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Finding Money In Strange Places

  Certain days are not like any others. On certain days, you walk into a used bookstore, pick up an unassuming book by Saint-Exupéry and find a 50 franc note hidden among the pages. For imaginative people like me, this can set off a whole train of questions. Who put it there? Has anyone opened… Read more »

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Potato Art in Unlikely Places

Art that you find in unexpected places is by far the best kind of art. This little potato man greeted me while I was wandering around West Vancouver with my parents (yes, I am visiting home for a few days); the discovery really got me thinking about the elitism of the art world. Who’s to say that this… Read more »

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Bucket List: See Sammezzano Castle

This is, apparently, a place that exists in the same world that we mere mortals inhabit. It’s called the Peacock Room and it’s located inside a castle somewhere on the Tuscan hills of Italy. Sammezzano Castle, to be precise. The technicolor castle is privately owned and only open to visitors on certain days. You may think… Read more »

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Travelling, Washington and Blog Post from an Analog Notebook

Hi, hi. I am on the road today and thought that I’d do something I haven’t done in a really long time: write a semi-coherent essay (as in, something more structured than just notes) by hand. If you can put up with the terrible handwriting, read my handwritten blog post about travelling to Washington, D.C. to report on inauguration stuff… Read more »

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Life in New York: Birds and The People Who Care for Them

For all talk of finding joy in life’s rainy moments, I doubt many actually do it as naturally and as gracefully as this woman near Washington Square Park. While running from building awning to building awning in the downpour, a friend and I came across her sprinkling fistfuls of bird feed to the sparrows on the sidewalk…. Read more »

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Reading About A City While In The City: Some Recommendations

Whenever I visit a new city (or return to an old one), I make a point to pick up a book set in that place for the trip. No exceptions. It may seem like a weird and somewhat ritualistic approach to visiting places, but I feel that it makes me appreciate wherever it is that I’m… Read more »

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Enough Time? New York in Numbers

Have you ever stayed up late at night stressing about the fact that there is just not enough time to do all the things you’d like to do? New York messes with you like that sometimes, as there are so many things to do and so little time to do them all. While I do… Read more »

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10 Things You’ll Learn From Moving To New York

When I was wandering the streets with a camera for one of my class photo assignments, a woman with a strong British accent came up to me and asked if I was from New York. After some consideration, I answered that I was not, though I did live here now and could offer her the… Read more »

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Relocations

You may be wondering why I’ve been away for two weeks. While the evasive ‘I’ve-been-busy’ answer would not be inaccurate, I should probably start and finish with the most accurate one: I have just now finished unpacking the two suitcases that I brought with me 0n my one-way ticket to New York.   That’s right. I started a… Read more »

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Travel Bucket List: 5 Places That Look Like They Belong In Fairy Tales

I am a firm believer that you are never too old (or too young, for that matter) for fairy tales. There’s something so enthralling about the world of ogres, magic spells and enchanted forests. I’d never imply that any of those are not real, but the real world does have quite a few magical places as… Read more »