Travel

R&K Insider: Moving is the worst edition

Sign up for R&K Insider, our collection of the most compelling happenings in food, politics, and travel from across the web. Happy Thursday, dear readers! It’s been a very busy week for me, as, in addition to following the now normal never-ending news cycle, I’ve been packing for a move. I’ve moved at a rate of at least—although usually much ...

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A Very Special U.K. Election Drunken Screed

For this special edition of our weekly Drunken Screed, we at Roads & Kingdoms asked some of our favorite Brits to have a drink or five and weigh in on the surprisingly exciting U.K. general election. Grab a pint and join us as we rant, rave, and revel over last night’s vote. My Whole Brain Feels Like a Bottle of ...

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Never Stop Honing Your Skills at Sniffing Out Alcohol in Unexpected Places

Beer on Hatta Island Pulau Hatta—Hatta Island—is a little island that the Dutch once named Rozengain that sits in the Banda Sea. Brutal wars raged here during the 16th-18th centuries. Part of the larger Maluku archipelago of Indonesia, the Banda Islands—then infamously known as the Spice Islands—are home to one of that era’s most prized and fought-over commodities: nutmeg and ...

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Cold Beer Is Cold Beer, Just Drink It Already

Costeñitas in Colombia We arrive at La Popular in Barranquilla. The decoration, the chairs, the tables and, of course, the name of the bar, are meant to emulate the ambience of the traditional tiendas–-street corner stores that also serve beers. If it weren’t for their night-club-like prices and their location on the ground-floor terrace of a shiny new mall in ...

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Should the Revolution Be Fun?

Beer in Paris The black-clad cops crouched and walked backwards slowly, their faces shielded, their bodies taut in readiness. The first line of marchers approached them, a 30-foot distance between the two groups. It felt like watching one of those iconic protester-cop face-off pictures come alive. On May 1, when thousands of people marched from the Place de la Republic ...

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How Come Our Travel Disasters Never End in Unexpected Food Tours?

Pasita in Puebla First it was cemita, a huge round sandwich that Poblanos, inhabitants of Puebla, are so proud of. Then it was cremita, a vanilla pudding, in a place called California that resembled one of those U.S. restaurants from the 70s that I had only seen in movies. By the time we stopped in a candy shop to treat ...

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A Sour Wine That Pairs Well with Sausages, Jet Lag, and Depressing Elections

Apfelwein in Frankfurt It was the first round of the French elections, and I happened to be in the Schengen Zone—the 26 European nations without border controls between them—fresh off the plane from the United States. Frankfurt, Germany, to be precise. After chatting with people and getting through the requisite rounds of “Congratulations on your new president!”—which was funny, but ...

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Four AM Coffee and Other Jet Lag Emergencies

Flat white in Melbourne I have an emergency: a desperate need at 4 a.m. for coffee, good coffee. Instead of capitalizing on this gift of time and silence, my body is on GMT+2—Johannesburg time—and by 6 a.m., the deprivation taunts me. There are free Anzac biscuits in the hotel room’s mini-bar and there is a Nescafé machine with four pods. ...

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