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INSIDE this issue
10 Our Top 7 on the planet.
16 TRAVEL GEAR
Trending portable products.
FOOD LESS TRAVELED
18 Street food around the world.
24 AT A GLANCE
Romantic universe in Bora Bora.
44 BALINESE CULTURE
An Indonesian photographic journey.
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28 FAMILY SPRING BREAK
Let’s take the kids to Mexico.
56 MUSIC FESTIVALS
Must attend festivals for 2017.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEY
CANADA’S WEST COAST
FOOD LESS TRAVELED
STREET EATS AROUND THE WORLD
NATIONAL PARKS ON THE PLANET
32 48 hours on the West Coast.
36 WEEKEND PACKING
Eric Himel’s getaway packing advice.
64 TRAVELLING EDITOR
Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong.
68 ICONIC NY LANDMARK
The Waldorf-Astoria closes its doors.
SPRING BREAK IN MEXICO
ONE WEEK - ONE FAMILY - SO MUCH FUN!
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Spring is in the air and travel lovers
like you are planning their next big
adventure. From family and couple
getaways, to adventure, foodie
and cultural journeys, this issue of
DRIFT brings you countries, hotels
and events for every type of traveler.
Come along on the journey!
38 GIRLS WEEKEND
Sharing time in Victoria, B.C.
72 Quito and its many delights.
A Northern Ireland road trip.
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a travel note from the
Tolkien once wrote:
NOT ALL THOSE WHO
WANDER ARE LOST.
So true! Once, we were all nomads; a
race that was never meant to stay in
one place for a lifetime. Perhaps that
is why so many of us have an insatiable need to discover the world. I love
to journey to new places. Don’t you?
In this issue of DRIFT, we are off to explore the world with interesting
articles and exquisite travel photography from more than 30 countries!
Enjoy a photographic journey of Balinese culture, a family spring break
trip to Mexico, and DRIFT picks for the seven most beautiful national
parks on the planet!
It is the season of fresh beginnings,
and the perfect time to plan the trip
of a lifetime. What is on your travel
bucket list? I would love to hear about
your travel plans as well as countries,
events or cultures you would like to see
featured in DRIFT. Email me or tag me
on Instagram (below). I cannot wait
to hear from you. In the meantime,
turn the page and come along on the
Travel often and live well,
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Oh, the places I've been!
GIRLS ONLY WEEKEND IN
VICTORIA, BC CANADA
This vibrant coastal city on
Vancouver Island is the perfect
place to stay, spa, eat and shop.
WHERE THE COOL KIDS
STAY IN HONG KONG
Spacious, chic and affordable
living in Hong Kong is hard to
find and I uncovered a rare gem!
FINDING THE PAST IN A
Unexpectedly modern, and
unapologetically traditional -
two reasons I love Quito.
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The Hidden Gem of
found at Avaton
Avaton Luxury Villas Resort is a stylish
and contemporary beach front escape
overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of
Komitsa Bay in Athos Peninsula, Halkidiki,
Avaton consists of an exclusive collection of 16
villas, providing a unique sophisticated lifestyle
experience. Most of the villas include private
pools, leading down to lush Mediterranean
gardens and a pristine beach.
Your personal butler and chef, upon request,
and an exclusive mini bar and wine list add to
the discerning pleasure. Luxurious massage
treatments, private transfer with
helicopter and limousine, and memorable
cruises around Greek islands and along
the breathtaking coastline complete your
ultimate seaside experience.
For more info, please visit: www.avaton.com
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BY: JOSIE SALDAT
Regarded as somewhat of a lost travel
art, national parks have fallen from the
peripheral of many travelers. However,
the roots of why we travel, and the many
wonders we hope to discover on our
journeys, is deeply seeded in the world’s
national parks. DRIFT is sharing our
recommendations for seven outstanding
national parks. You might want to
include one of these in your travel plans!
t in the hardy life of the
no words that can tell the
e wilderness that can reveal
elancholy and its charm.
1BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Known as “The Canadian Rockies”
or “the high backbone of the lower
48”, the Rocky Mountains is a span
of dramatic and diverse wilderness
stretching 3,000 miles with peak
elevation at Mount Elbert of 14,449
feet. On the Canadian side of the
Rockies lies its crown jewel, Banff
National Park, which is Canada’s first
National Park and the world’s third.
Covering 2,564 square miles, the park
consists of glacier mountains, lush
forest, fresh raging rivers, valleys and
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2. Iguaza National Park
2IGUAZÚ NATIONAL PARK
Located in the Northeastern tip
of Argentina and bordering Brazil
lies one of the world’s most visually
stunning natural sites, Iguazú National
Park. The heart of the park is a
semicircular waterfall which covers
2,700 miles in width and 262 feet
in height and flows into the Iguazú
River’s “big water”. Dense broadleaf
forest covers a protected area of 259
square miles. This park is home to
an array of rare endangered species
including the giant otter and anteater
and was declared an UNESCO World
Heritage to protect the environment
and value as heritage to humanity.
3GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN
United States of America
Nestled between North Carolina and
Tennessee is a magical mountainous
region, The Great Smoky Mountain
National Park. Not only is this the
busiest park in the nation – over nine
million visitors per year, but also
one of the oldest mountain ranges
in America. Spanning across 816
square miles, this park is filled with
hikers, campers, wildlife enthusiasts,
bikers, horseback riders and more.
With a large range of vegetation and
old-growth and home to over one
hundred native species, the park is an
international biosphere reserve.
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4ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK
Covering a vast total of 8,598 square
miles in Namibia, Etosha National
Park is one of the world’s greatest
wildlife sanctuaries. Mirages blur the
distant horizon on this enormous
stretch of white sand that matches
the size of Holland. During dry
season, herds of animals flock to
waterholes and visitors can experience
the majestic scenery of wildlife on
the savanna plains. Etosha is home
to elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions,
leopards, cheetahs and many other
game as well as 340 bird species.
3. Great Smoky Mountain National Park,
4. Etosha National Park
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5. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia
5GREAT BARRIER REEF
Accessible by sea or sky, the
Great Barrier Reef off the coast
of Queensland, Australia is the
largest living structure on Earth.
This 1,430 mile long park is
known as “Australia’s great natural
wonder” and is visible from space.
It is home to the world’s largest
coral reef; this natural masterpiece
is heaven to scuba divers and
snorkelers wanting to study
It is no wonder why this National
Park is one of the most sought
after places to soak in mother
nature. The park is divided into
four large scale areas including
hot springs and Japan’s tallest
mountain, Mt. Fuji at 12,388 feet
above sea level. Originating from
volcanic activity, this park covers
463 square miles and is noted
for representing the true natural
beauty of Japan.
Occupying the southwest corner
of the South Island of New
Zealand is Fiordland National
Park. 4,826 square miles of
skyscraper fiords and wonderment
of unexplored land with only 311
miles of walking trails, which
barley scratch the surface of New
Zealand’s largest National Park.
Mitre Peak, at 5,551 feet above the
sea level is one of the numerous
remarkable sights here.
6. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan
7. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
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BY: FRANK BURES
The best meal I ever ate was at a
roadside restaurant in the middle
of Nigeria. I was in a microbus
heading north through an
otherworldly landscape strewn
with giant boulders. It was midmorning
when we pulled over
at an open-air restaurant. The
counter where people were
ordering was jammed. An old man,
seeing my confusion, explained
the menu and ordered for me.
We sat down, and the waiter
brought our food: a ball of
pounded yam and a bowl of
egusi soup, made with crushed
melon seeds and containing a
hunk of beef. The waiter asked
if I wanted utensils. I looked
around. No one else had them.
The old man leaned over. ‘You
know,’ he remarked, ‘they say
your food tastes better when
you eat it with your hands.’
So I waved the waiter off, broke
off a piece of yam, dipped it in
the soup, and scooped up a piece
of the meat. It all melted together
in my mouth, sweet, savory, and
delicious. The meat was tender
and rich from stewing in a sauce.
Sometimes I still wonder why that
meal was so transcendent. I was
very hungry, but that can’t have
been the whole reason. It must
have had something to do with
the experience with the people,
the place, the journey itself.
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Of the 5,000 or so meals
I’ve eaten in my life so
far, only a few stand out
in my mind. Most of those
I’ve eaten while traveling.
I remember, for example, sitting
with my wife in a field next to
the Cloudy Bay Vineyards in
Marlborough, New Zealand, with
some cheese and bread. In the
tasting room, we’d emptied our
pockets and pushed a pile of change
across the counter for the cheapest
bottle of sauvignon blanc they had.
We lay in the grass, gazing at the
mountains in the distance, sipping
one of the best wines in the world.
I can still taste its fruity crispness. I
felt the same sense of perfection at
a pizzeria in Italy and at a tiny holein-the-wall
restaurant in Thailand.
Some meals, of course, are
memorable for less idyllic reasons.
In Tanzania, where I was teaching
school, we were once served rice
with a kind of cow stew poured
over it. Dora, the other American
teacher, leaned over to me.
‘Do you want these?’ she asked,
pointing to some large meaty
tubes and a bit of stomach lining.
‘Sure,’ I said. When no one was
looking, she forked them onto
my plate. I ate them happily.
Strange food can be one of the great
joys of travel, but there’s an art to
eating it. It has to do with letting go
of what you think food should be,
and being open to what it is. If you
can do this, you will be rewarded
with an expanded sense of what
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you can love. You will also, with
any luck, develop a strong stomach.
Even then, food may sometimes
defeat you. On my way through
Burkina Faso in West Africa, my
bus pulled over near some vendors,
and everyone climbed down to
get something to eat. Cuts of goat
and sheep sizzled on a grill. I got
a packet of mutton wrapped in
newspaper, which was salty and
delicious. But I was still hungry, so
I pointed to something else, which
was half the price. This seemed
like a bargain until I realized after
a few bites that I’d ordered a kind
of meat Twinkie: a creamy fat
center encased in a golden layer
of tripe. It remains one of the few
things I haven’t been able to finish.
The search for new and different
flavors has long been one of the
great joys of travel. In fact, the
quest for flavors helped drive the
age of exploration. When Vasco
da Gama landed on the Malabar
Coast of India, he was asked what
he’d come for. He said, ‘Christ
and spices.’ Columbus headed
west for the same reason, and
when Magellan’s ship arrived in
Spain in 1522 (without Magellan)
after sailing around the world,
it was loaded down with spices.
Travel is written in the
food in front of you.
If you go to Bologna, Italy, you
might order lasagna in hopes of
eating an authentic Italian meal.
And it is one except that two
of the main ingredients are not
native to Italy. Pasta arrived from
North Africa in the early Middle
STRANGE FOOD CAN
BE ONE OF THE GREAT
JOYS OF TRAVEL
BUT THERE’S AN ART TO EATING IT.
IT HAS TO DO WITH LETTING GO OF
WHAT YOU THINK FOOD SHOULD BE
AND BEING OPEN TO WHAT IT IS.
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Ages, and the tomato which came
from the Americas along with
potatoes, corn, peppers, avocados,
and squash didn’t appear in
Italian recipes until the 1700s,
and was originally called pomo
di moro, or ‘apple of the Moors.’
Everywhere people have traveled,
conquered, or proselytized, they
have left culinary tracks. The
baguette is sold all across Frenchspeaking
West Africa, where it’s
sliced open and slathered with
meats and sauces. In former
French colonies like Vietnam and
Cambodia, you will find those
same baguettes filled with cilantro,
marinated meat, and vegetables.
Across East Africa, corn is a staple of
local diets, often ground and made
into a kind of porridge. In Somalia,
the Italian and Indian influences
have led to dishes such as pasta
with goat meat and mild curries.
As I walk around Minneapolis,
where I live now, I inhale the
smells of kitchens from around
the world. I stroll through Asian
grocery stores and wonder at the
fishballs and giant waterbugs. At
a little Vietnamese restaurant,
where no English is spoken, I
stop in regularly for the banh
mi sandwich. At an East African
restaurant, not far from my house,
the ugali (stiff maize porridge)
and nyama choma (roasted meat)
bring me closer to Tanzania
than I’ve been in many years.
And that is what I love most about
food when opening my mouth
means opening my mind, and I’m
transported into another world.
FIVE TIPS FOR STREET EATING
You’ll find some of the best (and cheapest) food in the world at street stalls. Many travelers fear what their
local health department might say, but the food is often at least as safe as your hotel buffet. Here are a
1. GET IT HOT: Fresh off the fire is best, so look for food that’s prepared while you wait.
2. FOLLOW THE CROWD: Local people know which food is the best, and the safest.
3. HOLD THE MAYO: A condiment such as mayonnaise must be refrigerated. If a sandwich
looks like it’s been sitting out for a while, steer clear.
4. ICE? NOT SO NICE: Order drinks without ice, because you don’t know if treated water was
used to make the cubes.
5. LIVE A LITTLE: If you do get a stomach bug, it’s usually not a big deal and will pass in a day
or so. If you’re worried about it, bring along some Pepto-Bismol or Imodium.
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AT A GLANCE:
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BY: ELIZABETH DEAN
On this mystical island with
its necklace of white-fringed
coral islets, Four Seasons
Resort Bora Bora redefines the
South Seas escape. Exotic overwater
suites, sprawling beach
front villas with pools and a
cathedral-like spa immerse
you in ultramodern comforts
and the warm and welcoming
spirit of French Polynesia.
Romantics from around the
world have laid claim to this
island where castle-like Mount
Otemanu pierces the sky and
perfect white sand beaches give
way to emerald waters. From the
dramatic scenery to the privacy
and amenities of the over-water
bungalows, Bora Bora is the most
romantic island in the world.
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Tidal bore rafting.
There’s nothing quite like that moment when the river shifts
directions and goes from serene to exhilarating. And just think,
rafting the most extreme tides in the world is only one of the
things in Nova Scotia that will make your heart skip a beat.
Explore all there is to do at NovaScotia.com
LET’S TAKE THE KIDS TO MEXICO
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BY: TODD TALBOT
Since attending a friend’s wedding
in Playa Del Carmen a few years
ago, our children have been missing
Mexico. Many times, they have
come up with the brilliant idea;
“Let’s go to Mexico today!” So when
my wife and I found ourselves with
a week off, we jumped at the chance
to take the kids back to the land of
warm weather and all-you-can-eat
With the stress of flying, living
out of suitcases, sleeping in close
quarters and eating out every
meal in public, family trips may
not always feel relaxing. An allinclusive
resort can certainly take
the work out of the vacation and
most of the stress too.
Turning the family vacation into a holiday!
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Our first step was choosing
a vacation package through
AirTransat. We went online and
chose the ‘family’ option. Their
website (transat.com) populates
all the options for southern
destinations in the Family
Collection. These properties are
geared towards families because
they offer multiple activities and
options for the kids which in
turn provides a relaxing holiday
for parents. All the resorts in the
Family Collection accommodate
families of four or more.
Here’s what we loved about our
family vacation in Cancun …
WHITE SANDY BEACH
Trading in the rocky shores and
ice cold waters of the west coast for
sand that you can sink your feet
into and a tropical ocean can really
set the mind at ease. We spent the
first day of our stay at Dreams Playa
Mujeres alternating between the
surf and the sand; jumping waves,
building sand castles or laying in
the sun. By the time we finished
our ultimate sand fortress we
couldn’t believe it was dinnertime
KID FRIENDLY DINING
Our kids do not love eating
out for the main reason that
they have to be patient for
everything. With the allinclusive
buffet at our resort
there was never a wait for
a table and the kids could
go straight to the food and
choose exactly what they
wanted to eat. And the
promised reward of a
wiggly-jiggly dessert, made
healthy dinner choices that
much more enticing.
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Because family vacations often
turn into kid vacations served
by parents, some adult time is
the final step to really feeling like
you got away from it all. The
Explorer’s Club at Dreams Playa
Mujeres really was a benefit.
There were so many fun things
for the kids to do including
bungee trampoline jumping,
a climbing wall, water park,
smoothies, movies, arts and crafts
and Lego-building. Our kids
didn’t miss us at all. We were able
to go to dinner or for a swim in
the adult infinity pool and connect
with each other.
At the heart of it all, connecting
with each other makes any vacation
great but with all-inclusive meals,
a kids’ club and the beach at your
fingertips, a Mexican holiday
makes it a dream…for everyone
in the family.
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BY: SYLVIA TENNANT
There is much to discover in
British Columbia’s largest city. It’s
packed with trendy, sophisticated
neighborhoods that deliver a
combination of laid-back coastal
vibes, multicultural diversity and
tailored luxury offerings. Vancouver
has consistently ranked in the top
10 best global travel destinations
and is one of the most livable cities
on the planet. Hugging the Pacific
coastline, one can easily get lost in
the surrounding natural wonders
and forget that a fully-loaded
metropolis lies here.
outstanding downtown location
and historical significance is my top
pick for a stay in the City of Glass.
Opened in 1927, this was the first
hotel to bring luxurious ambiance
to Vancouver and it has hosted a
long list of royalty and Hollywood’s
elite ever since. The Rosewood
offers a glimpse back to that time
with its opulent decor and swanky
Prohibition Bar, where you’ll find
live jazz and an impressive cocktail
list. The rooms are spacious and
elegant with plenty of specialized
amenities (including a 24-hour
fragrance butler). The hotel also
features an extensive Canadian art
collection sprinkled throughout
the lobby and halls. If you’re an
over-packer like me, do not worry,
Marlene Dietrich once brought 40
suitcases with her.
Start with breakfast
and tea at Canada’s
only TWG Tea Salon (1070 W.
Georgia Street). Conveniently
located just a few blocks from the
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this
mecca of luxury tea culture boasts
a collection of over 800 varieties of
elegant blends and harvests derived
from source gardens in every teaproducing
country in the world.
They also offer an incredible array
of tea-infused gastronomy - I’m still
dreaming of the Darjeeling Quiche.
Wonderfully formal, yet warm and
inviting, the TWG Tea experience is
Or head to the ocean for dinner.
On the edge of downtown is
Ancora Waterfront Dining and
Patio (1600 Howe Street, #2), a
restaurant inspired by the Pacific
Northwest. Their menu draws on
Peruvian and Japanese influences,
featuring sustainable seafood and
local ingredients. Cultural fusion
is a hallmark of Vancouver and the
dining scene is no exception.
TWG Tea Salon
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Skyline view - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
about Vancouver is that it caters
to a variety of interests within a
very localized area. Adventurous?
Hike the Grouse Grind to be
rewarded with awe-inspiring views
and fresh mountain air. Love a
good stroll? The Sea Wall around
Stanley Park is easily accessible and
wonderfully scenic, especially at
sunset. Granville Island has been
a top tourist destination for years,
and for good reason. It is filled with
the colors, smells, and energy of a
fast-paced food market, and is lined
with an assortment of artisan shops
and locally owned eateries. While
I do recommend a structured visit,
leave some wiggle room in your
schedule – you never know when a
pod of whales will put on a show.
SHOP bursting with
great shopping. From South
Granville’s long row of boutiques to
Main Street’s colorful array of local
goods, there is a district to suit
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
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Eastside Flea Market
taste. My advice? Have a game plan.
If you happen to be in the city on
a weekend, you may have a shot at
experiencing one of Vancouver’s
newest cultural hubs, the Eastside
Flea. As a vintage-obsessed serial
shopper, I can confirm that it
doesn’t get any better than this.
Some of Vancouver’s best pickers
are curated among emerging local
brands and artisanal foods to create
what I believe to be the best kind
of shopping: sustainably minded,
community-driven and inclusive.
Add old-school music playlists and
a bar? Not. To. Be. Missed.
it is. My
recommendations for your most
amazing forty eight hours in
Vancouver. Whether you’re passing
through or a returning traveler,
you’ll find a million reasons to fall
in love with this vibrant coastal city.
Granville Island Public Market
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The Case for Better Travel.
ERIC HIMEL (erichimel.com)
is a widely known celebrity stylist, fashion expert
and media personality. Himel attended Parson’s
School of Design and trained under Project
Runway’s Tim Gunn. Now based in Los Angeles,
Himel’s roster of celebrity clientele has included
Jenny McCarthy, Giuliana Rancic, Pete Wentz,
Gabby Douglas and more. Eric is best known
for his signature Closet Purge and now offers
Virtual Styling Sessions.
We are all guilty of over packing. It seems to be almost
impossible to figure out what you want to take and
what you will NEVER use. Do you really need a 28”
suitcase for two or three days?
What you DON’T need:
1. MORE THAN 3 PAIRS OF SHOES: A pair for
night with some height, a pair for day and a pair for
activities or play (pack 2 + wear 1).
2. MORE THAN 4 MAKEUP ITEMS: A lipstick that
works day to night, mascara, a multi-stick and a
sheer foundation with SPF. (*Leave the eye shadow,
contouring kit and eyeliner at home).
3. MORE THAN ONE PAIR OF JEANS: Pick a
cropped medium wash with a little stretch that
works with flats and heels.
4. LOADS OF JEWELRY: Two pairs of earrings (one
stud and one dangle for night), a cuff that goes from
day to night and one necklace. Pick a metal: silver
5. BULKY SWEATERS: They are not versatile and
take up too much suitcase real estate! Think multitasking
HIS & HERS
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What you DON’T need:
1. SHAVING GEAR: Go ahead - let it grow for the
weekend! Beards have been proven to produce
2. RANDOM ITEMS: Think in terms of outfits that
you will actually need. Men tend to under-pack
and what they do pack is usually what they don’t
need. Think Garanimals for adults. .
3. YOUR FAVE SPORTS TEAM APPAREL: Unless
you are headed to the Superbowl for your weekend
away, save it for your buddies at home. You’re a
grownup - dress like one.
4. BAD SHOES: As in old, worn, out of date and not
in style. A pair for night, a pair for day and a pair
for activities or play (pack 2 + wear 1)
5. ALL YOUR SPORTS GEAR: It’s only a weekend,
you won’t have time to use it all and unless you are
a scratch golfer with custom clubs, you can rent
whatever you need.
ERIC'S EXPERT TRIP TIPS:
• Your skin is your biggest organ, protect it
with a hat and sunscreen.
• Leave delicate or items that wrinkle easily at
home - you don’t need the headache.
• A weekend trip demands a carry-on suitcase
- no waiting time for your luggage and no
chance of it getting lost.
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IN VICTORIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA
BY: TRACEY DRAKE
I have come to learn that weekend
getaways are a necessary ingredient
for sanity. A few days stolen from
the chaos of everyday living.
Somewhere not too far away and
with someone you love spending
A few months ago, I spent a weekend
in Victoria, BC on Canada’s West
Coast, with my very good friend,
Dana. Together, we planned the
perfect retreat that included a
lovely boutique hotel, amazing
locally sourced dining, sightseeing,
spa time and of course, shopping!
With the mildest weather in all of
Canada, and pretty as an English
postcard charm, Victoria is a
wonderful island city that hums
with tourist activity pretty much all
year. The historic downtown core
hugs up against the beautiful inner
harbor and almost everything is
within walking distance.
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Dana and I were searching for a boutique hotel property
that could live up to our much anticipated girls
weekend. We chose Magnolia Hotel & Spa, located at
623 Courtney Street in the downtown center, just one
block from the water. It is a 64-room boutique hotel
that offers elegant and spacious updated suites, onsite
dining, a full-service spa, and genuine hospitality
that did not go unnoticed. For the last four years, The
Magnolia Hotel & Spa as been named Top Luxury Hotel
in Canada by TripAdvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® awards -
we were obviously in good hotel hands!
It’s the little things...
We each had our own hotel rooms (one of
us is a night owl and one of us snores!). Our
7th floor rooms overlooked the city and had
a refined mix of dark wood furniture with
modern touches, and raw silk inspired walls.
The bathroom, which offered L’Occitane
toiletries, was truly spa-like with a huge
soaker tub and separate glass shower. The
room details like the oversized plush
“curl up with champagne for a girls talk
marathon” armchairs, cozy gas fireplace and
evening views of the twinkling lights on the
BC Parliament buildings made our stay that
much more memorable.
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Staff always remembered our names and nothing was
overlooked; we reveled in being made feel special with
nightly turn-down service, handmade chocolates on our
bedside tables, fresh fruit and in-house filtered water.
Hot breakfast was included, and Catalano’s Restaurant
on the hotel’s main level, serves up a lovely morning
menu with specialty coffees and eggs Benedict.
Of course, a girls weekend is not complete without an
indulgent trip to the spa and it was awesome that we
didn’t have to leave the building to get pampered! We
both opted for the Transformation Pedicure, which
began with a luxurious foot soak,
followed by customized exfoliation, nail
shaping, cuticle grooming, lotion and
polish. Feeling like royalty, Dana chose
ruby red and I chose sapphire blue for
our polish colors.
We were relaxed, polished and ready to
take on the city!
Dana and I both appreciated that the
Magnolia staff were so knowledgeable
about Victoria, and provided us with
insider tips on the best places to visit,
suggestions on where to eat dinner, and
even pointed us in the direction of a
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local pop-up trunk show and sale
that featured a collective of three
local fashion shops, happening the
weekend of our visit. Although, I’m
still not sure if we should thank the
concierge for that last tip - Dana
and I definitely did our fair share of
designer bargain shopping!
The Magnolia has custom local
shopping and walking guides,
curated bike trails and our favorite
was the Tea-Riffic Trail which
teaches you about Victoria’s unique
tea culture and gives you a handy
map in case you want to go on a tea
crawl. We did.
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Our favorite of the day was Silk
Road Tea. We popped in (624
Government Street) for a workshop
and made decadent chocolate and
matcha tea truffles - they were
delicious! Silk Road also has a retail
store filled with wonderful tea, body
and lifestyle products.
Dana and I had a few other favorite
stops and shops including North
America’s oldest Chinatown
(Fisgard Street), Lore General Store
(1322 Government Street), Violette
Boutique (1303 Government
Street), Little Gold (Market Square/
Johnson Street), Papery (669 Fort
Street) and The Milkman’s Daughter
(1713 Government Street).
Time to eat...
It is amazing how much food you
can pack into a weekend, and true
to most travel, culinary experiences
were an important part of our
Victoria getaway. There were a few
stand-outs for us.
Ten Acres Kitchen was outstanding.
Tucked away (614 Humboldt
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Street) down a hall and through
big doors, you will be blown away
by its sophisticated ambiance and
impressive menu. Ingredients are
sourced from their own working
farm and you can really taste the
difference. Plates are created by a
skilled chef with an exceptional
palate. We recommend:
Meat & Cheese Board: House cured meats
and local cheese - house made jam,
olives, pickled vegetables, ale and
Chicken Liver Pate: Sliced thick and
served with toasted puff rice, freshly
Grilled Celery Root: Wild mushrooms,
potato chips, black pepper sauce.
Duck Breast: Lentils, fennel, charred
pear puree, pear duck sauce.
If it is true that a change is as
good as a rest, then it is also true
that when you combine a quick
weekend rest with a change of
scenery, and share it with a good
friend, it is doubly restorative and
rejuvenating. Unfortunately, life
doesn’t always allow for long trips
and vacations. Think about packing
your weekender bag and doing a
little West Coast island hopping.
Local Berryman Farm Pork Belly: N’duja
croquettes, roasted parsnips, pickled
apple, apple cider, n’duja gastrique.
Chocolate Ganache: Chocolate ganache,
house made farm sorbet, honeycomb,
berry coulis, chocolate streusel.
OLO Restaurant is another must
try restaurant in Victoria (509
Fisgard Street) that specializes
in farm to table organic cuisine.
It is small but the atmosphere is
warm and welcoming. We highly
recommend the following dishes:
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B A L I
a photographic journey
Featured Photographer: Steve Drake
Steve has traveled more than 50,000 miles over the last
twelve months, photographing people, places and events
around the globe. In a recent trip to Indonesia, Steve’s
lens was captivated with the rare authenticity and cultural
richness of Bali and he captured a series of images that
tell the stunning story of every day Balinese life.
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Photographer Notes (left, above and previous page):
Tirta Empul (which means Holy Spring) temple is a Hindu Balinese water temple
that was constructed around a water spring during the Warmadew Dynasty in 962
A.D. Balinese Hindus consider the water to be sacred, and make the pilgrimage from
all over Indonesia, to worship at Tirta Empul.
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Photographer Notes (left and below):
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud is a popular
tourist attraction. However, it is also an important nature
reserve and Hindu temple to the Balinese people. Capturing
families of monkeys, including newborns, in their habitat
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Known as a Pura, Hindu temples are a place of worship for the
Balinese people. Temples are constructed in accordance to rules
and rituals rooted in Balinese architecture. As a photographer,
it is an honor to be able to photograph and document the special
religious temples in Bali.
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Photographer Notes (left and above):
Frequent offerings to the Hindu Gods are part of daily living in Bali, and
you quickly notice colorful flowers everywhere. It is customary in Bali, when
praying or entering a temple of worship to wear a sarong and selendang (sash).
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BALI, INDONESIA is an island in
Southeast Asia, known for its lush
jungles, working rice paddies, volcanic
mountains and amazing beaches. Bali
is home to three million people as well
as many temples and religious sites
including Tanah Lot, Uluwatu and
Tirta Empul. Arts, culture and wellness
are alive and well in Bali, making it a
favorite travel destination for those
seeking authentic and immersive
experiences. Seminyak, Sanur and Ubud
are popular tourist towns. The island
is also known for yoga and meditation
retreats. To learn more about travel
to Bali, visit balitourismboard.org.
Rice is a staple food in
the diet of all Indonesian
people and rice farming
holds an important place in
Balinese culture. It also dots
the distinctively Balinese
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Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great
ancient cultures which is still alive.
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you need to see
BY: JOSIE SALDAT
If your travel plans this summer include experiencing
a music festival up close and personal, we’ve done the
legwork for you. Here are seven of the best festivals on
the planet, and oh - don’t forget to your gum boots!
Worthy Farm, Somerset, UK
Radiohead, Ed Sheeren and the Foo Fighters have
been confirmed amongst this year’s line-up and you
can always expect top-charting artists to grace the
iconic Glastonbury stages. For festival attendees, this
festival really does have everything. It is not only
the largest greenfield festival, but is also has distinct
socio-geographic regions with a Pyramid in the
center of the grounds. Stretching over 900 acres in
the Vale of Avalon, Glastonbury has steadily grown
in popularity and size over the past four decades
since their opening in 1970.
The festival will have a drive-in cinema this year.
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This award-winning summer music festival held at
the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad,
originated as a youth movement. Known for their
diverse selection of performers and enthusiastic
crowds of youth, Exit continues to draw in unique
international rock, pop and EDM sensations. With an
incredible historic medieval setting and the positive
energy of Novi Sad the festival has welcomed millions
of people from over 60 countries over the years.
Began in 2000 when a crowd of students fighting for
democracy rallied against the Milosevic regime.
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July 21-23 & July 28-30
Tomorrowland has become one of the largest and
most unique electronic music festivals (EDM) with
an emphasis on free spirit mentality and good vibes
only. Priding themselves upon their other worldly art
installations, Tomorrowland welcomes more than a
quarter of a million people to dance and celebrate in
their artistic valley. With 30 stages and over 400 DJ’s,
this extravagant festival has been a front runner for
the best vibrant and eccentric style.
FESTIVAL FACT: Inside the main stage there is a VIP
restaurant, fronted by a Michelin star chef, boasting
some of the finest cuisine, Each plate of food can cost
$1,000, but some of the proceeds go to charity!
Pemberton, BC, Canada
Just north of Whistler, British Columbia, Pemberton
Music Festival happens in the valley near Mount
Currie. Dubbed as “Canada’s biggest camping and
music event”, Pemberton has gained popularity
quickly in the few years it’s been around. The festival
grounds includes camping for over 40,000 attendees
spread over several acres. Powered by top-charting
headliners, crowds include a diverse group of
The festival gives back to its location. The Pemberton
Music Festival Community Fund has given over
$100,000 in grants to non-profits supporting
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5SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS
Byron Bay, Australia
Australia’s largest winter music festival attracts a new
community into the surf hub of Byron Bay. Mixing
contemporary artists and major headline acts, this
festival has welcomed Coldplay, The Strokes, Kanye
West and more - mixing top charting musicians with
fashion and beauty pop-ups from Kiehl’s, Rimmel
London and Aveda! So the answer is yes, you can get
a pre-festival blow-out.
Splendour in the Grass offers a stylish escape to the
on-going music – a day spa and a mini mall!
6ROCK EN SEINE
If rock music is your genre of choice, Rock en Seine is
for you! This three-day rock music festival in Paris is
situated in the Park of “Domaine national de Saint-
Cloud” a garden designed in the 17th century. The
festival offers acts from rock, indie and rap mega-
stars and since 2003 has grown to be one of the most
anticipated musical events in Europe. Five stages will
continuously host musicians – so with every turn a
new genre of live music will grace your ears.
There’s a mini festival on the ground outskirts with
music and workshops for 6-10 year olds.
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Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA
August 27-September 4
Festival-goers join forces and co-create “Black Rock
City”, the temporary metropolis for the week long
festival dedicated to art, community and radical selfexpression.
Each year a new theme is set – 2017 is
Radical Ritual. More than a music festival, Burning
Man has become a cultural movement that digs
deep into music, art, and fashion with an immersive
atmosphere offering the experience of a lifetime.
The festival is guided by ten principles that attendees
are encouraged to embrace: radical inclusion, gifting,
decommodification, radical self-reliance, radical
self- expression, communal effort, civic responsibility,
leaving no trace, participation and immediacy.
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when was the last time
BY: TRACEY DRAKE
My first time in Hong Kong and
I wanted to make sure that I had
a unique experience. I know that
everyone stays in the Central and
Kowloon districts, where you can
find big brand hotels, fine dining
and designer shops, but I wasn’t
looking for that kind of Hong Kong
memory. I went on a quest to find out
where adventurous, urban travelers
were staying in Hong Kong and I
happened upon Ovolo Southside. I
am so glad that I did.
Set in the up-and-coming Southside
neighborhood, this hip area is
teeming with art galleries, coffee
shops, and green spaces with easy .
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you saw something for the first time?
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access to transit. Before I checked
in, I knew that Ovolo Southside
was formerly a warehouse, but I
was so pleased to see that Ovolo
Hotels had maintained much of the
building’s original industrial charm
- embracing its working class roots,
which cleverly speaks to a whole new
generation of world travelers.
The loft-like rooms are trendy and
well thought out, with great modern
amenities, AppleTV, free mini-bar
and room to stretch out after a long
day of sightseeing. The main lobby
(LoLounge) is uber chic, with a firstrate
Italian coffee bar, pool table and
Mid Century modern decor that
doubles as a comfortable lounge and
common work area. I wanted to live
in Above, the rooftop bar lounge -
like literally move in! It was the best
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place to just relax, order a cocktail
and take in the stellar views.
The artwork on and around the
hotel is quite something. You could
spend hours just taking it all in, and
learning about the Hong Kong artists
that created each piece. I had a few
favorites - the Made In Hong Kong
neon sign that was tucked away in a
stairway, the wordy elevator interior
and the graffiti murals on the walls
outside Cirqle, the modern bistrostyle
restaurant on the fourth floor.
Whatever your Hong Kong day looks
like, you can get everywhere from
here. One afternoon, we walked
down to Aberdeen Fishing Village -
an unforgettable experience. Another
day, we hopped on a bus, grabbed the
MTR and headed to Tai Po Market
with Hong Kong Food Tours for an
exceptional day of authentic, local
cuisine (including snake soup). If
you’re a foodie, I highly recommend
Hong Kong’s first warehouse
conversion hotel, Ovolo Southside is
a master-class in urban architecture
and contemporary art, and a perfect
option for those looking for a fresh,
new take on a Hong Kong experience.
Learn more about Ovolo Southside
on Instagram & Twitter
or search hashtag #TheTravellingEditor
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THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT NEW YORK'S
BY: SARAH SMITH | BOOKING.COM
othing speaks grand Americana more than the Waldorf Astoria New York hotel. Home-away-fromhome
to kings and queens, it is American hospitality royalty at its best. The curtain went down
on the hotel’s historic 86-year run on Park Avenue in March, and the property will now undergo
a multi-year renovation and partial condominium conversion. The hotel was sold in early 2015 to
Angang Insurance Group for a whopping $1.95 Billion dollars - the most expensive hotel ever sold. Here are a
few more things you probably didn't know about New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel.
WALDORF SALAD, EGGS BENEDICT & RED VELVET CUPCAKES
WERE INVENTED HERE
U.S. President Herbert Hoover opened the hotel in
October 1931. Every U.S. president since then has
stayed in the 2,245-square-foot Presidential Suite.
It was the first hotel to offer room service in the
U.S. and the first major hotel in the world to
employ women as chefs, beginning in 1931. It was
also the first hotel to feature electricity and private
bathrooms in all its rooms.
The delicious truth is that the Waldorf Salad, Eggs
Benedict, Red Velvet cupcakes and Thousand
Island salad dressing were invented there.
Secret Train Tunnel
There's a hidden train tunnel that runs from
Grand Central to the base of the Waldorf Astoria.
President Roosevelt used this secret tunnel to
enter the hotel so that people didn't know he was
in a wheelchair.
Celebrities have routinely stayed at the hotel since
it opened including: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard
Burton, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Charlie Chaplin,
Ava Gardner, Liv Ullmann, Judy Garland, Edward
G. Robinson, Gregory Peck, Carey Grant, Cole
Porter, John Wayne, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny,
Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Muhammad
Ali, Ginger Rogers and Vince Lombardi.
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Marilyn Monroe Suite
Hollywood legend Marilyn
Monroe stayed at the hotel for
several months in 1955. The
suite was named in her honor.
The Cole Porter Suite is a fivebedroom,
suite that's roughly 4,300 square
feet, and went for $150,000 a
month. Porter lived there for 25
years and wrote several famous
songs in the room. His piano
remained in the suite.
Home Away From Home
Frank Sinatra paid $1 million a
year for the Cole Porter Suite,
his personal home away from
home from 1979 to 1988.
3 in a Tub
The Elizabeth Taylor Suite has
the largest and most exquisite
bathtub which can easily
accommodate three people.
Most Requested Room
Room 42R, the Royal Suite,
located on the top floor is the
most requested room. It was
the residence of the Duke (King
Edward) and Duchess (Bessie
‘Wallis’ Simpson) of Windsor
for over 10 years. The Duchess
had the suite painted light
blue which was later named
Quiet on the Set
The Waldorf Astoria New York
has been a filming location for
numerous films and TV series,
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A FEW MOMENTS LONGER.”
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including Coming to America,
Serendipity, Maid in Manhattan,
Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and The
“The difficult immediately, the
impossible takes a few moments
longer,” is considered the hotel
motto. They once had a request
to raise a guest’s toilet seat by
one centimeter which they did.
The hotel employed eight fulltime
The rooftop was used to cultivate
gardens of fresh vegetables and
herbs and beehives for honey.
On the 20th floor roof, there
were six beehives with 350,000
bees. The ‘Top of the Waldorf ’
honey was used in culinary
specials, cocktails and at the
Guerlain Spa located in The
Towers of the Waldorf Astoria.
Hilton Worldwide will continue
to operate the Waldorf Astoria
New York under a 100-year
Thanks for the memories
and the distinctive New York
history. We can’t wait to
see the reimagined Waldorf
Astoria New York in a few
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BY: TRACEY DRAKE
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It is a land of multiple identities. Everywhere you turn, whether on
the city streets or traveling through the countryside. Quito, Ecuador
is evolving into a cosmopolitan city, without ever turning its back
on its Andean roots. A well-dressed businessman walks alongside a
woman in traditional Ecuadorian dress; contemporary glass encased
structures dot the urban skyline, watched over by the Virgin Statue atop
With a population of 1.6 Million people, Quito is a city built in the
sky, located 9,186 feet above sea level, and the highest elevation of any
capital city in the world. When I first arrived, I often found myself
breathless (from the beautiful scenery as well as the lack of oxygen),
and was grateful that Pablo, my incredibly gallant and knowledgeable
city guide, set a moderate pace for the first few days, allowing time to
acclimate to the altitude. The geography of the city is long and narrow,
just five kilometres wide and eighty kilometres long. Because of its
geographical location and proximity to the equator, the sun rises at 6:00
a.m. and sets at 6:00 p.m., every day of the year. Even if the day is hot,
the evening usually requires a light jacket.
In 1978, Quito became one of just two cities (Krakow is the other) to be
designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, thanks to the well
preserved historic center of Quito. That alone is worth the plane ticket;
architecture in this city is awe-inspiring and in such wonderful repair.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON TRAVEL TO
QUITO, ECUADOR, VISIT WWW.QUITO.COM.EC
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There was so much to do and see
in Quito and the surrounding
areas that the week simply flew by.
Spending time on the city streets,
in the old historic centre as well
as the modern business district,
offered up a true sense of where the
city had come from, and where it
was headed. The trip to the Middle
of the World was an absolute blast
and a ‘must do’ lifetime experience.
The food culture here was quite
unexpected for me, with so many
refined culinary delights, both
traditional dishes and worldly
modern fare. The markets were
something I looked forward to
and they did not disappoint; the
churches and cultural buildings
a sheer joy to discover, and the
best part of this South American
city is its people. Yes, I bought an
Ecuadoran hammock and locally
crafted trinkets, but the greatest gift
I came home with is the memory
of meeting so many authentic
Ecuadorian people, who were so
proud and boldly enthusiastic
to share their home, history and
culture with me.
Ecuador was magnificent and I
loved it all; every experience,
every morsel, every moment.
If it’s not on your travel bucket
list, it should be. Write it down.
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Tren Ecuador: I took an eye opening train ride
through the Ecuadorian countryside and Andes
Mountains. Traversing through small villages, we
stopped in Boliche for a wonderful guided walk
through Cotopaxi National Park and disembarked in
Machachi to witness a traditional folkloric dance.
Mitad Del Mundo: An unforgettable afternoon
spent at the middle of the world, standing at 0-0-0
latitude, with a foot in each hemisphere in front of
the Equatorial Monument, and experiencing the
gravitational effects of this locale.
Otovalo Market: The outdoor Mercado in the Plaza
de los Ponchos was captivating! Endless booths
were brimming with colorful woven wool textiles
for which the indigenous Otavaleños are known.
Friendly merchants sold everything from textiles
and leather goods, Panama hats and painted pottery.
Biscochos Cayambe: In the rose gardens of La
Compania Roses Hacienda, I was offered this rich,
buttery flaky pastry, and it was love at first bite. Later
that same day, we stopped in Cayambe, and I bought
a half dozen for me!
Canelazo: It is a delicious hot drink, the Ecuadorian
equivalent of a Hot Toddy, but the South American
version is made with sugar cane alcohol, sugar and
cinnamon. They serve it up perfectly at El Pobre
Cherimoya: In English, it is Custard Apple – a
delicious fruit that I first sampled on the streets of
downtown Quito and then hunted it down at the
Inaquito Market. The flesh is soft, sweet and tastes
like a mellow blend of banana and pineapple. Mark
Twain called Cherimoya “the most delicious fruit
known to man”.
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THE RUGGED BEAUTY OF NORTHERN IRELAND
It is a place of diversity and contrasts. For the millions of tourists that visit Northern Ireland each year,
it always surprizes and astounds. From the liveliness of Belfast, to the awe-inspiring Giants Causeway
and the pristine landscapes, it is a place that everyone must visit - at least once in a lifetime. Watch
for Northern Ireland - coming soon to the Summer 2017 issue of DRIFT magazine.
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