Ishmael Farooqui_online

21 in America

Off the Beat

I turned 21 in London. It was in the last weeks of my year abroad. The shifts that occurred after the election appeared to me the way an earthquake might to a seismologist a thousand miles away.
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London

Reading culture in London

Though I was really perceptive of the newspaper culture at first, I soon realized this practice extended into leisurely reading on all fronts of life. Everywhere I was — whether it be on the bus, the Underground, the Overground, taxis, parks or cafes ­— people were always reading.
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Sophie Goethals_online

The clarity of travel

Off the Beat

I quickly learned that while unknown cities can be hard to navigate, they aren’t rife with unknown horrors. And once I gave in to the fact that I would be alone while traversing the continent, I enjoyed them all the more.
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