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Thursday Flakes: Machu Picchu, Airline Trading Cards and Afternoon Volleyball

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Kirby Adams

Trivia Tuesday is back in Guadalajara! I took matters into my own hands and talked to the owners of one of my favorite craft beer bars in the city about hosting a trivia night. There were curious about the proposition at first but eventually agreed to do it. Around 25 people showed up to the trivia night, which was more than expected and everyone had a fun time and the bar manager was happy that I brought in new customers on a usually quiet Tuesday evening. We’re slowly approaching the holiday season as the first night of Hanukkah is tonight so I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing time no matter what you celebrate.

Which quarterback will Nebraska get in the transfer portal?

From where will you be watching the Nebraska volleyball match this afternoon?

Will you be visiting any National Parks this winter?

Have you ever been to Machu Picchu?

Have you ever heard about Karakalpakstan?

What was your favorite airplane meal you have ever eaten?

Do you have any airline trading cards?

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

Flakes

Nebraska Men’s Basketball Recap: Huskers Blow Huge Lead, Fall 76-65 to Minnesota | Men’s Basketball | Corn Nation

Nebraska did everything right...sort of. The first half could not have gone much better. Dawson Garcia, the leading scorer for the Gophers, played only 5 minutes due to spraining his ankle. He scored zero points in those five minutes. Nebraska outrebounded their opponent, which is crucial on the road. They outshot their opponent, a recipe for success. They led by 15 points at the half, so things were on the up and up. Then the 2nd half had to happen.

Ranking the Quarterback Transfer Portal Options for the Huskers - Dec 6th Update | Football | Corn Nation

Since the portal opened on Monday we’ve seen a flurry of updates on the hunt for Nebraska’s new quarterback, including offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield logging plenty of miles through the air. Here’s the latest update to the Power Rankings.

Nebraska Athletics Excels in Graduation Success Rate | Academics | Huskers.com

Nebraska Athletics continues to rank highly in the classroom among its peers in the Big Ten Conference and at the national level. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) information on Wednesday, with Nebraska posting a 94 percent rate among all student-athletes. This marks the sixth consecutive year Nebraska’s rate has been at 90 percent or higher, including four consecutive years at 94 percent or higher.

Nebraska Hosts Georgia Tech in Regional Semifinal | Volleyball | Huskers.com

The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will host an NCAA Regional in Lincoln for the first time since 2016 when the Huskers welcome No. 12 Georgia Tech to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for a 1 p.m. match on Thursday on ESPN2. The other regional semifinal features No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 9 Arkansas at 3:30pm on Thursday on ESPNU. The winners will meet in Saturday’s regional final at 5pm on ESPNU.

Eleanor Dale Selected As Mac Hermann Trophy Finalist | Soccer | Huskers.com

On Wednesday, the United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) announced the women’s finalists for the 2023 MAC Hermann Trophy, with Husker senior Eleanor Dale one of three selected by NCAA Division I women’s soccer coaches. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the most coveted individual honor in NCAA Division I soccer and has been awarded annually since 1967.

Travel

The Can’t-Miss Travel Deals for December | Travel | Travel Pulse

The holiday season is underway and while Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Travel Tuesday may be over, there are still plenty of awesome deals to score this December. Here are some can’t-miss offers available this month.

Alaska Air to Acquire Hawaiian Airlines in $1.9 Billion Merger, Expand Nation’s Fifth-Largest Carrier | Travel | Travel Pulse

Alaska Air Group has announced plans to acquire Hawaiian Holdings—which owns Hawaiian Airlines—for $1.9 billion, including $0.9 billion in debt. The two companies have already entered into a definitive agreement, under which Alaska Airlines will pay $18.00 per share as an all-cash transaction.

Breeze Airways Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Transatlantic Routes | Travel | Travel Pulse

Breeze Airways has requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the relatively new A220 on transatlantic routes. It would like to use the Airbus A220, which would be a milestone for the small airline and the jet. The carrier would like to fly to Europe, including Ireland and the Caribbean.

National Park Service Announces Free Park Entry Days for 2024 | Travel | Travel Pulse

The United States National Park Service (NPS) announced it would eliminate entrance fees for six days in 2024 to make it easier for Americans to visit the pristine properties. The NPS revealed that more than 400 parks will be available to everyone free of charge, providing the opportunity for visitors to explore a new place or an old favorite, especially at one of the national parks that typically charge an entrance fee.

Peru to Allow More Tourists at Machu Picchu | Travel | Travel + Leisure

The ruins only allow a maximum of 3,800 visitors per day, but that’s slated to change in the new year. Local government officials recently announced that Machu Picchu will accept more visitors — as many as 4,500 guests per day — starting Jan. 1, 2024. According to Peru’s Ministry of Culture, on some days, the site will welcome up to 5,600 daily visitors.

How to Get Delta Airlines Trading Cards | Travel | Travel + Leisure

According to the spokesperson, the trading card program was created by Delta employees to help pass on their enthusiasm for aviation some 20 years ago. Each collectible trading card features “a different aircraft in Delta’s fleet corresponding to the type of aircraft each pilot flies.” The cards get a redesign every five years or so to both add a new look and give collectors something new to look forward to, meaning there have been six Delta Trading Card collections since its inception.

Reservation Costs Going Up At Zion | Travel | Travel + Leisure

For the frontcountry campgrounds starting July 1, 2024, the rates for non-electric campsites at both the Watchman Campground and the South Campground will rise from $20 per night to $35 per night, a 75 percent increase. The rates for the electric campsite at the Watchman Campground will rise from $30 per night to $45 per night, and the rate for the non-electric campsite at the Lava Point Campground will rise from $20 per night to $25 per night.

Venice Will Start Charging Day-Trippers in 2024 | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Day-trippers over the age of 14 will have to pay 5 euros (about $5.45) to gain entry, but Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro says the primary purpose of the levy is not to bring in extra money. “Our attempt is to make a more livable city,” Brugnaro said.

What Do Pilots Eat on Flights? | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

Below, pilots from both commercial and private airlines answer some of the most common questions about flying a plane—from how much of the plane is really flown in autopilot to whether there really is a secret pilot menu and top advice for nervous flyers.

Beyond the Silk Road: Off the Beaten Track in Uzbekistan | Travel | Lonely Planet

Uzbekistan’s wide variety of sights and landscapes often comes as a surprise. From the baking plains of the Amu-Darya in the far south to the stony deserts of Karakalpakstan, and from the oasis towns of the Ferghana Valley to the alpine mountains just an hour outside the capital Tashkent, Uzbekistan is a diverse country just waiting to be revealed.

10 Classic European Winter Vacation Spots to Try | Travel | Lonely Planet

With fewer queues, you can fit more into your itinerary, and off-season prices make European accommodation wallet-friendly in November, December, January and February. Using Europe’s train network you can explore countries at your leisure, and it’s easier to meet locals outside the often-frenetic summer tourist season.

Why Do Countries Change Their Name? | Travel | BBC

With Turkey now officially Türkiye and rumors that India might soon go by the new name of Bharat, we ask: what’s in a name change, and why does it even matter?

Tea House Hike: A Tiny, Tasty Secret Deep in the Canadian Rockies | Travel | BBC

Every summer, thirsty hikers make the 19km roundtrip to visit two century-old teahouses for a brew in the mountains above Lake Louise.

Life in Karakalpakstan: The ‘Stan Within a Stan’ | Travel | BBC

Little known and rarely visited, Karakalpakstan is the largest province in Uzbekistan, but much of it is occupied by barren and inhospitable desert.

Miami’s Little-Known Indigenous history | Travel | BBC

Miami is one of the US’ youngest major cities, but it’s built atop one of America’s oldest Indigenous civilizations. Now, a series of discoveries are unearthing its little-known past.

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