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Reading List: 8 Favorites This Week

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Europe, in 9 Walks,” The New York Times
For this package about great walks in Europe, AFAR contributing writer Lisa Abend reports from the the tapas bars of Madrid. As always, Lisa’s descriptions put me right in the scene, yearning to stand at the bar for a plate of Padrón peppers. —Julia Cosgrove

Infamous Gate to Hell Found in Turkey, Where It Continues to Breathe Its Deathly Air,” Atlas Obscura
Finding “the gate to hell” has not been high on my list of travel priorities. Hell, I didn’t even know it had gone missing. Recently, though, a team of Italian archeologists dug it up in Turkey. It’s known as Pluto’s Gate, which sounds somewhat less daunting. But I still wouldn’t want to be a canary in this mine. —Derk Richardson

Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit, by Alison Wright
If you’re a traveler, you’ll want to have this book of 184 stunning color portraits by an award-winning documentary photographer on your coffee table. Alison takes you on a captivating journey around the world through the eyes of its people. Spend time with these portraits and you’ll come away feeling that despite all the physical differences, many more similarities lie just beneath the surface. One of my favorite images was a moment Alison caught between the Dalai Lama and one of his guards. —Joe Diaz 

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A Weekend in Amsterdam,” Lost In Cheeseland
AFAR Ambassador Lindsey Tramuta shares some highlights from her recent trip to Amsterdam, which benefited from uncharacteristically sunny weather, and resulted in some stunning images from her visit—if Amsterdam is not on your list yet, it will be! —Bryan Kitch

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69,” The Paris Review
In researching an upcoming AFAR magazine story on Bogotá, I came across this interview with the renowned Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Naturally, I was intrigued by his insights on the writing process as well as his thoughts on the symbiosis between fiction and journalism and how writing is a lot like carpentry. —Serena Renner

Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots,” Harvard Business Review
This article is particularly interesting because it addresses the idea that today’s global leaders, or “global elite,” are highly mobile, which can cause them to lack a sense of place. I can only trust that this is a phenomenon of early generations of business people tackling our new-ish global economy. And I can only hope that with programs like Learning AFAR and our students’ extremely attuned sense of community, that future global leaders will aptly balance global diversity while holding a strongly rooted sense of place. —Jordan Robbins

Submerged Cities: 7 Underwater Wonders of the World,” Web Urbanist
Being an armchair archaeologist, this piece from Web Urbanist caught my eye immediately—there have been amazing advances in underwater archaeology in recent years, giving us a window unlike any other into ancient cities, frozen in time. Plus, who can resist a dramatic reenactment or two? —Bryan Kitch

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Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, by Elizabeth Becker
Award winning author and former correspondent for The New York Times Elizabeth Becker examines the impact that today’s travel and tourism industry has on people, cultures, countries, and the environment. If you’re in tourism, or are just fascinated by one of the largest industries in the world, pick up Overbooked—Joe Diaz

Photo: “Midnight in Madrid” by David Wilson on AFAR

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