An immigrant story from the son of an immigrant country

Last weekend I visited the home that my father grew up in. The slope-side building in Bogota's historic district of La Candelaria is a "hippie" hostel today. In the room that was once occupied by my family, a small TV entertains languid backpackers spread out on mats across the tiled floor. The ceiling is about …

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El Carnaval de Barranquilla sizzles in Colombia (CNN Travel)

Barranquilla, Colombia (CNN)Bikinis, bare skin, face paint, feathers. Pretty much what you'd expect this time of year from Rio Carnival, right? Well, sure. But the world's most famous carnival doesn't have a monopoly on feather frenzies. In the coastal Colombian city of Barranquilla, one of the world's largest spectacles of dance and cultural pageantry is …

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History is how you read it: the Marcos Museum (Southeast Asia Globe)

    The ‘sacred’ story of the Philippines’ former strongman Ferdinand Marcos, as told through a bizarre museum in his home province, where he is still adored. Outside of the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum, beneath a soaring verdant canopy, skinny pushbike tricycle drivers listlessly chatter away the day. They are more consumed by their conversation …

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Disappearing into Davao, the Philippines’ remote southern capital

The woman sitting in seat 16A hadn’t noticed me yet, and I honestly wasn’t expecting her to. It was a short flight and she, I observed, was contented in her window seat. . The short woman wore the face of an endearing schoolteacher that could have also been an aunt. For the most part, she …

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Why go to Loikaw? (Travel+Leisure)

Newly alluring Loikaw, in Burma, brims with karsts, hill-tribe markets and bold brews. Here, four reasons to go now. Because the temples and the scenery are impossibly photogenic. A nest of majestic conical spires, Taung Kwe Pagoda (Road 5 next to Thiri Mingalar Market) awaits you at the top of Thiri Mingalar Hill. Breathe in the …

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