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AChicago: Wondering where to stay in Chicago?

My favorite part of town is Hyde Park​ because the University of Chicago campus is very beautiful and it has my favorite museum, the Oriental Institute, it's a bit out of the way though.  If you want something more central than try Wicker... See More

ACanada: 2 weeks road trip through Canada

Land in Quebec, drive or bus (or better yet TRAIN) to Montreal​, then Toronto​.   Fly to Banff​, then drive or bus to Whistler​ and finally Vancouver​.  Save... See More

AHow do you deal with the travel bug when you can't travel?

I like to open up google maps and zoom in.  There's so much stuff about Minneapolis​ that I learn from just zooming around the map: new restaurants, shops, coffee bar or a new drive to try.   Its also fun to learn the names of all the parts of... See More

QMinnesota: Where to rent a small cabin on the North Shore for stargazing?

Any suggestions for small cabin rental on the North Shore for stargazing? See More

AMinneapolis: Large group activities in Minneapolis?

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory​ is a fine option.   In the picture, there's a zoo, rides for the kids, a conservatory, various gardens, and a nice lake to walk around.   Once you finish walking around the lake then you can get a bite to eat at... See More

AChicago: Non touristy weekend in Chicago suggestions?

Walk around the immensely beautiful The University of Chicago​ campus. ​See the Nuclear Energy sculpture commemorating the site of the world's first nuclear reactor ​ Visit the Oriental Institute Museum ​See a replica of the Black... See More

AWhat have you learned from leaving your country and living in another one?

I left Minneapolis for Freiburg in Breisgau when I was 20 and spend a year abroad. When I came back I felt something about home was quite unsettling.  Over time I learned that my feelings stemmed from our hypertrophic city design.   Exhibit A: nice cartoon illustrating... See More

AItaly: Italy Trip Advice?

​Buy some cookbooks about the local cuisines (eg Venetian cuisine, not just Italian).  That will give you an idea of some interesting local foods to try. I believe all those cities have amazing bookstores.  In particular Libreria Acqua Alta di Frizzo Luigi​ comes... See More

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