Travel Newsletter - 18 December 2020
Photos of Angkor of the years, crossing the North Caucasus, India’s single-screen cinema palaces, Hormuz Island, and more travel reads.
Greetings from Dalat! I’m doing some travel this week within the Vietnam domestic travel bubble. There continues to be talk of travel bubbles within Southeast Asia (such as Vietnam-Singapore), but that still wouldn’t be for normal tourism. For now, I’m staying here until further notice and adding to my bookmarked list of places I want to visit once we can travel again.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“Before the pandemic, podcasts helped me stave off boredom on long-haul flights and kept me company during sleepless nights when my body was in one time zone and my mind was in another. Now, the digital audio shows are my only form of travel. If I can’t physically travel, at least I can mentally move around the globe.”
“The surreal world of cruising during a pandemic requires temperature checks at meals, pre-boarding virus tests, and masks on the dance floor.”
I’ve been to Chongqing twice, and it’s one of the most geographically-intriguing places I’ve visited. It’s basically a mountain on a river junction, and it’s supposedly the most populous city in the world if going by its administrative boundary. Here was my trip report from 2013.
Assorted travel reads
“On December 14, 1992 – after miraculously surviving decades of war, strife and looting – Angkor Wat was officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we've scoured through the pictorial archives to uncover some of ancient monuments more iconic moments.”
Central Asia is high on my list of first places to visit when travel resumes.
“Perilous train journey in the capital of Bangladesh become a guillotine for the people.”
Meet the photographer who has scoured the country to document these vanishing communal sites.
“George Smiley — the creation of the late John le Carré — was the antidote to James Bond; overweight, balding, self deprecating and altogether unsexy. He was also perhaps the greatest spy Britain never had.”
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