Travel Newsletter - 4 September, 2020
Nomadic Notes monthly update, the proposed Phuket light rail, hover cars and futuristic cities in Africa, manhole covers in Japan, hotel hacks.
Greetings from Ho Chi Minh City. This week I posted my monthly update on Nomadic Notes, and as always there are lots of interesting travel links to get through. I’m continuing to grow the audience here, so feel free to forward this to other travel lovers.
Latest posts at Nomadic Notes
Where I’m At: September, 2020 – Saigon edition – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and site news.
COVID-19 and travel (or lack thereof)
“Some of the earliest countries to be impacted by the virus have been quick to adopt health certificates – but can immunity passports really help us travel safely again?”
“Luxury travel agents told us just how opulent – and expensive – their ultra high-profile clients' trips have been during the pandemic.”
“Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard.”
When I visited Shanghai Expo 2010 I wondered where are the jetpacks and hovercars that we were promised in the future? We are now a little bit closer to personal hovercars.
“US-Senegalese star says smart city will be built in mould of fictional nation Wakanda.”
And what better place to fly your new hovercar than this proposed Wakanda-inspired city in Senegal.
“Taiwan's government has released a new design for the country's passport highlighting the English word for "Taiwan" in the hope of drawing a clearer distinction between Taiwan and China.”
I liked some of the other design entries, from bubble tea to braised pork.
“France gets the spire it seems to want.”
Assorted travel reads
The Phuket Light Rail is a proposed light rail transit system for the island of Phuket in Thailand, connecting the airport to Phuket Town and Chalong.
“Under the hill town of Osimo in Italy, lies a hidden network of tunnels and chambers that connect the city's palaces in a mysterious maze.”
“Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan is the oldest hotel in the world.”
One of the things I like about Japan is making ordinary things beautiful. Japanese manhole covers are a great example.
“Between 1939 and 1941, the Works Progress Administration collaborated with the New York City Tax Department to collect photographs of every building in the five boroughs of New York City. In 2018, the NYC Municipal Archives completed the digitization and tagging of these photos. This website places them on a map.”
In the August 21 newsletter I posted a vintage video of the Wuppertal Schwebebahn. Now someone has made a side-by-side video of it.
In Scotland there is a challenge known as Munro Bagging, where you climb all the mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet. In Indonesia you can go Gunning Bagging (gunnung being mountain in Indonesian). It never occurred to me that you could climb the highest points in every state in the US.
“A site called Sounds of the Forest is collecting sounds from forests and woodland areas around the world and presenting them on a world map.”
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