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Bikini Atoll: Site of One of History’s Most Infamous Science Experiments

Swimming with an Octopus off the coast of the Bikini Atoll

“Bikini is paradise again, but with an asterisk.”

via Bikini Atoll: Site of One of History’s Most Infamous Science Experiments

This fascinating long read from Outside Magazine’s S.C. Gwynne follows the story of Alson Kelen, a native of Bikini Atoll, site of the most famous nuclear bomb test in the world.

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Please note I’m trying something new here with my blog. I have been looking to turn my blog into a sort of WordPress/Tumblr hybrid by posting “asides,” or links to articles that I feel are worthy of sharing on MissAdventures. Here, I’ll be able to provide more context or commentary on links I find worthy of a read. Plus I hope to bring into the fold of my blog more quick tidbits without spreading myself so thin on Twitter, Tumblr, and the like.

Please also note, asides in the future will not be this long! Thanks for letting me experiment…

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So, this week I thought I would try something different with my blog. I am now employing the WordPress plugin Postalicious, which allows me to automatically bookmark all the links that I tweet then publish them in a blog post. It seems a bit redundant, yes. But at the same time, I wish I had a record of some of the tweets that I sent out years or even weeks ago. The Twitter engine keeps on moving and it’s not always easy to go back and find what you’re looking for later on.

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Is There Anywhere You Wouldn’t Want to Travel To?

I’ve probably been thinking about this post ever since I learned that Bobby Flay doesn’t like lentils.

While that may not instantly trigger in your mind the idea for a blog post about travel, I remember thinking, “He’s a chef – he’s not allowed to not like lentils.”

But of course chefs have their likes and dislikes. While we expect regular people to love and hate certain food items, we typically hold chefs to a higher standard, relying on them to show us the versatility of the celeriac, the beauty of Brussels sprouts, or the depth of flavor of a plate of liver and onions.

The idea for this post came to me again today when I saw Pam Mandel tweet about her recent trip to Antarctica. Even when I was in college at American University learning from renowned and enthusiastic Antarctica specialist Dr. Jack Child or reading about Andrew Evans’ now legendary Bus to Antarctica adventure, I admit to having only a mild interest in visiting the 7th continent at the bottom of the earth.

I feel guilty that the idea of Antarctica does not light a travel spark in me, much in the same way I feel guilty that foie gras just doesn’t send me into throes of gustatory elation. Can I write about travel and not want to visit Antarctica – or anywhere else for that matter?

I realize that this may be a naive stance. Yet, at the same time, I know that my travel days are finite and it is doubtful I will visit every continent, let alone every country or major city. Why not go back for seconds on a place that I do like, getting better acquainted with its streets, people, nature? Berlin, Brazil, and San Francisco are just a few of the destinations I’d like to taste again.

Is there anywhere that you wouldn’t want to travel to or somewhere that just doesn’t thrill you? If you’re a travel writer, would you admit as much? I’d love to have your feedback in the comments or via Twitter.

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