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Thursday Flakes: Independent Shops, Haneda Airport Emergency and Travel Selfies

First Travel Flakes of 2024! Let’s get to it.

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Luckily everyone onboard this plane survived
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After two weeks in Mexico City, I’m back in Guadalajara for a while. It was nice to go out to dinner and catch up with some friends here. I spent New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) going out with friends for Turkish food and go then going to another meetup at a bar to see some friends there. At midnight approached, we walked over to the Angel of Independence to watch the New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks. There were a lot of people on their phone filming the fireworks. I never understand why that is a thing. Who wants to watch a video of that? Anyways, January will be a busy month for me. Exciting plans are ahead.

What did you do for New Year’s Eve?

Will you travel by train in 2024?

Have you ever been in a plane crash?

Do you still take travel selfies?

What are your favorite local independent shops or boutiques?

Michigan or Washington?

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


Huskers Post 86-70 Win Over Indiana | Men’s Basketball |

Tominaga had 18 of his 28 in the second half, as Nebraska matched a season high with 12 3-pointers en route to its first win over Indiana since 2019. He hit a season-high four 3-pointers, including three in the second half, as he fell two points shy of his career high in helping Nebraska build a 22-point lead before cruising to a 16-point win. The 12-2 start matches NU’s best 14-game start since 1990-91.

Huskers Set 2024 Spring Schedule | Men’s Tennis |

NU’s spring opener against North Dakota and Creighton, and all home matches, will be held at the Dillon Tennis Center. This spring season, the Huskers will compete in 25 dual matches, including nine matches against Big Ten conference opponents to close out the season.

Huskers to Open 2024 Campaign at Iowa State | Women’s Gymnastics |

The Nebraska women’s gymnastics team will travel to Ames, Iowa, on Friday, Jan. 5, to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in the first dual of the year for both teams. The meet is set to start at 6:30 p.m. (CT) and will take place at the Hilton Coliseum. The last time the two teams faced off was on Jan. 7, 2022, when NU defeated the Cyclones by a score of 194.425-194.350. The Huskers hold a 99-14-1 lead in the series.

In Nebraska’s ‘Point Guard Class,’ Callin Hake made the leap learning from Jaz Shelley | Women’s Basketball | Omaha World Herald

Hake has picked Shelley’s brain well and improved her play as a sophomore. As Nebraska (10-3, 2-0 Big Ten) heads Thursday night to Wisconsin, Hake’s averaging 7.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists off the bench, and hitting 47.6% of her 3s. She drained four of those in Nebraska’s 87-81 win over Maryland. Williams called it Hake’s best game as a Husker.

Nebraska Volleyball Commit Skyler Pierce Named MVP of Under Armour Next All-America Match | Volleyball | Lincoln Journal Star

The match featured 28 of the top high school seniors.​ Pierce, who is from Olathe (Kansas) Northwest High School, had 17 kills with a .536 hitting percentage. Pierce had five kills on seven swings in the fifth set as she helped her squad, Team Fire, defeat Team Ice 23-25, 26-24, 22-26, 27-25, 15-9.


Venice Proposes New Regulations in Battle Against Overtourism | Travel | Travel Pulse

Venice wants to limit the number of walking tour groups to 25 or less and ban the use of loudspeakers. Tour groups will also be prohibited from stopping in narrow streets, on bridges or in passageways. It is a complaint heard numerous times in large cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles – people stopping en masse while walking to gawk or sightsee.

Japan Airlines Flight Evacuated After Fiery Collision at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport | Travel | Travel Pulse

Five crew members aboard the Coast Guard aircraft, which was helping with earthquake relief efforts, were killed while all 379 passengers aboard the Japan Airlines plane were safely evacuated. Four passengers were later transported to a local hospital. The captain of the Coast Guard aircraft escaped but is in critical condition.

UK Considering New International Travel System Without Passports | Travel | Travel Pulse

According to The Times, UK Border Force Director-General Phil Douglas said the “frictionless facial recognition” technology could be trialed as early as this year, upgrading the current eGates system to allow travelers to look into a camera instead of presenting a physical passport.

Which National Parks Will Require Timed-Entry Reservations in 2024 | Travel | Travel Pulse

As 2024 kicks-off and travelers plan getaways for the year ahead, it’s important to know which national parks will continue such programs. Here’s a rundown of national parks that are maintaining timed-entry or reservation systems for visits in 2024, per Outside Online.

Epic Trips For 2024 You Should Start Planning Now | Travel | Lonely Planet

There is nothing more exciting than the prospect of planning an unforgettable trip for the year ahead. If travel is on your bucket list for 2024, you’re not alone. Get some inspiration with these 21 unique events happening across the globe that are worth traveling for.

24 of the World’s Most Incredible Train Journeys | Travel | Lonely Planet

Train travel always delivers plenty of magic. Sometimes it’s in the cars, as you meet fellow travelers, or as you eat and sleep with the sound of wheels rolling on the steel rails beneath you. Sometimes it’s outside, in the landscape the train traverses – offering an adventure, an experience, an insight into the heart of a nation.

Rome’s Five Independent Shops | Travel | Lonely Planet

I remember the first time I visited Rome after moving to Italy a decade ago. I’m originally from New York but was living on a farm in the Italian countryside as I wanted to take a break from the boundless energy of big cities. Turns out I couldn’t stay away for long. Rome vibrated with possibilities. Tied in knots by tram and train lines, to overflowed with people going in every direction all at once. It was exactly what I needed.

The Biggest Travel Trends to Expect in 2024 | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

In 2024, travelers will be putting what’s important to them front and center of their plans, valuing deeper experiences that leave a positive impact, time spent with loved ones, and wellness moments that last well after checkout. We’ll be choosing destinations carefully, slowing it down to enjoy the silence and the stars, indulging in our love of food in new and interesting places, and immersing ourselves in wellness practices that help us live longer.

The Most Punctual Airlines of 2023 | Travel | Conde Nast Traveler

On Tuesday, aviation analytics firm Cirium released its annual on-time performance report ranking the most punctual airlines and airports of 2023. The list, derived from over 600 real-time flight information sources, features the expected names but reveals some wild card winners as well.

China Is Making It Easier for Americans to Visit | Travel | Travel + Leisure

Going forward, the country will no longer require travelers from the United States to submit proof of a round-trip air ticket, proof of a hotel reservation, proof of their itinerary, or an invitation letter to apply for a tourist visa, according to the Chinese Embassy in the United States. The new rules went into effect on January 1st.

Are We Seeing the Slow Decline of the Travel Selfie? | Travel | BBC

With tourists around the world behaving badly in their quest to get the perfect Instagram shot, some destinations and tour operators are working to get visitors to go beyond the selfie.

Discover Baku’s History Through Its Unique Architecture | Travel | BBC

Lying at the crossroads of East and West, Azerbaijan’s capital reveals its Zoroastrian, Islamic and Soviet past – and it’s oil-rich present – through its unique design.

Last But Not Least

I can see Jon Johnston being a co-host for this show.

This will make your heart race.

Such a good boy.