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Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design by Maria Popova What the 1980 Olympics have to do with IKEA and medieval helmets for modern role-playing games. During the Cold War, the world on the other side of the Iron Curtain certainly yielded its fare share of design curiosities, from its eerie monuments to its various propaganda to its haunting photography to its prison tattoo subculture. But nowhere does that world’s peculiar design culture shine more dazzlingly than in Made in Russia: Unsung Icons of Soviet Design — a fascinating and irreverent compendium of 50 masterpieces of agitprop graphic and industrial design, collected by editor Michael Idov, from cross-cultural icons like the LOMO camera and the Sputnik to mundane yet bizarre items like carbonated tap water dispensers, fishnet grocery bags and a color-coding system for caviar that endures to this day. The Russian bear Misha, mascot for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow The vertushka, a dialless phone made to receive important calls, but unable to make any Donating = Loving

How to Travel Around the World for $418. “I have to tell you sir, this is easily the most ridiculous itinerary I’ve ever put together,” said the American Airlines operator the other night as I finalized plans for a worldwide adventure that would make Marco Polo blush. “Welp, that makes two of us!” I replied. And just like that, I had committed myself to almost nine months of international travel. Yes, that picture above is my actual itinerary. Beginning this January, I’ll start an epic journey that will take me across four continents, through at least nine countries, and into more than fifteen cities. Oh, and all of these flights are costing me a grand total of $418.36. Warning: I’m totally going to geek out on travel-hacking with this post, so if you have no interest in learning how to travel the world and visit awesome places for dirt cheap, check back in on Monday. This post is also quite lengthy at over 2500 words: grab some coffee, get comfortable, and let me show you how deep the rabbit hole of travel hacking goes. -Steve

Portraits d'un Nouveau Monde Hongkong, la ville extrême Hongkong fut la dernière colonie de la Couronne britannique en Asie. Depuis le 1er juillet 1997, le territoire est de nouveau rattaché à la Chine. Cette autonomie reste relative car Pékin a le dernier mot sur les affaires politiques de Hongkong. Densité et verticalité de l'urbanisme Ce qui frappe tout visiteur à Hongkong, c'est d'abord la concentration de population et la verticalité de son urbanisme. Avec le développement économique de Hongkong, la main d'oeuvre chinoise venue du continent commença à peupler massivement ce territoire d'à peine 1000 km². Les zones non-constructibles représentent 80% du territoire. Une terre d'immigration Lorsque le Japon envahit la Mandchourie en 1932, des centaines de milliers de Chinois vinrent trouver refuge dans la colonie britannique de Hong-Kong. Pendant la Révolution culturelle en Chine entre 1966 et 1976, le flot de réfugiés de la Chine populaire s'accentua de nouveau. La population a donc grandi très rapidement. Crédits

Best Travel Sites to Save You Money Feeling too pinched by the ever-troubled economy to travel? You can still find good deals to get away -- if you know where to go online first. Here are the best travel sites we've found to help you bag the best bargains on airfares, lodging, car rentals and all your other travel needs. 1) scours hundreds of online sources for the cheapest fare available. [More from Kiplinger: QUIZ: How Far Can you Stretch Your Travel Dollar?] 2) Bing Travel can help you bite the bullet and buy your ticket, or not, with its "price predictor," which forecasts whether fares will go up or down. 3) AirfareWatchdog works best for travelers ready to take off at the drop of a deal. Bonus: The site includes fares from Southwest, Allegiant and other small airlines that may not appear on bigger search sites such as Kayak and Bing. 4) tracks fares for you and will shoot you an e-mail or Tweet if the cost of your selected flight drops. [More from Kiplinger: QUIZ: Test Your Travel Tipping IQ]

Espace Pédagogique - arts plastiques et culture métisse (Gilbert Pélissier) L'un des traits à remarquer dans l'art du XXe siècle, si l'on considère la diversité des productions, est un décloisonnement des catégories artistiques traditionnelles telles qu'elles étaient représentées par les "Beaux Arts":Peinture, Sculpture, Architecture... La création artistique depuis la modernité peut être assimilée à l'exploration d'un "champ ouvert" dans lequel des productions hybrides, ou radicalement nouvelles sont apparues. Inclassables dans les catégories anciennes elles ont nécessité une invention terminologique abondante : "performance", "body-art", "land-art", "art conceptuel", "minimal-art", "pièces", "installation", ... L' ouverture à toutes formes d'expressions, la reconnaissance de comportements artistiques les plus divers, ont brouillé les signes de repère stables et ce que l'on peut retenir pour notre propos, c'est en définitive l'abandon de la norme. La technique n'est plus première dans cet enseignement, elle n'est plus le préalable du travail artistique.

Leisure / Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light (One Bag)! Cheapest Days to Fly and Best Time to Buy Airline Tickets Shopping for air travel can be both confusing and frustrating — airline ticket prices change frequently (with seemingly no particular rhyme or reason). Let’s face it — your time is too valuable to be laboring over a computer screen for hours searching for a great deal — our company mission is to take the mystery out of shopping for cheap flights, so let’s get started. We have boiled down hundreds of our tips from a decade of airfare research specifically to educate fliers on how to make the best ticket purchasing decisions for each and every trip (checkout the video and the air travel insider tips below): Cheapest Day to Fly – Wednesday We did an in-depth study of our proprietary historical airfare database (world’s largest) and pinpointed the cheapest day to fly is Wednesday for domestic travel (gory details at the link). Wednesday is one of the three cheapest days, the others are Tuesday and Saturday (Friday and Sunday the most expensive days to travel). Unusual? Ah! Much, Much More

Find Cheap Flights to Asia: Tips on When to Buy, When to Fly, Where to Go Signup for Airfare Alerts There are numerous popular destinations in Asia, but most flyers from the U.S. head for (or transit through) one of these three nations, listed in order of popularity: Japan, South Korea and China. See if your favorite Asian country made the “most popular” list in the chart I created based on FareCompare data (below). Listen as FareCompare’s Anne McDermott talks to Hong Kong-based Andrew Demaria, Editor-in-Chief of about the best (and cheapest) places in Asia, plus top spots for shopping, dining and fun. Shop Five Months Ahead On international flights, airlines typically release their cheapest seats about five and a half months before departure; don’t buy your airline tickets to Asia before then, or you could pay more than you have to. As far as airfare sales to Asia, they are much less common than U.S. domestic sales, and highly route-specific, but the earlier you begin shopping, the better your chances of finding a sale. Best Time to Fly to Asia

Europe - Europe Travel ResourceL: Off The Beaten Path Europe Off The Beaten Path Yes, there is the Eiffel Tower, and yes, there is Big Ben and the Roman Collosseum. But the true explorer will find many hidden gems unknown to most travelers, capturing lifelong memories, and a unique perspective of this most fascinating continent. Did You Know That: ...Spain has Europe's only desert, located in the southern province of Almería, where Sergio Leone filmed many of his spaghetti westerns including "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" with Clint Eastwood... read more's easy to rent an inexpensive and comfortable house boat in Southern France, saving both hotel and extra transportation costs, and you don't even need a driver's license... read more can tour Scotland staying in historical lighthouses, a wonderfully romantic way to experience northern Britain, seaview guaranteed, no extra charge... ... ... ... ... We invite you to explore "Off the Beaten Path" on our indivual country pages. Explore.

Booking A Hostel: The Top 10 Things To Look For | The Study Abroad Blog So you’re on ready to book your hostel with a few friends. You’ve easily narrowed down your choices by price and ranking, but are wondering how to sort through the over 200 hostels still available in your city of destination. Well I’ve come up a list of necessary requirements that will make your stay a lot more pleasurable, and as a matter of fact, if the hostel doesn’t meet all of these requirements I won’t even consider it. From my hostel experiences both good and bad, here’s what to look for in a hostel. 1. has a great ranking feature which includes location (I usually say anything above an 80% is good). 2. Seriously. 3. Some hostels will provide you with a full size locker for your luggage, and some just something to put your travel documents in. 4. You’ll definitely want to shower at least once while you’re traveling, and while travel size bottles of soap and shampoo won’t take up much space in your carry on bag, a bath towel will. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Study Abroad: Simple Solutions For Managing You're Money | The Study Abroad Blog myTab Removing the stigma of the “cash gift” one Facebook post at a time Let’s face it, if you’re going to be abroad, you’re going to need some cash. While I have no problem asking for it, for some reason friends and relatives are always hesitant to give cash as a gift, I guess because they think it isn’t personal enough (even though we blatantly tell them it’s the most useful thing they could possibly give). Well fear not, I’ve come across a solution – myTab. It’s actually really easy and this is all you have to do: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. You can use myTab to book your flight to and from your study abroad destination, or any of the awesome trips you’ll be taking while you’re abroad. Yeah, the whole “put in on myTab” phrase may be a little cheesy, but you know what’s not cheesy?