Sarah Stodola

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Sarah is the founder and editor of Flung, the author of Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, and a widely published travel and culture writer. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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We Need To Travel Better

Two Sundays ago, as Donald Trump's advisers were convincing him to read a prepared statement condemning an act of Nazi terrorism that he would override a day later with history's least dignified press conference, my boyfriend and I hosted a barbecue at which one guest was from Barcelona. We talked first about the charms of Barcelona, then about ...

Oheka Castle: Stomping Ground of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Taylor Swift

In the summer of 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald sat every day in the sun-dappled studio above the garage of his and Zelda’s Long Island house and laid down the foundations of his novel, The Great Gatsby. He was drawing on life as he saw it around him, in those enclaves on Long Island Sound where the richest people in the world built the biggest ...

Jordan’s Other Magnificent Ancient City

Petra gets all the glory, but there’s another ancient city in Jordan with serious capacity to awe. Jerash, located just 30 miles north of the capital city of Amman, is a sprawling, incredibly well-preserved ancient Roman metropolis. The ruins, including a food market, a main street, a water fountain that supplied the entire population, and ...

How ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ Embraced the Travel Industry

The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise has seen its share of coverage in the media, think-pieces deconstructing what it all means, bloggers dedicated to revealing spoilers, and recaps analyzing each week’s actions and decisions. The show has been parodied (Burning Love) and it’s been fictionalized (Unreal). All of these characterizations miss ...

El Caminito: Buenos Aires’ Least Intriguing Attraction

Every guide to Buenos Aires, and I mean every guide, recommends a visit to El Caminito in La Boca. Many of them even feature the colorful street on their covers, despite an afternoon spent there being the surest way to avoid anything real about culture in Buenos Aires. El Caminito isn't Buenos Aires; it's Buenos Aires tourism.Nobody lives in ...

A Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard

For most of my nearly 17 years living in Brooklyn, the old Navy Yard here remained a mystery—that 300-acre hulk of fenced-off land that made a straight shot between Fort Greene, where I lived, and Williamsburg, where I spent my twenties hanging out, impossible. Opened in 1806, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became one of the most important naval ...

The 5 Best Back Gardens in Brooklyn

Despite its rise to global prominence over the past decade, Brooklyn still exists on a smaller scale than Manhattan. This extends to its restaurants (with the exception of prime Williamsburg locations), which often inhabit the ground floor of century-old brownstones. At their best, the gardens of these buildings whisk visitors away from the city ...

Fort Greene’s Mettā: The Chef’s Counter Is Everything

On one of the more picturesque corners in Brooklyn, a new restaurant called Mettā opened this past March with a menu it describes as “sustainably sourced, vegetable forward.” As a vegetarian living amidst a Brooklyn restaurant scene that seems ever-more hostile toward vegetarians, I had some skin in the game of testing that description. On a ...

Packing for a Camping Trip: How To Do It Right

I’ll confess that I didn’t start camping in any real way until I got together with my boyfriend seven years ago. Our first weekend trip together involved Vermont, some marital nuptials (not ours), and a pleasantly creaky B&B. Our second, a few weeks later, took us to a campsite upstate on the shore of Mongaup Pond. It seems to be that ...

Playa Hermosa Ecolodge: An Elusive Oceanfront Stay in Nicaragua

For all of its hundreds of miles of exquisite coastline, the Central American country of Nicaragua is curiously lacking in beachfront accommodations for travelers. A little digging makes the reasons clear: Land ownership has been ambiguous ever since the Sandinista revolutionaries expropriated large sections of land in the 1980s, resulting in ...

The Roses at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Are Out of Control

I never got botanic gardens. They’re just parks, right? Except with signs that indicate the species of every single plant and ruin the scenery, plus a steep entry fee. I especially never got botanic gardens located inside other parks.But such is the setup of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, located in Prospect Park, where I found myself this ...

Influence: How Instagram Made All Places Any Place

A few months ago, I went to a dinner at a cute little restaurant in SoHo that has since closed, hosted by a man launching a Yelp-like app that he hoped his guests might help promote. We went around the table to introduce ourselves. I went first (I was invited through Flung), then the manager of the place’s sister restaurant in Brooklyn, then an ...

Things I Honest-To-God Would Not Travel Without this Summer

There are some truisms in my packing routine. A small suitcase, always. Packed to the gills, probably. Keeping it light is a more realistic prospect if I'm headed someplace warm. Which brings us to today, an early today of summer. Beaches and pools and long walks and cold cocktails. Boats, boogie-boards, if we're lucky.Packing for summery ...

Kafka’s Vacation Time

Though he's one of very few authors in history to have his name turned into an adjective, Franz Kafka was a disaster of a writer, insofar as we would consider a writer who is not a disaster to do things like get a decent night’s sleep on occasion, write every day (or at least every week), and send completed writings out into the world for ...

The Finch: A Brooklyn Manhattan Upstate Mashup

On a fine recent spring evening, we were driven to roll the dice and walk the 15 minutes from our apartment to the Finch, a newish restaurant in Clinton Hill, by the simple fact of its having received a Michelin star, a rarity in this part of Brooklyn. According to firsthand info relayed to us at some gathering or other, it could be hard to get a ...

The People Who Live in Petra (or Not)

Not long after arriving to Petra, the ancient city in southern Jordan known alternately and aptly as the Lost City and the Rose City, my two companions and I climbed a series of staircases carved into cliffs, which deposited us finally onto a large terrace. At the far end of it, a large room had also been carved into the cliffs, along with an ...

10 Ways To Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Petra

You'd have to try pretty hard to have a bad experience at Petra, the stunning ancient city carved into the desert cliffs of southern Jordan. That said, the landscape there is extreme, and aside from the Treasury building, the way to the gems not always obvious. After my trip there last December, I assembled this list of 10 things you can do to get ...

Everything You Need for Perfect Bell Tent Decor

Last summer, my boyfriend and I plunged headfirst into the world of bell tent ownership. You can read about our first trip with our new tent here, where you'll also find a photo gallery of the tent and everything in it. I couldn't recommend the bell tent more for the way it elevates a camping trip.A big part of the joy of bell tent ...

Global Warming Plays Havoc with Maple Syrup Season

The Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York are blanketed with a forest that has been left largely untouched over the centuries. That forest is dense with sugar maple trees—the best kind from which to extract the sap that gets made into maple syrup--and long before Europeans settled on this continent, Native Americans established the process ...

LA Guide: Flung x Almanac of Style

After years of wrongly dismissing Los Angeles as a temple of narcissism with a tragic lack of public transportation, I’ve recently been romanced by the place in a big way. Newer highlights like the Broad Museum, the Arts District, and even a subway system have given the city some deeper, sharper edges, remaking it as a mecca not only of the ...