i like to read about places, specifically, what ordinary life is like.
i'm interested in ethnologies, in knowing what food is available around the world, how much it costs, and which is most commonly eaten, in first-person accounts of events, in cultural history, in attitudes and mores of different city populations, in what people talk about in bars and not just in relation to things in the news, in routines and social customs of different cultures beyond the cliches usually pulled out... etc etc etc
equally for entertainment and for choosing destinations.
i'm bored to death with citizen journalism that is more about politicians than people, with travel websites specializing in itineraries for backpacker nightlife and daytrips to places that locals never visit, with blogs by expats mainly concerned with living as they did at home.
if somebody writes about drinking in spain, i want them to mention calimochos, the soda/wine combo that the youth are drinking on the sidewalk, and not where to find good sangria.
if somebody writes about music in brazil, i want to hear about the sounds of stereos and streetvendors, and nothing about bossa nova or even hype over the latest indie release.
if somebody writes about parisian manners, i don' t want quotes from french vogue, but to hear about how people interact on the metro, about the social anxieties parisians themselves have.
the best example of what i' m looking for, that i' ve found so far, would be some of the peace corps blogs
any more sources for this online, that deal with current times in any or many countries?
they can have unusual perspectives, be from locals or foreigners alike, as long as they are narratives of something actually lived and observed, not put together for the appetite of travel-section readers