Fines, street closures and code reds: How ‘urban jungle’ Amsterdam is clamping down on tourist excess

The authorities in Amsterdam have announced bold new measures to tackle tourist excess in the city centre, which one official has described as a “jungle”. The Dutch capital’s louche red light district has been the focus of a major clean-up operation in recent years, leading, controversially, to the closure of many window brothels and cannabis… Continue reading Fines, street closures and code reds: How ‘urban jungle’ Amsterdam is clamping down on tourist excess

Is Bali the world’s worst destination for animal cruelty?

A new report by World Animal Protection (WAP) has criticised the popular honeymoon islands of Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan in Indonesia for being among the worst destinations in the world when it comes to animal cruelty in captivity. Wildlife abusement parks: Wildlife entertainment tourism in Bali, Lombok and Gili Trawangan claims that 100 per… Continue reading Is Bali the world’s worst destination for animal cruelty?

Easter Island limits tourism in preservation efforts

It’s a five-hour flight to Chile’s Easter Island (Rapa Nui) from the nation’s capital of Santiago. Mysterious, hard-to-get-to and isolated, the volcanic island in Polynesia automatically makes it a dream destination for intrepid travelers who long to get off the beaten path. The island is famous around the world for its iconic moai — enormous… Continue reading Easter Island limits tourism in preservation efforts

Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

“Evil is a make-believe concept we’ve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans.” An idealistic young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack last month while on a cycling trip around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both 29, last year quit their office jobs in Washington, DC, to… Continue reading Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

Amsterdam is becoming the new Venice, a city stolen by tourists

Back in the 1990s, when I first came to live in Amsterdam, it was my ideal city. It had the charm and easy life of a village, yet the cultural whack of an international metropolis. Most of all it had a quirky, creative, inventive, rebellious core. All manner of people were tumbled together in a… Continue reading Amsterdam is becoming the new Venice, a city stolen by tourists

16 Spaces With Exposed Brick

Welcome to image alignment! The best way to demonstrate the ebb and flow of the various image positioning options is to nestle them snuggly among an ocean of words. Grab a paddle and let’s get started. On the topic of alignment, it should be noted that users can choose from the options of None, Left, Right, and Center. In… Continue reading 16 Spaces With Exposed Brick