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Even “Laughter Yoga” Won’t Make Disgruntled Travelers Joyful About Major Delays

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Dear God, Make The Cackling Stop!

It’s like something straight out of a David Lynch movie. Last week, during a four-hour flight delay at JFK airport, Laughter Yoga “Stylist and Coach” Francine Shore led the group of stressed passengers through a 20-minute “laughter meditation” session. No word on whether it helped soothe the dejected travelers. But an innocent bystander took some video of the “surreal” event, probably just to make sure they weren’t experiencing a psychotic break. One witness called the session “completely the last thing we ever want to see when we’re stuck in a hermetically-sealed nightmare-place with strangers” and plead, “Dear god make the cackling stop.”

Even though I’m a yoga enthusiast, I’m going to have to second that. Scary shit. [Gothamist]

I Want To Go To There: Russia’s Upside-Down House

I generally feel pretty “meh” about tourist attractions, unless the tourist attraction in question is an upside-down house that gives you a chance to live like a cartoon character. Turns out just such a house exists in Moscow, and it’s drawing tourists from all over the world who have always longed to jump on the ceiling without breaking their necks and/or getting yelled at by their parents. Adding this to my travel bucket list right away. After the jump, check out a few more photos of the topsy turvy abode, complete with an upside-down Mini Cooper parked outside! (Life dream status.) Keep reading »

I Want To Go To There: Grimm Fairytales Come To Life

Photographer Kilian Schonberger grew up in a wooded area of rural Germany, and was surrounded by the same dark, desolate landscape that had inspired the Brothers Grimm to write their famous fairytales a century earlier. He’s managed to capture images of modern central Europe that look like they were ripped from a dusty tome of Grimm tales, and now I’m dying to visit these eerie locales in person. Possibly while wearing a velvet cloak and practicing spells. See a few more of Schonberger’s spooky snaps after the jump… Keep reading »

Cities That Surprise: Sedona, Arizona

Travel Guide: Sedona, Arizona

Disclaimer: if you’re averse to anything considered “New Age,” Sedona may not be the right vacation spot for you. Strike that, everyone should go there.

I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is about a 2 hour drive to Sedona. Scottsdale is about as artificial as you can get when it comes to cities, which is why Sedona, one of the country’s spiritual hotspots, seems like an escape to another universe. If you’re New Age phobic, you should still go there; just avoid the crystal shops, the vortex solstice prayer circles and vegan, raw food eateries, and focus on hiking the too-good-to-be-true red rock trails instead. Whether you’re a believer in the mysterious or not, I’m confident you’ll leave Sedona with a feeling of peace and well-being. Here are some of the things I did on my most recent pilgrimage to this spiritual city… Keep reading »

How The World Kicked Off 2014

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Around the world, people celebrated the new year with fireworks, fortunes, and midnight kisses. Times Square brought out thousands of people who watched the ball drop in the Big Apple, and fireworks shows lit up the skies in London, Berlin, Sydney, and more. New Year’s Day carried its fair share of festivities too, with fortune walls attracting visitors in Japan and swimmers braving cold waters for chilly dips in NYC. As you ease into the new year, see all the stunning pictures of celebrations across the globe on PopSugar…

11 Strange But Totally Expected Things You’ll Hear When You Visit A Vortex

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This weekend, I visited the vortexes (actual plural is vortices, but I didn’t want to confuse you) in Sedona, Arizona. More on the actual trip to come, but for now, let’s focus on these spiritual energy centers. What exactly is a vortex? Good question. And confusing to try to answer. According to our grey-haired, crystal toting, feather-clad tour guide, a vortex is like a human accupressure point, but on the earth. Following the metaphor, vortices fall upon certain connective points the planet’s energetic meridians, (like body meridians in Eastern medicine) known as “ley lines.” Keep reading »

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