Kira Gill-Maher

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Want to learn French? You’ll have to get used to the speaking tics

It always takes me several days to find my bearings when I come back to France, but once I’m fully immersed, deep into the culture again, I can’t …

Treats in the Streets: This Artist Transforms Ugly Potholes Into Gorgeous Ice Cream Mosaics

In the streets of Chicago, artist Jim Bachor is covering hideous potholes with gorgeous, intricate mosaics depicting ice creams from our childhoods. Here's how he does it.<p>Potholes are hideous, but ice cream is magical and takes us right back to all those summers we spent chasing down Mister Softee. …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

18 Classic Baby Names That Are Making a Comeback

The new US Top 100 list is out, and there’s good news for those who love classic baby names! While plenty of newer names caught on, 2014 was all about the return of longtime favorites.<p>James bumped Jayden out of the US Top Ten. Alice and Eleanor re-entered the girls’ Top 100.<p>The farther you look …

Your home as an investment? I'm still not convinced

How to start an instant argument: Question whether homes are an investment.<p>That's what last week's column did, and the response was intense. It shows how deeply people believe that, more than a place to live, a house is an investment that builds wealth. Further discussion is definitely required.<p>The …

The 18 funniest Chinese expressions (and how to use them)

<b>1.</b> Chinese people aren’t just in a class all their own. They’re “a crane among a flock of chickens.” (鹤立鸡群, hèlìjīqún)<p><b>2.</b> In Chinese, you’re not …

Do You Need a Country? Here is One!

Should you ever find yourself stateless, a new little country called <b>Liberland</b> might just take you in. Celebrating its independence May 10, we say good for you! Have many happy returns! Not sure at this time the intended celebration is for the independence from which country - but let's celebrate …

Summer Fashion Trend: 9 Ways to Wear Ripped Jeans

Just because your jeans have holes doesn't mean they can't be sophisticated (sorry, Mom!)—It's simply about how you style the trend. So if you've been dying to wear the ripped-denim look but weren't sure how to pull it off in a post-collegiate way and super-chic way, take a look at these nine ways …

Clothing

Chic on the Beach! 11 (Super Fashiony) Looks for Summer

On the beach near her summer home in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Caroline Trentini and her son, Bento, offer a lesson in how to look adorable, effortless, and directional (yep!) on the sand.

The Guy Who Plays Big Bird Told A Heartbreaking Story About His Impact On A Child

You might need some tissues. Like, a lot of tissues.<p>The 81-year-old, who has four Daytime Emmy Awards (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award), also does the puppetry for Oscar the Grouch.<p>Spinney was doing the AMA to promote his new film, <i>I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story</i>.<p>H/T @ben_cameron

The Confused Person's Guide to Yemen

It’s simply a Saudi-Iranian-American-Yemeni-al-Qaeda civil/proxy war.<p>“What the hell is happening in Yemen?” is now one of the most urgent geopolitical questions in the Middle East. Sadly, few people are qualified or knowledgeable enough to answer this pressing question. Most experts agree that most …

Middle East

Kayaking and Diving in New Zealand’s Milford Sound

The end of the Milford Track, New Zealand’s famous 34-mile “Great Walk” would be a wonderful place to linger if it wasn’t buzzing with sandflies. The …

Is There Such a Thing As Too Young to Travel?

Is there such a thing as too young to travel? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely lucky to have the means to travel. I am in no way refuting that. I've had experiences that others would cherish. But after an incredible and thought provoking trip to New York City, I have grown to slightly regret my …

United Nations

9 ways to humiliate yourself in Budapest

1. Sip your pálinka<p>Either you chug down the Hungarian national snaps or you don’t deserve the warm feeling of it sliding down your throat. No real …

Budapest

Earth from above: Incredible aerial pictures of the world’s great landmarks

BETWEEN THE INTRODUCTION OF technology, and today’s laws limiting or banning their use, there was a glorious period of about 18 months where it was …

The Best Charcuterie on the Planet Is 4,770 Feet Above Sea Level

Some of the best cured meats on the planet await those willing to scale a mountain in the Swiss Alps.<p>In the village in the Swiss Alps where I apprenticed for four years before opening <b>Olympia Provisions</b> in Portland, Oregon, it was a rite of passage to climb up this crazy mountain called Altmann. So …

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Speedboat

57 maps that will challenge what you thought you knew about the world

THERE’S SO MUCH MORE to the world than we can usually glean from a map of a place.<p>Sure, you’ve got the political and topographical maps we’re all …

Maps

Former Nazi Guard Oskar Groening Kisses Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor During His Trial

“Nothing good ever comes from anger. Any goodwill gesture in my book will win over anger any time.”<p>Those were the words penned by Eva Mozes Kor, an 81-year-old Auschwitz survivor after she was kissed and embraced by a former Nazi guard during his trial.<p>Former SS Sgt. Oskar Groening is being tried …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

Stunning Early Entries in 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

One of our very favorite photo contests has just kicked off! The 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest brings out the most breathtaking shots in travel photography. This year, the prizes are really exciting! The grand prize winner will receive an eight day National Geographic Photo …

Travel Photography

An Afghan millennial in exile reflects on his country from the US

Qais Akbar Omar says he appreciates his life in the United States, which has given him shelter, an education and a certain amount of fame.<p>But it’s …