Chasing London’s Mysterious Flock of Feral Birds

They escaped from George Michael’s house. They fled climate change. Jimi Hendrix got high and set them free. Everyone has a theory on how the parakeets got here. Tracking the truth taught me more about my city than about the animals themselves.

Grooving to the Oldies at New Orleans’ Temple of Uncool

Tourists love the legendary jazz clubs. But if you really want to know NOLA, step back in time aboard a retro riverboat casino docked just off an interstate near the airport.

Stealing Seattle’s Secret Beaches Back From the Elite

The city’s richest residents try to block off the shoreline behind their private estates. Locals like me will show you the joys of claiming the ice-cold water as our own.

The Greatest Little Karaoke Bar in Abu Dhabi

My adopted city is synonymous with lavish wealth. But I finally found the soul of this shimmering capital — inside a squat cement building where Filipino, Arab and African immigrants belt out Whitney Houston hits with abandon.

Yes, New York City Does Have Trees. I’m on a Quest to See All the Best Ones.

In between the concrete and congestion, the city sustains some awe-inspiring arbors. And each one has a story of the humans who’ve nurtured them over the centuries.

No Fake Beards Allowed! Postcards From a Santa-Lookalike Pleasure Cruise

When the holiday season has come and gone, mall Santas from around the world gather to discuss beard-bleaching techniques, trade war stories of screaming lap children, and pound piña coladas in the hot tub.

What Life Is Like in a Village with No Children

After a drought devastated La Cienga, Ecuador, every working family packed up and left. Just twelve somber senior citizens linger with the ghosts of their former lives.

Inside the Surreal, Offensive Tradition of ‘Bavarian China’

Each year this small German town has a 'Chinese' parade, complete with an emperor in yellow-face and paper dragons galore. As an outsider looking in – and one of Chinese heritage to boot – I didn't know what to think.

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What Do You Give a Country for Its 100th Birthday? How About an Entire Mountain?

By | January 17, 2017

Neighborly Norwegians hatched a plan for Finland’s 2017 centennial: gift them their country’s new highest peak. But is their quirky plan an insurmountable climb?
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