish, and English, and synthesized all three into the written language he so famously coded into his paintings, teasing the globe like a Rubik’s cube.

Expedition Denali: The First All-Black Team to Climb America’s Tallest Mountain BluestockingsMagazine.com

Skimming through the travel glossies that so captured my young imagination revealed images of white people doing what society defined as white people things: hiking, camping, climbing. This vague and at once startlingly direct message from travel media and society at large left an impression on me — a Latina city kid — of total exclusion. Despite the lack of role models in the outdoors industry, I flung myself into it, with hopes that the next generation of youth of color would find a wild world waiting for them if they only were given the opportunity. If they just saw one other person like them doing it, too. It was after hearing about Expedition Denali that I finally felt like this could become a reality.

The Real El Dorado Travelthruhistory.com

When Túpac Yupanqui lead his Incan army through the cloud-swept Andean highlands toward the fertile valley natives called Guapondeleg, (‘Plain Wide as the Sky’) he was met with the unexpected and now legendary resistance of the fierce Cañari tribe, the tribal confederation of indigenous communities who had long-inhabited the area.

5 Women Who Inspire Us to Travel YouQueen.com

When it comes to world travelers who have left a mark on our social landscape, guys usually get all the credit.But why let them have all the fun? It’s hard not to bump into another woman on the road these days, and we’re indebted to the ones who came before us in less-forgiving times who showed the world that adventure isn’t an exclusive sport.

The Foodie’s Quito: Epicurean Eats in Ecuador’s Capital City Epicure & Culture

Ecuadorian cuisine is all about slowing down and savoring each bite, enjoying the company of close ones and our gifted settings. Growing up Ecuadorian in New York, opting to sit separately from the family table during meals meant not eating. We had to dine together, down each and every last flavorful crumb and never forget to compliment the chef, who in this case was my abuelita (grandmother). Gratitude. Community. Culture. Food kept us connected to our roots from thousands of miles away: It wasn’t optional.

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Coffee LoverYouQueen.com

Fuck Starbucks! From Ethiopia’s ancient ceremonies to Portland’s sustainable revolution, explore how coffee culture is celebrated around the globe.

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