Food Trucks in Five Cities

It was one of my most memorable meals in Canada: fried, profoundly sweet local beets; a spicy stir-fried mélange of brussel sprouts and cauliflower; and British Columbia haddock served with naan and rice in a coconut curry. And it all came from a truck — actually, two trucks, to be precise, Le Tigre and Vij’s […]

Small-Town Shanghai: Who’s Left?

You don’t have to wander too far from Shanghai to find interesting small towns, that is, ones that have not converted into tourist villages of Disneyland proportions. An hour-long bus ride from Longyang metro stop on Line 2, deep into Pudong, we found ourselves in the town of Dayuan in Nanhui. Towns in China have […]

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Summering in Lunenburg

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Groundhog Day, one of the more bizarre American holidays, is a major industry in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. This is where the legendary Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction on how much longer winter will last. Every year, ten to forty thousand people crowd the inappropriately named “Gobbler’s Knob” to see men in top […]

Electioneering in Plymouth, Michigan

An Obama sign in Plymouth… …and a McCain rejoinder Several days ago, American presidential candidate John McCain announced that he was suspending his campaign in the state of Michigan, and I breathed a sigh of relief. But he also announced that he was canceling a planned event in Plymouth, my hometown, and I was a […]

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La Belle Province

Ugly building on the main street of Saint Georges de Beauce Many of Quebec’s smaller cities are grim, depressing places. Like most cities in North America, they witnessed a period of downtown decline during the suburban explosion of the fifties and sixties. People moved out, shops closed, and buildings were razed and replaced by parking […]

Tel Père, Tel Fils

La Rochelle, France Montreal, Quebec

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Touring the Abandoned Croydon Factory

My roommate ML and I decided to accompany our other roommate to her hometown of St. Jean for the weekend. Fully decked out in summer apparel, flip flops notwithstanding, we were on our way to pick strawberries but found ourselves delayed by two hours. Having only been away from Montreal for less than 24 hours, […]

Surprised Canmore

Motel Canmore’s on the grow. In this small Alberta town on the edge of the Rocky Mountains, there’s one tea boutique, a handful of internet cafés, and a good number of places for tasty dishes. Lifestyle amenities are targeted not only at tourists, but the nouveau riche who enjoy their life away from Calgary and […]

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The Immigration Debate Takes to the Streets

[youtube]k_Dw1ioGPGY[/youtube] In Quebec, the question of how to “reasonably accommodate” religious minorities has morphed, over the past year, into an all-consuming debate over immigration. It has tangled together every conceivable strand of Quebec’s identity issues: language, religion, ethnicity, sovereignty and geography. Many people, myself included, have become frustrated with the xenophobic tenor of the discussion […]

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The World Comes to Smallville

Lewiston, Maine. Photos by Samantha Appleton from the New Yorker. “‘Who authorized this?’ Lewiston officials say that this is the question they heard most often when the Somalis began showing up in town. The answer was: Nobody did. The Somalis had simply decided to come.” So writes William Finnegan in the December 11th edition of […]