Rundown for the Week of February 8, 2002
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Sleeping In Ice
"I wake anaesthetized by the cold and stumble out with the other guests. We're crumpled, stamping our feet to get warm, wiping runny noses on the sleeves of our jackets, but as ecstatic as if we won bobsled gold at the Olympics."
--Judith Ritter, who stayed a night in a frozen room with snow walls four feet thick at Quebec's all-ice-all-the-time Ice Hotel.
Cajun Mardi Gras
"When you have this mask on, you can be totally somebody else. When I put this mask on, I`m not Patie Rade anymore, I`m a Mardi Gras."
--Patie Rade, one of the people Jim Metzner met when he went to New Orleans and joined the celebration.
Interview: John Ryan
"It's almost an ice city that you can wander through, and you can move in and out, and actually kind of wander through this little city of ice that they built. It`s a pretty extraordinary event."
--Fan of winter John Ryan, on the magic of winter ice festivals.
Interview: Andrew Solomon
Andrew: "So imagine a situation which for at least six months you`re in a room with your brothers and sisters, and in-laws, and none of you can leave the room."
Tony: "The endless Thanksgiving."
--Our Traveler-at-Large Tony Kahn talking to Andrew Solomon -- New Yorker and depression-sufferer who goes to Greenland to find out what a family of six feels like during a long winter.
Bad Taste Meets Bad Art
"This is the Guggenheim of garbage. It`s filled with pictures of badly drawn monkeys and terribly drawn clowns, and other horrible ghastliness you never knew existed."
--Cash Peters, on his visit to Boston's Museum of Bad Art.
Travelers Aid: Amtrak Derailed
--Rudy Maxa, our travel expert-in-residence, looks into whether we are in the last days of long-distance train travel -- with help from Jim Repass, president and CEO of the National Corridors Initiative.
Cruising For A Bargain
--Rudy Maxa, our travel expert-in-residence, unleashes his Deal of the Week: a great deal for two on the new ship, the Brilliance of the Seas, which will make its way to Boston from England shortly after Labor Day.