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Pathfinders: top posts from May 2018

Agios Georgios beach in sunset, Corfu island, Greece © Elena Pavlovich / Shutterstock This month’s round up includes a debate about Greece’s best islands © Elena Pavlovich / Shutterstock

Last month, our Pathfinders community treated us to an eclectic selection of travel yarns that have left us itching to get away. From camel riding in the Sahara to running up – yes, up – a ski jump, these are our favourite Pathfinder blog posts from May.

Uncovering an Islamic Caliphate through the Moorish Sites in Córdoba – Mark and Paul

There’s a certain romance in strolling the streets of a new city and imagining how it looked in some long-forgotten age, and Córdoba, in southern Spain, is the perfect place to indulge in this pastime. In this post, Mark and Paul delve into the rich, surprising history of this Spanish city – which, for a short time, stood as one of the centres of the Islamic world – while discussing its present-day sights, creating a piece that stokes wanderlust and intrigue in equal measure.

Mark and Paul quit their London-based jobs to travel full-time, recording stories of people, cultures and landscapes. Find out more at anywhereweroam.com.

Overcoming my fear in the Sahara Desert – Cory Lee

Despite being a popular tourist experience, the thought of riding a camel fills many travellers with a sense of apprehension, but for Cory, who travels the world in his wheelchair, the activity appeared as almost terrifying. On the surface, Cory’s post highlights the work of Moroccan Accessible Travel Consultants, as he embarks on an accessible camel ride across the Sahara, but more universally it is a post about the challenge of facing your fears on the road, whatever they may be.

Cory is something of an ambassador for accessible travel, sharing his experiences around the world to inspire and inform others. Keep up with his travels at curbfreewithcorylee.com.

Beautiful Greek islands for your bucket list – Clare Thomson

The Greek islands; there’s a lot of them, each seemingly beautiful with turquoise-ribboned shores and an alluring, laid-back attitude to life. All this makes choosing one for a holiday a devilishly tricky task. Cue Clare’s post, which employs the clever device of asking fellow travel bloggers to pick their favourite Greek island with reasons justifying their choice. The result is an insightful and visually appealing post that may not dictate your next Greek holiday, but will certainly provide food for thought.

Clare’s family travel blog aims to show fellow explorers that travel is more fun when you take things slowly. Find out more at suitcasesandsandcastles.com.

What’s it like to do the Red Bull ski jump run? – Julie Sykes

Running up a ski jump is an odd way to spend a holiday, but each year hundreds of people sign up to do precisely that as part of the Red Bull 400, including Julie, who travels to Finland to take part in a race and relays her experience in this post. A fun concept recounted in fizzing prose makes this a very entertaining read, while the practical information regarding the logistics of taking part offers a useful resource for those who may wish to get involved – though, we’re not all that tempted…

Julie is a UK-based travel blogger and ‘comfort-zone pusher’ who aims to inspire readers to experience something unique during their holidays. Learn more at thegapyearedit.com.

Mundo Perdido: an attempted hike to the top of East Timor’s ‘Lost World’ – Richard Collett

Describing an intrepid journey to a peak dubbed ‘Lost World’ that resides in a little-visited corner of Southeast Asia, Richard’s post has all the makings of a classic adventure travel yarn. Chock-full of guerilla fighters, remote villages, impending storms and a perilous mountain ascent (which ultimately ends in failure), Richard’s narrative style makes for exhilarating reading and brings to life the people and landscapes of East Timor, which, for most mainstream tourists, remains something of a ‘lost world’.

Richard is an adventure traveller and photographer who is addicted to getting off the beaten track. Read more of his stories at travel-tramp.com.

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‘I Am So Mad At You’: Rose McGowan Posts Tear-Filled Response To Friend Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide

During his final months, Anthony Bourdain had been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement and other women coming forward with their stories.

As his girlfriend Asia Argento was one of the many actresses who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, he became a member of a small community that included Rose McGowan.

Related: Asia Releases Statement On Anthony’s Tragic Passing

Now the couple’s friend is speaking out in a heartbroken video message to Anthony following his death — and to anyone else considering suicide.

While she has since deleted the clip, she shared this message (below):

She also posted:

Asia loves you. Your daughter loves you. Anna and Nicola love you. You were not just loved, your were beloved. And you chose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. She needed you. We all needed you. Please if you are at the edge, reach out to a hotline or a doctor. Do not choose a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Oh, Bourdain. Please come back. Asia. My Asia. Who has been through more than most could bear. I wrap my arms around you.A post shared by Rose McGowan (@rosemcgowan) on Jun 8, 2018 at 6:11am PDT

And remember, if you’re in the U.S. and you feel like you need help, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

[Image via Twitter/Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Kim Kardashian Posts Pic of Smiling Kanye Amid Drake, Rhymefest Feuds

Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Family
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian pose backstage at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for adidas

No drama here! Kim Kardashian shared a photo of her husband, Kanye West, grinning as he stepped out in Wyoming with their kids North and Saint amid feuds with Drake and Rhymefest on Sunday, May 27.

The photo showed the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star dressed down in sweats as they walked on a grassy hill with the snow-capped mountains behind them in the distance. The rapper had a big smile on his face as he held onto his 2-year-old son’s arm and North, 4, stood beside them on a large rock. (Baby Chicago was not pictured.)

“Wyoming,” the Selfish author captioned the photo, seemingly indicating that West isn’t terribly concerned about two Twitter feuds he and his wife were embroiled in over the weekend.

On Friday, May 25, Drake reacted to Pusha T‘s track “Infrared,” which was produced by West and appears to take aim at the “God’s Plan” rapper. After releasing a response titled “Duppy Freestyle,” the Degrassi alum sent West’s G.O.O.D. music label a $ 100,000 invoice for “promotional assistance and career-reviving.”

The following day Chicago rapper Rhymefest got involved in the beef, tweeting at Drake about Donda’s House charity and asking for help, claiming that “Kanye has Abandoned” the nonprofit named after his late mother that was cofounded with Rhymefest to provide arts and music programs for Chicago’s youth.

That triggered Kardashian, who went after Rhymefest in a series of tweets on Saturday, attacking his “sub par beats,” accusing him of mismanaging the charity and even claiming he wore fake Yeezys.

She then said in a tweet that she would remove the veteran rapper from the organization: “You better believe I will make it my mission to take Donda’s House from you and let my children run it the way it should be run.”

Rhymefest responded with a statement saying that he’d spoken to West about Donda’s House but he “was more interested in his record.”

The nonprofit then released a statement on Twitter on Saturday saying that it would no longer use the name Donda’s House due to Kardashian’s tweets and “the expressed interest of her family running the organization.”

The foundation had also posted a message on its website on Friday distancing itself from West’s recent political statement in support of Donald Trump and controversial comments about slavery.

“While we cannot and do not speak for Kanye West and his views, we can and will speak up for the youth that we serve. We ask that those who feel hurt, angered by or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us,” the charity’s statement, posted by co-founder Donnie Smith, read. “We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you not forget that we are a non-profit organization that like other non-profits needs donations, corporate support and volunteers. We do not want your rejection of Kanye West, to be a rejection of Dr. Donda West and the thousands of lives she impacted including her own son.”

West hasn’t responded to the charity’s statements, but on Sunday Kardashian returned to Twitter explaining that West had initially paid Rhymefest a salary to run Donda’s House, but after “going through personal financial issues” the rapper could no longer fund salaries and Rhymefest took over the charity.

“Kanye gave his ‘friend’ an opportunity to run an organization on his own. So now that Kanye is being publicly shamed for not being involved makes no sense and, at this exact time, just seems very calculated,” she wrote. “I have and will always applaud any efforts to give back to the community. To fight for justice and to help uplift the youth. But I will never tolerate someone who was close to Kanye who attempts to use his late mother’s name to publicly shame him while pretending to do good.”

“I will always ride for my man!” she added.

The rapper’s new album is due out on Friday, June 1.

Celebrity News – Us Weekly

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Posts Adorable New Photo Of Daughter Ariana Sky!

We are absolutely in love with Ariana Sky!

On Friday, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro posted the (above) pic on Instagram Story of his one-month-old daughter wearing an adorable cat t-shirt!

Photo: First Pic Of Jen And Ronnie’s Baby Girl

As we wrote, on the same day Jersey Shore: Family Vacation aired an episode where the 32-year-old denied cheating on his baby momma Jen Harley, Harley posted a cryptic message on Insta where she seemingly took aim at Ariana’s father.

Jen wrote:

“Don’t allow someone who talks to you in a snobby, condescending, rude manner get to you or intimidate you. That is a sign of an insecure person trying to appear superior to you. Arrogance and condescension in always a sign of weakness.”

According to a People report published earlier this week, the two — who broke up on April 30 after an explosive social media fight — “are speaking civilly and trying to make sure Ariana has the best life possible.”

Geesh! So much drama with this family!

[Image via Ronnie Ortiz-Magro/Instagram.]

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Kylie Jenner’s Instagram Posts Are Worth $1 MILLION EACH!

Making money moves!

According to a new report from D’Marie Analytics, Kylie Jenner is the first member of the KarJenner brood “to grow her ad equivalent value to over $ 1,000,000 per post across her social media portfolio.”

Related: Kylie Jenner Is Simply GLOWING In Beachside Pics!

In other words, every sponsored post — on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat — is worth $ 1 million of traditional ad spending!

CEO Frank Spadafora said in a press release:

“Kylie is an undeniable global brand, which may make some roll their eyes… But the reality is this young, female entrepreneur’s savvy helped her reach a milestone in the influencer marketing and advertising industry which many seasoned professionals have failed to achieve.”

While the lip kit queen isn’t the most followed KUWTK star (that’s sister Kim Kardashian), her posts receive an enormous amount of impressions (views across platforms) and engagement. In the past month, Stormi Webster‘s mom received a total of 186,152,410 engagements across her social media platforms.

“Influencer valuations move up and down like the stock market, but Kylie is methodical about consistently generating aspirational content for her social audience, without jeopardizing authenticity… Her use of social media to personally connect with and listen to her fans enables her to deliver products they will actually purchase. This is a true case study for how brands can greatly benefit from working with social media influencers like Kylie.”

In fact, the makeup mogul’s position as “the highest-valued influencer currently on social media today” was previously held by Beyoncé.

Sorry Beyhive! Kylie is numero uno!

[Image via Kylie Jenner/Instagram.]

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Nikki Bella Posts About Letting Go ‘of the Familiar’ After John Cena Split

Braving the storm. Nikki Bella took to Instagram on Saturday, April 21, to share an inspirational message following her split from John Cena.

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar,” the text post read, and she captioned it a yellow heart emoji.

💛

A post shared by Nikki Bella (@thenikkibella) on

The wrestler, 34, also shared a photo of herself standing at a beach on Friday, April 20. She captioned it: “‘For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.’💙.”

The Total Divas star is set to make her first public appearance since announcing her breakup with the Blockers star. AZCentral.com reported that Bella and her sister Brie were scheduled to host a rosé party at the Nirvana Food and Wine Festival at the Sanctuary on Camelback Resort in Arizona on Saturday.

Bella and the WWE champion, 40, exclusively confirmed to Us Weekly on Sunday, April 15, that they were calling off their engagement. “While this decision was a difficult one, we continue to have a great deal of love and respect for one another,” the couple said to Us in a statement. “We ask that you respect our privacy during this time in our lives.” A source also revealed to Us that the duo “could get back together in a year.”

“Nikki hit a point where she was just exhausted by the relationship,” the source explained. “She’s sad but not devastated.”

“John is one of the loveliest people, but he is not open-minded,” the insider added. “He’s controlling about everything in his life … Work always comes first … John puts a lot before Nikki.”

The Trainwreck star proposed to Bella at last year’s Wrestlemania 33 and they were set to tie the knot in Mexico next month. The couple had been dating since 2012.

Celebrity News – Us Weekly

Billie Lourd Posts Sweet Birthday Tribute To Late Grandmother Debbie Reynolds!

Still so difficult to believe they’re gone…

We lost Debbie Reynolds just a day after daughter Carrie Fisher‘s passing back in December 2016, leaving poor Billie Lourd devastated.

Photo: Joe Manganiello’s Sweet, Glittery Throwback Tribute To Carrie Fisher

But the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress has really helped the rest of the world get through the losses by keeping the stars’ memories alive.

And on Sunday, which would have been Debbie’s 86th birthday, Billie once again honored her grandmother by sharing:

✨👑💚👑✨A post shared by Billie Lourd (@praisethelourd) on Apr 1, 2018 at 5:22am PDT

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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Aubrey O’Day Posts Sexy Easter Pic Amid Donald Trump Jr. Affair News

Sending a message? Aubrey O’Day posted a sexy, NSFW Easter pic on Instagram on Sunday, April 1, after news of her affair with Donald Trump Jr. made headlines.

“Egg hunt,” the former Danity Kane singer, 34, captioned a photo that showed her lying provocatively on her side revealing her bare booty while wearing a thong (or possibly not wearing underwear at all). She completed the look with a fluffy bunny tail along with a white bralette and bunny ears and was surrounded by a heart made out of Easter eggs.

The photo comes two weeks after Us Weekly confirmed that she had an affair with Trump after meeting him on the set of season 5 of The Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.

The news came shortly after Trump’s wife, Vanessa, filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years. They are the parents of five children: Kai, 10, Donald III, 9, Tristan, 6, Spencer, 5, and Chloe, 3.

“When it started, they were very serious all of a sudden,” a source close to O’Day told Us last month. “He told her it was over with his wife, that they were separated and he didn’t love her — all of that stuff … Aubrey fell for him hard. She thought they were going to be together for real.”

As previously reported, Trump called off the affair in March 2012 after Vanessa found emails between the pair.

O’Day and Trump are no longer in touch, a source told Us, but “she doesn’t regret any of it though. She really loved him.”

Trump, who spent spring break at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with his kids and estranged wife, appears to be getting into shape for his new single life. On Saturday, March 31, he posted a sweaty selfie from the gym and followed it up with a shot showing him getting a haircut. “Time to chop the mullet off,” he captioned the photo.

Celebrity News – Us Weekly