Archive for October, 2008
We enjoyed dinner here (just now). Jason liked the General Tso chicken. My Spicy Thai Basil chicken was good, and we both liked the potstickers. Ah, if only it were cheaper!
P.S. It’s in Cary.
Check out this article by Janice Hough from Tripso. She gave some great advice. Remember, even if you decide to adopt my duct tape method, you may not be the only one. Check your tags before you leave the airport! I can only recall having my luggage tag checked by an official in San Juan, so you definitely can’t count on outside help.
If you have traditional black luggage, it can be pretty tough to pick out on the luggage carousel or a stack of bags from the cabins near you. This Travel Tip Tuesday, I will share my glorious secret with you to avoiding this hassle: duct tape. Colored duct tape, to be more precise. My prefered color is neon green because that’s what I found at the store. lol It’s cheap, easy, and removable. Just put a strip on in a place you’re likely to be able to see, and you’ll find your luggage out of a sea of nearly identical bags. Trust me on this one – I can find our bags faster than our friends can find theirs.
I’m eating at Cool Runnings in Cary right now, and it is so good. Come here and get a patty!
CNN recently published an article by Rick Steves – Sightseeing as citizens of the world. In this article, Rick talks about how he really appreciated his 1999 visit to the Reichstag in Berlin because of his knowledge of history. While many tourists were worried about their camera batteries and cheerfully enjoying the view, Rick was able to appreciate the emotion of the Germans as they remembered WWII and the suffering during the Cold War and appreciated their freedom.
Last Wednesday, October 15, was Blog Action Day 2008. The subject this year is poverty. Why am I mentioning it now? Because you probably read a dozen blog posts that day about poverty, and I figured I’d remind you of the issue again a week later. I actually wrote this post that day and decided to save it for today’s travel tip.
You might be thinking, “What can she possibly tell me about traveling and poverty other than the fact that travel dollars can help struggling economies? Everyone knows that!” I have another thought for you: voluntourism. Voluntourism is when you take your vacation time to volunteer somewhere. This could be something as simple as volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in your own town or as far reaching as helping researchers monitor elephants in Kenya.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.6
Waynesville, NC 28786
My quest to eat in each of the 100 North Carolina counties met with great success in Transylvania County. The funny thing is that I didn’t even realize we were in Transylvania County until we got to Pisgah Inn. Anyway, the story – my brother, his wife, my two aunts, and my cousin came to Asheville for a mini family reunion over the weekend. We did the drinks on the terrace at Grove Park thing on Friday evening, so Saturday was a Blue Ridge Parkway trip. We had lunch at Pisgah Inn and then hiked for a bit at Graveyard Fields.
Tomorrow begins the last weekend of the Parade of Homes by the Home Builders Association of Raleigh and Wake County. October 17-20 (Friday-Sunday), 12-5pm. “With homes priced from $125,000 to over $3,000,000 there is something for every price range.” I’d recommend doing a little advance planning, so visit the website and then check it out!
Those of you who have been with me from the beginning will remember that I am basically obsessed with getting to Iceland. Today a friend forwarded to me an article in the Wall Street Journal – Dispatch from Iceland: ‘We Might Lose Our Country.’ It’s so sad! Want to help them out and take advantage of the strong dollar (as compared to the krona)? Go for a visit. Check out packages through Iceland Air.
Image from ThePunkGuy.