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Vintage Shops and Gothic Rock in Toronto

La Carmina | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
La Carmina

The "Scott Pilgrim" movie showed a different side of Toronto: twenty-somethings in vintage clothes and neon hair, rocking out at indie concerts. On a ...

My Spiritual Travels in Jerusalem

La Carmina | Posted 05.13.2014 | Travel
La Carmina

Many travelers come to Jerusalem as a spiritual pilgrimage. But even if you're not religious, the city is an monumental place to visit -- especially with a seasoned guide, who can explain the city's complicated history.

Hong Kong's Ah-Meow Cat Cafe

La Carmina | Posted 03.02.2014 | Weird News
La Carmina

Imagine a kooky grandma who lives with a dozen kitties, and invites her grandchildren over to cook and hang out. That's the feel of Ah Meow, one of the only cat cafes in Hong Kong

Hip Montreal: Pop Art, Goth Bars and Kinetik Music Festival (VIDEO)

La Carmina | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

Montreal has such a rich history that visitors can easily overlook the young, underground culture. In fact, I consider this French-Canadian city to be one of the best alternative travel destinations in North America.

Monsters and Aliens: Arizona's Alternative Culture

La Carmina | Posted 08.24.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

Did you expect Arizona to have such spooky culture?

Steampunk in Japan: Tokyo Subculture Style (PHOTOS)

La Carmina | Posted 05.21.2013 | Weird News
La Carmina

2013-05-22-steampunk_la_real.jpgDid you know Steampunk culture existed in Japan?

Geek Out In Tokyo

La Carmina | Posted 07.10.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

If you're a nerd at heart with a yen for Japanese pop culture, then you should spend time in Nakano, Tokyo.

A Look at Eyeball Tattoos and Extreme Body Modifications

La Carmina | Posted 06.16.2013 | Weird News
La Carmina

At underground parties, it's not unusual to see people in novelty contact lenses, which can re-create the golden glare of a tiger or the blue-in-blue of a Dune Fremen.

Art Deco Weekend Miami Is the Bee's Knees

La Carmina | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

Every January, Art Deco Weekend turns South Beach into a sea of fringe and pincurls. Over 300,000 people gather in Miami's historic district to celebrate the Jazz Age.

J-Pop Printmaking With Mesa Arts Center's David Manje

La Carmina | Posted 04.15.2013 | Arts
La Carmina

Printmaking has come a long way since Hokusai's "Great Wave." At Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in Arizona, I rolled acid paint onto stencils and cranked out anime-pop prints.

The Future of Extreme Body Mods: A Chat With Steve Haworth (PHOTOS)

La Carmina | Posted 01.09.2013 | Weird News
La Carmina

Look closely, and you'll see three vertical scars over his right eye, as if a tiger mauled him. He cut these lines into the skin with a scalpel and let them heal, a process called scarification.

WATCH: Maui's Food And Fashion

La Carmina | Posted 08.09.2013 | Travel
La Carmina

My film team and I jumped at the chance to interview Maui's chefs and designers. But what awaited us? I had daunting visions of eating a roast pig while wearing a coconut bra.

Japanese Bagel Heads: Dangerous? Trendy? Not. (VIDEO)

La Carmina | Posted 01.06.2013 | Weird News
La Carmina

"Oh my sweet, buttery bagels." Everyone's talking about Japanese bagel heads, or saline in the forehead. And most of these claims are grossly inflated.

WATCH: Berlin, City Of Goths

La Carmina | Posted 12.16.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

I have a number of spooky friends in the German capital, and they brought me to their favorite haunts. In this travel video, we explore Berlin's darkest clubs and fashion.

WATCH: How To Avoid Bad Hair When Traveling

La Carmina | Posted 10.31.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

Hitting the road can stress your tresses. A bad hair day is especially a nuisance if you're traveling for work or a special occasion such as a wedding.

WATCH: La Carmina On Why Brooklyn Hotels Are Best

La Carmina | Posted 10.17.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

In this new "Travel SOS" video, I look at the upsides of booking in Brooklyn, N.Y.

WATCH: A Spooky Tour Of Prague

La Carmina | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

Prague is known as one of the world's spookiest places, a city of haunted tales and piercing architecture, but the city is actually stranger than its strange reputation.

I See A Leipzig And I Want To Paint It Black

La Carmina | Posted 08.21.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

Among the most stunning looks were Victorian mourning gowns and foot-long Mohawks.

WATCH: Robot Bellhops And The Future Of Travel

La Carmina | Posted 06.02.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

What will travel look like in fifty years? Will heavy suitcases and lineups be annoyances of the past? It is hard to know, but we can speculate.

PHOTOS: Struggling to Save Fukushima's Animals

La Carmina | Posted 05.11.2012 | World
La Carmina

Days after the disaster, Fukushima's animals were starving. Rescue groups rushed to Tohoku to care for abandoned pets. A year later, challenges remain.

WATCH: Mazatlan's Day Of The Dead

La Carmina | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

These stands were decorated with real or paper marigolds, photos, favorite foods and belongings. Each had at least one sugar skull, with the name of the dead written on its forehead.

WATCH: How To Avoid Drab Chain Hotels

La Carmina | Posted 04.25.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

In the past, vacationers booked chain hotels because they knew what they were getting into. Now it's easy to find user reviews online and take a reasonable risk.

WATCH: 5 Packing Tips from The Amazing Race Goth Team (VIDEO)

La Carmina | Posted 03.28.2012 | Travel
La Carmina

For two seasons of The Amazing Race Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala around the world with a single backpack without leaving behind the black eyeliner and glitter polish.

Coolhunting Weird Wisconsin Ep 4: An Undercover Rendezvous (VIDEO)

Posted 01.02.2012 | Travel

I can't divulge all the secrets of Milwaukee's Safe House. Intelligence would have me terminated. Or, at least, the owners would be miffed. I can t...

PHOTOS: The World's Gaudiest Japanese Host Club

La Carmina | Posted 08.15.2011 | Travel
La Carmina

Mogul Takeshi Aida, owner of the seven establishments, knows what women want. "A lot of our customers are ladies dissatisfied with relationships," he says. "The hosts entertain them. They listen, and make them feel special."