Tag: Travel

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America was different then. I sit back in the red cloth and fake leather seat of the silver 1975 Pontiac Astre, strap on the belt, sigh, and turn the key. More

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I promised a little while ago that I would be writing about my recent travels, and since I’ve already done a piece on London and Paris last summer, I thought some readers might like a Saturday night sojourn to Rome. 

This trip did not begin in the most auspicious of ways. While it was a 6 am flight out of Gatwick, I needed to board a train there from my university city by 1 am in order to leave my luggage in storage, collect my boarding pass, and get through security. And if 1 am train rides, when I hadn’t actually slept, weren’t enough fun, I also got to contend with an incoherent, screaming vagrant boarding at one of the stops jumping straight into my empty carriage. Living in a city for two years teaches you to not blink an eye at things that would shock you in a small town. Screaming Scottish man with a beer belly in a fishnet dress and pumps, carrying a Stella Artois; well, it is Friday. 

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Join Jim and Greg as they examine media critic Howard Kurtz’s call for TV hosts to rely on infectious disease experts to assess the coronavirus instead of more familiar faces. They also hammer “The Atlantic” and two law professors for concluding that China’s crackdown on internet speech is a better way to go than America’s default towards free speech. And they unload on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for lying about opposing Trump’s China travel ban and for suggesting Trump was wrong even to allow American citizens and green card holders to return from China.

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I realized in the course of a conversation via comments with a fellow Ricochet poster (thanks Phil Turmel), that I had failed to ever post about my ‘Grand Tour’ around Europe (well, Southeast England and Paris) last summer. It would probably be useful to begin with some context. The moment I, and the AP results, […]

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If gatherings of ten or more people are prohibited in some places, what about the 200+ people in an airplane for 2-4 hours? Have regular flights within our borders been prohibited? Just curious . . . More

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We are in new territory. Three days ago, we had 300+ infected with Coronavirus. Today, we are well over 500 infected that we know about. Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and face masks of any kind are long gone from local stores. A recent trip to Dollar General had dwindling supplies of toilet paper and bleach. […]

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The nation of Israel is constantly in the news, a small nation whose very existence attracts a disproportionate interest from the rest of the world. Israel is also a modern creation, whose groundwork was laid in the late 19th century, and whose birth came as a promised land of safety and return after the horrors of WWII. Return from what? From the Diaspora of Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 AD. From Roman Palestine, over the next 1900 years, the Jews spread throughout much of the world. And with the creation of Israel, many did return. But many communities of the Jewish Diaspora either remain where they planted themselves centuries (or even millennia) ago, or have continued to spread into different, and sometimes unlikely places around the world.

Exile, the first published book by an author already known here on Ricochet, Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, is Annika’s investigation into a number of these Diaspora communities. How did they arrive where they are? When did they arrive? And why do they stay, with the promise of a return to Israel beckoning? Over the past several years, Annika has been visiting some of the most unlikely or far-flung Jewish communities around the world, and she presents their stories here in a single volume.

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Stop making rookie travel mistakes and rage tweeting at airlines and LISTEN UP. Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel return with expert travel tips to help you enjoy your vacation—no matter what happens to your bags—and stop embarrassing yourself on the internet.

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While I read When I Whistle by Shusaku Endo this week, I thought I would go in a slightly different direction from reviewing the book. (I also just sat my last, three hour paper of the term and feel rather…interesting). When I Whistle is about memories, about growing into adulthood, and learning how to live […]

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My lovely wife and I have decided (well, she suggested, I just nodded my head yes because I am happy to be with her where ever she wants to go) to drive up the western shore of Lake Michigan, on Wisconsin’s east coast, travel across the UP, cross the bridge and come back through Michigan, […]

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I am returning from Vietnam today, after a visit that stretched from Saturday through Tuesday. Literally. The flight arrived at midnight Friday, and the flight out departed at 2:00 am on Wednesday. I am writing this at the Transient Lounge in Seoul Airport, an amenity deserving a post of its own. My flight for the U.S. departs after a nine hour layover here.

I was in Vietnam visiting the family of my middle son’s fiancee, they had the engagement ceremony over the weekend. Since most of her family will not be able to visit the U.S. when she and my son get married, the engagement ceremony was done in lieu of the wedding for the Vietnamese relatives. To protect their privacy, I will hereafter refer to her as Vietlady and my middle son as Pipeliner (since he designs oil and gas pipelines).

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Bereket Kelile asked for advice about an upcoming honeymoon trip to Italy, and that reminded me that I have a question. I decided to ask it here in a separate post, because I don’t want to disturb the flow of good information that Mr. Kelile is getting, some of which I hope to take advantage of, […]

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I’m writing this post to accomplish two things: announce my engagement and ask my always-reliable Ricochet community for first-class advice, in this case regarding the honeymoon. We’ll spend around 10 days in Italy and I’d like to get your thoughts on how best to enjoy it. It will be the first visit for me and the […]

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Two of my favorite videos I found in 2018. The first is sublime. Julie Fowlis on her 2017 concert tour to the US. She sings Scots Gaelic songs. This is for all of you that traveled for the holidays. More

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Barring the minority group of recluses, most Americans love to travel. Whether they fancy a tropical adventure, or are more inclined to soak up the ambiance of an ancient European city, just about everyone loves to get out and explore the unexplored. However, there’s always that dreaded traveling part of traveling. You know, the actual […]

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Oriana Schwindt joins City Journal contributing editor Aaron Renn to discuss Schwindt’s seven-month-long journey to municipalities near the geographic center of every U.S. state, and what she found there: the curious “sameness” of American cities. Schwindt chronicled her travels in a recent article for New York.

In gentrifying neighborhoods across the country, visitors are practically guaranteed to find high-end bars with expensive cocktails, coffee shops with tattooed and bespectacled baristas, new luxury housing in all-glass buildings, and maybe an Asian-fusion restaurant. “The reason so many of these joints feel harvested from Brooklyn,” Schwindt writes, “is because they are.”

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Why would anyone ever want to travel to an Islamic country, when even the slightest indiscretion can result in punishment? https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/10/british-mum-jailed-daughter-4-drinking-glass-wine-flight-dubai-7821529/ More

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One of the things I like about traveling around the country is exploring each state’s contributions to American culture. I visit the museums and national parks and only eat at local places. Ask me where my favorite lunch spot is and I’ll tell you it’s in a gas station in Kansas City. I’m working through […]

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””Since 2012 my buddy and I have been on a mission to visit all 30 major league ballparks. You see, we really like baseball. It took seven years but as of July 8, 2018, we completed our quest: visiting 27 ballparks (we’d already been to games together at Fenway, Yankee Stadium, and Oakland Coliseum).

Our methodology was to arrive at least an hour before the game (we couldn’t do this in all cases), walk the entire stadium, sample the food, and then stay until the last out. Below are my completely objective rankings with the top three parks, along with the rest divided among three tiers. You may notice that there are not an equal number of teams in each tier. I don’t care. This is my post. So argue away.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Believe the U.S. Is a Wonderful Place — and I Grew Up Overseas

 

I recently came across a piece in the Huffington Post written by Liz Lemarchand, titled Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago… And Why I Won’t Be Coming Back. Liz worked 60 hours a week for a corporation in DC, yet was unsatisfied with the “American Dream” and decided to move to a different country to find happiness. On the surface, this would seem like another story of someone “finding herself.” But instead of keeping it personal, Liz decides to attack American ideals. Let’s take a look at her accusations:

At 23, I was already living the corporate rat race, working nearly 60 hours a week for a huge multinational conglomerate in Washington, D.C., and I felt too young for the lifestyle I was leading. In the course of my two years there, Washington had turned me from a naive political science graduate with aspirations of single-handedly changing a failing political system into a jaded, disenchanted old lady.

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