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Best cities that exhibit Street Art

The street art world has undergone a massive shift in the past few years, with famous figures like Banksy and Shepard Fairey elevating the medium to mainstream consciousness.

What was once a clandestine act of art vandalism is now, more often, a celebrated form of public art, popping up in major metropolises across the globe. “Street art and graffiti is ephemeral, transitory, a moment in time,” the experts at Brooklyn Street Art assert, emphasizing the contemporary allure of graffiti and street art.

Katherine Brooks posted in The Huffington Post  this April 17, 2014

The 26 Best Cities In The World To See Street Art 

With summer upon us, and months of travel opportunities on the horizon, we’ve put together a guide of the top cities around the world that prove street art is indeed a thing to be celebrated.

From Brazil to France to Taiwan, these urban centers play home to works by street art stars like Nunca, Blu and the late P183.

So if you’re in the mood for a cross-continental trip, these are the 26 cities you need to add to your travel bucket list now.

1. Berlin, Germany

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A street artwork by JR is pictured in Berlin on April 16, 2013.

2. São Paulo, Brazil

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A mural by Francisco Rodrigues da Silva, known as Nunca, in the Liberdade neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008.

3. Melbourne, Australia

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A mural by Del Kathryn Barton, tilted “The Whole of Everything,” which adorns the side of an apartment block in central Melbourne, on July 8, 2008.

4. Cape Town, South Africa

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A mural of Nelson Mandela by graffiti artist Mak1One on December 7, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.

5. Moscow, Russia


Graffiti with a sign reading “Give to get a ticket home” made by the late Russian street artist Pasha P183 in a street in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

6. Lisbon, Portugal

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A mural by Sam3 created during the Crono Project in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013.

7. Los Angeles, California

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A giant mural of Mt. Rushmore by Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles on August 20, 2013 in California.

8. Bogotá, Colombia

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A graffiti wall painted by El Pez in Bogota, Colombia on July 9, 2010.

9. Dublin, Ireland

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A mural in the Temple Bar area on October 23, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.

10. London, United Kingdom

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Street art by Ekta Ekta on the side of The White building, along the River Lea Navigation at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2013 in London, England.

11. Santiago, Chile

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An artist works on a graffiti piece on the banks of the Mapocho river for the first festival of urban intervention, Home-made, in Santiago, on November 21, 2012.

12. Taipei, Taiwan


Street artwork by Aram Bartholl in Taipei, Taiwan.

13. Bristol, United Kingdom

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A graffiti artist puts the finishing touches to his painting for the “See No Evil” street art project in Nelson Street on August 20, 2011 in Bristol, England.

14. New York City, New York

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People walk by a street art graffiti by elusive British artist Banksy, as part of his month-long “Better Out Than In exhibit” in New York, October 3, 2013.

15. Mexico City, Mexico

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An artist works on his graffiti painting of Mexican Revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata, during the “Independence Bicentenary and Revolution Centenary” contest, organized by local authorities, in Mexico City, on September 11, 2010.

16. Prague, Czech Republic


Mural by Honet in Prague.

17. Paris, France

paris street artA general view of ‘La Tour 13’, a street art building demolished earlier this year.

18. Montreal, Canada

street art canadaA mural in progress is seen on the side of a building during the Mural Festival on June 6, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.

19. Buenos Aires, Argentina

buenos aires street artStreet Art in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires in June 2011.

20. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Artwork by Espo in Philadelphia.

21. Quintanar de la Orden, Spain

santiago chile street artA giant Don Quixote graffiti mural painted today by Chilean graffiti artist Inti on the wall of a building on April 5, 2014 in Quintanar de la Orden, Spain.

22. Bangkok, Thailand

thailand street artGraffiti paintings in Bangkok on July 14, 2010.

23. Gdańsk, Poland


Mural by Etka in Gdansk, Poland.

24. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Street artwork by MOMO and Eltono in Rio de Janeiro.

25. Istanbul, Turkey

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Rainbow-colored stairs in Istanbul painted by a local man in 2013.

26. Bethlehem, Palestine

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The Italian street artist Blu paints graffiti on Israel’s separation barrier on December 5, 2007.

For more street art cities, check out our list of American destinations you should visit here.

Have you attended AUB?

Nur Turkmani posted on Listomania this Apr 15, 2014

From the worst of horrors to the almost-peed-in-my-pants-from-laughing moments, if the below stereotypes are familiar to you, you know you went (or go) to AUB.

1. You felt like a boss when you got your acceptance letter
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This is particularly true if you’re an Arab – AUB has, and hopefully will continue to be, one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. And just admit it: you were beyond ecstatic when you got the email informing you of your acceptance.

You tried to keep your cool, but even your parents bragged about it to their neighbors and friends who responded by rolling their eyes, forcing a smile and saying, “Ahhh, your child is at AUB? Yih, smallah, smallah. Allah ywaf2oo”.

2. Registration: The Horror
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When it’s registration period at AUB, you are bound to find students pulling out large chunks of their hair or screaming loudly in hallways about their hatred for the university (unless, of course, they are the lucky 2% that got the courses they wanted).

Every student wakes up early during registration period to ensure a spot in a course they really need, but lo and behold, one minute past eight and you come to the realization that seniors have filled up all the courses. You breathe quietly, and try to control your anger.

3. Starbucks who? Abu Naji’s coffee all the way

When you’re an AUBite, $6 for coffee is a privilege not everyone can afford. Having Nescafe from Abu Naji or Epi D’or then becomes your daily ritual and your day doesn’t feel quite right without it.

4. All-nighters happen every other week
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Particularly if you’re an engineer or pre-med student, pulling an all-nighter isn’t some strange occurrence that only happens in the movies. It becomes a living, breathing reality every other week.

5. The Green Oval on sunny days ❤ 

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There is nothing more relaxing than napping on the Green Oval when the weather is nice. Although it is dominated by the hipsters these days, on sunny days you will find a ton of different people napping, enjoying a bite or reading a book.

6. Chemistry stairs – damn you!
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The Chemistry stairs should simply not exist. It is, in fact, so bad that a day will not go by in AUB without hearing at least ten complaints about how unbearable these stairs are.

It is even worse when you have one class on the lower campus, and another on the upper campus right after.

7. Nicely’s numbering will forever be confusing
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Your first year at AUB will be spent trying to understand the odd-even arrangement of rooms on campus. You will also only figure out where room 108 Nicely is located on the last day of your senior year.

8. You’ve had a crush on at least one of your professors

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C’mon, admit it. There’s something about our professors, they’re charming, smart and good-looking. You can’t help but have a crush on one or two of them.

9. Math 201

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Everyone who has taken this course likes complaining about it, even if it’s not half as hard as other Engineering or Economics courses.

It has just become a thing to say: “maaaan, 201 shi kteer”.

10. Eng 203/204 courses are worse than your major courses

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Last time you checked, the courses were described as introductory courses that were simply meant to help you write a proper research paper. You signed up and thought to yourself, “Woohoo! No exam for this one!”

Now, you wish you had an exam in place of the loads of papers, presentations and critiques you have to write before the semester ends.

11. You join 20 clubs, and end up in one
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When it’s Club Day, you become overwhelmed with the plethora of awesome clubs (How could you not join the Astronomy Club or the Hiking Club?) but later on in the semester, you realize you ain’t got time for that shi* and end up missing all the meetings.

You promise yourself that next year you will manage your schedule to better accommodate your extracurricular activities. This, in fact, never happens.

12. AUB Outdoors/AUB’s Got Talent

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Forever the coolest events of the year.

13. Ultimate nightmare: moving in and moving out
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For every dorm student, having to pack and unpack when the semester is over is the worst thing ever. I mean, we finished our exams, what more do you want from us? Can’t I leave my stuff in the room, please? PRETTY PLEASE?

14. The cats.

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A cat once gave birth in a students’ dorm. Enough said.

15. 9 AM classes on MWFs?

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This is the infamous rush hour at AUB – feared by many.

16. Rainy days: a big no-no
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When it rains, you just know that the entire way from Main Gate to Bliss will be overflowing with umbrellas and people pushing past one another to get through.

17. Your summer is saved by AUB’s Beach

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A free beach in summer is everything you have ever asked for.

18. Jafet during exams: don’t even bother.

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Let’s just say tables in Jafet are probably booked two months prior to finals. I mean, how is it possible that for three days straight there has not been a single free table?

19. French power
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Oh, yes. You will hear French being spoken at the American University of Beirut much, much more than English or Arabic. You will eventually get used to it and maybe pick up a sentence or two by the end of your final semester.

20. The worst/best exams are in SLH

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There’s something about this hall that is sweat-inducing and nerve-racking, and no one really knows what it is. And you always know that if your tummy growls in SLH, everyone will hear it because it’s just that crowded.

On the upside, if there are no proctors, it will be the best exam ever.

21. Business students are stereotyped as dumb
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Business students are actually some of the smartest people you’ll meet. The stereotype on looks is not out of place though – OSB looks more like a fashion show than a Business building.

22. Pre-meds really do hate each other
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This one right here ain’t no stereotype. It gets to the point where calculators are stolen, glasses are broken and tears are shed.

23. Engineers speak in a weird dialect

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Friends from the Engineering department always come up with really weird terms to describe things like “I failed” which, to them, becomes “tajjaytu” or “I studied well” which becomes “barashtu”.

They’re also the loudest, usually – which is quite ironic since you’d expect them to be part of a nerd collective.

24. You avoid getting into debates with Politics/Philosophy students

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They’ve read too much and know too much, so before you open your mouth to say, “the women of this century are so superficial!” and notice one of them lurking around the corner, you remind yourself that you are not prepared to hear long arguments quoted directly from Toni Morrison’s books.

25. Fall back parties
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This is when you realize AUB might not be the nerd haven you thought it was – the entrance in itself to these parties is enough to make you realize there is a hidden partying culture here. It’s very exclusive. And you love/d it.

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