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Cleveland International Film Festival: One Day in Africa

Cleveland International Film Festival: One Day in Africa The Cleveland International Film Festival, from March 19-29 is the largest film festival in Ohio. That's merely one reason to attend this kaleidoscope of images and stories from around the world. The other reason is that Brook Silver- Braga will be at the premiere of his...

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans

One Day in Africa: Lives of six ordinary Africans When I watched the trailer of One Day in Africa, the latest documentary of Brook Silva-Braga, the resonance of village and city life in most African countries was immediately evident. It's a resonance that often doesn't make headline news. It resides in the pattern of each...

Across Northern Europe: I Traveled Europe Without a Watch

Across Northern Europe:  I Traveled Europe Without a Watch I traveled Europe without a watch. No one uses watches now and my cellphone doesn't work in Europe so when the sun woke me in Iceland it might have been noon. But when I scrambled out of my tent and checked the clock at reception it was half past three in the morning. In...

Across Northern Europe: Couch Surfing Europe

Across Northern Europe: Couch Surfing Europe Europe is the world's great couch surfing destination since so many travelers everywhere call the continent home. On my around-the-world trip I theorized you could spend 80% of your European nights crashing with friends you'd met elsewhere. On this trip, which ends today,...

Across Northern Europe: A second thought on museums in Amsterdam

Across Northern Europe: A second thought on museums in Amsterdam You should never agree with yourself too often, at least that's what I'm thinking today, so I'd like to mention a few museums that are worth all of our time. Some readers may remember an anti-museum post a little while ago, though more readers may have stopped reading after...

Across Northern Europe: A Coda to Travel Love in Amsterdam

Across Northern Europe: A Coda to Travel Love in Amsterdam Sometimes I walk to the southeastern corner of Central Park and watch the tour buses respire tourists. I walk by slowly and try to pick up an accent or language. For a while I thought of stopping and offering to show them the city, to take them for a drink or walk through...

Across Northern Europe: Two to a bed in Bruges

Across Northern Europe: Two to a bed in Bruges There are many ways to end up sleeping with someone in a hostel bed but this was a new one for me. Bruges, Belgium is a little city of 117,000 with about five million tourists on every cobblestone street so I was happy to find shelter at a hostel in the north part of town....

Across Northern Europe: Authentic Belgian Beer

Across Northern Europe: Authentic Belgian Beer Belgium is home to the EU, many very fine restaurants, important art and beautiful architecture. But it is also a tiny country with a giant selection of excellent beer and if you like beer and live in New York (where Belgian beers are fairly scarce and cost close to $10 with...

Across Northern Europe: Terror in Berlin

Across Northern Europe: Terror in Berlin I'm in Belgium now but I have a word more about Germany because simply being a tourist in Berlin will get you thinking. I'd love to take a history class on the last century in Berlin: WWI leads to Hitler leads to WWII leads to the DDR leads to the fall of the Berlin wall....

Across Northern Europe: The Elusive Dutch Drivers License

Across Northern Europe: The Elusive Dutch Drivers License I met Ella, Hilde and Amber in a Stockholm hostel two years ago this summer just after they went to the Roskilde music festival. They were roadtripping from their home in Rotterdam, Holland and we got along famously. So famously, in fact, they invited me to drive south to...

Across Northern Europe: Globians Film Festival

Across Northern Europe: Globians Film Festival If you're in Berlin and have a few free hours this weekend skip down to Potsdam, about 20 minutes away by express train. You'll find the Globians World and Culture Documentary Film Festival presenting films which are especially geared to the global tastes of Gadling readers....

Across Northern Europe: A Perishable Feast

Across Northern Europe: A Perishable Feast The difference between traveling and vacationing is a favorite topic of longterm travel writers. It's not hard to see which group they hold in higher regard or believe they belong to. I try not to be competitive when it comes to travel -- it's so terribly tacky -- but I'm...

Across Northern Europe: Why Bother Going to Berlin?

Across Northern Europe: Why Bother Going to Berlin? Museums make me thoughtful, or maybe just a bit precious, and I was in the Pergamon museum here in Berlin today thinking that there may be no more pointless thing than going to a museum. I was having very big thoughts about museums though. Art, I think, is about...

Across Northern Europe: A Trip to the Airport

Across Northern Europe: A Trip to the Airport There were potatoes, chick peas and cauliflower cooking in green curry and coconut milk on a stove in Copenhagen, Denmark tonight. The potatoes were taking too long to cook and my flight to Berlin left at 9:25pm and it was 8:00 by the time dinner was served. The food was...

Across Northern Europe: Iceland Gone Wild

Across Northern Europe: Iceland Gone Wild On the Icelandic calendar, the first weekend in August is marked with a red pen of hype and expectation. "Its when Iceland stops being Iceland," one Icelander said. "I like to think its when Iceland is most like Iceland," said another. Whatever Iceland is like, this weekend...

Across Northern Europe: Lonely Love in Iceland

Across Northern Europe: Lonely Love in Iceland I checked my e-mail yesterday and got that feeling you get when you have a giant crush on someone and they show up in your IN box. Your eyes go to their name and everything else becomes spam and you click on the message like unwrapping a package. You are in a kind of love....

Across Northern Europe: Shining a Light On Iceland

Across Northern Europe: Shining a Light On Iceland There's something nice about traveling in Iceland. There are a number of nice things, I'm sure, but one came to mind specifically as soon as I landed. This nice thing is nice if you're a certain kind of traveler. Namely, the kind who maybe sometimes pretends to be a little...

Blogger Brook Silva-Braga

Blogger Brook Silva-Braga Introducing another new blogger at Gadling, Brook Silva-Braga... Where was your photo taken? Varanasi, India Where do you live now? New York, NY Scariest airline flown: Not sure they had a name but it eventually went to the Virgin Islands after first stalling on the...

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