Pop Culture Tourism: Travel Destinations Made Popular by Mainstream Media
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Whether or not New Zealand was on your travel itinerary bucket list before Peter Jackson’s popular adaptation of JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings saga came to the silver screen near you, it almost certainly registered on your radar afterwards. That is because the film showcased, as only a cinematic, international release can, the natural beauty and diversity of the country turned fantasy Middle Earth on IMAX screens around the world.
It turns out this phenomenon is not at all unique. In fact, this kind of exposure to a travel destination through popular media – be it literature, videogames, films, documentaries – has been going on ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownIs Travel Sharing for You?
Recently, or to be more precise, two nights ago, I came back from a long trip. Well, kind of a long trip. Short compared to the Seven years in Tibet kind of stuff, long compared to a week with an all-inclusive party package. Just to lengthen my summer this year, I was away for a month and a half, and I got back only because of lack on money, otherwise I probably would have kept going. I went to Malta, Greece, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, just to mention...well, all of the places where I went to. If I would have stayed longer, I probably would have gone also to Morocco, Portugal, possibly France. Or if I had a little more time and money for plane t... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownNew Travel Site Unveils Exclusive Tools and Features
We all know that travel is getting more expensive every year. Airline and rail passes have increased dramatically in just the last few years, and while petrol prices have fluctuated wildly, they always seem to keep going up. For the budget-conscious traveler, the option of saving a few (or quite a few) pounds by splitting travel expenses with a fellow traveler, car sharing or car pooling, which has been around almost as long as cars themselves, is realizing an ever broader level of popularity. What was once an informal arrangement between friends has begun to expand dramatically, thanks in no small part to Internet businesses and soci... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownWhat You Need To Know To Get The Best Out Of Your Travel Pictures?
A new travel site has just been launched, a site meant to function as a one-stop online experience helping people take their travel ideas from dream to destination. The new website, AARP Travel, has been created by AARP, the nonpartisan nonprofit with a goal of turning peoples dreams into real possibilities, help communities to fight for issues that matter the most. Right now they have a membership of roughly 38 million.
The new website offers different exclusive tools and features like Trip Finder and Map Explorer. The users have the chance to get travel tips from professionals, put together their ideal trips, read loads of articles, and ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your own5 Travel Destinations for Cat Lovers
Travelling is a favorite pastime for many while others perform it faithfully at least once in a year with their families like a religious ritual. Whatever might be your reasons for travelling, there is one thing which is common amongst all modern day travellers and that is we tend to take plenty of photos while we travel so that we can save them as precious memories for all the good times that we had. But the tricky part about travel photography is that it is not easy and not everybody can quickly become a master at it. It requires a lot of dedication, patience and perseverance in order to get the perfect shot that you desired for. So... read more
Read comments (0) or add your own5 Main Factors When Choosing Your Working Destination Abroad
Every day, millions of cat lovers adopt these felines or watch funny videos with them in foreground. If you are one of them and you like traveling as well, there is a wide array of destinations you can visit to enrich your life spectrum and enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences. Whether we talk about cat cafes and other places where cats can receive special treatments, these destinations offer unique views that will surely surprise you and will make you love cats even more.
Cat Cafes, Japan
One great destination you should never miss is Japan, as there are plenty of cat cafes where felines can enjoy caffeine-n-cat fixes, romping, snuggling or o... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownEnjoy Exquisite Sihanoukville This Year
When choosing your working destination few factors have to be taken into full consideration. You probably don't want to end up in some town full of people that you don't like, with larger costs of living that you can afford or simply a country with erratic weather that you hate.
So, here are 6 most important factors which could help you in choosing your future destination:
Cost of Living
Probably the main thing when choosing your travel destination has to be cost of living. You have to enquire on how much living there would even cost you. There is no purpose to work at some destination if your paycheck won't even pay off the li... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTravelling in 2's - Tips on how to travel successfully as a couple
"Venture inside Cambodia's premier beach destination"
Cambodia captures a fair amount of tourists every year and one of the most exclusively visited destinations is none other than Sihanoukville, which is a famous metropolitan that exhibits history along its cultural spaces and a beautiful ambience to enjoy a family trip.
If the sands call upon you, Sihanoukville is your ideal destination in Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. Famously known as Krong Preah Sihanouk, this port city of Cambodia is located 200 kilometers southwest of the Phnom Penh. Surrounded by a smattering of small islands, Sihanoukville is one of the... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownThe Best Vacation Destinations for Soaking in the Sun and Enjoying Nature
If you have ever gone to a holiday, you will definitely not argue with me when I say that the experience is rewarding. However, when it comes to travelling with your partner, travelling becomes not only a moment of joy, but an opportunity to share and get to know each other better. But how do you ensure you will reap the most out of your holiday travel?
Tip #1: Planning- Know your niche and divide the tasks
Commence your planning by figuring out responsibilities each of you would be most willing to handle. Maybe you like searching for the airfare and she likes choosing the restaurants. The idea in this step is to allocate each ot... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTravelling? Know what Food and People to Avoid
Are you dreaming of spending time out in the sun getting a natural tan and having the best time of your life? Pack your best swim wear and read on to discover the best vacation spots in the world where you can just soak in the sun and enjoy breathe- taking views to create memories that you will never forget.
Dominican Republic, Caribbean
The Dominican Republic delights all its visitors with a great mix of “gingerbread” Victorian architecture and white sandy beaches. It extends about 900 miles of Caribbean coastline that make the island country a small paradise especially for people who like spending time at the beach. You can taj... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTop 4 Destinations for Extreme Sports Fans
You are all set to go on a vacation, your air tickets have been booked and you are waiting to board. But you are hungry and you are not sure about what to eat before you get into the plane? If you are wondering what kind of food is best before travelling, maybe the following will help.
Avoid eating junk meals
These restaurants are generally found in the airports and are not the best thing that you should eat. Experts say that burgers and fries contain a lot of fat, and the body also takes time to digest the food. If you eat this before you board a plane, you might even stop the blood circulation in your body because you are only... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTips for Traveling with Children Who Have Special Needs
For extreme sports fans, a summer or winter holiday definitely is the best time of the year to practice their favorite sports and enjoy unrivaled opportunities. Whether we talk about scuba diving, bungee jumping, paintball, skydiving, climbing or alpinism, each of these extreme sports can offer unique, one-of-a-kind possibilities to those sports lovers who really want to experience amazing opportunities. What are the must-visit destinations for extreme sports fans?
AtmosphAir Skydiving Center, Fort Atkinson
Skydiving is one of the greatest extreme sports you can ever think about, and if you enjoy practicing it, then AtmosphAir Sky... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownMaui By Air The Best Way Around The Island
If you are traveling with your children for the first time, plan your travel at a slower pace than you usually do. If you intend to visit more than one-place, keep your young ones in mind and be realistic on the places you can cover in the company of your little-ones. The less you pack, the more enjoyable, mobile and stress free your holiday will be.
If any of your children has special needs, it's always helpful talking to other parents who have children with similar conditions. They may have some useful travel tips. For example, getting an identity-bracelet which has the details of your child or children's medical conditions, the ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownHawaiian Islands
Maui helicopter tours are a great way to see the island from a different perspective and have a fun adventure. If you have never been on a helicopter before, this is a great place to do it. You will see all the beauty that Maui has to offer and can have a great time for the entire family. Tours are not too expensive and last from forty five minutes to over an hour. You can see places that are typically inaccessible with Maui helicopter tours. Places that are not available by foot or vehicle can be seen by air. Breathtaking sights await those who are up for some fun Maui helicopter tours. If you will be staying on the island for a cons... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownWant to travel for free? Take part of #RockYourVacation contest
With its world-class beaches, lush tropical forests and wealth of things to see and do, there’s really no place on Earth quite like Hawaii. From the vibrant streets of Honolulu to the breathtaking scenery of Maui, Hawaii offers something for everyone. This travel guide explores Hawaii’s top attractions and places to visit. As stated on Feedster travel guide regarding the Hawaiian Islands,
Every Hawaiian island out of the six that make up the Aloha State is unique and special in its own way. Get to know a little more about each destination through the brief introductions below to find the right match for your definition of a picture-perfect... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownGreat Tips on How You Can Travel Like a Local
If you'd like to win a VIP getaway for you and for five of your best friends, now is your chance. You can have the chance to win the VIP getaway by entering Experience Kissimmee's "Rock Your Vacation" video contest on Instagram. The contest was launched on February 3rd an will be open for submissions until March 16, 2014. The winner will be receiving a 5-night VIP trip with a stay at an amazing vacation home and an SUV car rental for a week. Well, among a number of other exclusive experiences the grand prize winner will be offered.
Interested? Then take part of the #RockYourVacation contest now by taking a video of you and your friends sho... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTravel apps you shouldn't go on holiday without
The true culture of a city lies among its locals who do not spend much time in tourist-filled places. Rather, getting your way through a city like a local enables you to engage yourself in it. It adds something exceptional and genuine that you cannot find in a cathedral or a museum. After getting much experiences in it, I have discovered some tips which can help you out when you are trying to experience a foreign culture.
1. Do not only depend on travel guides
I often bring along a guide book every time am visiting a new place. However, I do not rely on them for every single thing I do and you shouldn’t either. Even the budget-friendly bo... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownThe top casinos to visit in Australia
Before smartphones were invented, holidays were so stressful they were barely worth taking. But thanks to ingenious app developers, there is now a host of extraordinary apps that can do anything from organising a month long itinerary to calculating the tip you should leave when on holiday in far-flung corners of the globe.
Here is a look at some of the very best:
There is a vast range of travel apps available - most of them are free, and they can take the pressure off mundane tasks like booking trains, navigating foreign metros and providing maps for when you get lost.
iOS, Android and Windows phone ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownDubrovnik: a city with a rich and varied history
Casino may not be the first thing that many think of when it comes to Australia, but the activity is just as popular there as sports betting is – and there are many fine casinos to be found there. The first port of call for anyone with a passion for the slots, roulette, poker and other casino favourites will surely be the Crown Casino in Melbourne. This place is so famous that it can even attract celebrity pros like Shane Warne to try out the thousands of slots and hundreds of table games. The Crown is a monumental sight, covering in excess of five hundred square metres, and is home to many types of entertainment in addition to the casino gam... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownVisit MGM Grand - it's better than ever
Dubrovnik is one of Croatia’s best known and most historic cities, making it an outstanding place to explore if you enjoy cramming plenty of culture into your holidays. What makes Dubrovnik such a fascinating place to visit is its past, which is great fun to discover during a stay here.
Having stood on the edge of the Adriatic Sea for centuries and been ruled over by various civilisations - including the Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Venetians and Hungarians - as well as operating as an independent city-state for many years, it’s certainly got a vibrant past.
The city centre is medieval in origin, although as you can imagine, many additions an... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownIndulgence and Bliss: The Cook Islands Personified
MGM Grand Las Vegas recently finished their remodeling project that cost more than $160 million. The entire MGM was made better, starting from their 4000+ rooms and suits and finishing with new 80 000 square feet night club, not to mention everything in between.
So it might be about time to head out to Las Vegas for some serious entertainment, and specifically to MGM Grand which has declared itself as the Entertainment Authority. They are offering world-class shows, nightlife, dining, spa experience as well as a lot more. Just to give you some examples of what you're missing out on by not going there:
1. Brad Garrett's Comedy Club with ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownDunedin's Coolest Student Hangouts
Travellers who are searching for the perfect tropical getaway are frequently drawn to the picturesque scenery and inviting beaches of the Cook Islands. Named after Captain Cook in the eighteenth century and now associated with New Zealand, the islands are often called “Hawaii down under.” There are fifteen different islands within the chain, and each offers something slightly different for visitors. Whether you’re planning a romantic holiday, a chance to get away from everyday stress, or an opportunity to explore the wild, one of the Cook Islands could be your perfect destination.
Aitutaki: The Honeymoon Island
With stunning scenery and p... read more
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Dunedin is known as the coolest student city in New Zealand with its fresh, fun and unique flavor. In fact, when the uni semester concludes, the city becomes a bit of a ghost town and goes through somewhat of an identity crisis. To make the most of a Dunedin trip, it pays to dive into the student culture head first, and luckily for you, school is in right now. So book your flights, organise your Dunedin hotel and take a deep breath, because here is a guide to the hottest student hangouts!
Mac’s Stuart St Brewbar
Mac’s Stuart St Brewbar sits in the heart of the Octagon, Dunedin’s main party precinct. I... read more
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Go it alone or take your friends along for the ride? When planning your dream holiday, how do you know whether you’re brave enough to hit the road solo or whether you’d enjoy it more with other people by your side? Here are the benefits of travelling alone, going with another person or being part of a group.
Travelling by yourself might seem scary but it’s getting more and more popular as global transport improves. Imagine being able to map your route, choose your destinations and achieve your dream trip without anyone else in your way!
When you travel alone, you can truly experience all of the places you visit wi... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownAre you used to traveling alone?
Sometimes you don't want a holiday, you want an experience. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Indigenous Tribes in Australia
Adventure Tours Australia offers a 10 day tour through Australia's indigenous cultural heritage, from ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to sunrise at Uluru, or Ayres Rock. But that's not all on offer. A river cruise of the Mary River wetlands, bush camping, the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, swimming in plunge pools, hiking to Twin Falls, Nitmiluk National Park, a Telegraph Station and the oldest Pub in the Northern Territories, this trip has a littl... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownBest Bites in Faro
If you're like me, whenever you go traveling, you don't really feel like waiting for someone else to join you in your trips. It's not that I don't want company, I do, but it's simply a lot easier just to decide one day that it's time to go, buy your plane tickets or prepare for a hitch-hiking trip and take off. Without too long notice. Getting someone else to join you this way, getting the dates set so that they would fit for everyone, experience shows that it's not so easy. It's a lot easier just to go alone. While it might not be as interesting, it does give you lots of freedom to do what you want and when you want it. Plus, what I've notic... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownHow to Visit Las Vegas on a Budget
I see myself as something of a foodie and, when I go away on holiday, there's nothing that I like doing more than to sample the cuisine of the places that I visit. On a recent trip to the Algarve I spent some time in the bustling city of Faro and found it simply amazing!
Given its coastal location, I don't think it will come as too much of a surprise that fresh fish and seafood are major ingredients in many of the local dishes. However, there are ample opportunities for both meat lovers and vegetarians to enjoy great-tasting fare. If you're considering going on a food-focused getaway - like I did when I recently took a flight to Faro wit... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownWelcome to Vietnam
Las Vegas is a wonderland full of bright lights, gaming action, all-night parties, Broadway shows, dazzling fountains and themed hotels. Known as one of the most popular bachelor and bachelorette party destinations in the world and a hot-spot for eloping and spontaneous marriages, Las Vegas also offers tons of activity and fun for everyone. There is so much to get involved in when visiting this exciting and thrilling city in the State of Nevada.
If you have your heart set on traveling to Las Vegas this year but are hesitant due to the expensive hotel room rates, dining venues and nightclubs, consider these 5 budget-friendly tips.
Book ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownApple Vacations offering exclusive reduced rates to Hawaii
Welcome to Vietnam – the Southern Asian country bordering China, Cambodia and Laos. Forget what they show you in movies. This is a destination you should be saving money for.
Holidays in Vietnam will expose you to a lot of adventure, diversity and history - all in one trip. Incredible, isn’t it?
Geographically, Vietnam is almost the size of Germany. For most part, it is mountainous, hilly and densely forested. In a nutshell, you have a lot to explore and experience here.
Are there any interesting activities to engage in?
Have you just got married or are you planning to get married soon? Vietnam offers some of the most globally comp... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownVolunteering Abroad
The biggest sale of the season this year to Hawaiian Islands was launched by Apple Vacations. With lots of great offers Apple Vacations SuperSale is the time to book your vacation.
They are offering you reduced rates at some of the best hotels in Hawaii, free guaranteed upgrades, free breakfasts and even a free whale watching trip at participating hotels on Oahu and Maui. If you stay there at least 4 days or more, that is.
The reasons why you should choose Hawaii as your next vacation spot aren't hard to find. Great food, nice people, natural nature (it's not that common anymore, at least not everywhere), top ranked beaches, snorkling,... read more
Read comments (0) or add your own12 Critical tips to saving on airport parking
Volunteer Abroad: Are you looking for an occupation where not only do you get to explore many cultures and learn new things, but also glove trot? Have you explored the option of volunteering abroad yet? Volunteering abroad is rapidly becoming a career option for many youngsters across the globe. Volunteering has always been associated with social causes like rescue work during earthquakes, Tsunami, war, saving the planet, creating eco habitats, educating slum children etc. What a volunteer can really derive out of an overseas work is experience, understanding the different communities and geographical or demographical requirements. A sense of... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownWant to go to a Caribbean cruise? You could get it for free!
Off-site airport parking is a boon for travelers. Often they prove to be cheaper than parking lots run by airports and online discounts and other conveniences make the option even more attractive.
Satellite parking lots face competition and so it is easy for those in the know to save big.
Here are a few insights:
1. Keep a tab on offers. As the race for success becomes intense, all sites run attractive offers giving away coupons or web only deals. Many offer an e-coupon that entitles the user to a day’s free parking at selected parking lots. This means a saving of US$ 18. Other offers give away a day if you park for two days or 5... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownGet Lost in the Romantic Islands of Hawaii
Mmm, Caribbean. Whenever I think about it, it kind of takes me away from the reality for a moment. For a moment life is a bliss. And then a moment later I start to see dollar signs in front of my closed eyes. And I remember that there's a reason why I often hitch-hike. The reason being too much money spent on beer. Of course. What did you think?
Fortunately, Princess Cruises has just announced a campaign called "The Campaign to Escape Completely". Escape from what? From unemployment, from empty pockets, from Mitt Romney.
From now through November 6, 2012, they are giving away FREE Caribbean and West Coast Getaway cruises. All you need t... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownArriiba! Mexico!
Hawaii is considered as one of the world’s most romantic islands. Your ESTA Visa application can be your first step towards enjoying the beautiful beaches, spectacular sunrises, and scenic drives at the islands of Hawaii. The islands of Hawaii are the perfect place for couples to explore and have adventure together. Each island has its own beauty and treasures to be discovered.
Maui has got to be Hawaii’s most romantic island. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it sports the best beaches in the world. Is there anything more amorous to watch than the sunrise at Haleakala? Spend the rest of the day together strolling at the sh... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownGreat holidays with motion sickness
Yes, you are right. Without even noticing it, I've fallen into my summer-mode. What it means is that I get even less work done than in my winter-mode and all the work I do is preferably done outside in the sun. Of course, working outside in the sun has its own problems.
Firstly, if it's not warm enough, you can't really work, can you? Then again, if it's too warm, why should you be working when you can do so many other things. If the sun is not shining, you might not get into the good enough working mood. Then again, if it's shining too brightly, how the hell are you supposed to work with your laptop? I have a feeling you are starting to ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownHow to pack for your holidays?
Never had a problem with it myself, thank god. But those who do...keep reading.
If you or someone in your family suffers from motion sickness then you have an extra element to prepare for when you think about traveling for the holidays. Not everyone experiences motion sickness the same and it may not happen every time. For example some people get motion sick on a cruise ship but not while they are in a car. Others may get queasy when they are on a train but not on an airplane.
Common symptoms of motion sickness include sweating, nausea, dizziness, saliva in the mouth that is more than usual, and vomiting. Most people know when it is com... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTraveling by train with Rosario Dawson
My own packing is a bit different from the rest of you. As long as I have my laptop and its charger, I'm already half-way packed. So instead of my version of it, even though I do know you'll get to read that soon enough as well, here's a bit better version by someone else:
We have all seen those people with tons of luggage arriving at the airport or traveling on the highway with their car crammed so full of items that they passengers have very little room to breath. There are ways to pack light for the holidays but to also ensure you have everything you need. This will definitely make your holiday travel plans much more enjoyable.
To h... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownPlanning to rent a house in Reston?
I love traveling by train. It's pretty great and comfortable. And when I say that, I do know what I'm talking about. Like they say - been there, done that. I have hitch-hiked for tens of thousands of kilometers during my travels, so you can assume I have also tried out all the other modes of transportation. And so far, I must admit that trains can be a rather good way to travel.
Of course, me being me, the reasons for that might not always match with the normal people out there. Nature, romance, seeing the world frame by frame from your train window, supporting the green way of living, it's all good, but that's not really what I like about... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownTravel to Tartu and have a beer
Living abroad or somewhere else in your own country for a few months can often be quite refreshing. It can do some good for your heart and soul. Or at least that’s what people tend to say. I prefer saying that getting away from your usual place of stay is sometimes just good for the sake of getting away. Just to get some time to think, live in a different place for a bit, see and interact with new different people. It can sometimes be quite refreshing.
Reston is a small town with 58 000 inhabitants, located in Fairfax country, Virginia, USA. Renting a house there for a couple of months might sounds a good idea to many of you. But from clea... read more
Read comments (1) or add your ownFinding the best Arizona rentals
Tartu is the second biggest town in Estonia. And Estonia is one of the Baltic States and is located between Finland, Russia and Latvia.
Tartu is basically a nice student town with 100k inhabitants. I'm not one of those 100k. The students, all 20k (or something) are extra.
There's no sea nor ocean nearby, no great mountains, even the weather is like everywhere else in Estonia (shit autumn weather 12months a year). Doesn't sound like much, does it? But it does - if a town doesn't have any of those things I mentioned, but still managed to be one of the greatest towns to live in, especially for young people, then it must be special.
I ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownGoing to Mexico? Visit Playa Blanca
I remember the first time I heard about United States of America. I was just couple of years old, most common travel locations I was aware of were Finland and Germany. Me being Estonian myself, I guess that explains it. Besides, when you're just a little child, you don't really know too many countries anyhow. And when I did discover the States, it wasn't because of anything related to travel, rather I had just found out I have an aunt there. I actually knew about Germany for the exact same reason.
Couple of decades have gone by and now I obviously wouldn't even imagine not knowing pretty much any of the countries out there. Even though com... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownThe Lapa Street Party, Rio de Janeiro : Where Samba is attempted by all, perfected by few…
Traveling is an essential part of life. If you think it isn't, it usually means you haven't really traveled at all and most likely have no idea what you are talking about. If you've traveled too much already, that could explain it, at least a bit.
So far I have traveled in Europe - mainly in France, a bit in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany...and so on. But I have thought of going in other directions as well. Mexico is one country I'd really love to go to. No big cities, just some small nice beach towns like San Carlos. Or why LIKE San Carlos, this town by itself might be a perfect selection.
This little town hosts everything you might... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownFunny Dutch language
I’ll always look back upon my time in Rio fondly. We met some brilliant people and lived, at least for a short while, in a hedonistic haze of cocktail consumption, frenzied football matches and trips up a hill to see the big guy. Then there was that fateful night that made me want to stay forever (or at least until the tourist visa expired), the night of the Lapa Street Party.
We had been happy to stay put in the hostel bar for our first few nights in Rio. Our Hostel of choice was Mellow Yellow, an incredibly lively five storey place located in the Copacabana district, complete with accommodating staff, free breakfast, and extravagant Cap... read more
Read comments (1) or add your own5 weeks in israel........political report from an american
So I was in my motel room in Amsterdam,
Watching Forest Gump with Dutch subtitles...
....and I swear...
when someone called Forest Gump a "loser," the word that popped up in the subtitle was...........
Yes........due to the large Jewish presence here since the 1400s.......Yiddish words are part of Dutch.
Yesterday I saw a restaurant sign saying "restaurant Schimuck."
I saw a boat with a star of David on it and asked the guy if they were Jewish.....
He said no.....that the star of David is a symbol associated with Amsterdam.
And.......when I was watching some German teens trying to play billiard.........
... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownWhere the hell is Azerbaijan?
I spent 5 weeks in Israel for my 8th trip there.
My brother has lived there since 1986.
I would like to report that Israelis are understandably in a "siege mentality."
Their farmers' livestock are being stolen by the Arabs and Bedouins, and Israeli law does not allow them to defend themselves against the theft.
Israelis cant wear Jewish symbols or head coverings WITHIN Israel in certain areas without
Harassment or physical attack in their own country, by Arabs.
If Israel attempts to move Arabs or Bedouins who are illegally squatting on land in Israel---- international news reports it in a biased anti-Israeli slant.
No ... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownDifficult day in "Holy shit" land
Now this was hilarious.................I am sitting at an outdoor cafe in Holon/ Avi's place and I meet these old codger dudes from Azerbaijan.....a muslim country.
Where? Try Turkey and go to the south east............
One guy is about 65....has half his teeth. Tanned and hardly speaks Hebrew though he has been in Israel for 5 years.
The other has alcohol tremors and had half his teeth which are dentures.........
The third is about 35 and served in the Israeli army and speaks Hebrew.
I ask them where is Azerbaijan. They are all Jewish.
The 65 year old grabs my map of Israel and points to the north east of Israel and says t... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownFriday morning with Charlie in the old city of Jerusalem
Today I ran out of Anti-diarrhoea pills.............now I am up shit's creek without a paddle.
When we were in the desert with Moses for 40 years, diarrhoea was so easy to deal with.....you just squatted and "shitted".
Nobody gave a shit really.
And peaking of shit..........this Israeli dude smoked a bong in the same room with my suitcase..........
..............now I am worried that my suitcase will cause the drug sniffing dogs to go ballistic...........
In Israel.......it may be shit.........but it's "Holy Shit."
... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownMy great contribution to the Jewish State
Friday morning with Charlie in the old city of Jerusalem.
Charlie and I drove from his town, Kfar Adumim, to the old city this morning, Friday.
Walked in the Jaffa gate to the Jewish quarter.
I found the "rivka" jewellery store with the same nice Jewish gentleman with Kipah.
He's several generations in Jerusalem.
Bought things for family and friends.
Walked to the western wall. Went inside where about 200 men were praying.
Photos were allowed although a chassid complained to me about all the shots.
I explained that I had not even shot one shot but I apologised anyway.
Went back thru the arab/muslim section. Quite... read more
Read comments (0) or add your ownGhetto fighters and female soldiers
My great contribution to the Jewish State is............
..........when I pee........I don't flush..........to save water.
Perhaps this will help save Israel..................and will hasten the coming of the Messiah.... read more
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When I was at the museum of the ghetto fighters, a group of female soldiers took a tour.
Two female sergeants stood apart while the privates sat separately.
Some wore sandals.......others, shoes. Nothing fancy for obvious reasons.
I saw perhaps some irony in being in Israel and seeing sabra female soldiers who had no experience of Diaspora anti-semitism / diaspora mentality/ fears and norms.....trying to understand the ghetto experience and constant fears of the ghetto life.
Perhaps they could not fully identify.......as could someone who grew up in the Diaspora.
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