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"chris christensen" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"I would like to welcome to show a Lauren Pesky from wonder Lulu Dot com, , which has way more use in. Lulu . than you would expect, , check the show notes for how to spell that. . Lauren welcome to the show. . Hi. . Chris thank you so much for having me. . I'm really excited to be chatting with you today and were chatting about Bogota Colombia and Lauren. . What is your connection to Bogut all? ? The Age old question I truthfully never had Columbia on my list was really on my radar but love brought me here. . My boyfriend moved here five years ago, , and so for the past five years I have been visiting on and off and finally kind of made the move down here this year. . And you picked a good year to move internationally. . I know talk about crazy timing. I . finally five years in Ra do this I'm going to get the visa all of that, , and then I got here in February and. . March the whole country shutdown. . Excellent. . So we're GonNa talk about the things that you're going to be able to do win it opens backup starting to do now but why should someone go to Columbia specifically Bogota? ? While let's start with Columbia as a whole is one of my favorite countries I've ever been to and the reason for that many many reasons but I just love how diverse the country as from region to region. . So in one country you have the Amazon rainforest, , you have the Andes mountains you have desert you have the Pacific Ocean you have the Caribbean it's really just in terms of bio-diversity. It's . pretty incredible how many landscapes you can see in One place and beyond that region to region the cultures are so different that people in the language event. . I have a friend in get Mungo, , which is another major city here who says when she talks to her family on the coast in Bonn Akhir Carthagena sometimes, , she doesn't even know they're using a phrase that she's never heard before i. . know that's in a lot of places that it's just it makes it a really really interesting place to visit. . And what kind of tenor are going to recommend for us? ? So today, , I'm going to be specifically talking about Bogota. . I feel like Bogota is the capital city. . I know a lot of people fly through here but often I feel like it's an overlooked major major city most people when they think of Columbia, , Colombia's really gaining popularity in recent years. . The first thing they think of Karma Hannah are medigene and so now that I live year and I've been visiting for so long feel like so many things are overlooked here. So . I really kind of want to dive into that and talk about kind of what makes this place special. . And we should say up front that Lauren doesn't claim to be native Spanish speaker. . Hearsay medigene and you think it should be many Yien or something else. . She's still knows better than I knew it. . So what do in Boca? ? I if you don't mind just talking a little bit of language and so far from ever Oh you must be fluent you're visiting so much. . But the reality is I'm not in so I kind of have a perspective on what it's like to be here in traveling around when I know very little. . Of course, , I've gotten better over time but still learning you can I assume you know the essentials like survey support for? ? That's the first phrase you learn the clerk. . Learned one beer please. . Exactly exactly. . Go back to your your question about, , but was how I always to me. . It's an eclectic mix of traditional and modern Colombian culture, , and I just love how you can kind of go from playing Tejo and eating a maybe another EPA bay case on the street to dancing salsa, , and then the next day you're at a fine dining Peruvian fusion restaurant in high in cocktails at a jazz bar and it's Kinda got it. . All excellent as long as you're going to promise to explain to me what you were just talking about with. . The two things that you're eating and going to somewhere in the course of the conversation. . I will. . Definitely. . To that. . So don't don't even worry. . What are we going to see in Bogota? ? Where are we GONNA START? ? Okay. . So I kind of want to break this down is a massive city. . It's eight million people. . It's a sprawling city. . There's so much to do so much to see. . So I, , kind of want to break it down by by neighborhood because it's so big I feel like it's less of A. . Hit these top ten things? ? Would you see a lot of those lists just great which is fine. . But a lot of those lists stay in only one neighborhood. . Probably. . Heard of it I'm pretty sure you've talked about it before in Candelaria in. . So I kind of want to talk about each little neighborhood and kind of what each place bring. . So the first place like I was saying is the most popular I would say it's the most heuristic part of the city which you know sometimes I think you hear its touristic which equals bad to some to some but to me candelaria, , it's a beautiful part of the city. . It's the Old City it's the cobblestone streets and the colonial Spanish architecture, , and so I'm going to start there with kind of like day one, , right so the reason I start. . There is because there is this place in that area of the city that's in the more southern part of the city, , not all the way south almost like mid <unk> south is monster at day, , which is this big beautiful mountain that overlooks the entire city. . It's a really great like first thing to do because you really get the lay of the land and see just how massive the city is. . You can get up there three ways you can hike up, , you can take the there's like a dealer kind of train that goes up and then there's the cable car and the cable car ride up if you're not afraid of heights. . Is Beautiful. . When you get to the top I mean like I said, , you have this beautiful sprawling view of the city and just kind of a little tip even though I do recommend going early on and during the day the careful because on the weekends it is mental. . I've seen lines that are probably three maybe more hours. . Okay Yes I really recommend if you can go during the week. . That's great and then if you kinda wanted using a little different if you go right before the sun is setting, it's , like a beautiful beautiful view bogus some pretty gorgeous city sunset. So . that's kind of something to keep in ninety.
"chris christensen" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"I'd like to welcome to the show, , Audrey and Manlio Diamante from travels with AUDREY DOT COM and they've come to talk to us a better region of Italy you may or may not have heard of for Yuli. . Venezia Giulia. . Andrian manlio welcome to the show. . Ain't you Chris and thank you for inviting us to be on your bucket today. . Thank you Chris Thank goodness well, , and we've picked a region of Italy that I couldn't have told you the name of I know where it is about. . Where are we talking about? ? First of all, if , we put this on a map Well. . If we were to put it on poor looking at the most northerly and easterly region of Italy incense ranked. . In the corner literally border the North would be Australia The you're on the right would be slow being young. . Then we have the Adriana CCD so we're an also the region of vinet. . Oh. . So you're about a hundred and solid kilometers from Venice, , if you were to be an Bene- some wanted to travel to live in his Julia. . Along the highway that would be approximately about one hundred kilometers and. . We'll get into his tryst. . So that is actually, , yes, , that's correct <unk>. . Essentially up but would unit is the one that would be most typical the one that really represents reach enough. . You're getting ahead of us. . Before. . We get there. . Why are we talking about this region because I'm not going to try and say it every time we say this because you see it so much better than I do what is your connection to Fluey Valencia Julia Well. . My husband is born and raised and in. . So he actually also be Lionel which is a local language. . I actually met my husband and he. . Shot on location to Spain, , and so a friend of mine asked me to stop in a visitor in Italy and when I did, , I, , actually met my husband for the first time in this was in ninety seven. . And then he later on emigrated to Canada. . Got Married. . Will and why should someone go to really Well a food essential yet is one of those regions I mean most of us think that there are token room. . Most. . Now, there's , nothing wrong with that. . Unfortunately, , the name as a reason, , I'm right. . I would probably say somebody if you're traveling for the first time to Italy to do the Venice. . Florence, , and the Rome but for anyone who's looking for a more authentic way of appreciating Italy, , then you need to go into some of the regions that are less traveled and <unk> as you as one of those, , and it is really in a very good location if you really think about it because. . I so much to offer from the beaches by good idol. . History going back to the Roman history, , the lull of our history world or one history that is worse. . The front was for World War One and some of the worst battles that were ever fought or along from the car so and these own so. . which my husband can talk to you more about you have the Alps and will you can go skiing in the wintertime amazing wine the quiet you're y region is world famous. . Now they produce some of Italy's best white wines and the photo of course is quite unique because. . Latins. . A mixture of different cultures the Australian. . The. . Italian. . So it has for a traveler they can spend easily a week and this particular region. . and. . Enjoy it without rushing and seeing quite a bit and is not just about lying. It's . about so much more and if they wanted to add a week. . Of the Australia <unk> they ads Vania or they could advantage what did I do not doin? ? The. . Bending on how they want to program their time. . Excellent will in what kind of are you gonNA recommend for us. . It was one week hurry and it would be centered around the fugitive and essentially in Rio. . And some of the key points to keep places that I would recommend would be, , of course, , the as they would be the capital and then of course. . We have also the cheated on the time of she that we have sunshine yearly, , which is where my husband's mother comes from. . And they're famous for the BUSHEL. . And then of course, , we do the mountain area could pop into Saudis for example, , or we could go into van Saun name and Sony in. . Leitch are two towns a really represent how he only that was devastating binary choice in one, , thousand, , nine, , hundred, , seventy, , six in really showcases the people themselves how suffered this major earthquake? ? Literally <unk>. . As you experience that you were there, , I did yesterday what about a thousand people who died back in nineteen seventy, , six cents I would say a large portion of region was actually essentially destroyed in Seoul the two towns my wife is referring to there called been solely and Jim Malone and they're very they're close to each other right next to each other one of them is a UNESCO side and that's been. . So it's a UNESCO side because it maintained. . The original character prior to the earthquake even though it was completely built, , but it's very touching in it's very characteristic of the regional freely. So . we would definitely recommend it
"chris christensen" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Bags back on a roll. And read it's. Real. Fast Board. A traveler episode, seven, hundred and twenty three today the amateur traveler talks about Julius Caesar Attila the Hun World War One the Lombards per pseudo and the dolemite's as we go to the Italian province of. Venezia Giulia. Amateur. Traveler, I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about freely. Venezia Giulia. I'd like to welcome to the show, Audrey and Manlio Diamante from travels with AUDREY DOT COM and they've come to talk to us a better region of Italy you may or may not have heard of for Yuli. Venezia Giulia. Andrian manlio welcome to the show. Ain't you Chris and thank you for inviting us to be on your bucket today. Thank you Chris Thank goodness well, and we've picked a region of Italy that I couldn't have told you the name of I know where it is about. Where are we talking about? First of all, if we put this on a map Well. If we were to put it on poor looking at the most northerly and easterly region of Italy incense ranked. In the corner literally border the North would be Australia The you're on the right would be slow being young. Then we have the Adriana CCD so we're an also the region of vinet. Oh. So you're about a hundred and solid kilometers from Venice, if you were to be an Bene- some wanted to travel to live in his Julia. Along the highway that would be approximately about one hundred kilometers and. We'll get into his tryst. So that is actually, yes, that's correct Essentially up but would unit is the one that would be most typical the one that really represents reach enough. You're getting ahead of us. Before. We get there. Why are we talking about this region because I'm not going to try and say it every time we say this because you see it so much better than I do what is your connection to Fluey Valencia Julia Well. My husband is born and raised and in. So he actually also be Lionel which is a local language..
"chris christensen" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"I like to welcome the show gene m from Nebraska, , who has come to talk to us about her homestate Tino. . Welcome to the show I. . Thank you Chris and Gina I see from Nebraska. . You'll live in Phoenix now. . Does one ever get Nebraska out of their system after they move away so. . Truly wants to Nebraska always. . And Nebraska is one of only three states in the fifteen years the show we have not covered. . So I've been really wanting to do this show I think for a while I have actually spent vacations in Nebraska. . So why should someone go to Nebraska? ? Well, , that is a great question and a lot of people when they hear I'm from Nebraska, , asked me that question as well. . So I think that the State Tourism Board. . They just came out with a motto. . That actually, , maybe laugh the motto is Nebraska honestly it isn't for everyone. . And so and then it goes into all of these awesome things that you can do Nebraska. . But I think that someone who loves a good road trip likes to go off the beaten path maybe not as mainstream as some other areas that is who is going to love to go to Nebraska. . Will and I should say that I have or have had at times for different podcasts and one of them was the passport travel marketing. . NPR. . PODCAST and if you go find that show, , you can find an interview with the head of Nebraska tourism talking about that very motto in how It came about and and what they meant by it and that whole program. . So. . Excellent well, , what kind of itinerary are you going to recommend for us? ? Well, , I think that we should sorry in Omaha Nebraska which is the largest city you're gonna fly in here and you can fly pretty much any major airline into that airport. . In also itinerary I should know is going to take place in the summer. . So Nebraska has four seasons in the winter can be quite extreme and it's just not quite as fun. . If you I mean it's beautiful but the weather is so extreme that I would definitely recommend during during the summer. . So we're GONNA fly into Omaha, , and we are going to stay in the old market area downtown. . It's absolutely gorgeous. . So you can go on some horsedrawn carriages you can see farmers markets on the weekends but. The . main thing and Omaha is the Henner doorly zoo. . So many times throughout the years it has been rated number one in the world and it's for good reason. . So it has an aquarium that is also with the zoo and I truly don't think there's one thing there that is missing they are continuously I didn't on and I was actually just looking at the website and they actually have overnight experiences that families can do now which I think is really awesome. . We're GONNA go to the zoo experienced that. . Day event, they , have this new sky fiery, , they call it and it's Ski Lifts in the end it goes over and so you can see the animals from above and. . If you get tired or if you just want a different view, , just hop on that it is extra. . It's only six dollars round trip though so I think it's been on it's pretty awesome. . So some other things in Omaha to do there are many museums just to would be the Jocelyn Art Museum the Durham Museum I. . Know Museums aren't everybody's saying but just the architecture in those buildings absolutely gorgeous. . Just sue a walk through or go have coffee nearby absolutely gorgeous at the Joslyn Art Museum and what was the second one? ? And both really affordable to get into the Durham's eleven dollars for admission and the Josh Art Museum my impression is is that it's it's a fine art museum rather than a modern, , Art Museum yes. . Yeah. . Okay and then the Durham is more of like it goes through exhibits on immigration and who settled into Omaha and the construction of the transcontinental railroad, , which is really important throughout Nebraska's history kind of more of those type of things.
Travel to Penang Malaysia
"Welcome to the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about paying. I'd like to welcome the show ruth from Vancouver and that's not the one in Canada but the one in Washington and that's the state of Washington. DC. WHO's come to talk to us about Penang? Malaysia Ruth Welcome to the show. Thank you. Glad to be here and some of you met ruth. If you traveled a with me to Morocco ruth was one of the people on that trip and we're friends from long before that and you have spent the last. Three years up until the coronavirus down in southeast. Asia's that have I got. The timing writer was longer than Well, we had three years in Singapore. And then we were into our just pass our first year in Penang when the covert virus and I actually was here in the states and got stranded here as the movement control order went into effect inning and I wasn't able to get back into the country. So we're now home back in the state of Washington and Yeah. But Penang was our home for about a year. Will, and when we get to the point where we can, why should someone go to Penang? Penang is just a very interesting piece of as. You have three distinct people ethnicities who make up panning opening is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia. It's the second smallest. It's the only one that has a island plus mainland components, and the island is the part that we are familiar with. That's where we lived. We lived in Penang Island Penang. Island. Has Like I say three different distinct groups. There's the Chinese, which are about fifty percent, which is more than the most of Malaysia, your Chinese percentage, and then you have forty percent Malay- and about nine percent of the Indians who are mostly Tamil speakers so there from southern. Yup and then we have the expert groups and in particular, there's one large group of experts that now reside in Penang as a result of Malaysia's M. M.. Two H. Program, which is Malaysia my second home. So quite a few people have actually retired they've made it their permanent home. So it's a very eclectic group of different ethnicities and different cultures and they do not intermixed very much. So you really do have these distinct. And distinct foods and distinct ways of living and languages, and you can do it all in a very small space and people have been to Singapore Penang. It's about the third of the size of Singapore. And only has about fifteen percent of the population of Singapore's on the island about seven hundred thousand people that makes it much more spread out. You're not just in these big crowds of people and yet you're experiencing the same kind of cultural mixing and interaction that you might get in Singapore. I like to think of Penang sort of like Singapore before Lee Kuan Yew came in and modernized and sanitized. Everything, so Penang gives you that old feel I think of what Singapore would have been like. Before everything was cleaned up and so and not to say that it's dangerous or unhealthy to be there but you just get that kind of older. Feel you have people cook it on the streets for food and things like that. So the I highly recommend going just because it's different than a lot of other places you might go in Asia will in terms of Malaysia we're on or just off of the mainland portion of Malaysia in the. West Coast in the north. So we on cow before we're south of that which is way up by the border with Thailand and then we`re Two thirds the distance from Kuala Lumpur up to the type border. Yes yes. Like you say we're to the west of the mainland and very close actually up. I think there's only one one state may be two that are above pinning on the mainland before you get to. Thailand. So it is still pretty close to time. There is some influence of Thai Culture Thai food. In. What is in Penang Yeah I? Think you're forty miles from Thailand. yes. Yeah and what's interesting about pinning to is, and we'll talk about this a little bit more but you came and visited us when we were in Singapore and we went to the parental museum to remember that in singer. So Penang is one of three places in that Malaysian Singaporean area that has Parana Akin Chinese or also called the Straits Chinese also called the bubble Nokia's so they are located in Penang Malacca and in. Singapore. So I've actually been to all three places. I've been to the museums in each of those places and it's a fascinating culture. People from that culture came from China from mainland. China many years ago. treaters remember correctly yet and they came in and adopted many of the Malay Practices and cultures, and some of the foods and sort of turn them into their own. They were usually very very wealthy and their homes were extravagant and their furniture was lavish and carved, and they also incorporated some of the colonialism of the British. So they had fancy dinner ware and fancy glasses and mirrors and their homes were just beautiful and in Penang you can go onto Church Street, which is down in Georgetown and there is a Paranthan Museum there for Twenty Ringgit. which is almost nothing that's four ringgit to a dollar. So it's five dollars you can go in and get a tour of the product museum there, and it's fascinating. It was owned actually by a gangster. A Chinese gangster and his family I and It's now part of the state I believe as a museum and they do try to preserve this product can culture because it is only really in these three distinct places.
Travel to Brittany France
"Today, the amateur traveler talks about walled towns and standing stones, beaches, and folk festivals, pirates, and you boats as we go to Brittany in France. Welcome to the amateur traveler I'm your host Chris? Christensen. Let's talk about Britney. I'd like to welcome to the show Kristen Montgomery from growing global citizens dot com who come to talk to us about the region of France known as Brittany Kristin welcome to the show. Thanks Chris and I want to say the Duchy of Brittany, but that's really not the term anymore so. It's definitely part of France officially where we talking about. So Britney is located in north western France, and as you said, it used to be a duchy, but in the fifteen hundreds it was incorporated as part of France basically taken over a against their will, so there's still a very strong regional identity. There are some people that still identify as being brought tone before their French slump. And why should someone go to Britney? Britney is a place that is not usually on lots of travelers lists. Obviously, if you're going to head to France, you think of Peres you think of southern France provence or niece, but there are a lot of really great things to see in Britannia, Britney there are beautiful beaches first of all, and it's actually sand beaches, unlike the rocky beaches that you find down south. It's a great place for a multi generational trip. So if you're traveling with family, it would be an excellent place to visit because it's a little bit less touristy, less crowded. There are more things to do that are in small towns out in the country. And it has this Celtic identity like I said the the Britain identity that really is not found in any other place in France, and so you're going to be hearing things like bagpipes for music. You're going to be seeing traditional dancing, even some of the Breton, language. and. I found that people here were really very very friendly. which is something that I hate to say, but sometimes and other parts of France especially, you think of Paris. They don't really have the reputation of being very friendly, but people here really took the time to be able to chat. And if you're someone that likes history or is into myths and legend Brittany has a lot of that, too. Excellent. What Are you going to recommend for us? So I would recommend starting in Ren, ren is in the eastern part of Brittany. And you can fly in, or you can take the train. The TJ evade from Paris. It's about an hour and forty five minutes. There are international flights into rent from other places in Europe, but I don't think there are any from the US or from north. America directly. If you're looking for a place, that would have more connections. That would be a bigger city. You can also fly into note, which is farther south and not officially right now is no longer part of Brittany in the administrative region, but it was part of that she. And there is a quite a bit to see there, too. So I won't talk about that today, but that's another option if you want more connections. And, so for the itinerary like I said you're going to start in Rin and then most of the things to see our along the coast, so you're basically going to do a clockwise circle, and you can go all the way around following the coast and then get back to ren okay. Excellent we'll let's jump in a little more detail. What are we going to Iran before we head to the coast? Okay so. Is the cultural capital of Brittany to university town, and it's really easy to get around. I will mention that you're gonNA. WanNa rent a car to be able to do this. Because there are a lot of small towns that you're going to want to be able to go in and out of. But when you're in rent itself, you don't need a car. They actually have a great metro and it's the smallest city in France to have metro. And this one is driverless also so it goes both underground and above ground, and it was really clean and safe and efficient, so that was that was something that I didn't really expect, but it was a very pleasant surprise. So, Ren is known for its half timber houses, which is funny, because that really I think we're on the other end of France over and. Also as lorraine or something like that when I see the half timber houses, yes, exactly that part of France and then Germany to places where you usually think of those, but it's very much native to the architecture here and I believe it's done in a slightly different way, but I'm not positive about that, but the half timber houses are usually the first level is stone, and then on top of that they're usually three or four other levels that have these big pieces of wood, and then they're deaf clan of plaster or mud in between them. When they're all different colors, and so when you see them all together for example, plastic undone. It's a big square where you can see this architecture and Ren, and some of these are incredibly old. They're dating from the fifteenth to Seventeenth Century. All the way back in the Middle Ages incredibly old by American standards is an exactly. Yes, thank you. Yes. It's all relative actually in Renton. They're kind of pockets of these and the reason. There aren't more is because like many other places. There was a big fire in seventeen twenty, and so many of them were destroyed, and so part of the town has this much older architecture and part of the town has more modern architecture. And another thing you're want to see. Is the Britain parliament building and like I said Brennan kind of the. Of Brittany, and so this parliament building originally had a little bit more autonomy than it does now now. It's really part of France, but they still do some court cases here it's it's basically a court of Appeals. The architecture that's there is beautiful. Especially, the grown Sean Code they have paintings and tapestries in there. It's all Gold Leaf. I believe the
Travel to Alabama
"Welcome traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen just see if we don't deliver on that word epic that I put in the intro. We've got lots to talk about as we talk about Alabama. I'd like to welcome the show. Larry Beiber who is a freelance travel, writer and editor also has his own website at Larry Bloomberg. Dot Com, and also at civil rights travel dot com, and he's come to talk to us about Alabama Larry Welcome to the show. Let's great to be here, Chris. This is a show that is about a year and a half in the making at least not with Larry. We just got him involved recently, but I've done three trips to Alabama last year and a half and had been really wanting to do a show about it. But I really wanted to do it with somebody who knew more about Alabama than I did and Larry. You've lived in Alabama for eleven years. I, think. We say that's right over a decade. And you came there to work a job in the travel magazine industry at. At coastal living, which was based here as is southern living in cooking, light and a lot of other magazines. Why should somebody go to Alabama? There's lots of reasons and I think the place to start is that most people don't know about Alabama? They they know. Their stereotypes there's. There's what they've heard over the years, but the truth is the south remains one of the most colorful and least understood parts of the country and the best way to learn about. It is to go there, and it's easy. It's easy to do and this I. Think will turn People's view under head. It's the center of Civil Rights History which I think. A lot of people know in the best way to understand that as visit the sites where these famed events happened. But it's also got incredible food. One of the most vibrant food scenes in the country right now mountains in some of the best beaches in the country, if not the world, which again does not fit that stereotype that people have the deep south well. I'm going to be one of those people that admits that I Alabama was something like my forty seventh state to go to or something like that, and it was kept to the last somewhat because I grew up in the sixties, and my picture of Alabama was what I saw on the nightly news. It was that troubled. Civil Rights history that we talk about which we can. Celebrate what happened now and and what went on, but it was kind of tough to watch it all going on at the time, and that colored my views of Alabama for pope. And I have fallen in love with the state here in the last trips that I've gone through and a little surprised to say that because I didn't really expect to. But what would you recommend for an itinerary for Alabama? Alabama literally goes from the mountains to the seas in I I would start just for simplicity's sake in the north. In Huntsville and in the Florence area where you will see incredible NASA rocket history because I was intrical part of the NASA system, the NASA development and then. Some a rock and roll shrine in the muscle shoals hall of fame, and then down to Birmingham where you do find that civil rights history where a lot of those disturbing images happen half a century ago. Frankly and now it's one of the most vibrant food scenes in the country and a place. That really has a buzz to it. There's a lot of new parks architecture. There's a lot of people they may be. Decades ago would have left to go off to find their fortune in New York or Los Angeles. And now they're staying there and creating some wonderful things and then I. go down to Montgomery with the state capital. Eight incredible new memorial is just open. I don't know if you've seen that. The equal justice just there. The Lynching Memorial, which I was told by an architecture critic, maybe the most important memorial in this country in the decade. Right up there with the Vietnam war memorial to the victims of lynching very sobering in your face, challenging kind of place, then go out to places I don't think are as much on the radar for people as far as Alabama mobile is a surprise mobile I call the little easy, because it's a lot like New Orleans, but it's tiny. It's much easier to navigate in. It's a lot of fun and then down to this beautiful beautiful Gulf. Shore beaches, the white sands, sugar sand beaches that I literally I been in Borussia of all places in the Indian Ocean on the beaches, and I came to the Gulf coast the next month. For some reason, it just worked out in the Gulf coast. Beaches were better than what I had seen in the Indian. Ocean Sept-. Beautiful I will back you up on that end in both a surprise part and the beautiful part. That will give you a good week from north the sound that
Travel to Devon and Cornwall, England
"Welcome to amateur traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about Devon and Cornwall. I'd like to welcome to the show. Ryan Duffield from Devon who has come to talk to us about the city of Plymouth in southern England and also the surrounding area, including Devon and Cornwall. Ryan welcome to the show. Thank you very much. Thank you for having me Howie. Good well, you know and it's funny because we just talked about the English coast, but we've moved a little further to the West and talk. Talk about a different region of the coast than we did on the show recently when we talked about Suffolk and the the downs. Why should someone go to Plymouth Plymouth? Actually it's a fantastic city. It's a city that goes amazing maritime history and tradition that dates right back to the medieval times, but actress quite often overloaded when people think of cities in England. They think oh of Lunden Bama again. Manchester Liverpool perhaps. I think Plymouth is just as much. Interest is end if those cities, but it's just north of us so much, and I think particular twenty American. Listeners interested is also the city where the pilgrim father set sail on the mayflower. Sixteen twenty associated with the traditional thanksgiving. S Pre interesting point. Is also surrounded by beautiful coastline. It's right on the border of the county's of Devon and Cornwall these are two of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK down in the South West of England, said Scott lost offer. Willing we're looking for dividend cornwall if we go down to the English map and you go far bottom left. That's where we are, and if you go further bottom further left from there, you end up in the ocean. So we're. Right on the south coast of Devon Oklahoma so are literally facing out to the Atlantic okay well and facing out towards the south. Yes, excellent well, what? Are. You GonNa. Recommend Fourth Festival is obviously starting in the city centre, so the city is actually pretty much based around the coast and its large harbours, so I would say starting day Sutton Haba, which is the main harbor in the city and that so where the city spreads out from I'm from around the. You've all sorts of things to say side. You've got things like the mayflower steps. Steps, which is where there's the pilgrim fathers actually set sail from and this museum dedicated to that you've also got what's the Barbican? which is this old coupled street state specs, medieval periods, which is full of these is correct, slim pubs and bars, restaurants shops things like that, and it's one of the few passes cities. The city was actually bombed June. Sacramento War by the Nazis and the. The city was destroyed, and this is one of the well preserved areas of that city out, also recommend site just basically following the coastline of the city's known as Britain's Ocean City for good reason, because it will revolve around that and overlooking the area. What looks like is huge, fool trust, but what actually is actively operating? Royal Marines and Royal Navy base. That's right in the heart of. Of the city and they still have people that you can save people, training and things, and they actually do tours of that interestingly and I'm not sure how many military basis you can know many Abitur tour during the middle of the day. You can't do that well and it seems like one of the reasons they do that, too. Is You mentioned? This is not a new military base. Quite historical, so this is where the ships sailed out to fight the Spanish Armada for absolutely, and the city is very synonymous with Francis Drake. Who is the man who led the defeating of the Spanish the? He was from Plymouth. Things like the main shopping center in the city named optimus could drake circus, and you'll find lots of other places around the city named after him. You also have along. Along the Bob sell them this coupled medieval street. You have the Plymouth Gin distillery, which is actually the oldest gin distillery in the country, and of course you can go in then you can have tools that you can find out how the GIN is made. You can find out the botanic WHO's they use? Jin's at the end of that. So if you're GIN, Fan Pathak place to go we'll. Get into more detail on all these things. So in terms of the BARBICAN. For instance you mentioned the Plymouth Gin distillery. There are different pubs and things. Do you have a favorite pub? Is there someplace that we ought to check out? There is a place I feel bad commending it, but there's a web spins now Weber spins is a national chain across the country. If you live in the UK, you know about web of Spain's. They've actually got really nice bar that down on the Babacan. Babacan, which is right by the Plymouth Gin Distiller Selfish Nickel Jin from that, but they've got huge selection of our genes of a drinks there, but all the buildings there because they're all medieval style buildings that is then become ingrained within the actual itself garnered sovereignty. Highly recommend that this is places down the thyroid record. Think of any off the top of my head. Okay mix over a new kind of places and very traditional old pubs as well which great.
Travel to Bosnia
"Welcome to the amateur traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen? Let's talk about Bosnia. I like to welcome to the show. Canaan Charter, which who is coming from Bosnia and his coming to us from highlander adventures dot, be and has come to talk to us about Bosnia Herzegovina. Canaan welcome to the show. Thank you very much happy to be here excellent and for people who can't find Bosnia and Herzegovina on a map. Where are we talking about? Well. Everyone knows how to find Italy. It's a big shoe ships country. You have a boot-shaped country, so just go to the right side across the Atlantic Sea and we are right there. Well and your neighbor of Croatia. Bosnia you know goes around like little crescent moon. knoll on the West and south, and then these we have Serbia and southeast Montenegro. I to address. You're interested in making sure that people understand that. If they remember news about Bosnia, they may be remembering news from twenty thirty years ago when Bosnia was going through. A, war that's done, and that's been done now for quite a long time there there are people who are out in the working world who don't remember that and it's a wonderful place to go I. Want to say that I was anxious to do this show because we haven't done a show on Bosnia for a long time. And since then I have been to the country and loved it. So why should someone go to Bosnia Herzegovina? Well, there is a lot of reasons depending what you're interested in now. Bosnia is very complex country, but extremely small size of Pennsylvania, but inside. You have so much for the adventure seekers. There are so many adventure opportunities from Whitewater. Rafting canyoning to paragliding hiking is spectacular, and then if you're into history, we say that we have much more history than we can handle. Different Than Empires were here. We like to say where the crossroads or that where the meeting between the East and the West. Culturally very complex country, and also religiously we have Muslims, we have the Orthodox Christians, and we have Catholics with three big groups. Of course there's the Jewish community here which has been here since they were thrown out of Spain after Kista, so for five hundred years, all of these make this crazy, crazy and beautiful mix that very interesting for foreigners to see because inside I will for example and. And in many other cities in Bosnia, you can pined mosque Docs Church Catholic, Church and a synagogue literally in two hundred meter radius, and it's been like that for five hundred years while inside I will because that's how will the city is? And all of a Bosnia and we're very proud of that architecturally very different from anything else you can find in Europe you're GonNa, find this mix of. Of European styles as well as the optimum styles and a lot of course, local Bosnian styles in all of that mixed together will like to say that we are a Bosnian pots. That's one dish that we have. It's cooked in a big pot with a lot of things, mixed sight, and that's Bosnia a lot of things mixed, and it works perfectly. An Indian taste is fantastic why you should. Should visit Bosnian well. Whatever you choose. You're GONNA love it. If you're into history too much of it, you're into nature. It's absolutely stunning. It's fantastic, magic Pennsylvania, and then put inside the Rockies Grand Canyon Inca trail at a lot of other things as well a bit of New Zealand as well. We just like seaside. We have twenty four kilometers of seaside, so that's one thing with them have. And then, of course, for actually learning history or getting certain messages, let's say about life about history. How people live together or how they don't like each other, because while we had a lot of wars, let's especially in the last two hundred years. There's a lot of lessons that you can learn in Boston. Let's say war tourism doctors is now very big part of tourism in in Bosnia so if you want to learn about that, we are definitely to come to see what happens. If you don't defeat fascism, like most of Europe defeated off the Second World War and it actually shows how life can be both good and the bat also if you want to visit a place. which is completely different than rest of the Europe and very relaxed very laid back with fantastic food, most at a lot of reasons I think.
South Dakota National Parks
"Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about South Dakota. I'd like to welcome back to the show Gary Art from everything. Dash EVERYWHERE DOT com. Who's come to talk to us? Surprise surprise about national parks. This time about the National Parks of South Dakota Gary. Welcome back to the show. It has been so long. Yeah and we never get to talk so it's always a pleasure. It has been a very short period of time since I talked to carry but we have talked about doing this show since we ran into each other. Probably at Mount Rushmore last October September September. I think yeah. Maybe it's October. But yeah we're going to t backs and and this was totally unplanned. You just happen to be a remote rushmore exact same time. It's one of those odd coincidences that happen. And it doesn't happen to meet all that often but there are some national parks in South Dakota. That are not Mount Rushmore. So where are we going if we go to the National Parks of South Dakota? They're six national park. Service sites in South Dakota and five of them are in the West located in or near the Black Hills. And then there's one all by its lonesome in the east so we might as well talk about that one. I and that is the Missouri River National Recreation area. It lies on the Missouri River as you might guess given the name it is in the charming little town of yanked him. South Dakota believe it or not. I was actually rather curious to visit yanked and because I had read a list several years ago that had the cheapest place to live in America was yanked in South Dakota so it was kind of curious to see I was kind of curious. What kind of community is this? And it's very nice and it's not rundown or anything now it's cheap. It just happens to be in the middle of nowhere and that's why the site is right on the border with Missouri arm starting Nebraska and it's fifty nine mile stretch of the Missouri River. Very nice some very large bluffs that are overlooking the river and a national recreation area. So it's not a park if you go to the visitor center and look to get your National Park Stamp. It is not a visitor center per se. It is the office. So that's where the maintenance vehicles and the office staff and they're all there and in that building there's a very small lobby and they just sort of stick the stamp out there for people that want it but unlike pretty much every other national parks that you go to. There's no movie there's no displays none of that. It's very straightforward. It's just something that you can visit. There's a bridge which goes from South Dakota to Nebraska that crosses the river and that's probably some of the best views you're going to get of the river if you WANNA take some photos. There's a place you can pull out just before the bridge. You can't really stop on the bridge nor can you really walk across the bridge. So that's kind of difficult so you just have to keep those things in mind. It's far enough east for. I think you could easily do day-trip if you happen to be in Sioux falls or if you're driving across the state I mean if you wanted to dip down interstate ninety s the interstate. The kind of runs across South Dakota East West. You could do that if you're a serious national parks. Yeah other than that. There's not a lot there. Well I should say for the listeners. The show who are either not from the US or possibly geographically challenged the Missouri River may not stick out in your mind but Missouri River is the longest river in North America. If you include the merchant into the Mississippi River in Saint Louis even if you don't include the Mississippi part I believe North think it's the Missouri Mississippi Slash Missouri. So if you took if you went from New Orleans and then just kind of banked left at Saint Louis rather than right that would take you further. 'cause THE MISSISSIPPI goes up into northern Minnesota whereas the Missouri goes much further will the I? I'm looking it up in the Missouri River just until it gets to the mouth Where it enters into the Mississippi is well for our European listers who I was mentioning this forest. Thirty seven hundred thirty seven sixty seven kilometers or two thousand three hundred forty one miles. So there's really quite an amazing amount of the length of this river not to mention the fact that it empties into the Mississippi River. The river at this point and yanked is pretty good sized. It's not a rapid river. Anything like that. It's far too big for it if anything else. It kind of gives you an appreciation for the river. Think if you go up to North Dakota there are some sites that are close to the as well and you with Lewis and Clark and these the Missouri kind of as their highway to get to the West speaking of the river. I in South Dakota many times live in Minnesota and I think South Dakota is kind of. There's two half's to the state the east and the West in the dividing line is the Missouri River it kind of goes along Nebraska and then it hooks up in when you're on interstate ninety that goes East West when you cross the river. The geography changes pretty dramatically so on the eastern side of the river. It's really flat. Is Your stereotypical great plains. Corn for miles. Once you cross it then you start to see hills instantly like instantly instantly. And that's a function of the river the meandering of the river in the flood plain and everything has basically scour out everything to the east of it and literally. When you cross the bridge you start to see some hills and that's not the black hills yet but it's kind of building up to that. I think you're still well over one hundred miles away at that point and all of the rest of the parks are in this. Western part of the state in the western part of the state is by far the most interesting. It gets the most tourists. You've heard of pretty much anything. In South Dakota it is to the west of the Missouri River in that Black Hills area. So we're talking deadwood Mount Rushmore while drug everything except the Mitchell Corn Palace.
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
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.
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
Travel to Costa Rica
"To the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen before we get into this week's episode. I do want to say something about the corona virus epidemic. Which is what's going on as I record this. I also put this in the amateur traveler facebook group but I know that. Not all of your in there. I want you to know what my plan is. So many of you I am sheltering in place and I am not traveling because it's the right thing to do these days but I won't be blogging and podcasting about coveted Nineteen Ama- traveler. I'm not a medical expert. You don't need my opinion. We did do one episode of this week and travel. Because it's news but that's really all I'm going to do about this and I'm really of the opinion that this will get better. I don't know how long but sometime we will get back to work. And things will return to normal and travel will return to normal whatever normal looks like and so. I'm going to be looking ahead. I'm going to be helping you dream of better days. I know for some of you. That's not what you're looking for now. If you unsubscribe because this isn't the right time for you to be thinking about travel no problem. I understand but that's what we're going to be doing here and I just didn't want to catch you by surprise it's not that I'm totally clueless about what's going on that being said. Let's talk about Costa Rica. I'd like to welcome the show. Sam and Jason. From my ten feet dot com who've come talk to us about Costa Rica Salmon and Jason. Welcome to the show. Hello Chris Thank you for having us and Salmon Jason our friends. I think we met in Philippines on a press trip. I WANNA say ten years ago so I don't remember exactly when we met the first time but someone actually pitched me doing Costa Rica but two of the bloggers that I know. Who are the experts on? Costa Rica Are Salmon? Jason and they make a living basically from this and from helping people figure out what to do in Costa Rica's so let's start with the obvious. Why should someone go to Costa Rica? Costa Rica offers a lot of things to do for people who want to experience nature because Costa Rica's known as a very ECO friendly sustainable destination. It's very green country in every sense of that word yes exactly. They protect over twenty five percent of their land actually in so for anyone who wants to experience nature whether they love I watching or hiking or even a beach vacation to see a volcano experienced rainforest particularly has got it all in that sense and when it comes to countries in Central America Latin America is very safe. It's very popular for travelers in the US in now more in Europe and they're very friendly people in they're very welcoming so Costa Rica's even a destination for people who have never been outside traveled internationally because of the excellent. And what kind of are you going to recommend for someone who let's say it's their first time in Costa Rica? I most people they land in San Jose. International Airport in this is because this is the biggest international airport so they have more flights schedules. And then for the first time itinerary something I would really recommend is and then you go to Fortuna I in La. Fortuna is a city what they call northern lowlands and it is home to the. Arina volcano very close to lake are now which is the biggest man-made Lake in Costa Rica and also a lot of rainforest around and so a lot for tonight is known as the adventure capital of Costa. And you can do pretty much all the adventures you could once. They're so whitewater rafting canyoning zip-lining very popular hiking because of the rainforest is nature. There's a lot of wildlife can see a lot of birds monkeys and floss and it's a very good destination for families or for Solo travelers. Because you find everything from ten dollars. Abed a night till eight hundred dollars a night so you have super budget to the super luxury. We'll I in. This is what we did when we were in Costa Rica. The first time you didn't stop us in San Jose to do anything and that is pretty typical for Costa Rican itineraries. Well craze the reason why well Waco streak is. We don't do that well. Actually the government is trying to make the capital Prettier Bad the truth is that the traffic is terrible. Whenever you work the tourism industry you don't one on a generic going through San Jose because traffic jams are getting very bad. I believe that every single city on the world is having this problem so ideas or packages that you find like San Jose jewel probably stay one or two nights and then you might see one or two activities on the whole day and I will say the main reason is the traffic well and I was not surprised that you did not suggest that but I did want to point it out because somebody may be looking at an itinerary that somebody else creates for them and I wanted them to know the difference. Well now that you mentioned that this is actually something that I have noticed. Recently especially with people from Mexico. We got a lot of direct flights from Mexico in a notice that a lot of Mexicans in some sense they liked to stay in San Jose and they do a lot of one day. Trips is a lot of time on the buzz things that I don't actually recommend by opinion is a waste of time. I mean if you WANNA go to a game is not fun to spend four hours in the boss three hours and then go back for our sped. Believe it or not. This is a new thing we saw last year so meant that I was with a lot of people asking in. Actually we work with companies that do one day tours and many people they liked to be in bosses nowadays. I don't know whoever's listening to this podcast if you love to stay in a positive things house in one day trips but we don't recommend you to do that. The only things that I can think of that are close enough that I would do that. As there's a couple of the coffee plantations that I think are close and the river rafting in that area is fairly close to center. Say but I can't think of anything else that I really would want to see in Costa Rica. That San Jose would be where I would base myself. I think it's a lot of people they come to Experienced two major because it doesn't really sell itself it city city life economic in the city. They do have some nice cultural sites. They have a national theatre. They have a few really nice museums. But it's so small. It's not a big city so honestly see the city in a day and you can go to the neighborhood. That has a lot of good restaurants. You can get really good feel for in just one day and you don't need more than that really as if you were in New York City Madrid or not as much to do which I think is part of the reason why a lot of Timorese. Un in San Jose many sleeve. Right away yeah. I don't think I've been in San Jose. Costa Rica twice. So yeah so unless if you are dying like really really keen on experiencing city life you really don't have much time and something to mention Kristie. You mentioned the Quad River. Which is the most popular Whitewater rafting? The we have here in Costa Rica. A lot of people what they do is they take that tour as a way of transportation so for example. If you're planning to go to La Fortuna or you're planning to three Korean site so he's very very very common people book the Touri- Apple say but they ask to be drop off either for tuna or decree inside or they can bring you back to say but that will save you now your dad with many other attractions if you go to well. In this case the EPA quad as is closer Korean site. So from that location you can go through two different locations so the Costa Rican tourism industry. They know that so. What they do is is that it's transferred tour with four or five hours activities. Very bubbler any works very well here. Sure can do. The two are from laugher tuna or the Caribbean works. Both ways so very much like you can take a whole day for instead of traveling traveling in rafting
Your Guide to Chennai, India
"Welcome to the immature traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about tonigh- I'd I'd like to welcome the show. Amanda from millennial traveler that's traveler with two l's the UK way. Amanda welcome the show whilst thank you so much for having me I I guess in Amanda has come on to talk about southern India tonight. Hi Amanda what's your connection with tonight. Well I must say that I got introduced. I used to southern India specifically because they actually had studied abroad with friends that came from China and years thereafter. They were continuously inviting me to go India. So when I found myself in Southeast Asia I decided to take a detour and reconnect with old friends and get a local point of view about Saddam City of Chennai in. Why should someone tonight India? First of all it does break a lot of the stereotypes regarding India. It it is much more of a spacious city than you would find other cities like Delhi and Mumbai. So I would say it's much less chaotic of an atmosphere. Secondly it also also been ranked one of the most safest cities within India as well as Southeast Asia and also in regards to safer steady for woman so I think that should be appealing feeling initially because I know some people have a lot of hesitation about traveling to India in general good least solo travel especially for some people that's a real barrier. Yes indefinitely so I would say if you want to start traveling in India I definitely go to China as your starters because it has been ranked for its quality of living. I'm safety nece as mentioned well I should say this is not our first show on India and so people can go listen to those what we do actually have one on solo travel for women. I'm Andy if you go way way. Way Way. Back in the archives put a link to that in the show notes. And what kind of do you recommend. I think China is the city. It's not too overwhelming. So you can literally explore the city with about four days and I would say there could be actually left for travelling to the outer parts. I definitely want to get into now for the actual days in the city. First and foremost you need to go to Marina beach which is really a world famous beach because it is indeed the second largest urban beach in the world which is pretty amazing and has such character and charm. There you can find a lot of carnival style L. activities going on as well as it's really awesome being a coastal city that I is you got to witness the fishermen if you wake up earlier of getting their catch of the day and honestly if you can do that and you get to the mark sometime. You'll have some of the freshest seafood you have ever tasted on earth. What thing I should have said before we got into the it is? There's going to be some confusion for some people who are more my age than yours who may not have heard of tonigh- but may have heard of the city of Madrid us and this is the same city. Change the names in one thousand nine hundred eighty six icy so some people don't realize that we're talking about a place they have heard of but that the beam has changed since they had it in elementary school geography or wherever. Yes exactly yeah. The excellent point to make and so the money will generation ration- May know it as tonight but yes. It was formerly known as Mantras that is true so everything has changed. Of course airport name would have changed. The railway station had been Chennai central railway but now has a very complicated name as of this year so can't pronounce that one but that's worth visiting as well. The railway station is amazing. Amazing okay so this old colonial style railway station. I'm guessing then neo Gothic architecture. Quite amazing I believe is built by a European European architects. If I'm not mistaken as one of the most fantastic rarely structured life seen so. You're a fan of that style of architecture or railway stations. The people were passionate about that. It's great and it's the main connecting hub to other cities edge. The train station which I actually took to go to Banglore India which is in a different state China itself being in Tamil Nadu and in addition to that I would also highly recommend going to the Saint Thomas Cathedral Fedral also known as the Sand Tom Cathedral it has a lot of biblical history. Actually being that in fact Thomas one of Jesus's disciples both his last ministry in India China specifically so they built that Cathedral shrine dedicated to him so I thought that was also very amazing and a great historical account of one of these disciples. Let's go back up into this a little more details so when you talk about going to the beach we're going to the beach for usual. Usual beach activities. Are we swimming in. The water is clean enough safe enough to swim in our their water sports. Are we sunbathing. What are we doing when we go to the beach? Besides you mentioned some festivals or other things that are going other one appeal again especially for seafood. Lovers is to come early in the morning anywhere between three or six. Am Ems you can actually wash the fishermen at work. They don't go too far out and then they'll bring their catch. The back sell it out the stalls in the marketplace so it's quite bustling there in terms of the food stalls and that's where you can get some of the finest seafood in India and might be one of the greatest in the world. I personally tasted so. That's something exciting to see their the fishermen activity that takes place as well as the carnival activities. That are there SPO- boot fishermen pulling the Rotunda. The short oh come all borough fishermen and that's what makes it so amazing so these people are obviously doing it for a living and you can see the whole marketplace action. There offers everything from actually getting the catch the day I just selling it directly to the Marquis. Sol's to having your food freshly prepared right in front of you might early. Indication here is that we're GONNA talk about food more than once in this episode guests and quite a few restaurants as well as city is very centered on food and seafood. I of course in particular being nut. It's a coastal city of India. Okay well in food in southern India being different food in northern India. But I think we'll save that for just a a little bit so you took us to the railway station. You took us to the Cathedral. Anything specific we want to say in terms of the railway station were an instagram opportunity. Is there anything else we want to do. Were there well the side that I was thinking of course instagram opportunity. I guess I what structure isn't nowadays. But that's where if you want to find yourself taking a day trip and not having to drive directly out of state. That's a great link to the popular route between Bangor and Bangalore is a very popular steady. My friends friends constantly go on weekend trip from China by car or by train. So that's the thing definitely. Is this worth noting. If you WANNA go beyond Chan I definitely make use of that rally station. The next one and then we'll get back to Bangalore just a little bit in terms of your side trip and then again in terms of the cathedral anything else you WanNa say in terms of things. Should we do a tour the cathedral or just go. Is there anything specific sites. You WanNA point four probably be necessary. It's quite small. Typically if you arrive during the daytime I would say it's fairly empty but it takes you back to your up. I mean whoever has been to the European cathedrals it's definitely that a European style and stained glass asked windows transported on this. They didn't realize I was in India anymore. And then the lower level if you want to make sure you go and check out the strike and like I said of Thomas. The disciple which I thought was pretty incredible. Somebody read about in the Bible and now we're actually standing in the last place. He was next four. We completely clearly leave Marina beach because Saint Thomas Visuals. Not Too far from there musty as well actually the lighthouse and you'll get a spectacular view of the entire beat this aerial view. And what's great about this. Lighthouse is one of the few in the world that actually have an elevator. So you have a fear of heights. It's not not a problem. Furthermore if you WANNA see one of the most famous Hindu temples within the city make sure you go to I hope I don't butcher this name but the capillaries swatter Campbell. Now I have to say I did expect it to be more. Grandiose incised According to local friends and Torres is definitely the most most a frequent did tumble and most famous temple within the city of Nine however I just WanNa make note for tourists as we are indeed foreigners. You won't get to. You have entry into this Ryan side. Just make sure people know that when they go in you can enter the temple. Few move your shoes. And if you're dressed appropriately be won't be able to get astrid entry but if you're curious about that and you want to see where the local people go. This is the most wickets in temple and the outside of it is fairly intricate. An an interesting is probably the right word in terms of all the different figures on this temple. If I've got the right one that I'm thinking of Yes. It is fairly detailed so definitely you can and make a pitstop there. I think that isn't a mile of Hor. Neighborhood was also a great neighborhood to explore the temple in a great neighborhood to explore. What particularly Eh would you recommend that we look for or do or in that neighborhood so in this particular neighborhood there are some great food stall can go to you so again? Taste the local food. They're selling their which will definitely vary from what you'd get in northern India cities like Delhi for example. So that's really great for their in the morning you can check out the south Indian breakfast and have dosa which is this is very flat. Thin layered pancake would remind you of a crepe but but a different texture. So that's something really great to try for their as well as looking for any kind of souvenirs related to the Hindu temple related to you. The dress buying stories for example. It's a perfect place to go from Bulle. Shopping food is do so for breakfast. Eaten with anything else. This is like a pancake so is fresh off the griddle the food stall or do you have it with something. I don't know well even have it either way. Actually but typically I guess it can be served with Chutney. So in my case thing I was introduced in two by the southern Indians is the coconut Chutney. I don't know how common it is in the north but I quite around coconut with other types of herbs and spices attitude so that was really delicious and surprisingly filling breakfasts to have anything else. We should grab from a food stall while we're into definitely you want to check out the Beer Yanni which is classic Indian dish one of my other favorites. I've found was the mango curry. And now this might be unheard of to a lot of people. Because I'll about. How great will curry taste? But through a monster. Ah Skeptical about this dish but it turned out to be really delicious and not very sweet at all. But Savory when we should say Brioni funded all over the country not really a northern dish. Basically coming from the Muslims who came in and very similar to dishes that you would find in Afghanistan for instance her for Pakistan although spicier. It usually probably down here in southern India. Yes you got like. The seafood versions is really well known own for seafood so then that will kind of make it more southern in styles than like seafood phobe more dominant in this
"chris christensen" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"The amateur traveler, he's back with a tech tip on resort fees. Chris Christopherson from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute saw an article in travel weekly that had good news about lost luggage. And that is the technology seems to be helping getting your luggage where it belongs. So the number of banks that get lost in over the last ten years has averaged five point seven bags per thousand passengers which is an argument for using carry on luggage. But we need to remember that that is with the number of passengers increasing just between two thousand sixteen in two thousand eighteen the number of airline. Passengers went up from three point eight two four. Point four billion. And what they're finding is if they use technology to track the bags as they get transferred between aircraft they can reduce the number of loss banks by as high as sixty six percent. And so more technology is going in which makes it more likely. Your bag will be on the baggage carousel. I'm Chris Christensen from amateur traveler now, if you're experiencing cognitive, dissonance and deja vu saying that didn't sound like it's about resort fees. And also did I hear that last week? You're correct that was neither about resort fees. And also, yes, you totally heard that last week. My only remaining question though, is do do we have the one about resilience. We do. All right. Let's hear that one. Now. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute. Let's talk about resort fees. I don't know if you have noticed it, but in certain places, like Las Vegas resort fees have gotten just a little crazy and resort fee is that extra fee that when you've paid for your hotel. Room. You may get caught by I stayed in particular hotel on our press represents and I won't call them out because this is more common than just them and the hotel room was paid for by the tourism board. But they asked when I got there did you want to pay the resort fee and the resort feet was forty two dollars a day and that fee, let you use the pool in the spa and the fitness center. But also, let us the wifi because apparently that's part of resorts. So if you do book hotel in places, like Las Vegas if that room looks pretty cheap. Double check the fine print that says excludes forty-one ninety five daily resort fee. I'm Chris Christensen from amateur traveler. Trick all the risks..
United and ARC test blockchain technology
"Isn't they've just done an experiment with blockchain with a company called AR testing, the use of blockchain to potentially provide equate as secure distributed and immutable transaction records that will improve their business process over that exist today their claim is that. This should simplify the booking process for corporate travelers and improve receipt collection for expense reports. One of the reasons I'm skeptical as somebody who's known to fly over one hundred thousand miles a year is I'm not sure that that's a problem. But we shall see. I'm Chris Christensen from amateur traveler,
"chris christensen" Discussed on This Week in Travel
"Even with sort of your two years of high school, whatever I found out, for instance, I'm funnier in China at least every time I try and speak Chinese people when you're looking so. Looking also. Yes in China. One thing I did is I had a little phrase phrasebook in addition to who will translate in. I thought people just loving me counting from one to ten. Larry's. I like it. All right. I think we're gonna have to get moving to the next part of the show. So let's go into our picks of the week. We started out, Jen. I was just going to go because I wanted to connect it with what he was just saying about learning languages, and so we always recommend duo lingo because it's free and easy way to learn languages, but I also found this other site that looks really interesting called item. I T A L K I dot com. Do you? So you can practice talking in different languages with people. And you can also be come a person who can converse, his wealth. Quite a number of competitors. It has to now. But I talk is really a big one in anything pretty good one. They did briefly sponsor might YouTube channel. So I guess I have to say that, but they don't anymore, and I never made any money yet. You can just for for a week. You can have a one hour lesson with someone from another country just live. It's it's so great with what the internet has sort of brought us safety, you know, without signing up. I'm struggling to find how much it costs, you know, off hand, would it cost to you talking actually has some areas that you can exchange you didn't set up an exchange with somebody for free. But it is not very expensive to do. The reason is because it's so cheap in someone can be. So I know this more from the Brazilian perspective. Because a lot of the model learn English, but they are in general poorer than we are. And it is affordable to a lot of that. So. Whereas you'd probably pay in the US, you probably have to pay fifty bucks an hour to have a private tutor in a language. I don't I don't I don't know what you pay, but it's definitely over twenty five or thirty. I think it's gotta be like ten or twelve dollars an hour at the most for one of these anti you pay by the lesson. So it's not like a ongoing subscription or anything bars. I can send enough to buy him you end. I know that some of these will give you free fifteen minute western or something just to sort of take advantage of it. And yet you can still there. I mean, I have a friend. This guy does too. He just decided to learn check. He's of Czech ancestry. And he just sorta did it over. I don't think it was I talking. But actually, I think it was actually I talking and he did it for an hour few hours a week for a year, and he actually became not too bad. And if he started doing this two months before your trip do a couple times a week, you know, it's gonna you're going to be comfortable, and maybe the person who's your teacher will like invite you out when you get to their country. Funny. Yes. Sure. It's a local interesting. Yeah. Kristie got anything for us. I do I'm going to recommend you. Stop listening to amateur traveler and this week travel. Listen to different podcast. Okay. Well, I guess you don't have to stop. But I'm going to recommend. You reminded me when you were talking about inexperience being on seth's video talking about Saint Paul's because I was just on the. Rick steves over brunch podcast with our friends, Chris Mitchell and Stephanie Craig talking about the time I was on Rick steves vide- his TV show in Saint Paul's in London demonstrating how the whispering gallery work. This is long before I was doing anything in travel. We just ran into him while traveling and we just reviewed that episode. We had to go back in the archives. They didn't even heaven on Rick steves site anymore, but they found it on Amazon prime because it was like nineteen ninety nine this came out a very young Chris Christensen shows up there, or at least a lot younger..
"chris christensen" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"But for me as a European it makes a lot of sense. And yes, the internet is still transnational. But this vision is something that can be tweaked can be changed. But it's something that people can look at and think, well, maybe we don't want the Chinese model for the internet. Maybe the US model is a little bit to the character her way to wild west. Maybe this is the the blueprint for how to handle these things that we would like to to to in the future. No, it's an interesting viewpoint on on this. And and this document if you read it is very much about stopping hacks. So so the part about availability is about stopping someone from denial of service attacks feels like more than competition. But it's also just the beginning of the conversation about this. This isn't the final document by any stretch. So it it definitely could include that sort of of concern in the future. Yeah. I going to include a thing of the day. Patrick sorry to cut you off last thoughts. No, they'll probably go ahead. I talk about this for hours. We'll revisit it next week brats. Amateur traveling Chris christianson is back, but a tip forgetting on broadband when you're out to sea. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute. A new study has come out if you're interested in taking a cruise which were frayed of losing your connection to the internet with which cruise lines have the best ship WI fi service, and leading the pack as Viking ocean cruises, which has fast speed and also.
"chris christensen" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Let's check in with Chris Christensen who has some news about Tripadvisor. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute. There's some big changes going on a trip advisor, full disclosure. I worked there as an employee for a year and a half in as a contractor for another three years because they are changing the site to be a social network, how they've always had some integrations with Facebook. But the idea is that you can follow people on trip advisor. Probably the best description. With they're trying to become is the Facebook for travel where you come home from a trip and post all your pictures and your reviews and such there and get followed by your friends. I'm not sure that Facebook is not the Facebook for travel, but I'm in the beta program and we'll see how it works out. If anyone can pull that off. It seems like it's probably trip advisor who is the most trafficked travel site in the world. I'm Chris Christensen from amateur traveler, yet he took the words right out of my mouth magazine Facebook, the Facebook for travel, but I do see the the allure for them trip advisor is kind of already doing that. A lot of times when I look up things on Tripadvisor, it's just people asking each other questions and talking about the recent trips and and whatnot. So maybe it'll just make that smoother. Then it's my go-to if I have any travel questions. Yeah, as long as they don't make it harder to find the answers than than I'm all for it. All right. Let's check in with the mailbag row Han from Boston. Longtime listener of detainees wrote in and said, after listening to show three, three, seven, two, and the plethora of Amazon echo announcements. I can think of only one word. I o t it's actually an acronym, but we're not going to be picky with this. I think Amazon is with this. I think Amazon is able to crack the IOT market which Google has been unable to do even though Google started trying it, I roll Han thinks moral of the story companies should not try to get into a market announcing the name of the science field, like not MSI. VR companies should launch products which use these concepts. These words, I o t m. l. AI VR should be used in internal meetings, not an end, user announcements Amazon's on the right track and Google needs to learn this from them says Rojo. What do you think here here here here? No, I think. Dead on. I think though that role on may be perhaps conflicting, the information that we get as tech heads and that we hear in announcements at things like I o versus what they're actually promoting to consumers. If you buy a Google home, they're not talking about IOT and m l. a. i. but the what you read in the press is. And I think that we, but the bottom line is don't use industry jargon when you're talking to consumers. The best way to get consumer adoption is to speak to them in language that they understand. Yeah. And while we're bringing up the on announcements, I was one of the people who looked at the Amazon auto and was like, why wouldn't I just do all this stuff with my phone. But you've, you've explained this to me in an Email explained that the appeal of the Amazon auto because I get it now. I really think this device is a game changer. They invite they introduced a whole bunch of. Off. But right now, if you want some sort of automation or some sort of assistant in the car, you have to use your phone as you were talking about, but that isn't always all that convenient. And sometimes you don't have the ability to talk to it on a medically without having to press a button or maybe even pick up your phone and you don't want it to that. So this puts microphones in your vehicle works. The way it would at home gives you access to thousands and thousands of.
"chris christensen" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Tech news show. See you one of the other or maybe even both. All right. Let's move onto the thing of the day, which actually isn't Chris Christensen today, but it comes from big on IBM at blockchain shipping efforts. Hey, detainers screw it is I big Jim, the trainer and today I wanna talk about again blockchain in spy chain because it seems to be a growing field. Now, one of the things that came out today was Maersk AP mask, which is the largest ocean vessel operator in the world, and IBM are going to join together to provide a new open platform called trade lens. And trade lens is going to be able to provide a lot of those blockchain activities that we've talked about in previous episodes. The big thing. The point out here is that Maersk in. Of itself is bringing in a lot of customers because the large thorough Sabrina lot of terminals on, they have two hundred thirty four terminals worldwide. So this is a big grab by mayor skin could get by IBM to get them involved. The other interesting thing is Pacific international lines are pill is also joining within this IBM's framework. Now it doesn't also surprise me that Humbert suit is their Humbert suit is actually owned by Maersk. What I think we're going to see is we're going to see Mediterranean shipping company who is already in an ocean consortium or a partnership with Maersk join into this IBM platform to. And then we'll see the other ocean consortiums which are basically the steamship lines. They team up, they work together. I think these other ocean consortiums are going to choose individual providers. So I think we're gonna see Microsoft get into this game, and I think we're gonna see Google get into this game, but that's just my two cents for tech and trade, as well as the daily tech news shows trade advisor. I'm big Jim, thank you big Jim. I the that was. So much better than my commentary on that story would have been. If we really appreciate that. Display to pronounce Maersk. Now we don't. We had to right though. We had it right though, have gone with our guts. What else do we have in the mail bag this time? Well, we got a bunch of mail bags. We got a few comments about our conversation from yesterday, show about the US's new space force or at least the latest gills we have about space force. And Curtis said, is it just me, but every time I hear space force, all I can picture is starship troopers. I mean, you're not wrong, not just you now, and I don't know how everybody else feels about that movie. But I love starship troopers. That is a really funny movie. No. Oh, I have nothing to contradict you. It's really funny. Okay. That was one of the first DVD's I ever had really. Yeah, because I worked at a used bookstore and somebody came and sold and we were all excited. Somebody sold DVD's to us like nine hundred ninety eight. And so I I had a PC that could play DVD's so I was able to check it out, take it home and watch starship troopers on my windows ninety eight machine. I mean because of that, have you seen it like. I know. They like fourteen inch windows monitor. Well, every anytime I hear pleas for us, I'm going to hear Spicer partnership troopers because of you notice. Thank you. Also. Thanks to Chris christianson for being with us this fine Friday. Usually we only hear Chris, but today for anybody watching the video, you got to see him to Chris what has been going on with, you know, hey, hey, you know, I mean, we get to talk back to Chris, that was the really. Yes. Talk to me. It's just that I don't get it right now. He got the duck back to us. Yeah. Sorry, it's our air version, Chris. What's been going on with you and how.
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"We will not share your financial information whether you're having a good or a bad month, but we will share Chris christianson thing of the day. He's back to talk about robots at the airport. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute. I've got robots. I've got a robot story, and this is an interesting one. Kalem has introduced a robot in airports where you go up to this small blue robot, and you give it your boarding pass. It's cancer boarding pass, and then we'll carry your luggage up to eighty five pounds of luggage. To your gate. It will know where your gate is, will Matvey gate its way there and will move it about three miles per hour so that you could walk alongside it. It's currently being tested, but they plan to roll it out at JFK and SFO here in two thousand eighteen. What are the odds things of the story I read was that it uses quote a variety of familiar nonverbal sounds to interact with travelers. Oh my gosh. It's hard to d- to I'm Chris Christopherson from amateur, traveler. My God. Why would you do that? Why would you wanna robot to career luggage? Why wouldn't you know Hello? Like why wouldn't you wanna get faced with? Okay, I get. I get the. Everybody wants to carry their luggage. Of course, that's that goes with that. The only thing I could see this be this ends great. Even though. Maybe you don't have really heavy luggage, but let's say you did. It would be really hopeful. You know, if you have kids and just sort of takes a layer of the complexity of getting your gate. But we've all been at a really busy terminal and like if they're many robots do in this for folks. Okay. Well, that's sort of adding some bulk to the walking area and also had the robots talk to each other, and you're, you're going to lose your loving the Facebook. Check the mail bag. What we get a feedback, daily technician dot com. We got a really cool Email from Joseph in Chicago who wrote in about our conversation last week about Google glass being used to help autistic folks. Joseph says I was diagnosed with autism later in life despite being highly functioning after I had a life altering mental health issue a little over a year ago, and I lost my job. The rare late in life. Diagnosis explained the reason why had problems with certain social norms as well as relationships, whether it was the strangers or platonic or familiar or even romantic having this technology could save a lot of pain for those with autism and their families and neuro typicals around them by helping them progressively improved various skills in these four areas of life and allow those on the spectrum to live more fulfilling lives. So that applies to dating.
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"So yeah I mean so we'll, just starting to come up like if I was walking down the hall and you know one of the office. Women came. Up and just for some reason started, working on me I'd be like I don't have to worry about, going to HR torque away apparently this woman didn't like that what had happened to her The neither many details but all we know. Is that the, Turkey started and it ended up with this LaTasha Barrett biting. A finger the tip of a. Finger off of the worker And the woman was rushed to the hospital Tosh was arrested for felony militias, wounding she'd be looking up to ten years prison It was just the. Tip of the finger wasn't the whole thing Let's figured have been a life sentence Well yeah West Virginia to He would figure. You, know. Different over there Like I would. Wouldn't even be a crime in West Virginia I just. Think that would be as finger food aid Well to love thank you all right there we go All right Give props when he. Deserves it Right so Topic of biting and. Bantus? Women This happened in Texas Alcohol involved they were at a. Party these two women and All we know, here's just got out of hand it was words were exchanged and one. Of the women allegedly chopped off this woman's knows Swallowed it Dude That works out In the in the in a passionate clinch But anyway so they showed the picture of this woman and the first picture I saw her it was. Burned out because they, want to show it and then, of course, there was the, second picture, said you know warning graphic photo of course that's where I went Sure enough man, all you saw was her nose, just like, red at the, tip of, the nose has gone And you know I can't reattach anything. Because. There's, no. She swallowed swallowed it they have to wait for her to have that back on my face Yeah right Graf I'm not doing it. From the it's like a. Permanent, smell, yeah, that That Discolored No she says she says the willing goes Written by, this. Woman Tatyana, she says, I was screaming Oh twenty eight years old and. I have, a nose anymore Jessica Collins Conroe was shown in the. Mugshot with blood on her chin guzzling drinks at the. Bar and I guess it just one thing led to another they got into a, thing and, then that she just grabbed her by. Your hair you know they went all Springer on, each other and then Jessica just reached over the Tatyana Vice she met like Mike Tyson on yeah Says you must be. A big box well this is? Jessica Collins of Conroe gonna pick Mike. Tyson, on the phone Third cousin Family. More sense Let's see here so I guess he's going to have, plastic surgery and but, here's the thing she can't afford it because he doesn't, have health insurance Oh man So there's gotta be some sort of gofundme page will usually happens to me situations during the next day. Or two we will hear about how much money they, raise? For right let me raise like two million dollars for a knows. She's the she's a two million dollar knows? John right does she have knows? Replacement coverage there's no coverage, has got Little bit the nose? Off charged with bodily injury and? Released a thousand dollars bond The thousand dollars I'm making. A two fifty I don't. Want to fifty thousand dollars chick. Walked in the streets maybe it wasn't a fight maybe she was hungry Take a chance so, there's a video out there you want to go to. The. Facebook page of Britney Chris Christensen you will see a video of, a woman who uses her quote unquote mom. Voice to scare off a bear Lake Tahoe California she this black. Bear heading toward the steps. Overhaul on the porch and she screams out in her mom voice. We all heard the mom. Voice before probably like Fair junior Coming to this house is always that middle day right now you're in trouble in trouble when you get the. Middle name that's the. Only reason middle names exist just to get screened up. By mom I this one to the. List I don't know. How bad ass but it's actually kind of I dunno L. kind of impressive so there's, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model..
"chris christensen" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Alabama welcome to the metric traveler i'm your host chris christensen just see if we don't deliver on that word epic that i put in the intro will have two different sponsors of this episode that will hear from in a bit but first we've got lots to talk about as we talk about alabama i'd like to welcome the show larry blyden burke who is a freelance travel writer and editor also has his own websites at larry bloomberg dot com and also at civil rights travel dot com and he's come to talk to us about alabama larry welcome to the show let's great to be here chris this is a show that is about a year and a half in the making at least in not with larry we just got him involved recently but i've done three trips to alabama in the last year and a half and had been really wanting to do a show about it but i really wanted to do it with somebody who knew more about alabama than i did and larry you've lived in alabama for eleven years i think we say that's right over a decade and you came there to work a job in the travel magazine industry at at costa living which was based here as is southern living in cooking light and a lot of other magazines excellent why should somebody go to alabama there's lots of reasons i think the place to start is that most people don't know about alabama they think they know there's stereotypes there's there's what they've heard over the years but the truth is the south remains one of the most colorful and least understood parts of the country and the best way to learn about is to go there and it's easy it's easy to do in visit i think will turn people's view on their head it's the center of civil rights history which i think a lot of people know in the best way to understand that is the visit the sites where these famed events happened but it's also got incredible food one of the most vibrant food scenes in the country right now mountains in some of the best beaches in the country if not the world which again does not fit that stereotype that people have about the deep south well i'm going to be one of those people that admits that i was something like my forty seventh steep to go to or something like that and it was kept to the last somewhat because i grew up in the sixties and my picture of al obama was what i saw on the nightly news it was that troubled civil rights history that we talk about which we can celebrate what happened now in in the what went on but it was kind of tough to watch it all going on at the time and that colored my views of alabama four pope fifty years and i have fallen in love with the state here in the last trips i've gone through and a little surprise to say that because i didn't really expect to but what would you recommend for an itinerary for alabama alabama literally goes for the mountains to the seas and i i would start just for simplicity's sake in the north in huntsville in the florence area where you will see incredible nasa rocket history because i was intrical part of the nasa system the nasa development and then some rock and roll shrine in the muscle shoals hall of fame and then down to birmingham where you do find that civil rights history where a lot of those disturbing images happened fifth half a century ago frankly and now it's one of the most fiber food scenes in the country and a place that really has a buzz to there's a lot of new parks there's architecture there's a lot of people that may be decades ago would have left to go off to find their fortune in new york or los angeles and now they're staying there and creating some wonderful things and.
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"The amazon echo in hotels this is chris christensen from amateur traveler with another tech him travel minute was mentioned on the show this week that amazon is rolling out into hotels a special version of their voices int she who must not be named for hospitality and well i felt a little left out that you now it without me i thought i'd add my two cents on this one of the things that's interesting about this is that they are adding additional commands that are appropriate for the hotel including controlling the drapes and ordering room service and finding out what time the spies open or whether the pool is open but the thing that wasn't mentioned is that one of the problems with these devices is knowing what commands are available so some of the success of this program and it's only rolling out to ten marriott's this summer but some of the success is going to be dependent on is the sign or the information they give the guests enough information to know all of these special commands not to mention the fact that this is also just a regular amazon echo or something in that family and to enough people want to use them like they used them at home or not that's the bet we'll see hotels certainly been known to invest in things like android tablets that people don't end up using or that really fancy clock radio that you just end up unplugging because the light is keeping you awake so we'll see how successful this project is if anybody stayed at one of the hotels that has this that'd be really interested to hear about your experience i'm chris christensen from amateur traveler oh man no it's not just me that i'm plugs that light it's like it depending on the hotel you know how some hotels have sort of paper thin walls and you can hear the person's tv on the other side now you can hear the person being like close the drapes closed room service that's a great point you can ask an echo to tell you commands to us but people aren't going to know to do that there's a lot of cases so yeah all right let's see what's in the mail bag sarah let's do it jeff in pennsylvania has some feedback on our amazon story in state taxes from yesterday the main issue with imposing sales tax collection obligations on internet sellers is the sheer number of taxing jurisdictions their over six thousand states and local municipalities who impose state us sales and use taxes and the same item as often tax differently sure the amazons of the world they figure out how to tax correctly but it's not easy especially if you're a small company might be more of a burden i'm actually surprised that the supreme court changed course here as india quill case the court essentially said that this was a matter of congress defects elise originally congress tried several times over the years but the bills never went far yeah and a lot of people pointed out like every state to collect sales tax also collects use tax so even if you order from out of state you aren't exempt from the tax we were only talking about the retailers being exempted the tax and we were discussing this morning in our slack about this you know six thousand jurisdictions and how that would be handled turns out amazon does collect local taxes according to its self on on its website it says it collects state and local taxes so because roger noticed that when he ordered something from new egg when he lived in san francisco it was a different price than when he ordered it for glendale because they were charging the different municipal texas there so thank.
"chris christensen" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Laws and things are refined and improved so much so that this was the first death in commercial aviation in the us in nine years which is pretty amazing but i thought about that as we were thinking about some of the things that are going on right now with the automated cars as well hopefully we'll get through some of the accidents that have happened in those cases as well and continue to improve it in continue to get to the place where it brings more safety as we get better and better i'm chris christensen from amateur traveler thank you chris it's good perspective on that and it really interesting connection to to the situation with a thomas cars all right let's check the mail bags era andrew the keen archaeologist actually has some good news knows lighten it up a little base as how to scan edison cylinders this is in response to ellison sheridan reading in yesterday we talked about what do you do with these old recordings that are fragile and where do you digitize them and can you digitize them he says the library of congress actually has a device to scan and digitize these old recordings at the wave form level called irene in fact you can get in touch with them at irene dot lbl dot gov says of course the really fragile i'd watch the clip of one being dropped on tech tv before i let one out of my possession which is funny because i completely forgot about that but now i know exactly which which segment you were talking about links us to youtube video and then another atlantic article on the device says the thing is is the edison cylinders are harder to scan than a flat record there's a lot of reasons for that i'm aware of this project because there are a lot of recordings of indigenous languages that no longer have any living speakers on these edison cylinders he's neurologist after all would be cool if you could out some techie archaeological research and we will that what maze in the best part is not only the archaeologist in our audience which love being able to say email us about this but.
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"If you scream more now the article i read said they're actually converting your screams into the energy they're using to charge your phones i don't know about you but i'm a little skeptical about that but it is a great marketing ploy that they're going to get people to scream more an exchange for that they're going to charge their phones and it probably doesn't matter what you scream you could be screaming charge my phone i'm chris christensen from amateur traveler i'm gonna guess this thing just charges your phone and that the screaming thing is entirely marketing i i love the idea being able to charge my phone on a ride though that's great how about charging it while i'm waiting to get on a right now have wireless charging like what she cheese standard just right there in the waiting area all right let's check the mailbox era let's this one comes from john a lot of information here so person best i can john says not often do you hear cb are s mentioned anywheres got my attention on lead to finish listening to the entire dns episode before i comment too much on specifics on what you said however i've got some information i've included links to to visualize asians one picture from a press release the other from a technical paper to give you an idea of what's known as exclusion zones where the areas that have to be baited when a ship appears in a given protectionary he does lincoln to a press release picture this your stuff you can get a mind solo at its worst show notes the picture showing ship not to size not pointed out by facebook commenter entering the gray offshore designated protection area also shown or the user specifically noted where they must vacate the spectrum which is in red or continues each which is in blue he also links to a paper you says it's by a colleague of mine not myself with a picture showing the range of potential coverage zones the quick summary is that they're discussing different assumptions that can be made when calculating the exclusion zone and and where and where users must vacate the spectrum and how those assumptions effect.
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"Well thanks everyone who participates at our sub read it helps us find these cool stories you can submit stories yourself and vote on the ones that have been submitted daily tech new show dot ready dot com and talk with other folks at facebook dot com slash groups slash daily tech news show we're not deleting facebook yet everybody are going to however check in with chris christianson with some travel tech trying to also do some good this is chris christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute i've got an app pre today but this one's a little more serious you can help stop human trafficking by downloading an app called traffic cam that's traffic with a c and a k and taking a picture of your hotel room next time you stay in a hotel the national human trafficking resource center uses those pictures they've got a database of hotel rooms to a dentist by hotel rooms in photos and videos of people who are victims of human trafficking who are being exploited for sex last year they had fourteen hundred and thirty four reports of human trafficking in hotel rooms and motels and this will help them more easily track down where that is so that they can alert thirties the app againist traffic cam with the c and a k in the traffic and this is chris christensen from amateur traveler interesting interesting way to go about that thank you chris amateur traveler dot com let's check the mail bags there let's by you know by far the most responses we've gotten to any any new story in a while have been on the idea of thomas cars based on the uber story of an autonomous car striking and killing a woman two days ago andrew wrote in and said if i remember correctly uber souvent using not suing using volvo xc ninety hybrids those are suv's for their thomas vehicles at least in the testing programs i wonder if it was in electric mode at the time of the accident who'd at be that this is more of an example of the dangers of a too quiet car than if any of our other societal fears well i tell you don't have to choose.
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"I'm chris christensen from amateur traveler yeah my fight back from austin the guy boarding in front of me got pulled out of the line because she recognized his bag had a battery and she's like you got to remove that he's like why i didn't have to do it on the way in she's like well some i didn't notice but that's the rules and it was the kind of it was the kind of begged requires a screwdriver to take the battery out did you paid for that extremely cool battery powered yeah all right let's have some bags that i some carry on's that have built in batteries and i had they let me ended up they ended up letting me bring it through my last trip anaheim no problem going out coming back they're like i don't think we're supposed to have this i guess we'll let it go to talk to somebody and they let me go but now i don't know if i can take that bag anymore now with the battery being without removing it you just have to take it out if you can't take it out then yeah that's that's the problem well one bag that doesn't have any batteries in it is the mail bag that's right got mine wrote in and said there's been some motion around the ad her enforcement in india lately we've talked about this in the past is sort of a onesizefitsall ide for everybody in india i figured i could provide you with an update on my previous email the indians precourt has indefinitely extended the deadline for linking at heart to mobile phones bank accounts and expediting passport applications the previous deadline was march thirty first linking at har to these accounts is currently optional except for those receiving benefits and subsidies from the government until the case is resolved and then he moves the hindu as source is awesome thank you for that update and the link i love it it's not just an update from someone who's familiar but also providing the like legitimate link to the newspaper coverage of it.