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review 2018-08-13 11:54
Far Away and Further Back- Patrick Burns

      This memoir is one of little vignettes set in different times and places as Burns’s life took him around the world. At times the stories are very ‘familiar’ to one of my age and relative privilege, as we baby-boomers have seen the world open out under the blast of the airline jet engine. However, they should appeal to a much wider audience. Burns is good at drawing one into his observations of times and places, now changed or changing, so helping one appreciate the ups and downs of living his sort of middle-class, often-relocated, lifestyle.

      Nowadays, travel seems to be ever more routine and ever less exotic, and of course it never has been all fun. Burns spares us from many of the mundane difficulties, the personal psychology, of constantly moving a family from one short foreign posting to another, a burden that anyway regularly falls heaviest on partners and young families.

This is a book of twenty random assembled short stories taken from a full and industrious life, that began with a childhood centred in Rotherham, England, and eventually encompassed locations as scattered as Buenos Aires, Ann Arbor and Guangzhou.

      Increasingly, as the world shrinks, the world-wide business career is conducted from one, tacky, noisy, communal space, in Milton Keynes, or Santa Clara, and/or from the home-based ‘office’. Foreign postings may well be becoming a thing of the past for all but the most select of ‘business’ managers. There will always be economic migrants, but probably these will decreasingly be those in the cadre structure of international firms that once relocated so very often. The experience of this businessman posted so far and wide may well soon read like distant history, even if politics and strife should allow us to continue our addiction to distant ‘package’ holiday travel.

      If you like memoir and particularly short, pithy stories snapped from personal histories, you should love this book. Patrick Burns has had a life full of interesting anecdotal incidents, which he has penned in this entertaining and personally modest script. One feels that he never strays from simple, honest, unexaggerated truth and thus created these edifying glimpses into his personal history. This isn’t autobiography designed, and so often failing, to be awe-inspiring; this isn’t look at me, aren’t I special, this is look at the special, often extraordinary people, I have been lucky enough to journey with. This book is one of those rare memoirs that easily holds my rapt attention.


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review 2018-08-12 14:01
Ireland the Best
Ireland the Best - Sally McKenna,John McKenna

by Sally McKenna, John McKenna


This is an amazingly comprehensive resource for travel to Ireland. The authors have traveled extensively and actually tried the restaurants and hotels and ferreted out both popular tourist attractions and lesser known things to do.


After a general information section are chapters on different regions that give a lot of information on hotels, restaurants and things to see and do as well as any special festivals to watch out for. Dublin takes a lot of space, as you might expect, but I didn't expect to think of Dublin as a place where I would look for great Mexican food! Everything from a psychedelic van with Mexican street food to an Aztec restaurant can be found. Other ethnic restaurants are also separated by categories.


The sections that follow cover Belfast, Cork, Galway and then some of the less population dense areas in various parts of the country. After that, something new happens. I've never seen a book organised this way before but I can see how it works!


There's a section on specific types of restaurants you might look for, like vegetarian or tea rooms. Then a section on historical places to visit, followed by outdoor places and activities and strolls, walks and hikes. By the time you get to section 13, it's pointing out where to look for specific interests that travelers might have, like linen, crystal or Aran sweaters. Followed by information on what you'll find to do on the outer islands.


There's an extensive index and codes to finding things on the maps in the back of the book. Unfortunately the maps are not included in my advance readers copy so I can't comment on how easy they are to follow!


I can say, though, that I'll be referring to this book any time I plan a trip to Ireland. It really is a treasure trove of information!

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text 2018-08-11 15:44
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 192 pages.
Top 10 Berin 2018 - Jürgen Scheunemann

I'm going to Berlin for a week in September: what cultural delights should I be annoyed that I miss because I'm at a scientific conference, unable to play tourist? (I hope to sneak at least one day off.)

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url 2018-08-09 17:21
Baltic Tours: Enjoy Favourite Foods

The Baltic countries are best known for their typical geography, culture, folk traditions, clean beaches, rich greenery, traveller friendly locals and many areas that are yet to be explored. As for foods and beverages, you’d get the real taste of the Baltic region as a whole. Under your Baltic Tours blog, we’d discuss a few foods of the region.


The foods of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are accordingly to mainly the seasonal nature and the typical location of each of the three counties in northern Europe. Beat soup: Beat soup looks bring pink and the colour attractive. It is closely associated with borscht (the beat supped made from beets as well as cucumber, sour milk, buttermilk, dill and eggs boiled hard. Beat soup is popular in Latvia and is popular across Lithuania with the local name saltibarsciai. It’s a traditional drink made in summer and spring.


Blini: These are small buckwheat pancake; occasionally include potato or raisins made into a batter. The savoury ones are topped with sour cream and the see blinis are topped with honey and butter. Taste and enjoy it during your Baltic Tours ! Pork ribs: Pork is the most popular meat in across the Baltic region. The common type are backed and grilled and come with diverse sauces depending on the specific restaurant. It is known as thus: searibid in Estonia, ribas in Latvia and as sonkauliukai in Lithuania.


Rhubarb: Rhubarb is vegetable-based and is used frequently in the Baltic countries. You’d also get rhubarb-based drinks are widely used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Rhubarb pies, cakes, soufflés, cheesecakes are very popular in spring because rhubarb is the reason. In Latvia, the stewed rhubarb is popular and is known as kiselis.

Fish: Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have a long coastline along the Baltic Sea. So, they can get fresh marine food. The more common are trout and herring, which are oily and pike and other white fish are available as well. Fish are generally served in cold part. They may be marinated, smoked or raw.


If you’re looking for quality travel assistance services for your Baltic Tours, contact Norlendatrip. We offer diverse travel assistance packages such as day trips, weekly excursions, small group tours and the like. We’d guarantee you’d enjoy your trip in the Baltic region even though you travel in groups. To learn more about our services, visit us at www.norlendatrip.com. To contact us, you may call at +37067645548.


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text 2018-08-08 11:26
Looking for an offbeat honeymoon destination? Head to South Africa!

If you are looking for a unique and offbeat honeymoon destination, you should consider South Africa. There is a reason why South Africa remains at the top of the tourists destinations. It offers everything from culture, history, adventure to luxury and exotic cuisine. South Africa tourism has taken steps to ensure the safety and security of every tourist. It is an extremely safe destination to explore and there are a number of activities you could indulge in. If you are looking for an adventurous holiday, you have numerous adventures to choose from. Right from hiking to bungee jumping, there is everything you need.


If you are looking for a luxury holiday, you can choose your accommodation at the luxury resorts and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the setting sun. South Africa is known for excellent wineries. It is a hidden gem which can be explored with your better half. Book your holiday package with Air Organisers and you can enjoy SA accommodation specials. Air Organisers will offer customized packages for you to choose from. You will not have to choose from the available packages, you only need to provide your preferences and they will curate honeymoon packages for South Africa. The packages will be created keeping you at the forefront and it will be everything you desire. They will ensure your comfort and luxury at all times and also makes it easier for you to travel internally once you reach South Africa for your honeymoon. 

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