Travel vs Tourism: a sad story of how little we know

Travel Guides
Travel Guides (Photo credit: Vanessa (EY))

Umberto Eco once said “I know the present only through the television screen.” It seems to me the same can be said about most of us today.

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Seconds? Yes, please!

I’ve noticed lately that some people talk about food the way others talk about sex. I find this fascinating. Often these food lovers aren’t portly, as one might expect, but skinny wisps of boys and girls a stronger gust of wind could knock right out of their socks. They have hungry eyes at every dinner party, and can’t concentrate on any conversation, no matter how interesting or relevant it may be.

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Sex! (and love in movies that lied to me about it)

Screenshot from Charade showing Cary Grant and...
Screenshot from Charade showing Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have I got your attention yet? I thought I’d say a thing or two about everyone’s favorite topic. You can stop reading right now if you’re expecting me to be dirty. I washed my brain with soap earlier today, so this will be no porn-post.

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Radio dies; dozens mourn the loss of ga ga.

English: Radio dial from the early 1950ies in ...
English: Radio dial from the early 1950ies in Europe: A tube powered home radio receiver shows FM and AM stations in Germany and neighbouring countries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please don’t try to tell me that radio died thirty years ago. I know that whole story. Maybe in your world that’s the way it went. In mine, radio lived until about 24 hours ago.

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A foolproof method for looking smarter without actually being…well, smarter

I’m sure you’re expecting me to give you sage advice about how you can improve your intellectual life by performing various yoga positions, by drinking lots of ginseng tea, or by reading through the entire syllabus of a college literature course. I’m not going to do that.

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Where have you been all my life, Rosemary?

English: "Rosmarino" (family Lamiace...
English: “Rosmarino” (family Lamiaceae, formerly Labiatae), probably Rosmarinum officinalis, Rosemary, a rosette-like structure of branches with opposite leaves and small axial flowers atop a thick stem, or trunk, green with a brown trunk and small blue flowers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, I’m not talking about George Clooney’s aunt. I know she’s dead. I’m talking about Rosemary the herb, and I’m going to write her name like that, capital R, because for me, she is the Queen of All Things Culinary.

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