Contradictions & celebrations: 150 years of united Italy

This week guest blogger is Anneliese Rabl, a writer who has been living in Italy for many years and through experience has come to understand and celebrate the deep contradictions which are embedded in Italian culture and people . Anneliese’s beautifully explained piece, details why there is still a … Read More

First woman to summit all 14 major peaks

Reaching the top of K2 on her fourth attempt, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, a 40-year-old Austrian alpinist who resides in Germany, has become the first woman to summit all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks without using supplementary oxygen. Kaltenbrunner reached the top of K2, Earth’s second-tallest mountain, at 6:18 p.m. (local time) Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Beaches near Barcelona

When the city gets to hectic and you need to go a little further from the commotion, you can head to one of Barcelona’s nearby beaches. With plenty to choose from and their easy accessibility, these locations are great for … Read More