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An Honor Without Irony

Last week, an outdoor sculpture honoring the iconic American author J.D. Salinger was dedicated on a hillside near his family’s ancestral home in Lithuania. The artwork celebrates the writer’s most acclaimed novel The Catcher in the Rye. Ironically, Salinger’s 1951 bildungsroman … Continue reading

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Keep a sharp lookout

“The Peasant and the Cucumbers” by Leo Tolstoy (trans. by Leo Wiener) A peasant once went to the gardener’s, to steal cucumbers. He crept up to the cucumbers, and thought: “I will carry off a bag of cucumbers, which I … Continue reading

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Hermitage

I was very fortunate to spend an entire day in the world renowned Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Russia a few years ago. It’s almost overwhelming to try and take in the immense institution in one visit. To save our … Continue reading

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Russia Tourism Rebrands

A design team from ad agency Suprematika recently won an open competition to come up with an entirely new brand identity for Russia’s tourism board. They created a dynamic abstract design featuring bold geometric shapes and colors. The central graphic … Continue reading

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Some Random Island In The Pacific Ocean

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Thinking of Saint Petersburg

Since yesterday’s terrorist bombing,  I have been thinking about Saint Petersburg and all of the amazing people that I met there on my visit six months ago. With the heightened tensions between the United States and Russia, I had anticipated … Continue reading

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Saint Petersburg Is Packed With Surprises

When I was in Saint Petersburg, Russia this Fall, I did my due diligence as a tourist and visited as many museums, palaces, cathedrals, and attractions as I could manage in a week. Unfortunately, I was a few months too … Continue reading

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Moscow Boulevard

I really appreciate travel magazine Flaneur’s singular focus on just one street in a city for each issue. The Berlin-based publication’s latest actually concentrates on a large district this time. Their new issue explores Moscow’s Boulevard Ring in the center of the … Continue reading

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Without Libraries What Are We

Montreal-based Instagramer Olivier Martel Savoie has been traveling the world for the last two years visiting libraries and taking terrific photos with just his trusty iPhone. His series #olive_libraries covers beautiful institutions from Budapest to Boston. “Without libraries what have … Continue reading

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Train Sounds

Running from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Railway is more than 5,000 miles long. Not many travelers complete a roundtrip on the line, but French electronic musician William Reze (aka Thylacine) spent the entire summer on the route last year … Continue reading

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