Sarah Langdon

Update: Man Bikes Around the World with $2 in Pocket

Ever dream about packing up and leaving it all behind? Ten years ago that’s exactly what Keiichi Iwasaki, then 28 years old, did. But he didn’t take a plane or a boat. For the past decade he’s been pedaling his way around the world on a bicycle. It all started in April 2001 when Iwasaki left…

Nonja, The Orangutan Photographer

There’s a new photographer in town, only the thing is, she doesn’t even know it. Nonja, a 33-year-old female orangutan at the Vienna Zoo at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, became an Internet sensation last week when her photographs of life inside her 750 square-meter (8,072 square-foot) enclosure started appearing on a Facebook page set…

Help Pick the Adventurer of the Year

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National Geographic Adventure‘s “Best of” issue comes out next month and with it, the opportunity to help choose the Adventurer of the Year. On Adventure‘s website, you can read the bios of ten finalists and then rank each on a scale of one to ten. There are no standards or set formula you must follow–just…

Hawaii’s Disappearing Beaches

Could Hawaii’s idyllic beaches soon be gone forever? According to the Associated Press, “geologists say more than 70 percent of Kauai’s beaches are eroding” and Oahu has lost almost a quarter of its shoreline. The devastation is occurring throughout the Hawaiian island chain and is a huge blow to a state whose largest employer is…

Festive Budapest

Two weeks ago, Budapest’s Winter Festival–a massive four-month event–kicked off.  The festival includes a variety of activities, but its five-week Christmas Festival is by far the most popular. This year, the 10th annual Christmas Festival takes place today through December 29th. Attended by 600,000 people annually, it is considered one of the largest Christmas fairs…

Celebrating Jane Austen

Austen fans rejoice! Last week, The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City opened a new exhibit featuring more than 100 of Austen’s works. One of the most exceptional pieces is the Lady Susan manuscript – the only surviving complete manuscript of Austen’s. Other pieces include personal letters – including the ones she wrote…

Boeing Helps Fund a Greener Washington

Who says industrial companies and national parks can’t be friends?  Boeing and Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park certainly think they can. On Monday, Boeing presented the park with a $75,000 check to help it become more carbon neutral. According to the Boeing Charitable Trust, the money will go toward Washington’s National Park Fund and be…

NG Channel to Air Expedition Week

I could have skipped my coffee yesterday. When I got on the elevator here at Headquarters, I was jolted awake by a behemoth photo of a great white shark covering the entire back wall. This unexpected elevator companion was there to inform me about Expedition Week–a National Geographic Channel event that “takes you on cutting-edge…

Maryland’s Waterfowl Festival

Easton, Maryland–located just inland from the Chesapeake Bay–is hosting its 39th annual Waterfowl Festival this weekend. From Friday, November 13th to Sunday, November 15th, visitors can attend the festival, which pays tribute to the annual migrating of Canada geese over the area. This small-town festival is surprisingly full of things to do, here are a…

Building a Greener Greensburg

Last year, we wrote about a progressive green community with a fitting name–Greensburg, Kansas–that continues to set new standards in eco-development. After a May 2007 tornado ravaged this town of 1,500 residents, the community voted to rebuild Greensburg as energy-efficient as possible. According to a New York Times article, community leaders’ goals were to “build…

Be a Weekend Warrior

In anticipation of the arrival of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at National Geographic headquarters, Destination DC is offering a Weekend Warriors Package from mid-November to the end of March. The Terra Cotta Warriors, the guardians of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, will be on display at the National Geographic Museum in D.C. from…

Museums Offer a Day of Free Admission

Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you that I’m a big nerd. I’m also a college student (i.e. broke and cheap), so any event that allows me to learn for free gets two big thumbs up. This is why I’m so excited for the Smithsonian magazine Museum Day. This coming Saturday, September 26,…