Photography Trip Inspires Two Miami Friends To Give Back: "We Witnessed History"

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Traveling to exotic lands has always grasped the imaginations of those with an adventurous spirit. Looking to break from the routine of their daily grind in South Florida, friends and photographers Jacob Bacallao and Nicolas Stipcianos decided to cast their luck into the wind and travel to Southeast Asia this past spring, seeking to create new, artistic work that would be different from their jobs in advertising and professional photography, respectively.

The two friends found themselves wondering to how they'd be able to maximize the opportunity afforded by the trip and what level of quality work they'd be able to produce. As is becoming more and more common these days, they bolstered their budget by starting a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise some cash for logistical purposes (translators, emergency transportation, and acts of God, essentially) that they had not factored in.

What ended up happening was as eye-opening a spiritual cleanse as one could hope for and in an act of artistic contrition, they embarked on their trip with a different purpose in mind.

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Four Day Trips to Help You Escape Miami This Memorial Day

Kate Maier
"What are you doing Memorial Day Weekend?"

If you still don't have an answer to that question, you might think you're stuck toughing it out here at home. But fret not -- there are plenty of ways for you to get out of town this weekend -- none of which require plane tickets or hotel room bookings. The Magic City is bountiful with plenty of attractions within hours, even minutes, of its epicenter. You can hop aboard an airboat ride in the Everglades or take a day cruise to the Bahamas. These five local getaways get you the hell out of town -- without all the hassles of, y'know, actual travel.

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Here's What's Coming to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Orlando

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First look at Diagon Alley. Get excited!
Even if you're a pro at hiding your collection of erotic fan fiction starring Luna Lovegood, your dedication to the local Quidditch league and your Gryffindor 4 Life tattoo -- you won't be able to fool anyone once Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios this summer. Harry Potter is inevitable.

Even the most closeted fans will don spectacles, fake scars and Hogwarts robes for the crazy stuff Universal's got planned. To get you all revved up for summer 2014, here's a roundup of what's coming.

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Ten Reasons to Visit Orlando This Christmas Season

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
It's Christmas in Miami, which means yet another year of fried dough and crushed dreams at Santa's Enchanted Forest. But if you're looking for something -- anything -- else to do that doesn't involve flying into a snowstorm, there's always Orlando.

Our easy-to-access neighbor to the north offers tons of holiday festivities, and with the four-degree temperature drop, hell, it almost feels like the North Pole. Here are ten reasons to visit Orlando this Christmas season. ¬°Feliz Navidad!

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The Simpsons at Universal Studios Orlando: Inside the Springfield Expansion

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A Springfield even Mr. Burns would love.
The newest addition to Universal Studios in Orlando is a Simpsons-themed area that is the ultimate in fan service -- and it's only getting bigger. And tastier. Cultist took a VIP tour of the town's current offerings as well as a literal taste of things to come.

While there was already a Simpsons ride (think classic Back to the Future), Universal has now expanded the Springfield area to include a food court. As part of yesterday's tour, we got a sample of themed treats available at such stations as Flaming Moe's, Lisa's Teahouse of Horror, and The Frying Dutchman. Here are some of our favorites:

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Skipped TSA Security in New York, Caused Flight Delay

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Until recently, the only reason you had to be annoyed at Kim Kardashian was the fact that her face seems to be everywhere. If you were a resident of North Miami last fall, maybe the filming of her reality show added fuel to your anti-Kardashian fire.

But now, the E! network cash cow and her baby daddy Kanye West have begun actively messing with air travel. Is nothing sacred?

Kiki and Kanye were "expedited" to their flight connection at JFK airport in New York City Tuesday morning by an American Airlines employee who let the couple bypass a TSA checkpoint and board their plane unscreened.

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Miami International Airport Ranks Among the Nation's Worst Airports for Flight Connections

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These screens at MIA helpfully indicate the flight you'll be missing next.
If you've ever been flustered by Miami International Airport's labyrinthine terminals, constant renovations, and misleading signage, you're not alone. The nation's travel agents are right there with you.

A survey of travel agents by Travel Leaders Group named the top ten worst airports for travelers hoping to catch a connecting flight, ABC News reports. And surprise! MIA's on it.

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