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A Local Guide to Budapest

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When we first arrived in Budapest, we took to Twitter to get some local tips. One person really gave us the goods, as you can see below. @mhovorka@gran_tourismo Have you visited the Holocaust Memorial Center? It's relatively new, very interesting and well done. @mhovorka @gran_tourismo But for fun, ice skating, or the most luscious hot ...

Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

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In every place we’ve stayed so far this year, we’ve interviewed someone for our Local Knowledge series who we thought would offer great local insight and a special perspective on the place. In Istanbul, we sought insider tips from designer Ayşe Bali. Often our Local Knowledge candidates have been people we’ve met in the place who have helped ...

Local Knowledge: Caroline and Tira from the Masai Mara

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In our latest interview in our Local Knowledge series, we get insider advice from locals Caroline and Tira, a guest relations manager and guide from the Sarova Mara Camp in the Masai Mara in Kenya. After spending 10 months in holiday rentals, it made a nice change to stay in a hotel again — especially a ...

Portrait of a Place: Monwabisi Sobitshi at Langa Township

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I just had to make this portrait of Monwabisi Sobitshi, an extraordinary actor and artist we met when we visitedGuga S’thebe Culture, Arts and Empowerment Centre at the township of Langa, Cape Town. When Monwabisi is not teaching drama to school kids and high-school drop-outs, he’s recycling soft drink cans into funky crafts. Monwabisi spontaneously performed ...

A Local Guide to Cape Town

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Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He's the kind of person who epitomises the African concept of Ubuntu, that Faldela was talking about, of being open ...

Lyla Peng’s Guide to Buenos Aires Style

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Buenos Aires is one of my favourite cities for shopping, especially when it comes to fashion, and Porteños like Lyla Peng have a very distinct and idiosyncratic sense of fashion, oozing Buenos Aires style. Like the city itself, young style-conscious locals tend to dress in a manner that is more European (boho-chic is big) than American, ...

A Local Guide to Buenos Aires

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People often ask us how we meet people when we travel and how we make local connections. We use a wide variety of strategies, which we wrote about in this post Meeting Locals, from connecting with people online via their blogs (which is how we met the Taco Mafia in Austin) to using Twitter (as we did ...

Local Knowledge: Manoela from Rio de Janeiro

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We meet locals in many different ways when we travel. Sometimes the people we connect with are friends of friends, sometimes we meet them in restaurants or bars, occasionally we meet them through the owners of the places we’re staying, and at other times we connect through social media channels such as Twitter. That's how ...

Local Knowledge: Ivan from Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

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The Pacific coast town of Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica is hot and humid. Stand still long enough here and you’ll see mould appearing on your body. The locals, however, have standing still down to an art. Languid and laid-back, Costa Ricans take their time with everything. It’s common sense when just the act of waxing ...

Local Knowledge: Giovanna from San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende, our second 'home' in Mexico, is renowned for its shopping. I was told it was possible to find anything here from anywhere in Mexico, and it seemed to be true. As I did the rounds of the stores, I saw every kind of Mexican handicraft and folk art conceivable, from the ...

Chef Martha Ortiz of Dulce Patria and Modern Mexican Cuisine

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Chef Martha Ortiz of Dulce Patria opened her new restaurant at the beautiful Las Alcobas boutique hotel in Polanco just before we left the Mexico capital, Mexico City. Booked solid for two weeks, we were lucky to get a table and luckier still to have a chat with the Chef (and tour of the kitchen) at the ...

Local Knowledge: Fernando from Mexico City

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It was on the Zócalo, the main square of Mexico City, that we met Fernando Revilla on our first trip to Mexico City (gulp) some years ago. We’d been watching, and Terence was photographing, a riotous demonstration by university students on the square. Terence had been getting a little too close for (my) comfort to the burning ...