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A night down the pub in Dublin by the numbers

What to drink, what to drink? Photo by Frederic Poirot, also used as feature photo.There’s work for me to do here in Dublin: lectures at Trinity College, meeting with my portfolio advisor, freelance writing, and getting my fill of Irish sights. But first, it’s Saturday night. I’d had plans to go out for drinks with a classmate but she canceled, pleading exhaustion, so that’s her tapped out and me refusing to go down without a fight.
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Armchair travel: We heart food!

That’s right. And we’ve been eating up a storm around the globe.After a full day of binging on shopping mall food in Bangkok Binge Eating 101, Tom Gates aims to appease his pasta craving in Random Restaurant Review: Authentic Italian In Bangkok.Ross Tabak goes in search of the best barbecue around the world and Hal Amen follows the waft of garlic, chilies, and ginger into a Korean store in Mexico City.
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Big Brother Mouse: A Book for Every Child in Laos

Photos courtesy of the author.Imagine a place where there are no books; where most people have never seen a book, except perhaps a dry and dog-eared textbook shared by a classroom of students in the village school.Imagine children learning to ‘read’ by looking at letters and words written on a chalkboard – if they have the luxury of attending school at all.
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Caribbean & Mexico “12 Days of Travel” Holiday Giveaway

Got this press release via DiamondPR, who reps 9 Marriotts in the Caribbean and Mexico. They’ve teamed up with CheapOair to run a travel giveaway called “12 Days of Travel”; details are below:The “12 days of Travel” will begin at noon on Wednesday, December 1 (today) and will end at noon on Monday, December 13.
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Survival Straps: Bracelets for More Than a Fashion Emergency

These bracelets are cool, stylish, and allow you to have up to 18′ of super-strong paracord with you at all times.Made by SurvivalStraps.com, one paracord survival bracelet contains about 1.75′ of 500lb military spec paracord for every inch ordered. Whether you’re hiking, skydiving, or shopping, you can unravel the bracelet to make use of the paracord for any emergency situation.
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A day in the life of an expat in Osaka, Japan

08:00A beautiful Saturday morning in Osaka. What to do … a day-trip to historic Kyoto? An abandoned railroad hike in Hyogo? If only. Saturday mornings in Japan often mean work so I stretch once more on my futon before beginning my day.08:30Breakfast is shokopan toast and a carton of aloe yogurt. I throw a couple of wrapped negitoro onigiri – tuna and scallion rice balls – into my purse for lunch.
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