This Week’s Quote:
In short, commercial air travel has become hopelessly mundane and unpleasant—and aspiring to have sex on a commercial flight is now as tacky and pointless as aspiring to have sex in a Wal-Mart. ”
– Rolf Potts, “The Death of the Mile-High Club“
- A former island leper colony off South Korea’s western coast is finally connected to the outside world – the bridge to Sorok Island “is being greeted as a cause for celebration, proof, in concrete and steel, of the fading of ancient prejudices,” reports Norimitsu Onishi, but some wonder if the island will ever fully become a part of the peninsula.
- In other Korea news, students in the city of Daejun have taken advantage of their summer vacation by building bicycle-like pedal-powered racing boats – video on Naver.
- In Seattle, cyclists are getting dinged with speeding tickets for exceeding 15-mph along a main commuting artery; the city made over $12,000 from riders in skipped-stop sign tickets alone last year.
- World Hum interviews European-travel guru Rick Steves, who talks about how travel has changed on the continent and laments the decline of “roughing it.”
- San Francisco’s 7×7 zeros-in on the city’s new best hot dog – a sliced beef dog and mashed potatoes squished between crispy bread? Yes please.
This Week’s Wandering News is a collection of travel-related links from the past week TDT finds interesting. It is posted every Sunday.