Art and Design Cool Culture Travel

An artistic virtual journey through Venice

Bookmarked Ca’ Rezzonico – A journey into 18th-Century Venice (Google Arts & Culture)

Suggestions for an artistic itinerary through collections and masterpieces

Food Travel

A contrast in food reviews

Watched 2020 US MRE Menu 20 Sausage Peppers & Onions Review & 2019 Hashbrowns w Bacon Taste Test Comparison from YouTube

The newest US MRE menu for 2020 is a hit – but is it better than the previous Menu #20, Hashbrowns with Bacon?

I enjoy this guy’s earnest, thoughtful, appreciative reviews of MREs.


This woman and her mom have a cute rapport. She especially seems to be good at describing flavors — I feel like she has more taste buds than I do ๐Ÿ˜‚ Ok she’s just put more attention and thought into noticing and describing flavor. I like her mom’s fun ways of describing sensations as she eats.

We went to Granville Island once but it was cold and rainy and we weren’t hungry so we only wandered around for an hour ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ But we did take one of the cute ferries to get there ๐Ÿ˜„


Watched Into the Empty Quarter



Fun Places Travel

Find cool places to stop on long drives

Bookmarked Make My Drive Fun (

Waypoint pop-up looks a little buggy but worth checking for road trip / trip planning ideas ๐Ÿ’ก

Resources and Reference Travel

Union hotel search

Bookmarked FairHotel (FairHotel)

Use the new FairHotel site before you book to support working people and avoid hotels where workers have called a boycott or strike.

Health Travel

COVID on planes


Thread about why planes are a transmission risk and how to reduce risk.

5. There is evidence that in such high-risk scenarios, N95 masks alone may be insufficient unless an air filtration system is operational. This means that when one-way masking on a plane, a P100 elastomeric is preferred


Fit-Tested N95 Masks Combined With Portable High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filtration Can Protect Against High Aerosolized Viral Loads Over Prolonged Periods at Close RangePermalink

How to fit test your N95 at home – supplies ~$120

P100s recommended on planes / in crowded areas:

10. My first recommendation for P100 elastomerics is the

@DentecSafety Comfort-Air NxMD (review coming). The GVS Ellipse P100 is popular. The Drรคger X-plore 2100 is cost-effective. The 3M 6000 is widely available. The Sundstrรถm SR100 has a high pass-rate



Hotel in Palm Springs

Bookmarked Sparrows Lodge (

If we ever make it back to Palm Springs ๐Ÿ๏ธ

Nature Travel Websites

Stunning trip report to the Serengeti

Bookmarked Northern Serengeti by Paul Stamatiou (

Safari wildlife game drives in the Northern Serengeti in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Aside from the beautiful photography, I’m very impressed by the trip report format, with the large scale photos, highlighted “travel partners” and the place where they stayed, the embedded videos and mini clips, and the orientation map at the top of the post. The way the captions divide sections of photos and video feels effective in telling a story and breaking up the excursion. I also like that they position this as one photoset within a larger trip with its own landing page.

This is a decided class above the trip reports I’ve posted on Cascadia Inspired ๐Ÿ˜‚

Outdoors Travel

Biking in the Southwest


Did an indoor bike workout watching this and had a real strong moment of sadness and mild despair that I don’t know when I’ll be able to travel again. Last year we did a desperation mini “road trip” in a rented camper, this year after being vaccinated I thought we’d be able to go somewhere but I haven’t felt safe yet. Feeling dispirited again with this new variant. My sister pointed out that when the pandemic started I was relieved at saving myself all the effort and logistics of planning a trip — I do a *lot* of research and have a hard time making decisions — but I’m feeling like it would be worth it right now.

Have to say after that I kind of tuned it out and focused on the music so couldn’t say if this was a good or bad one ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Art and Design Travel

Read Patterns of India

Read Patterns of India by Christine Chitnis

It’s the trip of a lifetime–a textile-based tour of colorful Rajasthan, India featuring more than 200 lush photographs depicting everday life in one of the most vibrant rregions in the world.

Patterns of India is a visual experience that offers intimate insights into the diverse and richly hued Western Indian culture. Color is the thread that binds the vast country together, defining every aspect of life from religion and politics to food and dress. Organized by the five dominant colors royal blue, sandstone, marigold, ivory, and rose, this book explores how deeply color and pattern exist in a symbiotic relationship and are woven into every part of the culture. For instance, the fuchsia found in the draping fabric of a sari is matched by the vibrant chains of roses offered at temple, and the burnt orange spices in the marketplaces are reflected in the henna tattoos given to brides and wedding guests. While every color is imbued with meaning, it is often within the details of patterns that the full story comes to light.

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting, based on the title. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was named differently. I went in hoping for a focus on patterns in clothing, architecture, and artwork, a visual reference for graphic design and illustration inspiration. Some elements of those are included but the focus is more on everyday life. The color dividers didn’t totally work for me, either. Some of the essays were interesting but again just not quite what I had been wanting out of the book.