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9 Distinct Delicacies We Dare You to Try

So you’ve tried fondue and know your way around a Korean BBQ. Even if you think you’ve tried it all, we bet you haven’t tasted each of these unusual delicacies. Take a deeper look into some of the most one-of-a-kind foods around the world – and prepare your mouth for a wild ride   1. Escargot Origin: Europe Escargot is the French word for snails – but their origins trace way further than Marie Antoinette. Archaeologists have dug up evidence ...

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6 Beautifully Remote Islands in the Philippines

Last year, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) added 534 previously uncharted islands to the map of the Philippines, bringing the official count to 7,641. They all have a few things in common: soft white sand, crystal clear water, and blissful year-round weather. Yet most tourists only flock to a chosen few – leaving more for the rest of us. Below are six lesser-known Filipino islands that stand out from the rest. Whether you’re looking to stuff your face with ...

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Lessons Learned from Millennial Entrepreneurs

Last week, I had the pleasure of hosting a gathering of Millennial Entrepreneurs at our digital division in San Francisco. Forget the stereotypes you’ve heard about Millennials – these young inventors are redefining how business can drive social impact in a world without borders. As a purpose-driven company, Western Union is thrilled to see new businesses thrive while unlocking opportunities to do good in so many ways – around the world. Those who joined us for our Millennial Entrepreneurs roundtable discussion ...

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Empowering Refugees Through Education

Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director, Western Union Foundation   On this World Refugee Day, I want to share the story of Abdulazez*, who was forced to leave his home in Syria with his family. They ended up in a refugee camp in Greece with thousands of other people, living in tents through the heat and the cold, waiting in long lines for food and not knowing what the future would bring. But despite these harsh conditions, Abdulazez says that smiles and ...

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Mastercard & Western Union Explore Digital Model for Refugee Camps

Research indicates need to integrate access to goods, services and finances in digital format Purchase, NY and Englewood, CO – June 20, 2017 – With more than 65 million people around the world currently displaced from their homes due to political conflict and natural disasters, there is a growing need to find better ways for refugees to achieve self-sufficiency and become economic engines in their host countries. On World Refugee Day, Mastercard and Western Union announced a collaboration to explore the development of a digital ...

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Airbnb’s New Feature Lets You Experience Life as a Local

Strangers are just friends you haven’t kayaked in Sydney with yet. At least that’s Airbnb’s philosophy. In a follow-up to their revolutionary home-sharing service, the company recently launched Experiences, a service that connects travelers with locals to try unique activities. From baking bread in Paris to crafting clothes in Nairobi, Experiences offer new ways to see a city.   The activities aren’t all rooted in skills or hobbies, though. Experiences can be as simple as meeting ...

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16 Beautiful Islamic Landmarks Around the World

According to a 2017 report from the Pew Research Center, Muslims are the world’s fastest growing religious group. It’s projected that at the current rate, Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2060. Even now, nearly a quarter of the world population practices Islam and there are about 50 Muslim-majority countries.   But it’s hard to ignore the negativity that is far too often associated with the Muslim faith; it’s possibly the world’s most misunderstood religion. This makes it all ...

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London Calling: An Instagrammer’s Guide to London

Now that Brexit’s officially under way and the pound-to-dollar rate has tipped in Americans’ favor, it’s a great time to experience all the sprawling parks, lovely lilts, and raucous pubs the city has to offer. Take a look at the must-snap spots every London traveler should visit and start planning your trip!   1. Big Ben  Number of Hashtags: 2,507,622 Nice to meet you,Ben😆 * 今回はフィルムでも沢山撮ってきました 今日できる現像楽しみ〜♡ photo by @taropon223 A post shared by Naoko Uchida (@chiaoking) on Mar 27, 2017 at 10:07pm PDT ...

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18 of the Coolest National Flags Waving Today

A national flag is one of the first rites of passage when a country gains independence. Each one tells a story about the country’s history and culture. And while Chad and Romania are nearly indistinguishable, some flags have incredibly beautiful and unique designs. Here are 18 of the coolest national flags and what their designs represent.   1.  Albania Adopted: 1992  The Albanian flag is easy to spot thanks to its bold red background. The silhouette of the double-headed eagle comes from the ...

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Burns So Good: The Spiciest Foods in the World

Pepper and hot sauce can bring painful pleasure to almost any dish, but some cultures go the extra mile with their fiery flavors. If you’re looking for a truly tongue-numbing thrill, you’ll have to go beyond your favorite wing joint. Take a spicy spin around the globe with these classic, caliente meals.   1. Vindaloo Pair it with: Rice, naan, and lassi yogurt drink Indian food is known for its spiciness and Vindaloo is the country’s spiciest dish. ...

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