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Rundown for the Week of January 3, 2003

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South American Entertainment by Jeff Tyler Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
Sometimes road trips are, well, from hell. Jeff Tyler’s trip started in Bolivia and ended up in Ecuador -- after 50 hours on South American buses, in both luxury and economy classes. If you were stuck driving for hours on end, how would you amuse yourself? You can only watch “Shrek” dubbed in Spanish just so many times. Jeff found some novel forms of entertainment.
Links:
  • Tips for Travelers to Central and South America: U.S. State Dept. Travel Information
  • Routes International: Bus, Trams and Trolley Web sites
  • Guide to Guidebooks with Adrian Kalvinskas and Kim FayeReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
    How many times have you applauded a detailed guidebook for leading you to the best hole-in-the-wall eatery on the outskirts of town? Today, there are nearly 30,000 travel titles for you to peruse before a trip. Savvy Traveler host Diana Nyad talks with two expert travel book buyers -- Adrian Kalvinskas from Distant Lands Traveler’s Bookstore and Outfitters in Pasadena, Calif., and Kim Faye from the Traveler’s Bookcase in Los Angeles -- to help you select the right book for the right trip.
    Links:
    Check out our Travelers Toolbox for a complete list of online guide resources mentioned during this segment, plus some editor's picks.

    La Befana by Susan Van Allen Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
    Christmas, 2002, may be a fading memory here in the States, but Christians celebrate the holiday in different ways, at different times, worldwide. Susan Van Allen followed the folklore of her Italian heritage with a trip to Rome to do Christmas as the Romans do -- with Babbo Natale, a skinnier Santa and La Befana, an old crone with a hairy mole on her chin who rode around on a broom giving presents to children?!
    Pictures:
    Links:
  • Italian Government Tourist Board site: A selection of key data on tourism resources in Italy today.
  • In Italy Online: One-stop site for travelers to Italy.
  • Wanted in Rome: Classified advertising guide to Rome and Italy. Accommodation for rent or sale, holidays, jobs and information for residents and visitors.
  • As the Romans Do: The delights, dramas and daily diversions of life in the eternal city.
  • Music with Bob Duskis Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
    Our Savvy Traveler music guide Bob Duskis, co-founder of San Francisco-based Six Degrees Records, is back with more interesting sounds from around the world. Today, Bob talks about songs by Swedish duo Koop, Iceland's eclectic pixie Bjork Gudmundsdottir, St. Paul, Minnesota's own guitar virtuoso Steve Tibbetts, and Norway's fusion master Bugge Weseltoft.

    For more information on music discussed, plus Bob Duskis' Top 10 Musicians from Cold Climates

    Links:
  • Purchase the Koop CD at PRMS.org: "Waltz for Koop"
  • Official Koop Web site:Discography, videos and extensive band information
  • Purchase the Bugge Weseltoft CD at Amazon.com: "Change"
  • www.jazzlandrec.com:Record Label Web site for Bugge Weseltoft
  • Purchase the Bjork CD at PRMS.org: "Vespertine"
  • Official Bjork Web site: Discography, videos and extensive band information
  • Purchase the Steve Tibbets CD at PRMS.org: "Yr"
  • www.emcrecords.com:Record Label Web site for Steve Tibbets
  • 6 G's over South Africa by Beth SchmidtReal Audio Listen in RealAudio
    Human beings have long been fascinated with flying. And, it’s a fantasy for a lot of people to go up in the highest performance airplanes and actually experience the thrill of flying -- seeing the Earth from a bird’s vantage point.. Well, Beth Schmidt got her chance to dip and roll via a 3-day vacation package offered by a South African company. Like roller coasters?
    Links:
  • Big Sky Adventures: Offers aviation adventures in South Africa.
  • Sound Travels: Lhasa, Tibet - Music for Airports? Real Audio Listen in RealAudio
    Here are the sounds of cultures clashing ... of colonialism ... of political protest and acquiescence. Pretty heavy? Sure, but when traveling, haven’t you seen or heard some small detail and suddenly, it turns symbolic? Well, Aaron Ximm recorded the sound of monitors piping in Chinese state television in the Lhasa, Tibet International Airport.

    The airport is far from Lhasa -- nearly 60 miles away -- to “protect it in case of local uprising." The distance creates a feeling that, once you've entered the terminal, you've already left Tibet behind…for China. The monitors reinforce that feeling. Aaron says the signal of this brash, patriotic pop song falling apart somewhere above the Tibetan plateau is symbolic to him. "An excellent metaphor," he says, "for the incomplete imposition of Chinese culture on what remains of Tibet."

    »Lonely Planet: Useful top level information about Tibet and Lhasa
      http://lonelyplanet.com/destinations/north_east_asia/tibet/index.htm
    »InfoHub - Specialty Travel Guide on Tibet and other destinations:
      http://www.infohub.com/TRAVEL/SIT/top_pages/2444.html
    »Frank Ward Photography: Pictures of Tibet and Lhasa Airport
      http://www.amherst.edu/~fmward/tibet.html

    Traveler's Aid: New Year, New Baggage Rules Real Audio Listen in RealAudio

    The new year brings with it new baggage screening rules. From now on, all checked bags will be inspected for explosives. Most airports have SUV-sized explosive detection machines to handle the task; others are using hand searches, canine teams and trace detection -- that’s when screeners swab your bag with a cloth to check for explosive material.

    Another new rule is that passengers must leave their bags unlocked. Why? The explosive detection machines have a false positive rate of about 25%, so screeners have to open a lot of bags for inspection.

    In light of the new rules, most travelers have two concerns: 1) "Won’t all these inspections mean longer lines?" and, 2) "If I leave my bag unlocked, how can I keep my stuff from getting stolen?"

    We check in with a couple experts to get some answers. Plus: Our "A to Z Guide to the New Baggage Rules."

    Links:
    »For a list of items that you can't bring on a plane, go to: www.tsatraveltips.us.

    Deal of the Week

    Easy Ways to Earn Elite StatusReal Audio Listen in RealAudio

    Our Travel-Expert-in-Residence, Rudy Maxa, helps you kick off the year right with a great elite travel deal:

    The country’s two largest airlines -- United and American -- are making it easier than ever to achieve the elite level in their frequent flyer programs through the end of March. Normally, if you fly 25,000 or 50,000 miles a year, you can step up a level or two in status in a frequent flyer program. That may allow you to check in at a business- or first-class ticket counter even if you’re flying on a cheap, advance-purchase coach ticket. Plus, you’ll earn miles at an accelerated rate, and you can upgrade more easily.

    Click here to read all the details.

    Links:
    Check out our Travelers Toolbox for a list of online guide resources mentioned during this segment.

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