This Week’s Wandering News

Here’s a wrap-up of some interesting world and travel-related happenings from the week of 4/28 – 5/4:

Rolf Potts over at Vagablogging interviews Bob Shacochis, author of Easy in the Islands and Swimming in the Volcano, who offers some blunt advice on how to become a successful travel writer.

In the same vein, Ian Mack at Brave New Traveler, tells aspiring travel writers why they should throw away the first page of their narratives.

A great series of stories about travels in Thailand was posted up this week on Slate, written by Matthew Polly. He explores a fair share of what the country has to offer, from irony on Khao San Road to Muay Thai Kickboxing.

Planning on trekking through any of the U.S.’s national parks this year? Make sure to pack your bear mace – The Seattle Times runs a horrifying series about a father-daughter hiking duo, their experience with a bear mauling and the road to recovery. (Parts I & II)

The New York Times reports on Turkey’s secular reaction to Islamic government officials, and Global Voices Online covers bloggers’ fears of a possible coup.

If you’re in Seoul and you like donuts, this could devastate you – Global Voices Online covers an online debate [En, Kr] stirred by one South Korean blogger’s report that the Dunkin Donuts [Kr] he worked at was unsanitary. Interestingly enough, he also apparently was threatened with libel charges – but after his post was syndicated on other blogs the question becomes, who can Dunkin really go after?

That’s it for this week – Happy Travels!

(Edited: 05/05/ 2007)

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