the machko teashop in erbil, iraqi kurdistan

Just because a place is called a teashop doesn't mean that they don't serve coffee as well. Such is the case for the Machko...

silver lake california and williamsburg brooklyn: two ends of a secret hipster worm-hole?

For those of you familiar with the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, you have probably taken the L train from the East Village.   On your...

a memorial to the 1966 tashkent earthquake

Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Central Asia's largest city (approx. population 3 million) is a relatively new city. Unlike Samarkand and Bukhara, there are no ancient...

i’m your best friend, i kill you for nothing: a photo history of genocide...

In the heart of Sarajevo, just across from the main cathedral, can be found a photo and video exhibit that chronicles the horrors of...

flyingnorthblog heads to uganda and will be on blackout unless the gorillas have wifi

The name itself reads like something out of Where the Wild Things Are - or a place where one would expect to find a Gingerbread house...

баба марта [baba marta] and the red and white in bulgaria

One thing that I noticed quite quickly as I landed in Sofia was that many people were wearing either red and white cloth bracelets...

ma’am, that banana could cost you $300

I woke up at the crack of dawn to head to Pierre Trudeau airport to catch at 6:30am flight back to New York City....

the japanese yen is a dangerous currency

It is common knowledge that Tokyo is not a city for the thrifty. In fact, according to a February report from the Economist, Tokyo...

hamama mia! my night in a four hundred year-old hamam in antalya, turkey

On the road in Turkey between the conservative city of Konya, with its Whirling Dervish history, and the seaside town of Kaş, I spent...

the art of the ktx: the korea train express [video]

Move over TGV and Japan Rail Bullet train, the KTX is here. The KTX, or Korea Train eXpress is South Korea's high-speed rail system,...

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