Tag Archives: 2021

Cultural Views: A Barley Harvest In Himalayan Tibet

This is the most important season for the farmers, because it’s the harvest time for them. The hardy qingke barley, also known as highland barley, has long been the main crop on the plateau, and has become a staple of the Tibetan diet, used in almost every meal as tsampa, and even used to make barley wine and a number of other dishes. A unique, drought-resistant crop, barley is grown in many places across the plateau, and is the only grain crop that can grow comfortably in the higher reaches of the plateau, including the extreme north.

Books: ‘When We Cease To Understand The World’ By Benjamín Labatut (2021)

Education: The 2022 List Of Top-Ranked Colleges (WSJ)

The rankings illustrate the ways the pandemic changed higher education.

WSJ’s rankings of the top colleges in the U.S. shows that schools with deep pockets were best able to ride out the pandemic and perform in key categories. WSJ’s Doug Belkin explains the methodology of this year’s report and its highlights. Photo: Philip Keith for The Wall Street Journal

Photography: ‘Mountain Roads’ By Stephan Bogner & Jan Baedeker (2021)

The new book «Mountain Roads» by photographer Stefan Bogner and author Jan Baedeker is a 496-page tribute to the world’s most beautiful hairpins, serpentines, and alpine roads.

The mountain was there yesterday. And it’ll be there tomorrow. It has no interest in us. Its sense of time is geological, we’re little more than a moth that has landed on its broad flanks a moment ago: the prehistoric hunters, the Roman legions, the pilgrims and medieval traders, the road builders with their dynamite, the royal carriages, the puffing steam trains, the freezing soldiers with their rifles, the first motorists wrapped in clouds of dust and the echo of their engines, the cyclists and their iron thighs and tight trousers, the honking postal coaches, motor-homes and buses, the roaring racing machines – the mountain couldn’t care less. Mule tracks, military thoroughfares, trade routes, panoramic roads – merely fleeting shadows on its elephant skin. When a wave of rock piles up and breaks in the slowest of all slow motion for a billion years – what then is a decade, a century, a millennium? 

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Vintage Views: ‘Passione Engadina 2021’ – St. Moritz, Switzerland (Video)

The tenth edition of Passione Engadina has come to an end, presenting an incredible parterre of vintage Italian cars all gathered in the splendid setting of St. Moritz and the Graubünden passes. For this edition, the guest of honour was Ferrari, thanks to the collaboration with Kessel. To celebrate the tenth edition together with Ronnie Kessel, sponsor since the first year, 30 sportscars were admitted to the race, with a separate classification. On the streets of St Moritz and the Engadin, in addition to rare and exceptionally beautiful classic cars, powerful Ferrari sportscars were on display, including two Monza SPs. One car that caught the attention of participants and passers-by was the Kimera EVO37, driven by Luca Betti (former Rally driver and Founder of Kimera Automobili). The public was also able to admire some unique pieces on display in front of the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz, the home of Passione Engadina: a Ferrari 512 M Prototype, a Ferrari 206 S, and a Ferrari 206 SP.

Travel & Photography: “Wanderlust Alps” (2021)

Stretching from France all the way down to Slovenia, Europe’s most majestic mountain range encompasses eight countries. Wanderlust Alps charts the region’s most treasured routes and guides the reader every step of the way. Aimed at those with an appetite for adventure, this book offers a rich mix of treks for hikers who wish to brave the elements.

Through enlightening maps, first-hand tips, and breathtaking photography, Wanderlust Alps illustrates why the range’s craggy peaks and verdant plains make it an outdoor playground in any season. Expect dazzling content to inspire hikers of any experience and skill level, stunning landscape photography, and helpful hints and information on how best to enjoy more than 50 epic trails.

Alex Roddie is an active backpacker, mountaineer, and climber with over 15 years of outdoor experience. Based in England, he works as an editor, writer, and photographer for outdoor-related print publications and online media. Wanderlust Europe was released by gestalten in 2020.

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Nature: Report Finds 30% Of Species Face Extinction

Nearly 30 percent of the 138,374 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for its survival watchlist are now at risk of vanishing in the wild forever, as the destructive impact of human activity on the natural world deepens.

Analysis: Is America In Another Housing Bubble?

Home prices in the U.S. have climbed at a record pace during the pandemic. The median home price reached over $363,000 in June 2021, a 23.4% increase from 2020. Many of the houses are being sold above their asking price, often entirely in cash with bidding wars becoming the new norm to weed out the competition. So is America currently in another housing bubble and what are the signs that can help investors predict an oncoming crash?

Bird Photography: The 2021 Audubon Awards

 In contrast to recent years, few of the winning images emerged from far-flung expeditions. Most were taken by photographers working close to home. This may be a reflection of the many ways that birds provided solace during the challenging and restrictive conditions brought on by the pandemic.

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Travel & Leisure: Top 5 Innovative Camper Vans

Camping is a hallmark of the classic American vacation—a sometimes laborious and challenging escape that promises one thing every time; a simpler life. Innovations are constantly being implemented to improve and expand the way we enjoy our camping trips. In this video, we will take a look at a few of those innovative machines. And, if you stick around, we’ll showcase the first motorhome with an inflatable over-cab area!