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How an Expat Recreates Thanksgiving in Australia

Where: Australia
November 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

While many of you are making plans to head out of town for a long holiday weekend, filling up on turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie, there are some who will try to recreate the feast on the shores of a different country, thousands of miles away from home. Sometimes it's not much different than previous Thanksgivings in the US, but some things just have to change due to location and availability of traditional fare.

I am American expat living in Australia and, for the past 2 years I have tried to recreate the Thanksgivings I remember. The flavors and feelings are based on holidays I spent growing up just outside Chicago, with a great chill in the air and the smell of leaf decay wafting inside every time the door opened. As you can imagine, Australia is a long way off from the frozen tundra of the Midwest.

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Times Writer Continues Hunt for Travel Cliches

Where: Krakow, Poland
May 29, 2007 at 9:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's with travel media and "X is the new Y?" Public enemy number one when it comes to the reductionist formulation would have to be the New York Times, which has another new Prague this week: Krakow, Poland.

Writer Denny Lee (turns out Denny is a good photographer as well) has some "fresh" "intelligence" from those who know the city best: a bunch of self-described bohemians. (We're suspicious.) Here's what a dozen expats got up to last October:

The group chatted about their creative endeavors as they polished off six-packs of Tatra Pilsener, smoked hand-rolled cigarettes and, at one point, began scrawling existential messages on the walls. Then, at about midnight, they headed off to Kitsch, a multilevel pansexual club on Ulica Wielopole, where they danced until the wee hours.

Sounds like Krakow might be the new Cartagena.

[Photo: Denny Lee/New York Times]

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