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Thursday Flakes: 2024 Travel, A Mayan Train and The Night of the Radishes

Let’s talk about one of Mexico’s more interesting festivals.

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All radishes lovers need to head to Oaxaca on December 23rd to experience a one-of-a-kind festival called The Night of the Radishes (Noche de Rabanos), which consists of local artists competing to make the best radish sculpture to win a grand prize. According to Atlas Obscura, this tradition started when holiday market vendors tried to make their vegetables more enticing by making sculptures with them. It was such a hit that the governor, Francisco Vasconcelos, decided to create an official contest and it’s been a Oaxacan tradition since 1897.

Unfortunately, I didn’t attend this interesting festival this year. There is always next time. I was down and out with the cold last week recovering just in time to have dinner with friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas in Mexico City.

What’s the weirdest festival you have ever attended?

Favorite Christmas gift you gave/received this year?

Where will you ring in the New Year?

What are your travel plans for next year?

What is your favorite Husker moment in 2023?

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

Flakes

Nebraska Year in Review: Did Our Beloved Huskers Get Better All Over? | Football | Corn Nation

This is our year in review. We discussed nearly all of Nebraska’s athletic teams and when it was done, I came to the conclusion that none of this sucks. What does that mean? Well, one of our commenters asked what we thought of Trev Alberts’ performance so far, and I had to conclude - after a rather long ranty bit - that Alberts has done an amazing job. You look at our programs across the board and you have to come to the conclusion that none of them are in positions of peril.

Huskers Close Non-Conference Action on Friday | Men’s Basketball | Huskers.com

The Nebraska men’s basketball team looks for its fourth straight win on Friday night, as the Huskers return home to face South Carolina State in the final non-conference matchup of the season. The game will be carried on the Huskers Radio Network and streamed on B1G+ with Jessica Coody and Erick Strickland on the call.

Huskers Tip Off Home Big Ten Play With Terrapins | Women’s Basketball | Huskers.com

The Nebraska women’s basketball team opens Big Ten home action on New Year’s Eve when the Huskers take on Maryland in Lincoln. The game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network with Sloane Martin and Brenda VanLengen calling the action. A live stream also will be available on the Fox Sports App.

How Tragedy, Injuries Became the Origin Story for Juwan Gary’s Dog Mentality at Nebraska | Men’s Basketball | Omaha World-Herald

Juwan Gary heard the sound of his coach crying and opened the bathroom door. The rest of the Liberty Heights Charter School basketball team was on the court, but Gary was late to practice that day. On the other side of the door was Michael Wright, the Liberty Heights coach who had left practice moments earlier after having what he called a flashback.

Amie Just: Women of Nebraska Athletics Have Accomplished Incredible Things This Year | Women’s Sports | Lincoln Journal Star

All of those people — all 92,003 of them, of us — were at Memorial Stadium for a women’s volleyball match. Not football. Volleyball. Knowing where this program had its humble beginnings? Knowing what wasn’t possible for women 50-plus years ago? Chills. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day — one that all of us who were present will remember forever in what was a magnificent celebration for women’s sports.

Travel

Where to go in 2024: When to Visit our Best in Travel Winners | Travel | Lonely Planet

We’ve just released Best in Travel 2024 – a roundup of the best places to unwind, connect, eat, learn and journey around the world next year. With 30 different destinations and experiences among our picks, there’s plenty to pack in. So if you want to start planning a year’s worth of epic trips, read on to find out the best time to visit these incredible places in the coming year.

These Destinations Are Trending for 2024, According to AMEX | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Among the data, one destination stood out as the most sought-after: Japan is the fastest-growing travel destination for Gen Z and Millennial travelers, with a massive increase in bookings of more than 1,300 percent from 2019 to 2023, according to Amex.

Five Movies and TV Series to Inspire Your Next Trip | Travel | Lonely Planet

From the dunes of the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass, to the jungles of Costa Rica and ancient ruins of Sicily, here’s a look back at some of the best TV and film releases of 2023 that sparked our travel imagination.

Mistakes Travel Advisors Should Avoid in 2024 | Travel | Travel Pulse

It can be easy to get comfortable and fall into the same routines, which can be great in some cases, but in other situations, change is exactly what we need to discontinue those bad habits and mistakes. Here are 10 mistakes that you should avoid in 2024.

Euromonitor International Unveils Top 100 City Destinations for 2023 | Travel | Travel Pulse

Paris was followed by Dubai in second place, Madrid in third, Tokyo in fourth and Amsterdam in fifth. The top 10 was rounded out by Berlin (6), Rome (7), New York (8), Barcelona (9) and London (10).

10 New International Airline Routes We’re Excited to Fly in 2024 | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

From nonstop flights between New York and Sicily to the opening of Tulum’s first airport, travelers will have a whole new world of international routes to choose from in 2024.

51 Most Beautiful Places in the World | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Massive glaciers, staggering mountains, plains dotted with wild animals: Our planet sure is incredible. In fact, when looking at the most beautiful places in the world, it can feel impossible to decide where to visit next. The islands of Southeast Asia? The deserts of the Middle East? How about the countless travel-worthy sites right here in the United States?

Passport Renewal Will Be Far Less Miserable in 2024 | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

As of December 18, passport applications are now being processed within six to eight weeks for routine service, and as fast as two to three weeks for expedited processing, which costs an extra $60 fee. “With this update, we have fulfilled our commitment to return to benchmarks from March 2020,” the department’s release says. “This reflects the work of dedicated employees working for the American people.”

What Travelers Need to Know About Mexico’s ‘El Tren Maya’ | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

El Tren Maya (the Mayan Train), a new $20-billion rail route connecting dozens of must-see sights across the Yucatán peninsula, is trying to change that by expanding tourism throughout the region and bolstering the economy in some of Mexico’s less developed states. The railway, which partially opened in December and is scheduled to be fully operational in February 2024, has not been without controversy. Here’s everything travelers should know about Mexico’s newest, much-talked-about mega-train.

Bhutan vs Nepal: Which is Best For You? | Travel | Lonely Planet

Be warned: both Bhutan and Nepal are likely to destroy your captivation-o-meter. It will explode at the mountainside monasteries. Clap out on once-in-a-lifetime treks. Shatter on the mere arrival at either Himalayan kingdom. So when it comes to picking either Bhutan or or Nepal to visit, which is the best destination for you?

Why 2024 Might Be the Year of Surprise Travel | Travel | BBC

A recent survey showed that more than half of travelers would pack their bags, head to the airport and fly to an unknown destination. But why?

The World’s Most Valuable Radish | Travel | BBC

At Oaxaca’s Night of the Radishes, freshly dug radishes are elaborately hand-carved for a holiday competition like no other in the world.

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