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A World of Flophouses
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A travel site about going on the cheap, crashing in flophouses around the world, and having some attitude about it.
A travel site about going on the cheap, crashing in flophouses around the world, and having some attitude about it.

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Pan amb oli (panamboli) or Pan con tomate is a canonical, beloved dish of Spain's Mallorca island and of Catalonia, but gosh it's simple. Can bread with tomato and olive oil really be considered a composed dish? An outsider contemplates what makes a dish a dish.
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Have you ever seen animals killed in front of you? The Toraja region of Sulawesi, Indonesia is obsessed with death. In my visit to their villages, I saw ritual sacrifice in a funeral, cliff graves, skulls, and lots of blood.
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You want to see Switzerland. We all do. The mountains, the lakes, the cheese and chocolate, yes yes. Plus there are watches and army knives involved. But the country is prohibitively expensive, and you don't have a secret Swiss bank account to cover it. How does one travel to Switzerland cheaply?
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What to do on a rainy day in Osaka? This city, not known for its must-see sights, is woven with covered arcade market streets called shotengai. Some are like any shopping streets, others dedicated to a niche such as kitchenware, and one brilliant one holds a food market made for snacking. Here is how to explore these, whether it's raining or not.
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What to do in Paris on a Sunday? Yes, many things are closed, but let me provide you with several ideas and plans for making the most of a Sunday, without leaving town.
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You need to see some ruins when you're in Sicily, because they have much, and some are brilliant. Once easy site is Solunto, in the northwest, for the ruins, the view, the perfect setting, the very easy day-trip from Palermo or Cefalu, and the sense of place.
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After my third trip to Macau, as with anywhere, I realized I needed some non-top-tier attractions there. I always see blog posts about "top things to see" but I rarely see what I think is needed, the lesser-known attractions to a place, needed because everyone else is over-covering the top ones. Macau, like Hong Kong, isn't a city with tons of must-sees, only a few. I'm quite fond of it, but you need to know where to go.
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Another urban hike in Hong Kong, on Cheung Chau Island, one that's easy to reach, gets you out of the crowded city and into the woods, features great views, and has a harbor-side seafood dinner at the end.
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Hong Kong is not known for hiking, but it should be. One can do many urban hikes there, as less than an hour's public transport gets you out of the urban jungle into the incredible dramatic countryside. Here, one outer island named Lamma offers an easy trail with a beach, scenery, and seafood restaurants at the end.
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A man named Andrea Borderi in Sicily’s Siracusa Ortigia market is simply the best sandwich-maker in the world. He demonstrates his craft-making performance art outside his shop called Caseificio Borderi daily, making the best sandwiches ever. He charms his customers and the crowd, and you’re happy to wait for him.
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