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France

All Greek To Them: How Three Colombians Found Athens In Italy

Three Colombians ended up in Atena Lucana, Italy, instead of Atenas, Greece.

United States

Super Bowl Show And A Super Bored Frenchman

PARIS — Twice a year (for the Academy Awards and the Super Bowl), I renounce my 6-hour beauty sleep and fight timezones to tune in to a bit of live transatlantic spectacle. Blame it on ...

France

Is This The Final Chapter For World's Iconic Bookshops?

From Madrid to Cork to Shanghai, some of the most revered old bookshops are closing doors as they...

Italy

Racism And Soccer In The Time Of Salvini, A Napoli Homecoming

NAPLES — It was the last game of 2018, and I was looking forward to it. I had planned to go with my brother, a staunch Napoli fan, my soccer-loving Argentine husband and a bunch of old ...

France

Boston T Line To Paris Metro: When Public Transport Fails The Disabled

PARIS — Soon after arriving in Boston for my university studies, I began to notice people in wheelchairs and others with physical disabilities struggling to use the city's public ...

France

When A California Boy Discovers Bear Bashing In Rural France

PAU — Not far from this southwestern French city, up in the snow-capped Pyrénées mountains that tower in the distance, there are bears. Still, even the most intrepid human adventurer would be ...

France

Boston To Hamburg, Finding The Romance In Our Tinder Age

-Essay- PARIS — This is not news, but dating today is a completely different animal than it was even five years ago, as new apps keep arriving to create "matches" between people online who ...

United States

Berkeley To Paris To Moscow, Eternal Ideals Of Youth

-Essay- PARIS — Growing up in Northern California, acts of public protest were never far away. It felt perfectly natural for me to join fellow students in the annual "Day of Silence," ...

France

Thanksgiving In Paris, A Serving Of American Optimism

-Essay- When you're living abroad, Thanksgiving can sneak up on you. So when my dad sent me a message Wednesday night — "About to run my last errand for Mom (hopefully)" — I had ...

Taiwan

The Many Paradoxes Of Taiwan's Own Quest For Independence

While the world is focused on Catalan and Kurdish movements for nationhood, Taiwan lives in the s...

United States

National Tragedy In The Age Of Trump

A young American in Paris watches Trump in Las Vegas, in the shadow of Obama and Orlando — an...

Spain

Our Special Catalan Spirit And Madrid's Heavy Hand

Historically for Madrid, there is no such thing as delicate diplomacy. But that approach has boom...

France

After Trump, Missing My American Pride In A Foreign Land

PARIS — I'm on the bus when "Proud to Be An American" pops into my head. Once it was Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved." Another time, the Frosted Flakes cereal theme song. Nearly a year after ...

Spain

Madrid To Mexico City, Apartment Shopping In Our Airbnb Age

MADRID — As a freelancer without a fixed salary, I'm rather desperate to buy a studio apartment, something to help ground me in these turbulent times and provide at least some measure of ...

France

From My Grand-Mère To Macron, For A France Against Fascism

Worldcrunch's Parisian co-founder knows from up close the challenges that France has faced. Only ...

Turkey

After The Coup, Why I Left My Beloved Home In Turkey

-Essay- Until last year I lived in Istanbul with my husband. We're both from Australia and we taught English at local universities. We had a great life, with wonderful Turkish friends like ...

Taiwan

Aging Taiwan And The Doubts Of A Faraway Daughter

PARIS — Last month, I made my annual trip back to Taiwan around the Chinese New Year to see my parents. My mother, who is 86, has not being doing too badly even though she has a mild but ...

Canada

Warren Beatty And My Dad, A Time For Reflection

I see a wisdom behind the slowness. I've learned that he must give the question full attention an...

France

I'm 19 Years Old, I've Never Been To School

I live in a small village in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France with my four brothers and sisters. My father works in industrial maintenance and my mother takes care of the family. I ...

Taiwan

Trump And My Taiwan: A Phone Call Can Change Everything

PARIS — I first heard the news with a text message from my son late last Friday night: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen had spoken by telephone with Donald Trump. I cannot describe the joy I ...

France

How I Kissed Goodbye To My Dream Of Becoming A Millionaire

-Essay- I recently turned 30, so the math tells me I've already lived through one third of my life. That also means I still have at least 20,000 days to make all of my dreams come true. ...

Austria

When You Share A Hometown With Adolf Hitler

BRAUNAU AM INN — With its church spires and colorful facades, my hometown has a certain postcard charm. But growing up in this corner of northern Austria, near the German ...