Mariana Zapata

Colombian-American travel writer who has worked and traveled around the world. 

The Establishment

South Korean Women Are Fighting to Take Off Their 'Corsets'

He wants to see my bare face Would it be okay to show it to him? Oh, never (That’s right, that’s right) Let’s keep what needs to be kept (Right, right) Until you get all of his heart Beauty in South Korea does not come in all shapes and sizes. It comes with a V-shaped face, a slender body, double eyelids, and pale porcelain skin. Cis Korean women are expected to go to any length to achieve this perfect look—and they certainly do. South Korea has the highest per capita plastic surgery procedure
Atlas Obscura

When Giant Sequoias Were Sacrificed for Traveling Sideshows

During the second half of the 19th century, when traveling sideshows were all the rage, the so-called wonders of the world were taken from city to city to be gazed upon by spectators aching to see bearded ladies, tattooed men, and other “curiosities” that often fed the colonialist fantasies of the Western mind. But among many of the attractions included in such shows there was, at one point, an unlikely protagonist: the giant sequoia of the Sierra Nevada.
Slate Magazine

During the Civil War, Vaccination Was Not Easily Achieved, so Many Soldiers Took a DIY Approach

Bullets fly, the cold creeps in, and your body is so malnourished that you can barely walk. You know that if smallpox gets hold of you, you don't stand a chance. You look at your fellow soldier's pus-filled lesion and realize there is only one way to survive the smallpox outbreak in your unit. You breathe in deeply, cut your arm open with your rusty pocket knife, and fill the wound with the liquid coming out of your comrade's pustule.
Atlas Obscura

Add a Surrealist Touch to Your Thanksgiving With These Dali Recipes

Salvador Dali once claimed that “Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” It was perhaps because of this that he decided to bring surrealism to one of the art forms he most admired: cooking. In 1973, he published the wonderful, confusing, and delectable cookbook Les Dîners de Gala—a title referring both to his wife, who went by the name Gala, and the lavishness of the dishes he included.
The Huffington Post

Watch What Camp Life Is Like For Children Who Are Allergic To The Sun

Summer camp is a great American tradition. And one completely out of reach for the so-called “children of the night” — the name given to kids who are allergic to the sun. This rare condition, xeroderma pigmentosum, makes summer camp, or any daytime outdoors activity, painful and even fatally dangerous. Luckily, there is a place that seeks to reclaim the tradition for children afflicted with XP: Camp Sundown. Opened in 1995, the camp is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, as it continues
Atlas Obscura

The Sleepy Peruvian Town that Comes Alive Each Year to 'Please the Virgin'

On any other day of the year, Paucartambo is a small, tranquil Andean town where a fly doesn’t repose on a windowsill undetected. But if you venture down there from Cuzco any time between July 15 and 18, you will stumble into a festival marked by an incessant blaze of color and music. The rhythm of folkloric dances floods the crowded streets. Masked colonial characters wear impossibly detailed costumes that often depict hand-embroidered patterns and images of nature and religious figures.
Atlas Obscura

Rock 'n' Roll and Military Dictatorships Almost Destroyed Argentine Tango

In the 1940s, Argentina was tango and tango was Argentina. Born in the marginalized outskirts and upscale brothels of Buenos Aires, the musical genre slowly but surely seeped into the very roots of the country’s culture and took a strong hold. Fathers would spend years teaching their sons how to dance, singers like Carlos Gardel were national figures, and social gatherings were always accompanied by the sound of the tango concertina, the bandoneon. Then, two disparate but hugely significant things arrived: a series of military dictatorships and rock ‘n’ roll.
Atlas Obscura

The Society Lady Who Brought Ancient Greek Fashion to 18th Century Europe

Known all over Europe for her astonishing beauty, Lady Hamilton accomplished many things in her lifetime. She was considered a key figure in the arts, a muse and patron, and her political influence saved the King and Queen of Naples. As if that wasn’t enough, she also—along with the spread of democratic ideas in the aftermath of the French Revolution, and the discovery of Pompeii—revived the neoclassical style that marks the Regency Period (1795-1825).
Track that Travel

Don't Knock It 'Til You've Tried It

We all scoff at that cheesy travel quote that declares we are in love with people we've never met and places we've never been to. The uncomfortable reality, however, is that there is a slight truth to it: There are places that capture our imagination, that we dream of with relentless romanticism. Others, we deem boring before even giving them a try. Luckily, life loves to make us eat our own words, and show us just how dumb we can be.
Things to Do Everywhere

5 best things to do in Zurich, Switzerland

Known as the gateway into the Alps, Zurich is the most popular Swiss city. It is known all over the world for its role in global commerce, and it is quickly becoming a European hub. Set along the intersection between Lake Zurich and the Limmat River, it is undeniably beautiful. Culture abounds in its streets with ancient and medieval architecture, various events, and more than 50 museums. Its Old Town is a walk through history itself, while its popular shopping streets and its Zurich West neigh
A French Affair

Cities of France - Brest

If you’re looking for a French city that’s not as touristy as Paris but still retains that incredible French charm, Brest could be the place for you.  This relatively small city is one of France’s most important port entries and has a history that’s completely connected to the sea. Nestled in a beautiful natural harbour, Brest is the host city for the International Festival of the Sea, Boats, and Sailors which is held every four years.   Be sure to wander along the docks at the Quai Commandant-M
Tripeasel Blog

On Recognizing Traveling is a Privilege

There’s things about traveling that I both love and find troubling. Lately, the “NO EXCUSES!” trend has been troubling me more than inspiring me. You know what I’m talking about. The posts that tell people that there are absolutely no excuses at all to not travel. Anyone in any circumstance can find a way to travel if they simply get off their butts and work! Now don’t get me wrong, I love these posts for inspiring me, and countless other people, to dare to dream about a life we had thought imp
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