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Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 March 2019

Bet you can’t name this distinctive capital city. See item, below. Good morning“I’m sorry, I’m having difficulty understanding that right now.  Please try again later.”That was the regular response, during the last nightmarish couple of weeks, to my regular morning request “Alexa, turn on David Bed Light”.  An intermittent problem with my new Netgear router often meant it had frozen overnight, so when it came time to turn on the light in the morning as part of a regular getting out of bed routin...
Tags: Airlines, Current Affairs, Destination, Hotels, Miscellaneous, Newsletter, Science, Security Horror Stories, Weird and Wacky

Best ramen instant noodle flavors

American’s perception of ramen has come a long way since being viewed as the dietary staple of college students, artists, and everyone else who’s ever had to return Christmas presents to pay rent. Today, Asian noodle dishes from Chinese hot pots to Japanese ramen are foodie favorites. Late-night noodle shops are springing up all over the country and inspiring countless slurp shots on Instagram and gimmicks like glow-in-the-dark ramen from restaurants trying to attract said Instagrammers. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Asia, Japan, US, America, Costco, All, Phillies, Malone, Bryce Harper, Prima, Tom Yum, Nissin, UNIF, Instant Noodles

Best hikes near the Rocky Mountains

Spring is upon us. The Rocky Mountains and its sub-ranges are beginning to shed snow, colorful wildflowers are in bloom, and hiking trails that have been accessible only to cross-country skis and fat bikes for the past few months are opening up to eager hikers. Spring hiking focuses more on canyons than scrambles and meadows than summits, and these five towns are the place to base yourself for epic spring hikes throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Cortez, Colorado Photo: 2Kahns Photo Arts...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Hiking, US, America, United States, Wyoming, Moab, New Mexico, Jackson, Miguel, Kanye, New England, Yellowstone

Revolutionary Guards drill into Iran’s gas potential | Financial Times

Revolutionary Guards drill into Iran’s gas potential | Financial Times:Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are looking to fill a vacuum in the energy sector created by western companies that pulled out of the Islamic republic following the reimposition of US sanctions.Saeed Mohammad, head of Khatam-ul-Anbia, the construction arm of the elite force, said his organisation was ready to replace Total, the French company, in the development of phase 11 of the South Pars gasfield, the republic’s flagship hydr...
Tags: Travel, US, Iran, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, South Pars, Saeed Mohammad, Khatam ul Anbia

Guesty raises $35 mln

Guesty said March 21 that it raised $35 million in Series C financing led by Viola Growth. Participating in the round were Vertex Ventures, Journey Ventures, Kingfisher Investment Advisors, La Maison Compagnie d’Investissement and existing investors, TLV Partners and Magma Ventures. Guesty is a property management platform for property managers and management companies. PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Guesty, the property management platform that simplifies the complex o...
Tags: Israel, US, Trends, Tripadvisor, VC Deals, PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES, Guesty, Viola Growth, Viola Israel, TLV Partners and Magma Ventures Guesty, TLV Partners and Magma Ventures, Amiad Soto Co, Natalie Refuah Partner, Guesty s Board of Directors Technology, Guesty Guesty, Airbnb Booking com Agoda

Grlswirl skaters teaching in Mexico

The migrant caravan — a mass of thousands of Central Americans who have walked for months to seek asylum in the US — arrived at the Tijuana border in November 2018. Common misconceptions due to our current political climate associate danger, violence, and a threatening drug cartel with the border town and migrants. But traveling to Mexico, visiting the shelters, and connecting with individual migrants — many of them young, unaccompanied minors — sheds light on a much different experience. Grl...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Mexico, US, America, Skateboarding, Honduras, Volunteerism, Maya Angelou, Tijuana, All, Trump, Venice California, Velarde, Guatemala El Salvador, Political Activism

History of popular condiments

Condiments can make or break a meal. They’re the addition that saves a dry sandwich and the extra touch that spices up a bit of sushi. No matter what you’re eating, there always seems to be a condiment on the side that is there to at least improve a dish, if not save it entirely. It’s something that has been done throughout history — something that’s immediately clear as soon as you take a deeper look at where your favorite condiments come from. This is how your favorite condiments came to do...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, England, Africa, US, America, Spain, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vietnam, North Carolina, Heinz, Caribbean, All

Summer Lovin’ Had Me a Blast; Summer Lovin’ Happened So Fast

This post originally appeared on Nomadic Chick. It all began, fittingly, on the first day of summer with a game called ‘tangled’, where everyone puts their hands in the center of a circle, grabs two random people’s hands and then proceeds to untangle themselves to make a circle as this is “team-building” and “creates friendships”. It was our first day as counselors at an American summer camp in up-state New York and we were wondering just what we had gotten ourselves into. In the fray of hand g...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Usa, New York, Australia, New York City, US, Personal, Canada, United States, Ireland, Jane Austen, Buffalo, Pod, Derry, North America

Best dispensaries in Seattle

There are plenty of things Seattle is known for. The birth of grunge and Amazon, for example, and as the location for a bunch of scenes in 50 Shades of Grey. Also the unsettling connection to serial killers. Increasingly, however, it’s known for world-class cannabis shops. Whether you’re just passing through or you’re looking to make Seattle your home, Seattle is a city where cannabis lovers can be forever satisfied. These are the best recreational cannabis dispensaries in Seattle. 1. Have ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Washington, US, Cannabis, Seattle, Denver, All, Ike, Blanchard, Belltown, Eisenberg, Lake City Way, Ian Eisenberg, Martin Luther King Jr Way, Dispensaries

Jesus statues around the world

Everyone knows about the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but there are actually a number of dramatic statues depicting Jesus Christ around the world. Christ the King in Poland wears a gilded crown. Vietnam’s Christ of Vũng Tàu overlooks the ocean. In Nigeria, Jesus de Greatest is carved from white marble and is the largest statue of Jesus on the continent of Africa. In honor of Easter, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest Jesus statues around the world, be they un...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Nigeria, Africa, US, Spain, Grenada, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Argentina, South America, Jesus, John, Vietnam

Instagram marks e-commerce debut with new ‘checkout’ button for US users

Instagram on Tuesday debuted a new ‘checkout’ button that will let users buy products tagged for sale without leaving the platform. It is the photo and video sharing platform’s first foray into e-commerce. For now, the feature is limited to users in the US who use the beta version of the app, and... ...
Tags: Travel, Ecommerce, News, Instagram, Shopping, US, E-commerce, Digital Payments

Here are the 88 companies that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 2

Today was the second half of Y Combinator’s two-day Demo Day for its Winter 2019 class. Over 85 startups pitched on stage yesterday, and another huge batch launched today. Previously held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, this YC Demo Day instead took over a massive warehouse in San Francisco. Like yesterday’s pitches, today’s were split across two stages (“Pioneer” and “Mission”) running in parallel — so even if you were there, you couldn’t see everything alone. Here are all o...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Texas, Craigslist, California, Stanford, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Disney, US, San Francisco, Usda, Google Analytics

Most popular whiskeys in the world

Whiskey is one of the world’s most beloved spirits. It’s both sipped neat and mixed into cocktails, savored and taken as a shot alongside a pint of beer. With this level of universal popularity, it should come as no surprise that countries around the world make the spirit. Each does things a little differently, making exploring the world through a dram or glass all too easy to do. Quick note: America, Ireland, and Mexico use the spelling “whiskey.” Everywhere else goes with the English spelli...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Kentucky, France, Scotland, India, US, America, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Ireland

Cleanest airlines in the world

Skytrax, a UK-based aviation industry reviewer, asked passengers to rate the standard and quality of aircraft cabins, and the results are in. Based on the results of Skytrax’s global survey, the world’s cleanest airlines have been revealed, and the list is overwhelmingly lopsided. Not a single US– or UK-based carrier made the list. Instead, it was dominated largely by airlines from Asia. Japan’s All Nippon Airways claimed the list’s number one spot, with Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, Ca...
Tags: Travel, UK, US, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Skytrax, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Air France, All, Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Qatar Airways, Finnair

US no longer needs visa for Brazil

For a few years now , Brazil has been experimenting with its visa program when it comes to travelers from the US. In 2016, the country temporarily waived visa requirements to attract US citizens for the Summer Olympics, and in 2018, it launched an e-visa program to make visa acquisition easier for US travelers. Now, the country is eliminating the visa requirement altogether, making it easier than ever for Americans to travel to Brazil. Starting on June 17, American, Canadian, Australian, and J...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, US, Brazil, North, South, Sao Paulo, All, Midwest, Brazil Visa, Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil travel, Marcelo Alvaro Antonio, Brazil Tourism, Brazil Tourist Visa, US Citizen Visas

Former churches turned into bars

Historic churches are already some of the most gorgeous structures in the world. Recently, a select few have been turned into something even more beautiful — bars. Don’t worry, it’s not sacrilegious. These churches have been deconsecrated, so they’re simply regular buildings with stunning architectural designs at this point. The conversion is a win-win for both the churches and the bars. Official estimates list the number of church closures at around 4,000 a year, and new tenets are keeping ...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Church, US, New Orleans, Dublin, Denver, Pittsburgh, All, Gulf, Cincinnati, Taft, DUBLIN Ireland, Cincinnati Ohio, Nellie

Best US vintage trailer rentals

Before there was #vanlife, there was trailer life. In the 1950s and ‘60s, hitting the great highways and meandering backroads of the US with the family and a nicely outfitted trailer was the best way to see the country, and tons of great models emerged from that time period, including the now-iconic and coveted silver Airstreams. Nowadays, you’re more likely to see sleek modern RVs and boxy fold-out campers at campsites, but these charming relics of the USA’s great road-trip era are still flo...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, Washington, Oregon, US, Netflix, Tennessee, Trailers, Royals, Airbnb, New Mexico, Kate, Oakland, North Carolina, Kate Pierson

Travel News: March 19, 2018

‘A dystopian playground’: Hudson Yards, New York City’s new $25 billion urban complex, draws mixed reviews USA TODAY “Hudson Yards has become the cultural center of Manhattan’s New West Side,” the $25 billion urban complex’s website notes − though it seems that depends on what one defines as New York culture. The new complex “is the largest real estate development” in the city since Rockefeller Center was built in the 1930s, according to the New York Transit Museum. It includes everything from ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, France, US, Marriott, Manhattan, Boeing, Southwest, News And Deals, Marriott International, New York Transit Museum, Brandy King, Hudson Yards, Boeing MAX, Hudson Yards New York City

Super bloom chaos in California

When news of a possible super bloom in Southern California was announced earlier this year, some towns, such as Borrego Springs near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, geared up for mayhem. During the last super bloom in 2017, the town was overwhelmed by an estimated 500,000 flower-peepers, so this year it ordered dozens of portable toilets and dumpsters and took measures to reduce traffic buildup and parking issues. The town of Lake Elsinore, California, however, was not as prepared for the in...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, California, US, Disneyland, Southern California, All, Borrego Springs, Lake Elsinore, Lake Elsinore California, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Super Bloom, Walker Canyon, Steve Manos, Sheila Fitzgerald Shutterstock

Where to stay in Da Nang – the best areas and most notable hotels

Da Nang is increasingly becoming a travel hotspot in Southeast Asia. Located midway between Hanoi and Saigon, this Vietnamese city is geographically blessed with a river and sea front, with mountains in the backdrop. It wasn’t that long ago that travellers bypassed Da Nang on the way to and from Hoi An. Nowadays Da Nang has become a destination in itself. var stg = new Object(); stg.crt="84430634983627";stg.version="1.05";"adgshp1276308591"; stg.Width="728px"; stg.Heigh...
Tags: Travel, Australia, China, Southeast Asia, US, New York Times, Ronaldo, Hotel, Miami, Vietnam, Hanoi, China Beach, Da Nang, Where To Stay, Gold Coast, Saigon

The Secrets to Overcome the Growing Challenge of Turning Content Marketing into a Revenue Stream for Your Hotel

Are you intimidated and frustrated by Content Marketing today?  When it comes to Social Media which categories do you find your Hotel?   Don’t know how to post content   Don’t know what content to post   There are too many Social Media channels to keep track of   Not getting enough followers or interactions   No conversion from our content   No real impact on revenue and occupancy   Note enough resources to dedicate time on Social Media   Too many distractions and noise, and don’t know ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Hotels, US, Social Media, Seo, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Hotel, Social Media Management, Social Media Community, Hotel Social Media, Morch, Revenue Stream, Hotels Social Media, Founders Media

Best doughnuts from around the world

Food isn’t, and never has been, limited by borders or boundaries. The things we eat travel as we do, flying across oceans and into the cultures and diets of their new homes, adapting along the way. But there may be no single food item that’s made its way into every corner of the world quite like the doughnut. Fried dough has been consumed for long enough to be found as fossilized pieces at ancient Native American sites. These days, it’s everywhere in one variation or another. In fact, forms o...
Tags: Travel, Japan, California, Mexico, France, Germany, New York City, US, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Nepal, Italy, New Orleans, North America, Latin America

Air travel linked to measles

Getting the proper vaccinations before a trip is extremely important, but it’s not only yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, and the like that travelers should be worried about — measles are making a comeback in the US and there’s already been 268 cases there in 2019 alone. If you don’t have an MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) proof of vaccination in your health records, make sure you talk to your family physician and get vaccinated before you travel internationally, domestically, or even walk around ...
Tags: Travel, India, Israel, US, Ukraine, Chicago, New York Times, MMR, All, Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Measles

Best rock climbing outside of Taipei

Dragon Cave Bay , or Lóng Dòng in Mandarin, is a small fishing harbor that lies about an hour drive outside of Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, on the northeastern coastline. To many people, Taiwanese or foreign traveler, this small harbor is just another wharf like many that dot the coastline of Taiwan. However, to the select few who wander off the main road looking for something unique, Dragon Cave presents the best rock climbing that Taiwan has to offer and is arguably some of the best seasid...
Tags: Travel, Asia, US, Taiwan, Climbing, Taipei, Pacific Ocean, Rock Climbing, All, Taipei City, Golden Valley, Crack House, Dragon Cave, Dragon Cave Bay, Lóng Dòng, Matt Girvan

Where to Eat in Antigua Guatemala – and More!

This post Where to Eat in Antigua Guatemala – and More! appeared first on The Professional Hobo. When a sailor friend ( on whose boat I lived for a while in the Caribbean) sent me a message asking where my traveling hat was currently parked, I wrote back “Guatemala! I’m currently in Antigua. It’s gorgeous.” “I don’t get it,” he replied. “Where are you – Antigua, or Guatemala? You just said you were in both.” Written like a true sailor, his version of Antigua is a Caribbean island. But if you go...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Japan, US, Gmo, Italy, El Salvador, Guatemala, Google Maps, Costa Rica, Central America, Panama, Caribbean, Belize, Best Restaurants, Fernando

Word of the week: Invasion

On March 15, a gunman killed at least 50 people and injured another 50 as they gathered in two Christchurch mosques. Minutes before the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had been emailed a 74-page document, variously called a “manifesto” and a “screed,” purported to have been written by the gunman. In it, the man – a 28-year-old Australian living in New Zealand – denounced immigrants as “invaders.” Hours later, Donald Trump held a ceremony at the White House to mark the firs...
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, Australia, Mexico, White House, US, Sports, United States, Current Affairs, Liverpool, Newcastle, Linguistics, New Zealand, Philip Kaufman, Contests

The Blueprint of a Construction Project

By Joseph Brady The construction industry is quite a unique one. It’s an industry that contributes to most of the country’s GDP, by providing a means to production, the addition or improvement to the infrastructure of the economy, social investments such as hospitals, as well as personal investments like houses and apartments. Unfortunately, this industry can be a highly competitive one, with low profit margins. The demands from construction businesses are determined differently for different ty...
Tags: Travel, Business, US, Management, United States, Project, Right Now, KPI, Construction Logistics, Joseph Brady, KPIs Project Control Update and Re, Digital Marketing at Reliant Funding Construction, Indypendenz Shutterstock

American Airlines suspends Venezuela flightsAmerican Airlines suspends Venezuela flights

It was the only US carrier still serving the crisis-torn country
Tags: Travel, US, Venezuela, American Airlines, Venezuela flightsAmerican Airlines

American Travel Experiences Everyone Should Try

In recent years I’ve spent a lot more time traveling around my own country and, for the most part, it’s been wonderful. The experiences I’ve enjoyed most times truly surprised me and I’ve learned how to better appreciate the full width and breadth of the U.S. In an effort to encourage other people, American or not, to experience more of what makes the country so much fun to explore, today I want to share some of my own personal experiences that I think best portray what the nation is all about....
Tags: Travel, New York, Yosemite, US, America, Chicago, National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Philadelphia, St Louis, Detroit, Pacific, South, Yellowstone

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