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"If you want to know what there is to know about Basquiat, the place to go is to his work.” - Lisane Basquiat on her brother, Jean-Michel Basquiat (via Vice
The five:

  1. If you thought your career had to peak at 20 or 30, think again. Your career can peak at any time. Let’s hit rewind, the school day schedule in America is illogical. Also, everything we know about obesity is wrong, and like most health care challenges, we’re 50 years behind acting on the facts we already know. If that puts you in a bad mood, don’t fight it. A bad mood may help your brain with every day tasks. Also, there are ways in which time will change your personality (to say nothing of your mood)
  2. If you’re wondering what a truly walkable city would look like, wonder no more. Also, if you’re heading to a walkable city (like I am in Denmark), here are the five underrated things you should pack for every trip. 💰 
  3. Drawing is the best way to learn (something I strongly agree with even as I acknowledge I don’t draw enough). Also, if you like all of the new words you’re seeing in the English language, you can thank Black Twitter.  
  4. A 558-year old mystery has been solved, and here’s a piece in defense of this newsletter (and any other writing about oneself and their antics). Also, if you’re wondering how many mentors you need in your life, the answer is, apparently, five, and here’s what they should be like. Here is how your brain decides without you
  5. There are common moving mistakes. Here’s how to avoid them when you relocate. Speaking of living locations, have you ever wondered if anyone lives at the bottom of the Grand Canyon? Yep, someone lives down there. If you’re trying to decide where to live, here’s the ultimate guide to making smart decisions, or you could make better decisions by thinking like a computer. And if you’re looking to burn the most calories possible, here are a few exercises for you

💰 = Paywall, though please do consider paying to read what people write. Writers like to eat too. (Apologies if I miss one…) 

How to truly get to know someone 🇩🇰
Often, when I go travel, I go alone. I don’t coordinate with friends, it’s usually for business, and I am often left to amuse myself. I find walking around to be the best mode of transportation, ending the day with sore feet, a full belly and a calm mind. It’s a nice enough way to navigate, but I missed traveling with someone - something I hadn’t done in many years.  

This time, I went to Europe and met up with my partner. He’s a seasoned traveler to the continent and knows Denmark, our destination country, quite well. So, I hopped on my flight and landed with someone to greet me at the airport. It was quite nice to see a friendly face after nearly a day of travel.  

Where I might have walked around a bit and been too nervous to rent a bike (even as a daily biker in California), having him with me meant I had no excuse. So, we biked all up and down København (Copenhagen). I took the trains rather than the expensive taxis. We ate cheap and delicious eats, and we made the most of each day, since his prior knowledge spared us the hunt through travel guides and lost time due to missed trains and translation errors. 

I got to see nearly everything - including the architecture museum and I learned what “havn” means (harbor), and I ate more than my fill of pastries (which I kept wanting to call danishes).  

I got to see so much more of København than I could have ever seen alone. More importantly, I got to know him better. He often talks about city planning and streets. He knows far more than he’s shared with me, since I often roll my eyes whenever he points out a well-placed bollard, roundabout, or bicycle lane. But being in Denmark, I see now why he’s so passionate about it.  

A well-planned city — one in which everyone subscribes to the rules of the road — is, indeed, a happier place to be. Navigating Denmark, especially as a cyclist, is pretty easy, since the markings are clear and everything is very, very clean. (Compared to San Francisco, honestly, København is spotless.) I could see what he had been talking to me about for years. The roundabouts actually do improve a road system, elevated bike lanes with street parking between the road and the bike lane makes me feel much safer as a biker, and well-paved roads make any trip more pleasant.  

Beyond the bike lanes, roundabouts, and clean streets, I was struck yet again by the fact that you can never really know another person. You can get glimpses into their mindset or gain a bit more understanding of how they see the world, but people are infinitely deep. I could take a thousand trips to Denmark, or read up on city planning until I’d memorized every book, and yet this person who showed me his not-so-tiny corner of the world, would still be a mystery to me. He always will be, and that’s perfect.  
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