Richard Turen

Richard Turen

Tales about the pandemic and those people about the impact of Russia’s attack on Ukraine are, we can all concur, absolutely newsworthy. And each and every is impacting our expert lives in some extraordinary means.

But as a “really serious” journey columnist, I truly feel an obligation to converse with you now about some travel information tales that appear to have been skipped by my rivals:

Let us begin with your leisure small business to Afghanistan. Taliban fighters who have been embroiled in a 20-12 months insurgency now manage the state. So now that they are in control, what do these fighters want to do most? Perfectly, it turns out, they have been flocking to the country’s amusement parks. Lots of of the fighters are rural people, and they really like viewing the parks, notably the sandy shores of the capital’s Qargha Reservoir. One of the parks is named “FunFair.”

The trouble is that the fighters have been carrying machine guns and other significant-driven weapons as they trip the bumper vehicles and the Ferris wheel. It has been unsettling, I am certain, for your shoppers. But now some terrific news: Fighters will now have to test their guns at the gates of all amusement parks in the place. 

Often lifetime does imitate artwork. Do you keep in mind the Tom Hanks movie “The Terminal”? Nicely then, I want you to meet up with Wei Jianguo, a resident of Beijing. It turns out that Wei loves to smoke and drink. His loved ones advised him he have to stop or shift out. This presented particular difficulties as Wei was unemployed. But soon after some pondering about his problem, he arrived up with a solution: He moved into Terminal 2 at the Beijing Money Worldwide Airport.

Wei pays no lease and retains his blankets and apparel in two suitcases. He makes use of an electric cooker to get ready uncomplicated meals. This does not look to significantly problem Chinese airport officers as Wei has been living in Terminal 2 for the previous 14 many years.

Our closing news update fears a famous house in Venice and a new amenity your customers will be acquiring at examine-in.

The Gritti Palace is a 15th-century masterpiece in a setting up on the Grand Canal just throughout the water from the Salute church. The lodge is stuffed with priceless paintings and antiques and experienced been a favourite of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and, more just lately, Brad Pitt.

But now the resort and other queens of magnificence along the principal canals have a trouble — a key tourist dilemma.

The fairly effectively-behaved pigeons in all those Venice pics have been replaced by a chook the Italians phone a magoghe: a large hen, a form of criminalized seagull, that will snatch food items off of plates no issue what it requires.

So now, when your consumers verify in to the Gritti Palace, they will be issued orange drinking water pistols. The birds feel, for the time staying, to run absent from drinking water pistols fired at them, and the chook experts in Venice have concluded that orange is a coloration that intimidates the birds.

Just try to remember to recommend that your purchasers “goal high” when shooting at the birds whilst dining on the attractive outdoor terrace to stop the drinking water from diluting the sauce on their spaghetti alla busara.