MEXICAN RESORTS Three new dining options rise in Sierra Madre

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre Mountains, guests can enjoy miles of wooden pathways. Read More

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GPS | AZERBAIJAN | Puppets from around the world raise hopes for the future in Baku

Why was the opening ceremony of the second international puppet theater festival in Azerbaijan so damn solemn an occasion? Probably because the organizers have put so much hope in it. In November 2011, when the first international theater festival opened in Baku, the Azerbaijan State Puppet Theater turned 80 years old. It is a venerable institution. It was the first time such a large-scale international festival was organized in the history of Azerbaijani theater. Read More

GPS | TACLOBAN | Filipino writes message on basketball court: “Help SOS!!! We Need Food”

How can you help this man asking the world for help? In this post, I outline the latest information I can gather, as of November 12, 2013, about relief assistance for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (aka Haiyan in international circles).
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GPS | RUSSIA | In protest of the Kremlin, Russian performance artist nails his scrotum on Red Square cobblestones (NSFW)

Pyotr Pavlensky’s bodily public actions “involve the actual power mechanisms.” His performances of sewing his mouth closed in protest against the arrest of Pussy Riot, or lying naked in barbed wire to protest harsh laws, have had wide international resonance. Read More

GPS | OUTER SPACE | Watch live: Russian cosmonauts take the Olympic torch on a spacewalk

Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky took the unlit version of the silver-and-red torch through the hatch of the International Space Station. While gripping the torch in the gloved fist of his spacesuit, Kotov crawled out of the hatch and waved it triumphantly 261 miles (420 km) above the planet Earth. Read More

GPS | CZECH REPUBLIC | A church of bones in Kutna Hora

This is not Tolkien’s Mines of Moria. This is not an image from Peter Jackson’s upcoming Hobbit film sequel subtitled The Desolation of Smaug. This is Sedlec’s Church in the city of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic. Read More

GPS | THE AMERICAS: Florida | Spectacular photos of Port Everglades Power Plant demolished

For more than 50 years, the power plant’s four 350-foot, candy-cane-striped stacks and four 7,500-ton boilers marked South Florida’s skyline. The power plant demolition, pictured here, is the largest in Florida’s history and the company’s third in three years. Read More

GPS | THE AMERICAS: New York City | Epic “Noli Me Tangere” opera takes a bow in New York City

GPS | THE AMERICAS | NEW YORK CITY | The cast numbers 30 singers. The pit houses 35-piece orchestra musicians. On sheer numbers alone, the Noli Me Tangere Opera is a large-scale production. The opera is based on an epic novel: the 1887  historical classic by Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ National Hero. The ambition is huge as… Read More

NAKED DIPLOMACY | 450 naked runners race as part of Free Pussy Riot campaign

The prompt to begin the naked run in the Netherlands was given 14:30 via Skype from Russia by a Pussy Riot member. Runners wearing nothing but helmets and sneakers in the Netherlands show support for Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Read More