🫣 RIP the Secret Link | Bulletin #89

This week: giving thanks 🦃 a table for one 🍽️ and a cheers-worthy contest 🍻

Schloss Moritzburg📍 Saxony, Germany 📸 Yura Ukhorskiy

Often low on the priority list when setting up a country, it’s difficult when a group disagrees on what aviary species should be the national bird. If Benjamin Franklin got his wish, the national bird of the United States might have been a turkey, which compared to an eagle Franklin deemed  “a much more respectable bird.” One can only wonder how he would feel knowing his beloved bird has now become the national American Thanksgiving meal instead.


🌭 Hot Dog! A Giveaway
💂‍♂️ Waking up in London… and Tokyo!
🍽️ Tales at the Table 
🖼️ The Art of Collecting


Since bringing turkey and pumpkin pie is frowned upon by customs, our Thanksgiving meal is looking a little different this year. We’ve just landed in Tokyo, Japan, for the new AWA exhibition and are currently replacing mashed potatoes with maki rolls. Before we begin pouring the soy sauce, we just want to give a brief shout-out to our AWA Community and readers—we are so thankful for all of you and can’t do what we do without you. We are so grateful that we get to meet so many of you amazing people from all over the world and find stories to share with you each day.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. 😉


RIP to the Secret Link! At least for the next few weeks. In place of stickers, someone is getting a trip to Dexter’s favorite inn and it might be you! All you have to do is check below for this week’s round of questions - don’t miss it! Some additional goodies along with your stay may just be included.


We’re so excited to announce our first ever large-scale exhibition in London will be opening up on December 8th! Come check out a curated selection of 200 locations across 7 themed rooms ready for your delight on display in South Kensington. We may even trade houses with Kate Winslet and try to stop by. Tickets here.

In Case You Missed It

Nothing sours a Thanksgiving meal like a large plateful of silence. Or a rant-prone uncle. To help aid you in combatting those scenarios, we curated a helpful list of food-adjacent tidbits you can bring to the table of family and friends. Just make sure to say “please” when asking grandma to pass the gravy.

🚂 A Traveling Restaurant 
🍔 The Birth of the Burger 
🐑 The Tale of a Sneaky Sheep Thief
🍝 The Pasta King and His Spaghetti Palace
🥤 Origins of the Modern-Day Straw


Hikarie Hall | Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo | Nov 25th - Dec 28th
We’re back in Japan for another exhibition! 🇯🇵 Featuring the work of 300+ photographers, you will experience the world through AWA’s lens through unique stories of incredible photography. Get tickets here!


81-85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington | Opens Dec 8th
Our first European exhibition will open in London next month. Immerse yourself in an IRL experience of AWA proportions. 7 themed-rooms, more than 200+ locations touching every single continent. Reserve your tickets now!


Hotel Molitor | Paris, France | Nov 24, 2023- Jan 7, 2024
Our Scottish AWA Ambassador, the one & only Soo Burnell will be returning to the iconic Hotel Molitor to present a new chapter in her successful Poolside series. Check out her show in the City of Light - you don’t want to miss it!


Home.Stead Bakery & Cafe | Dorchester, MA | Thursday, December 7, 2023
Join AWA Ambassador Matthew Dickey for an artist reception at Home.Stead Bakery & Cafe from 6:30-8:30pm. Matthew will be there to talk about his new set of paintings and share stories about life as an AWA explorer. See more of The Streetscape Curator’s work below in our Tiny Interview Series!

From the Community


Our friend and AWA Ambassador, Matthew Dickey AKA @streetscapecurator, has been obsessed with architecture from a young age. The man behind our Coastal Postal Roadtrip, Matt is a preservationist based in Boston where he paints, takes photographs, and well, works to preserve some of Boston’s historic, cultural, and architectural heritage. You can find Matthew biking around Bean Town and capturing the city's historic buildings on his phone (and painting some of them, too!)

Shelburne Museum 📍 Shelburne, Vermont 📸 Marjorie Becker Photography

What is art? Such a complex question deserves a complex answer. Andy Warhol once said that art is anything you can get away with. Sometimes the simple act of placing an item in a museum and calling it art is sufficient. The latter method of distinguishing masterpieces was more parallel to the ideology of Electra Havemeyer Webb when she established the Shelburne Museum in 1947…

Ichiran Ramen 📍 Kyoto, Japan 📸 Nicolas Bertrand

At Thanksgiving, you’re supposed to focus on everyone around you and feel thankful. At this restaurant, your appreciation should only be concentrated on the food. With humble origins, this ramen restaurant is home to one of the most interesting dining experiences that you’ve ever heard of…

Welcome to the second week of Delightful Discoveries! We have two additional questions ready for answering. If you didn’t see last week’s questions, we got you covered, you can find them by clicking the button below! 

Remember! Each round of questions you answer gets you another entry to win a Wes Signed Book and a stay at the Dogfish Head Inn!