Thought for the day…..”Actions and consquences are a packaged deal”
” Life is a one-time offer. Use it well”.
Travel has just got easier for me. The USA, as usual paranoid about security has introduced rules which stop TOURISTS like me from getting the ESTA electronic visas. If you have visited any of the countries on the USA list, then you are now ineligible for the ESTA visa. This also means that you cannot transit the USA. The American government cannot get it into their heads that there are TOURISTS who visit countries like Iran, Iraq and Sudan to learn more about the culture and life there. But paranoid American officials now consider TOURISTS like these as a security risk. So it is an easy decision for me, no more visits to the USA. I will take my TOURIST dollars/euros/dirhams somewhere else.
And now I see that Australia is also becoming much like the USA. Now at international airports in Australia, they have made the body scanner machines compulsory. Of course they are saying that there is no danger to the public, but officials also said the same thing with the original body scanner X-Ray machines, until it was discovered that there WERE health dangers with the scanners. So when they tell me that there is no danger (officials also said the same thing after the Chernobyl nuclear accident) then I do not believe them. So I will not be compulsorily irradiated because I am innocent. So now I will be avoiding Australia as well, including in transit. And apparently, Australia wants to start trials of facial recognition technology at gateway airports to avoid the need for passports. How much more big-brother is coming??? So two countries on the off list (USA & Australia). Makes planning the next trip easier. Their loss, my money will go to other countries. And is it not about time that these stupid rules about liquids are abolished??? Since when has a 200ml tube of tooth paste or shampoo been dangerous??
And why do they make the pilots go through security checks as well? Are they afraid that the pilot might get control of the aircraft?? Has no airport official ever seen the STUPIDITY of making pilots (who have full control of the aircraft) go through a security check? I watched one pilot at Brisbane airport recently having to remove his mobile phone from his pocket to go through security again. Yet no official has ever questioned the logic of such a stupid procedure.
Having been attacked and robbed recently by a bandit with a bushknife (see the previous post) I was searching around for a new Fuji camera. I was amazed to see on a website with sample images from a Fuji camera, and advertisement for stab-proof jackets (see the screenshot below). Either my internet is being monitored, or it was an amazing coincidence….
and a photo from the now-stolen camera…..again great sharpness and colours from Fuji…..
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Thought for the day….” Do coffins have lifetime guarantees?” ” If heat rises then shouldn’t Hell be cold?”
Gladys Knight and the Pips had a big hit with the song “Midnight Train to Georgia”, but the photo today is of the 23.13 night train to Oslo, which is a long way from either Georgia the country or Georgia, USA. Not much sleep ahead for the drivers of the night train from Trondheim, Norway south towards the capital, Oslo. They still have about 495 km to drive through the mountains at night. I had forgotten that travelling by train could be so pleasant, especially when compared to air travel. Boarding the train is completely fuss free, no security goon worries if I am carrying a tube of toothpaste (which apparently, is dangerous now) and nobody at the station had a panic attack because I was carrying a Swiss army knife. I also did not have to stand in a line anywhere, nor did I have to undress to get onto the train. Once onboard the train, the coffee came in normal sized cups, and actually tasted like good coffee, unlike airline economy-class coffee. And was the train any worse off because the passengers had not been through security checks??? No. It even arrived in Oslo early. Almost forgot to mention that they were serving hot, fresh cinnamon rolls from the oven in the cafe onboard. Well done NSB ! Already sent an email to NSB to congratulate them, as it is good to give positive feedback when it is due.
And another photo out of the archives, and from the other side of the world……coral reefs surrounding the islands of Fiji.
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Thought for the day….” A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can see from the top of a mountain”.
” A ship in a harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are for”.
I had forgotten just how good travel by train could be. I recently travelled down through Europe on long-distance night train, and it was very interesting to compare this trip with the return trip, which was by air. No early check in at an airport, no expensive airport ‘box’ hotel, and no long queues to endure. No silly security checks, and nobody on the train was worried that I was carrying toothpaste or liquids which at an airport would be taboo. No need to check in at all, just board the train and find the sleeping compartment. Pleasant evening on the way down through Europe, good snacks in the cafe, and coffee that was far better than airline coffee. And add to that a good nights sleep and it makes a very pleasant journey. Then next morning breakfast in the train cafe and voila, it was time to arrive (and on time too). Compare that to the hassle and frustration at airports and being squashed in economy class for the flight back. Flight back was late, on an old aircraft and delayed even further due to passengers travelling with far too many carry on bags. Perhaps one day the train will be THE way to travel again…….The recent trip was a very interesting comparison.
Today’s photo is from the central part of Switzerland, with a photo of Swiss cow bells on a woodland hotel. Very Swiss !
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