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hey hey – some architecture for you: The German Reichstag building houses the German parliament (Bundestag), equivalent of the U.S. Congress. The building is open to the public and it’s fairly simple to arrange a visit to the dome (designed by Norman Foster). You just have to register online in advance with your personal information …

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So, this isn’t a story I’ve shared in many places (even though I’m all over the internet). But in all honesty, it’s one of the most defining moments of my round-the-world trip that lasted from May 2010 to July 2011 (and then some). Like any good adventure story, it’s got a hot Australian dude, a …

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Schmalkalden, Germany—ever heard of it? Probably not. Honestly I don’t even know how to pronounce it. I was visiting this central German town (seriously, look at a map—it’s dead center) on part of a chocolate & candy tour through Germany. Schmalkalden is in a kind of random part of Germany but the small town (population …

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This past Friday night I went to the Rock Fashion Night, one of the events from Berlin’s Fashion Week. Basically it was a bunch of hipsters and sexy indie folks glammed up watching relatively attractive models who sported tattoos and odd facial expressions as they walked down a catwalk during two rock band’s performances. Oh …

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Most small towns in America are known for certain kitschy appeal—a main street with an old-town cinema, a friendly neighbor or a local bakery. Grapevine somehow manages to keep all that kitsch, but add a sizable amount of modernity to the mix, too. If you’re any sort of hipster like myself, the trendy coffee shops …

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On my recent trip back to the United States, I took a few days to explore my old stomping grounds: Grapevine, Texas. Now first things first: when people ask me where I’m from, I typically answer “Boston via Texas.” I spent my childhood growing up in Texas but after high school graduation, I was pretty …

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On part of my hometown tour of Grapevine, I visited the Gaylord Texan—a resort and convention center. I remember when the huge building complex was built a few years ago because everyone in town was talking about it. It’s your typical conference center except that it’s in Texas—which means it is even bigger. There’s a …

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