extreme tourism

Extreme Tourism

A continuation of the Swapped Luggage AU?

“And how is your current date going, Law?”

Swatting at the latest mosquito to try making a meal out of him, Trafalgar D. Water Law, stumbles through the rainforest, wondering why he’d even bothered booking a fortnight off work for this madness.

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Is a short documentary about the harsh consequences that Lisbon is facing daily due to the extreme rise of tourism, focusing on one neighborhood seen, and searched for, as typical: Mouraria.

Lisbon is going through a process of gentrification, and what this documentary tries to show is that the problem of that is not tourism, but the way tourism has been used to explore the city with no boundaries. Now, real life consequences are happening, like people being throw out of their apartments and the typical Lisbon you, tourist, love so much is disappearing. 

As someone who works in tourism and feels like is betraying my motherland somehow, please take my advice. If you can, walk. The city has to be discovered on foot. Don’t disrespect the locals. Don’t ride tram 28, it’s not for you, it’s a public transportation that forces people who have to use to to go to work to wait for over an hour in live. If you want to learn about the real, typical fado, don’t bother the locals in Alfama about it, go to the Fado Museum. Accept our diversity. Lisbon is a diverse city, and Lisbon is very proud of it. Like they say in this documentary, the magic of Lisbon is getting lost. I tell every day to people who want to see Alfama by tuk tuk or are angry that there is no bus to Alfama that the best way to discover it is by getting lost, and they think I’m kidding. I’m not. Get lost, talk to people. Like Sr. António says, the magic of Lisbon is the atmosphere you get on Sunday mornings, and that is something you don’t get on a touristic brochure.

Extreme Tourism (top 3)

If running with the bulls or skydiving seem a bit bland to you, then you should try these.

1) Biking The Yungas Road

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If you think biking needs more excitement, try biking down The Yungas Road in Bolivia. Speeds reach upto 40mph, there is a 50-meter drop, oh and don’t let me forget to mention that over 200 people die here every year.
Have a different view

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2) Mountain Hiking on Huashan Trail in China

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A 7,000 foot drop with nothing holding you back but some wood and chains. China reports over 100 deaths here a year, and I still don’t understand why people from all over the world come here to do this.

Look at this idiot.

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3) Cage of Death

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The cage of death in…you guessed it, Australia. Only Australians could think that swimming underwater, in a cage, with a 20 foot long saltwater-crocodile is fun. 

Did I say crocodiles? I mean dinosaurs

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Depressing Finland is now Happy Finland!

Due to excessive amount of pressure from authorities, from this day, Depressing Finland will be known as Happy Finland!

According to the agencies, Depressing Finland as a name will send negative thoughts about Finland and therefore it has to change as well as the contents in this blog.

The new Happy Finland blog will be presenting Finnish things and phenomenons that are nothing but happy. Happy Finland will avoid posting jokes, photos or anything else that describe Finland or being Finnish in any other but a happy and extremely true and tourism-friendly way.

Here are some examples of Happy Finland:
Happy sunset and a Happy reindeer:

When you have enjoyed enough the new Happy Finland blog, you can treat yourself with a Finnish culinary speciality: Herring and mud water, because that’s what Finns do on April’s first.

Aprillia, syö silliä, juo kuravettä päälle!

anonymous asked:

Hey, so my parents were planning a trip to Israel, and I told them that it seems unethical to go there and be indirectly supporting the Israeli government's illegal control over Palestine, but they responded by saying it was just as bad for me to be going to China, with all of its government's human rights abuses. Do you know of anything to say to this, or are they right and I'm just hypocritical?

Your parents’ analogy is not a very good one–don’t get me wrong, there’s a point to be made there–but in this case comparing HR abuses isn’t a good enough comparison. For example, let’s say China with regards to Tibet was extremely dependent on the tourism industry to continue their occupation (and they are to a degree), vacationing in Tibet via accommodations provided by the Chinese tourist industry would be directly supporting the occupation of Tibet.

When it comes to Israel a HUGE portion of their ability to profit of their presence in the OPT is through attractions like summer programs, retreats etc etc.

There are vacationing spots that exist on land that is occupied by Israel, and land that was cleared of native Palestinians who had been there for decades. These same places are now an industry for Israel and directly profits their occupation of Palestinians.

Furthermore, there are places in the OPT open to international tourists–but not to actual Palestinians. The lack of freedom and the deprivation of right of movement is only exacerbated when tourists are able to go where Palestinians are not.
To this day Places like Jerusalem remain off limits to Christian Palestinians from overseas.

Your parents are failing to see that unlike Israel, not every country is currently occupying annexed land for 60+ years, not every country is complicit in ONGOING ethnic cleansing, unlike Israel not every country employs racist policies to dehumanize and deprive Palestinian citizens. It’s not the idea that their government is just bad, it’s that Israel is ACTIVELY using its tourist industry to cleanse Palestinians from Palestinian Territories, and vacationing there would directly support this.