If I have to die, I hope my brain is worthy enough to be studied or contribute to scientific causes in some way. That sounds a lot better than simply being buried or cremated, and perhaps marginally better than being donated (though that's a worthy ...

 

My Favorite Place in Lima: the Brain Museum and more...



My Favorite Place in Lima: the Brain Museum

If I have to die, I hope my brain is worthy enough to be studied or contribute to scientific causes in some way. That sounds a lot better than simply being buried or cremated, and perhaps marginally better than being donated (though that’s a worthy goal of itself…). With several hundred brains on display across the three-room museum, the scientific collection inside the Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Hospital is probably the largest in the world that’s open to the public. It’s intended more for the academics and neurology students, and the usual caution is that it’s not for those people with a

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Hiking Bulgaria

Vidin, Bulgaria is, by all respects, a sleepy town. If you’ve never heard of Vidin, you’re in good company—before I’d stepped off the boat and onto its soil, I hadn’t either. Vidin sits, pleasantly, on the Danube River in northwestern Bulgaria. It’s a quiet city. Its streets are lined with trees and flowers and grandmothers sitting on benches reading books and newspapers. Kids swing on playgrounds in parks and parents roll strollers along cobblestone streets in the afternoon sunshine. Every once in a while, you’ll come across a decaying synagogue, reminiscent of a much more tumultuous time, or you might

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Why You Should Stay With Locals

A discussion came up with a friend, who is also a travel writer, in my local bar about the topic of hotels. She adores the fancy ones, and when we travelled to Bratislava together she forked out for a beautiful, historic hotel, complete with a stained glass ceiling, matching dressing gowns on the beds and a lobby boy named Joseph. I simply contributed to the trip by buying the train tickets, a few beers and dinner. While I can appreciate a nice hotel and lust after fin de siécle wonders that would put the Grand Budapest Hotel to shame, when I

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Bang Bao: Exploring the Village Built on a Pier

Less than two decades ago, Bang Bao was a simple fisherman village built on stilts around a pier off the southern tip of Ko Chang Island in Thailand. After tourists started arriving in 2000, the pier slowly converted into a vacation destination, far off the beaten path in Thailand. Extending nearly half a mile out to sea, the pier is now full of souvenir shops, restaurants, guest houses and boat tour operators. It’s long-since lost the “fisherman village” look. Here are some of the things you can find at Bang Bao. Accommodations There are several guesthouses all along the pier,

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Boston Celtic Music Festival 2017

Harvard Square in January: cold, sure. Snow, very likely. Winter winds: also likely. What will warm you right up, though, is the music going on. It’s time for the Boston Celtic Music Festival. This year, the fest takes place on 13 and 14 January. During two evenings and a full day of events on Saturday the 14th, you’ll get the chance to hear New England based artists from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and related genres in all sorts of collaborations. There will be concerts, workshops, dance sessions, ceilidhs, kid friendly music, established artists, rising stars, and much fun to

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