Weekly Blend: July 25, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you may have missed. As we’ve already reached the halfway point of summer, this week, we’re instead offering a look at a few things you can do (for the rest of) this summer on a budget of $100. These travelling-on-a-budget suggestions will have you crisscrossing the globe spending as few euro, dinars, rupees, liras, pesos, shekels, dollars and bitcoins as possible.

Here we go:

Don’t be a dummy by missing out on our first stop, which takes us to the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Admission is just $10/person and $5/senior. What’s inside? Why this is the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of ventriloquism.

Had enough of wooden puppets? Gather up 100 of your closest friends and family and spend the entire $100 on admission to The Thing? Mystery of the Desert. If you happen to find yourself about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322) you can see the “mystery of the desert,” plus other questionable things – and admission is just one dollar. (There’s also a Dairy Queen nearby.)

For a taste of the “I can’t even believe this exists,” you can always spend your afternoon at Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s much talked about Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum.

If you’ve somehow ended up in northeast Alabama without any luggage then you’ll need to pay a visit to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro. Since 1970, this 40,000 square foot store has been selling…well, just about everything. Admission appears to be free so spend the C-note on other people’s stuff.

Staying in Canada? For $30 per person you can spend an entire two hours with a complete stranger. She’ll give you a personalized guide to Vancouver and a baked treat! What more could you ask for?

You can also visit Montreal for the Just For Laughs Festival which wraps up this weekend. Look for the parked RV for discounted tickets.

Feeling hungry? Try Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, Ontario, at the end of August. Or, if ribs aren’t your thing, Veg Fest Vancouver takes place on July 26.

As always, if you have a story you’d like to contribute, please post it in our comments section or tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend.

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.

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