The Iowa mom who hosted Xi Jinping in the 80s said ‘no one in their right mind would ever think’ he’d become president of a country [The Xi series, Part 4]

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by Christina Sterbenz |Business Insider | Military & Defense

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Xi JinpingREUTERS/Kevin E. Schmidt/PoolChina’s Vice President Xi Jinping speaks at the home of Roger and Sarah Lande (2nd L) in Muscatine, Iowa February 15, 2012. Xi joked about receiving a gift of popcorn during his first visit to Muscatine in 1985.Read Full Article

World’s grandest abandoned hotels [17/20]

Abandoned hotels

Inside a hotel in Germany. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)  

Grand banqueting halls, opulent lobbies and vast ballrooms; you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was a collection of photographs was documenting some of Europe’s grandest hotels. However, a closer look will reveal the majestic rooms to be engulfed in swathes of dust and moss; hotels that once hosted royals and high society abandoned to the elements.

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