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Constant State of Emergency

The Jamaica that goes unseen

There are certain things typical of an island paradise that remind me of growing up in Jamaica. It was a quiet life. During weekend trips to the beach, I hid in the shade from the brutal sun and stole sips of my mother’s cold Red Stripe beer. We lived in a treehouse in the middle of nowhere, and at nights I fell asleep to the sound of crickets and cursed the tree frog perched in the bush outside my window that croaked so loud he kept me up half the night. The air always seemed to smell vaguely of ganja,...


All That Glitters

The secret life of Indian jewelry

The air smells singed and the exposed brick walls are black with grime. The room on...


The Changing Sounds of Hong Kong

In China's unique city, more and more residents are starting to sound like the rest of the country

It is an understatement to say that Hong Kong is a loud city. With over seven...


King Yellowman

Meeting the Jamaican dancehall legend

This story first appeared in print in Stranger’s Guide Caribbean. Climbing quiet, verdant hills that lead...



The tense border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

High in the steep, green mountains of central Hispaniola, near the long and porous border that...


#ShutDown the Internet

A tax on internet use in some African countries is stifling dissent

If you google Zimbabwe this week, you’ll read about the social unrest that has sparked when...

United Kingdom

London After Brexit

What will the most multi-ethnic and diverse city in Europe look like after it leaves the EU?

London is often described as the most multi-ethnic and diverse city in Europe. Its residents hail...

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...

Did You Know?


Antipodean Antioxidant

The Tasmanian pepperberry is harvested wild from the island of Tasmania in Australia, with the leaf and berry used in everything from cocktails to sauces and vinaigrettes. According to World Spice Merchants, pepperberries “truly shine as a finishing touch on everything from steak to sliced tomatoes and fresh watermelon,” but it’s not just used to flavor food. For generations, indigenous Australians have used it as a medicine—it has four times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries—to treat everything from stomach aches to venereal disease.

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 nonprofit publication designed to reveal the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.