Impressive monuments, lousy souvenir stands,
and lots and lots of vigilant soldiers. An American living in South Korea takes a once-in-a-lifetime trip to North Korea. 11 pages full of photos including a hundred thousand colored pieces of cardboard, and a sampling of the five billion pictures of Kim Il-sung.
posted by CrunchyFrog
on May 7, 2003 -
WHO lifts Toronto travel ban
And Health Canada
Recommendations: Health Canada continues to strongly endorse travel into and throughout the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] as safe and encourages travellers to maintain their business and/or personal travel plans to the GTA.
That's just great. What, a week after banning all travel to Toronto because of SARS, it's on again?
That's bloody irresponsible, considering the damage it has done and will continue to do so to travel to Canada no less Toronto. [s'more inside]
posted by alicesshoe
on Apr 29, 2003 -
Have I ever told you what the river is like on a hot summer night? At dusk the mist hangs in long white bands over the water; the twilight fades and the lights of the town shine out on either bank, with the river, dark and smooth and full of mysterious reflections, like a road of triumph through the midst. - Gertrude Bell writing of the Euphrates near Baghdad. Gertrude Bell
- daughter of the desert
, Uncrowned Queen of Iraq
, Advisor to kings and Ally of Lawrence of Arabia.
Gertrude Bell was a traveller
and mountaineer, recruited by British Intelligence to work in the Middle East during the First World War and, who later worked for the British Government in Baghdad. Bell's influence
on Middle Eastern politics made her the most powerful woman in the British Empire in the years after World War I
. She was a archeologist, writer, translated the poetry of Hafiz
and a photographer
as well. 1909: Letters from Gertrude Bell, dated May 14
and May 20
. She died early in the morning of July 12th, 1926, 58 years old, from an overdose of sleeping pills--whether accidental or not is not known. She is buried in Baghdad, where her grave is still visited and her memory revered. Cherchez La Femme
posted by y2karl
on Mar 23, 2003 -
The Quiet American
provides glimpses of other cultures via phonographs: snapshots of sound. (The field recordings
in Vietnam are beautiful and evocative.) Vagabonding
also conveys the wonders of travel. What other sites allow non-travelers to experience other parts of the world?
posted by jdroth
on Mar 5, 2003 -
How many different Starbucks outlets in North America have you
been to? Less than 3,381? If so, this guy
has you beat. See Winter's caffeine-propelled roadtrip stats
and peruse his mind-numbing photo gallery.
Do not try this at home; you WILL end up looking like this.
posted by PrinceValium
on Jan 30, 2003 -
The Long Riders' Guild
is an association of equestrian explorers who have ridden more than 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.
posted by signal
on Dec 3, 2002 -
Where To Stay In Portugal And Spain:
You could do worse than try Secret Places
, an ambitious and delightful website that has the advantage of emphasizing unusual and charming accommodation. I don't know about Spain, but the places they recommend in Portugal, the Azores and Madeira are top notch and not at all touristy. These are the fairly priced rural inns, private homes and hotels we Portuguese repair to when our batteries need recharging. Although Portugal is a big tourist destination and there are loads of accommodation websites, I'm sorry to say that this is the first I've seen that's any good. I'm not so sure about the other hotel chain websites highly praised in a New York Times article
[ registration required; with pop-ups
], although the Ian Schrager Hotels
] one is quite attractive (in an early Nineties way) and very efficient reservation-wise.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 26, 2002 -
vs. Spy is going to travel the world!
He is planning on going on a round the world trip on little more than some (small amount of) money, some gumption and some luck. By hook or by crook, he's going to go to South America, and then hopefully to Africa and other places after that. I think it's incredibly gutsy to do that sort of thing, just pick up and walk around the world.
Anyone else done anything like that? Any advice or links?
posted by geekhorde
on Oct 10, 2002 -
includes pictures, video, text and audio from Pole To Pole
, Around the World in 80 Days
, Full Circle
, Hemingway Adventure
and Great Railway Journey
coming soon) - BBC TV series featuring Michael Palin
of Monty Python
fame wandering around the planet and being puckish and amusing. Great TV, and a great site, particularly if (like me) you're a travel addict. "No bombarding with ads, no spam on toast, just the Palin product, taken apart and put together again, for you to use however you want." [via the always excellent and recently-resurrected wood_s_lot]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Oct 4, 2002 -
Student arrested with boxcutter & scissors.
But the thing that really boggled my mind was this:
"Since February, we've taken more than 25,000 boxcutters from carry-ons and off of passengers. We've taken more than 500 firearms and 215,000 knives," Johnson said."
For one thing, I guess I had never realized how much box cutting went on in the US - but the bizarre piece is the guns. A half dozen I can see, but five freakin' hundred
? How can that many people - in the post 9/11 world - still be trying to get serious weapony onto airplanes?
posted by MidasMulligan
on Sep 30, 2002 -
Coming of age
in America is a ritual occasion with the goal of having an adventure that will serve as story fodder for decades to come. Whether it's waking up near death in a filthy Guadalajara alley next to some wealthy guy that you think you met in New Orleans or blowing most of your college savings on a weekend of tame debauchery in Amsterdam, the moment is meant to be simultaneously cherished and regretted for the rest of ones life.
posted by bunnytricks
on Sep 22, 2002 -
How am I going to watch my DVDs? Or, for that matter, get my ego stroked by people ogling my TiBook?
posted by fpatrick
on Sep 4, 2002 -
Is anyone going away for labor day weekend? Taking a flight? Check out what your airline may be serving at AirlineMeals.net
posted by KnitWit
on Aug 30, 2002 -
If you've ever flown commercially in the past 16 years, you had to answer two questions about your luggage before receiving your boarding pass. Starting today, they are no longer required
since they "never prevented a bombing or hijacking."
posted by jaden
on Aug 29, 2002 -
Travelling can be expensive, but there are attractions and activities that won't break the bank. The Guardian provided some suggestions
and invited readers to write in with their own
. What are your favourite "budget" thrills from around the world?
posted by jedro
on Jul 22, 2002 -
Paranoia or prudence? You decide.
Seven people from an American Trans Air Chicago to New York flight were questioned by police, then released after a fellow passenger alerted flight attendants when she saw them "passing notes and changing seats". The plane was escorted to La Guardia by F-16's. Does this sound like safeguarding our freedom or are we getting rather creepy here?
posted by beth
on Jul 17, 2002 -
Ever wonder if the airplane food sucks everywhere? Find out at Airplane Meals
, or add to this vastly underrepresented body of knowledge by sending him a pic of your next mile-high snack.
posted by Su
on May 20, 2002 -
Sneaky! Grr . . .
A few months ago, while surfing for wreck diving info, I stumbled upon this page
as a main link entitled Nightlife in the Philippines.
Because it promotes outright trafficking of women, I made a ruckus and sent an email complaining about it to the site admin and our government's Department of Tourism
. (Prostitution, BTW, is illegal in the Philippines.) Shortly afterwards, the site admin removed the main link. So how come it's still on the site via this page?
I know Southeast Asia (the Philippines second only to Thailand, I think) has a rep for cheap beer and
women, but I HATE the fact that many foreigners (like the owners of this shop,
) feel that they can buy anything they want while on vacation in third world countries, and that it's alright to perpetuate the trafficking of Filipino women under the guise of tourism
posted by lillitot
on Apr 13, 2002 -
Temporal Anomalies in Time Travel Movies
discusses time travel concept discrepancies in popular movies, such as Back to the Future, 12 Monkeys, and Flight of the Navigator. Although they're really just movies, and time travel isn't real (as far as we know), author M. Joseph Young provides very logical arguments for why those things couldn't really happen.
posted by lnicole
on Mar 18, 2002 -
US Airways announces that for just 10 million frequent flyer miles, you can get a free trip to space! "There's just one catch: The rocket and the launch pad don't exist. So don't ask for time off quite yet."
posted by stew560
on Mar 13, 2002 -
Not Flying Down To Rio For The Carnival?
Never mind! Beat the crowds but catch the beat by listening to this year's terrific sambas
before the rest of the world can. This is the real
shanty-town stuff, not the watered-down touristy rubbish[WindowsMedia required
]that passes for Samba. This year my favourite for first prize is Mangueira
. What's yours? The Brazilian Carnival
[learn all about it here
] starts Saturday and goes on straight through to Tuesday. For the latest inside information - including the Bin Laden Mask controversy - O Globo's
special web site[In Portuguese
]is unbeatable. Enjoy!
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 6, 2002 -
Not sitting at the front of the Airbus? Then maybe you need to pack a light bag, book a tight itinerary and rack up those miles. Here's a nice tool
for finding efficient flights. Otherwise the terrorists have already won.. ha!.
posted by Real9
on Jan 31, 2002 -
Two men are flying a Cessna from South Africa to Alaska.
"When I'm feeling romantic, I like to think of us as a modern-day Lewis and Clark (or maybe Huck and Jim), two guys on a once-in-a-lifetime aerial road trip. But there's more to it than that. Amid the mundane details and daily routine inside the Cessna cabin, I expect there to be unforeseen revelations and epiphanies – about the world seen this unique way and perhaps about ourselves." [check out the ultra-cool map]
posted by skallas
on Dec 29, 2001 -