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  1. J

    Covid will dictate the future

    Re the idea about obesity - I have seen Vietnam mentioned as an example of this. Apparently it has the world’s lowest obesity rate along with a very low Covid death rate. May well apply to India also. I also wonder about testing rates in some countries. Low testing rates may well make for low...
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    Covid will dictate the future

    The infection vector? A person uses the toilet, then because Covid virus particles are excreted, some are in the air, ready to be breathed in by the next occupant/s, depending on how long they hang around. This process is encouraged by flushing, sending even more particles into the air. IIRC the...
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    Covid will dictate the future

    I have seen medical advice in Australia, given by a Professor of Epidemiology, that Covid particles are excreted by humans, making sharing toilets a risk. This would be in addition to any virus particles left in a shared restroom, just by someone breathing. Who can tell if the previous occupant...
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    Three Great Train Trips and Then Two

    Re the idea that “lockdowns don’t work at all”, I must comment from personal experience that they DO work and they work well. For months now in Australia, we have only had occasional outbreaks of Covid, stemming from human error in managing those folks in quarantine, having returned from...
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    Grand Canyon from Flagstaff?

    Just another thought about the cost of entering the park - at the time we visited we had pre purchased a National Parks annual pass for quite a reasonable amount. IIRC it was $50 then, so obviously more now. But it gave great value, free entry to every national park we visited, and over six...
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    Grand Canyon from Flagstaff?

    I endorse the idea that a day (in reality it would be less than that) is far too short a time to visit one of the major wonders of the world. We spent three days there and it wasn’t enough. Also, at that time anyway, private cars were not allowed in the busiest areas, it was shuttle bus only. I...
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    Post-vaccine Amtrak travel

    I read here that some areas in the US do not have an adequate supply of syringes. Can this be true? We will not start vaccinations here in Australia until March, more of a watch and wait thing. Also there is minimal COVID here, even with a recent outbreak. Outbreaks here are tiny compared with...
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    Post-vaccine Amtrak travel

    It seems to me that some sort of estimates or educated guesses will be necessary if the US is to prepare in any sort of useful way for what is to come. Maybe we get all the wrong news here in Australia, but just today I read that about half of all COVID tests in (I think) South Dakota are coming...
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    2020 Voting Has Begun! Registration Deadlines Begin Oct. 4 (Pro-Rail and Non-Partisan)

    Here in Australia, there is a significant difference in voting - it is compulsory. Folks who do not vote and do not have an adequate excuse are fined. I think the fine is $50, don’t know for sure as I have always voted. Even if overseas, we have requested a postal vote and mail that in from...
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    East to West, and North to South by train in Australia

    As I drove home yesterday afternoon I actually followed along in real life with your train as it travelled through Blaxland in the Blue Mountains. The train line and highway are in close proximity most of the way over the Mountains. So I look forward to following along online.
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    Large bag on Adirondack?

    My comments stem from a trip on the Adirondack some years back, but I suspect things have not changed greatly. We (husband and myself) travelled from Montreal to NYC with a full size suitcase each as we were travelling internationally for about a month. From memory there was nowhere to store...
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    School Me: London Tube; Oyster card; Senior Railcard; and more

    Don’t know how much time you have in London (there is never enough), but I just wanted to mention that St Pancras and Kings Cross stations are worth a visit. They are right next door to each other, but have very different and attractive decors. Apart from the attractive decor of St Pancras, it...
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    School Me: London Tube; Oyster card; Senior Railcard; and more

    An interesting bit of nitpicking there! Thanks for making that clearer. I forgot to mention the very useful www.seat61.com. Good for down to earth info and hints, also good prices for travel in Britain and Europe. I have asked questions there and received prompt answers. I am pretty sure...
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    School Me: London Tube; Oyster card; Senior Railcard; and more

    Hi, we purchased regular Oyster cards when in London about 18 months ago and found them excellent. We handed them in at our departure at the entrance to the Piccadilly line in Heathrow, can’t remember which terminal. I think all terminals can access the Piccadilly line. We were refunded our...
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    Eurostar

    Just to depart from the technical, we (my husband and I) hope to travel on Eurostar from London to Avignon, then return from Paris to London several weeks later. This would probably be in May. Is it worth paying for business class? Any tips in general? This will probably be our one and only...
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