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Wheres the stop button??
"I'm Steven Seagraves. Joined by Seth Miller and foss mood. Hey guys hey so. It's a lovely Tuesday afternoon. We're recording this earlier than normal. Actually know what day of the week it is. I keep track an end. You know we have to record the show earlier. Because Seth is turning into a GRANDPA and Sunday starting to starting to do woodworking and go to bed early trump would it becomes a teacher just random side story about shop teachers I actually didn't get take shop class in high school. We sort of had one. But I I did a drafting course. Instead which turned out to be very valuable and useful to me later in life and so I'm happy I did it We I was like the last year they did paper drafting with the square and know the arm moving around and doing all by answers really cool on and then learned cad later but separate from that My wife was telling a story last night as we were talking about some of these things and I bought more tools or power tools on having the crap turns out matters a lot but she's timing the story about how she did something in shop class when she was like in middle school and hers wasn't very good but her sister who's a year younger than her came back and it was really good in much straighter lines and this and that and I'm like oh she probably is that the right the right the fence and had it all working correctly. I don't think we had that was like how could you do that? You use a table. Solid data blade without a French. So now you just held it carefully. This that's Super Dangerous. Did have missing finger cystic wait. Why get another kids ever lost fingers in Class? And maybe maybe the shop teacher lost in a different way. I don't know but just from a visual perspective in the image. You're trying to project. I don't see how that's a good idea. Not One of my which teachers told us to tell us how he'd come in on weekends with dead dear to cut them up on the we're GonNa be completely topic here for the first couple of is a friend of mine who lives in the catskills apparently China some stories about their neighbor once the stupid APP Arnold next next next door next door chats or this or that in something. Apparently someone hit a deer inside. Hey you know. Put a message on the side of the road around here. Be careful driving over there and one of the responses was like you just left it there. You didn't do anything else. Which okay fine notified the authorities like you have to tell us family? Apparently like a serious response was like wait. What family someone has to go find the family of the dead deer and let it know that mom dad is dead. I thought I thought I thought you were going to say that. They had told him to go pick it up in. Us The media. It's actually. It's actually a thing you know. I was surprised that they didn't give in where they are and whatnot. But maybe it was. Hey here's where it is if anyone wants to go picking up and eat it. It's only been a couple of hours. Probably Maga's haven't gotten to it yet. I Dunno next door is an entertaining beast. I have not far in my life avoided getting into it and I'd like to keep about if you like to read just just completely nonsense cyncical stuff and crazy neighbors. It is definitely for you. I spent a decent amount of time in my life on twitter quotient. I need man all right. So let's dive into some stories here. the first one is a propublica a article about the. Tsa over a million in ninety five masks even the airports are basically emt and TSA staffing levels down And it really doesn't need one point. Three million in ninety five masks and so this was concerns were raised back in April and You know they were saying we should donate these and people said No. We're not GONNA donate them. We're GONNA WE'RE GONNA keep them Very interesting are the. Tsa agents working at the customer facing roles wearing masks at all I think they are right at the PX. They are okay but like started masks. Not An five sir. I'm pretty sure they're surgical haven't seen in ninety five used as sort of a weird thing with just the whole and ninety five situation at those are the ones that are going to see. A product guarantee knows transmission By what you know when you ask the question like one is the goal of wearing the mask and how much of it are you trying to control? Obviously one hundred percent time for. Everyone doesn't work right because we don't have the supplies and so someone someone wanted. Today is gonNA open up a warehouse in fine wherever the government put like all the ones they hijacked from the states and from everybody else they're going to be stored somewhere but it is kind of weird and it's instead the says that CSS quietly stored many of them in a warehouse near DFW. We're paying for the warehouse space. Yeah so anyway. It's it's it was expected that this would this would last thirty days. That surplus would last thirty days for all of their security officers but did did not account for the decline in the number of officers needed lately so with air down like ninety five percent in the US. I would suspect it would last a lot longer. I would pose the question. They asked you change their staffing levels knowing them. Let's that's a good question I don't know here's the thing though forty days. That's only if you take. What are one point? Three million two hundred forty only thirty two thousand five hundred so that really don't have there's only thirty thousand thirty thousand. Tsa agents working working per day on for some number's higher. I don't know it seems low for sure and also only one master person per day. The lunch break. You gotta put it back on. The in theory is a really bad idea. Of course I've been wearing the same one for three months now so nothing. Maybe maybe some people out there who were flown have seen what the what the. Tsa agents are wearing. Just let us know. Because I mean I've only been once during all this and other than that have been getting updates on their twitter so next up so Cessna has a new plane. The Cessna Sky Career completed. Its first flight this week. New Clean Design Clean Sheet designed aircraft. Pretty Amazing thought it would never happening again. I will say it. Looks like a minivan of the sky. But it's supposed to be more many. It's supposed to be more like the Ford Transit to fifty or three fifty. Oh Yeah Yeah. That's exactly what it is East Sprinter van. Yeah somethings bolted onto top.
COVID-19 Travel News
"In these episodes the travel journalists stranded by border closures in a bungalow in rural Thailand and the band expats rescuing hungry dogs affected by in. Nineteen matter. Podcast we'll be keeping you up to date trouble alerts information about coroner buyers answering some uplifting news views to inspire you and keep them smiling high it is common and fill and we'll hear. Olivia story shortly but fill their MORE COUNTRIES ACROSS EUROPE. Easing lock damages. Belgium is to reopen to international tourist spot fifteen to June minority by the time. Listen this but it's good news for us while in. Great Sport is our to reopen to international travelers on July the first at the earliest the US Canada border will luckily remained closed throughout June. For Non Essential Travel and this has been hinted at fool but as vacation season ramp up in the. Us travel industry experts. Say The Americans will flip about flying in favor of road trips. The National Park Service is planning to increase recreational access and services on a park by park basis so stained with them and haven't listened to that we have heard that having waited. People will favor road trips absolutely well. Not much choice really. I love a right trip can we? Can we ask people for their road trip stories? What do you reckon she that I will give you permission fail? You can do what you like. Eighty dollars podcast at will know meds dot com with your favorite road trip story. It'd be really cool to share them. Show nights create a bit of a go to four now. Living is a freelance travel writer. She's infectious journalist. She has a passion for adventure and ECO. Travel which is just as well because when has started to shut down to Judah Coverage. She found herself happily stranded in a bungalow in rural Thailand. Yes so I was actually traveling with my boyfriend. Slash unofficial photographer Jonathan. We put our apartment up for after wrench for the majority of spring. He took a hiatus from works to finish his master's program. I'm a travel writer editor for my work. So we were basically had no plans and we're just kind of bopping around and and seeing where felt right so we were actually in India. We are in Delhi win. I The Danish borders were shutting in mere hours. Of course Jonathan could get back but his girlfriend's in American could not that came right before at the American borders shots and I could get back. Jonathan could not so with with literally five hours at in India to choose. We found a cheap flight from Delhi to Bangkok. And we said you know what will be together. This is. There's Kobe it can't destroy a beautiful weather and Delicious Pad Thai at we will will take easy here and just see what comes next. So that's what originally brought me back to Thailand so you all with Jonathan. It's not some long distance relationship livelihood in other episodes and fortunately he is an officer on a Danish oil-tanker so as soon as the flights to Europe started dwindling down in Thailand. He knew he knew that he had to get home or he risked losing his job so about a month ago he he left me Could've defend myself but obviously we we chat every day. This is the first time in my life where I've really had to make every decision For myself and and really every decision wasn't important. One so he is. He will be there at the end of this. I'm I'm really hoping that at some point in the near or distant future either Denmark opens again the US Open's again. Thailand opens again. But until now we we are very much the long distance relationship with him in the middle of the ocean. What are you doing? You was there. Jonathan's going back to today mark. He's going back to work. Your tribal rod is not a lot of commissioning going on. So what have you been doing? Well I'm the kind of person that always needs to keep myself busy. And just in order to stay sane also because I really do love what I do. So as a travel writer and editor. I've pivoted a lot of my messages to stay home but in the future blank blank would be the optimal you know post pandemic vacation so I helped launch L. A. Style magazines travel sector which has been a lot of learning. Seo on the back end and kind of looking for new talent new writers at the same time I also am the executive producer. A PBS show so public television show that's streaming across all the United States. It's funny I don't even have a TV here in my bungalow. But I'm getting all of these pictures of friends who are saying. Hey live is not your shown that I see when I turn on the television. So yes it is hand. It's been a lot of fun. You kind of show people that the idea of friendship connection when travelling which is what the message of fly brother. The show is about Still remains true even during a global worldwide pandemic so it in fact it's been it's been more meaningful than ever because it just shows us the importance of the people that we meet when we travel not just the place as a little bit of a pivot from my normal everyday because those things are are a little bit in line with you know my career and might suggest. I've met a really wonderful group of experts from all over the world theory We joke that were a bit of United Nations of of Thailand at and we of course in in a socially distant manner have this rocketed to really help the street dogs and the elephants year in in crabby because at the street dogs really rely on the scraps of the hotels and the restaurants tourist just leaving McDonald's hamburger in a garbage near the beach but with legitimately notorious. These dogs are are starving and in Near Jack. So what we do. Is We go on our on our motorbikes early in the mornings I'm we collect food. We have you know a donation site available or use our own funds And then we have about eighty five street dogs in different packs that we ride our bikes to which is a new phenomenon for me. Because I've I've never been exactly the most graceful human being so Doing that on a motorbike is is definitely stepping out of comfort zone. I never had thought really how much a pandemic would affect you know with this chain of events how it would affect the animals and in turn affects the humans because now a lot of times people like culturally are are more frightened of the street dogs but if the dogs aren't having to you know come up in bag and really show their show their strength in order to just survive if they can be fed and we feed them food. We feed them vitamins. We've gotten We've taken some to the vets just to make sure they're all right you know they're manged there for Then everyone kind of lives in harmony so that people generally have been very very open and welcoming to to the group of ex stats riding around in helping the the dogs.
COVID -19 Travel News
"Kim and fill out chat with atlas obscure shortly. But what's the latest news surrounding treble? Fill the vice. President of the European Commission has told Brits it's safe to holiday in Europe this summer despite Corona vars but look contradicting what the UK secretaries' saying they say Britain would be more likely than not to have to forego any international travel. This year's surprised the British the British and the European communication breakdown. And I think that was the point of the big referendum anyway. It's even worse for his trying with any obviously travel unexpected to anyway knee no at least twenty twenty rates outlook recent research nights that million people living in countries where the orders are close to non-citizens non-residents Judah covered Montaigne. That is a lot of people looking for. Hobbies Field Well Tell Tell Tina from atlas obscure. It's an online travel magazine into to accompany fill. You not caught up with them to see how things are traveling or not grown with their operations including looking after their customers during rush. It's been it's been a roller coaster. Being you know operating trips we started to affect US really Back in January because we had troops that were to Vietnam At that time and we even at that time had a a China trip scheduled for March. So it's something that we you know really started affecting us in January Edit in March really just kind of came to a head with You know really just suspending trips and canceling trips across the board because of all the restrictions that really started to come down really heavily And then when those restrictions came down I mean March. Thirteenth was a day where we had We had guests in destination. We had guests in Tunisia and the day before we had guests that were just about to return home from Galicia in Spain so it was pretty much a mad dash. You know all hands on deck to make sure that we could communicate with our guests and worked to try to get them Connected to the proper channels for re bookings so that they could get home safely and just really keep them informed as best we could as the information was changing minute by minute and that's pretty much at least on my side as I guess experience manager. That's been our main cushion. Goal is to really try to keep in front of the information as best. We can keep our travelers informed as these updates start to develop to utilize guest experienced. How tell your operations? So how did it affect you so I think one thing to keep in mind is the adults obscure us? Trips program is quite new. It's pretty young. In Twenty Sixteen. We had three departures in twenty seventeen. We had twelve and we had over one hundred twenty scheduled for twenty twenty so this was our big year. We had started really small. We're scaling quickly. So it was tough to have happen in the year that we were really kicking it up to a much bigger notch and then tap the skill back so quickly so I feel like that was an overarching feeling looking at this is we got. We went big so quickly and then we had to really retract and I think operationally that affects our relationships with the people we partner with on trips and our trips are run on such an individual basis often with one or two people in that destination. It's rarely with DMC And so we're really relying on those relationships and we had really leaned on those people and built those relationships in from one year to eight or ten and so figuring out how to manage it responsibly. And and take that in consideration And just be mindful of how we're all working through this together. It really came down to being really thoughtful about how to approach those relationships. Both for how the rest of this year unfolds. Also how we approach next year. Because that's the thing everybody as travelers we think about how all of this has affected the travel. But when you're in a business like these are the people who are relying on you and you've got to you know you've got to consider them as well especially for these people who so many of our trip leaders were in tourism. They aren't in tourism And so to go from just a couple of trips to a lot of the people I work with now running so many they made a shift and so this of course effects that shift And so they need to figure out how to shoot back or whatever it might be. What do you think guests are going to be looking full from tool provided in companies like us? Sure I mean I think that that is the the million dollar question in that. Everybody billion dollar million dollar question and there. There's there's so many conversations you know going on in the industry around that and I think that I mean I do think that there is going to be somewhat of a of a surge in particular markets and I think that there's GonNa be a retraction and others. I think that the main thing is that what we've been trying to do it. Atlas obscure in this time is maintaining the trust of our guests. I think that people really are going to want to travel with companies that they trust that they know will communicate with transparency and with clarity. And that's something that we've been working really hard to do because I think across the board that it's going to be a portent Especially when you're in a situation where like I said before. Nobody really knows exactly what's going to happen. But if you're with a company that you feel confident will be able to provide the correct information and get you in and out of whatever situation may be that that's going to be of a priority for people when they're choosing a company
Travel to Saudi Arabia
"Welcome to the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christianson. Let's talk about Saudi Arabia. I'd like to welcome to the show flow meter. Who's come to us from Munich Germany but come to talk to us about Saudi Arabia flow? Welcome to the show. Thank you Chris. Happy to be here. Saudi Arabia is not a place that well actually. It's a place that a lot of people have gone on Hosh. It's one of the most popular travel destinations in the world but for people who are not Muslims. It is a relatively new destination very true yet. Open up its tourist visa in the end of September so everything is very new. There and for me was the interesting part of really yet. Go to a country where tourism really hasn't been a part of the history in the last year. I guess that answers the question of why you went to Saudi Arabia. Was there more to the story than just it opened up. The opportunity was available. I mean Saudi Arabia. There's so much so much to talk about. I mean first of all landscape. I think we always think about at least to me. It was okay. Saudi Arabia desert oil encampments. That's the first words that came to remind but the landscape boys. There is so much more to see. I mean the Sea of the mountains zero than history wise. I mean a lot of ancient kingdoms coming from there the history of Islam being from there but for me it was one of the biggest reasons why a went to Saudi. Arabia was the hospitality of the people. I heard such amazing things about that. I've been around in the Middle East and I wanted to experience it for myself and as soon as I heard. They opened up the doors for tourists. I said okay. I'm going to jump on that wagon and I want to see for myself to really see how it is. And what kind of an itinerary? Are you going to recommend for us when you look at the map? Saudi Arabia is a huge country. So I always say it's better to have more time than less. But if you have about eight to ten days that should give you a good idea overview over the country so I did it. I'd recommend always starting in Ria. That's the capital on the east side. And then making your way for the West stow after that a Lula which is a beautiful beautiful historic site than to Medina which is super interesting because Muslims go there as well now and then to Jeddah and then from Jeddah head back to Fly Back from Jeddah which options whatever works best for you excellent before we get into that in more detail one place. You didn't name and I WANNA talk about why you didn't name. It is a place that other people might be interested in going. And that's Mecca and there's a reason why you didn't name Mecca and we OUGHTA address the elephant in the room as it were so if he would want to go to Mecca. I'll give you the picture you'll drive on the road and then you see a big sign which says non Muslims go right and Muslims go straight celebrate as a non Muslim. You're not allowed to go to Mecca. And that of course has to be respected now of course if you are Muslim than that's entirely different and you in fact are encouraged or required depending on how one looks at that to make a trip to Mecca at least once in your life if you have the means to do so. So but we're not gonNA address Mecca in this particular episode. We're not going to address going on Hajj because most of the show can't do that so excellent you started us in Riyadh exactly so the beauty of Saudi Arabia is that everything is pretty new so I mean arriving day you arrive at a Super Bowl Airport. I first of all said okay. I'm GonNa take the metro into town so followed the metro signs only to find out that not. That's not billed yet. So that's how earlier wasn't the country so back out of the airport into Uber and into town. We think we always have this idea that Saudi Arabia is a very rich country but maybe a bit old school. That definitely didn't find that the case Uber which works fantastic they have all the amenities modern buildings amazing and paired with all the history that comes with it and there was amazing for me on firsthand arrived in the country. I get into Uber. You drive into town takes about forty five minutes because traffic is crazy and we start talking and suddenly he stops and he gets out of the car and he comes back into the car with a box of oranges. And I'm super perplexingly. Okay what would you know? He's giving me this box of oranges and I was like okay. Maybe we did the picked it up for his wife or his family and he's like no no no. This is for you and this was the first time really experienced hands on Saudi hospitality. Which is insane. I mean I've been to a lot of places but never ever did uber. Taxi driver gave me a present for just arriving in the country. And that would be a new one for me as well. It's really insane. And this was not a one time I arrived in is expensive. There's a lot of hotels but they are quite expensive when expensive sixty seventy USD. For I would say the the cheapest room.
Looking for Rome; The End of Ice; Earth Day
"It took a decade for Americans to take Rachel Carson seriously. In her book silent Spring She described the dangerous carcinogenic pesticides to the Environment. End To our health. It's bird the. Us government to create the Environmental Protection Agency and banning DT use in North America and much of the world got underway. Today we're experiencing a new form of silent. Spring with the spread of the novel Corona Virus as well as the accelerating effects of climate change on the planet. Maybe these are all signs that Mother Nature is upset with us up mountain climbing journalists Djamil. Cautions us that we're running out of time to get serious about our impact on the natural world? He'll tell us why in just a bit. Let's start today's travel. With Rick. Steves with fresh look at one of the world's most celebrated cities Rome. Francesca Caruso specializes in uncovering the layers of Roman history for visitors. She's with us to point out. What's behind the sites? We see so. We can view Roma's our city to treasure as well. Francesca Buongiorno. Kayak Francesca every day. You take groups around Rome like an evangelist of art appreciation. I've been following you for twenty years this way and it just your fresh now as you were when I first met you as far as your teaching mission. What is your mission as a teacher of travelers in Rome mission to make Rome accessible because I understand that it can be overwhelming. And what do you do with two thousand years of history? What do you do if two thousand years of art? So it's really giving some ideas on how to navigate it how to make sense of. What does it mean? What does it mean to us today? Wonderful classroom well. It's not a bad office to have. Now what are the big challenges? I mean it's it's hot. It's crowded people don't know their history What are the challenges of this? I mean it's becoming more and more crowded yes. The summer's getting very hot. But I think we have to stand that these things don't explain themselves that it's not true that if you stare at a painting or you look at broken columnists going to tell you what it means so we need a little bit of help. We need a few ideas. How do I look at things with the ancient ruins? Look like when they were intact for example so was a few ideas. We can do that. So when you're doing your work. Are there moments when you feel like yes? I've I've really connected and this person has been opened up to the wonder of what I've loved for years. It's a moment the SA- crossing the threshold at some moment. When you see that look in their eyes that they're right there and sometimes I invite them to remember to think of themselves at home packing their suitcases before coming to Rome and ask him think of where you are now the real thing and the real place think about this and as he that they look around themselves they do these moments. I mean now. Travelers can enter the coliseum through. What do you call it? The gladiator entrance on the stern entrance. And you're on the arena on the floor and you can hear the crowds and you can see the wild animals and BSE. Imagine nation is absolutely ignited finding moments though as a teacher. I mean anybody could just walk through some Gaetan look at the Coliseum on the inside it must be nice for you to able to have an entry that makes sense for the story that you're trying to tell. The story is the part I. I don't think you know after twenty years of talking about these things. I think that it's not so much the stones in themselves as was the stones have to say I mean the idea that the stones carry cultures carry stories that but we can think about and we can understand the past but we can also understand ourselves and having a conversation with those stories for you in other words the art can actually be more than just enjoying something fascinating or beautiful it can have meaning can have important the cost the coliseum. I mean the colosseum is bricks. Stones was the colosseum as a place of violence as a place of politics. It's a place where there is ethical moral issue that comes up with his. It mean that these people went to watch death all day long so it becomes a an occasion to reflect on the use of violence and propaganda. That so interesting because a lot of people go. Oh those Romans I mean arena. That's the word is sand right to soak up the blood. Absolute that's why it's called an arena because Covered with sand. So all the bloodshed on the opening celebration of the Coliseum. How many animals were slaughtered? Has Nine thousand or something like that? I always recommend working with perception to also think okay violence. But what if they'd been ancient Roman sitting in the audience and I saw my first lion never having seen a photograph line on knowing what a line looks like a lion pounces out of the floor for the first time. Two thousand years ago without zoos and circuses documentaries would that meant so we can put ourselves in the shoes of people of the past. It creates a different understanding history and culture. We don't need to be quite so judgmental and we also have to remember. What are the top selling movies for us? You know. They're the shoot? 'em Up the Schwarzenegger movies on this kind of stuff. The the wrestling the car racing everybody waiting for a crash. I mean there's a lot of consistency between twenty first century and two thousand years ago might challenge as a tour guide. And I would imagine you're too is helping people see things in that context. I mean today we go to Roman. It's a modern city sitting on the ruins of a city that used to have a million people. There were a million people in Rome two thousand years ago. How do we envision that? How do we appreciate pass key? But the imagination needs to be informed so if I say that Roma's the first city in the West that reach the population of a million that an antiquity was the most populated city on the planet. And there will never be a million people in a European city again after Roman to London in the eighteen hundreds there you can start thinking that and then you start saying well. What did it mean to provide clean water food housing to over a million people two thousand years ago with did it look like and then you're there all of a sudden you're there and you're thinking like them and you don't bring your baggage of perceptions of moral codes and ethics but you're thinking like a Roman and then that's the transformative aspect of travel that you can be in the shoes of another person of another time might challenge and I just love? This is to not look at it from yeah. I've been there done that. I've seen it on TV. I saw that movie. You know from the twenty. Oh we've got taller buildings or whatever put yourself in the context and then you go. Wow they had a sewer system for a million people. They brought in water for a million people. They cooked bread for a million people there. Rick it happens if you're on the other side of the world and you didn't know book it's one thing if you're in place and you can imagine you can think you can reflect. You can feel are things that can happen if you're that to not happen. Otherwise is doors open as he's Windows. That opens a comprehension. Remember we talked about once fell to The Catholic pilgrim to walk into Saint Peter's for the first time for one hundred years ago. It's that idea of putting ourselves in the eyes in the shoes of travelers on the past
The Cheese Soup test
"I'm Steven Seagraves. Joined by Seth Miller in Mahmoud gentlemen from the quarantine bunkers. How're you doing still granted? Yeah sets together. Yeah it was going to say is so you're in the power you're not really hunker. Yeah give up there with the gun. I do randomly decide to curse. Does that for no apparent reason? Just scream out obscenities. Is that what you mean or here? That would count more sure in. I had nothing to Hampshire said. Oh man how you guys making out during all this still chugging along during the weekend I broke my eighty S B receiver today. So that's the level. I've gotten to a good Tuesday. Six banks is it working. I think I may need to reclaim it. And it's going to give me a new code or something. I don't know a new. Yeah Yeah sometimes. Sometimes I feel like back when I was broken. His looking at aspirational trips. That's what I feel like now the book and then they don't because you can't I could. I don't know I'm not GONNA go. I realized that I have this Vietnam ticket on cafe. Then I it's still open but now it's in June it's not gonNA happen anymore Because it doesn't look like Hong Kong. Open up the border but at the same time my visa expires for Tom. September it'll be a full year multi entry. Yeah I did because I knew I was going back to get another visa visa on arrival at this point or you just ask them to drop the last leg. That's true that's true it could. The visa expired can just come in Hong Kong. I could see if they do that. They might be willing to cafe cafes being really good during this Yeah so we have a couple of listener questions We'll go with Tom. Schindler's I he. He was thinking that Mileage Bookings on United Metal should count for million miler status. What do you guys think of that? Yes No phosphide. Keep them away. I mean how many how many how many reward flights are you taking on United Metalpha's Doug affecting avoid my only reason for it as a practical one of the goal is to is to in theory reward travel on united and I think the total number of miles anybody is going to redeem as award points versus cash. Tickets is relatively trivial but especially with the with the airline trying to keep more people on local medal for cost reasons. Why not like? Is it really move the needle on how many people bump up million miler status if not does it? Does it not show like a nice little gift back to the consumers? Yeah it's hard to program but they don't give points for it and so they'd have to figure out a new way to sort of system would you say. Would you want? That's easy to do now because your status is no longer by on miles anyways. Just credit the miles. The only thing that will increment is the million mile conquer. You'd have to say the Award Mile Peace Right Credits. award While because it'd be easier at that anyways. Yeah good point on. Would you credit just button? Seton DISTANCE WON'T FAMOUS TENNIS CASH ticket. Right there's more classes Arizona's for no not at the merger would be nice. I think it'd be a nice thing for united to do I can see them doing it. Probably not based on the way things are going Maybe add years. I guess I guess my only other thought barriers. They've had years in office. Never get it but this seems to be good opportunity as they're doing other things like you know. Raising the Partner wants ten percent and removing award charge and things like that it seems like an easy little gift back. I look. I don't really have a problem with it. The only reason I have a problem with this I'd have a hard time burning my miles non-united metal right now. That's a one time I feel safe flying someone other than united. 'cause I'm not missing out anything emotionally. You'd have that problem exactly but I mean the reality is what what's what is it really by you rate. How much how? Many people are burning on united. And how many are you GonNa earn for twenty thousand points if you're looking twenty thousand twenty five thousand Mile Ticket? You're you're going GONNA earn a couple thousand best. Well I mean I think is like would you start booking trips to Singapore and Sydney with miles if if On united middle of this work because he would get to four million mile or a lot faster. No because it's going to cost me like four hundred thousand miles but but you can't hold them you can't. They can't take him with us. I know we can't take them with you before. Two thousand miles is still a lotta miles for fifteen hundred dollar ticket. That's true that's true man. Yeah any other thoughts on that for for our listeners. Enter young had actually mentioned this. We talked about injuries question on the last show. We actually got the question wrong. Sorry Andrew he was actually asking us. There's a theory out there or There's evidence that suggests that Mahane Air. The Iranian airline defied a ban on passenger flights between Tehran and Wuhan And that in turn had a spike in created spiking cases in Iran Did you guys read this story on foreign policy? It's pretty damning It's seems like they be Ryan Civil Aviation Organization Was part of it right so I mean it gets was there an international benefits to one. That's what I don't understand if like if the Iranian government permitted it. Why is this such a big deal if they chose to let that happen? I mean there were plenty of flights pulling people out right nonresidents of China. Repatriating people are those are running so could easily be flagged as that will on January thirty first Iranian government said that all flights were suspended to and from China but there were departure information and rival information out of Khameini Airport Tehran's airport and by Chinese airports shows that flights by Mahan Air continued for another full week including one direct evacuation flight from Milan. So how does someone Public file flight plan with the government and then three months later formats later. It's an issue I think. That's why the Civil Aviation Organization is being called out because they allowed it. Okay so it's not the airline that they're going efforts both because they said Mahoni or shouldn't have flown regardless.
Walking the South Downs Way in England
"Welcome amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about the south downs way. I'd like to welcome to the show. Aaron Miller from the Armchair Explorer podcast at Armchair Dash Explorer Dot Com. Who's come to talk to us about hiking? The south downs way in England Aaron. Welcome to the show. Thank you so much Chris. Pleasure to be here well Erin. Why are we talking about the south downs way? And can you put it on a map? I first of all I come from this area so I'm passionate about it. The South downs way is I think. One of the most beautiful but lesser-known hikes in England in the south of England. It's a hundred mile pot that stretches from east which is south of London right on the coast and it goes a hundred miles west to winchester and it's a beautiful route because it follows the spine of the south downs. The entire way on the south downs being a series of hills mountains hills. We're talking the south. Downs is beautiful gentle rolling hills that stretch of this way and into central English landscape. When you picture that quintessential Englishness that gentle rolling hills in arable farmland and old pubs little tiny villages and sheep and cows. Because you're on the spine of these down. This incredible view to one side to the south of you is the English Channel Sparkling Blue Sea in and then the other side is this wheeled. Which is this valley. That seems to stretch on forever. And IT'S COOKIE CUTTER. English field far as the I could say. And what makes this really special is? It's the national trail for south downs. National Park which is England's National Park. I think turns ten this year. So it's really a working landscape for like for your listeners. That come from the states or other places. I love the national parks in the states. I'm a huge fan right about them. A lot and most of them are obviously protecting. He's wild spaces. But the town's national park is a little different is actually a UNESCO biosphere reserve which is an award. That's not been given out to that many places and it's to do with the relationship between a land and its people and the sustainable relationship harmonious assistance between the ecosystem and the people that live there and have lived there and work that land for centuries thousands of years in fact. So what you get. Is this real sense of living landscape. It's not a national park which is devoid of people cut off from civilization It's a national park where people have existed for thousands of years the south downs way. In fact it's been walked for at least eight thousand years. Have records of that so when you in this room you really? Following in the footsteps of people that have worked for thousands of years. There's age hill forts. There's Bronze Age burial mounds. There's Roman history so you get a real sense of that as you will through an feel like that history and culture can imbue a place with debt when you're there you get the sense of this living landscape that is very typical of England's and very friendly in welcoming you're passing through these little villages and it's a little off the tortoiseshell because I don't think many international tourists do so when you coming off the trail to stay in these tubs or these different places overnight. You really stay in local One a drop down to this pub called the five bells and the local cricket teams in having their Green Tea and Gossiping About Pu. Bakes the best scones and all that sort of stuff. So it's really you're eavesdropping on this. Little World of the south of England and I think a lot of people when they think giving they think of the south of England to landscape inspired love artists over the years for everyone from Virginia Woolf in the blooms regroup to painters and musicians. So you really feel like you're walking through a landscape that has a lot of depth battle texture to it and there's a lot of great beer too so that was helps o'clock and one thing to know is when you talk about this being a national park in UK the UK Veasley being a smaller country than the US. Where I live doesn't have as many national parks. That only has fifteen so when you say. It's a national park. It's one of just over a dozen national parks in both England. Scotland and Wales altogether. So obviously fifteen are the fifteen best sites that were worthy of being named National Park. So where are we starting? So there's two options I started in Eastbourne which is on the south coast and made my way west from there and I did that for a special reason because when you do it that way there's a really great finish to the hike which I'll I'll keep his as a surprise for example a Lotta people choose to do it the other way round. It's the same elevation same difficulty. I think a lot of people choose to do it the other way round because when you begin winchester you slowly make your way closer and closer to the finish. This really dramatic finish walking towards east born in this place called the seven sisters. Which are these beautiful chalky cliffs that the White Cliffs of Dover the famous cliffs on the South Coast and these be bit as beautiful? I did it the other way and I also did it in a very fun way. I did it as a one hundred mile. Pub CRAWL
Europe Day Hikes
"Cassandra. Researches writes guidebook explore Europe on foot? She Recommends Cultural Adventures on Long N. short-distance trails across Europe. That also get you beyond the crowds at many prime destinations. He cassandra. Thanks so much for having me. I know from my own experience because I'm running around Europe and a car lot. You stop at a turnout and you enjoy the view but it just walk even a couple of hundred yards. It's a whole different world. You forget about the road. And you're immersed in the wonders of Europe. Of course you can stop your car and seat. Let's say the west coast of Ireland. The cliffs of more most dramatic cliff. Stop anywhere that I can imagine and people a few hundred yards in either direction. But you've got a ten mile walk you've talked about here on the clips of more this walk on. The cliffs of more is a really great way to get away from those crowds to see a little more of the stunning coastline. And this is the far west of Ireland which far west of Europe where the people gays out of this our next perish over his Boston right. I mean the land quite stunningly just drops off into the ocean in fact before they put a barrier there. I would inch out on my belly and I would literally look over that black rock plummets. A couple of hundred yards right down into the sea. And you're sitting there like a Human Suction Cup worrying about a Freak Gust of wind blowing. But you gotta be there. You're you're looking at the backs of the birds as they fly below you in. You're you're looking at the SURF. Crashing below you and that ledge goes for miles and miles and now there are trails there that are safe and designed for people to enjoy that scene. Yes and actually. It's a really great way to beat the traffic. The car traffic. That's at the cliffs of more also. Because those parking lots really fill up. You can actually start with your walk in the town. Just north of cliffs more and then walk to cliffs of more through that area and farther south one town south. You get to see some really amazing ruins that most people don't ever notice and then you can even take hiking shuttle back to your first towns so there'd be a bus that would take you back. Yes in book you talk about. Some hikes are there in back and other ones are loops and also in your book. You talk about. It's important to be able to abbreviate your trip. If you choose well you know. Sometimes you fall in love with a hike. That's a little too long. Maybe you just don't WanNa do you know ten miles in a day. Maybe you'd like to do only five miles whether that's because you just don't have an interest in walking that long or because you wanNA shorten for other travel plans in Europe. It's really easy to shorten hikes because there are things like cable. Cars Post buses shuttles all sorts of ways buses. Exactly these tour buses. I know that along clips have more so you could go from that first town to the actual famous clips where all the tourists are and then intend to have gone to the next town but decided when you get there you know that's enough. Let's have lunch here and we'll take the bus backtra starting and also I think a lot of people don't realize how easy it to get to the trail heads right and that's because you know if you walk a lot in the United States you realize trail heads are in wilderness and you need a car to get there and that's pretty tough when you're traveling but in Europe trail heads are actually in small towns and those small towns are serviced by amazing public transportation. Trains funicular buses. That makes it incredibly easy. If you're not traveling by car even to get to hike even a day hike by train do it and then make your way back to your original point because here in Seattle. If I'm going to take a hike up in the cascades I needed drive there to that but all of the hikes that you're talking about are accessible from a town which has a train station or nearly all of them.
Leap, But Bring Your Own Net
"Hey guys welcome back. How are you how is it going? I hope you're hanging in there. It has been such a strange season. This whole twenty twenty thing. I can't believe it's already. May I just hope that you guys are doing well and staying positive? I know it's been hard. We are in very weird times right now so I just wanted to get back on here and just share with you guys a little bit about what I've been up to lately if you've been listening for any amount of time Or following me on social media for any amount of time you know that I love to lead group trips and specifically I lead trips every year to Patagonia and We've gone to Jordan we've got. We'RE GOING TO CROATIA THIS YEAR. As long as we are allowed to that trip is still on and the other thing that I have been doing with my group trips for the last couple of years is leading retreats. And I know you've heard me talk about Mary. Treat a little bit lately in recent episodes. This retreat is called. Bring your own net and it's about discovering the tools that you need to show up for yourself whenever you take a leap because guess what that net doesn't just appear got into that a little bit in the last episode in one of the blog posts that I wrote but I wanted to talk a little bit more about that retreat today and that is because it is actually happening. It's open right now for registration. It is may fourteenth to seventeenth so the doors are going to be open through May Twelfth. And you can find everything you need to know at traveling. Jackie DOT COM slash retreat. This is my first ever online version of the retreat that I've been leading for two years. I'm super excited about it. This has been a dream of mine ever since I started leading it in person to put it online. Actually this week I was supposed to be in Italy getting ready to lead it in person with some of you which really hurts my heart to think about but here we are and this is the next best thing so. I am so fortunate. Actually we are all very fortunate right now to live in an environment where we can create such events using digital media just like this podcast that you're listening to right now which have the power to really bring us together no matter where we physically maybe which a lot of us is still at home but today. I I wanNA tell you a little bit more about why. I'm doing this why I'm putting this retreat online. And what what it's really about and where it came from because that's something I've never really gotten into on this podcast Although it starts with my story and that is something I have gotten into on this show but just in case. You have not heard that because you have to go back kind of far too. Tino catch my story I'm GonNa just tell you a little bit about that today and just a little bit more about who I am and where I've come from and I some of You. You've actually been following this show for You know what we just. We just had our six year anniversary of this show which is crazy we. Are you know six years later? We're still going and I personally as your host. I've been through a lot in those six years and That's what we're GonNa Kinda talk about today and we're also going to hear in a little bit from two of the girls who have been on this retreat with me so going to try our best to give you an idea of what is going on with the. Bring Your own net retreat. So in case you don't know my background. This is something that I I usually share. I mean a lot when I'm interviewed on other people's podcasts. But as far as my own podcast. I don't really share my story anymore. So I'm going to kind of recap a little bit I started traveling internationally. When I was eighteen I went to Costa Rica study abroad for a year and that totally changed my life and I kept traveling after that I fell in love with travel and everything different new and I could not possibly go back to normal as I as I knew it to exist before and so I that was what really kicked off my Mike Vagabond years. I suppose Where I truly pursued travel as a lifestyle and after that year in Costa Rica. I studied abroad for a year in Italy I followed my passion to learn languages. I went and study abroad in Brazil as well. I backpacked through Central America. I ended up back in Europe. Living there. Travelling there was back and forth between Latin America and Europe. A lot during those years of basically my my university years and just after that and in two thousand twelve I got married and although I was still able to travel here and there You know my life was really different and I was kind of doing the adult things had a home and a dog and a partner and you know we were kind of doing the thing and then in two thousand thirteen is when I started blogging with the budget traveler and then the next year I started the podcast in two thousand fourteen and a lot of you guys have been here since then which is super cool You know I was in a different place. Then if you've heard all of this then you've really been with me through it all But in two thousand fifteen the year that I got a divorce and that year I decided to take my backpack and myself onto the road and I put some of my things in storage and I said goodbye to the life that I knew and that I had been building And I'm not going to get into the personal details of why all that happened. The important thing to know is that I needed to change. That was the bottom line. I needed to change my life and so this was the path that I took. I decided to hit the road by myself. And that turned out to be an incredible voyage of personal discovery for me that turned out to be me totally tearing all of myself down to the foundation and rebuilding even parts of my foundation. I needed to know what I was standing on. I needed to know what I was doing in this world and I didn't and I didn't have confidence in myself. I didn't think I was ever going to be okay with travelling alone. I never thought I was going to be content being on my own. There were so much that I was afraid of but what I knew was that I had to make a change and so this is what I did. I made the change. I took the leap I left and I pursued life on my own and it totally changed everything for me
COVID 19 Travel News
"Welcome to the war nomads podcast. We'll be keeping you up to date travelers information about Coronado answering some uplifting news views to inspire you and keeping smiling took I. It's true with you. Those topics energy analyst in lockdown in Paris. Thought I feel Italy. What is happening on? Well social distancing and wearing masks is still required in Italy. It has said child to lockdown while at least most of their structures there in face to of locked down where they can leave their homes for less urgent reasons including exercising impacts and visiting relatives and some of those people have been locked emphasis being like eight ten weeks. Jesus came to get outside. Wouldn't you? Yeah we'll what other? Headlines have forced to speaking of face masks it's now compulsory to wear a face mask on. Moist. Us Airlines American Airlines United Delta and Frontier Airlines. Join jetblue in the order. Look after initially signed Feis Moss provided protection the CDC changed its mind and recommends they used to prevent people who are affected. But don't know it from spreading the corona virus hints. The idea of wearing face masks when you are apply no in the terminal a look speaking of American Airlines. They've posted a whopping two point. Two billion dollar loss for the three months of the years I fought but that saying it's not the end for the add that side. I've got six point. Eight billion in the quantity for the current quarter and government is another Money that's coming in. I reckon they'll rise that to eleven billion in liquidity into the second quarter so then Guyana and talked soon we would hook. One of the world's most popular tourist sites has had a ninety nine point five percent drop in visits in April. It's Cambodia's ankle what which normally takes in seven million dollars a month in phase but with just six hundred fifty visitors last month the takings were poultry thirty thousand dollars to there that suicide for that economy. Yes they rely on older people all around ankle. What who yes yes. That's that's not even taking into account that loss of money for all of those people there as we NI- tourism and travel with temperatures of GDP. This people survive exactly but pre convert remember though talks that they were going to restrict the number of visitors to anchor. What because of tourism. Yeah two point six million people in las GSA. It's probably yeah. It's bad for the people who try to make a livelihood from around it but You know maybe it's time to reset on those things in control nights. I love finally. I've got some good corona virus needs for you Beijing's Forbidden City is. I've been to the public for the first time. Since January twenty fifth Visited THEY TEMPERATURE. Take him when they come in and I have to show that. They are covered free and healthy vira verification. App on their fine and there's a sign of things to come in the future. I think we're all going to have to get something some sort of verification that we covered fray before we can go into public places in travel bets the new. GonNa use air quotes new normal. You know they got. I can't I lane. Show is a journalist and photographer. Who prior to the pandemic would travel nine months out of the year beautiful? But he's currently in lockdown in Paris. I lived here for the past five years in so I it feels like home and gives them American. I didn't want to be in the US with the healthcare. They have it kind of sucks because most of my family's stuck in Seattle in it's been just messed it. Actually you doesn't yeah So Seattle was one of the first places where it was pretty bad or like Seattle area So I have like neighbors who are doctors who have their first doctors to fall. Ill And I was back home in February. Visiting my parents can also do an assignment and I had an injection and I try to go see a doctor. And it was the prices just exorbitant. Like thousand two hundred dollars just to get a doctor to look at my. I get a prescription so I just can't even imagine what it's like to deal with co bit right now as an American. So you're in lockdown which means you can't even go to restaurants and enjoy food no so everything is closed except for the essentials. They're quite strict about it. Because the cops. I live in the center of Paris and the cops have been actively I guess. Checking with people I went out yesterday for the first time because my laptop screen shattered on over the weekend. Which is so unfortunate. Never happened once. My life and Apple France has no way of fixing it side to find like a third party person of exit and I went out for the first time yesterday and it was terrifying. Explain that what was terrifying about it. I I'm reporting a lot of stuff for US news source new sites right now and so. I'm really up to date with like everything. Cove it And so I was reading a report from Finland about how like even sixteen might not be enough of distance. So it's a bike a four kilometers away yesterday to drop off my and people outside. Were not respecting social distancing A lot of people aren't wearing masks. Their parts of the city with half open produce shops and it was filled with people I was biking to dodge other people on the streets. A lot of cars have stopped respecting driving rules. I don't drive never driven in my life so I don't know what they are but I know for a fact. You should not be you turning wherever you want. I was on my bike. Like dodging cars as well It just seems very foreign world outside. It's society I don't recognize anymore now. You're also photographer. Are you documenting any of this? Not only for you sort of personal history but the back in the US. So I did a story. Few weeks ago for business insider about the first few days of walk down so yes I was documenting actively I'm still shooting from my window I just. I don't feel comfortable at all going outside. I've severe asthma even before this started like I'm always sick with like my lungs. I I just don't want to be outside right now I'm trying my best. I have a food diary with those going on of the foods. I'm eating at home Documenting life in my fifty square meters apartment as much as I can buy also fell like this crippling anxiety Trying my best to balance it out and I've been reading a lot about like why creatives don't feel very productive right now or anyone. Actually I was reading about grief at the beginning of how we're grieving like the old world and society we used to know. That's a bit much but now I've really under I think that's what it is like. I go through these weird cycles. I've never experienced really before. The other part is that my partner and I are in lockdown together. And he's a very logical person in. He's just doing what he has to do going to work from his off from our couch every day on like he's just like it's out of my control whereas I'm like spires really on my own. How do you think travel is going to change? Eilly the thing. The weird thing is that I travel so much so in the past three or four years. I've graduated from photography school. I was travelling like nine months of the year. And it's weird. I have like a background in conservation. Biology some all about being ECO friendly. I was just like Kinda gross out by how much I was traveling. Bozo where the The travel world was heading towards it was just too much like all these people taking weekend trips like for me. Traveling is about really understanding place and it requires time and so I told all editors I would not be traveling as much this year and so for me. It feels just like the perfect storm like I now don't have to explain to everyone. I'm not traveling as much. I've ING moving forward. We won't be traveling as much. We'll be chopping in a more thoughtful way. Which is a good thing definitely. I'm worried about all the people I've written about who works who make their income off tourism. That's one of the scariest things for me. And I have lots of family. Also still in Korea and Korea's kind of ahead of everyone else with the pandemic I would say and even they who have mostly under control people aren't moving as much So I think we won't be traveling for like a good year until the viruses totally controlled which means we have a cure or vaccine.
Bourbon, Bad Guys and Cyber Vigilance
"Hello and welcome to the PODCAST. You're weekly does for all things travel. Who Am sure today? I'm your host. My name is Don Meyer. My wife is off doing some much needed research. On some future travel endeavors and travel destinations So today I am your host for the half hour or so that we have you for For this session and boy. I'm I'm so happy to be able to talk with you again and happy to be able to share with you what we have in store for you today. It has been an interesting couple of weeks to say the least with ups and downs and all over the place with the Kovic Nineteen scare and with certain states opening up and closing down own death tolls getting higher getting the infection rates continuing to grow it has been for all intensive and purposes a very Challenging time for all of us and You know looking at the way things are going. It's going to be quite some time before we get back to any semblance of normalcy For whatever that is whether that's you know going back to work In a work environment for those of us who have been working in corporate environments that could be going to an office space in in cubicles and in gatherings and stuff like that You know looking at what's going on. It's going to be quite some time before that in and of itself becomes the norm again For those of you who are unemployed you know. Hopefully things are going to come back to normal pretty soon. We'll be able to open up the doors to Everything that we've done you know whether it's retail or or or Hospitality or whatever. The industry is war. We're we're certainly hopeful that we'll all get through this really quickly and you know to the best of own abilities. Hopefully you know we we fair through this as best we possibly can You know we here at purely podcast have been battling a number of different things trying to figure out work in school and life. And we've been doing travel cancellations and all sorts of different things it's been been quite Quite challenging to say the least and You know our hearts go to all those who've been affected by this you know fortunately here in Northern California. We've been locked down for cash going on the last seven eight weeks now and It has been interesting to say. The least We are going a bit. Stir crazy as I imagine you all are just trying to get through all this with with our sanity intact and with some semblance of normalcy attributed to what we do Long story short of it. Obviously going back to normal. It's going to be a luxury if you will in the foreseeable future we hope that Things will calm down and we'll be able to you know all resume life is is. Is We enjoyed it before? Obviously things are going to be quite a bit different in here. At pure life will keep you abreast of. What's what's been going on. And how things are progressing along from this front but You know if if there are things that you've you've been planning for You know there's there's travel that she'd been looking to do you know take take some time in review what we've been talking about over the last few weeks about the credit cards in the travel rewards programs in the difference in a hotel programs and things of that nature because once things do come back into play. You know doing a little bit of homework and doing a little bit of pre-planning that's GonNa help to really be able to get you ahead of the game if you will and not not be part of the throngs that come back into everything As things slowly start to get back to normal so with that As I said my wife's off doing some much needed research I'm your host for today In keeping with our recent traditions. I am Here enjoying my My little glass of Of loveliness here And I wanted to continue on with the theme that we've had for the last couple of weeks. Which is our drinking the week and for those of you who've been with us for the last couple of weeks as you know we've been doing some mixed drinks Talked about a really good top-shelf Mar Margarita. With the freshest of ingredients try and keep it as low in the sugar and you know the the high-fructose nonsense that that is added to a lot of these drinks but really just keep it nice and fresh and and and really enjoyable next we followed it up with a inexpressible Martini. Twist if you will on the vodka Martinis but really really good twist. That adds a good kick a good zest. Good Dino Buzz if you will to To the Martini also really complements the Vodkas that we have chosen. This week might take it down and a little bit ticket to simpler more. Simplistic Ingredients As you guys have heard over the last couple of weeks My favorite kind of Indulgent if you will is a straight Bourbon Street whiskey I'm really getting into some of the Scotch whiskies and exploring a lot of the American bourbons or some really really great bourbons that are out there. Obviously there's a staples like Jim Beam Jack Daniels and stuff like that which I certainly do enjoy But if you want to enjoy a really Gosh full-bodied Bourbon That is drinkable that Doesn't require you know Like a coke or anything like that to be added to it My go-to which I've got right here with ME IS A. It's a Basil Hayden's Basil Hayden's is a an American Bourbon. It's been around for quite some time. And it is part of the Jim Beam family And it is a Part of their their small batch bourbons produced by the the Beam Suntory Company Sunsari came in and invested into the Jim Beam Distilleries and of created this huge conglomerate of different spirits if you will Basil is one of their premium brands and it is really true to its roots. Its roots go back about two hundred years There was a Hayden family that migrated from From the UK. During the time we're Catholics were being persecuted. They bolted from the UK. Set up shop on the New England coast of America and then in roughly about When was it seventeen? Eighty five or so the Basil Hayden Senior Moved transplanted from his home in Maryland and went into Kentucky and there he started to brew a a batch of Bourbon based on the things that he had on hand and the stuff that he had on hand was some Ryan. Some other things like that too He tried to stay true to the the Bourbon form if you will But really kind of came up with an interesting mash of his own creation which I truly enjoy. It is a an eighty proof or forty percent alcohol if you will Very very light bodied Bourbon. Whiskey very drinkable in my favorite is just a single cube of ice and you can get these What are they called a whiskey balls if you will Whiskey balls brand of ice cube makers if you will make those Globes or the the the the square or the the cubed type of a larger size cubes I like it with a single ball of ice or cube ice if you will And Basil on top of it port and get it a little Chilled by the ICE. And Oh my goodness it is just. It is just absolute heaven for me so there you have it if you are a Bourbon Aficionado in you are into drinking. Bourbons my recommendation for you right now. If you haven't tried one is a Basil Hayden's need If you like at NEAT Or with a single Cuba vice or on the rocks if you will Once it's it's Gotten a little cool in a little bit of water from the ice itself is just so smooth and just so drinkable and really accomplishments just about
Travel to Tbilisi and Eastern Georgia
"The traveler. I'm your host Chris. Christensen let's talk about Georgia. I like to welcome back to the show. Tomo and Mexi from food FUN TRAVEL DOT COM who've come to talk to us about the Republic of Georgia's we're gonNA start with intimacy and head east. Tomo it makes me welcome back to the show. Hey thanks as always glad to be on the shore tomorrow makes me Williams. I didn't say your last name. Yes that's not married since we love to see you thank you. I didn't mention that I think because I not used to referring you'd as the same last name and someone makes me. We're on the show once previously in Philippines wherever the Yucatan Mexico you could join. That's right that's right. The more recent episode we have on the Yucatan merita excellent will. Why are we talking about the Republic of Georgia well? We actually moved to Tbilisi about a year ago. It's our third time living here the second time where here. We got married here a few months after that we decided we actually wanted to live here permanently and now we do so. We used to live in Merida Mexico for a while. That's why we talked to you about that a couple of years ago and now we live Tbilisi so when you say permanently. This is permanently from the context of a travel blogger which means more than a couple of months. I think this is more permanent than decisions. Cassia already almost a year and we've got no intention of leaving at this point. And why should someone else come to the Republic of Georgia? I would say the main draw here is firstly. It's quite undiscovered. It's a little bit out of the way for most travelers but it's beginning a huge amount of press internationally recently especially because of the food and the wine. It is the birthplace of wine according to the most recent archaeological evidence. And but yeah and that's eight thousand years old eight thousand years ago. They found pottery stained with wine from eight thousand years ago so at a definitive evidence that it was actually going on. People were making wine and drinking wine interesting. And what kind of itenerary are you going to recommend for US? So obviously there will be some wine to try but there's also a lot of history here because we're right in the e east-meets-west sort of area. We are nestled between the Caspian Sea and Black Sea with Russia to the north and Turkey to the South West and on Mesnier and Azerbaijan to the south and the east. So there's been a huge influence of all these different coaches for the itinerary. We're GONNA start off in the capital Tiblisi and it is quite a big city with a lot of history so this was founded in the fifth century. Ad. So it has been around for a long time. There's lots of different things to see when you fly in on the first day the flights that come in from the US and via Turkey or quite early. Morning arrivals cold yes. So we'd say the first day that you'RE GONNA be here. It's probably going to be a solid half day of recovering and sleeping and then you have like a half day in the afternoon to go out and see some things and then enjoy the evening and then have a secondary Tiblisi. It's quite a fun city and there's a lot to do here day. Three we'd be heading east towards Kakheti. Which is the primary Wine Region? But of course it's also a very historic region that changed hands between different cultures the Persians Arabs. And of course the Jordan's at the moment firstly we'd be heading to the hill town. Well it's a mountain town of Cigna guy the city of La City of love actually a town. But it's very beautiful nestled on a little hilltop with views down the valley and towards the Caucasus Mountains in the distance the next day staying in the wine region and moving too quickly which is right down in the valley. It's like a very central part of the wine region down there where the river valley runs through where the river runs through the Amazon Valley is the name of the valley and then day five heading north through the valley towards to Lavi which is the capital of Kakheti region. Kakheti actually used to be an independent state for a while as well with separate from Georgia. Now it's integrated with Georgia Day six. We'll be heading back towards Tiblisi through Tiblisi. And then there's a number of important historic sites just north of Tiblisi which include the ancient capital before Tiblisi. Which is called mosquito and also hopeless. Which is an ancient cave town slightly to the west of mosquito and also towards. Gori which was the birthplace of Stalin. And this will wind in that area for people who are real wine lovers. You can have some different wine region. They different groups in different regions. Definitely thinks to explore and then heading back on the seventh day towards Tbilisi so that people can catch they're flying out or if people flying out of Kutaisi. Which is the other main airport then heading from gory towards Kutaisi. Which is about a three hour drive so this couple of flexible options bad us the refinery excellent and we'll go back through that in more detail so before we get into that we should say that although it may be undiscovered it's not undiscovered on amateur travellers to other episodes of the first one at least ten years ago and the second one more recently and so we'll put links to those in the show notes and Tillman makes me have listened to the most recent one of those two so some of the things that are mentioned in there they may skip over. We'll see how that works for time but you started us in Tiblisi. Yeah so let's talk about. Maybe doing a walking tour covers some of the attractions. A few of these mentioned in the previous episode. But it's definitely worth mentioning a few of them again just briefly so that people get a general feel for it. Yes I mean generally in Tiblisi. It's this really vibrant city to visit. You can go out almost any time of day or night. And they'll be people out and about doing stuff in a good wholesome way. There's like restaurants that are our opinion as Baas. The repin sort of dining really is a little bit anytime. A food and wine is exceptionally important. Culturally he'll and as I mentioned earlier. It is surrounded by all of these really strong cultures. But when you actually come to Georgia and come to Tbilisi you'll realize just how unique the culture is here as well so there are definitely influences from those other places but it is very very strongly George into the core. They have their own alphabet one of the unique alphabets of the world. Always done that. Okay so some people say that has some similarity to Amin but when you look at it really doesn't lie. The symbols of very very different says a completely unique alphabet and lots of unique words and the way people pronounce stuff tight is one of the hardest languages to learn. For sure will. In one of the things I've always had trouble with with Georgia in on the amateur travellers site is I take every country and I- lump it into a continent and Georgia. I have placed in Europe. But you look at a map and it looks like I don't know what I'm talking about. Yeah exactly I think Georgia in particular would consider themselves Europe and I think visiting. Here's a country. I also would just architecturally and culturally. I would consider it Europe as well definitely like Eastern Europe. But as you said if you look on a map would probably consider it to be Asia. I sometimes have a hard time putting my time zones in I can never find Tiblisi in a time when I'm changing from different countries. It's because it's always like nestled in Asia. But I think I would definitely say Europe and if we head straight south would get to Armenia Iran and Iraq and so Armenia. I would also be one of those that I would put in Europe culturally but Iran Iraq. I was certainly not Oshawa. John is just to the east and Turkeys just to the West. But it's the usual part of Turkey's eight is one of those as you say regions where cultures meet. Yes and I think at least from that perspective. It's because of the Orthodox religion right the Docs Christianity. I founded in Armenia in the fourth century or late third century century earlier than that. Armenia was the first Christian nation the first nation where Christianity became the main religion so it predates Rome becoming Christian in the three hundreds in Georgia was the second country they took on not too long after that. The estimate is somewhere between three nine three twenty six. Ad Different people have different opinions. And that was when Georgia took on the Orthodox religion poorly Al mentioned a little bit about that when we talk about some of the important attractions that relate to that a bit later on.
Notre Dame Fire; Pilgrim Trails
"Let's start today's show remembering the impact of the fire. That damaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris one year ago with thirteen million visitors a year. The medieval masterpiece had attracting more visitors than Saint Peter's Basilica Elaine Sciolino correspondent in Paris since two thousand and two and she describes how the river that surrounds Notre Dom came to the rescue in her book. The Sam the river that made Paris Elaine. Thanks for joining us. Where were you and I know how much you love Paris? What was it like when you heard about the fire at the Notre Dame on April fifteen twenty nineteen? I live in Paris Rick and I happened to have been in New York at the time and I was in an office building and suddenly looked at a TV screen and there was CNN with the Notre. Dom Inflames I mean my city by cathedral and I was so my first questions were did anyone die and was it terrorism and once it was just established that it was a terrible accident and no one died. I was relieved because I was confident. Even at that very moment that it would be rebuilt. Maybe different but it would survive. It had to yeah now you were probably celebrating the fact that you've got this wonderful book. The send the river that made Paris just coming out in actuality in a Lotta ways. It was the send that enabled the firefighters to save the Cathedral. Well I got a phone call from my husband who was watching all of this on French TV in Paris and he said Lane. You're not gonNA believe this but I'm watching television and there is a boat that seems to be pumping water up to the firefighters on the land into the Cathedral. And I knew at that moment I had to write another chapter about the Senate and its role in helping to put out the fire at Notre Dumb. Thank God they had access to all that water when you think of the structure of a Gothic Cathedral. A lot of people don't realize it but there's huge oak beams there's a whole structure between the ceiling and the roof and it's the network of Oak Beams. The roof would be a lead covered roof. Eight hundred years old. I've seen in museums gargoyles with molten lead spewing out their mouth you know cooling and freezing their when you've had a fire like this. I mean it's just a nightmare when I've got the cathedral bursts into flames. I agree one hundred percent with you. It was an absolute nightmare and it affected people in very strange ways being people who had no real religious connection with Notre Dom we're weeping in the streets and people around the world were mourning the fact that this edifice that too many represents the heart and soul of Paris was on the verge of destruction. No I understand that the nineteenth century spire which in your chapter you you say has five hundred tons of Oak. Two hundred and fifty tons of lead fell three hundred feet crashing to the ground. It's amazing that the entire church didn't collapse A lot of people don't realize that stone gets compromised in heat and giant stone. Buildings can fall down because of a fire with the firefighters who belonged to the French military. They're not part of the city of Paris Force went into action as if it was a military operation and the commander of the firefighters sent some of his team into the burning north tower risking their lives to try to cool down that tower. Which we still don't know one year later. Is it completely intact or does it need to be supported in some way? Now that must have been quite a dramatic decision because you can stand back and make sure nobody is endangers way and then the tower would have collapsed or you can send your firefighters in risking a situation like on nine eleven when the trade towers collapsed and all the firefighters inside would perish again. Thank goodness five. Hundred firefighters participated. They took the bold move they rushed in. They called the church and they say the north tower will general galet. Who is the commander of the firefighters spent time in Afghanistan and he had studied also the nine eleven tragedy in the United States? But he had to go to the president of France to get permission to send his firefighters in. Anybody told the president is if we don't do this. We're half an hour away from Notre Dom collapsing. That is amazing. You know we can more in the church. We can love the church but as hard get into the heart in the mind of Parisians. What does it mean to Paris? I mean it just seems like of course. You've got the zero point in front right. Everything is majored in France from the Notre Dame. Its place where they're kings have been coronated through the centuries in so many ways it's the cultural heart of the city even back before the advent of Christianity there was a temple. Can You Peter Right there? Can you talk a little bit about the Notre Dame as that heart and soul of the Great City of Paris? Notre Dame is on the field unless he tae which was where Paris was created. It's the very origin of Paris. Need sits there as not only a beautiful historical monument to museum but it sits there as the absolute essence of Paris So for French Catholics. It's a place of worship but for the rest of the French nation. It's really the origin of their capital city.
"Welcome to episode two hundred eighty nine of dots lines and destinations. I am Stephen. Seagraves joined by the usual crew settler. Fasel Moon
Balancing Full Time Work And Travel With Jen Seiser
"Hello travel nerds and welcome to the extra pack of peanuts. Travel
Travel to Senegal and The Gambia
"Welcome the image traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about West Africa. I like to welcome to the show. Brian Asher from the world hiker DOT COM. Who has come to talk to us about Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa? Brian Welcome to the show. Thank you thank you for having me. I know you were surprised that we had not previously done in episode of Amateur Traveler on this region and as we were talking about before we started recording. We don't get as many pitches but also there aren't as many travelers who tend to go to west Africa East Africa. Southern Africa tend to get a little more tourists in general. Why should someone go to that region before we focus in on Senegal? Gambia I think. West Africa's really vibrance several my friends. Who have been there for years in the Peace Corps? Said it's about the People? It's about the markets it's about the color it's about the way they treat you just the life that's on the streets of West Africa. I think we hear of animals. Safaris maybe eastern Southern Africa West. Africa's is really the beating hearts of the continents with some of the most populous countries in the fascinating region with lots of smaller countries grouped. In that you can visit In the whole region there will. We've chosen to talk about Senegal and the Gambia one. Because you've been there recently and we always try and focus on someplace. That wasn't a ten years ago trip. The you've been to all the countries in Africa. Yes four fifty four nations and Africa hats off to you. Thank you and people may be wondering why we're talking about the two of them. This is one of those very odd places where one country actually completely surrounds. The exactly the Gambia's inside of Senegal. So the Gumby has no other neighbors have Senegal to the North East. The South and the West is the ocean. So it's completely involved excellent. And why should someone go to Senegal Gambia? I think Senegal and the Gambia great introduction to Africa and especially to West Africa. They're safe countries. They're countries that are kind of a soft introduction. They're not quite as hard hitting some the other countries in west Africa. Very safe to visit for me. The the weather was very nice after coming from kind of more tropical and intense heat in the Sahara for example movement way across and the people. The people are very friendly. There's not vowed kind of lively music in the streets that you can listen to all the time and there is a decent number of Europeans between but a large French population. There's quite a few Lebanese. That live there a special indy car in the capital of Senegal. And it's it's very soft welcoming place that would not intimidate so I think most people when they think of Africa that would be a great place to start and by contrast. Then what you're saying is there's some of their neighbors. We're them might be a little more. You think twice about going because of poverty terrorism Civil war or disease. Yeah those those are the only reasons I can think of not to go to some of the areas over the last ten years at least in western Africa and I think the Transportation as well kind of infrastructure with having made my way of public transportation there are a lot of Africa can be extremely slow and the Senegal Gambia. Our little breath of fresh air to be able to get around quite a bit easier than the light of the countries in the region and I'm fascinated to hear about this. I have technically been indycar but really only in the airport. And they didn't let me off the plane so I really knew very little about the area. So what kind of itinerary would you recommend? I think that Senegal be the one that you'd want to spend more time in. The car has quite a bit to see in there quite a few beaches right there. Outside of the city I stayed in a neighborhood called walk. Tom Which is nicely placed next to the African Renaissance Monument which is the largest statue and all of Africa. That kind of looks down on the whole region there and Indycar and you can take a couple of really nice day trip south from the car so if you stayed there for two three or four days I think that would be an ideal amount of time to spend their most people like I went to a place called Goree Island which is very famous for being one of the biggest places that had slaves that were coming out to the Americas and you can learn a lot but the history. They're easy to walk around. There's a ferry that goes every couple hours to get there and place it almost everyone. The cousin Senegal visits during the first couple days sides stay for the car to three days with the city and the surrounding area and then a couple of days up to St Louis which is about four hours for five hours north by bus. Okay and you could spend a day or two. They're known for its famous. Saint Louis Arch known. Not that Saint. Louis Okay the other Saint Louis in Senegal. It takes a good six to eight hours going by bus. You could take a private car if you want. Or if you're on a tour to get down to the Gambia assume that's GONNA take up half or two thirds of a day and then I'd be down in Bonn Jewel and area right below it whether it's nice speeches and a monkey parking things for two to three days so I think you could easily piece together somewhere between eight and ten days which would be kind of a nice length of a visit between Senegal Gambia. Excellent so you started us into car and you mentioned going out to the island whose name I've already forgotten it's gory island heart ee. Eileen with just one of the biggest hubs for the slave trade and they have fairies that go out every couple hours and that's definitely Come a must do if you're in Dakar. I think almost anyone I've talked to has done not visit for half day or two thirds of the day and real easy to walk arounds. Thinks about a kilometre too long. And that's locals there with colorful art kids playing soccer in slave museums. That are there that you can visit as well and so I assume there's a fourth year which is where they keep the slaves locked up. Yes and what else are we going to do the two or three days in the car? How are we gonNA spend that you mentioned the monument and there's a couple of monuments there the country it's about ninety six percent Muslim and so there's several nice mosques to visit as well in the lot of fishermen that go out and I love think West Africa? One of the images of the coastal areas. Are these colorful fishing boats that you can see like dozens of guys sliding off into the water and then sliding back up with their catch from the day and there's a lot of seafood that they bring in so these real colorfully painted. Boats is one of the images that you'll see on the coast there in Indycar and their fishing from the there than rather than from okay and is there a place you would go to see that. There is a mosque called the mosque of the divinity which had a bunch of these colorful boats right next to it and it's right there in the car about five or ten minutes from where I was staying in the neighborhood of calm and I stayed AIRBNB. There's lots of airbnb options there for budget travelers and there's all different ranges of accommodation but there are inexpensive options for those looking for him as well and I stayed with a local man there and enjoyed always like state local people to give you all flavor of what it's like will what I usually find when we're talking about. Travelling in lesser developed areas of Africa is that we're talking about not an inexpensive flight to get in relatively expensive for the distance intra country flights inside of Africa. Compare for instance or a US but then really cheap food and really cheap housing. Is that right? Yeah that's true. And so that's the Pros and cons. I always way between local transport and the flights I think the flights between the Gambian cars forty minutes so in say but I just checked in it's still upwards of one hundred forty to one hundred eighty dollars for a forty minute one slight. It's not too bad for Africa standards. It can be a lot worse a lot worse or west African flights but bus. I WanNa say it was about eighteen dollars that took me there so you just have to pick and choose. What's worth more your your time or your money. Well and that is going to be an individual choice. Yeah another thing. A lot of people like to do is there's a pink lake there several of these in the world. There's one in Mexico unless Jerry I believe and there's one about Sarah outside of Dakar. That is is another kind of one of them. Must do things on the visit. That would take you maybe about a half day and so that is really really pick. Yeah if you look at pictures online. There's one called Rainbow Mountain in Peru or I don't know how much instagram or things put filters on it and this one depending on who's pictured is it's pink. It was quite pink but sometimes the pictures make it. Look even more amazingly think depend on. The season tends to be kind of lighter darker shades of pink. That has the salt miners. That are out there. And kind of local people selling artwork in tourist items. So and so this is Lake Ripa. Yes my GRANDPA Loch rose. I think in French shore the lake what it can go by. I would say gory. Islands and Pink Lake would be to half day trips. That would make sense to have with your day or so exploring around the car so to make it two or three days for the car and it strives. You might say
Gili Islands; All-Season Australia; Unforgettable Travels
"Let's start by exploring a trio of tropical islands and Indonesia place where Aussie backpackers scuba divers and South Sea. Adventures have found paradise the out of the way laidback. Gili islands call themselves turtle capital of the world with no cars no mortar banks and no worries. When Dave Seminar took his family to Bali they found the streets were too crowded and let their young boys safely wonder on their own so they headed for the nearby motor pre Gillian's instead Dave's here to tell us about Dave. Thanks for joining us. My pleasure thanks for having me Rick so describe the Gili Islands. A lot of US know Bali. Exactly where are the Gili Islands and How do you get there? Yeah that's the great thing about the Gili. Islands is that it's easy to get a pretty cheap flight to Bali and then from Bali. It's relatively easy to escape to these Gili Islands. Which there's several of the word Gilly means small island and Indonesian. But the three main ones Gili Air Gili Meno and Gili Chilanga. N- are about a two three hour ferry ride east of the island of Bali. So you go by bus or something to the little port and you help on a boat. And it's shuttling the travelers back and forth. That's if you don't mind getting potentially seasick if you have people who don't like long boat rides wreck can also take a short flight. Okay and then a fifteen minute boat ride instead if you prefer do that. I mentioned the religious culture kind of background. Bali is famously Hindu. Gili islands happened to be a little enclave of Muslim culture. How did that impact your experience? I wouldn't say it impacts the visitor in a huge way. Obviously Bollywood's really distinctive about. Bali is really interesting unique ceremonial Hindu culture and you know in the Gili Islands These are Muslim islands. However they're very popular with Europeans and you see people in Bikinis and there's beach bars all over the place serving alcohol and pork and things that would be forbidden in a strict Muslim countries. So I think if you are there as a typical traveller the fact that these islands are Muslim would not necessarily impact you in any way but I was actually interested to meet local people and I wanted to meet the chief of the three islands and to ask him whether there was any tension between these bikini clad beachgoers and partier and the local people. So I made an effort to actually sort of get to know local people into find out about the local sensibilities. But if you're there it's just as an ordinary tourists looking for some fun on the beach. It wouldn't impact you really at all. You were traveling with your son Right. Tucson Tucson's I understand. You took them to the school and you had a classrooms right kids that you talk to. What was it like a as a parent introducing your kids to such a different culture. There were six and eight at the time. We met a teacher actually on the beach who was selling necklaces. And whenever I'm in a very touristy sort of place I'm always interested in sort of the tension and interplay between traditional occupations and people working in the tourist trade so I think what happens in economies like these rix. I'm sure you've seen this. Is that all the sudden you can make more money selling necklaces on the beach to tourists or renting out your home. Then you could be being a teacher or policemen are traditional occupation so when we met this teacher on the beach with selling necklaces. I was really curious actually to know a little bit more about him and how he sort of balanced those two occupations and when he said why. Don't you guys come visit us at our school? I tried to rope both of my sons into going with me but I was only able to convince one of them so myself and my older son one morning our last morning there went to visit his school and we were invited to speak to three or four. Different classrooms full of children. Who asked US questions about America? Did they speak English? It was translated by the teacher. They spoke very very little English so most of it was translated by the teachers with girls. And the boys mixed up with the girls wearing scarfs. Yes this was another surprising thing. I asked when we met the teacher on the beach. I asked him whether the girls in the school Where the hijab and a head scarf and the Muslim attire and he said only a couple of them with his answer when we met him on the beach but actually we got to the school. They were all uniformly wearing conservative Muslim attire with headscarfs and whatnot and I found it interesting. Because I thought I think he was trying to tell us what we wanted to hear and he wanted to portray the island is a very liberal and tolerant place and I think-i projected onto me that I might think something negative about them if they were. You know dress conservatively. Which of course I wouldn't dear great traveler because you're sharing this with your child and also realizing ninety percent of the tourist just hang out on the beach and love the the cheap beer but a real traveler can venture inland a little bit and actually have an experience. That's as real as you ventured into a corner of Indonesia that had no tourism. It's not a matter of going to an untrusted touristy place it's finding the UNTER STI dimension of the famous place. I think it is and you know what we found to was the difficulty of what happens when tourism dominates an economy like the silent. Because this gentleman we met the teacher. He was very honest with us that he makes twice as much money selling necklaces on the beach. As being a teacher you know it made me wonder how can a society thrive when you have that sort of a distorted economy like that it is somewhat concerning because tourism can bring prosperity to announce can also sort of distort reality a little bit to
Navigating The Future Way of Cruising with Emma Cruises
"How you doing today I am doing good. I'm still in my pajamas. I have a nice shirt on and we are going to be recording another show from the couch. That's right cruise dude studio here in Santa Monica California Nice Quarantine. Day How you doing. I'm getting ready to go cruising a Ken. I can't wait. I'm watching all the videos on Youtube. I'm checking out all the INSTAGRAM'S. Everybody is very encouraging. Just cruising is coming Basso. Speaking about videos we have a special guest. We Have Amaafuza. And she has a website called cruising is not just for old people and she put out the nine things. They're going to be changing because of Cova nineteen in the cruise lines and we're going to discuss her findings and some of those things and we're going to go into some details and share our thoughts. Sure she'll share her thoughts and I think I don't. I'm ready to go you know. She's already had thousands of hits on this one video and it's only been out for like four or five days. It's incredible so. Let's get right doer. All right here we go. Well we have a friend EMMA FROM MMA CRUISES. Low Low Emma from home cruces. Just old people throw people that's me we're all cruising from our couches right now. Are you cruising from your couch undoing? My best is the food isn't as good and entertainment is not the same but trying what do you mean isn't Hudson providing new show every night now? I was really excited to work from home and see what Hudson doesn't the daytime. He doesn't nothing absolutely at least though. Because we're all zooming. All we have to do is put on a shirt and have our pajamas on the bottom. My right that's that's pretty much the Slo move version of what I wear. If I'm wearing like me dressed up for the day it's not. It's just in pajamas. Would everyday Yup Yup and all we're waiting for is to get back to cruising and that's why we're here. Hey so tell us. Let's just let's go back. What was your last cruise My loss cruise on the Norwegian spirit. My favorite cristobal time. Just before Christmas was decorated for Christmas it was was fantastic. Reading Ice Really missed that cruise ship. She had a massive refit. Just after I came off and I was hoping to get back on board But yeah that plans been delayed for now for a little bit just for a little bit. Oh well you. You produced a video Couple of days ago and and it's titled Nine Ways Your cruises will be changing after Kovic nineteen and we thought that it was just so timely and so informative. We decided to have you on our show to share with us. Some of the things that you have discovered here. Can you tell us? Where did you find? These proposed changes coming to cruising a case. So there's there's a company who genting Hong Kong who owns three different cruise lines They own stalkers crystal cruises on dream cruises. I'm not sure how much you guys know about them because they mostly in hr but they came out with. You're familiar with crystal crystals pretty much. When I know dream all they did have something to do with Norwegian for awhile so the ships are pretty much. I think of them as being the Asian versions of the Norwegian cruise ships. If you look at them you would think that they were Norwegian cruise ships but then but they release these guidelines. That said. This is what we're GONNA do when we get back to cruising and it goes through everything from cleaning how they're going to change on the buffets in the main dining rooms how they gonna Change. They're expecting changing the way people book things And I think that the first cruise line. That's come out with this. They're not going to be the last one. They all based in Asia so when Corona virus hit they one of the first ones that were affected. We didn't really hear too much about it at least in the UK but they did have positive cases on board one of the cruise ships so they were quite badly affected. I kind of I think they just the forefront with these guidelines everything. They've said I think makes perfect sense to me and it's kind of just an extension of what they already do. I hope the day GonNa do some of these things anyway. even if it wasn't in this situation some of the things like they want to remove service buffets and have other people serving you. I'm quite happy for them to do that anyway. I wish that they did that from the beginning. Wow Wow so before we start all of these. Can you go down the list of what are the ways? And then we're going to go back and talk about them. I've got my. My list is much more than nine now. Await breaking news breaking news. You're on the cruise dudes podcasts. And so the things that are going to happen. Some of them are. I think there's more than nine because I've said I think a few things as well join my. I think so just as I said. Let's go for the time. And they were going to go for the Emma. I think's I so ankle fitness to travel certificates for anyone. Who's over seventy Norwegian did do that for for? Why didn't they before they come with us? And they gonNA carry on with that in the future. I think I think that they're going to ask for three of travel insurance for pretty much. Everybody I think that makes makes sense. It's perfect yes. Yes very good sense so Actual proof that you just you just have to show it. I've been on cruises before. They also might travel insurance information so some cruise lines probably already do this. They've talked about doing heat scams on people when they embark unnatural. How this is GonNa work in reality because some some people might just have a hot flush. Some people won't have a fever with they do have the current virus so this this may change but they all talking about having scans when people doing balk. When I took a cruise in Japan. They made us all get off and they scanned all of us in a little stock on which at the time I thought was very very strange about year and a half But the they do already have away to you know. He'd scam evolves amount of people in this saying they're gonNa do that when they embark. They also might tryin. Stagger embarkation. Because at the moment you can get a lot of people. Can't you just line up and get on board so they might make people stick to those times when they say you have to get one at certain time and I'm supposed to pull it out. I have to admit I want to get onto soon as I can. But that may become an actual. They have said that. They they getting rid of the self service buffets. So I'm sure they'll still have some of buffet but they're just going to have Someone serving it to you which I would like that. Anyway is just a question of more staffing. Isn't it. So yeah but the they have said that they're not GonNa do soap service anymore. They've said they're GONNA put Disposable cutlery for people who don't have disposable cutlery which I think seems quite quite. Extreme doesn't it. Cutlery should be clean. You would hope but Exact if people requested they said that they're going to have disposable cutlery viable which I don't think has ever happened before I've never tried but I don't think that's happened
"Welcome to episode two hundred eight of DOTS lines and destinations. I'm Steven Seagraves. Joined by Seth Miller doing. I'm doing all right Tired today yet. It's groundhog day here. How you doing again like I said earlier. Yeah it's actually also a little weird for me. Because I think this is my second podcast and third audiovisual recording today. But all nice and there's some topics but I'm GonNa try to say unique an interesting things. This what's What other shows should we listen for your good question? I'm on Ashok this week. Okay which that Flaring or twenty four guys and Inmarsat which is one big flat inactivity and satellite operator companies is doing a online sort of Sort of an all day seminar next Wednesday the twenty ninth talking about all things passenger experience in flight connectivity. But also the news and other developments seating and I'll just all sorts of really interesting stuff sort of replacing Aircraft Interiors not replacing trying to get some similar content produced and we all miss starbucks show in Hamburg the beginning of the month so did a test run of what that video is. GonNa look like so. We can be ready to have something to go for next Wednesday. So it's A. It's been a sick day for me. Post the links in the show notes. Sure I should probably member do that idea. I'll send you a note to remind you assistant producer this week. I like to talk about. I think some of the one of the big ones the Kinda hit the news today on. We're recording this on on Tuesday. The twenty-first April Air Canada is temporarily suspending all transporter flights with the US They had previously cut back to just eleven route from twenty six or so or alone destinations from twenty six But I gotta be. I'm a little surprised they were running still running that many. This goes back to like. Why is North America's still flying planes when no one else is in a lot of ways but that's an interesting point right like why? Why are there so many flights United States? Something I've noticed is like there's a huge number of southwest flights compared to the rest of the carriers. Yes actually just chatting with someone about that literate before we started southwest today ran about thirty five percent of. It's normal schedule where everybody else's Attended twenty and up until now had been running close to fifty and on the one hand. You could say you know. Gosh that some gumption. They've got the spirit Bad Pun. Sorry they're gonNA keep moving no matter what serve customers that need to go Also I think it's stupid also like you know. Post nine eleven. They kept flying their full schedule because they wanted to be there. And yet for the quick bounce back but this is not going to be a quick bounce back and I just don't understand it. Yeah yes I mean your question about Air Canada similar I think they were flying these destinations y. Yeah I mean the borders closed to non-essential travel right. I mean it's not even like we really don't think you should. You gotta go to like a immigration officer and be like no no. This is actually important. Sorry you have to let me in record. We were told if we needed to go to Canada. We need paper on a good day fighting with the Canadian Border Patrol for other people. I've never had promised but I've heard great stories from you and others about the troubles. That can come. Yeah I just I don't get I don't get why anyone WANNA fight with border patrol officers at any level but like pushing your luck on that and so there can't have been that many people like where they are Canadians for the last three weeks. That have been like. Oh I'll just go back on the next flight now. I still got some work to do here. I it just doesn't make sense to me. Yeah Yeah and I don't. I don't think it was close to. Us citizens right so they it. It was like soft close and then became non essential travel closed. Okay so it's sufficiently closed and they just announced yesterday or the day before another day before. Xhosa Sunday but in recent days they just extending that Non Essential non essentials closure for another month. Which is why the flights are finding suspended. Gotcha okay so there's a reason for it but it's It's still weird so it leaves leaves American Delta United Really. The only one's flying to handed I. I'm not sure if WESTJET REPORTER ARE FLYING TRANSLATOR. They started them not. Yeah so and for what? It's worth Canada's now. Also requiring facemask masks of any sort just tired to shoot around your face if you forget one But anything across your face if you're getting on an airplane so interesting but yeah I mean along those. Those there was some there was a united call today right like a town hall or something that they have as their sort of like internal Staff briefing and I mean it's they're running what ten percent load factors right now on ten percent of the schedule. Really Amazing. Yeah so one tenth of what does that. Come out to like one tenth. Not Normal load. Yeah Yeah One. One percent one percent. Which is I mean. It's not I mean it's it's Kinda hard to believe. Yeah and it's and they're not alone. I mean if you look at the numbers that Tsa PUBLISHES EVERY DAY. Like traffic is down ninety. Four percent or whatever. Ninety six percent. They're suggesting that it's a huge. You know that it's there's just skeleton passengers if you look at the numbers it's worse than you think because the scans Con Bembibre concessions stand and other people working at the airport to actually I think those are automated counters of like bodies walking through machines. Not some guy checking things so you know. It's it's a lot of a lot of problems. It's no passenger so like they're really. I actually got a a message from a flight attendant friend. Working Three Twenty noted that forty five passengers on board Amazon in my seat. Because that's like double the load of normal. Yeah I saw a couple of flights. I kinda monitor united flights every now and then. I saw a few flights the other day Denver to Houston was relatively full. Ask hub to hub kind of makes sense but on a mid mid week so strange it there are some you know arguably. I'll say that's good news because the cuts are working. The capacity cuts are coming down. And so you know if you can see us. Thirty to fifty percent full flight today. That represents what would have been three weeks ago ten her five flights that we've all been five to ten percent full and so it's it's better and I don't think we want to some level you wanNA say Gosh. You need the central plains. There can't be anybody on board but that's also stupid and there are reasons. Some people need to travel by air at demean whether it's country to get around and unlike Europe for example like the border between states are vaguely still open in most cases. Yeah or or Florida or Texas I. There's some even actually stuff out though. Yeah that was. That was funny. That I think New Hampshire even has like a sort of please quarantine yourself if you get here policy got so but you know it's. I'm glad that the flights are being cut. I still think that more should be. And we'll see I mean you know but this goes back to why South West someone asks me. Do they have some sort of special deal where they are able to fly them cheaper than everybody else? I don't think that's the case. I just think you know I'll never get an answer session. Sense up into court common. Ask but like high. Why are you doing the stupid thing that no one else is doing? Rarely gets a response that I'm looking for my brother. Yesterday had to fly to Raleigh kind of like last minute from Houston and on a southwest. Flight there's a nonstop at of Hobby to Terrell was on that flight and he was him and another guy. Yeah so right I mean like you had to go so and to be fair in a lot of ways the. Us government is paying for these flights to operate by. That's the argument you can make. As they've they're covering payroll costs are seventy percent of payroll costs of which thirty percent is alone in ten percent comes back in. Warren's so fifty percent of payroll costs which maybe is in the end. Fuzzy math is fifteen to twenty percent of the full cost of Ryan the flight but the federal government is subsidized now pressures flights to make sure that people can get around because the US government recognizes that that has to happen and doesn't want to deal with another million people on employment and with no health. Insurance I think the I mean speaking speaking of like non-full planes. You actually posted a story about a new seating options and it's the in Anyang seating option. Yeah it's bizarre it's obvio- interiors is the name of the company and there. They are normal seating provider there Celsius two airlines like they're not sort of supermassive or bigger. They're not the biggest by any stretch. They're like Certainly top five and they're known for doing some creative things from time to time. And they've designed the product that is the middle seat for a single-aisle planes three three but the middle seat faces backwards. And they're sort of like a wavy divider between everybody so everybody has their own armrest got walled. Lean against instead of your neighbor. Obviously in the same space you'd have some issues of the cushion getting a little narrower which some people complain about There's concerns about like staring at your neighbor. Which is also an issue with everything else. Like that. Sort of from facing thing right. No one likes the vehicle for that same problem except in this case you can't lie down and put up divide or you're just staring at them you know. Some people are inclined and from what they wrote on the press release. It sounds like it's an articulated recline so like the Pan sides forward rather than the seat going back. He lose knee room during their Klein. Which people wouldn't like it? There's a lot of problems with it but it does sort of solve some solution Some provide some solutions. That was terrible senator There's a lot of problems with it but it also offers solutions. Yeah good editor. I would just fix that. And so you know it's interesting to me. I think it's a good conversation point but I don't think it'll overfly so I don't know
Europe Hiking; Exploring Athens; Grooviest Gardens
"The victorians left us some lovely gardens to enjoy but Christopher Woods. Lets us in on some exciting new trends in landscaping and garden parks that we can explore around the world? That's a bit later in the hour on today's travel. With Rick Steves. Plus guides from Athens paid us on the atmosphere in the Greek capital. They'll recommend neighborhoods to explore. Where youthful can do attitude is helping revive the Greek economy? First Cassandra overby is back with more practical advice for planning a cultural hiking adventure on historic walking routes across Europe. Thanks for joining us. Cassandra think so much for having me. So Europe is kind of unique. Because it's cut these very well established major hikes that have an infrastructure. Actually and they advocate of a history. Tell us just briefly about the the hiking infrastructure in Europe. I think it really helps to understand that. Unlike in the United States where most trails are in wilderness the trails in Europe have totally different history. That's not all about the wilderness actually about bringing people to the very best of civilization the very best of history so you have trails. That were built because people wanted to do pilgrimages. You have trails. That were built because people needed trade routes and you have treasurer built so people could go from village to village and even sell their wares. So this is something we have to remember in the old days at trail. If you had rush hour it might have been on a trail right. Because obviously they didn't have paved roads and this was the trail. I'll never forget. Being in Montenegro in couture and Montenegro is Black Mountain. That's what it is literally in this community. The HISTORICA nation up on the top of the mountains and from this fjord like Bay of the drastic. You have a switchback road but next to that SWITCHBACK ROAD. You've got a faint little trail and it's so evocative to me because it reminds me that thousand years ago everybody had to get Montenegro by hiking up that switchback trail. And you can do it today right. So you've got this history tied in with this nature and you've got a love of getting out into the outdoors that Europeans have so if you WANNA ENJOY EUROPE ON FOOT. Of course there's many different trails that you can sort through but I wanna talk just about the mechanics of this first of all you can take a or you can go on your own if you take a tour as a hiker. What are your options? A lot of people want somebody to drive their gear or set up. The hotels are or have a natural to go with you and explain the flora and fauna. Right so there are a few different options that I like to recommend to people. You know you do have the completely independent route which is easy to do in. Europe. It's easy to do that by yourself. But there are self guided tours where companies will set you up with walking directions. They'll set you up with luggage transfer. They'll make all of your bookings for you give you a map. And then you just go and explore the trail by yourself or you can do fully guided trails. And that way you'll have someone narrating the trail while you're walking in addition to booking everything for you or the pros and cons of each would you say yes. So fully guided is the most expensive option always. But if you're someone who isn't over planner and you really obsess in your normal life about all. Those plants can really nice just to let go and let somebody else handle all of the logistics and have someone share insights especially a local about their culture and about the towns that you pass through. Because I'll never forget walking up in this helps with my friend who is a local nature guide and he took me to find an Edelweiss. And you don't just find those. I mean they're hard to find any took me to the spot and he set me up and he reminded me how precious is and how we're not supposed to pick it and everything and then we saw it. I would have never appreciated that without a local guide. Right without a guide. You really don't get those local insights. Someone who's from that area can show you so much more than you'd ever imagine because there's a lot hiding in that mountain face there is that you wouldn't recognize without that local person. I'm kind of intrigued. By the the Middle Way. Where you have somebody that you gotTA SHERPA WITH FOUR WHEELS. Basically the GEAR AHEAD. And then you're footloose and fancy free all day and you're not having to go with a group and you're not gonNA stick with a guide but you have them set it up and you know you've got a warm dinner waiting for him to. Cool Little Mountain Hut and that can be a really great option also because you're hiking just with a small day pack so you have some snacks. You have a rain jacket just in case it rains but if your partner is exhausted and complaining about that blister they can hop in the car and meet you there tonight exactly. I love that because then to people don't have to risk having one person scuttle the whole mission. Yes I think that's pretty important. Cassandra oversees our guest on travel with Rick Steves she fifteen for favorite hiking trails. And she's met them out for a walking vacation in her book. Explore Europe on foot. Her website is Cassandra. Overby DOT COM. Now when you go. Do you like to have companionship? Or have you gone alone to see that you'll just meet people as you go or are you just appreciate this time alone with nature. What would thinking? Do you go through before you determined that so I like to mix it up on all of my trip so I did a lot of research trips for my book and sometimes I had people join me and that was really wonderful. Sometimes I did the hikes alone. Which was great for really getting into an area and kind of losing my identity in losing myself and just kind of soaking everything in like a local and then it was also really nice to reach out and actually make some new friends so I wanted to hike the jar. Thirty four and France didn't know anyone who wanted to go and I felt like I really wanted people to join me on that section because it's on cliffs so I reached out to appreciate hiking group and I said Hey I'm coming to hike the trail. I'm a an American author. Do you have anyone who would be interested in hiking. It with me and I found a couple of Parisian couple who came out to Mont Saint Michel and met me behind for two days together and it was amazing. That's a great idea. Talk about a nice initiative and and I would think on the trail. People are inclined to be friends. I mean it's like minded people everybody's in a in a positive spirit and so and I want to talk a bit about the gear because I'm always looking at Germans. Germans are sort of famous for their walking sticks with those walking sticks anyways so they really help if you have creaky knees or you know if you've just spent hiking for a long time and you'd like to extend your hiking life because they make the load a little easier on your body okay. Yeah it's a little safer if you have four legs instead of two when you're you down a rocky slope or something especially for balance by no means. Do you have to have those something aerobic exercise when you're just walking straight on a paved trail to have that your motion going? Because I see Germans like Germans are famous for this. I mean it's just like there's people almost think it's Kinda funny 'cause you're six Germans and they've all got their walking sticks. Look like a little animation almost yet. What about a boots? I grew up thinking. You gotTa have boots. But now there's options. There are options so my favorite option is called the European walking shoe. This is a specific type of shoe. That's kind of a hybrid between just a nice looking shoe that you would normally wear when you're traveling and something sturdier that's good for being outside so it's waterproof has a good soul but it blends in you know they're usually black or brown they're very lightweight. And so you can have the same shoe for when you're going to a nice museum or out for dinner as you do it when you're on trail and what's it called again a. European walking shoe European walking. And just if you don't even care what you look like in a museum. Is there any compromise on that from having a good old fashioned hiking boot so good old fashioned hiking boots especially high tops are good if you have Ankles that need a little more stability so but if you don't need that stability I just recommend going super light and you really aren't compromising any other function by choosing a European feel. You got a safety thing. You're not more likely to sprain your ankle or something as far as you know Okay that's good to know.
Stranded in India (#3)
"Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of this week at home. The weekly show. That really doesn't talk about much anymore. Because the entire travel industry has started just disappeared. But that's okay. We have some decent stories and stuff to talk about money. Miscarry aren't I am coming to you? From Chile Minneapolis Minnesota. Where believe it or not it? Actually we had a snowstorm here in April If you've ever heard the song sometimes it snows in April by Prince. That's pretty much what it's like with us as usual also at home Mr Chris Christianson. How're you doing sir? I'm doing well. I'm actually thinking of doing some travelling this afternoon. I may go to the back yard. I wish I had a backyard to get outside. I gotta go. Mingle with the masses very unsafe. Also with US coming from a slightly different part of California. Jen Leo. Are we doing jen? I'm doing great also at home have yard and last last week we had a rain storm unusual for southern California yet. Oh my goodness and in how is it having your daughter at home with you fulltime? I I have the luxury of getting to hang out with her and also She's been self schooling so I have not had any homeschooling woes. Her her caseload is pretty light. So we've been sort of exploring other opportunities and having fun with it. You have a perfect child. I'm not GonNa say that if you Chris so schooling just sounds like a fancy way of saying you're lazy self self telling fancy way of saying. I don't really have to do anything I think. It's the opposite child who you didn't have to tell them to get their homework done. And the other one who was only vaguely aware that maybe there was homework assigned was at the. Second Child. Chris no that was the first show really. Wow from another part of California. Mr Spud Hilton. How you doing Sir? Doing Great Hanging out here at weight for home where I've put a different bottle of alcohol in each room and so I can go bar hopping later and our guests this week. She is an emmy nominated television. News reporter she is the author of the book one hundred things to do in Columbus Ohio before you die and just recently got back from the United States after being stuck in India for. I don't know as close to a month. I think these neutra hamper thank you. It's a wonderful to actually be in my home so I know people talk about being stuck in board. I thought Gosh you know. At least you're in your home I was stuck in a fishing camp for For many weeks during the lockdown. So happy to be here. Thank you for inviting me. We will be getting to your story soon. But let's start to talk about some of the things that have have really only one news story. Still I mean there's travel The new story is lonely. Planet shutdown several their offices. I don't know if you saw this. But they have shut down their Melbourne office which was originally the the homebase for lonely planet. They've shut down there one office leaving. Only I think an office in Ireland and Tennessee. They've also shut down several of their business divisions and they've also shutdown the thorn tree forum. Which was there really popular Online forum do you think there's a future for lonely planet an for Expect to see other publications making such announcements soon. Yes to the second one and no for the first one. I think one of the things about lonely plant. That's different than Some places is that they've got such a huge collection Of Resources that can be repurpose down the line. So theoretically they might shutdown putting out the actual physical books which would make certain about sense. Being fewer and fewer people are actually using them but they also have a photo collection in an age win. Almost everybody wants to be able to use photos tea or you know. Put on their website or things like that and so they have assets that they could probably live off of greatly reduced for a while or sell off in a big way Either way I don't think we'll be seeing the return of the physical books but they still have a lot of assets That that they can continue to put out there and update fairly cheaply. I agree with you. Spend I also think because of the large amount of collateral that they have. It's an incredible opportunity to get really creative with it. Right like think about their churches all their photos but they're armchair division of books right although stuff all those books that Don George Edited. What if they started doing virtual online shows with readings and combined that with photos or started doing special photo event streaming? I don't know I mean the. The opportunities are endless. But I think there is a there is a an opening to get creative. And maybe it's not going to run the whole business but is a way to sort of keep their brand in front of mind while people are at home and looking and learn yearning for any kind of connection and travel dreaming right. I mean you look at National Geographic. And you can't swing a dead cat without hitting another Coffee Table Book or a National Geographic. Sound found some really niche way to repurpose all these photos. They have and throw it into a new into a new book to put out there and I think for while while people aren't traveling people are GonNa want some my what my boss used to call wanderlust porn. Which is you know. It's they WanNa look at the pictures of the places that they can't go right now A lot of that. They'll do online and that maybe that's where Those coffee table books will end up migrating more but But I think you're right National Geographic's done it and lonely plants already done some of that but I think the opportunity to just to continue and sort of. Forget the guidebooks. I think we're gonNA find as you usually find. Any sort of downturns is that companies that have good cash reserves companies. That have you know. In some cases better management will make it where other companies that. You may look at it and say. I can't believe that they couldn't make it. A just won't because of their you know their cash reserves or how they're overhead is or all sorts of things so they'll definitely be winners and losers after this sort of thing and that's true with the companies Veteran publishing that's true with airlines tour companies. In the in the business I think is that there will be some some fallout there. We've already seen that in the local restaurants. I don't know how many of you have already heard that one of your local restaurants has gone out of business but we've had one perennial favorite here. I suspect that they were thinking about retiring. And you know it just got way too hard. So they closed and that's not going to be the last one by any means. Yeah I think we may have mentioned this last episode but I was talking to somebody who is an insider with Houston tourism. And know they they. There's a belief there at least this there was at least a week a week or two ago. There was a belief that they may lose as many as forty of their current restaurants. And they're you know it begs the question Places like New Orleans. The food scene actually got better after their disaster it got better because their food scene had stagnated it was all either legacy stuff like Gallo. Twas Antoine's and you know thing Brennan's and stuff like that or it was the other end. Which was the crappy tourist food and there wasn't a lot in between at least not in the major areas that people go and basically Katrina wiped out a lot of places but it also created opportunities in the in the coming years for a lot of places and so they suddenly got a lot of very cool kind of gastro pubs and boutique like places and things that they really didn't have much before and that became better now here. I don't know that that's going to be the case. Because it's more about money thing My belief that if San Francisco loses like say thirty percent of their restaurants. What I'm worried about is that that thirty percent will be the ones with character. They will be the mom and pop places they will be the small pocket places. Which is what Chris is talking about is there will be places that on a in an industry that has very not a great margin to begin with You know a lot of these places are GONNA go out. That are the places with character or the family or local owned places. And we'RE GONNA get stuck with a whole bunch more arby's and chipotle's so that's what I'm worried about.
Best of British Columbia
"Low travel nerds and welcome to the extra packing peanuts travel. Podcast we are coming at you today from our e Pop H. Q. The show that teaches you how to travel more. Well spend less except for staying at home. So we're here to give you a little bit of inspiration today. Talking about one of our favorite places and the place that has the brewery of which which travis sporting the hat from this brewery. So heather hates this hat. I don't know why I love it. she hates it. But we're going to British Columbia today with you and this hat is from a story in British Columbia right outside of Whistler Coast mountain represent so I figured she said tribe. Your hair looks awful. Go put on a hat. So this is what I hate that. Trav- your hair looks awful. Go put on ABC. Wait a minute make us on her. Might just relaying. What happened five minutes before play guy either way quarantines getting us? It's getting a lot of time spent together and you know we somewhat too much time. We're used to spending a lot of time together but court excuse me. Quarantine is a little bit of a different animal. I do not hate the hat. I hate this. You literally said I hate this head a little too flat for me but anyway regardless British Columbia and we love the breweries in British Columbia. Yes today this is part of our quarantine. Diaries session so you can watch us on. If you're watching it then you get to see that if you're listening on the podcast and you do want to see our faces our situation and see what had a might wear for the next one. You can go do our instagram at extra packing peanuts and check it out there. So these are shorter. Form unedited podcast. That we're putting in addition to a regular Tuesday longer form podcasts. So that you have more wanderlust more travel love in your ears during the quarantines as we all go a little bit stir quarantine that's like during the quarantine it is now. I think a proper now. I think it should be Catholic. Quarantine entreprenuering quarantine and so what we've been doing recently and what we're going to do today is our best of series and this is where we pick a destination today. British Columbia Heather has a few card down there. She mixes them up and then she asked us and we don't prep for this at all. What our best memories of this specific places so today. We're doing a whole province and it's GonNa be hard because we spent a lot of time in British Columbia and we've gone all around British Columbia. Obviously we spend a ton of time in Victoria. Think Hoover Islands part of British Columbia? Spending time in Vancouver. We've been up to whistler. We'd been out to the Okinawa Gin. So it's going to be hard to pick somewhere places but hey that's what happens. That's the tough job of being travel. Podcast SO WE HAVE DESTINATION. Diaries and we have one. I'm pretty sure on Vancouver so we don't have one. I think on the whole of British Columbia. So you'll be getting some new content here with this little mini series. And I guess we should just jump right in. Let's do it okay. The first card is oh how appropriate best during so. I've been thinking a lot about this. And she told me redoing British Columbia literary four minutes ago and there have been a lot of places that we've drank at Including Vancouver we one time. We're in Vancouver for twenty one days and I did twenty one breweries and twenty days and I was pregnant so I did zero breweries. I mean I went to them but yeah so and we've spent a lot of time in Victoria. And some great wineries out in the Okinawan and all but for me. I think it will come back to a beer. Coast Mountain honorable mention and because of the hat. Awesome little brewery up in squamish tackling games. Garmisch just south of whistler fun little place cool like everything wanting to bury small little joint. That heather actually stayed in the car because again. I think you're pregnant at that point and she took a nap. I just went in and had a little flight by myself. You know really neat. People could be the coast from the brewery. No but it's called coast to Coast Mountain. Which is also a weird name. My name like it's just a weird. You're just taking two words and putting them together but it works and I love the hat and I'd like to branding but my number one favorite. So it's not honorable mention. Okay right you told me that we could go longer than fifteen minutes. Because now we have a compressor so we can put it on. Igt No if you read our post from last week. But I had the hardest time trying to get our videos out because if you video over fifteen minutes you have to do it from your granddaughter and it has to be an MP anyway. It was a whole long saga. But I bought the software. Because what does one do? I mean we needed. We needed to get the videos to you. We needed to get the videos. You so then Heather told. I said we are GONNA be fifty minutes is going to be hard for British Columbia said. Oh no no we got we got the compressor we can do want so. My overall favorite drink is strathcona brewing in Vancouver for two reasons. One Strathcona brewing itself has really good beer. Super Cool brewery really hipster in in like a gentrifying neighborhood for sure but they also at the time we were there and I'm not sure if the guy still does this but there is a gypsy. Burr call who runs a Burri called superfly. Meaning he doesn't have his own brewery brews at Strathcona and comes up and bruised. They're apparently lives in a van. No joke down by a river and then comes up to strathcona debris here and there and this was two years ago so things could have could have changed this super flex beer is awesome so they sell super flex at Strathcona brewing and their beers incredible and then bring has their own beer and their beer is really good too so those my if you want the best drink we've had in British Columbia head to Strathcona brewing. Try and try to get your hands on superfly which you can get in grocery stores and convenience stores to
Arizona National Parks
"Amateur Traveler episode seven hundred today. The amateur traveler talks about Spanish explorers native Americans a volcano crater cactus and canyons of various sizes. One really really grand and one really really small as we go to the National Parks of Arizona. Welcome to the immature traveler. I'm your host Chris. Kristen sending this is indeed episodes. Seven hundred of the amateur traveler as we approach the fifteenth year anniversary. So let's celebrate a and now let's get back to work. Let's talk about Arizona. I like to welcome back to the show. Gary Aren't from everything. Dash EVERYWHERE DOT com. Who's come to talk to us? About Arizona? National Parks Carry. Welcome back to the show. Thank you for the. What is it? Fifteen or sixteen. So it's not like it's been that long since I've talked to Gary Gary and I also have been a CO hosting this. We can travel with a couple of other friends for ten years now so we get to talk periodically but you pitched me going to Arizona and seeing national parks I would say why should someone do that. But you already said national parks so Arizona just has the Grand Canyon right well. That's that's the big one I would say you're looking at. That's what it's best known for but actually Arizona has twenty two different national park service sites. Which places at third amongst all states as far as the number of sites behind California and Alaska only having some second now that I think about it but yeah there's a lot and I've been to a lot of these but you actually came up with some that I'd never heard of so. That was one of the reasons that I was anxious to. Have you back on the show and talk about this but let's talk about? Why should someone go to Arizona and see the national parks? Well for starters you can go year round and I think that something that you can't do easily in a lot of parks last year. For example I did a trip to southern Oregon and Northern California and even in June a lot of the parks there were snowed in and when I showed in I mean. Twenty feet of snow snowed in right so this is in the summer. And they're still so much snow. Because it's an altitude. And you're you're not gonNA really see that in Arizona Star in in the south so if you're looking for a trip in the winter or something it's it's a great place to go and there's a great diversity. These aren't just natural sites although it certainly has those there's a great deal of history. That goes back told him. The ancient people who lived in this area before Europeans showed up as well as a westward expansion in a host of other things so there really is a wide diversity. I also going to see some landscapes that you're really not going to see anywhere else or other desserts in the United States but The SONORAN desert that. You're going to see here is really unique and have some things that you're just not gonNA find saying California Nevada or even Utah. The one exception I can think of to. You're not going to run into whether here would be the North Rim of the Grand Canyon Which closes in October want to say because it had closed before. We did a trip in October of last year. It hadn't snowed in yet but all services were closed on the largest closed in all facilities are closed at that point and then it will snow in. And they'll stop plowing the roads as soon as the snows happen. Yeah so I was last there. In January of twenty twenty those primarily in the Tucson area but then I made a trip up north around flagstaff and a lot of people don't realize that there's snow up in flagstaff primarily because of the elevation than anything. And so yeah. There was definitely snow on the ground when I visited some of the sites but I live in Minnesota so this was like your price my first winter. It was not a lot of snow. Wasn't that coal right. The roads are open. You can you can actually go and see stuff well and I remember being at the Grand Canyon in April when there was snow at the Rim and it was eighty degrees at the bottom so it depends a lot where you are absolutely. So what kind of itinerary do you recommend? It really depends on where you're going to be. I think most people are probably going to be flying into Tucson or Phoenix right and the third place might be flagstaff. One smaller town. But it's in the north and There's kind of pockets of parks around those. And the first one I would bring up is a park while National Monument and it's extremely unique among all the sites in the United States that's Hokum National Monument anemic because you cannot visit and if you could visit. There is nothing to see well then. It's unique in an unusual way. I have needs a little bit of explanation so just south of Phoenix is the reservation. There was an archaeological dig. Their WANNA say took place in the seventies sixties and seventies called snake down and what they ended up doing was once. The excavation was over the reburied it. So you got declared a national monument and it's on the reservation and they don't let you go and visit the site or snake town is but if they did there is literally nothing to see because it's buried and for National Park collectors. It poses a problem because for whatever reason it's still on the books huff thirds no visitor center. There's no there's nothing but technically make them really getting technical here if you look at the outline of what constitutes the National Monument isn't interstate that runs through it so should actually go to the Beltway Beneath Phoenix. YOU'RE ON THAT ROAD. You will technically drive through this area and you'll see buffing. There's nothing there so it's kind of an oddity on. I don't know why it's still on the books or why it's there. But supposedly there was a cultural center for the tribe and you go there and they had a display about snake Tama. They closed it. And they're going to be reopening again and you could actually get a stamp there and that would be the closest thing to visit other than that I mean. I think we could talk about so there of the twenty two sites. There are three national parks proper. The first is obviously the Grand Canyon. I don't know how much we need to talk about that. I'm sure done shows on the Grand Canyon. We have done a show on the Grand Canyon in the first year of Amateur Traveler. And then we did another show later on about Rafting the Grand Canyon with the George Wendt the now late founder of ores rafting But that's been a little while ago so it's worth a mention. Yeah I mean everyone's familiar with it. Is You mentioned you can access it from the North or the South? It's a very common trip for people to make from Las Vegas. Yeah although people go to the South Rim from Las Vegas. That's long drive right. I mean and it should be noted. The Grand Canyon says enormous chunk taken out of the state of Arizona and their bridges to get around. It writes the you have to drive around at our fly over it. The southern rim is lower elevation and by far the more popular of the two sides. You can visit. It gets ninety percent of the tourism. Am I read about that? Would sound about right if you go further up river you get into the Glen Canyon Recreation area. And that's where you'll see that's like horseshoe bend is a famous site of most people may have seen the photo also National Park Service site on the Colorado River but not part of the Canyon and if you go downstream there are also some Indian reservations. One of which which famously built the Skywalk horseshoe-shaped. Yeah so it it. It's one of the most popular parks in the United States. It should have been put on the list of the seven. Natural Wonders of the world said the underground river in the Philippines. Made it not that. We're bitter fool. No in the way they walked in it was kind of ridiculous but yeah it's the one thing that if you're an American or even if you're not American coming to visit the United States I think you should I mean it's literally alongside maybe yellowstone in Yosemite those are considered the three crown jewel national parks in the US system brand. It really is an incredible
Saints of Spain; David Suchet Footsteps of St. Paul; Michelangelo In Florence
"Whether you're looking at Michelangelo's magnificent statue of David or you get caught up in a ruckus crowd at a street festival in Spain or even if you just listen to the wind whisper. What life was once like among the sun bleached ruins of the Mediterranean? Your travels can lift your spirit in many ways. Hi I'm Rick Steves in just a bit. We'll take a closer look at the world. Michelangelo lived in influence. Five hundred years ago and actor. David Suchet tells us how he retraced the route that Saint Paul traveled through the eastern Roman Empire. Nearly two thousand years ago. Let's start the hour with a look at how people in Spain honor the lives of important figures from their past. There are actually hundreds of national and regional saints in Spain. And you'll find that many of them get a festival that brings their communities out into the streets to celebrate to explain the role of Saint in the culture of Spain. We're joined now by tour guides or hate Roman from Madrid and Francisco Gloria from pump. Lona or Hey in Francisco. Happy Easter Thank. You thank you so. Spain is a Catholic country in in the church is a huge part of the political and spiritual past. To what extent is the Catholic Church? Still a big part of Spanish society. Today it is. I mean now. The government that we have now is very conservative and they relates a political issues with the church. Not Everybody is happy about that but still part of it and also the most of the celebrations in Spain national holidays. They advocated saints. Lady's name names. I think a lot how. How does the naming of children work compared to the Catholic faith? I mean you're or hey your Cisco do they have any with your parents. Passion for Saints a Whole Mike. As many Ms Francis Xavier because your middle name is executive because for some frantic savior was born in my town so and he was the first Jesuit Right. He was one of the founders of Jesuits Yep okay main signatures which is a very common name. Ignatius and Francisco Xavier. That's a common name where you come from pump loan and actually my name is the ACLU into English degeorge and is the only saint in the Catholic Church actually wasn't a saint also warrior that killed the Dragon Saint George killing the Dragon. Yeah it wasn't saying actually but so there are a lot of festivals when you travel in and almost all of them seem to be related to the church. Talk about a couple of the the great festivals in the Saints Days. That are important in your life in your travels Francisco I am from component the running of the Bulls on what we celebrate. The death of Seinfeld mean so. It's like huge huge celebration. That week starts July six hundred ends July fourteenth saint for me and I. You wouldn't even know who saint for me unless you went to. The running of the Bulls and pump. Lana developed comes from employees. They don't even know who he is attacked because everybody wears the red Kerchief around their neck and when people go to the running of the Bulls they wear this red neckerchiefs symbolism planet. We are under two hundred thousand people. I didn't know we. We welcome one million people and everybody's wearing white unread and nobody knows why like. Excuse me you do get excuse me. I'M A tour guide. I want to explain to you why. You're wearing this red handkerchief. That was the first person that was baptized employees and they cut his head for the recent. So what we represent the white outfit Represents Holiness and the Redmond nights the blood coming out of his neck so he was an early Christian. Pump Loner who was beheaded. Yes he was. We hit it. We say that he was beheaded any Pamplona although history tells us that he was beheaded in France. But Hey ho hey. From Madrid what festivals would impact a traveler when that we should know about quite Madrid? Not Maniacs you say but there is one very close which is Toledo the Corpus Christi is the big the there in Corpus Christi in Toledo is and that's the the corporate the body the body of Christ that's correct. Yeah and that's the Big Day in Toledo and they do bring some things to parade around. And he's part of a could be the equivalent of the beaches. Pelton SPAIN LIKELY. You have here states them. They're very conservative in there. That's interesting because in the United States We've got a region called the Bible Belt in Spain. Is there a region that would be the Bible belt get could be the political? Be One of them if you go around. Let's say like half Mouche from Madrid to the West from Madrid to the West Toledo Arbella. Salunke that part of your Browning what do you? What is your image of being? We'll have to think that we had the Muslim heritage Muslim heritage started to come down of it from the north down. Thanks Community Santos on James. Drake has just for the historic context. The Muslims came in and took over Spain and Portugal in from the eighth century until fourteen. Ninety two a good part of Spain was ruled by Muslim overlords. And then for centuries there was the RECON keystone reconquering has finally fourteen ninety two. The last Muslim was pushed out of Granada and back into Africa. What I make the difference that the Community Santiago okay. The origin was by the coast and it was the beginning of the Spanish reconquista. So this is the Camino Santiago. This is the big pilgrimage trail that cuts across from France all the way across north Spain the major city in the north west of Spain Santiago de Compostela. They'll go and How what's the historical roots for this pilgrimage? Because thousands and thousands of people make this high out there still do it people at the beginning they did it by the coast so those kingdoms those ancient kingdoms there the realize that whatever was going there were no Muslims so th would they decided to push it south and south and south and south until the Camino we know today so I am from the north in the north we barely have any Muslim heritage. We were more Christine. Must time before. But if you go down to under Lucia there you find. Churches generally built upon a mosque. Correct and mosque was built upon a church than they destroyed. If you go to civilian you see them at Nickerson Tarver. A Cathedral Tower actually was the minaret of the old mosque. So there's this layering of history. And what's very poignant to me? Is We hear about people. Being beheaded today in this struggle of fanatic Islam and Christians and so on but if you go to a church in southern Spain it's very common to see a man on a horse with a big sword cutting off the heads of Muslims and at the feet of the Horse. There's six or eight heads of beheaded Muslims as correct. Lose this man that is son James. The son teams we're representing three ways bishop as more slayer the more slayer so his. His nickname was saint. James the slater the more killer. Well enter the Moore's for the Muslims. Yeah most of our lives and today's politically incorrect. So we're beginning to cover those heads on the floor seriously. Some of those old statues and paintings are getting with put flowers well enough so you hide them so you hide you see a guy on a white horse with a sore but every time a Christian is just so disgusted by a Muslim fanatic. That cut off one of his people's heads we've got to remember. This is nothing new in history Spanish. I consider myself Catholic. We've been the worst ever I mean. We've inquisition the request. We have expelled. The Jews I mean with excuse of religion with Don's much bad. The inquisition is Sort of gift of Spain to the rest of Europe. What gave yeah. I poisoned gift. Would you describe the The inquisition you see the palace don't you out l. escorial that's right correct. What is the inquisition? Mean to to church history It's a sad episode. I mean this might personal opinion. Very site I mean also gave us practical thing. But it's a very very sad history. Every time I talk to them to my travelers about inquisition unites ties with Catholic moral and they kept going on.
Sound Of The River
"This time a story a story about a river a very special river. It's the river you can hear flowing in the background through a forest somewhere in New Zealand. The river you can hear is the Wanganui River. This recording was made recently by this woman. My name is heike like hope and Mima Danish audio storyteller documentary-maker Pica held a spent a lifetime making documentaries and stories in sound documentaries and stories in sound at a full of characters places events but almost always in our work there are also the sounds of nature like stories. That have this ECO. Centric quality where it's not necessarily humans that are in the middle where where there's When Nature Plays Part? I've always had since I was a kid. I've always had this feeling that nature sort of reflected itself into me I I would feel like a mountain I would feel like make I would feel like it's three and I've had since early childhood SLA very strong sensory experiences from Mater. I think sound is fluid. It spacious like nature is so there's something that's always been something about working with sound that mirrors this perception I have of the world and that mirrors may and can connect them like bay sometimes in sort of pristine moments also connect within me emotionally or as ideas. It's something that affects you when you're there. So how can you tell a story where whether it comes across where it's not just backdrop or pretty picture but it's actually a strong force a character almost in the story documentaries and stories come from very remote places very often places like the far north of Canada Greenland places all around Scandinavia and across the North Atlantic islands? But her latest project takes back to a place where she spent time growing up. I've just started working on a project. Actually it's a liar. I feel like I've been working on it for a long time of wanted to work on it and it's been on my mind. It's a project about the Wanganui River. It flows from the center of the North Island of New Zealand to the coast to the task. Mansi three hundred kilometers or so the river special to me because I grew up in New Zealand lift by this river and my family immigrated to New Zealand in the seventy s and we lived in in Wanganui which is the town that where the river flows into the sea and all trading station built by European settlers. So for me. It's it's personally special. And then I learnt that one canoeing river have gained legal status as a as a human entity which means that it has the rights and duties and liabilities of a legal person the Wanganui river now a legal person or legal entity one of the first natural places in the world to be given this sort of legal standing accepting a river as illegal person presents. Many challenges to the way we think about the world and it presents challenges to documentary-maker how can a documentary portray the river itself as a character as a person as an entity? Where do you begin? Did you know that the river is a human being to us? We've always had signed from the mountain to the say I the river as May. So how do you tell a story whether whether river is the main the center? I'm not sure how to that practically you know. How do I connect with the river and and figure out why didn't want to say