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July 2006 * 07/28/2006
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Welcome to the July issue of The Traveler
Has it been hot where you are? As of this writing, The Traveler is at a travel writing workshop in Denver hosted by the American Writers & Artists Institute. There's been a "break" here in the heat with temperatures only climbing into the low nineties. We realize that one person's "break from the heat" is another's heat wave - you'll remember that The Traveler is in San Francisco, where Mark Twain apply described the coldest winter he ever experienced was a summer in the city by the bay. But even so, reports from the home office are that even the typically chilly summer weather has given way to several days in the upper eighties and even - gasp - the low nineties. A cool(ish) day in Denver is hot as Hades in San Francisco - ah, so much is relative.
The Traveler enjoys speaking at these travel writing workshops and meeting so many interesting and talented people. But, of course, one of the best things about traveling is coming home. And we at The Traveler hope you'll feel right at home as you kick back and dig into the July issue.
In this month's feature articles we'll explore the Dead Sea and how a simple act of kindness belies the stark nature of this dying inland sea. Then we settle into our very cool room at Canada's Ice Hotel, the perfect anditdote for any summer heat wave (though there is no Ice Hotel during summer, so you'll have to wait). Then it's over to Merry Olde England to explore the wildlife and bucolic scenary of the Norfolk Broads, just two hours outside of London. And finally a treat for all aviation buffs (like The Traveler) with a visit to Boeing's Future of Aviation. All courtesy of our network of intrepid travel writers.
In case you're thinking that the equatorial Pacific hasn't been fairly represented recently at The Traveler, you'll be more than pleased with this month's Travel Writing Pick-of-the-Month, especially for all I-Matangs unfamiliar with the Tarawa atoll and the Republic of Kiribati - you've heard of the Gilbert Islands?
There is still plenty of time to get away this summer, and now is a good time to plan for your autumn and winter adventures. We can help with all that, just check out this month's travel resources, ideas, and bargains.
-To all our loyal readers...
The Dead Sea - A Day at the Beach
Chill Out at the Ice Hotel and Have a Nice Stay!
A Day on the Norfolk Broads
See the Future of Flight at Boeing
Travel Writing Pick-Of-The-Month
Imagine you've decided to pull up stakes to your comfortable first-world existence and move to a small atoll in the Gilbert Islands. Imagine that, since you've no idea really what to expect, you pack some sweaters because, even though you are moving to the equatorial Pacific, it will surely be cool in the evenings. That you never again touch those sweaters, which soon become a bit rancid in the searing humidity of said equatorial Pacific atoll, is but the very first of many surprises of life on the island of Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati. One thing is for sure: it is very hot.
J. Maarten Troost faces his ordeal of discovery on a remote Pacific atoll with wit and irony, bringing the reader along as he discovers that living on a tropical island isn't exactly they way he'd heard it would be back in the "civilized" world. For one thing, it is very, very hot (did we mention that?) Funny, informative, and eminently readable: The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific
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