Thai Elephant Soccer

File this under “Only in Thailand”. We had two elephants come to the village recently for a game of elephant soccer (“football” to those people with funny accents). Now I thought that would mean the two elephants playing soccer against each other. But oh no. In typical Thai style, this turned out to be two […]

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September 1, 2008 by

New York City Waterfalls

I think for most of my life I have been suffering from some horrible prejudice induced by seedy waterfront film noir movies because, until my last trip there (trip #10ish), I didn’t think of New York City as a great place to get out on the water. The East River is for people wearing cement shoes, and the Hudson has who knows what lurking beneath its murky surface. That’s why there’s so many nice bridges in New York City, so you can get over the polluted, kraken infested water that is lapping dangerously near Manhattan’s shores. And the poor Statue of Liberty, stuck out there, she must be lonely.

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August 28, 2008 by
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Viator’s Ask an Expert: How to Get Great Travel Advice

Travel, especially to a place you’ve never been before, inevitably brings rise to a lot of questions. Questions like, do I need a visa? Where is the good scuba diving? Is it crazy to try to travel from city A to city B and back in one day? Are the buses safe? You get the […]

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August 27, 2008 by

Salzburg Attractions

Crammed with beautiful churches, Salzburg was first settled by monks. I guess they were impressed by it’s dramatic surroundings of cliffs and mountains, who wouldn’t be, and by the wide Salzach River running through the middle of the valley. These days it is a really beautiful city with a surprising amount to do for such a small place; the population is about 146,000.

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August 26, 2008 by

Best Travel Souvenirs, Mementos, Shwag

A few months ago I stumbled upon the Budget Travel Supermarket Souvenir article, with its quirky mix of items you can buy in foreign supermarkets. Pig-liver patee in handy “to go” portions, grilled shrimp and pepper flavored Pringles, that sort of thing. There’s a good slideshow if you’re interested. I appreciate supermarket shenanigans as much […]

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August 22, 2008 by

Singapore Food & Hawker Food Picks

Singapore has an extraordinary blend of local delicacies to sample, from Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Rojak, Beef Kway Teow, Fish Head Curry… to Peranakan, Indian, and Malay cuisine. The trick with Singapore’s hawker centres (stalls where local food is served up – think “mega-food court”) is to go with friends so you can […]

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August 21, 2008 by

Singing Bridges

It’s been five years now that I have traveled the world in search of the secret voice of bridges. Every rumbling truck and gust of wind generates a vibration in the cables, and these sounds create a unique music, which is always present yet only heard once amplified through contact microphones.

The idea originally came while studying sculpture at art school in Sydney in the mid-1990s. One of the lecturers for a course in public art had given us the exercise to come up with an idea for an artwork in public space which had absolutely no constraints, wasn’t limited by feasibility, practicality or any other real-world concern.

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August 17, 2008 by

2008 Beijing Games: Travel Tips for the Beijing Olympics

Editor’s Note: If you’re visiting China as the 2008 Beijing Olympics come to a close, check out Viator’s mini-guide for travelers. We’ve also covered suggested itineraries in Beijing as part of our Beijing tours & things to do in Beijing listings. Since 2004, a giant digital clock in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been counting down […]

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August 17, 2008 by

Made for Walking: San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill

When people ask me if I’ve seen the Parrot Movie, I say yes. And when I ask people if they’ve walked San Francisco‘s Telegraph Hill, the answer, surprisingly, is almost always no.

To which I always say, Fer cryin’ out loud. Don’t just see the movie.

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August 15, 2008 by

The Foolish Adventure Begins

Editor’s Note: Read the latest on the Optimistic Fools preparation for the 2008 Mongol Rally. Viator is pleased to be a sponsor of the Optimistic Fools rally team, on their journey to complete the 2008 Mongol Rally from London to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The race began July 19, and this is the Fools’ first post […]

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August 13, 2008 by

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