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Remember back when I started this blog? Yeah, me neither. But I do remember starting what was meant to be a weekly habit of rounding up the best travel reads and watches on the web.
The Weekend Escape: Iceland’s at it again, Parks Canada turns 100, and a scuba diver goes really, really deep
So, in case you missed it, the world did not end yesterday. However, if you had your heart set on fire and brimstone, there was some to be found in Iceland, where the Grímsvötn volcano began erupting from deep beneath the Vatnajökull glacier. You can check out some incredible photos of the eruption here and watch it live on webcam here.
So far, all reports are saying the eruption is fairly small and it will not be causing the same flight disruptions that Eyjafjallajökull caused last year. Good news for us travellers; bad news for those who thought the eruption was a sign of The Rapture.
Sometimes, I worry that the market for travel writing will one day be nothing more than requests for generic guidebook descriptions, Top 10 Lists, and articles written more for SEO than storytelling. What will happen to the long-form narrative that whisks me away to faraway lands, lures me into another culture, and lets me eavesdrop on strangers’ conversations? Sure, those quickie profiles help when I’m planning a trip, but when I settle down with a cup of tea on a drizzly day like today, I want to be told a story. So, in this Weekend Escape, I offer up some fab narrative travel pieces I discovered this week: ones that feature the type of writing that made me want to be a travel writer in the first place.
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.