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Free Stuff

Carnegie Hall offers a variety of free concerts as part of their Neighborhood Concert series, playing throughout the year at locations around New York City.

Tonight at 8 p.m. you can enjoy Ben Allison & Man Size Safe at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.  (Listen to clips of the group at benallison.com > videos/photos.)
Other concerts this month include:
Falu (listen)
Sunday, December [...]

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At the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers in the lovely city of Koblenz, Germany, stands a large monument called Deutsches Eck (German Corner).  Originally dedicated to the empire of Kaiser Wilhelm I, its partial destruction in WWII led the remnants to serve as a memorial to German unity until 1989.  It was rebuilt by [...]

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The Russians have a term — avoska — for a small tote bag carried “just in case.” Theirs were used for the random times where lines spontaneously formed for things like bananas. When lines appeared, people would join even if they weren’t certain what was on offer (on the grounds that, if people [...]

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Greetings fellow travelers and welcome to this week’s Carnival of Cities. I’m happy to be your host as we jet around the world following tales of tapioca, tumbling and taxidermy. Intrigued? Read on . . .
New York City, NY, USA: Sascha Zuger from Travel Savvy Mom scoops a great hotel package, [...]

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Target (or, if you’re classy like me, Tarzhay) sponsors a weekly or monthly free admission day at museums around the country. Readers in or visitors to Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City take note: multiple museums in these cities offer free entry, thanks to this corporate sponsorship!
Check for a free museum close [...]

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Traveling in Europe for nearly a decade, I’ve reached a saturation point with churches. Some study-abroad students come down with an unshakable case of ABC Syndrome (short for “Another Boring Church”) in just 10 weeks! Don’t get me wrong: I studied church art intensively and am still moved by the beauty and [...]

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For the times when the airline loses your bag . . .
. . . or your clothes get so grotty you can’t stand to put them on one more time.
. . . or you forget and throw all your laundry in the machine, leaving you with nothing dry to wear.
. . . or you think, [...]

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Just because I live overseas doesn’t mean the world is at my fingertips.  While you’re sitting in your office living vicariously through my adventures, fantasizing about that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris, to Istanbul, to Kenya or to Sydney, I too have my own list of “if only I had the money” destinations.  For me, most [...]

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I’m a big fan of installations — high-concept, usually temporary, art displays — the appreciation of which increases the more of yourself you give over to experiencing the piece.
Though I’ve never (gasp!) really been to New York and I can’t imagine myself living in the city, I do have an appreciation for the way [...]

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Shoestring reader and friend of the blog James D., currently of the Big Apple, took a trip to Montreal this summer and had the following tips for fellow no-budget travelers:
+ Getting There: if you have time, take the train from NYC. Yes, it is a long ride, but it is a beautiful one, and [...]

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