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subway, Cities

Subway seating etiquette. Start with the extremity seats, then leave an empty seat in between, and when nearly full but not quite, just stand.

by Paul Baron

Tokyo — If you’re tired and managed to grab a seat, good. Pay no attention to your neighbors and just slump left and right as the train accelerates and slows down. You may one day see yourself featured on some gaijin (foreigner) blog about sleeping salarymen in Japan. If you’re drunk, just lie down anywhere available. Seats, floor, across seats and floor. May I suggest the luggage rack? Congratulations, ...

Cities, Culture, Travel

On cities that were made for friendship

by Dani Z

Barcelona — I went back to Barcelona. I was there for almost all of October, which is just enough time to get over jet lag, readjust, fall back into your old life and then say good bye all over again. I spent my...

Design, Cities

When design is not responsive....

by Samuel Alomenu

Accra — This is the Bush highway in Accra. And if you are guessing why it’s called the Bush highway: It was named after the American president called Bush. I think it is the second Bush. If you’re wondering...


I used to love this city.

by Sunny Vergara

San francisco — I lived in this city for almost a decade until I fell out of love with it. Romance fades, I suppose, with age and the sober realities of the practical. Even enumerating the reasons seems deflating. Th...

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