The week in Travel: August 6, 2010

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Aug 6, 2010

Dude, it’s been a week.

I’m been running around and fighting off a cold simultaneously, and after a few days, I knew something was bound to give. So when I woke up this morning with a wicked sore throat and no earthly clue what day it was (no, really), I wasn’t really that shocked. Except when I found out it was Friday. I had figured that it was Wednesday or maybe Thursday. But Friday? Really? It’s Friday? I am shocked.

I was lucky enough to catch up with an old friend from middle school, and meet a few new ones (including the amazing Deanna of Traveling Monkeys and her family) – but you’ll have to wait until next week to hear about all that awesomeness. In the meantime, I’m feeling too crappy to do anything but browse the internet. Enjoy …

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I realize it isn’t anywhere close to Halloween, but it’s August, and in Seattle that means that fall is already on its way. Check out photographer Amy Stein’s series, Halloween in Harlem. It’s haunting and sweet, and reminds me of Sesame Street in the days of yore.

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I can think of soooo many applications for these.

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Some brilliant soul put summed up all of Chewbacca’s dialogue from Star Wars in comic form.

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Artist Mark Jenkins reminds me a little of Banksy, but his chosen medium is sculpture. His work is equal parts macabre and playful. In short? Brilliant. (My favorite might be the stop sign, as simple as it is).

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Pam Mandel, the charming blogatrix behind Nerd’s Eye View (and fellow Seattle girl!) is calling for guest travel posts to appear on her blog for the month of August. She has a few parameters, but for the chance to be published on a site as awesome as hers, that’s a small price to pay.

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I really can’t think of anything better than Hunter S. Thompson motivational posters. Can you?

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I’m swooning over this environmentally-conscious Hobbit-style home built by a family in Wales. And I’m not even much of a Tolkien fan.

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I found this animation of air traffic across the globe (over the course of 24 hours) to be absolutely mesmerizing. I particularly love the flow of planes between the U.S. and Europe – it looks like the countries are breathing.

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Help food and travel writer Charyn Pfeuffer make the world a better place. Charyn is up for a $5,000 Voluntourism grant from Travelocity’s Travel for Good program. Vote for her here – it will only take 2 seconds, it doesn’t require you to sign up for anything, and it’s free. How many things can you say that about? (Oh, and read more about The Global Citizen Project here.)

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And finally, a PSA from cats.

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That’s all for now, folks. I’m going to go curl up with a terrible movie. Blerg.

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