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One organization is offering a way to really get to know Amsterdam’s famous waterways – by helping clean them. Erik Fransman has an important reminder as our boat makes its way down one of Amsterdam’s famous canals: no picking up dead animals, and don’t try and snag anything larger than the fishing nets. He is scanning the horizon as he launches into a story about the skinny white building we’ve just passed. It’s the narrowest house in Amsterdam, Fransman explains, barely wider than its front door because houses were taxed on their façade width in the Dutch Golden Age.   But…

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A strict vegan diet is no longer the major obstacle to travel it once was, as more and more tour companies are catering to vegan travelers with environmentally friendly and ethical itineraries.  Fredessa Jaudon thinks it was fate that led her to what would become her favorite travel company. In 2016, while visiting the Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia, she pulled into a parking spot behind a car with a bumper sticker advertising “vegan adventure tours” and was immediately intrigued. As a longtime vegan who had struggled to find satisfying meals on her travels, she noted the name…

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When Alicia and Esther Tambe lost their sister to breast cancer, they started an organization to celebrate one of her great loves: travel. One of the last trips Alicia and Esther Tambe took with their older sister Maria was to Colombia in the summer of 2018. They went to the city of Cartagena to celebrate Alicia’s bachelorette party. They strolled the streets of the Caribbean port city, snapping pictures in front of brightly colored murals and spending hours relaxing in mud baths. Though Maria was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, she insisted on joining the festivities. Travel had always brought…

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At Owamni by The Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman and his team are redefining what “local” means through the lens of Native American tradition. Editor’s Note: On June 13, 2022, Owamni by The Sioux Chef won the 2022 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. Some of the details of this story have been updated to reflect the award. Restaurants weren’t a big part of Sean Sherman’s childhood on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Though roughly the size of Connecticut, Pine Ridge had no restaurants at all when Sherman was growing up there, he says. There was also only one…

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