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City on a Tight Europe

Europe
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On a recent trip to Zagreb, I asked a half-Croatian what she thought of her homeland’s immi­nent entry into the European Union.

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Open Letter

Beirut
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Tell us not what to think, but why to think it. Tell us not what to feel, but who deserves it. Tell us not what to do, but how to do it. Tell us not what to want, but where to get it.

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Giant Catfish

Tokyo
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Legend has it that under­neath Tokyo bay sleeps a giant cat­fish which toss­es and turns caus­ing the many tremors felt almost every day in the city. The big fish awakes every sev­en­ty years, caus­ing a dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake.

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The Problem with Dubai

Dubai
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A metrop­o­lis is a bound­less syn­the­sis of cities and vil­lages. It often begins life as a labyrinthine cas­tle town that evolves over time into a dense urban net­work that nev­er tru­ly reveals itself, flick­er­ing in a per­pet­u­al process of spon­ta­neous change that thrives on a high­ly errat­ic rit­u­al of destruc­tion and rebuild­ing.

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Corniche

Beirut
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Parks are almost extinct in Beirut, so the best place to spend a sun­ny Sunday is the Corniche.

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A Day at a Beirut Gym

Beirut
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I need to get there. Can’t miss this one! Five hun­dred calo­ries to burn today! Then I need my mas­sage. I can’t miss that either since I already paid… COME ON!!

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