Ewa Szczepaniak

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5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela

<b>(CNN) —</b> You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela.<p>Venezuela is holding a presidential election on Sunday. How are events in a socialist country of 30 million people, thousands of …

Venezuela

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

Common scenario: You buy a new laptop, thinking you'll sell, donate or hand down the old one... but it never happens. Maybe you don't want to deal with the hassles of Craigslist or Ebay, not to mention wiping all your data, reinstalling Windows and so on.<p>Whatever the case, now it's just taking up …

Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work

<b>In some countries the idea of paternity leave - when a father takes time off work to stay at home with a new child - has yet to take hold. In Sweden, which has been encouraging fathers to take paternity leave since 1974, there is now a new incentive for them to spend a full three months at home.</b><p>"It …

Parenting

The World Lights Up For Paris

Following the worst attack on the City of Light since World War II, the world responds in solidarity—"flying" the tricolor flag of France with light displays from New York to Taipei.<p>Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil<p>London Eye in London, England<p>Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, …

City Halls

5 Brilliant TED Talks That Will Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

These talks will inspire you to think differently about yourself and others.<p>Emotional intelligence is more than a hot topic or trending hashtag. The term describes an extremely important concept: a person's ability to recognize his or her own and other people's emotions, to understand the powerful …

Eerie photos capture the London Underground minus the crowds

LONDON — Most people know the tunnels of the Tube as a heaving mass of human flesh, all armpits and elbows as Londoners and tourists climb over each …

7 Timeless Tips to Learn Any Language in Days, Not Years

Is it time to do some spring cleaning with the group of people who make up your circle of acquaintances, colleagues and friends? There are probably …

Learning the Language of Indirectness

Imagine the following situation: It’s March 15th, and Mark, an American manager, is arranging a date for the installation of a powerful new computing system for a Japanese company. With the help of his colleagues, Mark has set a date at the end of the month, and communicates the date to his …

What does the internet 'look' like? 17 pictures that show how people visualize it

Kevin Kelly, executive editor of Wired Magazine, wanted to know how people pictured it, so he started collecting submissions back in 2009.<p>He called his collection the Internet Mapping Project.

Social Media

66 Tips to Swiss Bliss

Switzerland is good for the soul, of this I am certain.<p>I left Switzerland feeling happily exhausted, my limbs sore from climbing, my tummy content and full, my face deeply tanned and my soul elevated. Something about all that clean air and clean water and rippled mountain landscapes. (Also, have I …

Poland bars Russia's Night Wolves bikers over security

<b>The Polish foreign ministry has banned a biker gang linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin from entering the country.</b><p>The Night Wolves had planned to enter next week as part of a ride across Europe to commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War Two.<p>Polish Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz had called …

Bergen the Beautiful: Its Art and Artists

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Cookies

Which country is best seen by rail?

Aeroplanes are faster and cars are more convenient, but in many parts of the world trains still reach unexpected and beautiful places that would be inaccessible any other way.<p>Once the only way to easily cross long distances, today train travel has been mostly replaced by the speed of aeroplanes and …

Trains

35 Places To Visit While The Euro Is At An 11-Year Low

But the currency has just fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, meaning a European vacation is suddenly within reach for more thrifty travelers.<p>We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in countries that are on the euro.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam …

European Travel

The 25 Absolute Best Money-Saving Travel Tips Ever

Want the best prices on flights, hotel rooms, cruises, and rental cars? Free upgrades? The fastest way through airport security? The smartest way to …

Exhibition honors Polish couple who saved Jews at Warsaw zoo

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It was World War II, Warsaw was under German occupation, and the wife of the director of the Warsaw zoo spotted Nazis …

Warsaw

5 Places to Get Your European Fairy-Tale Fix

When travelers are asked to come up with a collection of words that define Europe, "historical," "romantic" and "fairytale-like" are often among the first descriptors that crop up. The last one is certainly no coincidence, as Europe was the setting for fairytales from famous storytellers like the …

European Travel

This Mesmerizing GIF Shows You EXACTLY How to Layer a Room

Decorating makes so much more sense after watching this.<p>Layering a room can be a real struggle: How many blankets are <i>too</i> many blankets? What's the perfect vignette for your side tables? Do your plants overwhelm your artwork?<p>Interior designer and blogger Emily Henderson is here to help with a …

10 Mistakes You Make When Booking Airfare

If you're wondering why you never manage to bag a flight for quite as cheap as the next guy, or you're pining for a getaway but really need to keep the cost down, or you're simply super-interested in all the intricacies of airfare pricing (OK, well, at Hopper, we are!), then this list of 10 …

Flying

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Nutrition

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

The 26 funniest expressions in Lithuania (and how to use them)

<b>1.</b> Lithuanians don’t have “a dirty mind”… they have very, very “curly thoughts” (<i>garbanotos mintys</i>).<p><b>2.</b> Lithuanians don‘t “understand the meaning of …

Spotlight: Globetrotter Maja Miasek

<b>My name is</b> Maja Miasek.<p><b>My love of</b> travel began a few years ago. I can’t complain about my daily life in Poland. But learning about the beauty and diversity of the world is truly addicting.<p>When it comes to dropping everything to go to Africa to spot a herd of elephants, I’m the person to call. …

Framing

National Geographic Travel

Inside Europe’s Most Enigmatic City

I thought I had my addiction under control.<p>I always considered the travel bug one of those socially acceptable vices—akin to an obsession with word …

Crossword Puzzles

Chapel Hill: Obama condemns 'brutal and outrageous murders'

<b>US President Barack Obama has denounced the killing of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as "brutal and outrageous murders".</b><p>In a statement, Mr Obama said no one in the US should be targeted for "what they look like" or "how they worship".<p>His comments came after criticism from …

North Carolina

How I quit my job to travel: The blogger

Liz Carlson traded a stable office job in the US for the uncertainty of full-time writing at the end of the world.<p>It was sunny and the trees had just started to sprout leaves the day I quit my job to travel. As a contract administrator for a shipping company, I’d spent 2012 working in a windowless …