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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Jack’s Guide to the World’s Best Surfing Breaks

Sometime ago I lived opposite two of Australia’s best surfing breaks, I won’t tell you where because I wouldn’t want the poor beleaguered local folk to be overwhelmed with people wanting to know what Jack’s really like. Suffice to say I spent my share of time out in the surf, spurning all offers of boogie […]

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August 12, 2008 by
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The Challenge of Language

How long may you spend in a country before you make an effort to learn the language? I have been visiting Croatia regularly for three years. I have even had a couple of jobs here and now have decided to settle here for a while. But I still can’t speak Croatian. I don’t blame myself […]

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August 6, 2008 by
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Things I Love about Prague: Castles, Charles Bridge, Cake

My sister wanted to go to Prague. I had always resisted the place but she was coming all the way from Australia so I dutifully got online and booked flights and hotels. Why had I resisted? It’s meant to be the jewel of the ex-communist world, the prettiest, the most cultural, the place that seems […]

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August 5, 2008 by
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Vatican Guide: Vatican Tours, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s

Piazza San Pietro in Rome So, I’ve been to the smallest country in the world. Just 0.44 sq km (0.17 sq mile) in size; main exports: stamps, tourist items and publications; population: 900. Great architecture, a pretty incredible art collection, and a police force who wear the oddest uniform in the world and are from […]

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August 3, 2008 by
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