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Izon, Toronto, Canada
We love mall food
When traveling with our children in Buenos Aires last
spring, we ate many of our lunches and dinners in shopping malls. Mall food in
Argentina is a thousand times better than in US malls, and prices are inexpensive
compared to dining in Buenos Aires restaurants. When travelling with youngsters
everyone can order what suits their fancy (pizza, empanadas, hamburgers, even
steaks and seafood). This eliminates arguing over who wants to go where, to eat
what. Best of all, because mall food stands are open at all hours while restaurants
don't open until 9 or 10 p.m., we could eat when the kids became hungry.
Reed, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
Cool ice cream
parlour in Chicago...
I just visited Chicago and was taken to a
very cool ice cream parlour called Margie's Candies (they also make and sell candy).
These people make their own ice cream and all the sundaes are served in big, plastic
half clamshells. The booths at Margies are gold vinyl and there are lots
of interesting things hanging off the walls and perched on shelves. If your adventuress
radar is sensitive enough, you'll definitely get a blip on your screen where Margie's
is located -- roughly on Western Ave. and Armitage Ave., just outside the Western
El stop, northwest of downtown. I think the area is called Bucktown.
Christ, Minneapolis, USA
She packs a skirt
I have learned a lesson. I was shooed out of the Church
of the Holy Sepulcher for wearing shorts. The Western Wall attendants didn't look
too fondly on my shorts either. If you're going to any religious sites, be sure
to bring a wrap-around skirt that will at least cover your knees.
Custom cooking in Hong Kong...
the publisher for an Asian travel magazine, I have had innumerable opportunities
to review the best of Asia. Here is one of my own favourites from my home town
of Hong Kong. For a highly unusual meal suitable for meat lovers or strict vegetarians,
try Kublais Mongolian with outlets in the Capital Centre, Jaffe Road, Wanchai
and Kimberley Road, Tsimshatsui (Jordan MTR). This is serve yourself and eat-as-much-as-you-like
informal dining. You create your own dishes based on either noodles or rice with
over 30-40 combinations of meat, vegetables and sauces including Teriyaki, satay
and spicy Mongolian. Make your choice of ingredients, leave your numbered bowl
at the kitchen and within minutes a custom-cooked steaming hot pot is delivered
to your table. Very reasonably priced, too.
Georgina Wong, Business Traveller
Asia Pacific, Hong Kong
Sisters pack pedicure
My sister and I just returned from a two week trek in Costa
Rica. We did much hiking and walking and the best thing we ever packed was a pedicare
kit. We learned quickly that taking very good care of our feet was vitally important
and each evening we had a ritual of cleansing, lubricating and nipping blisters
in the bud (there is a special bandage called Blistex which can be placed on budding
blisters before they get too bad). We had the happiest feet in the group and we
were never ever slowed down!
Barbara Aldridge, Guelph, Canada
pack white for travel...
Many women may not agree with me but I
believe that my tip makes very good sense. Never take white clothing on any trip.
It gets dirty right away and it marks you as a tourist.
Judith, Quito, Ecuador
When I travel, something I've found to be
a wonderful addition are the inflatable hangers that you can get at your local
travel store. They help your hand washed laundry dry much more quickly as they
allow the air to circulate around more surfaces of your wet article. And, as a
bonus, these hangers make a pretty comfortable inflatable pillow for use on the
train or in the bathtub.
Charlotte Fong, California, USA
buys handkerchiefs in Japan...
When you go to public restrooms in
Japan, take a handkerchief or small towel with you. Most of the places here have
a sink to wash your hands, but no paper towels or hand blowers for drying. I suggest
that women can buy very cute designed hankies in our small Japanese shops for
a dollar or two. Want a famous name brand hankie? Theyre yours for $US10
at the big department stores.
Kay, Kyoto, Japan
note: And...those dollar hankies make wonderful little gifts to bring
home for friends. Stock up when youre there.
protects her camera...
Thieves love bright shiny new cameras so
disguise yours. When I travelled through Asia many years ago I put electrical
tape over the fancy brand name of the camera, etched my country and my social
insurance number on the back and smeared some silicone on the camera body. In
the end....not a very desirable camera to steal. And, I still travel with the
same great camera today!
Darcy, Vancouver, Canada
raves about an e-mail service...
I learned about a wonderfully
simple e-mail service for travellers and used it on my last trip to Hong Kong.
It worked perfectly! Mailstart.com allows you to retrieve all of your e-mail messages
directly from your own internet provider at home. Just set up your account and
password with Mailstart prior to leaving (it�s free), receive your instructions
and you�re ready to go. Do yourself a favour and check it out at http://www.mailstart.com
I loved it!
Evelyn Hannon, Toronto, Canada
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