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The best cannabis activities in LA

Los Angeles and cannabis have long been connected. It takes just a cursory search through movies, music, and other media to see that. California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis in 1996 and was among the first wave of states to legalize recreational cannabis when the state bill passed in 2018. Today, California is a leader in all things cannabis, especially in the state’s largest metropolitan area. From boutique dispensaries to cannabis restaurants, there’s something for ever...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Weed, California, La, Marijuana, America, Los Angeles, Cannabis, Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Highland, All, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, North Hollywood, Canoga Park

How to embrace slow living

COVID-19 has forced us to slow down, restrict our movements, and turn our attention inwards. That’s a major lifestyle change for many of us. The slow-living movement reminds us to be mindful of what’s around us. It’s about cultivating simple pleasures and using our resources wisely, skills that are suddenly very useful during a pandemic. Slow living began with an exploration of local, sustainable food and has expanded to encompass a more thoughtful, intentional way of life. The movement is ...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Minnesota, Colorado, California, Navy Seals, Mindfulness, South Dakota, Norway, Seattle, All, Slow Living, Matador Network, Rae, Moorhead, Hygge

Snowing in Las Vegas NV

I'm going to start it way back. To some of my first trips out of the state of California since coming to America. Looking back at some of these pictures I can't help but cringe at how naively we were chasing after things. And trying to be something that w
Tags: Travel, California, America, Las Vegas NV

Map of unemployment during COVID-19

The coronavirus has rocked the United States’ economy, resulting in millions of laid off or furloughed workers. The result has been the biggest unemployment spike in the country’s history, with over 6.6 million people applying for unemployment benefits since the stay-at-home orders were given. Yahoo created a graph and map that paints a clear (and troubling) picture of the unemployment situation in the US. Photo: Yahoo In many cases, states that took longer to implement lockdown orders al...
Tags: Travel, New York, Texas, Yahoo, California, US, Unemployment, United States, Tsa, All, Unemployment Rates, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Yahoo Texas

Thailand’s Phanom Rung Festival

At the Phanom Rung Historical Park in the province of Buriram in rural Thailand, a 1,000-year-old Khmer temple sits atop an extinct volcano surrounded by rice paddies. In early April, the rising sun shines through all 15 doorways of the hilltop temple, creating a stunning visual effect. Locals gather each year for the annual Phanom Rung Festival to pray, give offerings, socialize, celebrate Thai culture, and observe the solar phenomenon which is said to bring good luck. Photo: Jeff Bell Th...
Tags: Travel, California, Thailand, Festivals, Bangkok, All, Buddhist, Jeff Bell, Tourism Authority, Don Muang Airport, Buriram, Phanom, Thai culture, Phanom Rung, Phanom Rung festival, Phanom Rung Historical Park

Cannabis dispensaries essential

Cannabis dispensaries and grocery stores usually don’t have much in common. The same can be said for dispensaries and delivery warehouses, or dispensaries and wastewater treatment plants. But in the era of COVID-19, one common thread ties these service locations together: They’ve all been deemed essential. Of the nine states with legal cannabis in the United States, all but Massachusetts have kept recreational dispensaries open. The number of dispensaries that have remained open is much high...
Tags: Travel, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Bloomberg, Cannabis, United States, Michigan, John, Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver, Pandemics, Leaflink

3 Wonderful Travel Destinations in the U.S.

We all need time for a great vacation getaway. Our busy schedules, horrible commutes and long to-do lists wear us down over time and, sometimes, we need to step away from things and recharge. This applies to everyone at all stages in life. Students need time away from applying for the best student loans and finding suitable accommodation on campus for upcoming semesters. Busy working moms and dads need to take a step back from the stresses that come with running a household, keeping to a tight s...
Tags: Travel, California, Washington, Oregon, Sales, Portland, Drake, Seattle, Pacific, Haleakala, Maui, Langley, Mendocino, Point Reyes National Seashore, Maui Hawaii, Whidbey Island

3 Super Activities in Old Town San Diego

Photo by Stephen Niemeier from Pexels San Diego is often referred to as ‘the birthplace of California’ and, while there’s no shortage of attractions in the Sunshine State, where better for a traveler... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Travel, Parenting, California, Sunshine State, Old Town San Diego, Top Destinations, Stephen Niemeier, Pexels San Diego

A Love Letter Where I am to Where You Are

Sacha lives in Seattle where he is freelancing in cinema photography, and his Italian Girlfriend lives in Italy with her family as she studies art in the university. Due to the coronavirus, they do not know when they will see each other again... When Seattle went into Safe Shelter Sacha got in his jeep and drove to California to be with my family. Though he is in self-quarantine out at a ranch with miles of rice fields surrounding him. When Sacha and his Italian Girlfriend are not together they ...
Tags: Travel, California, Oregon, Sacramento, Italy, Seattle, Sacha, French la Vie, Elena Driving

Why lilies associated with Easter

General Mills could make Easter-themed Lucky Charms with all the holiday’s symbols. The jingle practically rewrites itself: lamb, fish, and rabbits; pastel eggs in baskets; butterflies, palm branches; and some hot cross buns! And then there’s the Easter lily. Attend an Easter service anywhere in North America, and you’re bound to see white, trumpet-like flowers anchoring the floral arrangements, or at least pick up their strong perfume. Also known as Bermuda lilies, or Lilim longiflorum to t...
Tags: Travel, Garden, Japan, England, California, Oregon, Canada, United States, Egypt, Jesus, West Coast, North America, Houghton, Flowers, Pearl Harbor, Easter

Impact of virtual drinking trend

Life changed slowly in the beginning of 2020, and then all at once when the realities of COVID-19 set in. Restaurants and bars that were filled in February were shuttered until further notice by mid-March. Thousands of hospitality workers lost their jobs, and small-business owners had to make the tough decision to stay open for takeout, close for now, or close for good — decisions that will shape cities around the world for years to come. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen next, b...
Tags: Travel, California, Politico, Los Angeles, Miami, Happy Hour, Kingfisher, Facetime, Wall Street Journal, Irl, All, Sanders, Durham North Carolina, Newman, Georgetown University, Hansel

Travel memoirs to read

So the only view you have right now is the one outside your bedroom window. It’s easy to feel cramped, your longing for travel stifled by your equally strong urge to protect public health. There is a way to travel while you’re stuck indoors though. All you need is the right book. These travel memoirs, part personal journey, part travelogue to new and uncharted territories, will lead your imagination on wild adventures to places far beyond the confines of your couch. Dog sled across the arctic...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Books, Greece, Indonesia, California, France, China, Germany, India, US, Netflix, Vienna, United States, Ireland, Chile

The difference between truffles

Truffles are among the most highly sought after mushrooms in the world. They’re far from the most frequently eaten — in fact, much of their popularity stems from seasonality and limited supply — yet truffles are revered by fine-food lovers. There are hundreds of known truffle species. Of these, fewer than 10 are eaten. And of those, there are two that dominate the conversation: black truffles and white truffles. Both types are native to Europe. White truffles (Tuber magnatum) are the more rar...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, California, France, US, San Francisco, United States, Italy, Croatia, Tuscany, All, Périgord, Truffles, Piedmont, Alba

Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers

The hospitality and travel industry may be reeling, but Airbnb is still doing what it can to support the global effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus causing a worldwide pandemic. The company announced today that it will provide “free or subsidized housing” for 100,000 people working as frontline healthcare, relief for first response professionals focused on stemming the COVID-19 crisis. Airbnb’s effort will work by allowing Hosts on its platform to opt-in to making their space availa...
Tags: Travel, Health, TC, California, Cdc, France, United States, Italy, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Red Cross, Websites, Vacation Rental, Coronavirus, COVID-19

SpaceX encounters first launch delay due to coronavirus

SpaceX has thus far managed to avoid much in the way of impact to its upcoming launch schedule, despite the widespread global coronavirus pandemic. The company successfully launched 60 more of its Starlink satellites just last week, and appears to be on track for its current mid-to-late May launch schedule for the first Commercial Crew mission with NASA (pending an investigation into what went wrong with an early engine cut-off during its last launch). On Tuesday, however, the Air Force’s 45t...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, California, Nasa, Air Force, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Vandenberg, Hyperloop, Spacecraft, Falcon, Crew

Dear Sophie: How is COVID-19 affecting immigration?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: How do I get visas for my team to work from home? Dear S...
Tags: Travel, Work, Startups, Column, California, Policy, Silicon Valley, Talent, H-1b Visa, Sophie, Alcorn, Green Card, Immigration Law, Extra Crunch, Sophie Alcorn, Dear Sophie

Fill the Time Make a Mask

With the Shelter in Place order now covering California and many other states what will you do with your new found leisure time Perhaps there will be a spike in births come next December and January If you have young children at home I certainly sy
Tags: Travel, California

Lyft to offer medical supply and meal delivery during coronavirus pandemic

Lyft is expanding the types of services it provides through its on-demand transportation network in an effort to boost efforts to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The company announced that it will be offering delivery of critical medical supplies to individuals who need them during this time, including the elderly and those living with chronic diseases, and that it will be delivering meals to students who ordinarily get subsidized lunches through school, as well as seniors. The new e...
Tags: Travel, Health, Food, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, California, Cdc, United States, Transport, Driver, San Francisco Bay Area, COVID-19

San Fernando Valley couple who survived coronavirus offers a message to America

Farah Toutounchian, diagnosed with coronavirus, refused to be escorted to an ambulance. Instead, she sat in protest, cross-legged on the floor just outside a gangway to the Diamond Princess cruise ship on which she was a passenger, quarantined at the Port of Yokohama. Surrounded by people in hazmat gear, she begged for one thing: to be taken to the same hospital that was already caring for her husband, who also had novel coronavirus. “I was getting ready to die and I wanted to be next to my husb...
Tags: Travel, Health, Japan, News, California, Kentucky, Southeast Asia, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Tokyo

Valley couple who survived coronavirus offer a message to America

Farah Toutounchian, diagnosed with coronavirus, refused to be escorted to an ambulance. Instead, she sat in protest, cross-legged on the floor just outside a gangway to the Diamond Princess cruise ship on which she was a passenger, quarantined at the Port of Yokohama. Surrounded by people in hazmat gear, she begged for one thing: to be taken to the same hospital that was already caring for her husband, who also had novel coronavirus. “I was getting ready to die and I wanted to be next to my husb...
Tags: Travel, Health, Japan, News, California, Kentucky, Southeast Asia, America, Sport, Iran, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, San Diego, Tokyo, Local News

Happy, positive books to read

Netflix parties and virtual pasta-making classes are not the only ways to pass the time while you’re stuck at home, doing your part to flatten the curve and tackle the coronavirus health crisis. There are plenty of books out there to keep boredom at bay and to inject a dose of hope, humor, and joy into those long and anxiety-filled days. So stay away from the screens and dive into the following good reads to be transported to a place where COVID-19 does not exist and to keep your spirits up. ...
Tags: Travel, Books, England, Reese Witherspoon, California, France, China, New York City, US, Netflix, Ford, Paris, Italy, Antarctica, Smith, Penguin Random House

Because You Have Asked...

  Because you have asked... Yann is in France lock-downed at our home alone, fifteen minutes away by car Chelsea, Martin and Baby Gabriel are with Martin's parents locked down too. Martin's parents have a big garden and Baby Gabriel is loving discovering Spring. Unfortunately, because of the lock-down Yann cannot see them. They are fine, and that is music to my ears, even if I am too far away to dance with them. Sacha is in Seattle. His freelance work has dwindled down enormously, but he still ...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Seattle, Verona, Martin, Sacha, Yann, My mother, Baby Gabriel, Chelsea Martin, French la Vie

Hawaii governor asks tourists to stay away, restaurants, bars, libraries close, state employees to stay home, more COVID-19 news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii pool party in pre-COVID days ©2020 All Hawaii News Ige calls for tourism halt for 30 days. Gov. David Ige on Tuesday took the extraordinary step of asking all visitors planning to come to Hawaii to postpone their trips for the next 30 days and reschedule “for another date” to curb the further spread of the new coronavirus across the islands. Star-Advertiser.State Wants Tourists To Postpone Visits As Coronavirus Cases Climb to 14. Gov. David Ige said today the state is encouraging t...
Tags: Travel, Congress, California, Cdc, Washington, Hawaii, Associated Press, Kim, Big Island, Maui, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Centers for Disease Control, state Department of Education, Sarah Park, Kona

Everest climbing permits suspended

There will be no traffic jam on Mount Everest this year. The government of Nepal announced on Friday that due to fears of COVID-19 being spread by arriving climbers, it would suspend all climbing permits for Mount Everest and all other peaks in the country. The announcement followed a Thursday order by China banning expeditions from its side of the world’s highest peak. The move comes as the annual climbing season was set to kick off next month, leaving many sherpas and mountain guides unempl...
Tags: Travel, Asia, California, China, Ireland, Everest, Nepal, Mount Everest, All, Adrian Ballinger, Alpenglow Expeditions, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Annapurna Kanchenjunga

From paradise to coronavirus: the Grand Princess and the cruise from hell

A 15-night vacation to Hawaii, the trip of a lifetime, came to an end with a global pandemic and a detour into quarantineAs Ronald and Eva Weissberger boarded the cruise ship bound for Hawaii, the couple were looking forward to the trip of a lifetime.The Weissbergers, the 74- and 69-year-olds from Florida, had heard stories about the boat’s sister ship, the Diamond Princess, which had been quarantined for weeks off the coast of Japan and ultimately resulted in more than 700 confirmed cases of co...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Japan, Florida, California, San Francisco, US news, Hawaii, Oakland, Ronald, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak, Eva Weissberger

in which covid-19 accomplishes what revolution, unexplained plane crashes, and terrorism could not

I've never cancelled a trip because of external circumstances. Until now.In 1994, we were heading to Mexico -- to travel through the country, not to stay in a resort -- when revolution broke out in the state of Chiapas. We went anyway.In 2001, we were booked on a flight to Ireland, two months after September 11, and less than 24 hours after a plane crashed immediately after takeoff from the same NYC airport. We went anyway.In 2017, we were finally going to Egypt, when a bomb went off in a Cairo ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Oregon, US, Personal, Canada, Ireland, Egypt, Labour, Health Care, Red Sox, Chiapas, Travels, Cairo, Laura K

10 reasons Northstar shines bright in snow season

When was the last time you went skiing? Were there heated walkways, free bubbles, hot toddies, hot tubs, and roaring fireplaces? We didn’t think so. If you haven’t been to Northstar California Resort, in North Lake Tahoe, you haven’t done skiing right. Here’s 10 reasons why this North American ski resort will take your winter holiday up a notch. 1. Close and convenient Ok so close and convenient might be how we’d describe an Australian ski resort, but if you’ve committed to a long haul snow ho...
Tags: Travel, TC, Usa, Australia, California, Adventure, America, San Francisco, Ski, Moscow, Brussels, North America, Lake Tahoe, Northstar, Northstar California, North Lake Tahoe

Pres. Trump Could Ban Travel To California, Washington To Slow The Spread Of Coronavirus

President Trump is not ruling out the possibility of travel restrictions to California. According to the New York Times, the president said he could restrict travel to hard-hit states including California and Washington. This comes as the president’s travel restrictions to Europe take effect Friday. Although Trump said the ban hadn’t been discussed, he added, “Is it a possibility? Yes, if somebody gets a little bit out of control, if an area gets too hot,” the Times reported. Most travel from Eu...
Tags: Travel, Europe, News, California, Washington, California News, New York Times, Times, Trump, California Washington, President Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Pres Trump Could Ban Travel

Sustainable wine, Alentejo, Portugal

Portugal’s Alentejo province is blessed. Sort of. The Massachusetts-sized region has been making wine, off and on, for some 8,000 years. Its abundant sunshine and heat are balanced by cooling night winds from the Atlantic. The rich soil nearly begs you to put a seed in the ground. Cork-tree plantations, photogenic villages, a welcoming populace, and scenic hilly landscapes are everywhere to be found. But there’s one thing in which Alentejo is severely lacking: water. And the global rise in te...
Tags: Travel, California, Massachusetts, Spain, European Union, Atlantic, Portugal, Lisbon, Cork, All, De Sousa, Carrie, Reis, Soares, Alentejo, Quinta

Deep North raises $25.7M for AI that uses CCTV to build retail analytics

Amazon and others have raised awareness of how the in-store shopping experience can be sped up (and into the future) using computer vision to let a person pay for and take away items without ever interacting with a cashier, human or otherwise. Today, a startup is announcing funding for its own take on how to use AI-based video detection get more insights out of the retail experience. Deep North, which has built an analytics platform that builds insights for retailers based on the the videos from...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, California, Funding, US, Artificial Intelligence, Retail, Cctv, Computer Vision, Bay Area, Deep North, Recent Funding

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