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Listen to the Sounds of New York's Diverse Neighborhoods Without Leaving Home

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New York is filled with fairly distinct sights, smells, and sounds. You’ll have to visit to enjoy its fragrant bakeries, or the view from the Empire State Building’s observation deck, but as Condé Nast Traveler reports, a new website lets audiophiles explore New York with their ears, from anywhere in the world.

Breather—an office-space rental service that’s been described as “Uber for private workspaces”—has created “Sounds of New York,” an online catalog streaming ambient noise that captures the spirit of 25 diverse Manhattan neighborhoods. Each soundtrack is a blend of curated sounds, recorded at popular local attractions. “Visit” Times Square to hear skates gliding across the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, Greenwich Village to hear snippets of Comedy Cellar shows, or Washington Heights to eavesdrop on Spanish conversations at local restaurants. (Sorry, Brooklynites, other boroughs aren’t included in the mix.)

Since Manhattan's cacophony isn't for everyone, Breather is considering creating similar sound catalogs for other cities, including San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But if you are a fan of the Big Apple, you can listen to “Sounds of New York” here.

[h/t Condé Nast Traveler]

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Dream Job Alert: WOW Air Wants to Pay You to Move to Iceland and Travel the World
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WOW Air, the airline already known for its cheap flights to Iceland, has outdone themselves with their latest travel opportunity. According to Travel + Leisure, WOW wants to pay one lucky globetrotter and a friend to spend the summer traveling the world from Iceland.

After moving to an apartment in downtown Reykjavik, the new travel guide and a companion of their choice will be sent on eight WOW Air trips abroad and four within Iceland. During their adventures, the guide will be responsible documenting each spot they visit with photos, vlogs, and Instagram stories. This "digital travel guide" will give aspiring travelers an inside look at the food, culture, and cost of each destination on their agenda. The job, which lasts from June 1 to August 15, comes with a $4000 a month salary and free transportation and housing.

WOW Air is based in Iceland, but the airline takes passengers to cities around the world. Paris, Barcelona, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv are just a few of the 36 locations on its destination list.

Candidates who are 18 years or older and have a Facebook profile can apply for the epic summer job by creating a two-minute video travel guide of their hometown. Applications are due May 14, and the winner will be announced May 18. If you aren't lucky enough to secure the gig, there's still time left to plan a summer trip to Iceland on your own.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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See the Spot That Inspired Sleeping Beauty's Castle
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When Walt and Lillian Disney took a European vacation prior to the construction of Disneyland, they were particularly inspired by one location in southwest Bavaria, Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by King of Bavaria Ludwig II starting in 1869, the castle was meant to have serious dramatic flair; the king hired a stage designer from Munich, Christian Jank, to design it.

Walt Disney went on to use Neuschwanstein as the basis for Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland, but Ludwig II—known as the "fairytale king" for his love of plays, stories, and music—had far from a fairy-tale ending. In fact, he only lived in the still-unfinished castle for six months before his cabinet had him declared insane and replaced him. He died under mysterious circumstances, found drowned in waist-deep water, not long after.

You can learn more about the castle, and see some beautiful footage, in this video from Great Big Story.

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