Lessons from travelling around the world on a cycle – News

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

By Namal Siddiqui

What weighs me down, also gives me freedom” — Kamran Ali.

At the first instance, this sentence may not make sense, but there is time-served wisdom in it, and those who spend time pondering over life’s unending contradictory condition are able to experience its provisions. The beauty of this pondering is that it can be implemented in any situation.

In the mind of a mother of two, a city-dweller accustomed to the city’s nugatory urgencies and mundanities, a 9-5 working woman wanting to live another life or a small-town young man travelling on a plane and looking out its windows at snow-peaked mountains. Just like Kamran Ali did, peering over the jagged silhouettes of Turkish mountains, he vowed to himself that he’d traverse this place doing what he enjoyed well… cycling.

I first met Kamran Ali in Pakistan. I suppose I had started following him on Instagram some time ago, but little did I know that when I had to meet a mountaineer to discuss a potential expedition together, Kamran Ali would be accompanying him.

Bolivia

Bolivia

We decided to meet at an Afghani restaurant somewhere in Islamabad’s sector G6, a place the Careem captain took ages to get to, after multiple telephonic exchanges where several lefts and rights between the concrete and verdant vegetation of Islamabad lead me to that rather delightful Kabuli pulao.

I recognised Kamran but kept calm. In Pakistan, I was soon beginning to understand that the size of one’s social media account or a blue tick on it did not mean that people were inaccessible. I speak for the ones closer to wilderness and mountains, ironically. In many ways, this was different from the

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Scientists Discovered How to Speed Up Time. Seriously.

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Scientists Learn How to Speed Up Evolutionary TimeTetra Images – Getty Images

  • In the physical world, time marches in one direction, but things aren’t so straight forward in the quantum realm.

  • Researchers have discovered that it’s possible to speed up, slow down, or reverse the flow of time in a quantum system.

  • This isn’t exactly time travel, but is instead implementing or reverting to different quantum states from different points in time.

In the subatomic universe of quantum physics, you can achieve things considered impossible in our flesh-and-blood physical world. Things like superposition, entanglement, and even teleportation all seem possible when things go quantum. Now, scientists from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) and University of Vienna are adding a kind of time travel to the list.

In a series of papers published throughout the past few years on preprint servers and in various online journals (including Optica, arXiv, and Quantum), researchers including ÖAW’s Miguel Navascués and University of Vienna’s Philip Walther explain the possibility of speeding up, slowing down, and even reversing the flow of time within a quantum system.

Navascués compares the phenomenon to different movie-watching experiences. “In a theater [classical physics], a movie is projected from beginning to end, regardless of what the audience wants,” he explains to the Spanish-language newspaper scientists-prove-particles-in-a-quantum-system-can-be-rejuvenated.html” data-ylk=”slk:El País” class=”link “El País. “But at home [the quantum world], we have a remote control to manipulate the movie. We can rewind to a previous scene or skip several scenes ahead.”

The researchers achieved this by “evolving” a single photon as it passes through a crystal. Using an experimental device called a “quantum switch,” the single photon of light returns to its previous state before it ever makes the journey. In

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Heidi Klum is on vacation in Miami. Watch her use a hallway as a runway: ‘Date night’

Heidi Klum in da house!

The supermodel did what came naturally while on vacation in Miami Beach: she struck a pose.

On Instagram Wednesday, Klum strutted down the hallway of what appears to be the Soho Beach House Hotel.

The 49-year-old German native wears a tropical print bodycon in the video set to Saucy Santana’s “Walk.”

The cute clip was captioned “Date Night,” so we’re thinking the cameraman was husband, Tokio Hotel guitarist Tom Kaulitz, 32. The couple was spotted at the beach over the weekend.

Steamy South Florida in the summertime is the ideal time for Klum to visit.

Earlier this month on klum+stephen+colbert&view=detail&mid=9717B2CC17BF0042C0809717B2CC17BF0042C080&FORM=VIRE” data-ylk=”slk:“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”” class=”link ““The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” the Victoria’s Secret vet disclosed her superpower: she can control perspiration.

The TV personality who has starred in such hits as “Project Runway” and “America’s Got Talent” said that these incredible natural abilities have been honed after years and years spent in the makeup chair.

“I can make myself not sweat in the face,” she said to laughs. “Because I don’t want to have a shiny face.”

“What do you say to your face?” a shocked Colbert asked. “I need that skill.”

“I just tell myself not to sweat in the face!” the “Making the Cut” star said. “I guess it’s from modeling. [Makeup artists] come all the time and they will put that powder puff in your face 24/7.”

OK, Klum is human.

“I sweat everywhere, where you don’t see it. That’s my talent! It’s hidden, because I don’t show it.”

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Single Mom Refusing Another Vacation As 3 Kids Are ‘On Their Phones’ Backed

A single mother who’s tired of “managing” her three daughters (aged 21, 16, and 13) who are constantly “on their phones” during their family vacation has received a wave of support from users on Mumsnet.

In a post shared on Mumsnet under the username mycatisannoying, the woman said: “I adore my children but they’re really f***ing me off.”

She said she “probably wouldn’t choose to spend this much time with them…,” adding “I am fed up of managing their moods, their spats, trying to get them out the room at a reasonable time.”

Despite the stresses that may come with family vacations, the demand for family travel in the U.S. was reported to be strong in 2021 following a sharp dip in 2020.

According to the 2021 edition of the annual U.S. Family Travel Survey conducted by the Family Travel Association (FTA) and the NYU School of Professional Studies (SPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, 88 percent of parents are “likely or very likely” to travel with their kids in the next 12 months.

“This means that travel demand from U.S. families in 2021 is at the same level as it was in 2017,” explained a report on the survey’s findings by Dr. Lynn Minnaert, a clinical associate professor at the NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality.

A mother tired of two kids arguing.
A mother seen with hands to her chin and looking upwards, while sitting between two young girls who are arguing.
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“Travel intent in 2021 is higher than in 2019, when it was at 70 percent, and in 2018, when it was at 79 percent,” the report said.

The mom in the latest Mumsnet post later explained that her 21-year-old daughter has “high functioning autism and doesn’t really have any friends,” adding “it’s mostly the 16-year-old who

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A New Time-Travel App, Reviewed

“Car après la mort le Temps se retire du corps … ” —Proust


We all know by now that the time-reversal invariance governing statistical mechanics at the microlevel maps by a simple equation onto the macroworld, making “time travel” a wholly unsurprising possibility … but damn! The first time you go back there’s just nothing like it.

I know all these first-person accounts of ChronoSwooping have become a cliché here on Substack, where, let’s face it, anyone can write pretty much whatever they want no matter how self-indulgent and derivative. Nonetheless I think I have some unusual insights to share, which derive from my own experience but which may offer some general lessons as to the nature and significance of time travel, both the original and long-prohibited “body-transit” method as well as the newer and more streamlined ChronoSwoop.

This is not only because I spent some years in the archives of the Stadzbybliotiēka of the Margravate of East K****, poring over the notebooks in which Quast first landed on the Quast equation, while in parallel jotting down sundry philosophical reflexions about the nature of Divine Tempus—as he called it—that have largely been neglected by other researchers. It is also because I have used the ChronoSwoop app in ways that are expressly prohibited by its makers, and indeed by the federal government. In light of this, while I am writing this product review for Substack and in the emerging “Substack style,” until the law changes or I depart permanently from the chronological present, I will be posting this piece only on the Hinternet-based Substack oglinda (Romanian for “looking-glass,” a hacking neologism supposedly coined by Guccifer 3.0), which I’m told is undetectable, remaining entirely unknown even to the original company’s founders. Fingers crossed.

Perhaps some readers on this oglinda

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12 Ways to Make This Summer’s Travel Less Bad | Travel

The on-time airline arrivals rate hasn’t been this bad since 2014. Since airports are chaotic, you may opt to drive, but gas prices have been soaring. Plus, hotel prices have hit all-time highs, even though many properties cut some services like daily housekeeping.

Despite all those deterrents, traveling might be non-negotiable. You might have five weddings to attend this year. Then there’s the work offsite to finally meet the coworkers you’ve never met face to face. And now that your youngest kids are vaccine-eligible, you owe them that (expensive) Disney trip they’ve been begging for.

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Ah, suddenly the wanderlust you felt when envisioning your dream “revenge trip” back in 2020 has been zapped away, instead replaced by anxiety and plenty of unwanted expenses.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Combine solid planing with a healthy mindset, and you might skip the common problems with traveling. Who knows? This summer vacation might become the best trip ever.

1. Acknowledge your trip won’t be perfect

Go into your trip with realistic expectations. Delays are all but inevitable, and things might be more expensive than you budgeted for. If you go in knowing the caveats, you’ve already set yourself up better to avoid disappointment.

With that, focus on these next tactics that you can control.

2. Book flights with lower odds of a delay

As if traveling wasn’t stressful enough right now, it’s impossible to guarantee your flight won’t be delayed, as even a private jet could still be subject to air traffic or weather delays. But certain booking strategies can at least increase the odds of on-time arrival:

  • Fly earlier in the day before a previous flight can delay your plans.
  • Avoid layovers if your budget and route allow.
  • Book with airlines
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Global Gentry: 50 Best Practices for the Refined and Well-Traveled – The Street

Nobody loves the penance of traveling, but you can make it go faster. Paul Theroux said, travel is only glamorous in retrospect.

1/ Never stay in a hotel for more than three days – even if you’re in the same city you should jump around — variety is the spice.

2/ If something bad happens to you with an airline – accept it. The information counter, the long hold time and the online form are a long dark hallway with a dead end.

3/ Double the valet fee and ask the driver to leave your car out front, as with all service people – introduce yourself, tell them stories, ask them about their lives and families. Getting the “welcome back” and extra service is always worth it.

4/ Amex is worth it, stop telling us about your Chase Sapphire, you’ll never be cool.

5/ Always book on Amex platinum – the hotels are better, you’ll get a late check out and not get ripped off by the scam that is American hotels check out by 11am and check in at 4pm. I can’t even have 22 hours?

6/ Make sure there’s an adult pool. Every kid pees in the pool, I did.

7/ Don’t be cheap, Clear, TSA pre and travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry” onclick=”return phoenixTrackClickEvent(this, event);”Global Entry are all your friends trying to prevent you from another sinus infection, oh and another note – stop touching your face.

8/ If you find a good tip or secret, don’t tell anyone – that’s how it goes away. I told everyone about the secret valet behind the restaurant – now I can’t get my car parked, and have to walk in the front door with everyone else. Nothing you tell one other person is a secret.

9/ Summer on

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