An American in Paris: Courtney Pulitzer

It’s never easy moving to another country, especially if you don’t know the language or the culture before you get there. But seven years ago, that’s just what Courtney Pulitzer did.

Though she’d taken French in high school and a couple years of it in college, being able to speak to people in a real life situation was a struggle and the feeling of being unable to communicate was overwhelming and alienating. It was hard not to be homesick for New York City and all her friends there.

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Folk Art and Inspiration in Rijeka: Artist Jadranka Lacković

In her spare time, which blends rather seamlessly with her working hours, you might find artist, Jadranka Lacković by the seaside sketching, painting or maybe just gathering inspiration from the beauty of this historical city where she grew up, Rijeka.

Officially in the art world since the age of ten, much of Jadranka’s artistic inspiration stems from the multiculturalism of her home city and the diversity of the entire country, Croatia.

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At the Web Summit in Dublin with June Carmody

At last week’s Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, I had the chance to see some fascinating talks, including this chat with Tony Conrad and Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress) led by Laurie Segall.

I also had the opportunity to meet amazing people from around the world, including some avid fans like Community Manager, June Carmody who was there representing Memeoirs.

A Dublin native, I met June and her team members at the “Night Summit” as I wandered around looking for real Irish food. Originally thinking fish and chips, June quickly explained that was more British than Irish and steered our group to a traditional Irish pub called The Harry Lemon. She recommended their Guinness pie and as I sat devouring it, our conversation turned towards Ireland, her travels abroad, work and the conference itself.

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Today Milan, tomorrow Vietnam: A day in the life of a travel writer

Imagine that one day you wake up in Haifa, the next in Acre and the next in Jerusalem and so on. This sounds like a dream for some, maybe a whirlwind vacation for others, but it’s a very real part of Elisa della Barba’s job as a food and travel writer.

While most weeks aren’t as busy as that, her page does list three cities: New York, Barcelona, and Milan.  And though Milan is the city she currently lives in and where she grew up, she’s lived in all three different places and travels to the other two at least once a year.

With such a fascinating job, we decided to interview Elisa to learn more about her, her favorite foods and travel destinations, and get a glimpse at her beautiful travel photography.

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A fashion writer in Rimini: Roberto Neri

“Io sono profondamente legato alla mia Rimini, alla terra dove sono nato e dove ho vissuto da sempre, è come se facesse parte del mio DNA.” – Roberto Neri

A fashion writer, Roberto Neri has been asked many times why he still chooses to live in Rimini, 330 kilometers from Milan, Italy’s fashion capital. His response, in Italian above, describes his attachment to the land where he was born and has always lived as though it were part of his very DNA.

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Say Hello to Finnish Lapland

Alexander Kuznetsov wasn’t born in Finland, but he has lived most of his life there beginning at age 14 when his family moved to the 60,000 person town of Rovaniemi. While he lived in Helsinki for a couple of years he prefers the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere of the place he calls home and the one he’s built his company around, Lapland.

His company, called Hello Lapland, helps local companies in Lapland create high-quality visual content for marketing. They produce beautiful pictures and videos (shown later in the post) which show off the beauty of the region. As a small company, Hello Lapland relies heavily on social media for the company’s marketing and thus has its own page to provide links to their many social media profiles. They also enjoy the platform because the large background photo gives them a way to directly show off their work.

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The Bosphorus, the history and Webit in Istanbul

Last week, Mert Karaosmanoglu attended Webit and met co-founder, Tony Conrad, who spoke on identity at the tech conference.  Mert says he enjoyed the opportunity to meet and hear speakers from all over the world, especially the ones who focused on digital marketing. He and several other users from Istanbul were kind enough to share their thoughts and tips on the city for others who are considering visiting or attending Webit next year!

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The wonderful people of Serbia

Almost every Serbian you talk to or any article you read about Serbia will mention its beautiful and wonderfully kind people.  When we asked Nemanja Brkovic what his favorite thing about living in the country was he mentioned the people with their sense of humor, hospitality and opinion for anything you can think of. “You can ask an average Serbian citizen about anything and he will give you his opinion about it.”

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Spirited, Beautiful & Artsy: Barcelona

Each city has a different vibe which is difficult to characterize because of its sort of ethereal quality. Barcelona’s vibe is even harder to pinpoint because of its range of influences from language to culture to art, history, fashion and the weather, just to name a few. So here’s a small introduction to the city and its splendid people. 

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Delve into the Diversity: India

“India is home to more languages, religions and people than any other place in the world. There are more than 1500 languages used within 100 different cultures and 50 different ethnic groups. Not only that, it is geographically diverse as well. South India has a tropical climate, in contrast to the North where there is extreme cold. Western India is known for its desert while eastern Indian is home to mawsynram, the wettest place in the world. There is no one place which can call itself representative of all India. If you decide to visit, make sure you do your homework.”

Wise words from Omar Siddiqui who was kind enough to give us some great information and tips about traveling to this amazingly diverse country. Here are his tips on places to visit.

Places to Visit:

  1. The Taj Mahal. About 3 hours from Delhi the wondrous building is impressive not only in size but also the immaculate attention to detail that was paid to its architecture and decor. The building is actually a tomb made in remembrance and love for the emperor’s wife. There are many other historic sites and beautiful Mughal castles nearby as well and the city is very accessible and tourist friendly.
  2. Varanasi is another great place to visit. It is considered the holiest of all Hindu cities and provides access to the river Ganges where pilgrims and those on a spiritual journey can bathe themselves. It has hundreds of temples and is widely considered a must see.
  3. For something more exotic, consider a trip to Kerala which is located in the southern part of India. The back waters and tropical climate provide relaxing vacations in breath taking settings. In fact, our header photo is of Kerala and is by Tim Moffat.

India is full of energy and commotion. It’s the second most populous country in the world and there are many different types of people. Generally, Indians are very warm-hearted and gregarious people.  Get to know some below!

Omar Siddiqui was born in India, raised in Japan and went to school in the U.S. A traveler, it’s no wonder he created GrabHalo, an app to message anyone in the world.

NainaA visual storyteller, Naina‘s name means “eyes” in Hindi. Check out her page for a link to see some of her amazing wedding photography.

Don Micky Xavier A freelance graphic designer, Don Micky Xavier also loves to review movies and blog. Take a look at his 500px app for his photography.

Nisha JohnNisha John is an entrepreneur and blogger. She founded Of Indian Origin to showcase Indian art and design.

Sree NivasaA world traveler passionate about UX, Sree Nivasa stopped by our booth last week at UX Week and had this picture taken. Thanks for dropping by!

Parul TongariaParul Tongaria is an artist and blogger. Check out her Medium app to read about things like, the right way to do artistic work for free and why typography matters.

Shailesh TiwaryShailesh Tiwary is a desingineer, Sunday photographer, and weekday wanderer living in New Delhi

Mousumi BhattacharyaThough she lives and works remotely from Bangalore, Mousumi Bhattacharya forms an important part of the team as a backend developer.

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