Travel Newsletter: 22 October 2021
Thailand reopening news, the junkyard airplane abandoned at an Indian airport, the train from China arrives in Laos, and vending machine flights.
TIRANA - It’s been good to spend more than a week in one location. I have time to really explore the city, and also do some research for some other stories. I’m currently reading about proposed railways in the Balkans, and how that will change travel in the region in the years to come.
[Skanderbeg Square, Tirana - Albania via @nomadicnotes.]
Here are this week’s travel reads of note.
COVID-19 and travel
Assorted travel reads
Paul Salopek resumes his round-the-world walk:
“For more than eight years, I have trailed the first human beings who roamed out of Africa during the Stone Age. My storytelling journey, called the Out of Eden Walk, has been stalled for more than a year in Myanmar.”
“Located some 1,200 miles (2,000 km) west of the African nation of Angola, and 2,500 miles east of Brazil, St Helena has a population of around 4,500 people, and is 47 sq miles (121 sq km) in size.”
“Why does biryani mean so much to so many people on the Indian subcontinent? The answers may be found on the streets of one of the world’s food capitals: Karachi.”
“The objects and objectives of travel are subject to mysterious forces — and sometimes cosmic jokes.”
“For the past two decades, the micronation of Westarctica has grown in prominence—and is now using its power for something other than Antarctic domination.”
• As an avid solo traveller I could relate to this article:
“The guidebook guru discusses a year and a half without seeing Europe, the next chapter in post-pandemic travel, and why you should order whatever beverage the locals are having.”
“As Lumo makes its first run between the English and Scottish capitals, our travel correspondent sets off by air – and rail, bus and foot – to race the train.”
I will ride this train as soon as it’s possible to travel to Laos again.
No prizes for guessing that this is in Japan, where vending machines are practically on every street corner. Here is another article related to the vending machines of Japan: A tiny gas meter? The more mundane the better for Japan’s capsule toys.
The Nomadic Notes Travel Newsletter is a weekly newsletter of the best travel reads and interesting travel news from around the web, and random ramblings by the editor.
- James Clark