The week in travel: June 25, 2010

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Jun 25, 2010

Summer has taken her sweet time to arrive in my fair city, and all of use here in Seattle have been anxiously waiting her arrival. She’s like the popular girl who RSVP’d “yes” to your party. You doubt she’ll show up at all. And if she does? It will only be for a few minutes, max. But still, you hope you’ll see her.

For those of you who’ve forgotten what sunsets look like in our fair city, here you go.  I promise we’ll get another one. Really.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at the week that was …

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If you’ve been paying attention, Italy got knocked out of the World Cup. I’m not going to lie: I haven’t been (last week was a fluke). And apparently the U.S. is still in the running. So … that’s weird.

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Ladies, lock up your mothers – My brother is now on Twitter.

And speaking of Twitter, this week I hit 1,000 followers. But I didn’t hit them hard. (Ha ha ha ha ha – see what I did there?) Why is this significant? My goal, when I started this whole crazy travel project, was to have 500 followers.

My new goal? Win a staring contest against a Muppet.

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Deanna, the brilliant blogatrix over at Traveling Monkeys, has created a travel playlist to rule them all. It is an opus to all things 90s, and just reading her post brought me back to my halcyon days … spent listening to The Wallflowers and wearing a corduroy jacket acquired from the thrift store (for the record, it was this exact jacket. When I first saw that movie, I freaked.)

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Budget Travel has a great list of 100 places you’ve never heard of – but will want to visit.

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I cracked up after only reading the headline to this Onion article.

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Check out the extensive devastation of the 5.0 Toronto earthquake. (via reddit.com)

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My friend Giselle sent me this video of a beach in Destin, Florida, on which oil has washed up to the shore. Kids are playing it, not really realizing what’s going on. It’s truly depressing. I remember finding tar balls on the beach as a kid (presumably from boat leaks) and it was terrible. This is infinitely worse. On to happier news …

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Attention travel bloggers: Zach Anner is going to put us all out of business (though, since I’m unpaid, it’s not really a business). Thankfully, he’s funny as hell. (Take the time to watch the video. You won’t regret it).

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Baby moose! Playing in a sprinkler! (Ignore the music. It’s awful.)

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And that’s it for this week, folks … hopefully the next week will bring more sun and fewer gallons of spilled oil.

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