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If you were ever a teenage dirtbag, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about Amsterdam, the city in the Netherlands where all sorts of drug and sex things that are illegal in America are perfectly legal (more or less). Probably, you’ve been dreaming about its coffeeshops—those places where you can buy and consume marijuana. However, the actual best places to check out are smartshops, tiny boutiques that sell not just grams of pot, but mushrooms,...
One night not long ago, I sat at a picnic table on Caye Caulker, an island 45 minutes North of Belize City. Yards behind me, the sea was quiet. The air was heavy with moisture. Plastic cups of bottomless rum punch were mixed with Tang and ice cubes and being served to me and my friends Susan and Joanna. We were waiting as Fran, head chef of the barbecue pop-up, Fran’s, finished grilling our...
It’s Friday night in Marfa and I’m at the Lost Horse Saloon getting schooled on the difference between a cowboy and a rancher by the tall, one-eyed cowboy who owns the place. Locals are gathered around the fire pit smoking and drinking beers while inside a band plays on a little stage draped with the Texas flag. A few minutes earlier, I was in the courtyard of Ballroom Marfa, the arts nonprofit behind the...
Far be it from us to suggest that you spend your hours after take-off doing anything other than watching Unlikely Animal Friends 4 on repeat and drinking yourself into oblivion, but in case you do want something different while hurtling through space in a giant metal tube, may we suggest reading one of these five books? There’s no reason to resort to the latest Dan Brown to keep you company while you fly; any...

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