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Who Should Host the 2016 Summer Olympics?

As I’ve confessed before, I’m an Olympics-news freak. So last week, I was very excited to learn which four cities cleared the first hurdle in the long-distance race to the 2016 Summer Olympics: Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro. Officially, of course, I’m backing Chicago: it’s home turf for the American team, a world-class city, and close enough to New York that I can dream about attending. Unofficially, it was sweet to see Rio on the list, as I fell in love with the place earlier this year and had the privilege of chatting with one of the city’s Olympics-bid organizers on my trip there.

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Are You Traveling This Memorial Day Weekend?

To many people, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start to summer, a time to scrape off that grill, fill up the kiddie pool, and get that first glimmer of tan. And even though tens of thousands will hit the road and the skies, if the upcoming three-day weekend stretches before you without a trip to look forward to, you’re not alone. According to Reuters, Memorial Day holiday travel in the U.S. will shrink for the first time since 2002.

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member Valerita.