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Östermalms Saluhall

Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm, Sweden
Swedish Delights
Ostermalms Saluhall is a seafood lover's dream. Yes, you can also buy meat, produce, pastries and other items, but the abundance of seafood is what makes this place special, in my opinion. With restaurants tucked away inside the Saluhall, it's a great place to either pick up something to go or sit and linger over a nice meal and a glass of wine. I stopped by here for lunch at the well known Lisa Elmqvist, where I had a beautifully presented and delicious toast skagen. Who knew shrimp mixed with mayonnaise and dill and topped with bleak roe would be such a great combination?
Swedish Delights
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12 minutes ago


Ekoin, Koya, Japan
Sleep Among the Monks
My travel to Ekoin in Mount Koya (Koyasan) entails riding two JRL trains, a subway, a local train, a cable car and a bus. The bus deposits at Ekoin, a 1,000-year old Buddhist Temple. Ekoin is one of approximately 50 temples offering lodging (skukubo) to tourists. My room at Ekoin is sparse but it offers a fantastic view of the sunny garden. I have just enough time in the afternoon to walk Okunoin, Mount Koya's most sacred site and home to a spectacular cemetery. Vegetarian inner is served in my room at the early hour of 5:30. The food is so-so, but the monks do provide beer upon request. Afterwards, I play around on the internet (yes, there's wifi up here) and go to bed early because there's not much else to do. At 6:30 the next morning I join my fellow guests to observe the daily prayer service. Afterwards we follow the monks next door to the daily Goma fire ritual.
Sleep Among the Monks
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about 5 hours ago

Namiri Plains

Namiri Plains, Serengeti, Tanzania
Namiri Plains
On the eastern edge of Serengeti National Park, Namiri Plains opened in July 2014 as the first permanent camp set up within a 2,000-square-mile former lion and cheetah research area closed to tourism for two decades. Today, a maximum of 12 guests share the camp’s three safari vehicles and have prime lion, cheetah, and hyena territory to themselves. Resident hoofed game—hartebeest, topi, impala, buffalo—are not as habituated to safari vehicles as animals in other parts of the Serengeti, but the vicinity hence feels wilder. The area is so secluded that guests can watch the sunrise from a high rock outcropping and spot no other people or vehicles on the horizon. Year-round sightings of big cats are assured; however, the action peaks in November through April when herds of migrating wildebeest boost game numbers and predator activity. The delicious feeling of solitude in nature is enhanced by the solar-powered camp’s comfortable, eco-friendly amenities. Each tent has a flush toilet, but staff bring hot water for bucket showers. Tent luxuries include real beds, stuffed chairs, and couches.
Namiri Plains
1 experience,

about 6 hours ago