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AirBnb Magazine

Feb/Mar 2020

Airbnbmag is a travel lifestyle magazine featuring authentic experiences through the eyes of those who know best, the locals. Whether you’re planning or daydreaming your next journey, Airbnbmag offers both the familiar and the unexpected through a local lens and captured by top travel writers & photographers of the world. Airbnbmag is your passport to feeling at home anywhere! Your next adventure starts here.

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get inspired

CREATIVES HAVE BEEN at the heart of Airbnb’s community since the very beginning. My cofounder, Joe Gebbia, and I met as students at Rhode Island School of Design, and a few years later, when we had the idea for Airbnb, the first three guests we welcomed to our shared apartment in San Francisco were in town for a local design conference. Over the years, many home hosts have told me that sharing their space allows them to pursue their craft, and a good number of creatives host Experiences, too, from textile- and jewelrymakers to ceramicists and painters. In this issue, we’re celebrating the creative spirit and craftsmanship of makers all over the world. Mosaic artists in Rome, a Manhattan hatmaker, and ceramicists in Bhuj, India, share some of their inspiration and…

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KENT ANDREASEN is based in Cape Town, where he was raised. After graduating from AFDA Film School in 2013, he pursued a professional career in still photography. He has a sharp focus on perfecting the beginning-to-end image-making process. INSIDER’S GUIDE REBECCA MOCK is an illustrator and comic book artist in New York City. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Medium.com, and others. She illustrated the comic book Compass South, a NYT bestseller. She is working on a third book, Salt Magic. COVER ALEX HUANFA CHENG is a photographer and artist based in Paris. He has shown work in New York and China and was honored by Bourse du Talent in 2019. Cheng received a master’s degree from France’s National School of Fine Arts in 2017. RISE AND DINE FEIFEI…

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meet your makers

MADE IN… Medellín Coffee with Elizabeth Cruz and Esteban Monzon For Elizabeth Cruz and Esteban Monzon, coffee is in their veins. The married couple heads up coffee farm La Casa Grande, and they learned the business through Monzon’s family, which has been planting, harvesting, and processing arabica beans for seven generations. Colombia is well known as one of the world’s coffee capitals, but Medellín’s mountainous landscape poses a challenge when it comes to picking coffee: No machines can be used to harvest on the steep slopes. “Coffee is actually a fruit,” explains Cruz. “We peel the cherries, and there are two or three beans inside. We pick the cherries by hand because we only want the ripe ones.” Their business is centered at a restored 19th-century hacienda roughly 25 minutes outside Medellín. The two-story…

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a mosaic hunter’s guide to rome

Centrale Montemartini Housed in a former power plant, this unassuming museum displays antiquities against a 20th-century industrial backdrop. “It’s a very charming place full of ancient Roman statues and mosaics,” says Cassio. “They have micro-mosaics—it’s pretty rare to see them so closely and not very protected.” Ostia Antica This seaside town, just 30 minutes by train from the city center, is remarkably preserved due to being covered in silt after the fall of Rome. Here you’ll find intricate wall and floor mosaics in the ancient forum and bathhouse, and even right on the streets. Santa Prassede This ninth-century basilica is “full of small chapels where you can see Byzantine mosaics very, very close,” says Cassio. Basilica San Clemente A fascinating structure in its own right (a basilica built in the early 1100s on top of a fourth-century…

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keeping up with the kaftan

Ottoman Empire Ottoman royalty favored the kaftan so much that some sultans would triple-layer them in order to show off as many expensive fabrics and embellishments as possible. Today, a collection of some 1,000 kaftans is housed at Istanbul’s Topkap? Palace. Senegal The boubou, a Wolof spin on a kaftan, has roots in Senegal, but it’s also popular in Nigeria, Ghana, and other areas of West Africa. Men’s boubous are often worn over loose pants with a matching cap, while women’s styles are often paired with bright, elaborately wrapped turbans. Morocco Traditionally, kaftans have been women’s wear in Morocco—vibrant, embellished versions are a frequent pick for brides. But the djellaba, a similar cloak common in Morocco and much of North Africa, is worn by both men and women. Tanzania Many Swahili Muslims in Tanzania and other parts…

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string revival

1. THE CAUSE Longtime Nashville residents Kristen Thorbjornsen and Brooke Anderson met when they were both in recovery, in a rehabilitation program focused on jewelry-making. “We loved working with our hands,” says Thorbjornsen (above). In 2017 they were almost three years clean when they decided to help others in a similar position. “We wanted to focus on women in recovery and provide them with supplemental income,” says Thorbjornsen. They launched Halo Missions, their own rehabilitation service dedicated to making jewelry out of used guitar strings. But just three days later, tragedy struck: Anderson unexpectedly relapsed and passed away from an overdose. A devastated Thorbjornsen forged ahead. “It was a message that more women needed help,” she says. “And it’s what Brooke would’ve wanted.” Today, Halo Missions has employed 23 women and…