What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about traveling to Egypt? Pyramids, hieroglyphs, ancient archeological sites, and ruins of course. But now, you can have a whole other reason to travel to the region. A glorious oasis from another era, situated in a white limestone mountain in the Siwa Oasis, an urban oasis in the heart of Egypt’s Western Desert between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Great Sand Sea, lies one of the world’s most remote hotels; Adrére Amellal: Desert Ecolodge. Because of the Siwa Oasis’ remote location, a distinctive and unique cultural preservation has occurred here.…

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Shame on me. After living in the Chicagoland area for the past year and some change, I hadn’t taken advantage of all the beautiful city of Chicago has to offer, why? Because I was stuck in the burbs. You see, I’m a city girl born and bred, but after moving to the burbs of the burbs, mind you where I live is like the King of the Burbs — I fell into the comfortableness of the quiet life. That’s cool and all, but my boyfriend and I decided that we would no longer be stuck in the suburban cycle. On…

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Guadeloupe is the island you never knew you wanted to visit. When approaching the island in the plane, it’s as if it has risen out of a sparkly turquoise ocean, a mirage beach bucolic waiting you to explore. The island is a gorgeous, yet, slightly underdeveloped Caribbean Island (a part of the Lesser Antilles) and is a French “department” that has been largely undiscovered by American tourists. Why? Up until Norwegian Airlines introduced direct flights from the states, Guadeloupe has been a secret holiday getaway for the French. But let me be honest and break down the brass tax. This…

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Listen, I know I’m going to get a lot of people disagreeing with me and that’s fine, life is about debate, discussion and dissonance. Otherwise, how would we be able to make informed decisions, birth new ideas and practices, start new political systems and create societies on which morals, mores and lives are built? Anyway, I digress. My momma, who went on to be with the Lord three years ago in August use to say something to me all the time. Let me back track and tell you that she was a Christian, with a deep and abiding faith in…

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Rolling up to it, I was almost afraid, it’s iconic beauty blazing in the southwest sun. I timidly rolled down my window, nervous with excitement, and took in the sweet, sweet smell of clay earth that surrounded me. Wild horses, amber red terra firma, indigenous Navajo people buzzing about, riding horses at full gallop beside Route 64. This was a childhood dream of mine, seeing this alien landscape. I was here, it was my birthday, and this, was Monument Valley. Formed millions of years ago by rushing water meandering and carving the rocks along this portion of the Colorado Plateau,…

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