Travel literature, off the beaten path

When I see articles recommending books about traveling, they're usually stories about white people traveling to a romantic and/or exotic locale and "finding themselves" by learning that other cultures do, in fact, exist. But when I think about travel literature, I have slightly different parameters in mind. Themes of migration and odyssey, of finding home …

Street art in Łódź

"It was so ugly," my grandmother said of her hometown. In fact, that's what everyone said about Łódź. When my grandmother was growing up, it was a manufacturing hub, covered in smokestacks and pollution. It was never a particularly beautiful city known for architecture or style. Now, with most manufacturing gone since WWII, many of …

Lviv Month @ European Capital of Culture Wrocław

The month of April is Lviv Month here in Wrocław, the 2016 European Capital of Culture. All month long there are events centering on Lviv and Ukrainian culture in general. Today a friend and I visited the exhibition Ukrajins’kyj Zriz: “Transformations” on Rynek. Admission is free, and there are some really great pieces (along with …