Move over, abortion rights and raising the minimum wage, because there’s a new political cause that is dear to my heart: bringing pandas to New York City! Next month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is headed to the Chengdu preserve in China, ground zero for baby pandas, and has been encouraged to fill out an application to bring pandas to the city’s most famous zoo. “They didn’t say no,” Rep. Maloney told The New York Daily News, adding that “the greatest city in the world deserves two pandas.” The NYC blog Gothamist noted that back in the 1980s the large, spacious Bronx Zoo (located about a 45-minute subway ride from Manhattan) had visiting pandas, but Rep. Maloney’s specifically interested in bringing the bears to Central Park. It’s more important to me that whichever zoo might house these hypothetical pandas has the appropriate habitat. I’d love to visit pandas a short subway ride away from my digs, but if the leafy Bronx would be a happier home, so be it. Anyway, count me in, Rep. Maloney. Do you need me to canvas door-to-door? Put up posters? [Gothamist; NY Daily News]
This January, I had a bad job interview. I performed the best I could, but they’d kept me in a room, coming in groups of two or three at a time, grilling me on why I wanted and was qualified for an entry-level customer service job for two straight hours. I’ve been employed in some way or another for the last ten years, and I graduated with honors last year. I couldn’t just say, “I need a better job than I have now, and frankly this is going to be a cakewalk for me.” Some of them said I was underqualified; some of them said I was overqualified. No one really seemed to have a real sense of what they were doing; HR was out for the day, so it was all sales managers. I was so upset and confused afterward that I sat in Merchandise Mart crying for a half hour before working up the courage to get on the train. Keep reading »
Selfies strike again.
Breanna Mitchell, 18, of Roanake, Alabama, graduated from high school this year. In June, she celebrated this milestone by traveling to Europe with her grandmother and visiting Poland. Like many teens, Breanna documented her trip on social media. Sounds like a great story so far, right? The ugh moment is that Breanna snapped a smiling selfie at Auschwitz, posing in front of nondescript buildings with the caption “Selfie in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp” and a grinning emoticon. Keep reading »
Ever notice how when men and women go away for a long weekend, most women arrive with a full-size suitcase and most men a simple backpack? What are we doing wrong? Some women over plan and pack for every possible social event and natural disaster. Others can’t decide what they need and pack their entire closet. Although I love to be prepared, I have learned a few tricks to minimize the size of my bag without forfeiting my options. Keep reading »
“Cities That Surprise” highlights places across America that defied or exceeded our expectations, for whatever reason. Today, Rebecca Vipond Brink tells us why Madison, Wisconsin, is not to be missed!
For a lot of people from Chicago, the place to go for a quick, chill weekend vacation either is Galena (home of fudge shoppes, historical reenactments, and antique stores) or Lake Geneva (great beach, some sailing, OK shopping). However, if you’re not frumpy or if you’re weird (hello) I have to suggest Wisconsin’s great alternative: Its capital, Madison. Keep reading »
The semi-creepy travel dating website MissTravel took a survey of its members to find where the sexiest people in the world come from. The site asked both men and women to rate which nationalities they find sexiest in a partner. Obviously, sexiness is pretty subjective, but it’s all in good fun anyway! The oh-so-scientific results found that the hottest men hail from Australia while the hottest ladies come from Brazil. Keep reading »
He said “Granada,” British Airways heard “Grenada,” and that’s how Edward Gamson’s whole amazing vacation got called off. Gamson, a dentist, was super psyched to be headed to Granada, Spain (top), to explore his interest in Islamic art — until what should have been a two-hour flight (from London) turned into a nine-hour flight to Grenada, in the Caribbean (bottom). Oopsies! Keep reading »
Floating in a calm ocean is super relaxing. And getting a massage is blissful. But what if you could do both at the SAME TIME?? Now you can, thanks to the One & Only Resort on Australia’s Hayman Island. The resort opens in July, and One & Only’s spa is offering a pretty drool-worthy incentive to book some time there: “Ocean Dreaming Massages,” AKA massages performed on the freakin’ ocean. Here’s the description from the spa website: Keep reading »
I believe that traveling is always a good experience (even a terrible vacation will give you stories to tell for years to come), but who you choose to travel with will make a big difference in what kind of experience you have. A cross-country road trip with your three best friends will be very different than a cross-country road trip with your dad, for example. And that dream trip to the Great Wall of China? Should you go it alone or take your boyfriend along? Click through to find out the pros and cons of different travel partners, and please share your own travel partner preferences in the comments!
I would stay at a hotel called “Shrimp House” even if it was a dump, just because I think the name is funny (and the chance to steal a robe emblazoned with the words “Property Of Shrimp House” is too good to pass up), but in this case the funny name accompanies a truly stunning destination property. Shrimp House is perched above a shrimp pond in Bali, with a glass-bottomed bedroom that allows guests to view an “underwater panorama of crustaceans in action,” which sounds like a surefire aphrodisiac if there ever was one. If all that hot shrimp action isn’t enough of a draw, the hotel is also equipped with a luxurious outdoor shower and a porch with a gorgeous view of the surrounding jungle. [Huffington Post]