This week, the blogosphere was so busy with stories and photos about so many things I love and/or dream about that it was like people were posting just for me. And so, in the name of totally self-absorbed blogging, this weekend’s roundup has a theme: Me!
My favourite food: Thai
The Fearful Adventurer’s photo essay on Thai cuisine has me fantasizing about pad thai. And coconut soup. And red curry. And mango salad. And, OMG, somebody order me some sticky rice right now!
My favourite drink: Coffee
Wanderlass’s hunt for Alamid coffee – the world’s most expensive coffee – on Mt. Malarayat in the Philippines sounds amazing. I’m rarely without a coffee or tea in-hand, so I’d love to try the stuff… I think. I’m still trying to decide if I’m ready to drink poop.
My favourite school subject: Languages
I’ve always loved learning new languages. In school, French and Spanish were by far my best subjects, and I’ve always regretted not learning more. And while I try to use my French and Spanish when I travel, I’m usually too self-conscious, afraid of butchering the language and/or saying something ridiculous – like LegalNomads’ awesome flub in Thailand. Thankfully, the closest I’ve ever come to a similar faux pas is wearing a Roots Canada logo in Australia and having my Aussie friends mock me for not knowing what “root” is slang for.
My favourite way to travel: Roadtrip! (Blogger’s Note: the word “roadtrip” must always be pronounced with an exclamation point at the end.)
I deal with a wretched rush hour commute every day (not sure if you’ve heard, but Toronto ranks as having one of the longest commuting times in the world). So, the fact that my ideal vacation involves driving seems absurd. Yet almost all of my favourite travel memories took place in a car – Iceland’s Ring Road, Australia’s Great Ocean Road, driving the desert from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, roadtripping across northern Ontario, hitchhiking in British Columbia, and breaking down in Australia. And, as Marsha at SingleOccupancy so eloquently writes, there’s something magical about opening yourself to the open road.
My favourite indulgences: Wine and Chocolate
Gasp! There’s a “Chocolate Valley” in Tuscany? And a chocolate festival, too? All with deliciously wonderful Italian reds everywhere for the drinking? Travel Diversions with Doreen, your job sounds dreadfully stressful. If you ever decide you just can’t take another chocolate bite or wine sip, I’ll gladly take on the burden of one of your trips for you.
My favourite dream job: Archaeologist
I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones when I was a kid (okay, actually, I wanted to be Harrison Ford’s girlfriend, and we’d be kick-ass archaeologists together). I took an archaeology course in university and loved it so much I considered switching majors – until I realized I’d probably never discover anything as cool as the Lost Ark or Temple of Doom. But if I had become an archaeologist, how awesome would it have been to discover one of these Ten Most Strange Ancient Objects, courtesy of Cool Pictures?
So that’s what I’m reading. What about you? Any good posts to send me for a weekend escape?