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TOWERS OF STRENGTH

Trying out the Catalan tradition of building human towers reveals it to be more than mere daredevil lunacy

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IMAGE: LOTTIE GROSS

There’s an eerie silence as each structure goes up, and an eruption of delight and relief as a tower is completed and deconstructed safely. But it’s not always smooth climbing

“The top of your foot should rest on the inside of his thigh, as high up as possible,” I’m told. I’ve never been this intimate with someone without knowing their name, but this is all routine when you’re a casteller, apparently.

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We reveal the destinations that made our Cool List 2019 — from booming gastronomic hotspots to up-and-coming cities, this is the last word in where you should visit in the year to come. Elsewhere, we explore the wild side of Quebec’s national parks; leave our shoes behind on Colombia’s barefoot Pacific coast; and spend a long weekend in Bornholm. Other highlights this issue include Kuala Lumpur, Richmond, Prague, Marrakech and Taipei while our photo story joins the wild horse herders in Iceland’s rural east.