Category: Local Lifestyle

Adventure Awaits | Belize

Adventure Awaits | Belize

[ 0 ] December 5, 2016 |

Forget what you have heard about Queenstown, New Zealand, the ‘Adventure Capital’ of the world. For a fraction of the price and in the sunny comfortable climate of Central America, you can travel to Belize. Nestled within Central America as the only English speaking country, Belize boasts the Caribbean Sea to the East, Mexico to […]

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Living in Dubai: Around and About the BurJuman Neighbourhood

Living in Dubai: Around and About the BurJuman Neighbourhood

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

Dubai is a relatively new city that is still expanding and changing. With a growing city comes new residential projects and neighbourhoods, and Dubai is quite well-known for ongoing developments in this regard, along with all the crazy construction and commercial ventures. I live in Bur Dubai, one of the city’s older, central regions. My […]

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Have New Orleanians Discovered the Secret to Life?

Have New Orleanians Discovered the Secret to Life?

[ 0 ] February 20, 2014 |

New Orleans is a lot of things, but it is not what you’re used to.  Even for many Americans, visiting the city can feel like traveling to a foreign country or some sort of alternate reality.  People are throwing around all kinds of funny words you’ve never heard before.  Someone is always in costume.  The […]

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Even More Reasons to Love the Russkies (Russians)

Even More Reasons to Love the Russkies (Russians)

[ 0 ] February 17, 2014 |

I’ve been in love with Russia ever since I saw Nicholas and Alexandra on TV and started reading an obscene amount of books about the Romanovs. I could listen to Tchaikovsky for months. I have a CD collection to prove it. After a Russian roomie in grad school and a bizillion Russian books, they became […]

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The Cold Hands and Warm Hearts of Chicago

The Cold Hands and Warm Hearts of Chicago

[ 0 ] February 13, 2014 |

Who are the people behind the red, white and baby blue flag? Who are these people who put up with months of formidable winter just to bask in a few short months of glorious summer rays? What makes someone a true Chicagoan? What is it about the people that make the Second City feel like […]

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The Four People You Meet In Portland

The Four People You Meet In Portland

[ 0 ] February 12, 2014 |

It’s no secret that Portland is an eccentric place. At its best it can be eye-opening, and at its worst it can be eye-rolling. Though I know that it is unfair to cut stereotypes out of the hodgepodge of a city’s culture, I am not wandering far from the truth when I tell you: there […]

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The Truth About Fitting In in San Francisco

The Truth About Fitting In in San Francisco

[ 0 ] January 13, 2014 |

When visiting or moving to a new city, it’s easy to feel like you don’t belong—especially when that city is associated with uber-liberal free-loving hippies who throw fetish festivals, gay pride parades, and generally outrageous/clothing-optional events that would drop most of the country’s jaws to the red-faced floor. And for the most part, it’s all […]

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Behind the Boston Hard Gaze: Are There Kind Eyes?

Behind the Boston Hard Gaze: Are There Kind Eyes?

[ 2 ] January 6, 2014 |

Bostonians have a reputation of being unfriendly to outsiders, and as an adopted Bostonian, I can’t deny it. They are. But this attitude sort of makes sense, even if it is unjustified. (Stay with me here). For hundreds of years, Boston has been home to the best universities, exclusive social clubs and some of the […]

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A City-Ist, Local-vore and Seattleite Walk Into A Bar

A City-Ist, Local-vore and Seattleite Walk Into A Bar

[ 0 ] December 26, 2013 |

Being a person who is very familiar with the West coast, one of the most striking qualities of this coast is the huge variety of people that you get throughout the different areas. From the laidback, surfer culture of southern California to the artsy, intellectual Northwest, you are sure to always be surprised. Although the […]

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The New Yorker Paradox: What We’re Really Like

The New Yorker Paradox: What We’re Really Like

[ 0 ] December 20, 2013 |

New York and its people are everything that you might expect, and also nothing like the reputation that precedes us.  From the outside, New Yorkers seem always in a hurry, angry and sometimes just plain strange.  When I first arrived in NYC from sunny California, my born-and-bred New York boss told me that I was […]

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