Seattle

A BoltBus driver loads luggage into the bottom of a bus in Seattle. (Photo by Holly Thorpe)

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No car? No cash? No problem. With the advent of cheap, “alternative” travel, crossing the border is easier than ever. But are transport services like BoltBus cheapening the experience of traveling “meaningfully?"

The coffee at Cortona Café is good and strong. Shop owner, Ice, will wake you up with a hot cup while a catchy mix of music gets your foot tapping long before the caffeine-induced jitters catch up (Photo by Brie Ripley).

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“This is a place where people build relationships” Central District resident Amanda Predmore says of Cortona Café “It’s one of the most intimate cafés in the city.”

A vendor in the famous Ankara alley of Balogun Market in Lagos. (Photo by Lola Akinmade)

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At first glance, Seattle may not have a lot in common with Africa's largest city. But a Lagos native says a few things about the Emerald City always remind her of home.

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Seattle Afghans gather at a vigil remember the brutal March 19 murder of Farkhunda, calling for justice in a case that has gripped the nation.

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The continued detainment of five young feminist activists in China more than three weeks later, leaves more questions to be answered.