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How to beware the Ides of March

How to beware the Ides of March

The world’s most (un)pleasant international holiday is fast-approaching, and hopefully you’ve purchased the proper materials in celebration.Every year around this time, fat men in togas begin to meet and whisper suspiciously with one another. Downtrodden servants from faraway lands begin wheeling vats of foot-stomped wine into Corinthian-columned halls.

The strangers I can’t stop thinking about

The strangers I can’t stop thinking about

I walk to Bethlehem in my sleep, across the shadows of its hills, revisiting the unfinished interactions and the strangers I can’t stop thinking about. I see the same checkpoint, the same soldier leaning against a wall. He sees the headlights and walks across the road.The hill has been cleared for security purposes.

On couchsurfing with the Taliban

On couchsurfing with the Taliban

An informal interview with a young world traveler.Nenad is a 29-year-old self-described “couchsurfing drifter” who recently completed a five-month, 25,000km hitchhiking odyssey from his home in Serbia to China. An official Couchsurfing Ambassador, he has hosted 182 guests and surfed 253 couches on three continents.

Mustang, the ‘Lost Kingdom of Tibet’ [pics]

Mustang, the ‘Lost Kingdom of Tibet’ [pics]

Mustang, the & 39;Lost Kingdom of Tibet& 39; pics - Our SitePhotojournalist Darren Ornitz traveled last year to Mustang, Nepal, known as the “Lost Kingdom of Tibet.”SITUATED WITHIN the world’s highest mountain range and just south of the Tibet Autonomous Region, Mustang is one of the last places in the world where traditional Tibetan culture remains intact.

10 signs you’re still a tourist in NYC

10 signs you’re still a tourist in NYC

1. You take your sweet time.While working professionals push past in the classic New York huff, you’re strolling through Times Square like you’re moseying down the beaches of Aruba. Every other pedestrian is weaving in and out of crowds, rushing as though they’re practicing for the New York marathon, and you’re enjoying the way the morning light cascades down the sides of glass skyscrapers.

Mapped: Most famous book set in each US state

Mapped: Most famous book set in each US state

Business Insider has put together my favorite map of the week — a breakdown of the most famous book set in each state. This map is a mix of modern and classic novels, so if you’re working on a summer reading list, check out the list below the map for inspiration.The methodology of the book selection isn’t discussed in the article, so I’m sure some people will disagree.