Rundown for the Week of October 27, 2000
You know, there's nothing like enjoying a good book when you're on
vacation. And if you really like reading to relax, what would be a
better place to visit than an entire literary city? In Scotland, the
small community of Wigtown has become known in the UK as a town for
books, hosting an array of book launchings and signings throughout
the year. And every September, it celebrates literature with a
festival, featuring authors from around the world. But as Adam
Fowler discovered, it's not the kind of event you'll find in the
hushed halls of your local library.
Ottowa's Haunted Hostel
With Halloween just around the corner, many folks are out searching
for some frightening fun. No doubt, there's probably someone near
you offering a spooky hayride or one of those creepy ghost house
tours. But if you're in search of a more unusual hair-raising
experience, how about spending the night in a haunted hostel? You'll
find one of the most ocnvincing and possibly cheapest haunted
accommodations at the youth hostel in Ottawa, Canada. At one time,
it was one of the country's toughest prisons. We scared-up Karen
Kelly to take a tour, and she reluctantly agreed.
You not only learn a lot about people when you travel with them, you
can learn a lot about yourself, too. For instance, you probably
think you're pretty familiar with the religion you grew up with,
right? Whether we follow it or not, we know all about the
ceremonies, the prayers and beliefs. But when reporter Judy Fein
visited an exotic island, she encountered an aspect of her faith she
never knew existed.
Interview: The Campaign Trail
Traveling back to your family's past can be as simple as a trip to the
museum...as Breena Clark discovers
Back in the early 70's, author Timothy Cruise wrote a book called The
Boys on the Bus. It chronicled the lives of journalists as they
covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and George
McGovern. Well, I decided to talk to one of the boys and girls on
the buses of this year's campaigns to see what it was like to track
Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush as they
criss-cross the country pressing the flesh and digging up votes.
Ceci Connolly is the National Political Reporter for the Washington
Post covering Gore. John Berman, a producer for ABC News, is
following the Bush camp. They took a break on the eve of the final
presidential debate in St. Louis to tell me what its like for a
reporter traveling on the campaign trail.
Deal of the Week
Question of the Week
Tour Guide's Horror Stories
Korea's Andong Mask Festival
Author Hodding Carter tells how he recreated a vessel sailed by Leif
Ericksson and took to the high seas to relive the famous explorer's
travels from Greenland to North America. Not quite brave enough yet
to re-enact your own ocean adventure? We'll get your feet wet with
an autumn journey down Illinois' Spoon River. That's where poet
Edgar Lee masters got his inspiration for the celebrated Spoon River
Anthology. We'll see how the river is still sparking imaginations
today. Plus Cash Peters finds a more unusual way to travel down a
river...and across town when he goes for a spin in an amphibious
vehicle. That's all coming up next week, so be sure to buckle
yourself in and come along for the ride.
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