World Wednesday

Prayer Wheels, Bhutan

Prayer Wheels, Bhutan

February 17th, 2021

I’m trying something new today.

We’ve all been so intensely focused on the immediate world around us — our homes, our neighborhoods, our local markets or grocery stores, our places of work… we’ve lost our groove. It’s time to start dreaming again and get back in touch with world travel.

It’s been a long year+ since the pandemic began, but the weeks and months have been infused with creativity, community, optimism, new ideas and different priorities. Here’s a handful of links to intriguing stories, good reads and uplifting thoughts from around the globe to light your travel fire:

History / Smithsonian Magazine
Egypt holds the world’s oldest and largest brewery, a recent discovery in the southern Nile Valley.

Health & Wellness / The Atlantic
Bhutan shows the huge and enviable result of a tiny country’s fast and coordinated response to Covid-19.

Environment / Forbes
France moves to prioritize green space over vehicles on one of the world’s most famous boulevards.

Creativity / Condé Nast Traveller
New Zealand says enough with the hot tub travel photos. Do something more creative!

Black History Month / Michael W. Twitty
Take a journey through African American culinary history with Michael’s book, titled The Cooking Gene.

World Music / Sona Jobarteh
Follow the melody to Gambia in this music video, also featured on Sona’s website.


So, what do you think of World Wednesday? Love it or hate it? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Let me know in the comments.

Tomorrow we’re back on the magic carpet for our next virtual visit.

See you then,

Post of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together. This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you while staying close to home.


  • Excellent idea. Will come back to check a couple of links. How come even in lockdown I’m still time challenged? 🙂 🙂


  • Love the World Wednesday concept, Kelly. Impressed you switched things up from the original format and presented links to articles we wouldn’t normally have seen. I immediately read the one about
    Bhutan’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis as we were supposed to have been there last year when we had to return home from India.

    Kepp springing changes on us – I’m all for it!


    • Spoken like a true traveler who welcomes change with open arms. Thanks, Annie! Love your comment. Wasn’t the Bhutan article interesting? Such a great country. Hope you can reschedule your trip. What a bummer to have missed it, but great to know Bhutan will be healthy and ready when you do go there eventually. Thanks again!


  • Great idea, Kelly! Hope to get to at least one of these articles … dealing from afar with a giant mess in another part of the world – Houston – where my husband and puppy have been without power, water, internet, and cell service for almost 4 days now – yikes!


    • WOW, Lex. So sorry to hear this. I’ve been wondering how you’re doing. Where are you? Must be so challenging to keep in touch with J?! Is your house okay? And puppy staying warm? What a bizarre winter disaster. I hope this isn’t a harbinger of what’s to come, thanks to climate change. Sending you our thoughts and hopes for all services to return soon and your hub and pup to stay safe!

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      • It’s been pretty outrageous! J and Tashi have power now, and water should be back soon (we had lots of drinking water stockpiled for hurricanes, and he could scoop up pool water for toilets). Internet and cell are back. I could barely communicate with him for those 4 days, and he has not showered in a week (hopefully that happens before I arrive tomorrow from CO! 🙂 ) It was a fluke that I was in CO for 2 weeks, but I think I am mostly grateful (I did feel pretty guilty and unhelpful). Thanks for your good wishes!


      • Wow, what an ordeal. Good that you had stockpiled water. Hope you’re safely back in Texas and things are improving.

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  • This is a great idea Kelly, and this list an excellent round-up.


  • Thumbs up, Kelly. I journeyed off to the Champs-Élysées, being an environmentalist, and was intrigued by the idea of turning it into a parkway, banning the autos. Even more fun, I then journeyed off the to the beautiful song by Sona and was immediately taken back to West Africa and my time in the Peace Corps. Keep it up. 🙂 –Curt


  • What a great idea Kelly. Look forward to exploring all your links. Thank you 💕


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