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How the travel industry still ignores people with disabilities

<p>As restrictions are gradually lifted, travelling abroad will be a high priority for many people. But for a disabled person, getting away on holiday can seem like a distant dream – with or without a pandemic.</p> <p>People with disabilities are still subjected to systematic discrimination when it comes to travel. They face barriers that non-disabled people do not, which can prevent them from going on holiday – or at least drastically limit their choice about where to go and what to do.</p> <p>Even before COVID-19, <a href="https://www.visitbritain.org/new-accessible-tourism-market-research">one survey</a> found that 52% of adults with a disability in the UK had not taken a holiday anywhere in the previous 12 months.</p> <p>The reasons are well known. Disabled people are often deprived of key three things: good information, appropriate facilities and positive attitudes from other people.</p> <p>To this end, many countries, <a href="https://www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance">including the UK</a>, have introduced specific legislation to address these inequalities. The United Nations’ <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/RightsOfDisabledPersons.aspx">Declaration on the Rights of People with Disabilities</a> asserts the rights of disabled people to participate in cultural life, leisure, recreation and sports.</p> <p>You might expect this kind of political action means disabled people have equal access to travel. But when <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/353520748_Strategic_approaches_to_accessible_ecotourism_Small_steps_the_domino_effect_and_paving_paradise">I interviewed</a> disabled travellers and people who work in ecotourism – in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden – it became apparent that many holiday providers fail to value their disabled customers.</p> <p>There are some for example, who merely aim to comply with regulations. They do not think there is a sufficient market for disabled guests, so they only made practical changes – such as investing in ramps – if the law strictly demanded it.</p> <p>One disabled traveller told how he mentioned to an ecolodge manager: “You just need to fix a couple of things in the room and it’ll be good.”</p> <p>The manager replied: “Why should we bother? We don’t make enough money out of you guys to really justify it.”</p> <p>Other business owners found such changes expensive to implement, but were motivated by keeping up with “good practice”. For this group, being disability-friendly made good business sense – but their efforts were often incomplete, only featuring in certain parts of the site for example, or for one particular kind of disability.</p> <p>As one study participant noted: “Instead of having the whole place accessible, mobility-wise, we just make sure at least two of the units and the main public areas are. That’s an alternative that seems to have worked.”</p> <p>It may seem odd that ecotourism – a form of tourism that values ethics and sustainability – does not appear to be leading the industry in tearing down barriers to disabled travel.</p> <p>But <a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09669582.2021.1951278">recent research</a> found that even businesses with the highest level of ecotourism accreditation did little to accommodate the needs of disabled guests.</p> <h2>Universal travel</h2> <p>With respect to information, only 2% of the websites in that study – which focused on Australia – had a detailed information pack for disabled people to download. And while some businesses considered themselves to be disability-friendly, facilities tended to only consider wheelchair access.</p> <p>Even then, only 40% of all the websites provided any information to wheelchair users, while 6% mentioned visual disabilities and 8% referred to hearing loss. When it came to intellectual disabilities, only 8% even mentioned them.</p> <p>Almost all of the websites failed to extend simply courtesies, such as using captions (known as alternative text) to explain to people with visual disabilities what is depicted in a photograph, or subtitling video material to help people with hearing disabilities. A quarter of the businesses required disabled people to contact them ahead of the visit to enquire about suitable facilities.</p> <p><img src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/413637/original/file-20210728-19-ry5ucm.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&amp;q=45&amp;auto=format&amp;w=754&amp;fit=clip" alt="Tourist looking at pine forest." /><span class="attribution"></span></p> <p>Thankfully, there are also operators who believe ensuring that disabled people have an equal quality of experience to non-disabled people is an essential condition of being in business.</p> <p>This kind of approach needs to spread more widely. Disabled people will only truly have a right to a holiday when tourism businesses start to invest in adaptations for them. This means making provisions not only for wheelchair users but for all disability groups.</p> <p>It also means adapting business practices, updating websites and training staff to be able to serve their disabled guests appropriately and sensitively.</p> <p>It is estimated that there are around a billion disabled people across the world, representing around 15% of the world’s population. If the tourism industry is not willing to ensure these guests are treated as equals, that should make everyone uncomfortable. If society wants to see travel as a human right, it should be a right for everyone.<!-- Below is The Conversation's page counter tag. 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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce on what international travel will actually look like

<p>Australia’s national carrier has hinted at how the long awaited resumption of international travel may look.</p> <p>With Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week announcing borders will tentatively open for states that have reached 80% vaccine milestone next month, Australians have been told to dust off their passports.</p> <p>But Qantas boss Alan Joyce is warning overseas travel will look far different than it did this time two years ago.</p> <p>Speaking in Boston on Tuesday AEDT, Joyce provided details of how overseas travel will look.</p> <p>Vaccine passports remain a crucial component of the flight plan.</p> <p>Joyce said the airline was working with The International Air Transport Association on the technology for a digital travel pass to make the process as seamless as possible.</p> <p>Travellers can expect to have to undergo up to four tests of COVID-19, one prior to departure for each flight and two while home in quarantine.</p> <p>It’s yet to be established what would happen should a traveller test positive during a pre-flight test.</p> <p>Under current protocol, all pre-flight tests must come back negative before a traveller is allowed to board a flight for Australia.</p> <p>Joyce fears that the seven day home quarantine program, which is being trailed in NSW and closely watched in other states could be a deterrent.</p> <p>“Now while seven days home quarantine is a step in the right direction – we believe over time that needs to get shorter.</p> <p>“Australians coming home to visit relatives – or those eager to see friends and family overseas for Christmas – may be willing to do seven days quarantine.”</p> <p>“But certainly overseas tourists and business travellers will not come to Australia if that’s in place – particularly when there is no quarantine for travellers in most parts of the world.”</p> <p>The next priorities are skilled migrants that are very important for the country, as well as students.”</p> <p>Welcoming tourists back into Australia isn’t expected to occur until next year, he said.</p> <p>“We’re ready for take off”.</p>

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See Winnie the Pooh’s home in real life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans of Winnie the Pooh can finally </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/winnie-the-poohs-tree-house-for-rent-at-this-bearbnb/0f592473-75a0-4630-9066-e545c7da8dc6" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">see</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the Hundred Acre Wood in real life thanks to AirBnb and Kim Richards, who illustrated Winnie the Pooh for 30 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Raymond designed the house based on the descriptions in the books by EH Shephard, built in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, the inspiration for the book’s woodland setting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The house is made up of a single room that looks as if it was built into a tree, complete with a “Mr Sanders” sign above the door, and “hunny pots” inside.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://news.airbnb.com/en-au/winniethepooh/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">AirBnb listing</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the house allows for four guests spread across a double bed and two smaller loft beds above it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Richards even covered the interior with bespoke wallpaper designed by him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">House rules include no “heffalumps”, mandatory “Poohsticks”, and that multiple naps are permitted.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bear-y comfortable home was available to rent by UK residents for just two stays at $144 a night, in celebration of the 95th anniversary of Pooh’s creation by AA Milne.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proceeds from the stays went to the charity Together for Short Lives.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: AirBnb</span></em></p>

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Italy’s Robinson Crusoe starts a new life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being the sole inhabitant of the Mediterranean island of Budelli for over 30 years, Mauro Morandi has moved away and started a new life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Known as </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/italy-s-robinson-crusoe-asked-to-leave-island?fbclid=IwAR1KUnOTb2pRGUyFn9SavR4zqBOUHmdFky9n9Ah91K_f8e-6l1r7vxP8_Wo" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Italy’s Robinson Crusoe</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Morandi was the caretaker of the island, which lies in a stretch of water between Sardinia and Corsica, since he washed up there in 1989.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 82-year-old has protected the island for decades, but years of pressure from marine park authorities who wanted to evict him has seen his time on the island come to end.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The authorities told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> they were upholding the law by “restoring the illegal structure” Mr Morandi lived in - a former second world war radio station.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:375px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844454/176562232_504251944321186_6029451781535021283_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f41cb48a6cf439380e579309443ffe0" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 19th century structure on Budelli. Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They said the caretaker “had no title” to remain on the island, after La Maddalena’s National Park took over ownership of the island in 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Morandi gained a devoted following after sharing moments from his island life on Instagram, with many supporters petitioning for him to be allowed to remain on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After sharing an image of the shore and distant horizon with the caption, “last evening”, he left.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/COQF6ynpaES/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/COQF6ynpaES/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mauro Da Budelli (@maurodabudelli)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the sudden change in his life, Mr Morandi says it’s more than possible to move on and readjust.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s never really over,” he </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/what-italys-famous-hermit-did-next/93dc7240-0a9f-4439-8ad2-9eda6e4a023f" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">CNN</span></em></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m the living proof that a second, new life is possible. You can always start all over again, even if you’re over 80, because there are other things you can experience, a totally different world.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since leaving Budelli, Mr Morandi has moved back to civilisation on the nearby, inhabited island of La Maddalena.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m happy and I have rediscovered the pleasure of living the good life and enjoying everyday comforts,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After using his pension from his prior career as a teacher, Mr Morandi bought an apartment that came with all the luxuries he lacked on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has also been working on his skills as a communicator and is eager to talk to people, exchange views and share photos on social media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For a long time I have lived alone, and for too many years after I first landed on Budelli I didn’t feel like talking to anyone,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“True, I cannot enjoy the island’s solitude anymore but my life has taken a new turn, focused on communicating with others and being near other people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite regaining luxuries such as a fully-equipped kitchen, a bedroom with a king size bed, shelves of books, and a shower, Mr Morandi says he still lives a simple life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Savouring dishes he hasn’t had in decades, Mr Morandi is indulging in a simple dish which was impossible to have on Budelli: fish.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTIZb-htLHG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTIZb-htLHG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mauro Da Budelli (@maurodabudelli)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I still keep leading a simple life, in the morning I go down to Cala Gavetta to buy fresh fish from the net. Finally after so many years of abstinence, I can enjoy fish again. This might sound incredible, but I can’t have enough platefuls of fresh and crispy fried fish,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“On the island I had no boat so I couldn’t fish, and the food was scarce and limited. I always had to wait for people to bring me groceries from the mainland, and when they wouldn’t come, I had to make do with what I had.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Here, if I need to buy anything I just walk into town.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has since rekindled an old flame, and now lives in his new home with a sweetheart from his youth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Morandi has also been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, is happy to wear a mask in public, and enjoys mingling with locals.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 400px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844453/240655263_598357078002846_2962138352093797634_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/22efc83f43b64589a09966c8597eb5d9" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was amazed at how many are friendly, and I’m usually invited for coffee, lunch or dinner,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was worried locals would not give me a warm welcome. I’m happy that not everyone hates me, just those who were jealous of the life I led on Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Many are fond of me. They come up to me and congratulate me on my fight, they want to take pictures with me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he has settled into his new home, Mr Morandi worries about the future of Budelli.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t long for it,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“However I might be willing to return as caretaker only if this time round I get paid to do my job. I won’t work for free again.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @maurodabudelli / Instagram</span></em></p>

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"I couldn't believe it": Drone footage at Loch Ness

<p><em>Image: Richard Mavor Youtube</em></p> <p>A British camper claims to have inadvertently captured drone footage of the fabled Loch Ness monster lurking on the water’s edge.</p> <p>As the lore goes, the legendary creature is rumoured to live in Scotland’s Loch Ness – the largest and second deepest body of fresh water in the British Isles.</p> <p>There have been several reported sightings in history dating back as far as AD 565, and sightings as recent as this year.</p> <p>In August, Richard Mavo, 54, had been filming his journey as he paddled through the area as part of the Great Glen Canoe Challenge, raising more than $28,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.</p> <p>After sharing the lengthy video on his YouTube channel, Richard Outdoors, several eagle-eyed viewers noticed something strange about four minutes in.</p> <p>They say the thin figure, just beneath the water’s surface – with a long neck and a large body – matched the description of Nessie.</p> <p>“The last thing I want to do is make a Nessie claim,” Mavor told<span> </span><em>The Post</em>.</p> <p>“I’m the most sceptical of people but watching this I think yeah, there’s something a bit strange here.”</p> <p>Mavor said the group had just parked their canoes and he decided to get some drone vision of the beach, oblivious to what may been lurking nearby.</p> <p>“I couldn’t believe it,” he told<span> </span><em>The Daily Record.</em></p> <p>“I had to rewind the footage several times and have watched it several times since.”</p> <p>“There was no driftwood or anything like that so who knows. It could be a trick of the light but we can’t be sure. </p>

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Archaeologists baffled by ‘mystical’ find in Scottish cave

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though mummies are mostly associated with ancient Egypt, archeologists have found evidence suggesting mummification also took place on Scottish shores.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team of researchers explored the Coversea Caves, just north of Inverness, with their exploits captured by the Smithsonian Channel’s documentary, </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://youtu.be/jV9dIhAn0Zg" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystic Britain: Mummies</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The caves are among Scotland’s most impenetrable caverns, but evidence suggests that Bronze Age Britons made the “hazardous journey time and time again carrying the bodies of their dead”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For prehistoric people to make the effort and to make the journey would have been really arduous to do,” said Dr Lindsey Buster, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When archaeologists first started excavating here, the floor was strewn with human bones.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844377/mummies1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/cd4d07e5cece43f98dac6f01c7867e14" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Unlike bones previously found in Britain, these bones still had fragments of soft tissue on them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s not something we expect when we’re excavating a site that’s 3000 years old,” Dr Buster added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s a really significant find.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It is possible that these bones once belonged to a fully-fleshed corpse that had been preserved in the unique conditions in the cave.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844378/mummies2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b3a3dadecad4377b3c1c426a3dbaa70" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Traces of ligaments can still be seen on the remains. Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The team also found evidence of fires being lit in the cave “at the same time presumably as bodies are being laid out”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The smoke could actually probably have helped to preserve bodies and body parts,” Dr Buster said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Buster suspects Bronze Age people came to the caves to purposefully mummify their friends and relatives.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think once bodies began to be brought into the cave and were behaving in ways that they didn’t normally do on above-ground sites, those characteristics were probably well-noted and became a factory of people coming back again and again over centuries to deposit their dead.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Smithsonian Channel / YouTube</span></em></p>

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Message in a bottle found after 37 years

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A nine-year-old girl in Hawaii has </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/japanese-students-message-in-a-bottle-turned-up-in-hawaii/46ce3dd6-e6f4-45b9-8cd9-396f95d101a9" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">found a bottle</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> containing a message from 1984 … fully 37 years after Japanese high school students dropped it in the ocean.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The message inside the bottle, titled “Ocean current investigation”, was written by students and placed in the Kuroshio Current near Miyajima Island in western Japan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The letter, dated July 1984, asked the finder to return the bottle to Choshi High School, in eastern Japan.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844278/https___prodstatic9net-24.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b86eb4b6483a434689df971911c6be14" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Choshi High School</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hawaiian local media named the finder as nine-year-old Abbie Graham, who made the discovery while on a family trip to the beach near the Hawaiian city of Hilo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bottle had travelled some 7000 kilometres.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a press statement, the school said it had released 450 bottles in 1984 and an additional 300 in 1985 as part of its survey of ocean currents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">51 of the bottles have been found so far, with the school adding that the most recent find was the first since 2002.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other bottles have washed up in Washington state in the US, Canada, the Philippines, and the central Pacific Marshall Islands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mayumi Kanda, a former student at Choshi High School and a member of the science club in 1984, said she was surprised to hear of the bottle’s reappearance after so long.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Kanda said the news had “revived the nostalgic memory of my high school days”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The school said its pupils planned to send Abbie a thank-you note for returning the bottle, along with a miniature Tairyo-bata - a type of fisherman's flag used to indicate a good haul - as a gift.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty</span></em></p>

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5 Long (and Iconic) Train Trips

<p>We track down some of the world's greatest rail journeys.</p> <p><strong>1. The Original Trans-Siberian Express</strong></p> <p>Spanning 9288km of track, this is perhaps the most iconic of rail journeys and the longest passenger train route in the world. With an average speed of just 77km/h, the trip from Moscow to Vladivostok isn’t for those on a tight schedule – you’ll need to set aside a minimum 146 hours, 8 minutes (six and a bit days), and most journeys include stopovers. But for that investment you’ll cross multiple time zones and witness the breadth of Russia’s majestic terrain, from verdant woodlands, through mountains and desert, to grassy steppe. While itineraries vary, most journeys break at Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia, with ornately decorated 19th century buildings, just 70km from World Heritage-listed Lake Baikal.</p> <p><strong>2. The Canadian</strong></p> <p>The trip from Toronto to Vancouver is a sleepy 83 hours long – but considering you’ll be winding through the steep and snow-capped Rocky Mountains and Canadian Shield forests, the pace suits anyone looking for relaxation, rest and peaceful views. Huge glass windows make the most of the scenery as the train wends its way across 4466km of Canada’s diverse landscape.</p> <p><strong>3. The Blue Train</strong></p> <p>South Africa’s famous Blue Train spans 1600km of track linking Pretoria with Cape Town. More like a hotel on rails than a train, there are lounge carriages where passengers can mingle in comfort and some suites contain full-sized baths. High-tech additions like the driver’s eye camera view meet classic decor and a butler service. The journey takes 27 hours from start to finish and crosses some of the most diverse and picturesque scenery on the African continent. Don’t expect to feel the rush of wind through your hair though, as its average speed is just 57km/h.</p> <p><strong>4. The Indian Pacific</strong></p> <p>Departing from Sydney, it takes about 70 hours for the Indian Pacific to traverse the Australian continent on its way to Perth. Stopping at the mining town of Broken Hill, Adelaide, and Kalgoorlie you’ll cover 4352km at an average speed of 85km/h. At that rate, you’ll catch the full glory of the sun setting across the horizon on the longest stretch of straight rail track in the world. Travel in spring for the best of Western Australia’s wildflowers.</p> <p><strong>5. Jinghu High Speed Rail</strong></p> <p>For those who like their train travel to evoke the future rather than the past, China is calling. The showcase of China’s modern rail fleet was launched in 2012 and shaves 20 hours off the 1303km trip from Beijing to Shanghai, delivering passengers to their destination in five super-fast hours. It is currently the fastest long-distance passenger train in the world, reaching speeds of 300km/h.</p> <p><strong>Train Facts</strong></p> <p><strong>Fastest passenger train</strong></p> <p>The MagLev Chou Shinkanzen – a Japanese magnetic levitation train – broke the world speed record for a passenger train back in April. During a test run near Mt Fuji, this new breed of bullet train reached an incredible speed of 603km/h. The planned top speed in operation is 505km/h and it will ultimately connect Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, with the first stage opening in 2027.</p> <p><strong>Longest train journey</strong></p> <p>The China-Europe Block Train travels 9977km from Yiwu to Madrid over 21 days. But train buffs who have made the Trans Siberian trip needn’t feel miffed, as this is a decidedly unglamorous freight service designed to cut up to two weeks off the sea freight time between the two cities.</p> <p><strong>Longest and heaviest train</strong></p> <p>Australian-based BHP Billiton intentionally set the record in 2001 over a 275km distance in Western Australia. The 7.35km-long train comprised 683 freight cars carrying iron ore and eight locomotives, distributed along its length. The total weight of the train was 99,735 tonnes.</p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on </em><em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/train-journeys/5-Iconic-Train-Trips">Reader’s Digest</a></em></p> <p><em>Images: Reader’s Digest</em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p>

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Egypt’s King Djoser tomb reopens

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">15 years after its closure, the ancient tomb of Egyptian King Djoser has reopened for public viewing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Also known as the “Southern Tomb”, the predominantly underground structure is filled with corridors embellished with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After closing in 2006 due to risks of collapses, the tomb has since undergone $8.2 million worth of renovations.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Fifteen years ago nobody could go down to the tomb because of collapses,” Ashraf Owais, director of Saqqara Monument Restoration, said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since 2006, the tomb has had its corridors reinforced, lighting installed, and had its carvings and tiled walls refurbished.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mustafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt described the newly-renovated site, including its opulent contents.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After descending the deep stairs and reaching the burial pit, one finds a coffin that is considered one of the largest made with pink granite stone, composed of 16 pink granite blocks with a total weight of 120 tons,” he said.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Exclusive: Completion of the Restoration Project of King Djoser Southern Tomb in Saqqara <a href="https://t.co/YfmKVe5YXj">https://t.co/YfmKVe5YXj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/egypt?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#egypt</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Egyptology?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Egyptology</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Archaeology?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Archaeology</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sakkara?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Sakkara</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/indyfromspace?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@indyfromspace</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/yukinegy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@yukinegy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/ARCENational?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ARCENational</a> <a href="https://t.co/nronuKppZl">pic.twitter.com/nronuKppZl</a></p> — Luxor Times (@luxortimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/luxortimes/status/1437495561230422020?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the Southern Tomb belongs to Djoser, his body is actually stored in the nearby Step Pyramid, the world’s oldest pyramid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Both structures are found in the Saqqara village, which is one of Egypt’s richest archeological sites and home to the world’s oldest brewery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The renovations of both the Southern Tomb and the Step Pyramid come as the country works to revive its tourism industry, which has been severely affected by the pandemic and protests in 2011.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: dr_mostafa_waziry / Instagram, Getty</span></em></p>

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HERE WE GO! Qantas confirms 2021 international travel dates

<p>Qantas has confirmed the exact dates when international flights will resume for Aussies to select destinations.</p> <p>A Qantas spokesperson revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/qantas-confirms-travel-dates-us-uk-japan-011349105.html" target="_blank">Yahoo Finance</a> that the airline has scheduled flights to London, Vancouver, Singapore and Los Angeles to begin on December 18th 2021.</p> <p>In addition to these locations, Aussies will also be able to travel to Fiji and Tokyo from December 19th 2021. </p> <p>This is the most concrete confirmation from the airline of overseas travel dates, less than one month after Qantas chief Alan Joyce revealed that he expected some flight to resume from "mid-December".</p> <p>The overseas flights will be taking off from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane international airports once borders reopen. </p> <p>The confirmation comes from Qantas just hours after Air Canada announced that it will resume the Sydney-Vancouver route from December 17th, as travel industries remain optimistic about the possibility of the travel ban being lifted.</p> <p>While many Aussies are excited about the prospect of overseas travel, there is a catch. </p> <p>Qantas released a statement on September 9th saying they will require all overseas passengers to be fully vaccinated with one of the available COVID-19 jabs. </p> <p>As well as all Qantas employees adhering to mandatory vaccine rules, the airline will require passengers to declare their vaccination status before boarding an aircraft. </p> <p>The Australian Federal Government is developing a digital border pass for international travellers called the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD), which will apply to all passengers leaving and entering Australia. </p> <p>Qantas have been strongly encouraging Aussies to get the jab with enticing rewards programs, with vaccinated passengers eligible to win Qantas points or money off their next flight. </p> <p>In conjunction with these rewards, the airline released an emotional advertisement, urging all Aussies to get the jab in order to reunite with loved ones around the world. </p> <p>Check out the video here:</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4o9_AK1Kcyo" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Vietnam to reopen Phu Quoc island to tourists

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vietnam </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-09-10/vietnam-to-reopen-resort-island-to-foreign-tourists/100453458" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">plans</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to reopen the island of Phu Quoc to inbound tourists from October, as the country looks to revive its hard-hit economy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The island will be expected to open for a six-month trial period, according to a statement from the government.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vietnam is currently closed to all visitors except returning citizens and investors, but the island will soon be open to fully vaccinated tourists with a negative COVID-19 test result.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During the pandemic, Vietnam’s tourism industry experienced a large decline as the number of visitors plummeted from 18 million in 2019 to 3.8 million last year. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba1VPFujeFt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba1VPFujeFt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Visit Vietnam (@visitvietnam)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The prolonged pandemic has seriously hurt the tourism industry,” Vietnam’s Tourism and Culture Minister Nguyen Van Hung said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before opening up the island, the tourism industry said all residents of Phu Quoc would be fully vaccinated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ministry added that the island had not reported any community infections and had sufficient quarantine and treatment facilities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country has contained the virus for much of the pandemic, but has faced a recent surge in cases of the Delta variant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh conceded that Vietnam has been facing a lengthy battle against coronavirus and could not rely solely on lockdown and quarantine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes as 570,000 people in Vietnam have been infected and 14,400 people have lost their lives.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: visitvietnam / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Fiji announces plan to open borders to tourists by November

<p>A pacific island getaway has been out of reach for Australians since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that might all chance in just a few short months.</p> <p>In the midst of battling a COVID-19 outbreak, Fiji announces plans to reopen borders to tourists by the 1st of November.</p> <p>By then the government expects to have fully vaccinated at least 80 per cent of its eligible population, and believes it can safely start to welcome international visitors once again.</p> <p>Tourism Fiji CEO Brent Hill said he was confident the country could reach the vaccination target rates in time – but encouraged visitors to seek travel insurance in case they were forced to quarantine.</p> <p>“They key thing is, if you’ve got a really strong level of local vaccination, coupled with only accepting fully vaccinated travellers who test negative before they get on the plane, then you’re dramatically reducing the risk” Mr Hill said.</p> <p>“Everybody’s really keen to get things back up and running and started again, and Fiji is ready and waiting for tourists”.</p> <p>Australian airline Qantas has already started advertising December flights to Fiji and other “Covid safe destinations”, anticipating Australia will also have opened its borders by then.</p> <p>Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said he had been in talks with the federal government about the resumption of flights, and countries with “similar vaccination levels” of 70 to 80 per cent would be possible destinations.</p> <p>“We think everything should be ready and certainly should .. have a firm plan by the end of the year”, he said.</p> <p>Fiji is finalising its program, with James Fong, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health, saying the government is considering a “corridor” within which fully vaccinated tourists and Fijians can operate.</p> <p>“What has to happen, together with opening the international boarders, is a heightened level of community surveillance” Dr Fong says.</p> <p>Tourism Fiji says only countries that allow quarantine free travel will be allowed to visit – although Fiji hasn’t conquered its COVID-19 outbreak yet.</p> <p>At its peak in July, Fiji’s infection rate was the highest per capita in the world. Though some case numbers have dropped since then, there are currently more than 13,000 active cases in the country, including at least 100 people still in hospital.</p> <p>A vigorous vaccination campaign, which has included controversial “no jab, no job” measures, has led to more than 90 per cent of Fiji’s target population receiving at least one dose of AstraZeneca or Moderna.</p> <p>Mr Hill said the success of Fiji’s vaccination drive had given the country confidence to reopen in November, even though community transmission was still present. “I think we’re being as prudent and careful as we possibly can be” Mr Hill said.</p> <p>Not everyone shares that confidence. Sashi Kiran, the founder and CEO of a grassroots NGO called the Foundation for Rural, integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND), has been helping vulnerable families during the pandemic.</p> <p>She is particularly concerned that the under-18s, who make up one-third of Fiji’s population, are still not vaccinated.</p> <p>“I’m not sure whether having a large proportion of adult people vaccinated is the reason to rush into opening our borders and risking probably much more than we gain” she said.</p> <p>“It’s certainly too soon [to reopen], unless our children are vaccinated, and unless we know more about the new variants, that could be coming in from different tourism markets”.</p> <p>Dr Fong said the government hoped to vaccinate children, but that it could be “a big exercise” and might take months to accomplish.</p> <p>Tourism is Fiji’s largest industry, and before the pandemic it was responsible for at least 40 per cent of Fiji’s GDP. Closure of international borders has left many families struggling to earn an income.</p> <p>Sisters Kalesi and Luisa Kuilau are from a village near the capital Suva, and weave traditional fans and jewellery which they sell at hotels and local markets. With tourism drying up they’ve struggled to find customers and are excited that the Fiji borders will be open once again.</p> <p>“We love Australians coming to Fiji” Kalesi said. “We’re really happy to be opening soon, that is the only way we can market our product outside of Fiji”.</p> <p>“And then our business will be stable again like before, the normal way it was” added Luisa.</p> <p>It is estimated as many as 100,000 people have been left unemployed after the Fijian government closed borders in March 2020 – about one in every nine Fijians.</p> <p>Christopher Southwick, owner of Royal Davui island resort, said the past 18 months had been tough for his business. “The most challenging part of the last two years has been the unknown” he said.</p> <p>Mr Southwick is training his staff to practice COVID-safe measures once tourists are welcome back to the resort. He is optimistic the worst of the pandemic will soon be behind Fiji. “Four months ago it looked absolutely hopeless, but it does get better”.</p>

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See the new Ferris wheel in Times Square

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pandemic has seen New York City’s Times Square go quiet, but a new attraction has launched to bring the people back and turn the economy around.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Times Square Wheel gives riders a bird’s eye view of the ‘Crossroads of the World’ in midtown Manhattan over a 12 minute ride.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTeKIW3D4fH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CTeKIW3D4fH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Eric's New York (@visitnewyork)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I don’t remember the last time I’ve been on a Ferris wheel. That was so much fun,” said Deborah Johnson after having a go.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was special to be able to go that high in a Ferris wheel in Times Square. How often do you get that opportunity? Never,” said Penelope Bustamante.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843925/gettyimages-1336385436.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/91fb7961d60e42bf89651a2af5649abb" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vito Bruno, the man behind the concept, said the idea was to bring back the joy of childhood. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a feel-good thing. It’s just the right time. You see people come alive again. New York and this country needs happy right now,” he said.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTAAsMdHDf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTAAsMdHDf0/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by NYC's CULTURE CURATOR (@fomofeed)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, some riders were less enthused about the experience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. This was </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">eh</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">,” said Arlene Shchulman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I thought I could go up to the elevator at one of the hotels and get a better view. Or maybe I’m just a jaded New Yorker.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Roving gangs of bored monkeys raid homes

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the floods of tourists that usually flock to Bali unable to holiday on the resort island, its hungry resident monkeys have taken to raiding villagers’ homes in search of food and entertainment.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Villagers in Sangeh say grey macaques have been coming to their homes from the nearby Sangeh Monkey Forest, spending their time hanging out on roofs and waiting for the right time to snatch a snack.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With concerns that the monkeys may turn wild or lead a full-on assault on the village, residents have been taking food, including fruit and peanuts, to the forest.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are afraid that the hungry monkeys will turn wild and vicious,” villager Saskara Gustu Alit said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">About 600 macaques live in the sanctuary that surrounds the famous Pura Bukit Sari temple.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Normally, the protected area is a popular spot for local residents shooting wedding photos, as well as international holidaymakers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prior to the pandemic, over 6,000 visitors typically came to the forest each month, but these numbers have dropped drastically to about 500 people, as Indonesia banned all foreign travelers from entering Bali in July.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sanctuary has also been closed to local residents, meaning the monkeys have had no visitors at all.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843827/gettyimages-1135018189.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ec2eada32b94480fa0759c0eaf95153a" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Operations manager Made Mohon said that the closure has also meant that the sanctuary is running low on money to buy food for the monkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Donations from villagers have made a difference, but they are also donating less and less as they feel the economic sting, he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This prolonged pandemic is beyond our expectations,” Made Mohon said. “Food for monkeys has become a problem.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The monkeys’ daily diet of 200 kg of cassava, their staple food, and 10kg of bananas costs about 850,000 rupiah ($80) a day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though macaques are omnivores and can eat a range of jungle animals and plants, the monkeys living in the sanctuary have developed a preference for other things, thanks to their contact with humans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Often the monkeys will wander into the village and sit on roofs, causing mischief by removing and dropping roof tiles or making off with religious offerings placed outside by villagers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A few days ago I attended a traditional ceremony at a temple near the Sangeh forest,” Gustu Alit said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When I parked my car and took out two plastic bags containing food and flowers as offerings, two monkeys suddenly appeared and grabbed it all and ran into the forest very fast.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the monkeys usually have visitors to interact with - whether they’re jumping on shoulders, stealing sunglasses, or pulling at clothes - Gustu Alit believes boredom, not just hunger, is driving the monkeys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“That’s why I have urged villagers to come to the forest to play with the monkeys and offer them food,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think they need to interact with humans as often as possible so that they do not go wild.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></span></p>

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10 ways to experience the world from home

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Welcome aboard Armchair Airlines, equipped to take you out of your living room and to your next virtual vacation. </span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Going in and out of lockdown has been a total drag and we're counting down the days to when our lives can go back to normal. For those sick of trying to fill the hours of lockdown, here are 10 online experiences you can safely enjoy from your living room bubble.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843716/gettyimages-1166558312.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a0a33be212b4bedb471c4613e83857b" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><strong>For the chefs who want to learn how to make more than just banana bread </strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g304554-d20376822-Small_Group_Authentic_Mumbai_Virtual_Cooking_Class_with_Dessert-Mumbai_Maharashtra.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Small Group Authentic Mumbai Virtual Cooking Class with Dessert</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Learn how to make Pav Bhaji and Rice Kheer from Kajal. Based in Mumbai, Kajal picked up authentic home-style family recipes from her mom and sister. In 2017 she started hosting food tours and Pav Bhaji was always one of the most popular dishes. This Maharashtrian delicacy is a thick vegetable curry made from seasonal vegetables, potatoes, tomatoes and onions served with pav, which is a bread roll topped with butter and best served hot. The word 'pav' comes from the Portuguese word for bread and 'bhaji' in Marathi means a vegetable dish.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g189433-d20369790-Virtual_Private_Cooking_Class_Live_from_Santorini-Santorini_Cyclades_South_Aegean.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Virtual Private Cooking Class Live from Santorini</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Have you been to Greece? Kathrin’s booked you a first-class ticket, ready to teach you how to make her famous Santorini Tomato fritters. In the class, feel free to chat with Kathrin as she shares all she knows about the food, culture and traditions of her home, Greece. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g298082-d20952623-Virtual_Experience_Cocktails_Stories_From_Vietnam-Hoi_An_Quang_Nam_Province.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cocktails &amp; Stories From Vietnam</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shake up a cocktail or two with bartenders and mixologists in Vietnam. Learn how to create some classics like the Daiquiri, Mojito and Espresso Martini but each with a local twist. So whether you’ve been to Asia and miss its flavors or would like to learn about them – this experience is for you. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g312741-d20937277-Argentinean_Empanadas_cooking_Virtual_Live_experience-Buenos_Aires_Capital_Federal.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Argentinean Empanadas cooking</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The gastronomy of Argentina combines influences from Creole, native, Spanish and Italian food. Learn to whip up some tasty empanadas as Camila teaches you more about typical Argentine foods.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g294316-d20987011-Virtual_Peruvian_Cooking_Class_Lomo_Saltado-Lima_Lima_Region.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peruvian Cooking Class "Lomo Saltado"</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hang out with Chef David as he teaches you how to make Lomo Saltado, a popular, traditional Peruvian stir fry dish. Also pick up interesting stories and background on Peruvian culture and heritage as you travel with your tastebuds. </span></p> <p><strong>For a little meditative break </strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g188644-d20384882-Yoga_and_Mindful_Conversation_with_a_Brussels_Local_Online_Experience-Brussels.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yoga and Mindful Conversation with a Brussels Local </span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Start your journey to achieving a balance between mind and body with Shanthuru. Practice Yoga together and dive into the world of mindfulness conversations. Shanthuru can tell you all about vegan food culture in Brussels and beyond. Wherever you are on your journey, a beginner or advanced, Shanturu can make this experience customizable to ensure it’s tailored to your level.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.3333333333333px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843715/gettyimages-967871316.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/356e858db0eb4eed9baf3f2311ee4586" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><strong>To walk the streets of a different city</strong></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g187497-d20434781-Best_of_Barcelona_Live_Virtual_Tour-Barcelona_Catalonia.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Best of Barcelona Live Virtual Tour</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Walk the streets of Barcelona in this small group guided virtual tour. Learn more about the iconic attractions in Barcelona including the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and the Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic). An interactive experience from home, full of stories, anecdotes and insights, including quizzes, polls and live Q&amp;A session with your guide. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g187323-d20433091-Best_of_Berlin_Private_Live_Virtual_Experience-Berlin.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Best of Berlin - Private Live Virtual Experience</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re starting to feel down about not being able to travel, the next best thing is a virtual tour that allows you to explore the world from home. This tour takes you through Berlin’s top monuments and popular spots in the city, including the Reichstag Building, Tiergarten, Soviet War Memorial, and Brandenburg Gate. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g297683-d21032853-Taj_Mahal_Virtual_Tour_with_a_Guide_Online_Experience-Agra_Agra_District_Uttar_Pra.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taj Mahal Virtual Tour with a Guide</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Learn from a local the beautiful love story behind the iconic Taj Mahal and what it took to build this historic monument. The virtual tour will take you through the history, intricate design details and different areas of the estate. Your tour guide will also be able to share more about Indian culture and heritage. </span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/AttractionProductReview-g294217-d21190627-Old_Town_Central_A_Real_Time_Online_Tour_in_Hong_Kong-Hong_Kong.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Old Town Central: A Real-Time Online Tour in Hong Kong</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Walk the busy streets of Hong Kong with a friendly expert guide that will take you through a bustling open-air market dotted with small traditional shops to show you their curious trade practices. Got a question? You can ask the shopkeeper directly! Enjoy this hour-long tour from the comfort of your home. The group size is small and intimate so that you can interact directly with your guide, who lives in this very neighbourhood and you’ll get to mingle with virtual travellers from other parts of the world too!</span></p>

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5 Top tourist attractions that could disappear in your lifetime

<p>When places are well-known and popular – historical and modern alike – we might take it for granted that they’ll be around forever. But sadly, many of the world’s best known and culturally significant landmarks are in jeopardy. Human activity has had a devastating effect on many valued places, including massive milestones of human achievement. And many of these are so much more than just tourist attractions – they’re unique, valuable remnants of ancient times and civilizations.</p> <p><strong>1. The Great Barrier Reef </strong></p> <p>This massive, once-thriving coral reef has suffered enormously over recent years, with coral bleaching – caused by climate change – stripping the coral of its nutrients. This, in turn, harms the rich marine life that calls the reef home. And, of course, this also depletes it of the dazzling colours that once were a hallmark of the Great Barrier Reef’s underwater wonder. The reef remains the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world, but projections have warned that the damage to it could become irreversible in the next 10 years.</p> <p><strong>2. The old city of Jerusalem </strong></p> <p>One of the world’s most spiritually significant places, the Old City of Jerusalem, is in danger of disappearing, UNESCO has found. The walls of the Old City are one of its trademark features. Most famously, the Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall, is a valuable pilgrimage site for people of the Jewish faith, one that dates back to around 20 BCE. The Wall is the only remnant of the city’s Second Temple. The city was actually listed on UNESCO’s list of endangered cultural sites in the 1980s. Widespread urbanisation has been found to pose a significant threat to the city.</p> <p><strong>3. Everglades national park </strong></p> <p>This stunning Floridian wildlife sanctuary has sadly found itself fighting for its life in recent years. As ‘the largest designated subtropical wilderness reserve’ in North America, according to UNESCO, it’s been a beloved travel destination for American citizens for decades, but the ravages of time and human activity have not been kind to it. Its survival first came into question after it was battered by Hurricane Andrew in 1993. But it’s human influence that has posed the primary threat, as water flow to the site has decreased and the impacts of pollution have increased, resulting in harmful algal blooms. Its vast, diverse wildlife is more threatened than ever before.</p> <p><strong>4. The Taj Mahal </strong></p> <p>It’s hard to imagine this monolithic structure, located in Agra, India, being in danger. The structure itself is in some jeopardy from the elements, but the primary reason for concern is that the Indian Supreme Court could potentially close the attraction. The court has butted heads with the government, claiming that unless the government does a better job of preserving it, they’ll have to shut it down. Pollution is visibly altering the Taj’s pristine surface. It’s also experienced insect infestations. Flies of the genus <em>Geoldichironomus</em>, which breed in the heavily polluted Yamuna River, neighbouring the Taj, have encroached upon the structure in recent years.</p> <p><strong>5. Mount Kilimanjaro’s peak</strong></p> <p>This revered mountain, one of the Seven Summits, proves that even giants can fall to climate change. While the mountain itself, located in Tanzania, isn’t in imminent danger, its iconic snow cap might vanish – and shockingly soon. Research found that the snow cap had lost 85 per cent of the total area of its ice fields between 1912 and 2007, and the remaining ice could be history as early as 2030.</p> <p><em>Written by Mehgan Jones. This article first appeared in </em><a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/travel-hints-tips/10-top-tourist-attractions-that-could-disappear-in-your-lifetime"><em>Reader’s Digest</em>.</a><em> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, </em><a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.com.au/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRA87V"><em>here’s our best subscription offer.</em></a></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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Five reasons why train travel is a winner

<p>Many of us love travelling by train. Maybe we did a lot of it when we were a child or perhaps it was simply the best mode of transport for the area we lived in.</p> <p>Planes have taken over quite a bit when it comes to travelling but once you've tried train travel and experienced how much fun it is, it's hard to feel quite the same about plane travel.</p> <p>Sure, if you prefer travelling by plane, it’s usually because of the convenience and the speed at which you can get to places.</p> <p>But beyond getting somewhere far or fast, we usually find it hard to come up with things we like about airline travel. But when it comes to travelling by train – there is so much to like.</p> <p>So here are our top five reasons train travel is a winner.</p> <p><strong>Ease of departure</strong></p> <p>It can take a long time to get to and from an airport and then through all the security mazes, domestic airline travel can take longer than you think.</p> <p>But with train travel there are no long lines, no X-ray machines, no removing shoes, belts, electronic devices etc. Want to bring your own drinks on the train? Or little bottles of liquids in various sizes? Go ahead!</p> <p><strong>Space and comfort</strong></p> <p>There’s a lot more space and comfort in a train. Seated on a train, most of us can fully extend our legs without touching the seat in front!</p> <p>You’re able to have your carry-on bag with all your knick knacks right next to you on the floor, not stuck up in an overhead compartment which is hard to get to.</p> <p>So, whatever you need, you can access it. Snacks, games, books - whatever you need – it’s easily accessible.</p> <p><strong>The scenery</strong></p> <p>Many train trips feature spectacular scenery and if you want to really immerse yourself in a country and get a feel for it, travelling by train through the country is one of the best ways.</p> <p>There are many famous train trips including: the Transiberian train trip through Russian; the Ghan in Australia; the Orient Express in Europe; Switzerland's Glacier Express; Japan's bullet trains; India's Palace on Wheels; the Garden Route through South Africa; through the Rockies in Canada; and past Machu Picchu in Peru.</p> <p><strong>Freedom of movement</strong></p> <p>It’s feels far less restrained travelling on a train so it makes for a more comfortable trip. If you happen to be travelling with family or grandchildren, they’ll be much more comfortable as well.</p> <p>Because there’s so much more space it all ends up being good for your physical and mental health. You can get up and stretch while traveling and train travel makes that so much easier.</p> <p>You can go for a stroll down to the snack car, or to the observation car, and then back to your seat. It’s far easier to point out interesting sights along the way, as no-one’s being distracted by driving or being quiet on a plane.</p> <p>A train ride is a more out-of-the-ordinary experience. It’s definitely a case where the journey can be just as interesting as the destination!</p> <p><strong>The cameraderie</strong></p> <p>Train travel is just friendlier than travel by plane. And more relaxed. People tend to chat and converse with each other more.</p> <p>Because a train trip is usually longer than many other kinds of trips, you can settle in and talk for a long time with fellow passengers. You can walk up to the restaurant car and have a meal together and take in the scenery while you continue talking.</p> <p>These are the reasons train travel is often a winner in any seasoned traveller’s books.</p> <p><em>Images: Getty Images</em></p>

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Singapore-Australia travel bubble on the cards

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak across eastern Australia, Qantas has announced plans to restart international flights as soon as Christmas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The national airline has struggled during the pandemic, with CEO Alan Joyce describing trading as “diabolical”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first stop on the airline’s international itinerary will be countries with high COVID-19 vaccination rates, with Singapore coming in first on the list of eligible countries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Until now, Australia has opened one successful travel bubble with New Zealand, however borders have since closed at the time of writing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, with a Singapore-Australia travel bubble in our future, here’s everything you need to know about how it will work when it opens.</span></p> <p><strong>When will Australians be able to travel to Singapore?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Qantas is planning to restart travel to the nation by mid-December, 2021.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian government has also been discussing the opening of a travel bubble with Singapore, though an official date is yet to be set.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQf7JHfBlB4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQf7JHfBlB4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by VisitSingapore (@visit_singapore)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bubble would allow residents from Singapore and Australia to travel between the countries without undergoing mandatory quarantine.</span></p> <p><strong>Will I need to be vaccinated to enter Singapore?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The short answer: yes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many countries are introducing vaccine passports to travel, with Singapore instituting a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) that only allows vaccinated travellers into the country.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plus, Singapore will be requiring potential visitors to apply seven to 30 days before they plan to enter the country, with applications available from September 1, 2021.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the chances of contracting COVID-19 in Singapore are much lower than other destinations, the Delta variant has triggered a surge in outbreaks - highlighting the need for travellers to be vaccinated.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Visit Singapore / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Polluted lakes turn pink, frustrating local residents

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though many tourist spots boast being unusually coloured, Argentina’s pink lakes won’t be widely advertised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Several lakes outside the city of Trelew have suddenly turned bubblegum pink, concerning locals and prompting authorities to search for an explanation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since then, the authorities have uncovered a truck which has been disposing waste from nearby fish factories in the region’s network of lagoons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Environmental and virologist Federico Resrepo told AFP that the colour change was due to sodium sulfate in the fish waste, which is an antibacterial agent used to preserve prawns for export.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Juan Micheloud, the environmental control chief of the area, told AFP: “The reddish colour does not cause damage and will disappear in a few days.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Experts say pollution from a chemical used to preserve prawns for export purposes may have changed this Argentinian lagoon's color to bright pink. <a href="https://t.co/doGMeE9U6d">pic.twitter.com/doGMeE9U6d</a></p> — DW News (@dwnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/dwnews/status/1419773772727341059?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 26, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Residents have complained about the pollution, which has also caused foul odours to spread. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In protest of the pollution, residents of the neighbouring town of Rawson blocked the roads to prevent trucks transporting fish waste from leaving the factory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We get dozens of trucks daily, the residents are getting tired of it,” environmental activist Pablo Lada told AFP.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Those who should be in control are the ones who authorise the poisoning of people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the factories generating thousands of jobs within the province, tension has been growing between frustrated locals and the area’s reliance on the factories economically.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Fish processing generates work … it’s true,” Lada said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“But these are multi-million-dollar profit companies that don’t want to pay freight to take the waste to a treatment plant that already exists in Puerto Madryn, 35 miles away, or build a plant closer.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The lagoon, which covers an area between 10 to 15 hectares, is not used for recreation, and is located within the Industrial Park of Trelew.</span></p>

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See the world’s 10 best outdoor bathing spots

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whiling away the hours soaking in a hot spring is a must for many travellers, and though we might not be able to travel now, these ten spots should be added to your travel bucket list.</span></p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.qssupplies.co.uk/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">QS Supplies</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has ranked the best hot springs around the world, with each location receiving a score out of ten based on reviews on TripAdvisor, social media mentions, the number of rainy days and other factors.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843366/spa1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/43aed5804a8942679858bc914031165e" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Guide to Iceland</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taking out the top spot with a score of 6.79/10, the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa offers warm waters containing minerals which both give the lagoon its name and are great for the skin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The water is drilled out of the ground, used to heat up fresh water that heats Icelandic homes at a nearby plant, and is then filtered and fed into the lagoon.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Travertine Hot Springs, USA</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843367/spa2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/0e22ffb4c55e4263aa0bc48448c233c4" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scoring 5.39 out of ten, these geothermal hot springs are just outside the town of Bridgeport, California. The hot, mineral-rich waters are popular among locals and hikers, offering a stunning view of the surrounding sierras.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843368/spa3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/284afc518ecf44719a9cc2d135f81135" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988, the natural thermal pools of Pamukkale in western Turkey have been visited for thousands of years.</span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mineral-rich waters have also caused stunning limestone cliffs called travertines to form over the last 400,000 years, with the nearby Greco-Roman city of </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/travel/international-travel/gate-to-hell-myths-confirmed" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hierapolis</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> having been a popular spa town since the 2nd century.</span></strong></p> <p><strong>4. Hammam Al Andalus Baths, Spain</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843369/spa4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/757268114ffb4cf09b0a53920d612a20" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Hammam Granada</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being closed for five centuries, the Arab baths in Granada, Spain, were restored and reopened to the public in 1998. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The baths feature geometric mosaics, carved columns, and vaulting ceilings, along with pools of varying temperatures.</span></p> <p><strong>5. Bagby Hot Springs, USA</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843370/spa5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7d1eba5520774e8b977b47743c16794b" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Forest Service, The United States Department of Agriculture</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nestled in among the towering firs of Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest, the hot springs are a secluded haven for nature lovers. The springs are contained in hand-hewn tubs and cedar plumbing. </span></p> <p><strong>TIED: 6. Chena Hot Springs, USA</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843371/spa6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79a8852a7b29448c9c9a5e96c89aa4c4" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Chena Hot Springs / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Chena Hot Springs are surrounded by the icy Alaskan landscape and offer amazing views of the Northern Lights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The nearby Chena Hot Springs Resort is also home to the world’s biggest ice museum, featuring ice sculptures, an ice chapel, and an ice bar.</span></p> <p><strong>TIED: 6. Terme Di Saturnia, Italy</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843372/spa7.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8a4a10ce618d4c3e97e86e8571dec40c" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Discover Tuscany</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Terme Di Saturnia can be found in the central Italian region of Tuscany, with the most popular of the springs being the Cascate del Mulino - the “waterfalls of the mill”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The mill that the site takes its name from is surrounded by rippling thermal pools, backed by a tranquil forest.</span></p> <p><strong>8. Termas Geometricas, Chile</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843373/spa8.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/10c0251062d649d7bef81525ef36de62" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Termas Geometricas / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With waters warmed by nearby Villarrica volcano, the Termas Geometricas hot springs are the largest complex of springs in Chile.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Temperatures range from 30-45 degrees across 20 pools surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes.</span></p> <p><strong>9. Ma’in Hot Springs, Jordan</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843374/spa9.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8192d671d4594a3d8d9dc1021855e5e8" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Ma’in Hot Spring Resort and Spa</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Located near the eastern coast of the Dead Sea, the Ma’in hot springs are filled with waters with minerals taken from the basaltic mountains. With water temperatures reaching up to 67 degrees and a surround of waterfalls, the springs offer a change of scenery from Jordan’s dry environment.</span></p> <p><strong>10. Szechenyi, Hungary</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843375/spa10.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/352d3c2d24aa4999852afc6d57f84e8a" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Szechenyi Baths</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A large complex of baths fed by two hot springs, Szechenyi Baths are a popular spot for tourists and locals alike in Budapest for their medical and relaxing qualities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As one of the largest spa baths in Europe, there are 15 indoor baths and three outdoor baths for guests to choose from.</span></p>

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