Richard Newton

Contributor

Winchester, England

Global Games columnist RICHARD NEWTON is based near Winchester, England. His credits include The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Sunday Times.



Richard Newton’s Articles

On June 5, Miami will witness one of the world’s most expensive traffic jams. More than a hundred supercars will line up at the start of…
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Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, holds many surprises, perhaps the greatest of which is its age. Sitting within an ancient land, it feels…
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Family apartments in Seoul are typically cramped, affording young Korean adults (who traditionally live with their parents until marriage)…
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We have been dancing to a South Korean beat for years without even realizing it. Over the past three decades, the country’s influence in…
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At dusk, Tokyo is transformed. The drab, smog-gray cityscape bursts into color. Neon signs flash and glow, and staid streets morph into a…
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The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is not natural terrain for modern transport. For centuries, the Bhutanese moved around their relentlessly…
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The world meets in Singapore. This city-state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, right in the heart of Asia, is a trading center,…
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Where, in relation to The Kremlin (from which, ultimately, all Moscow directions are given), will we find the neighborhood of…
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Namibia is a driver’s paradise — albeit with a few provisos. Can you drive a stick shift? Are you comfortable driving on the left? Do…
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In the small hours of a moonless night, it’s just a road. Lit by sodium lights, it twists up through darkness, seemingly suspended in the…
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Where does Seoul end and Incheon begin? On the busy expressway between the two neighboring cities, the precise spot is marked by a small…
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For newcomers to Saudi Arabia, culture shock is inevitable. It’s just a question of how soon it will strike. Maybe it will happen the…
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A tried and tested way for a city to put itself on the world map is to host a major sporting event. Seoul’s global image was…
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If you want to buy a camel, you’ve come to the right place. A 20-minute drive northeast of Riyadh is a dusty, sprawling encampment…
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Suddenly we’re off the map. Until now, it has been easy enough to keep track of our progress along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. There…
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You might think it’s a self-evident question. I’ll ask it anyway. Where in the world is this year’s Dakar Rally being staged? If…
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The world is a mixed-up place. Although humankind attempts to impose structure and certainty, manmade order is inherently fragile.…
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Whatever brings you to Saudi Arabia, chances are it isn’t the nightlife. The kingdom is not renowned for nocturnal frivolity. When the…
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The journey is half the adventure. Two natural impediments block our way to Manali. From the air, descending toward the city of Chandigarh,…
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In the grip of combat, you care little for the founding myth. Pinned on a mat, desperately trying to loosen the tight hold that is choking…
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Everyone has a reason for making the journey to Dharamsala, which translates as “spiritual dwelling.” For the British colonials, the…
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We descend the covered steps from the aircraft and emerge, blinking, into brilliant sunlight. The sky above is pristine. Palm trees ripple…
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Islands do strange things to isolated species. Charles Darwin famously observed the variations among the birds and tortoises of the…
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Two things go through your mind when you’re on the back of a runaway elephant. First, can such a large animal be brought back under…
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“You’ve been a very naughty boy.” The nurse shook her head as she checked my medical records. “One, two, three, four … oh,…
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It’s a question I’ve been asked for as long as I’ve been a travel writer. I finally have an answer. “What’s your favorite…
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On the surface, this is not a spectator sport. From a vantage point beside a public swimming pool in Slovenia, I attempt to make sense of…
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Experience the Brazilian city of Salvador wherever you are right now. If your music collection includes Paul Simon’s 1990 album The…
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This region of northeast Brazil owes everything, including its name, to the natural harbor of Baia de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints).…
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What they are doing in this village in the Peruvian Andes breaches a seemingly inviolable law. From childhood, the message is drummed into…
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He didn’t know what we know, walking up the same rocky mountainside, wilting under the same heat, rasping for breath in the same thinning…
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For early traders, Gaziantep was famous for pistachio nuts, and it still is. The city is at the heart of Turkey’s pistachio-growing…
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This is not a level playing field, and that’s the point. On flat ground, there would be no contest. Four legs will always outrun two. It…
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There are two views of Hong Kong’s economic success. Literally. One is of a breathtaking skyline, a veritable forest of high-rise…
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What is the national sport of Finland? If, over the past few years, you have viewed that northern European country through the prism of…
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You know exactly what to expect from a modern spa. There will be ambient music, subdued lighting, vases with artfully arranged twigs and…
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I don’t gamble, and I am against animal cruelty. So why, every April, do I dabble in the former and tolerate the latter? The cause of my…
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India is a land of contradictions. We know that. Anyone who has plunged into the frenzy of Mumbai or New Delhi experienced those…
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Curitiba (pronounced “Coo-ree-cheeba”), in southern Brazil, has cornered the market for a particular kind of tourist. They arrive from…
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To paraphrase the legendary coach of the Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly (who was talking about soccer), sport is not a matter of…
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Although Curitiba is one of 12 Brazilian cities lined up to host matches in the 2014 FIFA World Cup (the world’s second-biggest sporting…
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In Britain, vindaloo is the most notorious of all curries, more rite of passage than culinary dish. Late on a Friday or Saturday night,…
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There is something soothing about spoken Portuguese. While some languages can be jarringly guttural, Portuguese — and especially the…
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Even through jaded adult eyes, the first glimpse of São Paulo from the air is both exciting and intimidating. For a child, the responses…
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I never bonded with my childhood sled. Unlike Charles Foster Kane, I didn’t give it a name, nor did I carefully preserve it as a memento…
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What do you think of when you think of the Canary Islands? A sub-tropical paradise named after the native yellow birds? A volcanic…
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First, the disappointment. The canaries of the Canary Islands are drabber that you might hope. Their yellow domestic cousins have been…
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Some sports spread to every corner of the globe; others are destined to remain confined to a few locales. Why? What factors determine a…
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From the bridge of a cruise ship in the Strait of Malacca, the Swedish captain gazes ambivalently toward the dark green shoreline of the…
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The principality of Monaco is just over half the size of Central Park. Yes, you read that right. The entire country — lock, stock and…
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For early explorers, the blank parts of their incomplete maps were often etched with a warning: “Here Be Dragons.” Tourists generally…
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These are the people who helped make America. They forged the trails that opened up the West. They herded the cattle that fed railroad…
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You have to go a long way to find a Canadian man who will admit to disliking ice hockey. The only one I’ve found so far was a rake-thin,…
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This isn’t like Africa at all. In a hinterland suburb of Durban, we drive in dappled green light under arching trees. Imposing homes can…
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It was another place, another time. Although most of us will confess to possessing little knowledge about Catalonia in the 18th century, we…
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His name was Simon, and he gave me fleas. I forgave him, though, for without his four sturdy hooves beneath me, I would have struggled to…
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Delhi is not one city, it is many. Historically, administratively, culturally, economically and socially, India’s capital is a…
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In these belt-tightening times, it is a question that ought to be on the minds of planners and politicians: Why build a bridge if a pole…
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Mumbai is the original “city that never sleeps.” After dusk, this megalopolis of more than 12 million people shifts into another gear.…
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As the flight from New York taxis to the gate at Santiago, there is a welcome — if misleading — announcement: “There is no time…
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“Where are you from?” It’s an innocent enough question. How do you answer it? Do you respond with where you live now? Or where you…
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I’m not sure who is more nervous: the Grant’s gazelle or me. It is midday. The solitary male antelope sniffs the dusty air for lions.…
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Most of us have tried, at one time or other, to “find” ourselves. I pursued my own search during a brief stopover in Japan. Fascinated…
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Globalization is not supposed to work this way. Amid the relentless flow of Western popular culture to the farthest reaches of the globe,…
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Just around the bend from the Kremlin, 5th Kotelnicheskiy Lane is an unremarkable, narrow street ascending from the embankment of the…
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In the late 1950s, in the middle of the Arabian Desert, renowned historian Arnold Toynbee could hardly believe his eyes. Enveloped in…
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 As we stand together on the ferry deck, two things lie ahead of us. Most immediately, the island of Gozo, romantically bathed in a…
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In the Irish Sea, midway between Great Britain and Ireland, there is an island 32 miles long by 14 miles wide. By a quirk of history, the…
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Where is this? We are sitting in an open safari vehicle amid pale, parched bushland. Cicadas hiss. Vultures wheel drowsily in the dusty…
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Feet are my thing. I’m talking about sporting aptitude rather than fetish. From time to time, in streets around the world, balls…
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It is not enough to familiarize yourself with the layout of Beirut’s streets and suburbs. You must overlay an intricate web of religious…
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Boys will be boys. Put an idle bunch together — any place in the world, any time in history — and chances are they will either get up…
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Casablanca is more than just a place. It is a timeless jewel of popular culture. It is a compendium of memorable quotes. It is romance. It…
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In summer, northern Europeans are prone to go a little bit crazy. It’s probably the long winter that does it: the endless nights; the…
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A canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific and a highway from Alaska to Patagonia. Those were the two great infrastructure projects intended…
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It has taken me a quarter of a century to make the connection between a particular word and the few minutes I spent beside a frozen lake…
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Tokyo is a paradox. On the surface, it is the calmest and most ordered of all the world’s megacities. Everything works. The streets are…
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      Levent Kalkan/Dreamstime.com Kids love camels, and kids also love wrestling: two persuasive arguments for a family…
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Tim de Boeck/dreamstime.com This ancient land has seen it all before. The popular uprising of 2011 is just a blink in time. The monuments…
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Richard Newton I have a confession to make. It has taken me 20 years to admit this in print: I hate tropical rainforests. Don’t get me…
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It is a perfect day for a picnic, and I think I know just the spot. I’ve been in Helsinki for a few days, long enough to have a…
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In the 1970s, my grandfather’s travel chess set was one of the most futuristic things I had ever seen. He brought it with him on a visit…
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Rivalry can turn anything, even a carnival, into sport. In 1966, an annual folklore festival in Parintins, a nondescript Brazilian port on…
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We are in Piata Romana — Roman Square. Traffic swirls around us, funneled into and out of the circular intersection by six converging…
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Photo: Nikos Pavlakis, Dreamstime Forbidden. Few words are as enticing. We are standing beside a concrete wall topped with a fence. The…
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Chances are that you have never had reason to contemplate quantum mechanics, alternative rock music, your own neighborhood and hidden…
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How many American kids are passionate about the Spanish Renaissance artist El Greco? I think we can agree that the answer is probably…
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You never forget the reverberation of a prosthetic leg on a tennis court. It was the sound I woke up to each morning during a two-week…
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It is a moment that touches everyone present, regardless of age, nationality or religion. Sir Neville Marriner, the 86-year-old British…
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photo: Drimi/Dreamstime.com It’s in here somewhere. We’re opening the door of my garden shed. Daylight floods in, revealing a…
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Greyhounds have long been the focus of controversy. In Shakespearean England, they were the favored dogs of Queen Elizabeth I. She decreed…
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My ex-boss’s first mistake was to invite me sailing on her yacht. My record with sailboats is, to say the least, ominous. Any sailors…
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It was late, and there had been some drinking. As I trudged over frost at the edge of the taiga forest, the sharp cold was blunted by the…
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We’re slugging it out in the second round. I’m on the ropes, huffing for breath. My weary arms can barely muster a punch. My defenses…
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We are in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Seoul, about to visit the trendy downtown district of Myeong-dong. So why are we wearing hiking…
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In one corner, the peregrine falcon, nature’s greatest athlete, able to swoop down on unsuspecting prey at lightning speed. In the other,…
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There will be clichés — they can’t be avoided. So let’s address them up front: canals, 17th-century gabled townhouses, bicycles, the…
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The first steps I ever took are lost in the fuzzy depths of infant memory. But I can vividly recall how it felt to walk for the first time…
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Whenever we engage in conversation, we fence, using words instead of weapons. We parry awkward questions and respond with ripostes. By the…
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It has long been fashionable for travelers to disparage Singapore. On the backpacking trail around Southeast Asia, I have heard people…
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Warning: You are about to enter a testosterone-fueled world of fumes, flames, burning rubber, extreme noise, g-forces, beer and rowdy…
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Which important Spanish city in the Americas was destroyed by pirates? What is the Big Ditch? Where can you see more than 300 different…
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Bruce Lee is watching. With his back to the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, which form an irregular wall of glass and steel on the far…
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This paragraph will bridge the centuries, span the globe and deposit us somewhere completely unexpected. The story starts with the…
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Think of the kids. A visit to Sydney will have consequences. Most will be positive. Australia’s biggest city offers a wealth of…
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Timing is everything. For 51 weeks of the year, an early stroll through the center of old Pamplona, in northern Spain, is a sedate…
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When you are a spectator at a major sporting event, you surrender your individuality for the duration. You become an integral part of the…
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I did not take to waterskiing like a duck to water. The mistake I made was basic; and if I were to try again, I am sure I would soon be…
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Halfway up Spion Kop, the exhaust fell off our rental car. It was late afternoon, and we were miles from the nearest town. I ran down to…
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Because I lack the gymnastic agility to reach the top of the camel, the top of the camel must come to me. The Tunisian herdsman barks a…
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In 1832, a wooden ship furled its sails and dropped anchor among a remarkable cluster of volcanic islands. On board was a young English…
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Are you a galactico? Do you deserve appreciation and reward? If so, Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid is your spiritual home. This…
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I rafted the Gauley River once,” said Eddie Bennett. In golden dusk we were sitting on the porch of his bed and breakfast in…
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Ahead of us, the Andes: the spine of South America. I was viewing the formidable mountain range from the cockpit of a Boeing 767 as we…
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Outlandish costumes, good guys, over-the-top villains, raucous fans, Coke and peanut vendors, an excitable announcer whipping up the…
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If an extraterrestrial spaceship were to park itself above the downtown skyscrapers of a major world city, which city would it be? In…
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Most boys fall in love twice before they reach their teens. One focus is likely an unattainable person — perhaps a singer or movie star,…
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In the dark, at 3:30 a.m., we have to remind ourselves this is Borneo. The island’s tropical vibrancy is absent in our flashlight beams;…
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Damascus in the evening rush hour is the definition of chaos. As an outsider, you wouldn’t want to be driving through the city at this…
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There is a fine line between order and chaos. At the Korean Folk Village, an hour’s drive south of downtown Seoul, 30 pre-school children…
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My first night in Beirut was disrupted by gunfire and explosions. I had been on edge since arriving at the airport at dusk, and now, in the…
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After a 30-minute drive from the airport, we arrive at what looks like the gate to a North African fort. It opens, and the future of…
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Step out of the hotel in downtown Dakar and start counting: 1, 2, 3 … How long before someone latches on to you, proffering SIM cards or…
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Beyond a doubt, 41 years of communism left their mark on Dresden. But the deeper scars, both to the city’s fabric and to its psyche, were…
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Travel is not what it was. When Odysseus journeyed home across the Aegean after the fall of Troy 3,000 years ago, his epic odyssey took 10…
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On foot and on horseback, people have been crisscrossing Galicia, in northwest Spain, for thousands of years. When the Romans reached Cape…
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I am, let’s face it, a man. Joanne, traveling with me, is a woman. We both describe Austria’s capital as romantic, though from…
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White days or white nights? Your perception of St. Petersburg will depend on the choice. Visit in winter, when the daylight gloom is…
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There were 16 of them, casually clustered around the carousel at Simón Bolívar Airport. I was standing nearby and deduced, firstly, that…
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I am leaning against a barrier. The metal bar is solid and cold; I grip it like a lifeline. Without it, I would careen down a steep ramp…
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I have been roaming Innsbruck, treading on cobblestones, hearing my footsteps echo off centuriesold buildings. It’s time for a change of…
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The challenge is to discuss the sport of squash without mentioning kissing. For me, the two are intertwined. Whenever I think of squash, I…
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On Feb. 24, 2007, two teams lined up on the turf of the 84,000-capacity Croke Park stadium in Dublin. It was an emotionally charged moment.…
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A map and a view. i looked from one to the other and struggled to make the connection. The map was of central Chile, with Santiago at its…
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“Do not be alarmed,” announced the pilot as the Druk Air Airbus began its descent. If there is one phrase guaranteed to generate alarm…
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Turn the clock back 15 years and listen to what the experts — healthcare professionals, medical insurers, governments, the media and the…
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Night has fallen, the afternoon rain giving way to a starry sky, and Red Square looks magical. The wet cobblestones are slick with…
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This is a tale of cheating and redemption. It takes place in the Gothic shadow of Durham Cathedral, the imposing ancient edifice that sits…
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I’m not sure what this is. a confession? A shameless brag? A regret? Whatever it is, it is true: I was once an international tennis…
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One afternoon 32 years ago — at age 9 — I stood at the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza and discovered a new gauge for the size and…
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I never learn. ‘‘Have you ridden before?” they ask me. ‘‘Yes,” I say with nonchalant bravado, even though I haven’t ridden…
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After the British gained control of Hong Kong Island in 1841, they faced a paradox: The more successful their colony became economically,…
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Yoga worries me. My fears are twofold. The first is that I’ll tie myself into an unrecoverable knot and will end up living the rest of my…
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Let’s begin with two opposing statements, a yin and a yang, so to speak: Wushu will be included in the 2008 Beijing Olympics; Wushu will…
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As i stood on the ancient ramparts of Kadifekale Fortress, Izmir blew me away — metaphorically and almost literally. The city was spread…
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Walking on water, I stride across the Yukon River where, for much of the year, choppy rips challenge canoeists and kayakers. There are no…
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“There is no there there.” Gertrude Stein was writing about Oakland, Calif., but she might as well have been referring to Windhoek. On…
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The jet fighter came out of the western sky: a silent shadow, a hole of darkness in the afternoon glare. It swooped low across the top of…
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At an archery tournament in Thimphu, capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, two teams take turns firing at targets at opposite ends of…
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Nudity. That was always my problem with spas. I didn’t know if it would be required, and if so, at what stage in the proceedings. Fear of…
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I Iearned my worst-ever sporting injury playing badminton. In my time, I have participated vigorously in soccer, rugby, squash, tennis and…
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Sydney leads the way. whatever time it is in the most of the world, Sydney has already been and gone. When you are winding down on a Sunday…
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Imagine that this is a powerpoint presentation. Choose your own personal sound-track: perhaps some tasteful flamenco guitar, or a familiar…
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You could say Valencia is a Mediterranean city situated on the banks of the Turia River — and you would be right. Factually. But those…
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“Is this Doug?” I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve had to field that question when answering my telephone. No, I’m not…
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In 1974, aged seven, I had my hair ruffled by the hand that punched Muhammad Ali to the ground. The owner of the hand towered above me. He…
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In the hour before daybreak, darkness intensifies, the insects fall silent, and The Gambia’s tropical pungency declines to no more than a…
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My career as a musher ended the day it began. I was in Canada’s Yukon, desperately trying to look the part. I had grown a beard…
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On a dark, cloudy night in northwest Tasmania, I dropped silently onto my stomach and crawled to within a few feet of a Tasmanian devil. It…
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Walk into a sports bar and try to persuade the bar-stool fans to turn off the football or boxing or Indy car racing and switch over to…
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Avid Beckham’s highprofile arrival in the United States has been touted as a new British invasion. Not since the Beatles has an…
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My grass hut is the kind a Bushman lottery winner would build. Approximately twice the size of a standard hut (though I still have to stoop…
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Name an australian city. Even without going to the trouble of a formal survey, we can safely bet that the vast majority of American…
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There is motor racing and then there is Formula 1. Motor racing is characterized by the acrid stench of oil, raucous noise and gaudy…
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The historical origins of most major sports are imprecise. But for the sport of rugby we have a date, a place and the name of an…
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It was the quintessential safari experience, but with a twist. We had seen a distant commotion in the long grass, and quickly headed there…
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It was a different era, and in many respects it was a different city. On February 2, 1990, I was in Pretoria preparing to interview Pik…
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We slice a sparkling trail along the Guapore River, voyaging upstream with Bolivian swampland to our right and Brazilian rain forest to our…
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I´m closetothecheck-incounters on the concourse of Terminal 4 at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport, wearing nothing but a pair of…
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This is sailing without the fun. It is sport stripped clean of the pretense that “it’s the taking part that counts.” Winning is all…
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Most travel journalists have a favorite “best kept secret.” Mine is hidden in plain view. Whenever you fly between the United States…
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It is not a natural place to put a city. Even on the most basic of maps, Hobart’s geographic limitations are obvious. The city is strung…
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We could be here all night. The topic under discussion is dimly lit and shrouded in smoke. Anyone can try it — most of us have. But even…
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The path has served its purpose. We have walked alongside for an hour, mostly uphill, sometimes through mud and over log bridges. Now our…
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It is an alphabet, but not quite as we know it. Some of the letters are the same as ours; some look the same but are pronounced…
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The airplane is full of honeymooners. We are flying south from Seoul, escaping winter’s icy grip, and leaving behind the daily stresses…
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For the Japanese, sumo wrestling is not just a sport. It is the essence of their national identity; a 1,500-year-old tradition infused with…
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Do I look like a man who would pay $100,000 for a falcon? It is a rhetorical question. In the falcon market in Doha, Qatar, I stand alone…
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Adventure in Ireland means different things to different people. For some, the height of adventure is a night on the town, visiting as many…
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Let’s talk status. In Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, four people and a working ox find themselves together under the…
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Waking up, disoriented after a long flight and a late-night arrival, the first question on my mind is not “where?” but “when?”…
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Polo has a social problem. Let’s face it, when did you last walk into a bar and find everyone cheering a polo game on television?…
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The Caspian Sea is not a sea, it is a lake. You constantly have to remind yourself of that fact as you walk along the waterfront at Baku,…
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With impeccably tasteful timing, Havana’s clock stopped in the 1950s. Had the revolution severed the country from the Western world…
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It’s the last thing you expect to hear when you step off the train in central Sweden at the start of a bear-tracking trip: “The guy who…
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Somewhere on the highway, heading southwest through a desert sandstorm, we crossed from the emirate of Dubai into the emirate of Abu Dhabi.…
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Let’s play a game of preconceptions. We are leaving Doha, capital of Qatar, going west across the flat, featureless, yellow desert. A…
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In the context not only of sport, but also of life itself, where do we place surfing? Is it a decadent waste of time? Or is it one of the…
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Australians are currently talking gibberish. Lately a whole new vocabulary has been added to their unique vernacular, leaving North…
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Relax. Enjoy the sounds of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. The distant murmur of Atlantic breakers. Exotic birdsong. Sprinklers…
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Kneeling in front of a statue of Buddha, I rattled a bamboo box containing a set of numbered divining sticks. The motion gradually caused…
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On this sweltering morning, flouting journalistic convention, I have decided to assess modern Dubai not by looking up, but by looking down.…
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It all happened in a bewildering blur. I thought I was being mugged, but in fact I was being kissed. When my amorous assailant stood back,…
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In the busy harbor of Al-Wakrah, Qatar, the skipper of dhow No. 3564 invited me aboard. A wobbly wooden plank spanned the distance between…
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If the word “Armenian” were a verb, it would probably mean something like “to be in one place while thinking of another.” Through…
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The great River Danube has the power to divide and to unite. Both of these forces have defined Budapest, capital of Hungary. Until the 19th…
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The meeting is on home turf. You are hosting a delegation from overseas. Perhaps they are from Japan, or the Middle East, or Eastern…
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In the first half of the 20th century, there were rumors of a lost city in southern Africa. Expeditions searched the Kalahari Desert for…
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On a perfect Arabian night — cloudless, moonless, almost midnight — the Qatar Airways Airbus A330 descends into Doha. Just 10 years…
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It was 5:30 a.m., and I had arranged to join a group of birdwatchers atop a ski jump. The plan had sounded plausible enough when it was…
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The memory of my first visit to St. Petersburg nearly 20 years ago remains remarkably vivid, despite what happened on my very first night…
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Monumental architecture is nothing new in Hyderabad, capital of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Presiding over the old town is…
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Macau’s reputation never entirely recovered from a famous exchange of dialogue between two characters in the 1948 Hollywood classic The…
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RED SQUARE It is difficult to think of Red Square without automatically recalling the awesome Soviet military hardware that once trundled…
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Haeundae Beach If you’re looking for a lonely stretch of sand on which to lay out your towel, this isn’t it. Haeundae…
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Romance flows through the heart of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city. You sense it when you take an evening stroll along the river…
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Petronas Towers Skybridge/Menara Tower The Petronas Towers (www.petronas.com.my – click on “corporate,” then “company…
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It was the worst meeting ever. My translator did her best to salvage the situation, but the odds were stacked against her. I had arrived at…
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The first time I saw Toronto, the signature landmark was absent. It is no easy feat to hide the 1,815-foot CN Tower, but that afternoon as…
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Amsterdam appears simple enough at first glimpse, but you soon discover that its façade of gabled houses and lazy canals is only part of…
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When England first reached across the Atlantic, Bristol was its launch point. In 1497, John Cabot sailed out of the city heading west. The…
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Sitting in an open Land Rover, the New York lawyer in front of me surveys the scene. Thirty feet away, three lions are gorging on a…
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Juneau’s biggest problem is also its biggest asset. Let’s address this contradiction from 5,000 feet in a helicopter. Mount Juneau is…
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For me, it was a date. For you, it could be a business meeting. Either way, avoid the 3th floor bar of the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown…
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Just who do the romanians think they are? deconstruct their name to uncover the answer. While the rest of Eastern Europe is largely…
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I wake up to a “where am i?” moment: I’m in a four-poster bed in a stone-walled room. Vague memories coalesce. Late afternoon arrival…
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International trade qualifies as a spectator sport in Durban, South Africa. Most days you can join people congregated on the northern pier…
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St. Petersburg defies the laws of nature. Three centuries ago, Czar Peter the Great chose to locate his monumental city on a collection of…
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Flying from Moscow to Baku, an American writing a postcard asks her companion: “How do you spell Azerbaijan?” A Russian businessman…
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1 – The Star Ferry The green-and-white Star Ferry (www.starferry.com.hk), linking the mainland district of Kowloon to Hong Kong…
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1. TABLE MOUNTAIN. Looming 3,000 feet above the city and often eerily draped in cloud (the so-called “tablecloth”), Table Mountain is…
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Visiting Moscow on business can be a surreal experience. The legacy of the Cold War is still vivid: The Kremlin walls are as forbidding as…
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Jeddah has been a destination for business travelers for centuries. As the most important port on the Red Sea, the city is an international…
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