Confessions of A Long Distance Sailor
- I had been sitting in dark rooms, punching computer keys, for years. I had always wanted to learn SCUBA diving, hike around in the tropics, so I booked a flight to Hawaii. But a month later I was in — are you ready? — a traffic jam on Maui.
I understand now, from the moment I touched that sailboat's dock lines, I was doomed to sail.
posted by phrontist
on Jun 17, 2007 -
provides tools for you to catalog, mark and visit interesting and useful locations around the world. It's a fun site, packed with photographs, information and maps; a useful resource
and tool for GeoCaching
and other interests
. Among the various categories
included is Oddball Museums
: The Glore Psychiatric Museum
, Musee Mechanique
, The National Plastics Museum
with lots of great pics and links to other
sites, Museum of Burlesque
[nsfw], The Leavenworth Nutcracker
Museum, Orange Show
, wbur Museums of Dirt
, Antiquated Technology
, Lizzie Borden
and more oddities
posted by nickyskye
on May 26, 2007 -
A mashup of YouTube travel videos of individual sites, their aerial location via Google Maps and text from Wikipedia. It's Web 2.0-licious!
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Apr 3, 2007 -
Eyes on the Nations
is a web site by a young man from North Carolina named Jordan Hill. He's working in various corners of the world to help with community development as a part of a soft christian missionary approach for the University of the Nations
and Youth With a Mission
. He's also a talented and curious photographer with an eye for people
. (Warnings: NSFW if you haven't ever seen old issues of the National Geographic. Worse, some of this is Xanga)
posted by mmahaffie
on Mar 20, 2007 -
"Pray for the Hartzler family. Their youngest has left the church and no longer believes that Christ died for her sins. She buys clothes at the mall. Tongue pierced, nose as well. Her shirt shows her belly where a ring of gold sprouts. We pray she will remember that her Lord's side was pierced, that His crown held no gold, only the dried blood of His brow."
thinks the prayer request in this poem
might be written for her. Despite her start in a Mennonite family, she is now an "international traveller living and teaching in Asia."
posted by The Light Fantastic
on Mar 14, 2007 -
Nothing To See Here
A guide to "some of the world's lesser-signposted places to go - attractions that may not be all that attractive; coastal towns they forgot to close down; high streets that haven't been homogenised; oddities and one-offs."
posted by chrismear
on Mar 11, 2007 -
Jonson takes pictures of The Salton Sea,
which is a strange place
, like some kind of huge, perpetual, Burning Man
, but by a huge, salty, polluted, manmade lake
with distant shores
, dying fish
, has-been resort towns
, Salvation Mountain
, fundie dinos
, fountains of youth
, and nice churches
. [via mefi projects] [previously] [howdy]
posted by brownpau
on Jan 30, 2007 -
Get paid to blog
Reveiewme.com is offering to pay you to blog. The site reserves the right to reject any submission but they do pay between $20 and $200 per each review taken. A new development or have we seen this before
posted by MrMerlot
on Jan 3, 2007 -
emerged around the turn of the 20th century, when postcards came to function as surrogates for travel. People soon realized that postcards could be used to create or sustain a certain utopian myth about a town or region, and crafty photographers began to physically manipulate their photographs. Nowhere did these modified images, or "tall-tale postcards
" as they came to be called, become more prevalent than in rural communities that hoped to forge an identity as places of agricultural abundance to encourage settlement and growth. Food sources specific to the region — vegetables, fruits, or fish — were the most common subjects."
posted by jonson
on Dec 30, 2006 -
Since the Middle Ages, German craftsmen have gone 'auf der Walz'
(taken to the road) as part of a kind of working-pilgrimage that artisans make after completing an apprenticeship with a master craftsman. These travels are meant to teach them about work and life and takes precisely three years and one day; they are not allowed to return home before this time. The trip can take these young craftsmen and women (all must be under the age of 30) halfway around the world (and often does
) and they are allowed only a small rucksack. Other than that, they can bring along their uniform (a simple black and white affair that almost defies description
), their tools, undergarments, a sleeping bag, a book and their trademark walking stick.
Although today this is a dying tradition, and is often more traditionally known as being a Journeyman
today, it still exists and has inspired some to write about the strage travellers they see on the road
. Indeed, perhaps the most famous work this tradition inspired is Australian poet Banjo Patterson
, whose work Walzing Matilda
is believed to have been inspired
by this fascinating yet waning custom.
posted by Effigy2000
on Dec 14, 2006 -
is a website for planning walking journeys. It gives you a map and directions for the best route, and info on distance, walking time, calorie burn and even CO2
potentially saved by avoiding the car, taxi or bus. London only, at present, alas.
posted by nthdegx
on Nov 7, 2006 -
The life and times of the British seaside holiday.
The BBC explore the Victorian beginings
of this British cultural export
, its history and heyday
, and the slow decline into genteel decay - and not so genteel
- decay.Perhaps buoyed by nostalgia for childhood memories of lemonade ice lollies, sticky gobs of tar underfoot, and sand sandwiches, there's a move to promote regeneration and reinvention
. Especially now that the beaches
are cleaner than ever
, although some still occasionally subject to unpleasant bobbing objects
Although any regeneration might play on icons like the piers
, beach huts
, grand hotels
, and classic cafes
, it's perhaps less likely to feature traditional and dubious delights like Punch and Judy
, end of the pier shows, fearsome landladies and holiday camps
. The builders of new sandcastles have grander plans, whether that be the Las Vegas of the northwest
, the artist's paradise of St Ives
, the surfer's paradise of Newquay
, or Hove's multi-coloured pleasure dome
. Anyway, would you like this open or wrapped?
posted by reynir
on Aug 22, 2006 -
What is a hobo? Hoboes is a name coined for men and women, but almost exclusive men that travel as migrant workers or left their friends and family in the depression or after wars when there was no work for them in their home cities.
What do hoboes do nowadays? Apparently, they travel
. And blog about it
posted by owhydididoit
on Aug 11, 2006 -
Tabloid photographs from the Los Angeles Herald Express (1936-1961), showing celebrities
, (early) CHiPs
, and babes with guns
Via the Virtual Gallery
at the LA Public Library, which has many other fine exhibits, such as California in the 20s
, the 1932 Olympics
, celebrity golf
, and a wonderful collection from the golden age of travel posters
posted by Gamblor
on Jul 28, 2006 -
Apparently abandoning any pretence that traveling economy in the back of an A330 is an enticing experience, they've launched this site which looks back at the days when women wore fur, men smoked pipes and air travel was glamorous.
Quite a few nice little movie vignettes of life chez Air France from the ‘50’s and ‘60’s.
posted by marvin
on Apr 24, 2006 -
Speak softly, don't argue and slow down'
The reputation of the "Ugly American" abroad is not..... just some cruel stereotype, but - according to the American government itself - worryingly accurate. Now, the State Department has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave.
posted by terrymiles
on Apr 16, 2006 -