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The “Real” Nairobi

August 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights

I recently started reading and enjoying the blog called “Sociological Images,” which I find to be provocative and insightful. But a recent post by Lisa Wade gave me pause. From the post: Sadie M. sent in an example of the reproduction of the idea that “Africa” is an arid, desolate place where nature still dominates [...]

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Try the Catfish Tacos

January 4th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Recommended sights

I spent the New Year’s in Texas, and the hands-down highlight of the whole affair was a trip to a funky little joint named the Flying Fish in Joshua, near Fort Worth, Texas. Now, one disclaimer: We at newelty try not to write about food very much since 1) everyone and your grandma has a [...]

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Manzanita Is the Sufjan Stevens of the Oregon Coast

December 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Recommended sights

I keep thinking of that line from Emily Dickinson: “Hope is the thing with feathers.” Such a precious little concept, with Emily holed up in her Amherst mansion, and yet…something important to keep in mind in the dead of midwinter. Manzanita is where I come to get my hope back. When I first visited here, [...]

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London to Paris by Bike (Really!)

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Recommended sights, Transportation bliss

I recently came across this article because of a friend’s friend’s Facebook feed, and I’m glad I did. The concept of a bike trail running continuously between London and Paris is amazing, isn’t it?

Called the Avenue Verte, it already includes views like this in the finished sections:

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat on Orcas Island. Kinda, not really, a resort.

July 21st, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Novelty, Recommended sights

I won’t lie. Deciding not to get on a plane during my job transition was hard for me. With Lia in Amsterdam and other friends jaunting off to the South of France for a month, it’s hard not to feel a tad jealous. But I was trying to be prudent and wanted to take advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s [...]

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Five Reasons to Include a Beach Day on Your Next Euro Trip (Like You Need Them)

June 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights, The point of travel

Lately, I’ve been helping a lot of friends with their itinerary planning for trips to Europe this summer. It’s fun, and I enjoy doing it. There’s one recommendation, though, that never really seems to take off: Include time at the beach. Admittedly, it’s a hard sell for those of us who don’t have a year [...]

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La Recoleta Cemetery: Gravestones Never Seemed So Appealing

June 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Celeb spotting, Novelty, Recommended sights

I think when I die I want my ashes scattered at sea. Or off the top of a mountain. The idea of being buried in a crypt or some spooky cemetery with an elaborate gravestone conjures images that don’t equate resting in peace. With that said, however, I share Lia’s fascination with graveyards, and when [...]

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Spiders, Basque, Kindness, and Cruelty

June 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights, Urban archipelagos

Louise Bourgeois died on Monday. That’s her giant spider sculpture pictured above, part of her Maman (a.k.a. “mama”) series. I liked how ominous it looked against the sunset in Bilbao. In honor of a woman who became famous as an artist late in life, this post is all about making sure you get what you [...]

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Free Bikes and Van Goghs

May 29th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Dutch bikes, Dutch language school, Obsessed with the Dutch, Recommended sights

Hooray for the weekend! I have big plans. They include a three-day getaway to the Oregon Coast (whose virtues we’ve already discussed) and not wasting two hours at Sex and the City (which Betty and I expressed doubt and concern about, just based on the trailer). I’ll be trip planning for my upcoming adventure at [...]

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Visiting Marilyn Monroe in L.A.

May 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Celeb spotting, Recommended sights, Urban archipelagos

Is it creepy to sightsee a cemetery, camera in hand? I had a blast at Paris’ Cimetière du Père Lachaise (with a great interactive tour here), so it didn’t strike me as weird to bust out the photography when at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, Marilyn Monroe’s final resting place. The lipstick traces are fun. [...]

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