Philadelphia, PA

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My #1 Train Station (30th street of the epic high-ceiling old style) that I’ve visited so far, Rittenhouse Square “picnic” and philosophic wonderings, Federal Donuts (strawberry lavender), Divine Lorraine Hotel (1894), Reading Viaduct (abandoned station and rails in the city) … Continue reading

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New York City, NY

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Brooklyn Museum (The Dinner Party and Coney Island) and Public Library, errands in Crown Heights, Chinese food in Lincoln Hill, Greenlight Books in Fort Greene, Sushi in a cup and a NOLA Bar, Astoria wandering, long chats with friends I’ve … Continue reading

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Montreal, Quebec

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Le Plateau-Mont Royal (East, where the French French live), A drive by Notre Dame Island and Casino de Montreal and Old Port, Habitat 67 (look it up), Cafe Olimpico and St. Viateur Bagels (the best Montreal bagel), Snow Angels in … Continue reading

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Schenectady, NY

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11 degree wandering to take a bad photo of the General Electric sign, wandering around historic Stokade district, Mohawk River, the Happy Cappuccino with local guitarists singing about L.O.V.E., Thomas Edison (electricity, yo),  a library (again) Muffaletta: $5 Notes: Perecca’s … Continue reading

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Des Moines, IA

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Art Center, DM Social Club Trivia Night (“Turns out I can spell balalaika!”), YMCA, Capitol Building, Locust Tap x 2, Super Bowl at Court Ave, Library, Fried chicken and waffles, Another arcade bar with Crazy Taxi (yaaaaaaasssss), Raygun A typical … Continue reading

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Omaha, NE

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Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Hot Shops, The Waiting Room (best of Omaha Vol. 2 Hip Hop/ Friendly locals) 6 mile walk through the snow, Durham Museum, Orsis Bakery (OMG BREAD), Boy’s Town Burrito: $6 Notes: Decent ingredients, sub-par tortilla … Continue reading

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A Very Oregonian Thanksgiving: Roseburg

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It’d been nearly five years since I’d crossed the California-Oregon border, and about two and half years since I’d seen my Oregonian family for more than a brief encounter.  But the stars, dimensions, vortexes, and schedules finally aligned this Thanksgiving. … Continue reading

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Crawling Babies and “Arbeit Macht Frei”: Prague and Terezin

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Side Trip #2 Prague was an experience of extreme levity and extreme sadness. Heartwarming and thought-provoking. Bizarre and challenging. Here is my tale of Czeching into ex-Bohemia. After a gorgeous five-hour train ride (with two full-mouthed Londoners and an Ipod-clad … Continue reading

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“How ‘Bout that Schnitzel!”: Vienna

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Side Trip #1 For those of you who don’t know, my title refers to an episode of Gilmore Girls, and no, the episode has nothing to do with Vienna. The schnitzel, in all its breaded glory, is merely a popular … Continue reading

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Bikes, Memorials, and German Home Depots–Oh My!

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First off, please excuse the corny title. This entry is a bit of a mess–so I felt my title had to somewhat reflect the post’s contents. Instead of a proper narrative, I’m simply going to write little anecdotes to correspond … Continue reading

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