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5 Cultural Gems Along the Q Train in Brooklyn

There are 20 Q train stops in Brooklyn. The journey takes about 40 minutes and winds through neighborhoods like Fort Greene, Park Slope, Flatbush, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach before terminating in Coney Island. Although Coney Island may be the most famous attraction along the Q train in Brooklyn, there are at least four other memorable stops along the way.

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Metallica: My Dream Setlist

Starting in 2004, Metallica began changing their set lists every night. Like Pearl Jam started doing a few years prior, they began selling copies of all their shows via their website. Since then their fans have been treated to surprises on a nightly basis. Even non-fans are likely to be aware that Metallica are one of those bands whose fans usually leave their shows saying “I wish they played ______.” Over the past ten years, they’ve even played four of their classic albums in their entirety, skipping the longest of course. As one of their fans who is yet to see rarities like “The Frayed Ends of Sanity” or “Escape” played live, I’ve come up with a list (by album) of what I would like to see Metallica play if I were in the audience and it were up to me.

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Los Angeles: Little Armenia, Thai Town & Hollywood Forever

Los Angeles is home to the only “Thai Town” in the United States. For the past 50 years, Thai people have been settling in the six blocks along Hollywood Blvd between Normandie and Western Avenues in East Hollywood. The area was officially named “Thai Town” in 1999 and has been referred to as the 77th Thai province (the other 76 Thai provinces are in the motherland). Just south of Thai Town is the only “Little Armenia” in the United States.

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Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show: A Review

Started in 2004, the Travel and Adventure Shows have a mix of exhibitors from around the world and celebrity speakers with some culture-focused entertainment thrown in for good measure. The 2016 Los Angeles show featured speeches followed by meet and greets with the likes of Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, Peter Greenberg and Rick Steves.

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Brian Cicioni

The Walking Map
Brian Cicioni
I grew up in a small borough outside of a small city in eastern Pennsylvania. As soon as I got my driver's license, I started going to see my favorite rock bands (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pearl Jam, Slayer, Sleater-Kinney to name a few) and quickly realized that I wanted to spend as much time traveling as possible. After earning my bachelor's degree in Management/Marketing from Penn State University, I started traveling overseas and have since traveled to 38 countries spanning 5 different continents. I'm an urban explorer who loves using public transportation. My 4 favorite American cities are New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. & Boston. I'm a lover of food and culture who has been to every state except Alaska. Brazil and Russia are at the top of my bucket list. If you need advice on where to get the best pizza or French macarons, I'd love to help!

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