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Year of Geography: Algeria

Posted on January 13th, 2011 by Laura Byrne Paquet

desert sands dunes Algeria

Unfortunately, Algeria is going through a bit of a rough patch this week, as riots have broken out to protest the soaring prices of food staples such as sugar. However, as I plan to do in the Year of Geography, I’m going to focus less on news and more on history and culture. And when […]

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Video: A Finnish bhangra band!

Posted on October 17th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

OK, this is THE coolest thing I’ve stumbled across on the Internet all week: a Finnish bhangra band! According to its website, Shava “is guaranteed to be the world’s only Finnish bhangra group.” I can’t argue with that. I first came across them in an article chronicling their recent appearance on a Finnish TV network. […]

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Video: Johnny Cash strikes a chord in Afghanistan

Posted on January 18th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Video: Johnny Cash strikes a chord in Afghanistan

I’ve always wished I could play a musical instrument. But I’d never thought much about how music can bridge the gaps between cultures until a friend passed along a link to this video at Global Post, an online digital news service. Reporter and accordion player Gregory Warner gets an auditorium full of Afghans clapping along…with […]

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Video: Glimpsing village life in Peru

Posted on November 23rd, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Ancash village man home

As the sun came up, I peeped through the window of our guest house onto a timeless vista: fields of potatoes and other crops, rimmed by hills and mountains. In the distance, a farmer was already at work behind a horse-drawn plow. In the village of Huamacchuco in the Peruvian Andes, many people wake and […]

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Check out NYC indie bands with a local

Posted on October 30th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Amsterdam-based Like-a-Local has added an insider’s tour of New York’s indie music scene. It doesn’t come at a typical indie price–42 euros per person, plus a 15-euro reservation fee–but Manhattan isn’t cheap. Also, if the quality matches that of a design tour I took with Like-a-Local in Amsterdam this spring, it will be well worth […]

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