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Rundown for the Week of April 18, 2003

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Vansterdam by Patricia Murphy

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Americans are really traveling to Canada now, in lieu of going overseas. Many people think of Vancouver as a quaint city with wonderful little markets; a place where you can go out for brisk walks in the early morning. But reporter Patricia Murphy has discovered there's a cloud hanging over the city -- and let's just say it's not a rain cloud. High Times magazine voted Vancouver, British Columbia, as the top spot for smoking pot. Patricia checks out the city's "Green Zone."

Online resources:
www.bcmarijuanaparty.ca: BC Marijuana Party
www.bcmarijuanaparty.com: The British Columbia Marijuana Party Bookshop
www.kindseed.com: Place to order high quality seeds!
www.pot-tv.net: News, events, chat, information forums about cannabis culture
www.reneeboje.com: Renee Boje Legal Defense Fund

Travel by Design series with Zaha Hadid

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As part of our "Travel by Design" series, where we ask the world's leading architects to take us to their places of inspiration, we talk to Zaha Hadid, who has been called "the reigning queen of the avant-garde in architecture." Many of her designs, such as her proposal for the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Rome, use winding curves and the shapes of Arabic calligraphy. Born in Baghdad and educated in Beirut, she teaches in Austria and lives in London. Her place of inspiration? Istanbul. Zaha says Istanbul is a unique, visually stunning, historical city that will never lose its long-term appeal.

Online resources:
www.zaha-hadid.com: Studio information, biography, project information and gallery of her work
www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Zaha_Hadid.html: GreatBuildings.com, online architecture reference with information about Zaha Hadid
Savvy's Travel by Design series: Take a tour with some of the world's most influential architects and hear about the places that have most inspired their work.

In Search of the Authentic by Tim Wheeler

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Tim Wheeler is a twentysomething backpacker who went from Buenos Aires to Los Angeles, working on migrant farms, last year. Next, he went to Asia for 6 months, again, diving into the local life. Then, he set his sights on Thailand, craving the authentic culture that locals experience every day. After striking out on this front in Bangkok, he took a train north to Chiang Mai. When he arrived, he leased a house for $2.50 per day and enrolled in a Thai massage class. What he experiences is an authenticity he wasn't expecting.

Learn more about Thai massage. Schools in the U.S. and Thailand:
http://www.keitan.com/watpho/: Thai massage training at Wat Pho
http://www.1thaimassage.com/: Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai
http://www.thai-massage.com/: School of Thai Traditional Medical Massage
http://eastwestmassageschool.com/thaiM.html#vision: East West Massage School
http://thai-massage.org/school.html: Institute of Thai Massage
http://www.thaimassage-bangkok.com/: Phussapa Thai Massage School

Paris Subway Stories by Scott Rosenberg

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The subway system of a city says a lot about the people on the streets above. In Madrid, life goes on underground. In Tokyo, people are literally shoehorned by transit workers into the cars. Scott Rosenberg crisscrossed the city of Paris underground. Whether enjoying the music of Gypsy musicians while zipping along underneath the streets above, getting nabbed by Metro cops for hopping a turnstile or dealing with a screaming, non-English-speaking Frenchman, the subway helped Scott experience Paris in a special way.

Online resources:
http://www.discoverfrance.net/France/Paris/Paris_metro.shtml: History, travel tips, maps, directions and online route finder.
http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Paris_Metro_Entrances.html: Information about Hector Guimard, architect responsible for the Metro's graceful organic forms.

Exploring Music with Bob Duskis

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Our world music guide, Bob Duskis of Six Degrees Records in San Francisco, is back to take us on a tour of Latin beats from Brazil. Celso Fonseca plays in the traditional genre of slowed-down Bossa Nova, while duo Cuica represents another side of the Brazilian musical spectrum: a very hot mix of pounding Brazilian drums and minimal electronic club bounce.

Click here for more info.

Interested in some of the music you heard?
Purchase on PRMS.org: Celso Fonseca, Natural
Purchase on PRMS.org: Cuica, City to City

SARS Update

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While scientists now know the cause of this serious respiratory disease, the fear of SARS continues to escalate. Hong Kong's tourist sector has been crippled, and even non-SARS cities, like San Francisco's Chinatown, have been hit with widespread cancellations of hotel bookings. Flights in and around the "hot zone" -- Hong Kong, mainland China, Singapore and Hanoi -- have either been cancelled, or are flying near-empty. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad talks to listener Gil Kenan, who has just returned from Tokyo on a flight that originated in Hong Kong, about his experiences dealing with people panicked by SARS.

Keep informed about SARS and other health-travel issues:
www.cdc.gov: SARS info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.who.int: SARS info from the World Health Organization
www.healthytravel.com: The Travel Medicine Center

Sound Travels Grinding millet and rice, Timbuktu, Mali

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"Sound Travels" is the part of our show when we travel with just our ears as our guide. One way to really get into the local culture when you travel is to go where people work: Go see a factory, a farm, hang out with a real estate agent. Anastasia Tsioulcas was in Timbuktu and she met some women working grinding millet and rice. She found work takes on a definite rhythm in Africa.

Thinking about a trip to Timbuktu?
U.S. Department of State: Consular Information Sheet for Mali
Lonely Planet: Travel and country information

Traveler's Aid: Traveling on the Cheap with Doug Lansky

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Our Independent Traveler, Doug Lansky, has written Rough Guides First time Around the World, which just came out April 1. Doug gives advice about traveling around the globe on the cheap, including tips about how to make the most of your time, volunteering during your travels, and what you should bring with you.

Online resources:
RoughGuide.com: Rough Guide travel guides
LonelyPlanet.com: Lonely Planet travel guides

Deal of the Week: Travel by Doing Good

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Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, has a unique Deal of the Week for all you budding archaeologists: a great way to lend a hand helping the U.S. Forestry Service preserve ancient sites. Click here to read all the details.

Deal information:
Find out more online at www.passportintime.com; by phone, (800) 281-9176; or by e-mail, pit@sricrm.com

www.archaeologyfieldwork.com: For other volunteer opportunities, or visit their bulletin board: www.archaeologyfieldwork.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=volunteer
Savvy's Travelers Toolbox: More opportunties to work, volunteer and teach abroad

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