Going deeper underground: subway stations that will make you think “wow that’s a really cool subway station!”
Taking the subway’s not usually a memorable experience, unless it’s for the wrong reasons: The dawning horror that you’ve taken the wrong train and getting to the airport in time is now a beautiful distant dream. The realisation that unless you’re a high-level cryptographer you’re not going to decipher the labyrinthine map and find your destination. The unforgettable experience of being smushed up against someone’s armpit in an oven-like carriage; someone who sees showering as a suggestion rather than a necessity.
Love books, will travel. That’s our motto here at Urban Adventures, as it’s often books that inspire us to go see new places in the first place – or that enable us to relive a destination after we’ve come home. And these seven cities? The mere mention of them has us itching to hit the road (with a book to read in-hand).
Let me preface this article with the following: I am 28 years old. I don’t live at home. I do my own laundry and have even learned to iron a shirt (sort of – the sleeves still give me grief). I ask my parents for financial help, but only rarely, only when it’s been a particularly boozy month or if there’s an emergency, like I want something. I’m pretty normal.
You know those landscape that look too good to be real? The ones that make you scoff, wave your hand and say, ‘Oh stop it.’ Yeah, Alberta invented those. Not only was it shown recently that the Canadian Rockies are the best place to wait out a zombie Apocalypse (good to know), they’re full of the kind of scenery usually reserved for deodorant commercials. In fact it’s one of the few places on earth where views outnumber people.
Floating halfway between the US to the north and Latin America to the south sits Cuba, an isle of intrigue, romance and politics quite unlike any other. There are rousing rhythms, dancing in cobblestone streets (for real), wafting cigar smoke, a bounty of beaches and a Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack to accompany every style of journey.