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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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Staying #GlobalFromHome: Music Edition

This week, we’re staying #GlobalFromHome by looking at music around the world, from Jamaican dancehall to Nigerian Afrobeat. Here are three things you should listen to, watch and play this week. 1. Listen Try streaming Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970s Funky Lagos. This 22-track compilation album features various artists from the heyday of Nigerian Afrobeat. It also happens to be the perfect accompaniment to our latest guidebook, devoted to Africa’s most populous country.     2. Watch Missing live music? The website Bands in Town has become the go-to repository of livestreamed concerts—sometimes direct from the artist’s home.     3. Play Check...

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...

Did You Know?

Japan

Waste Water At Your Peril

In 2003, Fukuoka City became the first city in Japan to pass an ordinance promoting water conservation—25 years after a severe drought led to 287 days of water restrictions and another drought in the mid-1990s made city officials determined to learn from the past. Since then, it has promoted water-saving devices that attach to faucets and launched a PR blitz to inform residents about the importance of conservation. The ordinance requires all new buildings with more than 53,000 square feet of floor space to have a system installed to use rainwater and recycled wastewater. Those who ignore a first warning are publicly shamed.

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.