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“Argentinians are a famously literary people. In coffee shops, parks, on the bus and even while walking down city streets, their heads are often buried in a book. So it’s only fitting that Buenos Aires can lay claim to one of the world’s most incredible book stores: the Ateneo Grand Splendid… First, let’s admire that name. There’s no pretense of modesty in christening your theater the Grand Splendid. Built in 1919 by an Italian architect in the eclectic style, the theater entertained Buenos Aires for a decade with top-tier tango concerts, before it was converted into a popular cinema. In 2000, the building was leased by a publishing house and found new life as a bookstore. The conversion from theater to bookshop has proved nothing short of magnificent. The painted ceiling, detailed balconies, and stage are all intact. The private boxes are now small reading rooms. The stage is a café, where you can sit and peruse books you’re considering buying. And though it occupies three floors, there’s not an overwhelming selection — the shelves fit perfectly around the theater’s original shape, and comfortable chairs are scattered throughout.” w/ photos
“Josh Tranby and the crew travel to Tomah, Wisconsin for a visually stunning wakeboarding session in a cranberry bog.”
“This Trail Mix is not raisins and seeds… it’s ALL smoked meat, jerky and cheese! One pound, cryosealed in a watertight and airtight pouch, so you can take it anywhere. Maybe you’d better get 2, for home and trail, because you’re going to be tempted to tear in right away! It’s a mix, with every pouch containing most of these beef jerkys: hickory, spicy, teriyaki, pepper, country, garlic, hot. Plus turkey and chicken, including spicy, country, teriyaki. And these smoked meats: spicy and mild beef, with both pepper and cheddar, garlic beef, and turkey… mild, spicy and with pepper. Then, cheddar and Swiss cheese to round it out!” w/ photo
“For every handful of successful adventurers and pioneers who retire in comfort, there are probably many who died, or were killed, or disappeared underway. Many, probably most of them, died young and early, often of disease, before they had the least chance to make a name and reputation for themselves. So perished the younger brother of the great Alfred Russel Wallace, in Brazil. To become an immortal martyr to adventure you have to be a well-known achiever before your curtains close, or be part of some stirring enterprise such as space flight, or otherwise catch the public imagination. All my individuals, pairs or parties fall into one or other of those categories… Top 10 adventurers who never returned home.” w/ photos
“Poor girls was all over looking for her baby. I tried a few times taking him from her and sticking him back in the nest so she could find him and she’d calm down till she ‘disappeared’ again. At one point she felt something on her and tried to groom it off but clawing at baby’s hands when he’s clinging to you way up high is a bad thing. I moved them to the cage for safety and she settled into the hammock after a half hour or so and settled in with baby.” — TamanduaGirl