- After years of opposition and protests, the Starbucks in the Forbidden City has finally closed its doors, says World Hum – good riddance.
- Despite their grittier feel and heavy history, the formerly soviet Baltic states and their capitals are thriving, says the SF Chronicle.
- The International Herald Tribune’s Tyler Brûlé reports on the hassle of getting through airport security the world over – “In the Catalan version of the airport security check you have to take off as many articles of clothing as possible, fill up as many plastic bins as you can balance in one arm while towing a wheely suitcase in the other and then deposit all of them on a conveyor belt.” – yikes.
- It’s a travesty in our own back yard, and Salon’s Bill Sasser takes us there, to the rebuilding of culture and life in New Orleans.
- The Metropolitician offers up an eerie portrait of a street-market mannequin in Seoul: check out his surreal photo.
This Week’s Wandering News is a collection of travel-related links from the past week TDT finds interesting. It is posted every Sunday.