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Holidays, Vacations and Capitalism

I’ve always appreciated the distinction that somehow I feel exists more in British English than in American, between a holiday and a vacation. While the former is prescribed, usually by the state, the latter is a personal choice. There are … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Take Pictures of Places You Can’t Get to

A friend of mine has an awesome website called 15 sunrises. His basic project is to travel around and take pictures of all sorts of ‘scapes (city, country, mountain, etc.) in all sorts of lights. He’s partial to sunrise, sunset, … Continue reading

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A City of Crooked Houses

Sopot, a town near Gdansk on Poland’s Baltic coast, has a building called “Krzywy Domek,” which means “crooked house.” While it kind of resembles Prague’s famous Dancing House, it also kind of blows it away. It probably costs quite a … Continue reading

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Warsaw in 1947

War sucks for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it takes stuff and turns it into not-stuff. This collection of pictures gives some idea of what Warsaw looked like in 1947 and how surreal living in the city … Continue reading

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Lichen on Buildings

Imagine an urbanscape infused with lichen. An artist in NYC is doing just this. She’s taking environmentally-conscious urban gardening, usually reserved for rooftops, and applying it vertically. Creative examples of biomimicry are all over the fields of architecture and design. … Continue reading

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The Decline of Tourism in the US

Anyone who’s ever traveled to the US knows that entering the country can be a tedious and humiliating task. Fence or no fence, there are many obstacles to entering the country. Even as a duel jus soli and jus sanguinis … Continue reading

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All the Bulls are in Poland

Throughout the great recession Poland has remained one of Europe’s few bright spots. It hasn’t gone into recession, commercial real-estate is booming and the retail sector continues to grow despite both a relatively high marginal savings rate (which to be … Continue reading

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