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Mexico City’s Ravishing Renaissance

Big and gritty and complex and glamorous, Mexico City defies categorization. El Distrito Federal or DF, as the city is commonly called, is far more nuanced than many of the country’s famous resort towns, where the tourism bubble stays easily intact.

Here, you are in it; it’s real life in a real, big city. This is where people work, live, eat… and, yes, party. Spending a few days among DF’s 20 million people, you’ll discover a vibrant culture, delicious food, a hoppin’ gay scene, and a colorful whirlwind of unexpected surprises…

*Read my full article published in EDGE by clicking on the photo below:

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IQ in New York Magazine: San Antonio

With new museums and riverfront projects, San Antonio is finding new ways to celebrate its international history…

Click on the picture below to read the article published in New York Magazine:

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IQ in The New York Times: Soviet Architecture in Berlin

Eager to distance themselves from their imperialist past and embody the new ideals of the Soviet state, the architects of Communist Russia created avant-garde structures with a social purpose.  Through July 9, the exhibition “Building the Revolution:  Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935” at the Martin-Gropius-Bau  in Berlin combines vintage photographs, period artwork and current images to explore the Constructivist movement that rose out of the Russian Revolution.

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times, by clicking on the picture below:

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Traveling IQ is “Awesome”

OK, this post is way overdue.  I was extremely honored in March to receive the “Awesome Blog Content” award from Mark, the Mancunian blogger of the vibes, with whom I share a love of cats, travel, photography and the Kinsey scale, among many other things.   Mark lives in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, England–a city that I’m dying to visit–and gives great blog.

Now to accept this award, the rules mandate that I describe myself or my blog using every letter of the alphabet and pass on the award to six fellow bloggers–easier said than done considering all the fantastic blogs I read and all the letters that compose the English alphabet.  But I could not let his opportunity pass without 1) thanking Mark and 2) paying this award forward to a few of the fabulous people that touch my world-wide-webbed world. So here we go, the following is a bit stream of consciousness… some words are adjectives, some nouns, etc., but they all describe me, or the me I tell myself I am, or Traveling IQ or what it strives to be… or they are things I just really like… such as margaritas… I really like margaritas… they are like limeade with a built-in self esteem booster.

Actor, Boozy, Cuban, Disorganized, Espirituano, Flirty, Gluttonous, Heretic, Intrigued, Jaunty, Kooky, Loud, Margarita, Nincompoop, Optimist, Procrastinator, Qualitative, Rambunctious, Sun-worshiper, Titillated,  Understanding, Vodka, W(o)(a)ndering, XXX, Yearning, Zippy.

And now for my favorite part of this project.  Six really cool people (in no particular order) who I hope will intrigue you as much as they have me over the last few years:

*EdSalvato.com:  Ed Salvato has, as stated on his website, “spent the last 14 years in the world of LGBT travel and tourism on just every angle you can imagine: editorial, marketing, communications, product development, sponsorships, events and more.”  The man juggles multiple gay travel balls better than anyone I know (insert joke here).  He was one of the first editors that ever published my work and he’s one of the best, most professional communicators I’ve encountered in this crazy business.

*Carlos Melia Blog: Carlos Melia is pure travel porn, in every possible way.  Not only is he extremely handsome and features prominently in many of his pictures, but this former Mr. Gay International (no joke!) is also constantly traveling to–and tirelessly posting from–the most fabulous destinations imaginable.    The man is a traveling machine.  Though it’s difficult not to envy his life at times (and his Mr. Gayness), I greatly admire his incredible work ethic (and, oh yeah, his Mr. Gayness too).

*The Butterfly Jar:  This Tumblr blog  highlights the versatile and beautiful work of NY-based photographer Chasi Annexy.  Chasi is a kick ass photographer of people, travel, lifestyle, performance and all-around awesomeness (her official website is chasiannexyphotography.com).  As the photographer of Salseek.com she captures the beauty, sexiness and flair of salsa dancers; as a travel and documentary photographer she manages to create infinitely intriguing photos of people in both exceptional and mundane settings.  I’ve also been fortunate to take a writing class with Chasi and can tell you 1) she’s a fantastic writer and 2) her hips don’t lie… even when visiting a tea garden outside of Darjeeling.

*Voyage Addicted: Or “Adiccion a Viajar” is the travel blog of Jose Ferri of Valencia, Spain.  Jose works with Valencia Guias and was the fabulous guide who took me on the walking tour of Centro Historico that I describe in my Washington Post article.  He also, in a short time, became a great new friend and took it upon himself to show me a Valencia that I would’ve never found on my own.  He writes  about his fantastic travels and not only allows me to discover beautiful new places but also forces me to practice my Spanish.

*PhotoBotos.com:   Created by brothers Charlie and Tom, this photography website uploads a new image daily with a detailed description.  Photographers will appreciate all the technical jargon; I love the beautiful pictures.  I first discovered this site when they posted “Go Your Own Road” by Swedish photographer Erik Johansson, and have been hooked ever since.

*Humans of New York:  According to the website, “Humans of New York began as one man’s effort to construct a photographic census of the city of New York.”  And boy do we have some colorful characters in NYC!  This site captures New Yorkers from all walks of life and is a constant reminder of just how special this city truly is.  Brandon’s captions are also witty, funny, and offer an insightful glimpse into the people that make New York… well, New York.  If you like the photographs, I suggest “liking” the Facebook page as he posts photos even more frequently on Facebook.

(And while we’re on the subject of Facebook, I would be forever grateful if you visited Traveling IQ on Facebook and perhaps “liked” me too.  Thank you!)

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Traveling IQ turns 2!

Two years ago, today, I launched Traveling IQ and began a new journey by simply walking out the front door.

Many exciting trips and 119 posts later, I want to thank you for joining me.

I hope you will continue to follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, and I look forward to exploring our huge, small world… together.

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Fashionable East London

More than ever, London fashionistas are feasting in the East.  Improved access by public transportation, cheaper rents for shops, and a renewed interest in East London, which is serving as the main site for the 2012 London Olympics, have fueled a flurry of new store openings over the last year, appealing to residents and visitors alike.  Click below to read about our East London faves, as published in Out Traveler:

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IQ in The New York Times: Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

In Amsterdam, which claims to have the greatest number of museums per square mile in the world, few topics are left unexplored. There is a museum that delves into sex, another on war (or at least the Dutch resistance), and a museum dedicated, of course, to marijuana. Last fall, a museum opened with a focus on another topic that rarefied institutions generally avoid: tattoos.

Founded by the Dutch tattoo artist Henk  Schiffmacher, the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum is dedicated to the art, history and preservation of tattoo culture. Occupying 21,000 square feet of two beautifully restored 19th-century buildings, the collection is a wide-ranging one that documents the history of tattooing, from the prehistoric era to the present day…

Read IQ’s full article in The New York Times, by clicking on the picture below:

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The Aloft London Excel Hotel

Aloft London Excel Hotel

London’s cup runneth over and its creativity is pouring East. Thanks to new rail stations, contemporary art galleries, bohemian shops, and — of course — the 2012 Olympic Games, London’s Eastside is emerging as the city’s new, gold medal neighborhood. It is no accident that Aloft Hotels, the young, hip sister of the W brand, has chosen this hood to launch their first U.K. property.

The Aloft London Excel brings impeccable design and urban sass to the next generation traveler. The 252 loft-like rooms feature 10-foot-high ceilings, walk-in showers with Bliss Spa products, and a plug-and-play system which connects your electronic devices to the 42” flat-screen TV, turning each room into a high-tech office and entertainment center…

Click on the picture below to read the full article and see more pictures of the Aloft London Excel; originally published in Out Traveler:

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IQ in The Miami Herald: Valencia

IQ’s Valencia article from The Washington Post is making another appearance, this time in the Travel section of The Miami Herald.

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IQ in The Washington Post: Valencia

I’m a greedy tourist. When I travel, I want to experience it all: the old and the new, the quaint and the cosmopolitan, the historic and the contemporary. So when I heard about a city that flows with the ease of a small town while boasting beaches, museums and architectural masterpieces on par with those of the world’s great cultural centers, I took notice.

Read the full travel feature in The Washington Post by clicking on the picture below:

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