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4 April 2019
We find out why Amsterdam wants to reclaim more than 11,000 car-parking spaces, how a Paris suburb is limbering up for the 2024 Olympic Games, get a dose of immersive tourism in Sarajevo and a look at Chicago’s newly elected mayor.
4 April 2019
Photo: João Trindade
The 2024 Olympics present a unique opportunity to invest in infrastructure. One of such areas in Paris is the suburb of Sevran, which has just placed its bid to host the surfing competition… despite being more than 170km away from the ocean.
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Photo: Brian Eager
There’s an increasing demand for experiences that offer a better understanding of what happened to Sarajevo and its people in the 1990s. And one of the more extreme offerings is the War Hostel – accommodation that recreates siege conditions.
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