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On this rock, people here tend to consider the nation among the trendiest in the world. It is like a religion - an opioid, even. We boast about our First World status because we supposedly qualify by having the latest, the best, the newest of everything imaginable....

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It began with a bowtie. "He'll look cute for Christmas," I said to my husband. "It doesn't mean we're those people." "People who dress up their dogs?" "Exactly. We're not those people."     One bow tie, one baseball hat and two leg warmers later, I have to concede...

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The Art of Getting Lost on a Small Island

Getting lost is underrated. When I travel, half of the fun is making unexpected discoveries and stumbling upon hidden treasures. But when you’re on a dot of a rock in the middle of the ocean with fewer roads across its entire landmass than there are tracks in the New...

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