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5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer

Take it from a local Nepalese development worker: prepare, tread light and stay longer as an international volunteer.
Nov 28, 2016
The author, left, with her great aunt Aucencia Lagunas Aguilar and great uncle Pedro Mansevo in their home in Taxco, Guerrero. (Courtesy photo)

Undocumented students go “back home” to Mexico for the first time

A group of undocumented youth used an obscure legal process called advanced parole to travel back to Mexico and meet family members for the first time.
Sep 21, 2016
A passenger boards a King Country Metro bus in 2014, at a stop adorned with an image of Jimi Hendrix. (Photo by King County via Flickr.)

Interactive graphics reveal commuter challenges in King County

The Seattle Globalist and KBCS look at King County Metro by region and by route to see if all areas are getting an equitable share of service.
Aug 15, 2016
Flag of Germany (Image via CIA Factbook.)

Chinese tourist spends two weeks in German refugee center after mixup

A Chinese tourist in Germany unwittingly signed an asylum application that got him stranded as a refugee for two weeks, according to reports.
Aug 8, 2016
Fountain, a post-punk band from Victoria, B.C. were the talk of the Sled Island music festival in Calgary last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Candace)

The next wave of post-punk is breaking in Western Canada

Post-punk bands from smaller Western Canadian burgs few Americans could even pinpoint on a map stole the show at last weekend's Sled Island Festival.
Jun 29, 2016
The Muzio family drove down from Kamloops to catch a glimpse of Lionel Messi. Copa America action continues Thursaday at CenturyLink with U.S. vs. Ecuador. (Photo by Yiting Lim)

Pan-American soccer fanatics converge on Seattle for Copa America

The whole tournament may be a bit of a gimmick, but Copa America is giving Seattle a chance to prove we're one of the best soccer cities in the hemisphere.
Jun 15, 2016
Jenny Chen, a resident of Wallingford, has gone missing while backpacking in Mexico. Here, Chen is seen while traveling in Puebla, Mexico, in March. (Courtesy of Jonathan Reinhard)

What do you do when a loved one goes missing abroad?

Frustration with uncooperative embassies and local police are common when Americans go missing abroad.
May 20, 2016
Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks and hasnt been heard from since April 11, her husband says. Photo via Help Find Jenny Facebook group.

Seattle woman reported missing during solo Mexico backpack trip

Jenny Chen, 26, was backpacking in Mexico for several weeks. Her friends last heard from her April 11, her husband says.
Apr 27, 2016
Getting pandas to mate in capitvity, and then releasing babies that will thrive in the wild isn't easy, Vitale found out. (Courtesy photo by Ami Vitale)

What’s it really like to be a National Geographic photographer?

National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale says her job can sometimes by lonely and terrifying, but it's worth it to be a part of preserving our wonderful world.
Mar 17, 2016
Piazza Navona in Rome. (Photo by Katy Sewall.)

A former expat’s ode to Rome

Being an ex-expat raises questions: If you move home, will it feel right? If you revisit the foreign city where you once lived, will you find it the same?
Feb 8, 2016
Moni Tep (right) interviews LGBTQ youth in Jamaica. (Screenshot of video by JetBlue Airways.)

Moni Tep explores hardships of queer youth in Jamaica

Seattle musician Moni Tep traveled to Jamaica to explore ways to help LGBTQ youth, who are often homeless and ostracized there.
Jan 19, 2016
Dia de los muertos in Oaxaca stays true to its roots, and people from all over Mexico come to celebrate the sprits of those who have died. (Photo by Alysa Hullett.)

Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca stays true to its roots

While some cities in Mexico have started to adopt features of Halloween, you'll won't find any Disney princesses at Oaxaca's Día de los Muertos celebration.
Nov 5, 2015
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5 Amharic words I wish we had in English

Can't quite find the right word to express how you're feeling? Try these handy Amharic phrases that just don't have an equal in English.
Oct 6, 2015
The Kaaba, holiest site in Islam, is circumambulated by worshipers making the Hajj in 2014. (Photo by Tariq Yusuf)

How local Muslims are coping with the tragic Hajj stampede

Mourning and outrage as a Seattle Muslim who made the Hajj last year tries to process the stampede that killed over 750 worshipers last week.
Sep 29, 2015
Former Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque (Photo by Dan Poss for the Seattle Sounders.)

Soccer fields and chain stores: Weighing U.S. influence in Honduras

U.S. influence is part of everyday life in Honduras' capital — from youth community centers to fast food restaurants.
Sep 15, 2015
Dancers help Cuautlans celebrate the 10-day festival longtime Seattle restaurant owners attend every July. (Photo by Alysa Hullett)

How a tiny Mexican town was transformed by Azteca restaurants

The small town of Cuautla in Jalisco, Mexico cashes in on an American Dream fulfilled.
Aug 24, 2015
Geocaching is a world-wide treasure hunt using a GPS device or smart phone app. There are over 2.5 million geocaches around the world and with those devices, geocachers can locate a hidden container that can be slightly bigger than a thumbtack or the size of a car. (Photo by Joanna M. Kresge)

Geocaching fans find happy hunting in foreign lands

Geocaching, the GPS-driven treasure hunt with roots right here in Seattle, is the center-point for more and more trips between the Northwest and Europe.
Aug 18, 2015
Azeb is coerced onto the dance floor by a man named Victor at the Veracruz Zocalo. (Photo by Reagan Jackson)

Black visibility in Mexico and the U.S.

In Mexico, everyone stared at our dark skin and wanted to take our photo. But it was a welcome break from the way we’re viewed as black people in the U.S.
Aug 13, 2015
A Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium ambassador holds Siesta, a two toed Sloth who has lived at the zoo for almost 15 years. (Courtesy photo)

Can the internet’s love of sloths help keep them wild?

The same adorable lethargy that's made sloths an internet sensation has also made them vulnerable to animal traffickers. Will the internet fight back?
Aug 12, 2015
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This guy from Maldives islands interviews Seattle band the Maldives

A Seattle band named after the tiny island country Maldives finally gets a taste of their namesake.
Aug 10, 2015