Posts Tagged: vacations

"Holiday Architecture"

I'm not sure how, but at some point this past year I inadvertently signed up for a newsletter from a site called urlaubsarchitektur. For months I deleted it as spam because the sender was always "," in all lower-case (it's a German site), but then one time I opened it and learned that it wasn't junk but a small roundup of "architecturally outstanding holiday houses and hotels" from all over Europe and beyond.

Translated as "Holiday Architecture," the newsletter delivers photos and brief descriptions of minimalist and painfully beautiful vacation destinations twice a week; recent installations have included a TV-less and "aesthetically perfect" apartment in Bavaria, a [...]


Vacation Your Way to Email Solvency

This article about how to stay offline during a vacation has the right idea, except for where it casually recommends "declaring email bankruptcy." Is this a thing? That everyone knows about? Sounds awesome.


The Best Time I Asked for Something and Got It

The year: 2003. My grandma was turning 80! So my big brother and I went down to her house in Fort Lauderdale to hang out with her and celebrate. We went to the Mai Kai and drank tiki drinks … we went to the Rustic Inn and ate garlic crabs … and, of course, we went to the beach.

Usually we opted for Dania Beach because it's generally pretty quiet and deserted. (I think 'cause there's nowhere to buy beer.) But for some reason, that day we ended up at hot, crowded Hollywood Beach. My super-tan grandma oiled up in the sun, my pale brother read a paperback in a cabana, [...]


Friday Bargain Bin: Be Your Own Valentine

Rachel Roy Frog and Kiss Threader Earrings, $26 Let these serve as a reminder to anyone who doesn't want to be alone next Valentine's Day: kiss a bunch of weirdos! You never know who their parents might be? (Totally 100% kidding. Do this instead!)


Twenty Marleys and Me

I am crying on Lou, the TSA officer. Lou is holding my license, and I’m holding every sob as long as I can. But they come out in wet bursts, snot oozing over my upper lip.

“Anita! Get her some Kleenex, please.”

I sense the restlessness of passengers roped in zigzag formation behind me as the Man Who Checks IDs counsels Weeping Chick With Laptop Out Already with quips meaningless and profound, all in the same tone: Don’t hide that smile! This too shall pass!

Colleague Anita slips me a less sympathetic look before sliding off her stool to locate tissues. Her walk is slow enough to appear intentional. It [...]


Vacation, All I Never Wanted

"About 81 percent of hotel room surfaces sampled held at least some fecal bacteria."


Pipe-House Dream

"I find the idea of a vacation home made from 12-foot concrete pipe and buried in the ground for insulation very interesting." —There was an old man who lived in a pipe. [Via]


Greece and Turkey: A Brief Personal Travelogue

Day One: Boston to Philadelphia

My mom and aunt (twins) hit a big birthday this year, and, to celebrate, are taking their kids on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Greece and Turkey. All nine of us converge on the international terminal at Philly Airport from our various East Coast cities. Only one of us has ever been on a cruise, and no one’s been to the Mediterranean before. After having our passports checked about 16 times, we board the flight. We eat a salty dinner and watch that terrible Reese Witherspoon movie about spies dating the same woman.

Day Two: Athens

We arrive in Athens exhausted, with swollen feet. [...]


When The Cat Is Away…

Edith will be gone this week. Who's ordering the pizza!?


The Hairpin at Coachella

So, I'm suddenly going to Coachella this weekend and I was just wondering if you wanted me to get you anything? Chances are pretty good we'll secure an interview with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, JUST KIDDING. But seriously, here, look through this list. If you're dying to know which show is going to be the best, it'll be Miike Snow because they are always the best, so that reporting is in the bag.

What else? Coachella proposal stories? Port-a-potty line gossip? Amon Tobin's face news? Hot licks from Gary Clark Jr.? Azealia Banks fake eyelash report? Why you'd name yourself A$AP [...]