By SAM ANDERSON MARCH 20, 2019 The travel guru believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The travel guru believes the tiniest exposure to other cultures will change Americans’ entire lives. By SAM ANDERSON photo illustrations by: Zachary Scott Rick Steves can tell you how to avoid having your pocket picked on the subway in Istanbul. He can tell you where to buy cookies from cloistered Spanish nuns on a hilltop in Andalusia. He can tell you approximately what percentage of Russia’s gross domestic product comes from bribery. He can teach you the magic idiom that unlocks perfectly complementary gelato flavors in Florence (“What marries well?”). But Rick … [Read more...] about Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
Lawmakers are to consider easing current rules which make it compulsory for the vast majority of stores to accept cash payments, DR reports. Suggested changes to the rules would allow businesses such as petrol stations, convenience stores and clothing shops to choose to only accept card and online forms of payment. Such a measure would provide additional security for stores, Business Minister Rasmus Jarlov said. “Fewer people use cash today, so we think there should be a balance between the difficulty and security risks placed on business owners and the benefits of accepting cash,” Jarlov told DR. A 2017 law enabled certain types of store to apply for dispensation to be cash-free between 10pm and 6am. But the government expects a limited number of stores to take up the option of completely cutting out cash, if it is offered to them. “If you still want to use cash, I would advise saying so to the stores where you shop. I expect businesses to listen to their … [Read more...] about Danish government wants to allow petrol stations, stores to refuse cash
Police revoke 9,800 driving licences in two months Traffic policemen check a car driver’s documents Traffic police across the country revoked some 9,800 driving licences from September 21 to November 20, 2018. Recent reports from the Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security revealed that after two months implementing the Prime Minister’s command to ensure road safety, nearly 142,000 traffic violation cases were handled with 9,800 driving licences withdrawn and 4,500 cars seized. Among vehicles violating traffic rules, trucks accounted for 55 percent, while coaches and cars took 17 percent and 28 percent, respectively. The police found 53 fake licences, four fake vehicle registrations and withdrew the number plates of 110 expired cars. Provincial traffic police units were asked to tighten management over vehicles, especially those that are about to expire, and ensure traffic safety on the threshold of Tet (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) festival. … [Read more...] about Social News 17/12
HCM City aims to develop innovative urban area More than 600 experts, scientists, intellectuals and representatives of firms from in and outside the country will debate how to enhance links among enterprises, research institutes and authorities to develop the eastern region of Ho Chi Minh City into an innovative urban area. The information was announced at a press conference in the city on November 14 to introduce the HCM City Economic Forum 2018, which will take place on November 23. According to Chu Tien Dung, Chairman of the HCM City Union of Business Associations, the forum will focus on issues related to the 4th industrial revolution and innovative urban development. It will highlight the role and impact of innovative urban areas in promoting rapid and sustainable development. Municipal authorities plan to build the city’s eastern area into an innovative urban area, thus attracting investment from local firms, especially in renovation and … [Read more...] about Social News 16/11