A Nairobi Neighborhood Ablaze With Color, Design and Creativity

KAREN, KENYA — In this southeastern suburb of Nairobi, the ubiquitous rust-red dirt is kicked up and splattered onto the banana tree leaves by the intense rains that sweep across the hills and by Maasai tribesmen herding their cattle through the roads during rush hour. Away from the capital, there is space for designers to…

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‘Voodoo Is Part of Us’

In a dark club in Downtown Brooklyn, surrounded by more than 100 people, Agathina Ginoue Nozy took a sip of Haitian rum. She stood near an altar stacked with skulls, lit candles, cigars, rum, coffee and bowls filled with charred salt fish, boiled plantains, cassava and piman (spicy peppers). “You typically drink white liquor during…

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Tulsi Gabbard’s White Pantsuit Isn’t Winning

What has happened to the white pantsuit? Watching the Democratic debate held in Atlanta on Wednesday night, it was one of the questions that stuck with me. It’s not as important as Medicare for All, obviously, or economic disparity. But given the role white pantsuits have played in the national conversation for the last three…

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For Singer Yuna, Personal Style Is About the Journey

She’s collaborated with Usher and Tyler the Creator, but when it comes to her personal style icons, Malaysian singer/songwriter Yuna is strictly with the girls. A little Gwen Stefani and a lot Audrey Hepburn, the pop star (who boasts more than 750,000 followers on Instagram alone) looks to these women, plus the ‘90s and ‘00s…

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An Unexpected, Yet Precisely Perfect Pairing

The old maxim that you don’t really know a person until you live with him does not apply to Andrew Shackett and Patrick O’Keefe. In their case, all they had to do to really get to know each other was hop on a plane from New York to Birmingham, England. Mr. Shackett, 54, and Mr.…

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36 Hours in Belgrade

While tourists are flooding European cities like Barcelona, Venice and Dubrovnik, the Serbian capital is quietly molding itself into a very fun and accommodating Balkan metropolis. Chefs are getting creative with Serbian cuisine and the cocktail bar scene has taken off, much to the delight of sophisticated locals. The National Museum and the Museum of…

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The Travel Industry’s New Fix for Jet Lag

If I had to fly standing on my head to avoid the jet lag unleashed by 13 time zone changes, I would have. Instead, while everyone else dined on the night flight to Singapore, I sat in the dark, and, after we arrived, rotated like a sundial around a south-facing office window. This jet-lag remedy…

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A Visit to the Head Spa

I don’t believe there is such a thing as a bad facial or a bad massage. I’m sure horror stories — or just ones that end in breakouts — exist, but I’ll happily submit to any treatment that requires passive lounging, my phone in another room, while someone slathers on balms and kneads my skin.…

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Typing These Two Letters Will Scare Your Young Co-Workers

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. I’m O.K. — You’re Crying I am a Gen X-er who generally speaks proper English and am a “digital native.” (Hey, kids: We built these tools that you…

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Do You Need Expert Advice on Being a Grandparent?

The first grandparent to arrive, Rohna Paskow, had taken the train from suburban Philadelphia. She saved seats for her daughter-in-law’s parents, Charles and Michele Buchbauer, who were driving 50 miles from rural New Jersey to join her. Their grandson’s birth was still two months away. But Ms. Paskow’s daughter-in-law had asked everyone to sign up…

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