I used to be quite a reader. I love books. But when I was going through cancer treatment, I just could not focus on a book. The thought of reading was exhausting. So I turned instead to my other guilty pleasure - the Internet.
In the interest of sharing the love, and on the off chance I might help someone going through a difficult time, I'm going to start featuring my cool diversion of the week. The focus will not be cancer, though health and wellness will probably pop up a lot. I will also be mining the web for sources of humour, good news and, well, things that are just plain cool.
First up: urban explorer Steve Duncan. Cinematographer Andrew Wonder followed Steve Duncan as he showed off his guilty pleasure, exploring the underground of famous cities. In this film, he takes Wonder on a tour of the hidden underground world of New York City. Now, I am claustrophobic so some of the footage makes me queasy, but you will be amazed at what they show you. Even better is watching the enthusiasm Duncan has for this world - that kind of passion is a beautiful thing to see. Here's another link to the video at YouTube.
Final bit of advice: I first heard about this team on an NPR Story of the Day podcast. In this podcast, Duncan and Wonder lead an NPR reporter on a mini-tour, and this is another fascinating trip. My advice: if you like to listen to the radio but find yourself missing your favourite shows, most of them are available as podcasts. To find out more go to iTunes or directly to the podcast area of NPR's website.