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Tourism & Culture

Mar 1, 2007
Middle East Travel: Currying Flavour
Andrew Findlay

A man pushes through the fray and introduces himself as Mandar Singh, the owner of the horse. Apparently, he’s planning to fetch 25,000 rupees (roughly $5,000) for the virile Marwari stud. Men, some obviously making mental calculations, stare at the horse in silence. The animal is about as unattainable to...

Feb 1, 2007
U.K. Travel: Dublin
John Lee

A handful of dishevelled all-night partygoers, their arms wrapped firmly around each other, are weaving homeward past the Georgian storefronts, serenading themselves with tired, scratchy voices. I move aside, zip up my jacket and stomp past, feeling as though I’m looking for something but not knowing what. Rounding a corner, I...

Jan 1, 2007
Florida Travel: Taking the Mickey
John Lee

It’s just before 7 p.m., the sun is languidly setting behind Cinderella’s Castle and the assembled media are awaiting an alfresco announcement launching Disney World’s latest space-themed ride. Stuffed with mewling and puking minors for much of the day, the Orlando park has been closed since 3 p.m. for this private...

Dec 1, 2006
Flight Centre: Jet Set
by Katya Holloway

It’s a bright Monday morning and a deep rumble is resonating from within the Flight Centre shop in Kerrisdale. Locals flickering past the red-and-white storefront cast knowing glances at the rattling doorframe as they dash into coffee shops for their morning hit of java.

Dec 1, 2006
European Travel: Norse Code
John Lee

It’s minus-seven degrees Celsius, I’m encircled by a jagged crown of snow-capped mountains and the white breath tumbling from my open mouth suggests a serious attempt on the world chain-smoking record. But even though I’m only wearing swimming shorts, I can’t remember ever feeling so toasty.

Dec 1, 2006
Old Spaghetti Factory: That's Amore
Elizabeth Hoath

“Come on, it’s time to sing ‘Happy Birthday!’” calls Ryan Mountain over his shoulder, as he sweeps by with an impossibly full tray of dishes heaped with spumoni ice cream. He leads a troupe of young male servers to a table of giggling pre-teen girls.

Nov 1, 2006
Victoria Tourism: No Tea Party
Peter Mitham

When the organizer of a major U.S. medical convention visited Victoria in February, the blooming crocuses and other signs of spring that characterize the city in the imaginations of winter-gripped Eastern Canadians were hardly in evidence. Instead, panhandlers and low-end...

Nov 1, 2006
Aussie Rules: Melbourne
John Lee

Behind dozens of two-inch-thick doors, along a narrow passageway that’s likely cited in dictionaries under the word “dank,” stare the faces of villains such as crinolined Martha Needle. She finished her crocheting early one day, went suddenly off her middle-class rocker and poisoned most of her family. Luckily, these nutbar miscreants...

Oct 3, 2006
China-Canada Tourism: Slow Boat
Don Whiteley

Thousands of Chinese tourists would flock to our shores, they said. We'd be drowning in visitors, they said. One small question: where the hell are they? For decades, U.S. tourists have been the mainstay of B.C.'s tourism sector. But a...

Oct 2, 2006
Gateway Casinos: Winner Takes All
Jean Sorensen

For Gadhia, president of Gateway Casinos, B.C.'s second-largest casino company, the trip was also a homecoming; he left Tanzania as a 10-year-old boy and moved to Canada. "I wanted to give a sense of meaning to my return as well as contribute to my adopted country," he says. Not a conventional...

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