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Caferağa Mahallesi, Güneşli Bahçe Sk. No:43, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
One afternoon, I dragged my travel companions—a German, a Turk, and two New Yorkers—to Kadıköy, a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, to dine at Çiya. Everyone was cranky and hungry by the time we found it, but I knew the...
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Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Karaali Kaptan Sk. No:7, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
In Istanbul's Karaköy neighborhood near the Galata Bridge and docks of the Golden Horn, hipster cafés and art galleries are beginning to outnumber the neighborhood's long-standing industrial shops and hidden churches. Karabatak, named for the...
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3515 McDonald Dr, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2H2, Canada
Yellowknife is small, as in you can walk the whole town in half a day. But give yourself the full day to take in the hike around the lake, a chance to pick out some white fish from the Great Slave Lake at the fish truck, which is parked in front...
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Vik, Iceland
When everyone went to Mexico for spring break, I went to Iceland...by myself. Some of my friends didn't believe it when I told them my plans until they saw the pictures. Then they were just jealous. It was one of the best trips of my life. For a...
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Stammersdorfer Str. 78, 1210 Wien, Austria
Take a tram northeast from downtown Vienna to the last stop in Stammersdorf and walk through a lovely suburban neighborhood to this authentic heuriger. The atmosphere was relaxed and casual, not unlike a pub, but the only thing on the menu was...
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Every sunrise at Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu brings with it the sound of ringing bells and mantras, the smell of incense, the spinning of prayer wheels, and woven in between it all, thousands of pigeons. Buddhist practitioners feed pigeons seeds...