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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.

20 January 2022

Joshua trees are in serious danger

Recent research conducted by the University of California Riverside (UCR)at Joshua Tree National Park in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles found that without […]
20 January 2022

Will Nanotourism be the new trend in a post-Covid world?

A creative critique to the current environmental, social and economic downsides of conventional tourism, as a participatory, locally oriented, bottom-up alternative. Definition of Nanotourism Nanotourism is […]
20 January 2022

Belgium starts making seawater drinkable

Flanders’ largest drinking water company, De Watergroep, is planning to convert sea water into a source of drinking water. The last few summers have been particularly […]
20 January 2022

London City Airport expects strong passenger demand to fuel recovery in 2022

London City Airport expects pent up passenger demand to fuel a surge in growth in 2022, with the introduction of new routes and the return of […]
20 January 2022

Luxury space balloon to float travellers above the Earth with a cocktail

Space enthusiasts will soon be able to travel inside of a luxury balloon which will float travellers 100,000 feet above the Earth, with the promise of […]
19 January 2022

What do “ghost flights” reveal about our current reality?

A Portuguese 28-year-old traveled on an empty plane from Thailand to Singapore. Tiago Albuquerque traveled alone on January 11th from Krabi airport in Thailand to Singapore, […]
19 January 2022

Ghenna and Timket: Colourful cultural and religious festivities in Ethiopia

Ghenna (ገና) and Timket (ጥምቀት) are synonymous to Christmas and Epiphany, respectively, in the official working language Amharic with their unique Ethiopian features and calendar. In […]
18 January 2022

Turkmenistan’s “Gates of Hell” may finally be closed after 50 years of non-stop burning

The “Gates of Hell”, a gaping hole in the middle of the Karakum Desert, in Turkmenistan, have been permanently burning since 1971. After 50 years of […]
18 January 2022

Italy attempts to preserve Venice by limiting the number of tourists

1. Ending mass tourism Trying to preserve the city of Venice, the Italian government decided to limit the number of tourists to discourage day-trippers. Over the […]
18 January 2022

What do travellers want for 2022?

1. Probing future tourists After two years of travel uncertainty, more than a third of recently surveyed travellers want to go to a destination they have […]
18 January 2022

Plastics, greenhouse gases and procrastination

The Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) has reported a “dire emergency” a “deadly ticking clock” as I write this. Before you hasten to dismiss the hyperbole, consider […]
18 January 2022

Hong Kong Airport bans transit passengers from more than 150 countries

On Friday January 14th, Hong Kong Airport announced that from Sunday January 16th, stopovers of passengers from more than 150 countries will be banned. The new […]
17 January 2022

Brussels to become greener and more bicycle-friendly

The City of Brussels has applied for an urban planning permit for the redevelopment of the public space around the new administrative center, reports Belgian news […]
17 January 2022

The world’s most powerful passports in 2022

The ‘power’ of a passport is essentially measured by one statistic: how many countries can be entered without a visa. The Henley Passport Index scrutinizes the […]
17 January 2022

UN predicts world economy to grow by 4% in 2022 and tourism rise

After a global contraction of 3.4% in 2020 and a rebound of 5.5% in 2021, the UN projects that the world economy will grow 4% in […]
17 January 2022

Vaccines remain effective against severe diseases and hospitalisation says EMA

EMA continues to monitor emerging data on the effectiveness of vaccines against Covid-19, including disease caused by the Omicron variant which is now spreading rapidly across […]
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