Syros: the Cyclades without the crowds

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When Greek islands are mentioned, Santorini sunsets and Mykonos alleyways instantly come to mind – an exalted portrait of summer perfection. But for a slice of Greek bliss without the crowds, your best bet lies in Syros, the administrative capital of the Cyclades group and one of its smallest islands. From the moment the ferry […]

Travel Guide: 24 hours in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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The streets are still quiet in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and the market stalls still bare. The many churches along the street have their doors open wide with suited men and women popping in and out before work. As I raise my lens towards the yellow-orange paintwork of the neoclassical Courts of Justice, a passing […]

5 Career-Boosting New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Actually Want to Keep

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I have good news for you: I’m going to take all the drama out of your new year’s resolutions. This year, I encourage you to toss aside the been-there, done-that options—lose weight, work out more, be less stressed—and instead focus on a few totally attainable ones. Lazy person’s resolutions, if you will. Psychologists say that your […]

The 2 Mantras That Help Me Get Through a Task I Hate

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Have you ever had something on your to-do list that you just really didn’t want to do? If your answer is “yes,” it’s OK. Because I’ve definitely had those moments. In fact, for the past three months, I’ve been actively avoiding two items on my list (like, um, balancing the budget for the grant I manage). Thinking about […]