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  1. Only adding for disclosure, important for sharing unique content from other sources. The internet has changed things, gig economy etc etc. This article was written by Manuel Silvestri from Reuters and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.
  2. Update: Thanks for the invite Julie! When I first read this I thought "uh oh, what's going on in that thread?" (reflex reaction 😂) Something made me go take another look and I was "ohhhhh" yay!!! And the thing was, I was going to see if we could start randomly tossing out dates, where were you in June of 2012? Off I go to read!! xx
  3. No, Chili, not yet but let's see what happens here on November 3rd. I know we're (USA) not the center of the universe but it might help change the mood? I don't know. Been a bit of a downer, because the virus does not know left/right/center. We all just have to buck up and be cautious, look after each other and ourselves. And we are, we're doing our best. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ As ever, you are not wrong GUT. We just have to keep going and be glad we have this place, good memories, and hope for what's next. Plenty to be grateful for but yes, definitely a cow. Or maybe an angry rhino, hungry hippo, elephant who thinks you're too close to her baby, and a batch of hyenas. Yeah I said it. 😷😉 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ OzKiwi, sorry for the delay! Please use the report button if things go sideways and one of us isn't lurking about; I had a sudden loss in the family (not covid but someone way too young) and so I was MIA, please forgive me. We have been a bit more "easy" with things under the circumstances, with that said, obviously we wish for things to remain comfortable for everyone. ☺️ Let me check and see what the status is of our email accounts. Since our offices have been closed, we haven't been able to get our emails updated etc etc. Otherwise, if you don't want to use the report button for whatever reason (a post might be on the fringe, you're not sure etc) you can always shoot over an email with a link to the post in the message. Also, there's a messaging feature on these boards and so you should be able to message me easily if ever you need to alert me to anything. I'm happy to jump in and take a look. Lately I know there was some er..... interesting posts by a few member(s) on a few threads. We see 😉 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ And it IS very exciting that Princess announced itineraries for Aussie/NZ. I think maybe since you're entering summer season, and cases <<seem>> ok (All Hail PM Jacinda!) stable, well, we did somewhat better here in the warmer months anywhere that compliance with CDC/WHO measures was strong. And on the business channel I watch, there's been positivity on all the cruise line stocks so.....it looks good. We have bounced back from tough times before, and we will again. It's just the going through it part that's so icky. I will be thrilled to read about posts (that might be up already) about bookings, and then soon enough, who was where, what's next. Meanwhile for me, there are a BUNCH of new Aussie shows on Netflix and Prime and Hulu. That's going to have to do it for me for awhile, along with my colleague's lovely Sydney accent. Thank goodness we have Cruise Critic and this community. Soon enough, the actual cruises xx
  4. Thanks Terry, Conde Nast article written by Julia Buckley.
  5. Kia Ora, Cheers, Hello: I so needed to start with a different greeting, maybe to at least feel like I am someplace else than where I was when I wrote the first post six months ago which feels like–way more than six months ago. I am someplace else, a block away in a café with a mask slung below my chin since no one is within six feet of me while I type. And I thought of everyone on these boards while I was on a ferry boat across Long Island Sound yesterday for a one-hour ride from Port Jefferson to Bridgeport on a pretty day. It wasn't me on the Bounty in Sydney Harbour, or on the Bateau (one of) Mouches on the Seine, but it was a boat going somewhere! So that's our new reality and the progress, local and slow. Someone on these boards posted pictures from South Island and so I got to see Tasman, Cook, Franz Josef and Fox (which I climbed, still don't know how!) and I thank whomever it was for the post and memories for this cranky Brooklynite who was enchanted and forever changed by an amazing island and incomparable continent. I now even have a Sydney colleague, we don't get many Aussie expats here (I get why!) but I'm thrilled when we do. That's what makes this place great, always has, always will. Our first How's Everything Where You Are Thread was a great journal of stories by CC members in the first stage of dry dock. It seemed like a good time to start a new series as the seasons are changing in our respective hemispheres, and continue our chronicles here together while we continue to work on staying well, keep informed, remember what's good, and that we've gotten through challenging things before, this is the hard part and you know what? We are doing OK. You can revisit any of the posts you have made in the previous topics, these conversations are an important record of this time. As a reminder, please always keep in mind Cruise Critic's member guidelines concerning posts and in the spirit of keeping yourself and others well, have a thought for each other when responding to posts. You are neighbors here, we are first and always a community, it's been heartwarming to see the kindness exchanged among everyone for birthdays, anniversaries, and even losses. We already knew there were bonds but I think we've seen things elevated to new levels and it's been special. I know part of that is because of the culture and traditions of New Zealand and Australia, there's truly no place like it on earth; I know the other part of it is because of Cruise Critic–there's no other community like it online. Thank you, we love you. Colleen 🤗🥰
  6. By REUTERS and SARAH HOLT FOR MAILONLINE December 2019 Thanks Terry!
  7. By Anna Momigliano, December 2019 Thanks Terry!
  8. by Ben Groundwater Thanks Terry!
  9. by Jason Horowitz, June 2020 Thanks Terry!
  10. Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; Editing by Toby Chopra, May 2020 Thanks Terry.
  11. author: Rebecca Ann Hughes, for FORBES, May 2020 Thanks Terry!
  12. Oh this made me smile.....thinking about Italian sunshine (and heat 😩) the vistas, food, wine...history, people. Take a pass on the driving...spend enough time in traffic around here, and it's not ITALY! 🤣 (no gelato when the traffic clears...) It gets better. I don't know when, but it will. Then there will be traffic to/from airports and at the security lines....well, make sure your pre ✅ is current. The hassles will be worth it when the time comes and you're back there 🥰
  13. I liked Zurich but then I'm from NYC so I'm into cities, however Zurich does not look like New York. For me, that's always a thing. Also, the poshness of it is unparalleled, although Causeway Bay, Central and a small bit of Kowloon (at the time) in Hong Kong were also posh, but it's different. I did not sleep in Zurich, I stayed down the lake in Rapperswil, it was recommended to me by a frequent traveler who visited often for business and it had charm, a little 12th century castle, not to mention a short train ride into Zurich (they really are AMAZING 😳 ) market days, cultural flavor, scenic) so that combo of city/charming Rapperswil/short, wonderful train made Zurich great for me. I did go to Liechtenstein and part of what made that interesting was getting there. No train stopped there so we had to take the train to...I think across the border into Austria and catch a postal bus that then went to Vaduz. It's a neat looking castle (and it's chilly in Liechtenstein, even in mid-June!) pretty town, I went for a walk and found a scenic secluded creek, I don't know where I was. It was one of my favorite photos from the entire 16 day journey in 3 (well 4) countries and 1 principality. BTW, I don't rent cars abroad, (that's why the schlep to Liechtenstein) mostly because I can't drive stick (not very well...) and don't want to deal with all the stuff I deal with at home and owning a car. Definitely know Lucerne is a winner, a family member went and loved it, you can't go wrong with that either. Train ride from Zurich to where I was going, down into the lakes, was unbelievable....the long tunnels, the alps, the crystalline streams, pastures. Changing trains in Milan was close, but it was an ambitious schedule on my part because of course the Swiss train was right on time, there simply wasn't a lot of wiggle room before the Italian train left so I had to haul down to the track with my luggage; not recommended but I made it. Whatever you decide, it will be unforgettable. I can still see it and feel it... 😚 Enjoy planning.
  14. 😍 I feel like walking across the street for one now... except...just realized, they close awfully early. 😪 (Its's the small things these days)
  15. I've always drank coffee (and brewed it) made by immigrants in my neighborhoods using either the pot highlighted in yellow for brown coffee (illy, Lavazza, Medaglia d'Oro, or at times, a supermarket brand, depending upon the budget of the household; this was pre-gourmet coffee era) and the espresso or caffe maker, for the black coffee, (also, illy, Lavazza, Medaglia d'Oro; more options there now too, just no supermarket brands) and in some other households, you may have had Bustelo being used where the Lavazza or Illy was used. GREAT COFFEE!! Also, it comes down to, as you know, what's coffee (big cup) versus café (little cup) as often the word coffee will be used by many around the world to mean little cup (aka black coffee, aka espresso), not big cup coffee. And now, we have the popularity of beverages that use black coffee in larger cup drinks (coffee drinks??) like lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, etc. It's just a matter of what suits your palette and what's available. But I've read and read and read about it and other than the percolator, the french press (I think this might be the one I have or similar) is my go to. Stainless steel, double or triple walled, works for me. I sort of blend my own (and sometimes grind my own beans) because my tastes change and I like medium roasts but hanker for the taste of a darker roast blended in. I have no limits this way. I've had my grinder for years and when you get the hang of it you can grind to the coarseness of whatever maker you are using. Commercial is either over or under ground. I couldn't stand reading about drinking not great coffee and while I can't help with a lot from far away, maybe this can help a little. Also, hit me up next you're in the states; there are definitely cafés where you can sit and while away; not so much in Midtown Manhattan where it's almost definitely grab and go although some have a few seats (there's one on 40th and Broadway that has a good amount of seating, it's just LOUD. We don't always have the terraces like Paris, but cafés are a thing....actually everything is outside now but even before that, it had taken hold awhile ago. And this is a place too where you can make anywhere your own outdoor café and no one will care. Grab a coffee, sit down, watch people, chill out. I'll find them for you anywhere. Hang in there, everyone. It's hard but little comforts matter a lot now, so make good coffee. If you're a customer at a cafe, maybe they'll sell you some of what they use that you can keep at home as a secret stash for comfort if it's not easy to order privately. You never know. Hugs from another hemisphere and I miss it there so much but one of my bosses is from NSW so I get to hear her lovely voice often 🙂
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