Meet the Locals

The best travel expert is someone who calls a destination “home,” and that’s why the global Dreams Abroad community is such a rich resource. We’re introducing you to members who are passionate about where they’re from—and are excited to share their local expertise with you.

Meet the Locals

Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 

Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 
December 4, 2023

Meet the Locals: Eric Mathern, New York City 

“A quiet oasis in the middle of New York City” is how Eric Mathern, a tour guide with ExperienceFirst, describes Bryant Park, an 1847 public park in Midtown. It’s one of two “can’t miss” stops in New York City, according to Mathern. The other is nearby New York Public Library, the flagship building in the […]

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Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia

Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia
November 27, 2023

Meet the Locals: Morfar Empanadas in Split, Croatia

Santiago Nieto, David Folis, and Valeria Garcés own Morfar, an empanada shop in Split, Croatia. “We met in Split by coincidence, we had friends in common,” says Santiago. “The Argentinian community isn’t massive so it’s quite normal to know people.” David and Valeria sold empanadas through social media, and Santiago was a customer. Later, the […]

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Meet The Locals: Mate Vukorepa in Split, Croatia

Meet The Locals: Mate Vukorepa in Split, Croatia
November 6, 2023

Meet The Locals: Mate Vukorepa in Split, Croatia

Mate Vukorepa is a shipbuilder in Split, Croatia. (If the name sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve already met Mate’s wife, Tea, in our first installment of Meet the Locals.) Mate loves Split’s beautiful scenery, fresh air, and the people. “We’re like Italians,” he explains. “We’re very cheerful, we talk with our hands, our mentality [is […]

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Meet the Locals: Joseph Ressler, Washington, D.C.

Meet the Locals: Joseph Ressler, Washington, D.C.
September 26, 2023

Meet the Locals: Joseph Ressler, Washington, D.C.

Locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia is an impressive feat for any small business owner in the Washington, D.C. area. When Joseph Ressler opened REWILD, a plant store on a mission to connect people to nature, in 2018 with business partners Lily Cox and Kyle Cannon, he didn’t expect to expand quickly. Within five […]

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