Monday, October 28, 2013

You Call This a "Vacation"?!

Deborah Dunn, an editor at Conde Nast Traveler, went to Kenya to learn how to hunt with the Masai by learning tracking and throwing javelins with them. She worried about her nails.   The firm she used is trying to do a cultural exchange between them and us.

Kevin Doyle, an editor at Conde Nast Traveler, went to India and joined "hundreds of millions" as they bathed in the Ganges river celebrating a Hindu religious holiday.  He reports that "dip euphoria" lasted him three months.  (He's lucky the various illnesses he was exposed to didn't last a lifetime.) 

Other destinations addressed briefly were:

Taking pictures in China with the assistance of a professional photographer.

Saving cheetahs in Namibia.  (If you get scratched, you'd better have every known antibiotic in your travel kit.)

Visit Ethiopia's vanishing tribes to watch the Surma fighting with dong sticks  or just to gaze on the beautifully ornamented Karo and Hamar women. 

I hope to God they're kidding about the following:

On the road in Afghanistan - a 12 day trip.  "Mind the land mines!"

Go into the unknown in North Korea and you can join the fervent throngs of Kim Jong-Un fans

Visit ancient Iraq - an eight day tour.

Rafting in Bhutan - probably the safest of these tours.

Sail to the North Pole on a two week trip.

For myself, I'd recommend doing quality control checks on beer in Dublin or re-visiting my beloved Place Trocadero in Paris and, oh!  We didn't make it to Brighton while we were in England.  Those are my kind of "vacations" and if you know what's good for you, they'll be yours, too!

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