are some of the things or activities that people in Norway
do for fun?
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Telling Tales through Travel
As I ambled through the verdant and sometimes wild, untamed
off-road "savannahs " of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire,
England, I was glad that Robin Hood was my trailblazing Sherpa. Robin,
known outside of the forest as Ezekial Bone, is an actor/interpreter of
history, an extraordinary story teller, and font of information, much
of which will supply me with fascinating cocktail-party persiflage for
years to come. During this stroll, his merry band consisted of me and
a few other Sherwood Forest interlopers, there to learn from a man who
calls these woodlands home.
John January and Linda Berry Have Chemistry
Chemistry by its very definition is the spontaneous reaction
of two people to each other, especially that sense of mutual attraction
and understanding. This month John January and Linda Berry release their
new project, Chemistry 101 and together they explore a range and
depth of musical styles on both organic and physical levels. As a joint
labor of love, January says Chemistry 101 is pretty straight-forward.
California Road Trip
You would never guess that you didnt have to
leave the mainland USA to find an Island with lush gardens, oceanside views
and fabulous food all minutes away from downtown San Diego. I wondered what
exactly we were heading towards, an Island in the middle of a city? It sounded
slightly absurd, never-the-less, we drove onto the property of Paradise
Point Resort and Spa and were pleasantly surprised.
At the Intersection of Stiglitz and Art
Recently, an audience of political art fans were treated
to a lively combination of Joe Stiglitz speaking off the cuff and two
thought-provoking artists. The Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery,
snagged Nobel Laureate Stiglitz who was doing a DC drive-by for the World
Bank. One of the artists, sculptress Kathleen Ramich, bases some of her
creations on Stiglitz perspectives on state capture and the wealth gap.
Ramich and caricaturist Nancy Ohanian are both wizards at satire, one
with clever sculpture and one with gatling gun ink
Tim Robbins On His Road To Stardom
Award-winning Tim Robbins began his career on episodic
television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted him into becoming
a major movie star including "Bull Durham" and "Mystic
River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally at home behind the
camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking." He is Founder
and Artistic Director of The Actors' Gang, which he formed thirty-five
years ago and has directed multiple provocative productions. Robbins recently
sat down for an exclusive two-part interview, which has been edited for
content and continuity for print purposes.
Puerto Vallarta: Magic and Mayhem on the Malecon
So I heard that you could spend from dawn to dusk on
the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and never get bored and I thought,
"Okay, I'm up for that challenge." Well, maybe not the dawn part
I'm not a morning person so I had no problem leaving those
early hours to the joggers and those seeking an early start to catch their
red snapper for dinner.
Treasures of Ireland: A Pint of the Black Stuff
The Palladian Traveler attempts the perfect pour
as he files his latest dispatch from inside Europe's most popular tourist
Tim Robbins Gives a Brief Primer on Theatre: Parallels
on Indentured Servants & Student Debt
One of America's acting treasures, the award-winning
Tim Robbins excels in any medium in which he works. He began his career
on episodic television. Robbins' film work, however, is what catapulted
him into becoming a major movie star beginning with his role as Ebby Calvin
'Nuke' LaLoosh in "Bull Durham." One of his most memorable roles
was in "Mystic River" for which he won multiple awards. Equally
at home behind the camera, he directed the riveting "Dead Man Walking."
Happiness in Hawaii
In 2014, according to a Gallup poll the hypothetical
happiest American was described as a tall, Asian-American man over 65 years
old, who lives in Hawaii, is married with children, owns a business, earns
a household income of more than $120,000 a year and is an observant
Jew. While I don't fit most of the criteria, I thought why not investigate
on my own. Hawaii was a mere plane ride away. And if you are seeking a mecca
for happiness, and, in my case, taking a first trip with my baby, Hawaii
offered the ultimate for a relaxing holiday.
Treasures of Ireland: Food, Fun and Falconry at
Ashford Castle (Dispatch #18)
The Palladian Traveler soars above the crowd with
a gal named Lima, cruises across a lake dotted with hundreds of islands,
and feasts like a king in a regal dining room.
Hanging Out in Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach is legendary around the world as one
of the best surfing spots. Its waves and beaches are so great, it is also
officially known as "Surf City." But as I learned on a recent
getaway, the town is more than just tasty swells and beautiful white sand;
it also boasts gourmet restaurants, luxury, ocean-front hotels, great
shopping, and tons of California coastal charm.
Costa Rica's Green
Sitting at an umbrella table in downtown San Jose overlooking
the Plaza de la Cultura is like a page out of Hemingway's "The
Sun Also Rises." The plaza is laid out in a maze of stalls where
passive vendors sell sparkling silver jewelry by the trayfull, hand-carved
clay masks, colorful Guatemalan belts, area rugs, and hammocks perfect
for a midday siesta. Three men play an old wood marimba over the buzz
of the crowd while a steaming plate of Gallo Pinto (rice and beans) is
served to an elegant lady who was performing with her guitar...
Richard Gere and Joseph Cedar Discuss "The Moderate
Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer"
Richard Gere is one of America's acting treasures. He
has an uncanny knack for selecting scripts with the most interesting characters.
Included in some of his vast body of films are "American Gigolo,
"An Officer and a Gentleman," "The Cotton Club," "Internal
Affairs," "Pretty Woman," "Primal Fear," "Unfaithful,"
and "Chicago." Joseph Cedar, writer and director of the critically
acclaimed "The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,"
was born in New York City but when he was five, his family moved to Israel
where he was raised.
Treasures of Ireland: The Quiet Man
The Palladian Traveler follows in the footsteps
of some Hollywood icons as he goes "on location" in Cong to
pay his respects to his all-time fave movie.
Would You Believe She Can Carry 800 (Yes, 800!)
As she came around the corner we could not believe
how big she was. Massive, and yet incredibly beautiful almost elegant
in fact. Her lines were so symmetrical she seemed to blend into a classic
example of astonishing good looks. The other fact that amazed all of us
was how quiet she was. We felt sure that with the obvious overwhelming power
she evidenced, she'd be extra loud. It's a cliché, but she was as
quiet as a church mouse or "as quiet as dreaming trees."
John Nemeth Doubles Down
John Nemeth is a busy guy. He and his band, the Blue Dreamers,
tour constantly and rarely leave the road. But when they do it's just
long enough to feed the heads of their rabid and enthusiastic fan base.
Personally, I've witnessed multiple Nemeth shows in both intimate and
festival settings and not once have I ever seen a patron stagger away
without a face full of grin. So when word came down that a new recording
was in the works, my grin got wider.
Tahiti and Her Islands
Just their names (pronounce each vowel!) conjure up romantic
images: Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Ra'iatea, Taha'a. Her
people are gentle; the air, tiare-perfumed. Warm lagoons, majestic peaks,
tropical fruits from the land and bounty from the sea all tantalize the
senses. Paradise! As near as can be found on planet earth. And, in my
experience, the finest way to explore her is on a ship designed for that
The Hill Towns of Tuscany and Umbria
I sometimes wonder
what I was thinking about taking a wheelchair to the Italian hill towns
of Tuscany and Umbria. It was a given that the ancient cobblestones would
punish my wheels mercilessly and that the transportation would be a challenge
to put it mildly, not to mention the currency exchange. The language barrier
however would not be a problem as my wife Anne lived in southern Switzerland
for a few years and speaks Italian fluently.
Cedar Hill: Frederick Douglass' Home is as Imposing
as the Man who Lived There
Having recently received a misguided shout-out from
the president during Black History Month Frederick Douglass has done
an amazing job... it seems a good time to revisit the cultural icon's
legitimate place in history. And a visit to his home in Washington, DC
surely a place the current president might want to consider visiting himself
would be a good place to start.
All large political doctrines are rich
in difficult problems problems that are quite above the average citizen's
reach. And that is not strange, since they are also above the reach
of the ablest minds in the country; after all the fuss and all the talk,
not one of those doctrines has been conclusively proven to be the right
one and the best.
As North Americans, tipping is a reality, and
we are sensitive that the wait staff receives their due. We generally
like to tip at the amount of 15% to 20%. After all, the wait staff
in North America depends on it.
But if you are confused about tipping in other
destinations, we determined whats best to tip outside of
Africa: 10% to 15%
Australia/New Zealand: None (the wait staff is well compensated
in their hourly salary
Caribbean & Central America: 10%
China: None. (Tipping is against the law)
Italy: None (except for great service, where you round out
Japan: None. (tipping is considered rude, but you always offer
your chef a beer)
Middle East: 15%
South America: 15%
Hands down, this Canadian gem is our pick for
the most hilarious travel show on the cybersphere.
The Travel Guys take on Liverpool.
Why Flights to Italy and Spain Are Historically
Cheap This Summer Courtesy Thrillest
You see the eye-popping prices in headlines all
over social media. "Spring flights to Spain are $340."
"Flights to Italy are on sale for $400."
Suitcase GPS? Scented Bags? Collapsible Sunglasses?
The Latest Travel Gadgets Courtesy Washington Post
Courtesy At the International Travel Goods Show,
held this month in Las Vegas, we saw the future of travel. We
will always know the whereabouts of our checked luggage. We will
sleep as comfortably on planes as kittens in a basket. And we
will never again experience the horror of watching our gadgets
power down with no outlets in sight.
What to Do If Your Phone Is Lost or Stolen
While Traveling Courtesy Ashley Rossi, SmarterTravel
According to technology solutions company, Asurion,
19 million phones are lost or stolen each year, and traveling
puts you at higher risk for theft. Dont wait until its
too late know what to do if your phone is lost or stolen
on a trip so you can recover faster, protect your identity, and
not lose all those great vacation photos.
BEATLE BEAT TRIVIA
Name the lad who was the lead singer on the
A. Taste of Honey
B. Do You Want to Know a Secret
C. Yellow Submarine
The answers are revealed at the end of the column.
8 Ways to Live Hygge While Traveling
Even if you dont know the word, you
know hygge when you feel it Courtesy Ashley Rossi, SmarterTravel
After all its a feeling of comfort and coziness,
like a good conversation by the fire, a cup of steaming coffee
in a warm cafe on a cold day, or a blissful moment of contentedness
that holds you like a hug. And while travel is typically the opposite
of hygge, there are plenty of ways you can bring the concept to
your travels. Whether its the destination you pick or a
hotels design, here are eight ways you can be a hygge-happy
traveler. While youre at it, check out T-BoysA
24 Hour Quest for Hygge.
7 Signs Youre an Ugly American
Bad news, America. The rest of the world
thinks were terrible travelers Courtesy SmarterTravel
Its so bad, in fact, that the term Ugly
American has become shorthand for any tourist that sticks
out or misbehaves abroad.
JetBlue Leads in Legroom for Coach Flyers
JetBlue leads the industry when it comes to legroom
for passengers in coach, writes Avi Salzman. The airline has also
committed to a policy of not overbooking flights.
American Tourism Down New Campaign Tries to Sell the U.S. to Foreigners Courtesy: Lisa
Hoehn, The Active Times
America has an abundance of foreign tourists (as
anyone who has ever walked through Times Square can tell you),
but apparently not as many as we used to and it's costing
While 62 million international travelers graced
us with their presence last year (spending $153 billion, at that),
from 2000 to 2010, the U.S. share of global travel spending dropped
from 17.2 percent to 11.6 percent, according to U.S. Secretary
of the Interior Ken Salazar in a recent opinion piece for the
San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Best Airport Perk Youre Not Using Courtesy Christine Sarkis, SmarterTravel
Its cheap and it saves time. Why arent
more people taking advantage of this perk?
Ten Ways to Get a Better Airline Seat
1. Join a frequent flier program
2. Buy your tickets early
3. Consider purchasing a better seat
4. Select your seat when you book
5. Confirm your seat at check-in
6. Get to the airport early
7. When in doubt, ask
8. Be specific
9. Keep the agent informed if you have a medical condition
10. Kindness counts
The 10 Airlines Most (and Least) Likely to
Bump You Courtesy Tim Winship, SmarterTravel
Everyone is a watchdog or whistleblower these
days thanks to pervasive social media and deep searches on the
internet. Companies can no longer hide their worst traits and
habits and this is a good thing. The more ethical big businesses
are, the better off the world will be. At least that's the theory.
Whether it's true or not is for time to judge.
10 European Airlines Rated on Value: Buy Low,
Every tan rolling meadow will turn into
Freeways are clogged all day
Academies packed with scholars writing papers
City people lean and dark
This land most real
As its western-tending golden slopes
And bird-entangled central valley swamps
Sea-lion, urchin coasts
Into the aromatic almost-Mexican hills
Along a range of granite peaks
The names forgotten,
An eastward running river that ends out in desert
The chipping ground-squirrels in the tumbled blocks
The gloss of glacier ghost on slab
Where we wake refreshed from ten hours sleep
After a long day's walking
Packing burdens to the snow
Wake to the same old world of no names,
No things, new as ever, rock and water,
Cool dawn birdcalls, high jet contrails.
A day or two or million, breathing
A few steps back from what goes down
In the current realm.
A kind of ice age, spreading, filling valleys
Shaving soils, paving fields, you can walk in it
Live in it, drive through it then
It melts away
For whatever sprouts
After the age of
Frozen hearts. Flesh-carved rock
And gusts on the summit,
Smoke from forest fires is white,
The haze above the distant valley like a dusk.
It's just one world, this spine of rock and streams
And snow, and the wash of gravels, silts
Sands, bunchgrasses, saltbrush, bee-fields, twenty million
human people, downstream, here below.
Deb your favorite travel poems.
We Are All Terminal We Just Dont
Know Our Expiration Date
Addressing the elephant in the room about your
own death is something most couples avoid doing together and it
is a big mistake.
10 Strange Laws from Around the World Courtesy SmarterTraveler
From a stiletto ban in Greece to the pinball crackdown
in South Carolina give travel a unique flavor.
Being on the ground in over 180 countries means you get
the full story.
Top 25 Most Interesting Webcams
Selected from hundreds of nominees by a panel
of EarthCam producers, EarthCam announces the most unique and
compelling webcams of the year.
Worldwide Vacation Rankings
U.S. News Travel's Best Vacations rankings identify
the top destinations by region and vacation type.
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads
more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide
emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service
members and wounded warriors.
Together in Spirit The Best Friends
At the core of Best Friends Animal Society's work
is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in
The Best Place to Find Cheap Flights
7 Frequent-Flyer Tricks Worth Learning
Master the art of earning miles, attaining elite
status, and working the system to earn free flights and other
Beatle Beat Trivia Answers
A. Taste of Honey Paul
B. Do You Want to Know a Secret George
C. Yellow Submarine Ringo
D. Help! John
The Lofoten Islands consist of stunning mountain peaks
that seem to come right out of the sea, and sheltered inlets populated
with little fishing villages. For centuries, fishing has been the very
foundation of life on the islands. While on the deck of a vessel outside
a Lofoten fishing village, I overheard an American passenger ask a Norwegian
what those things were hanging on stilts. The Norwegian replied that it
was air-dried cod for making Lutefisk. The American exclaimed, "And
the birds don't eat it?" The Norwegian shrugged, 'No, they don't
seem to like It.'.
Everyone of Scandinavian heritage knows of Lutefisk (pronounced
lou-tah-fisk), but for many it is more a source for jokes than actually
eaten. Lutefisk is a traditional Nordic food of dried cod or stockfish
today mostly made with dried ling prepared in lye. It is soaked in
cold water for five to six days (changed daily). In some recipes the fish
is also hammered with a wooden mallet to soften it before its first soaking.