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Gadling + BootsnAll - Picks of the Week (3.13.09)
- Weird Philippines - the Philippines is already an "out there" destination for many travelers, so it goes without saying that those who visit are privileged with some amazing sights and strange local customs. Marseille Markham tells us about her Top 5 Weirdest Philipines sights. Remember that Filipino prison where they dance to Thriller? You can go see it LIVE. Get me a ticket to Cebu immediately...
- Spanish Lessons in Central America - my first experience abroad was staying with a family in Costa Rica during High School. It was an amazing introduction to the culture and also a great way to wok on my Spanish. Rebecca Brych give us the lowdown on how to study Spanish in Central America for anyone who might be inerested. It's very comprehensive guide of everything from finding a school to picking classes to figuring out where to stay.
- High in the Sky - I always associate mountains with travel. But for many people, mountains mean they're home. Julie Blakley takes a look at the Highest Cities in the World in her latest post. Let me tell you, I'm out of breath just looking the elevations for some of these places. Think Cusco is high? How about La Rinconada, Peru at over 16,000 feet!
- Feisty Female Travelers - you might know Christine Amanpour, the Chief International Correspondent of CNN, as one woman that's really set the bar high for solo female travelers, including trips to Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan. This week Lucy Corne takes a look at six of history's most famous and well-known female travelers, a tribute to all they've done to set a "traveling example" for women everywhere.
- Gondola Gallery - you pretty much know if you visit Venice, one of Italy's most famous cities, you're going to see some gondolas. The iconic boats are pretty much the town's unofficial symbol at this point. BootsnAll's Italy blog features some of their favorite gondola photography in this week's feature.