Category Archives: Travel

“Es läuft ganz gut bei uns”

Deutsche Welle: Migration in den Städten: Es geht auch anders. “”Wir fühlen uns mit dem Thema allein gelassen”, klagen Kommunalpolitiker, wenn es um die Aufnahme von Ausländern geht. Die Bertelsmann Stiftung beschreibt nun, wie Offenheit für Einwanderer gefördert werden kann.”

“Waren Sie schon einmal in Germersheim? Das ist ganz hübsch da, fahren Sie ruhig einmal hin! Die ehemalige Garnisonsstadt, knapp 50 Kilometer südlich von Mannheim gelegen, wird geprägt von ihrer historischen Festung. Das Rathaus, blau und weiß gestrichen, signalisiert dem Besucher: Hier in der Pfalz ist die Welt noch in Ordnung. Was niemand ahnt: Germersheim ist… überfremdet!

“Jaja, das sagt diese Partei mit den hellblauen Plakaten auch. Ich bin da natürlich ganz anderer Ansicht”, lacht Bürgermeister Marcus Schaile (CDU). Der Kommunalpolitiker hat viel Erfahrung damit, Unterschiedlichkeit auf einen Nenner zu bringen. In Zahlen: Rund 22.000 Einwohner leben in Germersheim. Davon hatten laut Zensus 2011 rund 54 Prozent einen Migrationshintergrund. Inzwischen liegt man nach Schätzungen des Bürgermeisters bei etwa 40 Prozent. “Wir haben hier 108 Nationen.”

Germersheim und überfremdet? Auch die Bertelsmann Stiftung sieht die Situation in dem Städtchen anders und lobt die Kommune als “Gestalter”, wenn es um Integration, Offenheit für Zuwanderer und kulturelle Vielfalt geht. “Gestalter” bedeutet: Hier werden die Dinge angepackt, aktiv bewältigt, nichts wird unter den Teppich gekehrt. Für einen Kommunalpolitiker wie den Bürgermeister kann man sich kaum ein schöneres Zeugnis vorstellen. “Es läuft ganz gut bei uns”, sagt Schaile.”

“As a queer black woman, I’m among the last people anyone expects to see on a through-hike. But nature is a place I’ve always belonged.”

Outside: Going it alone. By Rahawa Haile, April 11, 2017.

“What happens when an African American woman decides to solo-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine during a summer of bitter political upheaval? Everything you can imagine, from scary moments of racism to new friendships to soaring epiphanies about the timeless value of America’s most storied trekking route.”

Buzzfeed: How Black Books Lit My Way Along The Appalachian Trail. By Rahawa Haile, February 2, 2017.

“I can confirm that one does not walk 2,000 miles across the face of this country as a black woman without building up an incredible sense of self.”

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Wolves in Scotland?

NPR parallels: Landowner Aims To Bring Wolves Back To Scotland, Centuries After They Were Wiped Out.

“When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, they had dramatic impacts on parts of Northwestern United States. Decades later, a wealthy landowner wants to try a limited version of that experiment — in the Scottish Highlands.

Englishman Paul Lister is hoping to see the ancient Caledonian Forest of Scotch pine, alder and mountain ash regenerated, and wildlife long absent from the Highlands return. But as happened with the Yellowstone project, he’s running into strong opposition.”

Free to Use and Reuse

Valet: Print Your Own Vintage Images from the Library of Congress. “Download all this old school WPA artwork (legally!) for free.”

“You see, we just stumbled upon a vast archive of historic images digitally housed at the Library of Congress. The Library shares the images (available for download in multiple sizes) because the artwork is “either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use.” What does that mean? We’re all free to print them and hang them in our place, at no charge.

There’s plenty to choose from, but we’re particularly drawn to the WPA posters. Between 1935 and 1943 the Work Projects Administration’s Federal Art Project printed over two million posters in 35,000 different designs to stir the public’s imagination for education, theater, health, safety and travel.”

I especially like the Travel Posters and the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Posters.

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“Few people know more about the change of pace in travel than Bette”

The Washington Post: Meet the woman who’s spent 60 years making the skies a little friendlier. (Nov 25, 2017)

“It’s early on a Thursday morning and flight attendant Bette Nash has just strolled up to Gate 19 at Reagan National Airport, where American Airlines Flight 2160 bound for Boston is parked and preparing for boarding.

As she pauses at the counter to adjust her scarf, a 20-something guy looks up. He lets out a gasp.

“Oh, my God,” he says excitedly. “Are you Bette Nash? Can I have your picture?”

This is what life is like when you are Nash, 81, who has been flying since Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the White House and a ticket for a flight cost $12.”

Southern Living: Virginia Woman Celebrates 60 Years of Service in the Skies—World’s Most Senior Flight Attendant. (Nov 10, 2017)

“For years now – decades, really- Nash has been a staple on the shuttle that zips back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Boston. […]
She flies the route several times a day and then drives home at the end of her shift. While the route doesn’t have the glamour of, say, a trip to Paris or London, the regular hours were important for Nash, because it meant that she could be home for her son. Nash a single mother and her child has special needs. “I have my handicap son. I wanted to be home every night. It wasn’t a choice for me,” she told ABC.

Now, at 82 years of age, Nash may be the most senior flight attendant in the world. That hasn’t slowed her down much, though. She can still be seen working on the shuttle as it flies between Boston and D.C. She’s been on the route so long that she knows many of the passengers.”

CNN Business Traveler: Lessons from 60 years as a flight attendant. (YouTube, 4min, published on Dec 2, 2016)

Corresponding article: Meet Bette Nash: She might just be the world’s oldest serving flight attendant.