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Mauricio Ruiz is a writer and journalist who has lived in the US, Belgium, Mexico and Norway. His work has appeared in Words Without Borders, CatapultThe CommonThe RumpusElectric LiteratureJMWWRiver TeethLiteral Magazine, among others. He's been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. He has received fellowships from OMI writers (NY), Société des auteurs (Belgium), Jakob Sande (Norway), Can Serrat (Spain), and the Three Seas' Council (Rhodes). His second book, Silencios al sur, was published in early 2017, and his work has partially been translated into Dutch and French. Mauricio Ruiz can be followed on Twitter and Instagram.

28 December 2021

Spain to ban smoking on its beaches with fines of up to 2,000 euros

Authorities in Spain are planning to ban smoking on all of the country’s beaches. Councils would have the possibility to impose fines of up to 2,000 […]
28 December 2021

Elephants in Thailand are suffering the impact of Covid-19 on tourism

Thailand’s elephants are suffering the side effects of the pandemic and its impact on the tourism sector. For decades, Thailand’s elephants have served as entertainment for […]
28 December 2021

5 New Year traditions around the world

The start of a fresh New Year is regarded by many as something to celebrate, and all around the world people are preparing to say goodbye […]
27 December 2021

What time does New Year arrive around the world?

Which countries will be the first to celebrate the New Year and which will be the last? This article provides an overview on when 2023 will […]
27 December 2021

10 countries that celebrate new year in the weirdest ways

From melting metal, to eating lentils to walking with suitcases… Around the world there are numerous weird and mysterious ways of celebrating New Year. Let’s have […]
27 December 2021

EU extends free mobile roaming until 2032

“The European Parliament and the European Council reached a political agreement to extend roaming rules until 2032” announced joyfully the European Commission through a Christmas-tweet. Citizens […]
23 December 2021

Camels with Botox and silicone disqualified from beauty contest

During King Abdulaziz Camel Festival, a popular beauty contest for camels held in Saudi Arabia, 43 contestants were disqualified for having subjected the animals to various […]
23 December 2021

Names and looks of Santa Claus around the world

Santa Claus is probably one of the most universally recognised characters in the world. But this great old man has a different name in basically every […]
22 December 2021

How is Christmas celebrated in Brazil?

Christmas is one of the most important holidays in the Brazilian calendar and is very much celebrated, although not quite in the same way as it […]
21 December 2021

What’s the world’s largest Christmas store?

If you’re already sick of Christmas shopping, then Bronner’s isn’t probably the place for you. Named the world’s largest Christmas store, this huge complex is located […]
17 December 2021

The ‘most Christmassy’ towns in the US

Looking to hit the slopes, going for some holiday shopping, or just strolling around Christmas markets? From the East coast to the West coast, here are […]
17 December 2021

The oldest Christmas markets in Europe

During the winter holiday season, there is nothing better than strolling around decorated wooden stalls to soak up some Christmas vibes and purchase handcrafted ornaments and […]
16 December 2021

5 Belgian brands to offer this Christmas

With the holidays being only a few days away, those of us who left our Christmas shopping until the end are slowly but surely starting to […]
16 December 2021

7 tips to help you sleep on your next flight

There are two types of travelers: those who can sleep on a plane and those who can’t. Noise, light, turbulence and temperature changes are not the […]
15 December 2021

Help choose the wildlife photographer of the year

Each year, more than 50,000 photographs are submitted to enter the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award at London’s Natural History Museum. The jury selects 100 […]
15 December 2021

How does China celebrate Christmas?

Only around 1% of people in China are Christians, so historically Christmas has not been very well known or important, and it is not a national […]