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Thursday Flakes: Christmas Markets, Travel Gifts and the Volleyball Final Four

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CZECH REPUBLIC-PRAGUE-CHRISTMAS MARKET Photo by Dana Kesnerova/Xinhua via Getty Images

Despite the reviews, I decided to watch the Napoleon movie recently and actually enjoyed it more than expected. Yes the plot is a bit rushed but the acting is pretty good and the battle scenes were well done. Oppenheimer is still my favorite movie of the year and I expect that to pick up a lot of awards next year with the Golden Globes and Oscars ceremonies slowly approaching. But of course we still have Hanukkah wrapping up as well as Christmas and New Year’s still ahead.

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

What are your favorite Christmas Markets in the United States? Europe?

What was the last travel gift you have received?

Have you have been to a nude beach/resort?

Which Nebraskan do you think deserves a Nobel Prize?

Feel free to answer some of these questions in the comments below. Anyways...onto Flakes.


NCAA Volleyball All Americans | Volleyball | Corn Nation

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the first, second and third team All American Teams this morning. Each team consists of 14 players voted on by college coaches. Merritt Beason and Lexi Rodriguez are First Team All American. Bergen Reilly is Second Team All American. Harper Murray is Third Team All American.

NCAA Volleyball Final Four: Nebraska vs. Pittsburgh | Volleyball | Corn Nation

Nebraska has faired reasonably well in Final Four matchups. They have a 10-6 record in the semifinal match and then they are 5-5 in the National Championship match. Hopefully we can make that National Championship record over .500 this year. Pitt has been one of the strongest teams in the NCAA this year standing at 29-4. While the ACC hasn’t been one of the most competitive conferences this year, they have still shown that they belong at the top with the rest of the Final Four teams.

Huskers Taken on Southern This Weekend | Women’s Basketball |

Tip-off between the Huskers (8-2) and Jaguars (1-7) at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for Noon (CT) with live television coverage from Nebraska Public Media with Larry Punteney and Kara Graham on the call. A live video stream of the NPM production will be available to subscribers of B1G+.

Spence and Bácksay Named Big Ten Gymnasts to Watch | Women’s Gymnastics |

Spence had an impressive sophomore campaign and offseason. In the 2023 season, she earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors and was a Co-Regional Gymnast of the Year. Sophomore Bácksay earned the award for the first time. In October, she competed in the FIG World Gymnastics Championships, where she placed eighth in the vault finals to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics as an individual in the event. Bácksay will represent Team Hungary.


The Best Holiday Travel Destination in Each State | Travel | Travel Pulse

Nebraska’s Christmas City (Minden) pulls out all the stops each December, with decorations aplenty and a moving outdoor performance of their Christmas pageant called The Light of the World, which culminates with the turning on of their sensational lights display. The pageant will take place the first two Sundays in December, but the spirit of the season-and 12,000 bulbs-will radiate all month long.

20 Best Winter Markets and Festivals in the United States | Travel | Travel Pulse

Some of the best Christmas markets around the United States include the elaborate Carmel Christkindlmarkt in Carmel, Indiana, Yorktown’s Christmas Market in Virginia and Julefest: A Nordic Christmas Celebration in Seattle, Washington. Read on to find out about the best holiday festivals around the United States, the dates they fall on this year and all the sweets and treats you’ll find if you plan a trip.

10 Things to Know Before You Go to a European Christmas Market | Travel | Travel Pulse

You’re going to want to be sure to pack layers of warm clothes for the chilly European nights you’re bound to experience. Or, just wait until you are here and buy some festive attire at one of the Christmas markets. Most of the continent sits on a far northern latitude, and things can get pretty dark & chilly this time of year, so bundling up is necessary for the best results.

Worst US Airports for Winter Travel Disruptions | Travel | Travel Pulse

Denver International (DEN), Orlando International (MCO) and Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International (LAS) Airports top the unfortunate list, with roughly one in four flights disrupted on departure in the last three months.

Copy My Trip: A Guadeloupe Getaway | Travel | Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet guidebook author Brian Healy loves seeking out warm destinations to escape to in January. This year, his quest led him from New York City to Guadeloupe where he experienced five days of swimming, hiking and dancing under (mostly) sunny skies. Here, he shares some insights and tips for those seeking to escape the winter blues with a similar Caribbean holiday.

6 Amazing US Winter Resorts That Offer So Much More Than Just Skiing | Travel | Lonely Planet

Mountain spas. Dog-sledding. Hot springs. Mulled wine by a roaring fire. Many ski resorts offer much more than just skiing. If you’re looking for a winter weekend break filled with fun and cozy activities, you don’t need to hit the slopes to enjoy the charms of a ski resort.

9 Over-The-Top Travel Gifts For 2023 | Travel | Lonely Planet

At 11:11am, we envision how we’ll fly first class and arrive stress-free, on-time with our posh luggage. We’ll have limitless resources to visit the world’s most remote and beautiful places in supreme luxury and have endless time off to enjoy it. Ahh, to dream. But even if these are a bit out of reach and unrealistic, as the saying goes, when you stop dreaming, you stop living. So here are our picks for the wishiest-wish list of luxury travel gifts.

15 Best Gifts For Travelers Under $100 For 2023 | Travel | Lonely Planet

If you have someone in your life who is obsessed with travel, whether they love adventures in exotic far-flung locations or even just taking weekend breaks close to home, you’re sure to find something in this list that will make their trip easier. From luggage tracking devices to items that will make flying in coach feel like business class, these gifts for under $100 should suit your favorite explorer no matter where they end up.

A Record Number of Americans Will Travel by Air This Holiday Season | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that 115.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holidays this year—the second highest number on record. Meanwhile, air travel will hit an all-time record of 7.5 million fliers, AAA data shows.

These US Airports Are the Most (and Least) Likely to Have Holiday Delays | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Air travel contributes to 2.5 percent of our global carbon emissions, often getting named as one of the biggest contributors to climate change. So it’s no surprise that airlines are all upping their sustainability efforts, especially in the race to find jet fuel alternatives in the form of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Best and Worst Day to Fly During the Winter Holidays | Travel | Travel + Leisure

The report predicts that the busiest days to travel for the Christmas Holiday will be Dec. 21 through Dec. 23, and recommends flying on or before Dec. 20 for the least amount of traffic in airports.

Malaga Spain is Where Expats Enjoy Life the Most | Travel | Travel + Leisure

InterNations, an expat community website with more than 5 million members, released its 2023 Expat City Rankings. To create the rankings, the team used data from its annual Expat Insider survey, which polled 12,065 participants about their lives living and working abroad. It ranked 49 participating nations in five areas: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Personal Finance, and Expat Essentials.

A Style Icon’s Expert Guide to Shopping in Paris | Travel | BBC

French It girl and creative director of Rouje, Jeanne Damas gives her insider recommendations for buying fashion, beauty items, home décor and books in the City of Light.

The West Highland Line: One of the World’s Most Scenic Train Lines | Travel | BBC

My journey on one of the world’s most scenic train routes started rather unremarkably. The 08:12 from Glasgow to Mallaig required me to begin my day alongside thousands of commuters streaming into Queen Street Station – many of whom clutched coffees and kept their eyes cast down – ahead of another day in the office.

Kukës: The First City Ever Nominated for a Nobel Prize | Travel | BBC

At the height of the Kosovo war, this 16,000-person area welcomed more than 400,000 refugees. Now, Kukës is tapping into its unique history of conflict and compassion to lure visitors.

Gavdos: The European Island Known For Nudity | Travel | BBC

Marooned in the Mediterranean, this tiny Greek island has been a bohemian destination since the 1960s. But can its anything-goes culture survive?

Last But Not Least

Times have changed.