It's been a year since the dramatic rescue of the 12 members of the junior football team and their coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. The rescue put a spotlight on spelunking and the adventures to be had underground. Caves have an almost primal appeal—they hold the secrets to our past and are mysterious in and of themselves. They are home to mini-ecosystems that are otherwise impossible above ground and are the last vestige of exploration.
It's not every day that the president of a country comes to a hotel opening. Yet, on August 1, Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda and his entourage drove the two and half hours up from Kigali to the new Singita Kwitonda Lodge and Kataza House in Kinigi, Rwanda, and did just that.
Pop culture loves a dynastic family, where one family rules for generations. While there are many romantic myths surrounding dynasties, in reality the majority were nepotistic, feudal and often despotic. The newest dynastic darlings of the small screen are the Romanovs—brutally gunned down in 1918 by Bolsheviks in the Russian Revolution. Today, many of the ruling families are constitutional monarchies—which have mainly symbolic roles—and behave better, if only because the public demands it. However, there are still some absolute monarchies around, proving that absolute power can indeed corrupt absolutely.