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One of the biggest travel turn-offs is a filthy city. Having to walk through stanky, trash-strewn streets really puts a damper on the whole sightseeing experience. Travel + Leisure compiled a list of America's dirtiest cities, and a number of popular party places topped the charts, with New Orleans grabbing the No. 1 award for grossness.
It's not a big surprise that the Big Easy is a Big Hot Mess; tourists flood places like Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras and leave loads of garbage, beads, alcohol and other undesirable leftovers all over the place. The mag put Philly in the No. 2 sloppy slot, and apparently it narrowly missed winning the dirty champion title.
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This post is brought to you by the phrases "locked in an airplane cabin" and "blood-sucking insects," and by the number 2, two being the number of different long haul British Airways flights that Yahoo executive Zane Selkirk discovered where bedbugs were devouring her body. To make things even more perfect, BA's flight attendants and customer service reps treated Ms. Selkirk horribly throughout and after her flights from Los Angeles to Heathrow to Bangalore. She's helpfully set up a website called BA Bites! to describe the experience.
We don't want to get into too many details, on account of how thinking about this nightmare kind of makes us throw up in our mouths. It suffices to say that at various points during her in-flight journey Selkirk observed: live bugs clinging to her blood-stained shirt next to their dead crushed friends on her shoulder, multiple generations of bugs crawling around and infesting the headrest and seat, and over 90 bites covering her body. The flight attendant on her first flight responded to the earliest of these episodes by angrily demanding "why didnít you tell me about this earlier?" Because that's obviously what the problem was.
If we could be anywhere today, we'd be in Bunol, Spain, to join one of the world's biggest food fights. The weapon of choice: overripe tomatoes. While it's too late to join La Tomatina this year, start planning to attend the 2011 event, which goes down on the last Wednesday in August.
La Tomatina fulfills all your school cafeteria dreams of a massive food fight. About 30,000 people show up to hurl more than 220,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other.
South Korea wants you to come visit and get down and really, really dirty. At Boryeong City's 13th annual Boryeong Mud Festival, it's mud madness, and you're encouraged to sling the stuff on yourself and others.
This festival, held on Daecheon Beach July 17-25 (book your airfare now!), draws the largest number of international travelers to Korea, according to the Korea Tourism Organization. It's not a surprise, since it has events like mud wrestling, mud sliding and swimming in a mud mega tub.
When traveling in Japan, you needn't step into a museum to see local art. You'll find it by just looking down at the surprisingly beautiful sewer covers while stepping across a city street.
In fact, 95 percent of the 1,780 municipalities in the country have the pretty manhole covers, according to Drainspotting, a new book by Tokyo photographer and artist Remo Camerota that documents the art form. Offering cool-looking urban art in unexpected places, the sewer covers are customized for each region.