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Frosted Flakes: It’s Time for a Corn Nation Group Call on Zoom

Friday Night. 9pm ET/8pm CT. Only on Zoom.

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Things can change pretty quick. I was expecting to fly back to Canada this week but then United cancelled all their flights to Canada. I booked a flight on March 26th for the following month. Little did I know United would be cancelling all of their flights to Canada starting April 1st (no joke). If United knew they were going to do this then why would they let me book a flight the week before?

It looks like I will be in Mexico for at least another month until airlines start opening up flights again. Of course I was already cancelling my Europe trip planned for the summer and had planned to spend at least a couple months instead at my parents place in Canada. However, it looks like that will have to wait until the fall.

This week, I decided I would try something different and spice things up a bit on Friday night. Why not have a Group Call on Zoom? I think it’s a fun way for all of us to get to know each other a little more during this strange period of no live sporting events. You can finally swap Huskers stories and memories with some of your favorite Corn Nation writers and commenters. I will try to make this it organized and structured while hoping it doesn’t turn into a complete disaster.

I will post all the details with a link, password and all that jazz in a separate post tomorrow night. We will tentatively go live at around 9pm Eastern/8pm Central. I hope to see some of you there! Anyways onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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Steves, who has made traveling his life’s work, is currently homebound in Edmonds, Washington. I called him up to hear about how one of the world’s foremost travel experts is spending his time in isolation: learning to cook, enjoying the sunsets, stocking up on weed, and more.

Coronavirus Air Travel: What Needs to Happen Before We Fly Again? | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

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How Hotel and Airbnb Policies Are Changing Amid Coronavirus | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

But depending on where you’ve booked, the hotel cancellation policy may not always be as flexible, since cancellation coverage often depends on whether you booked directly with the hotel or through a third-party agency. It is important to note that this situation is fluid and shifting circumstances continue to affect the policies in place.

Will Travel Change After Coronavirus? Here’s What Experts Have to Say | Travel | Travel and Leisure

In search of insights about how coronavirus is likely to change the way we travel in the future, we talked to experts in the fields of aviation, hospitality, cruising, finance, and even epidemiology. While some provided predictions and projections, the one thing that almost all of them said to expect is a lot more uncertainty for some time to come.

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The excitement that comes with researching a destination, planning a trip, experiencing a place, and meeting new people — and helping you, our readers, do the same — is the force that drives us to come to work each day.

Could the Price of Flights Shoot Up Following COVID-19? | Travel | Lonely Planet

With countries around the world in quarantine, you couldn’t be blamed for dreaming of the days when normality returns and it is once again safe to travel. But what will the airline industry be like when it returns? Experts have said that the cost of tickets will be dependent on a number of different factors.

Emirates Conducts Pre-Flight Rapid Coronavirus Testing for Passengers | Travel | Lonely Planet

In what could become the future of airline travel, Emirates is working with medical professionals to test passengers for COVID-19 before boarding, providing them with results within ten minutes.

How a Salmon Testing Lab Saved the Faroe Islands from Coronavirus | Travel | Lonely Planet

Working with the Faroese government, Christiansen’s plan was put into action and 10% of the some 50,000 people who live in the Faroe Islands were tested using the lab’s converted method of virus identification. That enabled officials to quarantine the few people who had been exposed to the novel coronavirus and limit the spread of the disease.

The True Story of the White Island Eruption | Travel | Outside Online

Last December, around 100 tourists set out for New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island, where an active volcano has attracted hundreds of thousands of vacationers since the early 1990s. It was supposed to be a routine six-hour tour, including the highlight: a quick hike into the island’s otherworldly caldera. Then the volcano exploded.

The Goodies

Living Inside Brazil’s Largest Apartment Complex Amid a Pandemic | Health | National Geographic

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Why Bats Are One of Evolution’s Greatest Puzzles | Science | Smithsonian Magazine

Bats pop up in the fossil record around 50 million years ago during a time known as the Eocene. Paleontologists have recovered remains ranging from teeth and bits of jaw to stunning full skeletons in places as far-flung as Wyoming, Paris, Australia and India’s Vastan Mine.

Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, But Kept the Party Going | Business | Bloomberg

More than 1,500 people on the company’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.

How A Jigsaw Puzzle Startup Is Helping Female Artists Get Paid Right Now | Business | Refinery 29

Jiggy officially launched in November of 2019, a little over four months before COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. Each one of the brand’s puzzles features work created by a female artist, which Marcotte finds through art shows, print sites, and of course, Instagram, which has a thriving community of emerging female artists. Jiggy licenses the art and gives the artists a percentage of every sale.

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Dating from around 300 to 1500 A.D., the artifacts tell the story of a mountain pass that served as a vital travel corridor for settlers and farmers moving between permanent winter settlements along the Otta River in southern Norway and higher-elevation summer farms farther south.

The Abandoned City of Ani Was Once The ‘City of 1001 Churches’ | History | National Geographic

Its strategic position along trade routes between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea made it an attractive possession, condemning it to centuries of invasion—and eventually, a long period of abandonment.

Earth’s Oceans May Hold the Key to Finding Alien Life on Europa | Science | National Geographic

In the mid-2020s, NASA plans to launch a spacecraft to Europa, one of Jupiter’s large moons, to search for signs of life. The space agency is also planning a mission to land on Saturn’s moon Titan, and in the future, scientists hope to design a mission to land on Europa that could tunnel through the ice and explore the watery depths with an autonomous submarine.

Last But Not Least

Look out!

Interesting development.