Travel Trivia Tuesday

major-bodies-water-california_ff1fc526c6638030.jpgLast week I asked, “what is the only U.S. state without any natural lakes?” This may seem highly unlikely that any of our 50 states could be completely lake-less, at least naturally, but it is true and if you guessed Maryland then you would be correct. So let’s learn about how this is possible.

Although Maryland may not have any natural lakes, it does have 4,000 ponds, several reservoirs, Chesapeake bay, many rivers as well as around 100 man made lakes. So to say that Maryland is natural lake-less, well that is true, but it is not short in bodies of water by any means. So how do we know that there are no natural lakes in Maryland, well apparently it is someone’s job to actually figure this sort of stuff out. According to the U.S. geological survey and research hydrologist Don Rosenberry, “There are natural lakes in every state in the country except Maryland.”

Any lakes in the state of Maryland are man made and generally are the result of river embarkments and dams. Like I noted above there are about 100 man made lakes in the state some of which include: Deep Creek Lake, Lake Waterford, Lake Habeeb, Greenbriar Lake, and Lake Lignore. Some geologists believe that Buckler’s Bog near the Casselman river was once a natural lake during the Pleistocene Epoch, but they have not been able to prove this theory thus far.

Ready to enjoy all of the water Maryland has to offer, even if it’s not in the form of natural lakes? Then it’s time to call Ambassador Travel Ltd. at 920.236.7777 to book your trip to this lake-less state!

 

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Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day weekend to all of our family, friends and clients of Ambassador Travel. We wanted to use this post to wish you all a happy and safe weekend. While we are enjoying the official kickoff to summer with barbecues, pool parties and get-togethers we wanted to remember the true meaning behind this day. We do this by thanking all of the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. For all of those who have lost their lives protecting our freedoms and giving us this day of rest to be with family and friends. Our deepest thanks are to you.

Due to the holiday weekend we will be open today with regular business hours 9-5 closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We will reopen Tuesday with normal business hours 9-6.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us 920.236.7777

 

Canelazo

Canelazo.jpgToday we are taking a trip down to South America to learn about a traditional warm beverage served in the Andes Mountains. The drink is known as Canelazo and is often homemade and served for celebrations. Let’s learn more about this mysterious drink.

With unknown origins, this drink has been made and passed down from generation to generation. There are no arguments over who created it and where, because it is simply something to enjoy and not fuss over. Canelazo is a hot alcoholic drink mostly associated with the Andean highlands. This includes Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and parts of Argentina.

In Ecuador and Columbia it is made with aguardiente, which is a sugar cane alcohol, sugar, and water boiled with cinnamon. Different variations include adding cloves and fruit juices. It can also be made for children without alcohol. In these countries it is drank during holidays, especially Christmas, and can be purchased in towns at street vendors.

In Peru the warm beverage is made with aguardiente, sugar, boiled water with cinnamon and lemon. It is drank at similar celebrations and again has no claim to fame with a specific person or place.

A company now bottles non-alcoholic versions that can be found online, but the true treat is to taste it made by locals. If you are interested in traveling to the Andean Highlands to try this festive drink now is the time to book! Visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com or give us a call 920.236.7777 to schedule an appointment today!

Safety First

ben-gurion-airport.jpgLast week I asked, “Which airport is the safest in the world?” If you knew this one, then you are very up to date on international safety regulations because the answer is Ben Gurion airport in Israel. Named after Israel’s first Prime Minister, this top notch hub goes above and beyond to be known as a top safety airport for travelers.

Although safety threats happen at every airport, Ben Gurion hasn’t had a significant issue in over 30 years. It is the largest international airport in Israel located just 12 miles from Tel Aviv. Aside from its stellar safety rating it has also been voted one of the top five airports for passenger experience in the Middle East. And with over 16 million passengers coming and going in 2015, Ben Gurion airport has their system down to a science.

Up until 2014 the airport had an elaborate passenger rating system that would alert all employees of the perceived threat level each person played. With a ranking of 1-6T, the process ended because it allowed for discrimination amount flyers. 1-2 being the lowest were given to Israeli passengers who were not considered a threat. 2 for foreign diplomats. 3 was for foreigners who were not considered a threat. 4 for those slightly considered a threat. 5 for those strongly considered a threat. 6 for those considered extremely risky and 6T for those considered to be an extreme threat. Now this system definitely had it’s flaws. I read an article about a non Israeli journalist who was on assignment in the country and traveling alone. Because of these qualifications he was give a 5, which you can see lists him as considered a strong threat. So nevertheless the system was done away with a couple of years ago.

So what do they do now you ask? Well this airport is staffed with some of the best employees in the world for handling safety and determining potential threats. Staffed with hundreds of security guards both uniformed and in regular clothes everyone plays an intricate part. If a person waiting in line or in the terminal is acting suspicious or nervous a non-uniformed (undercover) security guard will strike up a conversation with them to gage the situation. This will tell them if the person is just nervous because of flying or if they cause a threat to security.

If you are flying through Ben Gurion airport you do want to give yourself extra time for check in and security. Each passenger is asked a series of sometimes non travel related questions to understand their mental state. Some passengers are asked a simple round of 1-3 questions, others can spend an hour with security. They meet the highest global standards in security. And although security is strict, it is not personal and only meant to continue their 3 decade streak of safety.

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Armed Forces Day

flag1.jpgToday we would like to take the time to thank all of our men and women both actively serving and those who have served in the past. May 21st is know as Armed Forces day and day to honor all of our soldiers domestically and internationally. We want to take this post and thank you all for your sacrifices. Without you we would not enjoy many of the freedoms we have today, including such amazing travel opportunities. We are so honored to live in a country that allows so much freedom and it is all thanks to our brave men and women serving in our Armed forces.

Thank you all from us here at Ambassador Travel, we appreciate all that you do, without ever knowing us.

 

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Fernet

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Hello all and welcome to this week’s installment of our Thirsty Thursday blog. I have been trying to feature drinks from all over the world lately and today we are traveling to Argentina. This week’s featured drink is Fernet and cola. So lets learn a little bit about this beverage and where you can sample it yourself.

Fernet is an Italian spirit. It is made from a variety of herbs and spices depending on the brand. It is often served in Europe as a digestiv, which we learned is an after dinner drink in previous blog posts. Fernet’s it typically 45% alcohol and is said to smell like black licorice flavored listerine. Which, you can assume then tastes a bit like minty black licorice. And although this spirit comes to us from Italy it is one of the most popular drinks in Argentina.

During the late 19th and early 20th century parts of South America saw a large number of Europeans moving to places like Argentina. With them, they brought of course their cooking and culture, but specifically Fernet. Argentina consumers over 35% of all the Fernet sold world wide. Over 3 million liters are drank in Argentina annual. The most popular brand of Fernet in Argentina is Fratelli Branca.

The spirit is commonly mixed with coke, which is then called a Fernadito or simply Fernet and cola. This drink ws invented in Cordoba, Argentina in the mid 80s and spread to Buenos Aires in the 90s. It has only continued to grow in popularity since then. If you want to try the drink state side, head over to San Franscico. The bay area actually consumers 25% of all Fernets sold in the United States.

Looking to travel to Argentina to try this drink out for yourself? Then it is time to call Ambassador Travel at 920.236.7777

Travel Trivia: Lisbon

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Last week I asked, “What is the capital of Portugal?” For all of you geography lovers out there you probably already knew the answer to be Lisbon. Let’s learn more about this ancient city shall we?

Lisbon is the capital and largest city in Portugal. It is also one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. It even outdates Rome, London and Paris and only comes second to Europe’s oldest city–Athens. Located on the western Iberian peninsula situated on the Atlantic ocean, Lisbon has some of the best weather in Europe. If you are looking for a beautiful climate, especially during the winter, traveling to Lisbon is a must. Their average daytime temperatures throughout the winters are around 60 degrees. Which makes for beautiful traveling weather.

It’s nickname is the City of 7 Hills, which is a bit misleading. The tallest hill in Lisbon is Graca and was not even included as part of the 7. So if you are venturing around this Portuguese city and wonder why you are counting more than 7 hills, don’t worry the name is a bit of a misnomer. Lisbon is also known for their finance and commerce, large media, arts and entertainment center as well as trade and tourism industries. Lisbon was also the first county to import everyone’s favorite Irish Beer–Guinness in 1811.

Overall this cool city is the center for everything from ancient ruins to modern entertainment. It is a travel lovers dream because it encompasses so many great things to do. It is the perfect location for a romantic getaway, family vacation or anything in between.

Interested in learning more about Lisbon? Give us a call at 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment!