What We’re Reading: January 22, 2010

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whatwerereading012210 What We’re Reading: January 22, 2010

Keep up with what we’re reading!

Each Friday, we share those sites and articles—those interesting links—that we are currently reading or have recently read. Enjoy these great posts that you may have missed this past week. If you have any suggestions for next Friday’s round-up, please contact us!

Bolivia. “We eat the mountain,” relates a young mine guide and former miner in Bolivia, “…and the mountain eats us. ” Check out Daniel Noll and Audrey Scott’s inspired post on the residents of Potosi, a Bolivian town in the shadow of the Cerro Rico mine.Check out their blog, Uncornererd Market, for some accompanying photos. Click here.

India. “[We] really can be idiot travelers sometimes,” write Dave and Deb fromn the PlanetD (now orbiting India), “We like to think that we are savvy and know what is going on, but sometimes we can just fall for things way too easily.” Wondering why they are so unhappy? Read about their experience hiring a car in Rajasthan. They sum it up thusly: “What were we thinking?”

Adventure travel. Over on Gap Adventures’ Travel Oasis, interns Kerri and Taylor share their experiences on how Gap’s trips have provided them with new perspectives, led to new adventures and encouraged them to take a leap. A good post.

South Africa. “Having just spent 9 months in Latin America we consider ourselves to be something of chicken experts” write Jillian and Danny from I Should Log Off. On their ‘Foodie Friday’ they take a mouth-watering look at Peri-Peri chicken. Yum.

Los Angeles. Extreme bus tours in LA? Thomas Watkins of the Associated Press writes: “Passengers paying $65 a head Saturday signed waivers acknowledging they could be crime victims and put their fate in the hands of tattooed ex-gang members who say they have negotiated a cease-fire among rivals in the most violent gangland in America.” He continues: “If that sounds daunting, consider the challenge facing organizers of LA Gang Tours: trying to build a thriving venture that provides a glimpse into gang life while also trying to convince people that gang-plagued communities are not as hopeless as movies depict.” Check out the full story here.

Italy. Over on GlobeDiva, fellow GBN member Monica describes Rome’s Campo di Fiori:

No words I could type and no pictures I could post (although I will post one) can properly describe the cacophony of sights and sounds that set before me. The fruits, the vegetables, the olive oils and balsamic vinegars, the limoncello available for tasting, the cats wandering around the area looking for anything that might have made it to the ground, the pigeons strutting around looking for something to eat, the smells, the vendors haggling

For the rest of her post, check out Monica’s blog here.

Laos. Dan from Dan’s Adventures is in Luang Prabang. He writes that it’s “a fantastic city, pretty small and has an incredibly relaxed feel about it.” Check out Dan’s post here. We agree — recently featuring Luang Prabang in out Looking Back series here.

Blogging. Be sure to check out the Gill Family’s blog for insight into the explorations of a wandering family. A fellow GBN member, they’ve compiled some great posts—and great posts for and about families looking for more information on extended travel!

Networking. The Global Bloggers Network (GBN) is a joint-project by Keith of the Velvet Escape and Janice of Solo Traveler. Since last spring, they have been brainstorming ideas and sharing information to accelerate the success of their respective blogs. But this is a fast-changing area and there’s always more to learn. So theydecided to create GBN—and we’re on board, too! Check out the project here.

Motivation. Not specifically focused on travel but universally applicable, we really enjoyed Terence Lo’s take on embracing failure, he writes “Fail. Innovate. Succeed. It’s easy to say but much harder to execute.” For more, click here.

Blogging resources. Matador has compiled dozens of articles on writing tips, blogging, social media, and SEO into easy to follow resource pages.

BootsnAll Threads

One 0f the Booties asks for input on  ”things to do in London that tourist books don’t mention“. Mel and Matt suggest a cemetery tour, writing “there are some great, slightly spooky, old Victorian cemetaries in London – Highgate in the North has Karl Marx’s gave (and other famous people) but entry is only via £5 tour. Nunhead in the south has thousands of ivy-covered angel headstones, a ruined chapel and entry is free—there are free two hour tours on the last Sunday of the month”. Check it out here.

What’s a reasonable New Zealand budget?” asks another Bootie. An overall budget of approximately  US$170 (NZ$ 230) per couple is cited. Consensus—that’s fairly reasonable.

Should I even be considering a sabbatical now?” asks a Bootie, continuing “I’m 44 and am well-compensated by my employer of 10 years. I would like to take possibly up to a year off to travel and do a bit of downsizing. Financially, I have about $100k available without touching retirement accounts. Given the current economic climate and, let’s face it, my age, is this idea completely a non-starter?” Not surprisingly, the boards other members suggest leaving! Check out the thread here.

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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