Travel Reads - April 13, 2018 Edition
A weekly newsletter of great travel reads and news by James Clark from Nomadic Notes.
I was back in Australia this week for a brief visit, so no time for blogging. There were lots of cool reads to be found though, so more about my Melbourne trip next week.
The Markthal in Rotterdam
“Unilever’s new HQ has shed its mundane image with jazzy architecture and a commitment to sustainability. Even Amsterdammers are interested.”
“The Konyaks of India’s northeast practiced headhunting into the 1960s. Some of those warriors are still alive today.”
World first Yangtze trek such a journey into the unknown that even getting to the start is a challenge for Ash Dykes
“Pioneering Welshman to follow China’s longest river from Tibet to Shanghai on foot but will face months alone and a series of dangerous water crossings.”
“Was ripping out Sydney’s extensive original tram network in the 1960s one of the biggest mistakes the city ever made? Curious Sydney investigates if there were economic reasons or a conspiracy at play.”
“In 1799, the ferocious Tay Son army forced the first Nguyen Emperor, Nguyen Anh, and his troops to flee to the sea. While making their escape, a great storm engulfed the retreating army. As their ship’s mast shivered and the hull shuddered, threatening to break it into splinters, a great whale rose from the depths. It lifted the emperor’s boat and carried him and his men to safety.”
“Singapore Airlines has some of the best plane food out there — here’s an inside look at how the airline makes 50,000 meals a day.”
A group of graduates have traced the global journey of a single banana to showcase the complexity of the exportation process.
“The mountains of the Caucasus lay mostly undiscovered until now. Meet Tom Allen, who is creating a Transcaucasian Trail hiking route to change all that.”
“Half a century ago, Heathrow Terminal 1 opened as the most advanced aviation facility in the world. Later this month, the innards of the obsolete terminal will go on sale: the final indignity for a building which saw its last flight depart on 29 June 2015.”
“Italian man Edoardo Flores has a collection of 15,000 Do Not Disturb signs from hotels, and he has some very unusual ones in all types of materials.”
Southeast Asia Railways
“Vendors at a market renowned for scrambling to clear the way for passing trains were ordered Monday to make changes after it was featured in British media.”
Street art in Melbourne.
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