Many imagine history books as the ones from their childhood: thin paper, small letters and hard to understand. Thankfully, not all history books are the same and many modern ones are interesting and well-written. The authors of these books change the way history is viewed and make the subject enjoyable to read. It’s easier to retain information when it’s presented in an entertaining fashion.
For a truly comprehensive experience, Cynthia Stokes Brown’s Big History is a must read. It’s an incredible book that starts at the Big Bang and works its way through history. It might sound overwhelming, but Brown does an excellent job delivering a large amount of information in a pleasant way.
Focus on world-changing civilizations in Guns, Germs, and Steel. For this book, Jared Diamond won a Pulitzer Prize and exposed millions of people to his opinions of the great empires and civilizations. He delves deep into the ingenuity and creativity of the people and gives them lots of praise for progressing humanity forward.
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan looks at the famous Silk Road from the perspective of the Asian and Middle Eastern civilizations. He takes his readers through the struggles and triumphs and explains in detail what led to the eventual end of the Silk Road and how it affected the Asian and Middle Eastern people.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.
For many couples, honeymoons serve as a once-in-a-lifetime luxurious trip, often fulfilling a bucket list destination or experience. South Africa is one of those places. The country offers a variety of experiences, whether you want a relaxing or adventurous honeymoon.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.