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Before there were guidebooks, 18th- and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place. Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a publication that reveals the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.

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COVID-19 Around the World 4.3.20

While it’s easy to find information about COVID-19 in South Korea or Italy, almost a third of the world’s population is now under movement restrictions due to the coronavirus. We’re eager to offer a global picture. Here is the first of our weekly snapshots of how countries around the globe are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigeria Africa’s largest city, Lagos ground to a halt this week as it entered a two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the virus, along with the Nigerian capital Abuja. Lagos is known for its nonstop hustle—get the full picture with our Lagos edition of ...

Global

Staying #GlobalFromHome: Sports Edition

3 ways to connect with international sports

As the coronavirus forces us to stay #GlobalFromHome, at Stranger’s Guide we thought we’d look at...

Voices from Lockdown

Enforced solitude and its impact around the globe: from SARS to natural disaster.

As social distancing measures (designed to limit face-to-face interaction and halt the spread of COVID-19) ramp...

Global

Behind The Mask

In the wake of a pandemic like SARS or Coronavirus, the surgical mask is a misunderstood accessory.

In the West, the surgical mask is a required part of the doctor’s toolkit, a must-have...

Global

Of Quarantines Past and Present

Restricting movement: from medieval Italy to COVID-19

As large portions of the planet grapple with the new reality of self-isolation to help stem...

United States

Alone at Sea

All one adventurer asked for was a tall ship and a star to steer her by

As told to Alex Hannaford I have been a serial entrepreneur my whole life, and the...

Mexico City

Tepito: Inside Mexico City’s Barrio Bravo

The neighborhood that's been sensationalized, stigmatized and romanticized like no other.

There are more dangerous neighborhoods than Tepito in Mexico City, for example, parts of Iztapalapa, the...

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Trove of Treasures

Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, is the world’s oldest university museum. To put it in perspective, the year it first opened, the Ottoman Empire was beginning its steady decline, and a plot had just been uncovered to assassinate Charles II of England. Among the museum’s first treasures was the lantern that Guy Fawkes carried when he was arrested attempting to blow up Britain’s Houses of Parliament, and the mantle that belonged to Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas’s father. Today its collection includes contemporary art, Egyptian mummies and the world’s largest collection of Raphael drawings.

Encounters that take you there.

Before there were guidebooks, 18th- and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” to cities and countries, pamphlets and books that combined helpful tips with particular and offbeat advice and context: the best boarding houses alongside bits of history, preferred brothels as well as ways to avoid pickpockets. These guides were far removed from a modern, sanitized Fodor’s—rather they were personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place.

Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a publication that reveals the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.