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Amazing toilets around the world – in pictures

From eco-thrones in the wilds to lofty loos with mountain views, Lonely Planet has compiled a book of more than 100 of the most striking lavs around the world

Rome museum offers unique, immersive Caravaggio Experience

Prepare for a whole new kind of cultural experience: a Caravaggio exhibition in Rome that doesn’t feature a single canvas of the fiery Baroque master.<p>It features an innovative video installation combined with an original musical score and even fragrances. The aim is to engage visitors on a …

More on Mindfulness and Difficult People

Mindfulness is purposely paying attention to a particular experience without judgment. It is a science that has a wide range of benefits for many people in all walks of life. It has been proven to help people with physical, mental, and emotional stress. People of any age can certainly benefit from …


These Hypnotic Animations Deform Geometry

UK-based designer Matthew Lucas makes GIFs that spin with the kinetic consciousness of a ballet dancer.<p>Known for elegant loops of geometric objects to biological beings that mutate, Mathew Lucas is a multitalented designer who makes incredibly mesmerizing GIFs. The UK-based creator's works seem to …

11 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

One writer discovers a country of dizzying contradictions.<p>In the words of a local artist and friendly guide I met on a recent trip to Cuba, “The only way to understand Cuba is to be irrational.” The island nation is a place of paradoxes: one where you're at once in awe of Havana's history and …


Transforming difficult emotions: Meditations for healing anger and disappointment

The obstacle is the path. <br>--Zen Proverb<p>“I spent most of my 6th-grade year locked in my bedroom,” my friend David states. He puts his cup of coffee …