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  • High adventure in low gear

    The Southern Alps are behind us now, along with the glaciers and waterfalls and dense rain forests that have been our companions for a week. The 14 of us are normal tourists again, moving about the city on two feet instead of two wheels. We've turned in our rental bikes, having pedaled the final miles on the long ride up South Island's remote west coast.
  • Around the world in 23 days

    Around the world in 23 days
    Phileas Fogg went around the world in 80 days. I did it in 23. And I bet I visited more amazing sites than he — India's Taj Mahal, Easter Island, Tibet, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the African plains, to name a few — all without having to endure...

    Abdurrahman Wahid dies at 69; former Indonesian president

    Abdurrahman Wahid dies at 69; former Indonesian president
    Abdurrahman Wahid, who became Indonesia's first democratically elected president in 1999 after half a century of authoritarian rule, died Wednesday in Jakarta. He was 69. Long in failing health, Wahid left an indelible mark on Indonesia as a liberal...

    UC Press publishes wine books to fill a gap

    UC Press publishes wine books to fill a gap
    July 2, 2008 This month, University of California Press releases William A. Ausmus' "Wines & Wineries of California's Central Coast," one of six wine books the Berkeley-based academic press will publish this year and the 23rd wine-focused book...

    American Album

    There is something vaguely familiar about this wide-swept Texas town. It jars a traveler's memory, whispering softly, "You have been here before." Yet the traveler knows he hasn't, and his mind's eye reaches back, as though examining an old black-and-...