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What to Know About Mexico’s Day of the Dead

By: Alex Van Buren of Travel+Leisure
Halloween is right around the bend, and thanks to its macabre iconography of zombies, ghosts, and skeletons, the holiday is often conflated with one farther South—Dia de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, which traces to the pre-Columbian era and stretches from October 28 until November 2. Depending on where you live, you might see images of the iconic, animated skeletons called ca...

We're hiring!

By: Justin Peter
At Quest, we love what we do and we think we have a great workplace too. We especially enjoy sharing in the excitement around great destinations and wildlife, and helping our travellers have great experiences. We’re growing and looking now for someone to join our team and assist our travellers with their travel dreams. Could you or someone you know be that person? Based at our Toronto office...

Charting the Growth of One of the World's Oldest Babies

By: University of Alberta
The discovery of a juvenile -- one of the rarest dinosaur discoveries -- made headlines around the world in late 2013: Professor Philip Currie from the University of Alberta and his colleagues have now published the results of their scientific findings in an alpha-level taxonomic description in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 'For the first time ever, we have a complete skeleton of a ba...

First-hand Accounts from the Regina Rifle Regiment in the Rhineland, 1945

By: Ian Shanahan
“The shelling and fighting in these woods have been just as bad as anything encountered in NORMANDY.”This passage was written in the War Diary of the Regina Rifle Regiment at 2400 hours on 18 February, 1945. Considering the well-documented drudgery and sacrifice experienced by Canadian soldiers on the beaches of northern France in June, 1944, such a direct comparison is poignant.  ...

South India with a Literary Master

By: Melanie Blake
The only thing we are truly in agreement on concerning short stories, claims R. K. Narayan, often considered the father of modern Indian fiction in English, is that they are short. Agreement on what a story is remains elusive. For his part, Narayan “discover[s] a story when a personality passes through a crisis of spirit or circumstances. Almost invariably the central character faces some ki...

I'm Madly in Love with this Cookbook

By: Samantha Clark
‘Samarkand—Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus’ by Caroline Eden, Eleanor Ford.Over hundreds of years, various ethnic groups have passed through Samarkand, Uzbekistan, sharing and influencing each other's cuisine and leaving their culinary stamp. Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and...