Summer in the city
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21 July 2016
Photo: Manuel Villafañe
How does a city change when the sun shines? Be it balmy evenings in the park, dinner by the river or the sand between your toes, there’s something about a rise in temperature that just makes everyone that bit happier.
21 July 2016
Photo: Filip Maljković
For people living in the Middle East, surviving the summer requires more than just a bit of sunblock. We hear how Cairo residents are adapting to a burning-hot climate with the help of the city’s evolving buildings.
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It comes as no surprise that year-round hot temperatures make Rio de Janeiro the ultimate city for sun-worshippers. But despite its beach-loving culture inhabitants tend to escape the city during the heat of summer. Tune in to find out why.
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We head to one of the most unusual surf towns: Munich. The scene started swelling in the 1970s with a hardcore bunch of wetsuit-wearing adventurers. Here’s how these passionate surfers took to claiming an urban river spot to practise their craft.
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