Berlin – A Love Affair

Über cosmo, genuine, tense, & intensely sexy. Step into the heart of Berlin and you might find that he wears it on his sleeve. It is a metro, as I’ve come to experience, where people have developed a keen sense for genuine social interaction: I mean, where conversations are taken seriously as a way to

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Copenhagen – Calm & Chaos

Urban planners everywhere have been taking note of Copenhagen. Rapid Urbanization requires that the time to execute on modeling after this city’s infrastructural logic is yesterday. The keys are walkability, bikability, and green space. The sidewalks, bike lanes, and roads are designed for optimal fluid motion of people (and pets!). And while the city is dense, its chain of many parks, and

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A Tryst with Budapest

Recently, I was on a 9-hour flight from Helsinki to Chicago. I was sitting on the isle seat in a 2-seat row when a nice gentleman, who I guess was around 30 years old, came to take his window seat. He was wearing a black baseball cap. Once seated, he glanced with a smile at me a few times.

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Vienna – Deep Impact

There used to be a fort wall that surrounded the city of Vienna. Then in 1850 its municipality incorporated today’s districts 2 and 9, and by 1860 it had torn down the wall to open the door to these new neighbors. By 1890 the wall had been completely transformed into a grand boulevard, the Ringstraße, built to showcase the glory

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London: ‘The Violent Jolt of the Capital’

“I miss London. I miss London life.” she began… “I choose not the suffocating anesthetic of the suburbs, but the violent jolt of the Capital, that is my choice. The meanest patient, yes, even the lowest is allowed some say in the matter of her own prescription. Thereby she defines her humanity. I wish, for

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Adventures in the Scottish Highlands

Green. Everywhere. ISLE of SKYE Skye is breathtaking beauty. All of mountains there were treeless, which added a kind of surreal, otherworldliness to it. I learned that this is due to “excessive deforestation [during the Empire’s expansionist process that started in the 17th century], and the new saplings are preferentially eaten by the deer and other wildlife over

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