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Travel, Celebration, Festival

Embrace the Wetness

by Ricardo Magalhães

Chiang mai — The warnings about the dangers of the Songkran, the Buddhist New Year’s celebrations, were everywhere in Thailand. “Protect your valuables, cover your backpack, wear protective eyewear.” While reading these warnings make it seem like you’re going to get robbed and punched in the face for a few days, what really happens during Songkran is that you get sprayed with water. Lots and lots of water. F...

Celebration, Festival, City Traveler

Bandung Festival 204th

by AMYunus Mas

Bandung — That night was the 204th birthday of Bandung city. It was held at Dago street. I think the picture said much more than ‘it was so crowded’. Beside the stage at front, government also provided space a...

Festival, Spain

They’ve strung up a rope in the mountain village and blindfolded the boy …

by Steve Dearden

Bocairent — Maybe it’s my holiday reading: Antony Beevor’s The Battle for Spain on the Spanish Civil War and Curzio Malaparte’s viciously ironic rendering of liberated/‘re-occupied’ WW2 Naples in The Skin … mayb...

music, Festival

A Big Loud Festival

by Ken Jackson

Superior — Two hundred bands (or more) scattered over 40 venues (or more) during the next 8 days (that’s fixed). I sit in the sun with a yellow hi-lighter marking the bands I might like to hear in the 100 page (...

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