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Literary Travel: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The third and final stop on our South American trip, after Montevideo and Cordoba, was Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Well, we’d been to and from the airport a few times by this point, but that hardly counts.) My #1 vacation activity is museums, so I was particularly excited to visit the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, MALBA, and the Museo Evita, among others. Buenos Aires 101 The capital of Argentina as well as its largest city, Buenos Aires has about 15.5 million people in the greater metro area. Oddly enough, though, it’s not part of Buenos Aires Province — the city [...]

2016-12-31T17:58:20-07:00April 8th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo

A Pretty Good Tour of Tokyo Author: Matthew Amster-Burton In theory, I want to go to Japan. It’s always seemed like an exotic and interesting destination, and I have a personal connection: my mom is Japanese and was born there. But the double linguistic whammy of a foreign language and a foreign alphabet, plus a national diet of all the scariest, most unidentifiable brown stringy things in my grandma’s fridge, was… intimidating, to say the least. If nothing else, I owe food writer and fellow Seattleite Matthew Amster-Burton a great debt for making Japan sound navigable, friendly, and downright tasty [...]

2016-12-31T17:55:50-07:00October 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Guilt Trip

I just finished reading Elizabeth Becker's Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, and I kind of wish I hadn't — not because it isn't good, but because it opened my eyes to some of the significant negative impacts of international travel. I don't like having to feel bad about traveling, dammit! But it's hard to ignore the author's persuasive arguments about the immense environmental, economic, and historical damage we're doing through our unquenchable thirst for global travel experiences. You probably won't be too surprised to hear that cruises are among the most environmentally damaging kinds of international travel [...]

2022-11-29T04:07:30-07:00September 8th, 2013|Tags: , , , |