GQ’s Oakland Weekend Guide

I’m always pumped to see a mention of my hometown, Oakland, in the news for something good, so I’ve gotta give GQ a major fist bump for showing The Town some love. Even if it does imply major gentrification. https://www.gq.com/story/oakland-weekend-guide

10 Tips for Traveling for Work

When you travel for business, it sort of goes without saying that the stakes are a little higher than when you for pleasure. My job in advertising requires somewhat regular work travel, but Tim’s job in consultancy requires a lot. Here’s our pooled advice! 10 Tips for Traveling for Work Preparing for Your Trip Get…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: Salisbury, England

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. It was built by the druids. Or by Merlin. Or by giants, who, while dancing in a ring, became frozen by an inexplicable power and turned to stone. It was magic, or superb engineering, or the work of…

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z at Berlin’s Olympiastadion

We walked under the Olympic hoops as one big motley crowd. There was a girl dressed as a unicorn. A guy with an arm full of Disney tattoos. Africans, Americans, Eastern Europeans. Interracial couples, a girl in a wheelchair, a group of gay men sporting eyeliner more expertly applied than mine. Into a stadium redesigned…

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London Day Trip: Stonehenge and the Cotswolds

When you’ve walked the walk and shopped the shops, it may be time to expand your London trip to include some out-of-town sights. On our last visit, we took the plunge and rented a car to do a day trip out through countryside, stopping over in the Cotswolds and finishing at Salisbury Plain with a…

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5 Tips for Visiting Camden Market

Camden Town (and its markets) is one of my favorite stops for a London trip. I went on my first visit to London back in 2009 and simply fell in love. While most of London city has a beautiful uniformity to it—the long rows of mews, the symmetrical gardens—Camden Town is gleefully, whimsically unbalanced. The…

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Things We Are Not Taller Than: London, England

This post is part of a series. You can read about the origins of our travel tradition here. When you think about the world’s most iconic buildings, Big Ben has to spring to mind. It instantly conveys London, the same way the Statue of Liberty or Eiffel Tower convey New York City and Paris. But did…

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The Best City Walk in London

History! Skylines! Cute markets! Beer! Palaces! I’m sure there are more comprehensive London walking tours, but the following route is hands-down one of my favorite London city walks. It’s the ultimate Instagram package, hitting a chunk of famous London sightseeing spots in combination with foodie delights and fresh air. The Best City Walk in London […]

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How My Father Taught Me I Was Smart

If there’s one thing I am always going to remember about my dad it’s the way he always said my name when he wanted my help. Not lingering over each individual syllable: Guh-bree-elle, but a rushed, quick whisper, each syllable scrunched into the next. It was a conspiratorial beckon, an inside joke—delivered in a stage…

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Culture Shock #7: Fußball

For me, watching soccer in Germany is like making new friends. Whenever you’re trying to establish a friendship, there comes a point that requires you to show something real. Something deep. Whether that’s admitting an obsession with astrology or sharing a love of trashy sitcoms, it’s a make-or-break moment that will either settle you deep…

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