Rundown for the Week of October 13, 2000
Our first trip today may seem a little mundane by comparison-but we all go
places every day, right? I mean, you don't always consider your journey to
work, to the market, or to the next town over as "a voyage." But Jeff
Lunden, a New Yorker, has found a three-times-a-week commuter train, in
Canada, that's worth traveling to.
Writer Sharon Moshavi lives in Tokyo*and if you've ever been there and seen
the ultra-trendy kids shuffling from store to store in the Shibuya district,
you know that Japanese teenagers take fashion and style very seriously. Now
Sharon, by her own admission, is not one of these kids. I'm not saying she
has no style at all*but nevertheless, when I asked her to go out and find
Tokyo's trendiest corner, I didn't know what she'd come back with. As it
turns out, I was right: knowing what's in and what's out is a mystery for
Sharon. But knowing where to find it is another matter entirely.
Thai Elephant Ride
Traveling is often more about contingency than planned itinerary*even a trip
to somewhere you've been before can turnin into a voyage of discovery. Why,
somethimes, even the ground you walk on can literally be transformed by the
changing of a season.
Interview: Dave Brubeck
The limitless bounds of the human spirit intrigue us all. We read
philosophy, great works of fiction ... argue the meaning of life in bars.
Ordinary, everyday events can be symbolic anywhere, but especially when
you're in a country like India.
Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck is know across the globe for his
decades of innovative jazz piano. His most famous tune being "Take Five,"
recorded back in 1959. Now the life of a musician—any musician—is tough.
Months on the road at a stretch, hotels if you're lucky and enjoy a little
success, otherwise it's cheap motels-or worse, sleeping on the bus.
Deal of the Week
Dirt Cheap Adventure
Question of the Week
Korea's Andong Mask Festival
The Reality of Culture: I mean, we all have ideas about what is and isn't
"culture." ... Opera vs., say, rap music. Cathedrals vs. strip malls. Well
next week we're pushing the envelope even further ... when we travel to
Silicon Valley in search of some kind of "authentic" experience.
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