The IHT blog list of its local color journalists is proving to be a relaxing read. No heavy world crisis or political news. It just tells you what is interesting about a place. It is written by people who live there.
It did come to light for me a dozen or so years ago that the only way a native gets to know what is fun to visit in their native town is by showing people around who are not from there. There have been many fascinating places in the cities wherein I have settled over the years. It took a visitor for me to have reason or even the energy go there.
The rest of the time we just stand around waiting for things to happen.