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Portraits from the streets of Havana, Cuba
Portraits from the streets of Havana, Cuba

I recently traveled to Cuba on a job for the surf clothing brand Roark. It was a place I’d always wanted to go because of the seemingly endless opportunities to capture stunning imagery.The trip proved a rare opportunity for me to get away from the surf and shoot in a more documentary style. We explored the city of Havana and tried to focus on and highlight the locals in their daily lives — I aimed to draw viewers in with an intimate look into Cuban culture and its energetic capital.

25 reasons to visit the Canary Islands [pics]
25 reasons to visit the Canary Islands [pics]

25 reasons to visit the Canary Islands pics - Our SiteTHE CANARIES ARE A SPANISH ARCHIPELAGO off the northwestern coast of Africa. Under 100 miles from the Western Sahara and close to the equator, the climate here is more arid than tropical and stays in a spring-like time warp all year long.

Orchard at Altapass, Blue Ridge Parkway
Orchard at Altapass, Blue Ridge Parkway

SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: While the orchard cannot offer live music performances, they have added an extra day in July to enjoy the views, the spacious General Store, and cultural exhibits. They are also the only orchard in the area that offers fresh from the tree heirloom apples in late July!The Orchard at Altapass is a great stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 328.

17 differences between a normal mom and a Greek mom
17 differences between a normal mom and a Greek mom

1.A normal Mom won’t make you wear a jacket if you tell her you’re too hot with it on.A Greek Mom will make you wear a jacket, even if you’re sweating in it, because she tells you that she is getting cold just by looking at you, so you need to wear it so she won’t be cold.2.A normal Mom will advise you on how to make good choices when planning for your future.

Nostalgic in New York [Timelapse]
Nostalgic in New York [Timelapse]

AARON KEIGHER EXPLAINS the motivation behind his film, Nostalgic in New York: A Timeless Time-lapse.Even with all the changes throughout the years, New York remains a classic American city that will forever be timeless. It is frozen in an era long gone, in an time where big band jazz and swing ruled the night and when it became world renowned as the city that never sleeps.

16 things I wish I was told as a teenage girl
16 things I wish I was told as a teenage girl

1. You might be in love, but that doesn’t have to mean anything.Feelings are notoriously subjective and biased. You could fall in love with someone who is perfect for you at this particular moment in your life, but then that love could end and that’s okay. In fact, it probably will end; as Dan Savage says, all relationships end until they don’t.

Antarctica is disintegrating and it’s bad news for our planet
Antarctica is disintegrating and it’s bad news for our planet

ANTARCTICA’S LARSEN B, a 12,000 year-old ice shelf, is weakening and will disappear entirely by the end of the decade, according to a news report from NASA.Ala Khazendar, the leader of this NASA study, explains that two thirds of Larsen B collpased in 2002 in less than 6 weeks. The remnants of this ice shelf are now melting and fragmenting very quickly and should break apart by 2020.

SUP and surf mission at Big Sur: 7 defining moments
SUP and surf mission at Big Sur: 7 defining moments

SUP and surf mission at Big Sur: 7 defining moments - Our SiteTHERE’S A LOT OF CONVENIENCE IN HAVING a local beach near you. Effortlessly sliding into the water, surfing waves that you know and understand, and being home sleeping in your own bed has its own appeal. Even though there were excellent waves everywhere around Los Angeles, I wanted more from a surf session than just a perfect wave, I was looking for a perfect adventure.

Tryon Block House Steeplechase
Tryon Block House Steeplechase

April 11, 2020Bring friends to celebrate with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating and the sounds and sights of thoroughbreds thundering past. The Tryon Block House is the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina, occurring continuously since 1947. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.

10 reasons I love to take my kids to Vegas
10 reasons I love to take my kids to Vegas

1. Timeshare promoters won’t go near us.I am a waste of their time to offer free show tickets to because there is no way in hell my kids are going to behave long enough for them to convince me to drop several thousand dollars on a week stay in Vegas each year. We both know they have a much better shot with the drunken guy.

Why Istanbul is the best place to teach ESL
Why Istanbul is the best place to teach ESL

AN AMERICAN FRIEND I had taught with in Taiwan beckoned me to Istanbul with tales of local men serenading Western women, luring them into love spells with baklava. Her descriptions of lunch by the seaside and bustling spice markets charmed me all the way to the travel agency.“It’s my New York, but better,” she had said.

The definitive matchup: Los Angeles versus Seattle
The definitive matchup: Los Angeles versus Seattle

I’ve had the good fortune and immense pleasure of living in Washington for decades and California for half a decade. As a whole they’re remarkably similar. Both have super varied environments – from deserts to old growth to epic Pacific coastlines. Both have strong traditions of farming, tech, military.