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June 2013

The guide to hipster Reykjavik

I'm never sure if I love or hate the term "hipster." Living in the Lower East Side, I'm just a river away from the ultimate hipster enclave of Williamsburg: I love the incredible cafe and bar scene, the funky fashion and the quirky ways that people...
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Postcard from HARPA

While the architecture in Reykjavik is charming, colorful, functional--it's not exactly cutting-edge. The one exception is HARPA. Finished in 2011, it was originally part of a redevelopment effort that was abandoned when the financial crisis...
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The best of Iceland, via Instagram

Here is the transcript of the conversation we had about 27 (or more) times a day on our road trip around Iceland: "Wow. Just, wow," said Aly. "Oh my god ICELAND IS SO BEAUTIFUL," I said. I didn't even realize that I had captioned three...
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Petra: Jordan’s most famous tourist site I knew nothing about

Confession: if you mentioned the word "Petra" to me before I went to Jordan, I would have looked at you blankly. I don't remember learning about it in history class, I've never really seen it mentioned on bucket lists or guidebooks, and it's been...
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Postcard from the Dead Sea

Out of all the places on the itinerary in Jordan, the Dead Sea was the one about which I was most excited. It's no secret that I love beaches, and the Dead Sea seemed the ultimate beach experience: water in which you can never sink, clay that can...
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Emptying your wastebasket

When I was living in Australia, I once took a drive with a friend down the Grand Pacific Drive. Our destination was the journey itself and an oceanside pub, a wide stretch of grass wedged between the winding road and the Pacific. As we sat...
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25: the year in which I become more like Mimi

I turn 25 on Sunday. I've been struggling to come up with some pithy, witty way to celebrate here: 25 things I've learned in this quarter-century, 25 incredible things I'm going to do this year, 25 favorite moments of the past year. But when...
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Postcard from Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum translates to Valley of the Moon: the largest desert in Jordan is also where the stars shine brightest. As T.E. Lawrence said: "Our little caravan fell quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of the stupendous...
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What’s more important: creativity or ambition

"Are rich people ever going to grow up to be writers or are all writers like Mr. Rocque with no money? My father is always saying STARVINGARTIST or STARVINGWRITER. Maybe I better reduce." -Harriet the Spy Lately, I've been pulled in two...
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