The Curious Curriculum of the 1950s Red Cross ‘Bride Schools’

In the 1950s, Japanese women who married US GIs, commonly known as “War Brides” had to learn to cook, dress and socialize like typcal American housewives at the time. In response th this the Red Cross opened Bride schools across Japan. Although the brides learned a small amount of US history, they learned how to use washing machines, baby care, etiquette...

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Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The layout of the Rayburn building resembles a corrupted letter H, with tentacle stubs jutting outward off the center and inward on the ends. Rayburn has a five-acre footprint, and looming four stories over the Hill it is larger than the nearby Capitol building. When it opened, the Washington Post called out the numerous stairways that lead nowhere and baffling...

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‘Poisonous Parsnips’ Are Washing Up on Beaches in Scotland

On Monday, the North Ayrshire Council, which represents some 136,000 people in southwest Scotland, issued a warning on their website: beware, they said, of poisonous parsnips at the local beaches. The plants in question, known as Hemlock water dropworts, are not actually parsnips, they just look like parsnips. They’ve been spotted on beaches in Ayrshire, on...

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5 islands you should visit on the ‘West Coast’ of Kenya

Little is known of the ‘West Coast’ of Kenya with sandy beaches found on the shores of Lake Victoria islands. One can opt to do the ‘West Coast’ Islands and combine it with either Maasai Mara or Serengeti national parks. From Homa Bay, the Islands can be easily accessed by road from Kisii or by air through Mfangano Airstrip, Homa Bay Airstrip or Rusinga...

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How Airbnb Turned Steve Jobs’ Three-Click Rule Into Design Brilliance

This summer while spending the month of July living in an Airbnb rental in Madrid, Spain, Skift’s Editor-in-Chief spoke to Fortune reporter Leigh Gallagher as she reported her book The Airbnb Story. Gallagher’s is the first book dedicated to the phenomenon known as Airbnb. We’ve covered the good and the bad of the brand for the last five years, so we welcomed...

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Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

This week, there are a couple promising new, upcoming travel startups. First, we have Upside which raised $50 million from investors. This company allows travelers to bundle flight and hotel purchases, guaranteeing savings. Next, we have Stay Alfred, which just closed a $15 million Series A investment round. Stay Alfred manages over 300 homes in upscale buildings...

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A Culture Tune Up for my Son and Me

A father and older son embark on a first time cruise together for several weeks to Portugal, Spain, Morocco, and other ports of Europe aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria a luxurious passenger ship. Throughout their journey, they experience the rich cultures, and vistas of each country, but also enjoy and savor their time together as parent and son. Key Takeaways: We...

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9 Travel Companies and Hawaii Sign Court Documents to Overturn the Travel Ban

In addition to a moral outcry to the travel ban, there’s a reason why nine travel companies and Hawaii have signed up to repeal the travel ban that even Trump should be able to understand—business. Big named businesses such as Expedia have jumped on along with Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, and Yelp. In addition to these companies, Hawaii has jumped on board, saying...

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Skift Forum Europe: Skyscanner’s CEO Is Looking Beyond Scale

Skyscanner is an up and coming business that very few people have even heard about—but will probably end up changing travel booking for many well-seasoned travelers. Gareth Williams designed this site to be able to make the travel booking process a bit more seamless—this site allows users to book flights and travels without ever having to leave the interface....

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