Before we get started with our weekly trip around the world I want to dutifully remind everyone that Japan needs our help. The best thing you can do at this very moment is to make a donation to the Red Cross. For the good bloggers of the world grab a Japan Relief Banner and sport it proudly.
This week’s vicarious trip around the world is going to take us from the south of Italy to the bazaars of India and the markets of Vietnam. We’re even going to touch on a little travel etiquette this week, but the most appropriate place to start is Tokyo, Japan.
My Experience During the Japan Earthquake
@toddwassel is a staple of the travel blogger community. He was in Tokyo visiting his wife’s family during the quake. In addition to bringing you this eyewitness account from Tokyo he is leading a cooperative effort to help out the victims. Check out this post and sign up to the email list supplied therein for more information. Thanks again to the travel blogger community for being Johnny on the spot with the world’s goings on and always willing to lend a helping hand.
This one comes from @mybellavita This is a photo tour of Southern Italy. If you refrain from being too hasty you’ll find links on this page to equally extraordinary photographs from Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily.
This one is a @pocketcultures classic. I’m just going to have to quote from their site: “The boy from England: “Ok, we’ve got enough pooled to cover the bill. How much should we tip? I think it’s customarily 10% in Poland, right?” The girl from France: “No way, I’m not leaving 10%, the service was terrible.” The girl from America: “Whoa, I was planning to leave 20%!” Yeah, pretty much. They cover a dozen countries in this post.
I’m not sure I have a twitter listing for Indian Bazaars, but I love this site. Being a three time India survivor I feel the same sense of artistic timelessness that is uncovered in this article.
–start major digression– I remember very specifically having one of the most enlightening experiences of my life sitting on a chia stand bench in the middle of a New Delhi bazaar. It was almost as if for a split second I could see through time. I could see generations. I could see every foot that had pounded the ground into dust and the origin of every item being haggled for. All the noise of the bazaar for that moment stopped, all the movement. It was just me and that bench amongst a sea of uninterpreted perception. I had, for that moment, no question to pose to the universe and no quarrel. As quickly as it happened the commotion returned to my consciousness like a freight train. I sat there for some time in complete awe of what had happened. –digression over —
@happytimeblog is “keen as mustard” to capture some snappy shots of the hill folk with his new camera and he did a hell of a job. This is one way to kill a day in a foggy town with view. Happy times got a great outlook on the world and if he not busy crackin’ you up with his one of a kind style he’s bringing you funky tech gadgets like the interactive twitter photo map. I like the guy.
And this concludes another istallment of the Freewheelings’ Five on Friday. If you want to make sure I don’t miss your article next week, go ahead and leave me a comment with the link.
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