Tag: What We Loved This Week
by World Hum | 07.02.10 | 2:59 PM ET
The Travel Blog Exchange conference. A lot has been said about it, so I won’t say too much about it except it was terrific to spend a weekend surrounded by hundreds of passionate travelers. Bonus when the location is New York City.
Joan Didion. On my flight to New York for the TBEX conference (which was amazing), I read a few pieces in her essay collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Her essay “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” has been a favorite for years. On this flight, I read “Letter from Paradise, 21* 19’ N. 157* 52’ W.” for the first time. It’s about how Hawaii changed after World War II, and it’s typically beautiful writing.
by World Hum | 06.25.10 | 5:22 PM ET
This view out the airplane window of a giant hole in the Earth. I was flying over Arizona earlier this week when the pilot pointed out the nearly mile-wide Barringer Meteorite Crater. Scientists believe it was created 50,000 years ago by a meteorite traveling at about 26,000 m.p.h.
by World Hum | 06.18.10 | 4:53 PM ET
I loved the daylong tour of northern Baja I took last weekend with Turista Libre, culminating in dinner in Puerto Nuevo. Good fun with a good group of people—and worth checking out if you’d like to visit Tijuana with a group.
by World Hum | 06.11.10 | 4:50 PM ET
Sneaking away to do some hardcore hiking on Mt. Mitchell and some equally serious relaxing at the winery on the Biltmore Estate. I love little mountain towns like Asheville, North Carolina, that know how to serve up just the right mix of outdoors and creature comforts. Here’s a photo of America’s largest home, with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop:
by World Hum | 06.04.10 | 8:05 PM ET
I’m in awe of Brel. Who can even afford fresh squeezed room service orange juice? Trader Joe’s must pay really well, or this dude has boldly made juice a life priority.
by World Hum | 05.28.10 | 4:34 PM ET
Getting out of town for my first camping trip of the summer. Here’s a shot from the area where I spent last weekend, south of Whitehorse near the Yukon-B.C. border:
by World Hum | 05.21.10 | 4:56 PM ET
I loved canoeing a 40-kilometer section of the Yukon River with a group of friends last weekend. Stiff shoulders and a sunburn were a small price to pay for six hours spent floating downstream with the river and mountains almost entirely to ourselves.
by World Hum | 05.14.10 | 4:54 PM ET
I loved arriving back in Whitehorse after three and a half weeks on the road. I don’t think it takes anything away from a great trip to admit that coming home—putting security pat-downs, early morning departures and bad take-out sandwiches behind you for awhile—can be a relief, and even one of the pleasures of going away in the first place.
by World Hum | 05.07.10 | 10:39 PM ET
I loved spending the afternoon at Bottom Bay, a small beach on the south east coast of Barbados. I don’t know what it is about beaches—if there’s something in our wiring that conditions us to love their color combinations, or what—but I can hardly imagine any place prettier.
by World Hum | 04.30.10 | 9:52 PM ET
I’ve lived in the Washington, D.C.-area for almost four years, and this week I finally took in the iconic view from the top of the Hay-Adams Hotel. Stunning. The shot from my iPhone hardly does it justice.
by World Hum | 04.23.10 | 7:50 PM ET
I loved hearing the latest results from the NHL playoffs being announced by the pilot on a flight from Calgary to Ottawa last weekend. Air Canada has let me down more than a few times over the years, but this is one thing they get right: They always make sure to keep their hockey-mad Canadian passengers up to date on the big games.
by World Hum | 04.17.10 | 1:12 AM ET
Last Saturday I ate dinner at Les Artistes Steakhouse in Las Vegas, and the meal easily made my top five of all time. Lobster bisque, seared giant scallops served with a mascarpone risotto, and a lovely lemon sorbet for dessert. Yum.
by World Hum | 04.09.10 | 8:12 PM ET
I loved finding a jar of Branston Pickle on a shelf at the grocery store here in Whitehorse. I haven’t had the stuff since I left the U.K. more than three years ago, and tasting it again (after buying it and bringing it home, of course) brought me right back to some great pub lunches in northern England.
by World Hum | 04.02.10 | 4:04 PM ET
I’ve spent the week hanging out with travelers and travel writers in New York and now St. Louis, and I’ve loved comparing notes on favorite places. I don’t get to do it often enough. It’s good for the traveler’s soul.
by World Hum | 03.26.10 | 5:33 PM ET
I loved road-tripping the Dempster Highway from Dawson City, Yukon, across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories—and from there, driving the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk, a tiny community at the northern edge of the North American continent, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It was, without question, 50 hours of the most beautiful scenery—and the most isolating travel—that I’ve ever experienced. Here’s a shot from a couple of hours north of Dawson City:
by World Hum | 03.19.10 | 4:18 PM ET
“Crazy Heart.” I caught the Oscar-winning flick last weekend and especially loved the road scenes, with Jeff Bridges’ seen-better-days country singer driving a beat-up truck under enormous Texas skies. Here’s the trailer:
by World Hum | 03.12.10 | 5:56 PM ET
I loved having moose spareribs for dinner last night. I ate some muskox from a few hundred miles north over the holidays, but this was my first taste of the local wild game. Delicious!
by World Hum | 03.05.10 | 6:01 PM ET
I loved driving from Vancouver to Seattle on Monday, and from Seattle around the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday. It’s my first visit to Washington, and it’s a tribute to the state’s scenery that I’ve found myself dropping uncharacteristically below the speed limit at times to try to take it all in. Here’s a shot I took not far southwest of Port Angeles:
by World Hum | 02.26.10 | 4:51 PM ET
by World Hum | 02.19.10 | 6:11 PM ET
I loved the new issue of VQR, with great stories from across North Africa. So far, I loved Joe Sacco’s graphic piece on immigration in Malta, Nicholas Schmidle’s story on the Somali community in Minneapolis, and Marco Vernaschi’s amazing story and photos about the coup last year in Guinea-Bissau. Brilliant photography, fiction, and lots of other stuff I haven’t gotten to yet.