“Bring a lot of leather belts to keep things strapped down… and you’ll be just fine.”
That’s the best way to have sex in space, according to Neil deGrasse Tyson. In a new video (above), the “StarTalk” host answered a fan’s question about how sex in space m be different than having sex here on Earth — and Tyson got right to the point.
It would pretty difficult to do the deed in microgravity, he concluded, but there are solutions to the weightlessness problem. Just check out his explanation in the video.
Evita Robinson knew that she was the first black person her students in Japan had ever come in contact with.
She once casually pulled a pen out of her thick, curly bun in the middle of a class and it was as if she had made the pen appear out of thin air. Her Japanese students were stunned. The next thing she knew, they were all trying to slip a pen into their straight hair, hoping it would stay.
Traveling or working overseas alone can be overwhelming, but Robinson welcomes the experience; she sees it as an opportunity to learn and to make a lasting impression.
“I know that they (my students) will never forget me,” she says.
Robinson lived in Asia for over a year, teaching English and traveling to more than 20 countries. Though she loved immersing herself in different cultures, she longed for a network of peers who shared her passion for travel. She especially wanted to see more African-Americans abroad.
Many of the people she met, she says, were only familiar with the stereotypical images of African-Americans they saw in the media. So she set out to remedy that.
It started out as a video Web series. Then Robinson used social media and online platforms to create a network of like-minded people in 2011 and called the group the Nomadness Travel Tribe.
Robinson describes the group as, “an international urban travel family,” which has grown to more than 10,000 members worldwide.
Members of the group are from all over the United States, with large concentrations in most major cities, as well as from countries like Brazil, South Korea, Nicaragua and South Africa. Approximately 80% of the group’s membership is African-American women.
Robinson has made it clear this group is not for the occasional vacationer. Members have wanderlust and make traveling a priority. Besides that, the only prerequisite to joining the tribe is that you must have at least one stamp in your passport. Combined, members have over 30,000 passport stamps.
Being a part of this international network of travelers has its perks. Members are a part of an exclusive Facebook page and private message threads, where travel deals and rare flight glitches are shared.
In December, when a filing system error caused an undisclosed number of Etihad Airways flights to be discounted between the United States and Abu Dhabi, tribe members were all over it.
“We had over 400 tickets bought within the first 24 to 48 hours of that glitch,” Robinson says. “We’ve been having people in and out of the UAE from January to our biggest group that went in October.”
This aligns perfectly with the group’s unofficial motto: “Book now, plan later.”
Nomadness’ Instagram is a rolling archive of images of members in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Something happens when people see someone who looks like them doing things they never imagined, Robinson says.
Images of the group running with the bulls in Spain or playing Holi in India are now accessible to a broad audience in real time, and Robinson believes that has helped encourage more African-Americans to travel abroad.
Nomadness Travel Tribe and other groups, like Travel Noire, are capturing the attention of young black travelers by the thousands.
It’s an agriculture form, not a customs form, but after the long flight (roughly 10 hours from New York), it’s easily confused.
You won’t find your bank here.
Not a single one of the country’s ten biggest banks, including Bank of America, Chase, Citi, and Wells Fargo, has a retail location in Hawaii. Instead, you’ll find local banks like First Hawaiian and Bank of Hawaii.
There’s a language barrier.
Hawaii has two official languages, Hawaiian and English. But Hawaiian pidgin is also widely used. A recent US census of languages in North America included Hawaiian Pidgin as a recognized language for the first time, meaning a lot of Hawaii residents were pleasantly surprised to find themselves newly bilingual.
There is a unique culture in Hawaii, one that extends well past tiki stereotypes. Aloha is a concept people live by, honking is totally taboo, and don’t you dare think about wearing your shoes or slippers (flip flops) into someone’s house.
It is truly otherworldly.
DARRELL GULIN VIA GETTY IMAGES
Hawaii, we love you.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that Hawaii was the only state with more than one official language. It is not.
Being hungry while on the top of a mountain, isolated somewhere in the woods, or at a swimming hole quite literally off the beaten path? That’s the worst of the worst. Whether it’s savory granola you eat by the handful, cold grilled cheese (it’s awesome, trust us), or classic trail mix, here are 16 portable snack ideas for your next outdoor adventure.
In the summer of 2010, I traveled to Idaho to visit my grand parents at their lake cabin and took a side trip to Montana’s Yellowstone Park. That was definitely the most incredible part of the trip. Overall, Montana had a very rugged, natural beauty. It was like nothing I had seen before back in the Northeast and I treasured everything I saw there.
Yellowstone was akin to going to another planet. Everywhere I looked, there was steam rising from mysterious looking, bubbling pools and magnificent vistas of mountains. Apparently, the pools were sulfur springs and animals gathered around them for warmth during the winter months.While driving around in Yellowstone, my family and I also saw tons of buffalo walking alongside the road. It was like they could care less about the presence of humans. We were in their territory. In the picture I took above, there is one lying down by one of the sulfur springs.
I stayed at the Old Faithful Inn during my trip. The rooms are pretty old-fashioned and spare but visitors at the inn get to see the famous Old Faithful geyser. Interestingly enough, it starts off slowly and then eventually builds up to a powerful jet of water. It is very much like a water version of a volcano. Besides the Old Faithful attraction, the food is also quite tasty — I highly recommend their buffalo steaks.
For anyone who likes nature, Yellowstone is a unique place to go to. It has everything from petrified trees to intriguing rock formations. There’s nothing quite like it.
As a native of Queens, I usually love trying different kinds of food. One of my favorites places to go do this is in Jackson Heights, which is right around the Roosevelt Avenue train station. You can take the M, R, E, F or 7 trains to this very convenient and eclectic neighborhood. From great Spanish cuisine to spicy Indian food, this up and coming neighborhood has a lot to offer in terms of great cuisine options.
In the last couple years, I’ve seen Tibetan restaurants opening up shop around Roosevelt Avenue. Tibetan food has South Asian as well as Chinese influences. Spicy Tibet is a great little spot that I found on 75th Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Formerly a small pizza joint, the space is small and the decor is pretty plain. However, I have always found the food there to be quite flavorful and well-made. I highly recommend a plate of momo dumplings or momo dumpling soup. Usually, momo has ground up beef or chicken,cooked unions and spinach inside. I found their momo to be very tasty, especially with the orange spicy sauce they serve along with it. It creates a great contrast with the more plain-tasting dumplings. Their menu also has many different options besides momo; you can enjoy other things like a plate of Chinese-inspired chop suey or ground beef soup.
Overall, I would say that this is the perfect place to eat on a cold winter’s day, especially with their great selection of soups. I always stop by when I’m in the area. I recommend Spicy Tibet if you are looking for a new takeout place or you just want to try something new.
If I had to use just one word to describe Chris Keeley’s work it would be soulful. How he does it I do not know but even docks on a harbor speak with character and an intangible spirit. In this week’s Fresh Face Friday profile, Keeley speaks about his work as an artist and his recent life changing trip to Tanzania. To learn more about Chris Keeley visit: www.chriskeeleyphoto.com, www.facebook.com/chriskeeleyphoto, www.instagram.com/chriskeeleyphoto. Enjoy!
Chris Keeley grew up in Midcoast Maine and now resides in Dover, New Hampshire. He became a photographer at age 25. From humanitarian and portrait photography to business promotion and seascapes, Keeley is an artist drawn to all areas of photography. Most recently, Chris was capturing images in southwest Florida, Downeast Maine, the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains, and Tanzania, Africa. His work can be viewed at galleries throughout New Hampshire and in numerous environmental publications.
1) What does wholehearted and mindful living mean to you?
Wholehearted and mindful living means applying myself to everything I do while being conscious of all of my surroundings and where I am in time and space. This means considering where the light is coming from, whether it’s the sun or artificial light, and how that light changes the subject, and how the subject or landscape might change or the stories it holds in its current condition. It’s also about considering how this photo will affect the future and what it means to the subject, especially if it’s a photo of a person or family. I think it’s only when you consider these and other elements, when you’re being wholehearted and mindful, that you succeed in capturing “the shot.”
2) How do you practice wholehearted and mindful living?
Well, being a photographer certainly helps. A camera is an incredible conduit for meeting new people and discovering lesser known places. I think it’s also incumbent upon photographers to give back with our skill set. That’s why two friends and I ventured on a philanthropy-photography workshop in Tanzania, and have since started an exhibit series and school supply drive to bring attention to the needs of schools in Tanzania.
3) What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by many talented photographers in my area who I’ve been fortunate to shoot with and share knowledge. My family is a galaxy of inspiration, especially my mother. She sets goals, works hard, and has the patience and selflessness of a saint.
4) Answer this quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one, wild, and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver
I aspire to live a life such that if someone were to write my biography, it would be something worth reading over and over again. To that end, we don’t have much time, and so I want to make every day count. I want to feel and be accomplished in all that I do.
5) What words of wisdom would you offer to your younger self?
Set goals, work hard, and when you meet your goals, set them higher! Never settle. Also, surround yourself with role models, people that posses skills or experiences that you strive for, and learn from them and their challenges along their path to success.
1) What is your project “Journey To Tanzania”?
Journey to Tanzania is a project that grew out of my experience from two weeks in Tanzania in 2013. I went with a team of photographers as philanthropy-meets-photography-workshop trip. We were there to capture photos for on-the-ground NGOs to help them show the work they do with HIV/AIDS programs, orphanages, and schools. I fell in love with the country and its people. I want to help them. So when we got back to the US, myself and two others who I went with developed a mission to use our photos to share insights into their culture while raising awareness of the critical need for school supplies for children. As we launch gallery exhibits, we are collecting school supplies and holding mini-workshops about Tanzania.
2) How have your travels through Tanzania influenced your photography and life?
Tanzania really opened my eyes to humanitarian photography. It also surprised me to see how such happiness can shine through people who are meeting only basic survival needs. It was such a reality check on what’s important in life, and how trivial all of our material possession really are toward reaching true happiness.
3) What have you learned about humanity and life through your work and artistry?
Everyone has a story, a moment to share, an impression to leave. In Tanzania, the people I met and the places I saw really drove home to me that we are all one community on this planet. It’s easy to say it, but it’s harder to understand it. Once you experience it, it becomes very clear. We’re all people, we all have so much in common once we take down our cultural barriers.
4) What is the relationship between art and service?
Art is service! A friend of mine describes sustainability as all that “sustains” us as humans. And art is a major part of that, it distinguishes us from other lifeforms. Photography, as a form of art, is a tool to give back and help those in need. I feel fortunate to be developing this skill set that allows me to give back.
5) What do you hope is the impact and meaning of your work?
I hope for my work to show that the world is an incredible place, with interesting places and compelling stories in every direction you look. You only have to open your eyes.
Time for a little wanderlust. Today we visit the beauties of Croatia. Sitting between Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia, and right across from Italy, Croatia is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Central European cultures.
Because of its geographic position, Croatia represents a blend of four different cultural spheres. It has been a crossroad of influences of the western culture and the east—ever since division of the Western Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire—as well as of the Mitteleuropa and the Mediterranean culture. The Illyrian movement was the most significant period of national cultural history, as the 19th-century period proved crucial in emancipation of the Croatian language and saw unprecedented developments in all fields of art and culture, giving rise to a number of historical figures.
The bulk of the tourist industry is concentrated along the Adriatic Sea coast. Opatija was the first holiday resort since the middle of the 19th century. By the 1890s, it became one of the most significant European health resorts. Later a large number of resorts sprang up along the coast and numerous islands, offering services ranging from mass tourism to catering and various niche markets, the most significant being nautical tourism, as there are numerous marinas with more than 16 thousand berths, cultural tourism relying on appeal of medieval coastal cities and numerous cultural events taking place during the summer. Inland areas offer mountain resorts, agrotourism and spas. Zagreb is also a significant tourist destination, rivalling major coastal cities and resorts.
Fun Fact: A global cultural contribution from Croatia is the necktie, derived from the cravat originally worn by the 17th-century Croatian mercenaries in France.
I must have been dreaming of “Evita The Musical” because all I have been singing is “Hello! Buenos Aries…What’s New Buenos Aires!” A random song to get stuck in my head, but a beauty none the less. So today we visit the song’s inspiration and the birthplace of tango…Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy!
“Buenos Aires (/ˈbweɪnəs ˈɛəriːz/ or /ˈaɪrɪs/, Spanish: [ˈbwenos ˈaiɾes]) is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent’s southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around thirteen million.”
“Buenos Aires is one of the 20 largest cities in the world. It is, along with Mexico City and São Paulo, one of the three Latin American cities considered an ‘alpha city’ by the study GaWC5. Argentina has the third best quality of life in Latin America. Buenos Aires’ quality of life is ranked 81st in the world, with its per capita income among the three highest in the region. It is the most visited city in South America (ahead of Rio de Janeiro) and the second most visited city across Latin America (behind Mexico City). It is also one of the most important, largest and most populous of South American capitals, often referred to as the Paris of South America.
Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, and is known for its European-style architecture and rich cultural life, with the highest concentration of theatres in the world. Buenos Aires will host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics.”