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Tweet in Review

Okay, so I’m a little late to this, but feel I can’t go forward without reviewing last week’s Twitter posts (notice I’ve added a feed to the side of this page):

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Tweet in review

Thought you go me, huh?!  Still a few minutes left in the week!  Best of the Tweets this week:

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Tweet in review

I will run out of trips to recap at some point, so new feature!  Since I’m on Twitter like it’s my job (which it sort of, kind of is), I read tons of interesting links and posts each week.  So here’s a look at the tweets of the week from http://www.twitter.com/thenotoriousmeg:

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A return to long-form blogging

After nearly a year’s absence, I thought I’d blow the dust off this puppy.  I’ve been all about the “microblogging” recently, keeping up with Facebook updates and Twitter (follow me @thenotoriousmeg), but haven’t had the attention span to write anything substantive.   But given the state of the economy, who knows how much longer I’ll be able to travel, so I might as well document it.

2008 was a banner year for my passport, ringing in the New Year in Nicaragua, closely followed by an all too brief trip to Paris (my first), two work trips to Italy in spring and summer, an epic trip to Portugal for which the Husband stayed on an extra two weeks alone, Labor Day week in Barbados for a gonga deal (no real photos from this trip), and ending the year in Istanbul (photos and commentary to come).  Wow.  I feel fortunate as hell.  I wish I could go back and write about each place (and perhaps I will at some point), but a few things I realized in the course of all these travels.

I am now the Official Corn Island Cheerleader

A little shameless self-promotion: last month I had my first legit article published, on Daily Candy about Corn Islands!  Even though I’ve read DailyCandy.com for years and have written a lot here about the Corn Islands, I still sweated writing this.  Hard to make everything clever and cute while being somewhat informative, all in 400 words.  Hope it came out well!  No byline, as that’s not the DC style, but it’s titled “The Caribbean’s Last Frontier.”

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Famous!

I was thrilled this weekend to get so many comments from new Vox people!  When I discovered I was on the home page of Vox, I actually ran around shrieking like a banshee and generally driving H crazy. In case my fame ends soon, I took a screen shot:

To be fair, it's really H who should famous, as nearly all of the photos on this blog are his, even though he refuses to be named or shown on the wide, wide world of web (H is short for Husband or Himself, as Marian Keyes refers to her husband).  I yammer on and on, he takes gorgeous photos.  Mostly of graffiti, doors, dilapidated buildings, and me reading guidebooks.  I spent a lot of time Friday trying to make a customized banner for this blog of me reading guidebooks (there is apparently a photo of me in every country doing this, wearing the same sweatshirt) to no avail, but now I wonder if it is less clever than just narcissistic.    Well, if I figure it out, you'll know the story of why I'm posting photos of myself not looking at the camera.

Once I get some work done, I'm going to try to get through a few more counties in the neverending Ireland saga and visit all the blogs of those who were kind enough to comment here.

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TMI

Not that kind of information, I'm talkin' 'bout media.  I've been a big interweb fan since the late nineties, a forum poster since 2000 on Fodors when I've planned trips and Wedding Channel when I was getting married (all with this same mildly clever but getting dated username), and a blog reader for the past few years.  I've now discovered RSS feeds and it makes my blog reading wicked easy.  Since it's partially my job to keep up on travel news, and since I just don't know when to say when, I now read over a dozen travel blogs a day:

  • I also get weekly or daily newsletters from USA Today, NY Times, Budget Travel, Washington Post, Daily Candy, Manhattan User's Guide, and Thrillist.

It's getting to be a problem, but I just can't stop!  My favorite news of late: the continuing coverage of Well Behaved Monkey on a Ponytail (my friend Sherry's clever title for the inevitable but less exciting sequel to Snake on a Plane) and the related story on comfort animals, Russians trying to conquer world, and the ill-considered title of this trade pub.

Happy Friday!

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Happy Birthday to me

My sister, stenciler extraordinaire, made this shirt for my birthday last week:

It's pretty awesome, as you can see.  I wore it in Baltimore this weekend and got a lot of funny looks.  Several mothers glared at me at a rest stop in New Jersey, not sure if it was because I was exposing their children to profanity or blasphemy of Harry Potter.

Back to Ireland in a bit.

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London, Day 1: How we got there

A brief intro in case you don’t know me: I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband, go to school (undergrad, one more year left) for Physical Anthropology and Italian, and work at a travel magazine in PR.  My husband is a consultant and travels all the time, racking up enough frequent flyer miles and hotel points to take the major burden off of traveling.  The summer, frequent flyer tickets were hard to come by, so we ended up going to England for 10 glorious days, staying in London, Brighton, and Rye.  It was my first trip to the UK, only my second to Europe (first was Naples, Italy in 2001), but I have always been a major anglophile.  I adore cider, bacon, and scones so I was looking forward to eating my way through England.  I reread a lot of Nick Hornby, selected chick lit, and the Adrian Mole diaries before traveling and spent ages poring over guidebooks in the research library at work.

I’m still figuring out how this new fangled site works, so photos are going up before the text.  Photos are almost all by the husband, text by me.  Depending on how this works, I may get ambitious and do an old trip recap before school starts!