5 Cities – 5 Locals – 5 Unique tips (7)

God's Own Junkyard - London (by pietrolambert Flickr)

God’s Own Junkyard – London (by pietrolambert Flickr)

Our regular followers will know we share a nice and unique local’s tip on our social media channels every day. Tips and local recommendations that are special in their very own way, places you might not find in other cities. We’ve covered quite a few by now, so how about touching on some of the best insider knowledge that we have?

God’s Own Junkyard – London

According to London local Andrew nothing will prepare you for your first visit to God’s Own Junkyard. This junkyard has more glitz and glamour than your regular one, that’s for sure. It might not be such a locals’-only secret, many visitors are very much aware of it (hard to miss I guess), it’s still quite a unique spot. Every single thing in the shop is for sale, though, if you don’t live alone, it’s highly recommended to discuss any purchase here with your roommate/partner/parents. Whether or not you came to buy a colorful addition for your home, this warehouse is worth a visit on its own. The creations on display are more than amazing, beautiful and well-made, and you can stop for tea at The Rolling Scone as well.

Polyforum Siqueiros - Mexico City (by Omar Bárcena Flickr)

Polyforum Siqueiros – Mexico City (by Omar Bárcena Flickr)

Polyforum Siqueiros – Mexico City

The Polyform Siqueiros in Mexico City is not just an amazing cultural forum/venue. It also houses the astounding mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros, which is 8,700 square meters! At the time of its creation in the 70s it was the biggest in the world and Siqueiros spearheaded the mural movement in Mexico, together with Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco. Local Tania reckons this is her favorite spot in the city, she can gaze the colorful views for hours on end. On the weekends the museum hosts a great sound and light show for you to better appreciate Siqueiros’ art.

Abandoned Plants Sanctuary - Ljubljana

Abandoned Plants Sanctuary FB – Ljubljana

Abandoned Plants Sanctuary – Ljubljana

We aren’t all blessed with a green thumb, and the ability to create flourishing green gardens, balconies or living rooms. Some of us sneakily have to dispose of yet another victim, admitting that choosing a succulent plant or cactus didn’t help matters either. It’s not always forgetfulness that turns the flowers grey and the leaves brown, sometimes it really can’t be helped, and no matter what we do we just can’t seem to get it right. Instead of disposing of them, like previously mentioned, consider donating them to the Abandoned Plants Sanctuary (if you’ve got one in your city, it’s quite unique). The citizens of Ljubljana are lucky, they’ve got one! These guys accept (plant)donations and scour the streets looking for homeless and abandoned plants. Like with your regular shelters, it is also possible to adopt a plant after it’s been nursed back to health. But, they take their vocation very seriously and require signed documents before you can take your new friend home. It goes without saying, no adopting if you haven’t got a green thumb!

Fremont Troll - Seattle (by Michael Matti Flickr)

Fremont Troll – Seattle (by Michael Matti Flickr)

Fremont Troll – Seattle

A sound photo op! The Fremont area in Seattle has more than a few great sculptures, but perhaps none more unique, life-like and fun to climb on, than the Fremont troll. It looks like it was caught mid-crawl out of the ground and froze there. In his hand he holds a VW Beetle, an actual one, which really puts the entire size of it into perspective doesn’t it? If you’re lucky enough you might see the troll with his Christmas hat on around this time of year. Explore the area on your own, or take the walking tour, says local Forrest.

Concertino del Balconcino - Turin (by Dario Dalla Zuana)

Concertino del Balconcino – Turin (by Dario Dalla Zuana)

Concertino del Balconcino – Turin

A common grievance among people living in the city are the decibels their neighbors produce. If you’re unlucky you might be living next to people with no regard for other people’s night’s rest (hands up if you’ve had a neighbor start construction at 05:00 or 23:00!). Then there’s the simple fact that apartments and flats mean closer living quarters. But can you imagine how lovely it’d be to have your balcony next to these guys in Turin? In the ‘Quadrilatero Romano’ of Turin, the oldest part of the city, a live music session takes place every Sunday afternoon. Gather at the intercom at a quarter to, to hear the residents announce the show, before everyone is buzzed in. Local Dario writes, “The show is quaint and entertaining as several kinds of music alternate before the eyes of not only of the crowd outside but also of the upstairs neighbors who instead of complaining about the loud noise, decide to join in and enjoy the view from their privileged seats”.

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