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The Cricketer, Berlin

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This gentleman, from Berlin illustrates how English style has always involved some sort of tradition. Whether that is Sporting tradition, Military tradition, or just stiff-upper-lip tradition, the Brits have their fashion for a reason.

Granted, I realize this man is from Berlin, but it just goes to show you that the utilitarian aspect of American’s lives is not some exceptional quality, we got it from somewhere (hint: it’s England) we just express that utilitarian nature with Carthart and Red Wing boots, and guess what, those are cool now.

Score one for the Yanks.

Osama Eisa

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Diversity of Style, New York

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There is this sense in the fashion world that your friends have to mirror your personal style. Personally, I think it sounds like we should all be in gangs like The Warriors. Being around people who are not like you, whether that is in thought, dress, or culture, is actually good for you. Surrounding yourself around people who are centered upon non-conformity tends to foster people who actually, conform quite a lot.
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Knowledge is Power

So at the present moment, I have been a NYTimes.com junkie. Ever since I have made NY Times my homepage I have been such a news nerd, and I suggest you all to do the same. Such a sneaky, sneaky way to implement global events into your daily lives. There is too much craziness going on in this world to ignore. For example: Somalian pirates taking over US crew ships?! This article has Hollywood blockbuster written all over it (hint hint Christopher Nolan). And Obama slowly pulling troops from this drawn-out war, “It is time for us to transition to the Iraqis. They need to take responsibility for their country.” God I love that man. Also, what about the underground trafficking of little boys in China because “a girl is just not as good as a son”.

This world that we are living in is insane. But, I feel the more we are aware of what is going on, there is a greater chance for change. I hate to bring us back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons- but as the wise animated musical known as School House Rock! once said, “Knowledge is Power!” So read up people!

Jessica Granato

Must See City

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark lies in the heart of Scandinavia. A place once inhabited by Vikings and fisherman, is now populated by fashionistas and bicyclists. Literally after stepping off the plane for the first time I was impressed on how well dressed everyone was. I immediately decided that everything in my suitcase was complete and total crap and went shopping ASAP. Copenhagen is in the late teens on the fashion capital list last I checked. This completely shocks me because I could swear that everyone here has a personal stylist, is absolutely stunning, and there is no such thing as a bad hair day.

This nautical capital city has canals running throughout, and colorful buildings that date back over 600 years. Danes are somewhat reserved, but warm and friendly when spoken to. I was speaking to a woman on the bus the other day and she summed up the people of Denmark perfectly, “Work is work, and schnapps is schnapps”. They are extremely responsible and organized, rely very much on advanced planning and are always on time. Danish is the main language, but most, if not all Danes speak English to perfection. Biking is the main way of transport, which is why Copenhagen is ‘Biking city of the world’. It adds to the charm of this enchanting city that I now call home. Now come and have a picnic and sip white wine in front of Rosenberg castle, watch the changing of the guards in front of the Queen Margrethe‘s Palace, or get a tan and have a picnic at Nyhavn or Fælledparken. Look forward to seeing you!

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Jessica Granato

The Eccentric, Istanbul

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This is Ahmet from Istanbul, Turkey. He owns the shop behind him, a collection of all things downright cool. Yes, he is wearing a shawl-collared tuxedo with a magenta turtle-neck and leopard-print loafers. Could I do it? I’d have second thoughts with a gun to my head. But it works for Ahmet, because it reflects his character and shows that he is at ease with himself.

I think I’ve talked a lot about the importance of dressing as a reflection of yourself rather than for other people. I don’t think that means that you can wear shorts to a wedding, but of course having the situation in mind, your clothes should reflect how you are. Ahmet does this brilliantly, and while the choices, individually may sound odd, they come together very well to complement rather than define Ahmet.

Osama Eisa

This Is How I Start My Mornings…

..With a little Bert and Ernie

Elliott Ebrahimi

Bosnia: Underrated and Overhated

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Ever think “What should I do with my life?” or “Where should I go this summer?” If you said yes to the first question, I suggest you get a job you hippy. If you said yes to the latter question, I suggest you go to Bosnia. Few people I’ve met in my travels who have been have regretted it. Actually, I’d have to say I’ve never met anyone who has regretted it. It is one of the most under appreciated places in Europe and I just don’t think that is goshdarn fair.

Bosnia has a lot going for it. For one, they have great food. Greasy, fatty, artery clogging, deliciously-drenched-in-it’s-own-grease food. They have this one meal called Cevapi (pronounced CHE-vap-y), that resembles little breakfast sausages but has it’s own unique taste. They put it in a pita with a little bit of raw onions and this mix between cream cheese and butter. Everything comes separate and you kind of create your own pita with everything they give you. Every place that we went to served it differently but our trusted Croatian guide took us to the “right” place (as he put it) for cevapi. Don’t dare ask for beer with this though, as it is customarily served with a kind of yogurt milk…thing. I could get into the food but not the yogurt drink. Gave our guide the equivalent of an industrial strength milk mustache. We spent a couple of days in Sarajevo and enjoyed most of it, excluding the torrential downpour that actually put out the Olympic eternal flame. Eternal my ass.

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Bosnia was decimated by war in the 1990’s. The history of the war is interesting but rather detailed and I’d prefer to spare you the misery of reading a term paper. One thing though that said something of the spirit of the Bosnian people were the bombed out buildings, riddled with bullet holes, all over the country. It is a testament to what had happened and serves as a reminder to all their people. There are pretty deep pockmarks on a lot of the sidewalks that are from grenades and pipe bombs. Their history is still a bit of a raw subject and I would avoid conversation on the topic unless you know that the person you’re talking to won’t jump up and go Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises on your ass.

Don’t expect an immediately friendly response from every Bosnian you encounter. Generally, people in Eastern Europe don’t open up right away to people that they might perceive as tourists. If you show interest in their country however, they might be inclined to let you in some interesting facts that you wouldn’t normally have found out. Bosnia, specifically Sarajevo, has a vibrant nightlife, with techno, electronic, and trance clubs pounding out the beat till the sun comes up. One thing that can be said for some of the Bosnians that I’ve met is that there is very little that can keep them from partying the night before. One fellow I met at a bar was working at 7:30 AM the next morning but was pounding rakija(pronounced rah-ki-ya) with me just the same. So you’ll almost always find someone that is down to party over there.

The best part of bar hopping back there was that everything was so cheap. If you stray into an obviously tourist area then you are likely to find some jacked prices but stray off the beaten path and you’ll find some really interesting places with some of the core character of the people built into them. Those are the places that are worth seeing. They are usually the cheaper place to go to as well. Just try not to be an obnoxious tourist and don’t challenge a local to a drinking contest…seriously.

Ryan Evans


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