The first official day of summer is on Friday (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City.
Erik Trinidad of The Global Trip has traveled to dozens of countries around the world, but he’s been proud call Brooklyn home for the past five years. Check out a few of his favorite things about New York City’s most populous borough (by far, actually).
Molly McCluskey divides her time between Washington, D.C. and various cities in Europe — but keeps returning to the land of her ancestors, Ireland. She lived in Galway City last summer and will be returning for a second dose of Irish hospitality this summer. Here are a few of her favorite things about the “City of the Tribes.”
Liz P. recently moved back to the Midwest after spending two years teaching English in Bilbao, Spain. What was a random placement in the Basque Country turned her into a Bilbao enthusiast and, now that she’s stateside, she’s been spending most of her time telling people why it’s one of the best places in the world.
Avid traveler Clayton Abbey hails from Albuquerque and has lived around the U.S. (including a nine-year stint in NYC) and in southern Mexico. But this husband and father knows where his loyalties lie: “New Mexico is my true love.” Check out a few of his favorite things about Albuquerque, then add your own two cents.
Glasgow native Julia Forrest loves where she lives. “The shopping, nightlife, and the beautiful walkways make this city a great place to live in,” she says. “I couldn’t see myself happier anywhere else!” Here are a few of Julia’s favorite things about Scotland’s largest metropolis.
When travel blogger Kate Voyage isn’t scouring the globe for adventure, this Kiwi turns her attention to the home front. “Christchurch has all the big city conveniences,” she says, “but with fewer traffic jams.” After suffering devastating earthquakes over the past few years, Christchurch is finally on the rebound and it’s easy to see why. Here are a few of Kate’s favorite things about her home town.
As vice chair of the Cambridge Historical Commission, Bruce Irving sees his city as both a hotbed of innovation and a repository of three centuries of history. But after Marathon Monday, everything was put in a new light. Why does Bruce love his city? Because it will always rise again.
Tim Weed may live in Vermont, but his heart belongs to Havana. Having led students and adults on trips to the island nation for more than a decade, Tim has come to feel at home in its dynamic capital. Check out a few of Tim’s favorite things about this striking city, then add your own two cents!
Karla Loncar is part film critic, part lexicographer, but she’s Zagrebian through and through. Born and raised in Croatia’s capital, Karla’s true passion is her city. Whether you’re Balkans-bound or just curious, here’s how to tackle Zagreb like a pro.
Twenty-five-year-old Hanoi native Tranh Ha Nguyen began to realize what she loved about her hometown after spending time abroad. “Hanoi is so youthful and animated,” she says. Now working as a translator, Thanh Ha spends her free time showing visiting friends around the Vietnamese capital. For those of us who can’t personally join her (at least not right now), here are a few of her favorite things about Hanoi.
Born-and-bred Mumbaikar Jasmine Desai is a technology journalist — and, like the subject she covers, her city is constantly changing. Here are a few of her favorite things about the sprawling cityscape she calls home.
Spring is upon us (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), and we’re embracing it with open arms by highlighting seasonal must-dos from our amazing I Heart My City community.
As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, traveling is part of the job for Barrett Caldwell. While he spends half the year criss-crossing the globe and soaking up other cultures, he’ll never outgrow his fondness for his hometown, Charleston, South Carolina. Here are a few of his favorite things about this southern charmer.
Karina Vabson is a Tallinn, Estonia native with a thirst for world exploration. So, after living in Spain, Iceland, and Denmark, her home city’s history and architecture called her back to where her journey began. Check out a few of Karina’s favorite things about Tallinn, then add your own two cents.
Matt Endacott was born in Newcastle, Australia exactly one year after a massive trembler triggered the city’s decline. After nearly two decades of post-earthquake stagnation, the city is now bristling with possibility. Here are a few of his favorite things about his hometown.
Lizz Riggs hails from the Southern United States, but there’s no city that stands out to her more than Chicago: “I love the comfort of the food, all of the beautiful and scenic places to run, the welcoming ambiance you can feel in your bones when you step off the plane, and, of course, some of my favorite breweries in America.” Check out her recommendations for the best things to do and see in the Windy City, then add your own.
Martijn Hordijk has lived in Rotterdam for more than three years. In addition to working a job that regularly takes him to Aberdeen, Antwerp, and Paris, he shares insider insight about his home base as a blogger for Spotted by Locals. Here are a few of Martijn’s favorite things about the port city that’s been called “the Gateway to Europe.”
It’s time for another special edition of I Heart My City! This time we’re serving up recommendations for the best educational experiences for kids (and kids at heart) in 15 cities around the world from the people who know them best: our ever-inspirational I Heart My City community. They also happen to be fun.
Sofia von Porat is a full-time traveler who shares tips, videos, guides, and inspiration from her adventures abroad on her blog, AsWeTravel.com. Though she’s been all around the globe, something about her hometown keeps calling her back. Here are a few of her favorite things about Gothenburg, Sweden.
Alana Morgan quit her 9-to-5 job in Seattle and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to travel and experience the world. Two years later, she’s still living abroad and planning her next move. Here are a few of her favorite things about Bangkok’s “little, nicer, cleaner, smaller, calmer, prettier sister” city.
Eric Halsey recently moved from Budapest to Sofia, Bulgaria to round out his degree in Balkan history, but already has made plans to return. He says Budapest is “not a city for a weekend, it’s a city or a lifetime.” Check out a few of Eric’s favorite things about Hungary’s capital city, and see if you agree.
Freelance writer and editor Laura Bastian has spent time all over the world — from Hong Kong to Boston — but here are a few of her favorite things about her hometown, Motor City, USA.
When Emily Rasch fell in love with a German exchange student in the U.S., she knew she couldn’t give him up. So, after two years of dating an ocean apart, they decided to move to Munich. That was six years ago. Here are a few of Emily’s favorite things about the city that’s become her second love.
Photographer, writer, and music industry publicist Anne Kristoff says living in Fairbanks, Alaska has made her stronger (“I can now say: 40 below? No problem.”). Here are a few of her favorite things about the “Golden Heart City.”