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Weekend Intelligence: December 11-12, 2010

December 11, 2010

When the weather turns bitterly cold like it did this week, many people simply want to curl up indoors with some good reading. Well, Single Occupancy brings the good reads right to you! I hope you’ll  find the article round-up compiled by our editorial staff (of one) as intriguing and titillating as I did:

  • Underwater, underground, in the dark, and suspended from a crane: these are only a few of the ways you can partake in some of the latest innovations in dining according to Travel + Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Strangest Restaurants.” The very strangest of these gastronomic oddities in my opinion? Eating dinner while sitting on a toilet. Also the most convenient, I might add. If your dinner doesn’t agree with you, you don’t have far to go for some relief. Ew. (Okay, okay—they’re non-working toilets but still!)
  • In the same category as standing over state and national borders and positioning your feet in two different states or countries at the same time, Lonely Planet’s Jane Nethercote suggests a little bit of wacky fun with time zones. “There are ways you can make a time zone change work for you,” she writes, “especially if you’re heading west and backwards in time.” One of her suggestions: chase New Year’s across the world. Sounds like a nice to-do list for December 31, don’t you think?
  • I’ve never been to Cancun, but according to this USA Today article, its famous beaches are under siege.  Years of tropical weather events as well as the long-term effects of erosion due to sea level rise have made maintaining the beaches of this Mexican resort town an ongoing battle against nature. Can its beaches be saved without the dredging projects that threaten its coral reefs? What’s going to happen to this iconic location for leisure? Read on.
  • I have a confession: the holidays make me cranky. Maybe I’ve just been burned by the sheer craziness and commercialism each December brings but that first Christmas carol on my favorite radio station simply puts me straight into a funk. Is there a cure for this curmudgeonly condition? Perhaps a visit to one of’s “10 Spectacular Holiday Markets” might do me some good.
Christkindle Market, Chicago

Christkindle Market, Chicago ©Christine Zenino via Flickr

  • From the Single Occupancy Weekly:  Keith Savage of Traveling Savage writes about what it’s like to travel solo when you’ve got someone waiting for you at home. In poetic and poignant language, Keith sums up how solo travel has enriched his understanding of love.  Read “Finding the Love in Travel.” (P.S. You might just want to get your hankies out for this one…)

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s round-up. Happy travels!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2010 10:42 pm

    Thanks for including my post!

  2. December 14, 2010 4:08 am

    World’s Strangest Restaurants. is a good read, and as well as chasing December 31st

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