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Nigeria

In Love with Nigeria

Beauty in the eye of the beholder in Africa's most populous country

Corrupt politicians, police brutality, rigged elections—there are just too many ways America outdoes Nigeria. One area in which we surpass Trumpland, however, is in our megachurch pastors equipped with private jets with which to spread the good news of Christ having risen. According to Forbes, at a net worth of $150 million, Bishop Oyedepo topped the list of the world’s richest pastors in 2018—ahead of such American “institutions” as T.D. Jakes, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen and the aptly named Creflo Dollar. In fact, four Nigerian men of God make the top 10. Not only do we claim the number one...

United Kingdom

London After Brexit

What will the most multi-ethnic and diverse city in Europe look like after it leaves the EU?

London is often described as the most multi-ethnic and diverse city in Europe. Its residents hail...

Russia

Mediazona

The media arm of Pussy Riot that takes pot shots at Putin

Mediazona is the brainchild of Pussy Riot, the Moscow-based punk rock protest group that likes to...

Caribbean

In the Eye of a Hurricane

Hamilton comes to Puerto Rico

Puerto rico’s landscape of mountains, waterfalls, thick forests and some of the world’s best stretches of...

Caribbean

My Father’s Land

The indelible marks of slavery in Jamaica

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs? Where is your tribal memory? Sirs, in that grey...

Did You Know?

England

For Richer, For Poorer

Oysters have a storied history in Britain: Before the Roman invasion, the British regarded them as a poorer substitute for meat or fish. The Roman occupation of Britain (from 43 to 410 AD) changed all that: oysters were suddenly in fashion—so in fashion, in fact, that they were even sent back to Rome.

By the time of the Anglo-Saxon invasions in the 5th century, however, they’d fallen out of favor again. And so it went, this back-and-forth, with the little mollusk finding its status as either the food of kings or forbidden fruit, determined by conquerors, fashion and even the church.

When Queen Victoria was on the throne, oysters had become the staple diet of the poor, sold essentially as fast food on London streets, baked in pies, pickled, and served up in pubs with a pint of stout.

By the mid-1800s, as Britain’s oyster beds depleted, oysters became scarce, and they were served up as a delicacy for the nobility and upper classes once more.

Encounters that take you there.

Before there were guidebooks, 18th- and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” to cities and countries, pamphlets and books that combined helpful tips with particular and offbeat advice and context: the best boarding houses alongside bits of history, preferred brothels as well as ways to avoid pickpockets. These guides were far removed from a modern, sanitized Fodor’s—rather they were personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place.

Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a nonprofit publication designed to reveal the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.