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North America / pennsylvania / travel / United States

TRAVELING PITTSBURGH SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM

I learned to hate Pittsburgh at a young age. Growing up in exurban Cleveland, not quite far away enough from the city limits to avoid the flaccid grip of the Browns’ television radius, I suffered irrational fandom. This fandom taught me to loathe a city 134 miles away because of an event that happens twice a year — the Cleveland Browns playing the Pittsburgh Steelers for 60 minutes of professional football.

Embarrassingly, it took me until adulthood to realize how indescribably silly it is to judge any city off of sports alone, let alone a one-sided rivalry that — fantasy land car commercials and male anatomy-hardening ads aside — happens annually for 120 minutes. Yet there I was in my youth, referring to Pittsburgh as “Pittspuke” with the same vitriolic hatred I should have reserved for Shredder like a normal kid.

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North America / ohio / travel / United States

HOW A CAVALIERS CHAMPIONSHIP MADE CLEVELAND VIRTUALLY CAR-FREE

I grabbed my GoPro yesterday morning before heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade, unsure of what I’d even do with the footage. But it was a historic moment and I knew I at least wanted it as a personal keepsake.

I’ve already written about what it’s like to live in a championship city and what that can do to a community’s mindset. Now I know what a championship parade can do for a city, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out what I’d do with the video — showing Clevelanders and viewers from any city how a championship can prove that a car-free city is a better, happier city. Continue reading

international / podcast / travel

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RIVER CRUISES WITH FRAN GOLDEN

Fran Golden is a well-known American cruise writer with a new book out, Frommer’s EasyGuide to River Cruising. She shares with Joe some of her favorite cruising experiences and her thoughts on a much-talked about topic on Without A Path, traveling despite terrorism.

But first, they talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers ending the city’s 52-year championship drought. It might not be travel-related, but one can understand the need to express excitement over living in a championship city.

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ohio / travel / United States

CLEVELAND: WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN A CHAMPIONSHIP CITY

Something happened last night I thought I’d plausibly never see in my life. Cleveland, my home city, won its first professional sports championship in 52 years. Continue reading

podcast / travel

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A TRAVELER AND JOURNALIST

Whether you’re a traveler, a journalist or some combination of the two, you have a responsibility that comes with every trip. Laura and Joe discuss what that responsibility is, namely the obligation to be as direct and honest about an experience as possible.

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