Life in the coldest place in the world in Covid-19 (Part 2)

Taylor said everyone in Antarctica continued their old life, as if they did not know Covid-19. People still go to the gym, music room, library, cinema …, things that people on other continents might be missing out on because of the order to block the society and blockade. 

Taylor, Nelson and others after finishing their working time in Antarctica will also return home. But they know that they will be welcomed by another world. Everything will not be the same, as they began to leave brought by Covid-19. They will have to get used to a way of life that has only been witnessed from afar. The seemingly simple things they often do in Antarctica, may become a distant memory when they go home.

Trạm Palmer từng đón hàng nghìn khách du lịch vào mùa trước, nhưng năm nay số lượng giảm đáng kể vì đại dịch. Ảnh: CNN.

Tourism has been growing strongly in Antarctica in recent years, and cruise ships often take visitors. According to the Association of Antarctic tour operators, about 56,100 tourists visited the continent during the 2018-2019 season, an increase of 40% compared to previous years. They are expected to welcome 78,500 visitors in the 2019-2020 season (the tourist season in Antarctica usually starts from November to the end of March). However, the research stations here have begun restricting many tourist visits since the beginning of the year, because of Covid-19. After a cruise ship carrying Australian and New Zealand passengers arrived at the port, there were cases of Covid-19 infections.

Nelson, who is in charge of coordinating the tour, visiting Palmer station, said her place welcomed thousands of people last year. But this year the number dropped sharply due to the global epidemic crisis. However, she did not see this affecting the Antarctic tourism industry, because it always restricted visitors to protect the pristine environment of the “white continent”. 

IAATO tour operators never authorize an amphibious cruise ship if the number exceeds 500 passengers at a time. In addition, they also divide the port schedule so that at any time, every stop has only one cruise ship. 

Mọi người nói với Taylor rằng anh sẽ thay đổi chỉ sau một mùa ở Nam Cực. Nhưng Taylor cho rằng, khi Covid-19 xảy ra, phần còn lại của thế giới cũng thay đã thay đổi. Trên ảnh là các nhà khoa học và nghiên cứu ở Nam Cực đang ngồi trò chuyện cùng nhau trong thời gian rảnh rỗi. Ảnh: Keri Nelson.

Although it is unclear how things will turn out in the coming months, people at Palmer or Amundsen-Scottm stations, which have the largest number of visitors, still work hard to ensure that when a new tourist season Starting, everything is ready. 

Things in Antarctica have not changed too much because of the pandemic, but the way home of the workers in the stations has changed dramatically. Normally, when returning to England, Taylor will take a flight to Punta Arenas (the southernmost city of Chile). After that, he will catch a commercial flight to go home. But now, he will have to go to the Falkland Islands, then board a passenger train designated by the government to return to England. That means a longer time to return home. 

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Life in the coldest place in the world in Covid-19 (Part 1)

ANTARCTICA – The coldest place on earth is still considered the safest place in the world due to the absence of nCoV.

The most popular way to visit Antarctica is by yacht. In Covid-19, many were worried that the coldest region of the world might be contagious, when yachts were considered major outbreaks. However, the virus was unable to “set foot” on the frozen shores of this region. And now, as Antarctica is entering the winter months, the sun disappears and people live mostly in the dark, trips are not organized, Covid-19 seems even more unlikely to export.

Ảnh: Alexey Kudenko/Sputnik.

Except for penguins, whales, seals and gulls, there are about 5,000 people living here. The majority of them are scientists, studying at about 80 bases across the continent and the number of visitors coming and going with each train.

Keri Nelson, the administrative coordinator at Palmer station on Antwerp Island, America’s farthest research station in Antarctica, is one of them. 

Nelson often shares his life in Antarctica on Instagram. She said that even when Covid-19 did not appear and visitors still visit regularly, life here is no different from the isolation that the American people are doing. And a life of self-isolation is not always easy. Nelson tried to find entertainment by thinking of work to do. But what she felt luckier than everyone was that she was trapped in a beautiful place. Nelson’s life is surrounded by many wildlife and beautiful nature. Even so, she sometimes feels guilty for being so far away and not being able to accompany her family and loved ones during the pandemic.

Trạm Palmer từng đón hàng nghìn khách du lịch vào mùa trước, nhưng năm nay số lượng giảm đáng kể vì đại dịch. Ảnh: CNN.

Robert Taylor, 29, from Scotland, is a field guide who supports scientists in conducting research. He is staying at the Rothera research station, a British survey facility on the island of Adelaide, off the west coast of Antarctica.

Taylor said at first it was not too concerned about the pandemic when it came to spreading in China. After that, a few cases appeared in the UK and now this place is becoming one of the largest outbreaks in the world. Now Taylor is quite worried about her relatives at home, especially her grandmother. Referring to the Antarctic tracking the Covid-19 situation at home, Taylor said: “It’s like being on the moon and looking down. We can see what’s going on, but watching from a very far”.

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The best place to avoid vacationing in the world

Resorts or hotels separate from the outside world are the most ideal destinations during the epidemic season.

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, South Africa

Located at the foot of the Cederberg Mountains on the west coast of South Africa, the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve is the ideal place to avoid disease. It is surrounded by vast meadows, impressive sandstone structures and 10,000-year-old relics. Guests also have the opportunity to experience the best spa services in Africa here.

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Whichaway Camp, Antarctica

Antarctica is almost completely isolated from the outside world, but visitors still have the opportunity to enjoy services like 5-star hotels while staying at Whichaway camp. It has 7 separate bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and cocktail bar. From the bedroom, you admire the ice, the night sky in Antarctica through a glass window.

Fogo Island Inn Hotel, Canada

Located on a remote island, Fogo Island Inn Hotel has 29 bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing guests to admire the natural scenery and the surrounding sea. Here, you can also participate in activities such as motorcycling on the snow or watching the stars at night.

Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge Hotel is located in the middle of a tropical forest in Ecuador, very suitable for tourists who want to isolate from the outside world. Here, you have the opportunity to admire 400 species of birds, trees and amphibians endemic.

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Deplar Farm Resort, Iceland

The Deplar Farm is designed with a grassy roof and surrounded by snow-capped peaks and green fields. It was originally a sheep farm in the 18th century before being renovated into a ski resort, with yoga rooms, spas, hot tubs, etc.

Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island Resort is surrounded by blue water, with villas built right on the water. Attractive activities here include scuba diving, paddle boarding or kayaking daily. You can also explore the wildlife on the island or the coral reefs in the sea.

Torridon Resort, Scotland

Torridon Resort looks like a castle in the middle of a deserted forest. Surrounded by forests and lakes, this is considered one of the most beautiful resorts in the UK. Guests can take a scenic walk, bike ride or enjoy the brandy at the bar.

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7 things not to do when traveling in Denmark

Denmark has rules that tourists should follow and respect when visiting their country. The following article will list 12 things not to do when traveling in the coldest country in Scandinavia.

Crossing the wrong lane

The Danes always obey the traffic laws and traffic lights and they want visitors to their country to follow the same rules.

You must stand in front of the line and wait until the signal light turns green to cross the street. In addition to being fined a light fee for violating the traffic law at $ 108, you will encounter unfriendly eyes when you do not comply with the law.

Drive the bike in the right lane

Bicycles are also one of the main vehicles in Denmark and there are also occasional bicycle congestion. For a bicycling experience, obeying traffic laws and signage are things that serious travelers obey.

You should also practice cycling in small alleys before going to the main roads to get acquainted with the Danish street. One thing visitors must always follow is not to ride a bicycle when using alcohol. Penalty for driving while drunk here is not small, can be up to 231 USD.

Smoking marijuana is illegal

Most tourists have heard of Christiania’s free town and want to visit the area famous for smoking marijuana. However, keep in mind that possession or smoking of marijuana is illegal in Denmark, including Christiania. People who want to smoke marijuana in Christiania have to bear certain legal risks when smoking or taking marijuana out of the city.

Rules of the Pusher street

Before visiting or traveling in Christiana, you should spend some time and carefully read the rules of the city hanging in front of the greeting gate. All running and photographing activities are restricted in this city as these can be quite troublesome for the people here and their daily prayer activities.

Do not play with dogs

Many visitors love to pet pets, especially dogs, and in many places dog owners will be willing and patient for you to pet them, but that doesn’t happen in Denmark. Danes are completely unhappy if strangers come close to their pets, so you should stand looking at the dogs rather than petting them when you travel to Denmark.

Do not call natives as Vikings

The image of a large group of Danish people screaming, cheering and holding large beer bottles in restaurants often makes foreigners think it’s a Viking party. Although Danes proud of their fearless ancestors conquered many countries in western and eastern Europe from the late 8th to 11th centuries, they did not like being called Vikings.

Roskilde is not the best festival in Europe

Taking place in late June, Roskilde is Denmark’s largest and most beloved festival. For seven days, the small town of Roskilde became the hottest meeting place for music fans from around the world.

Naturally, the Danes see this occasion as an opportunity to party hard and drink, even to the point that it becomes a mass obsession with their people.

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The islands are stacked on top of Russian dolls

In addition to Cebu and Boracay, the Philippines has another famous island thanks to its unique geographical location.

Luzon Island is known by many tourists for its unique geographic location, when the islands here are stacked in the style of a Russian matryoshka doll (inside the large doll contains a small doll, in the doll Smaller contains a smaller one).

Accordingly, on the island of Luzon there is a lake Taal. This lake contains other Volcanic islands. In this island, there is Crater Lake (lake on the crater), and in the lake there is another small island, called Vulcan Point.

Taal volcano is located on the island of Luzon, having erupted 33 times in history. It is also the second most active volcano in the Philippines and is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.

However, Taal Lake is still a tourist attraction. It is also praised as a place of beauty like heaven. Tourists often take a boat to reach Volcano Island, about 20 minutes. The most popular activity when coming here is walking on the top or riding horses. Climbing time is about an hour.

The road to the mountain does not have much shade, so you should have shoes, hats and climbing gear ready. You can stop drinking refreshing coconut water from a nearby small shop. There are many shops selling drinks, so you can rest assured if you forget to bring water. Exploring the volcanic peak by buying a tour is highly recommended by many travelers, to ensure your safety.

Vulcan Point is not the only island in the world with such a unique position. There is a similar island in the world, located in a small unnamed lake in Canada, surrounded by a larger island. That island continues to lie in a lake about 90 km off the southern coast of Victoria Island.

This unnamed island was discovered in 2012 by Ken Jennings (who holds the record of winning 74 consecutive games in 2004 of the game Jeopardy – a quiz show on American television).

Taal Lake is located about 100 km south of Manila. According to RometoRio, visitors can take a bus from Manila to this location. Ticket price 2-4 USD, travel time is about 2.5 – 3 hours. This is also the most economical way to travel.

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Palace of Versailles – the place that you cannot ignore when traveling to France

Located in the southwest of Paris, the castle, also known as the Palace of Versailles, is the residence of the French kings, from King Louis XIII to King Louise XVI.

This castle is considered a symbol of the supreme power of the French feudal dynasties including a complex of extremely monumental and splendid architectural works.

The Palace of Versailles was first built in 1624 as a hunting ground for King Louis XIII. And later, it was expanded to a residence for the French Royal Family.

If you are living or working in Europe, you love to explore the quintessential constructions of the century-old architectural art of Western civilization and plan your own trip to Europe through France in time.

The architecture of this majestic castle is built according to the norms of classicalism such as symmetry of buildings, multi-column corridors and auxiliary works inspired by tradition and technology ancient art interwoven with some Baroque art.

The Palace of Versailles is not only known as a splendid palace, but it also contains many interesting things that any visitor to France must visit the palace. With the classical architecture, the splendid layout with symbols of the supreme power of the great French feudalism.

Because of that, a trip to France will not be complete, there are no interesting experiences if you do not visit the Palace of Versailles. Around the 10th century, the monks here have built buildings in this land such as churches, monasteries Saint, Julien.


In 1472, the town of Ver-saille-aux-Bourg-de-Galie was born and a small castle of Lord Versailles began to replace the old churches. In 1623, King Louis XIII built a small house of bricks and stones as a place to stop whenever he hunted in the forest of Versailles.

King Louis XIV ascended the throne and felt dissatisfied with any royal palace in France in 1643. In the first time he arrived in Versailles, he was really interested in this place and decided to gradually move the royal family back to Versailles as well as turn it into a magnificent, which leading palace unique to European royalty.

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Some reasons that make visitors interested in Finland

When she arrived in Finland, the British tourist was curious: “How can they be happy at the temperature down to minus 50 degrees Celsius?”.

Lucy Cohen, a British girl, had to sob when she first arrived in Finland – one of the coldest countries in the world, where people lived in darkness for three months of the year.

Before leaving, Lucy was eager to hear many people say, “Come to Finland. This is the happiest place on Earth”. But she still wonders how the Finns can be happy when they face a negative temperature of 50 degrees Celsius in a long, dull winter. The young girl decided to go on a journey to learn about Finnish life.


The question was gradually removed during her trip. Timo, the tour guide, has brought British tourists to discover the beauty in this country. Finland is the place where the sun lasts until midnight. After a cold winter, the sun will not dive from mid-May to mid-August. The sky is full of bright reds and yellows in the middle of the night that Lucy enchants like living in a summer night dream.

Vanhankaupunginlahti near Helsinki, to the summer cafes in the capital… She was impressed to know that Finns drink more coffee than anywhere in the world.


In addition, Finland has more than 3 million saunas, of a total population of 5.5 million. The Finns taught Lucy a refreshing bath. It is after the sauna, you will take a deep breath to take courage, then jump into the cold water. Initially, female British tourists were quite scared. But when she was immersed in the icy water, she enjoyed the feeling of comfort that she had never experienced before.

At the center of the Oodi library, the young girl is quickly attracted to a collection of more than 100,000 books. “This is a destination worth visiting when you come to this northern European country”, Lucy said.


“A lot of simple pleasures await you in the northwest of Helsinki about 45 minutes by car. It’s Nuuksio National Park”, Lucy said. Visitors here can go hiking along one of eight natural trails. Tour guides encourage visitors to earn their own food in the forest such as mushroom picking, fruit or some herbs. When she returned to the hotel, Lucy made her own herbal tea in the forest.

Another thing Lucy enjoyed was Santa’s hometown, also in Lapland, Finland. This is also a place where 70% of the area is covered by trees and is always in the list of the world’s best land.

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Bali – extremely attractive tourist destination

If the Maldives is likened to a princess of beauty, splendor, attracting all eyes, Bali will be like a civilian girl close but extremely hot and seductive.

The white sand is like a silk carpet and the wonderful scenery of the sunset makes everyone ecstatic. The aromatic grilled seafood dishes are marinated with strong flavors and drink with wine to make people more passionate.

By the time the sun sets completely, visitors can enjoy traditional music and dances of Balinese people very attractive.

Kuta is known as the city of no sleep so visitors can shop, go to bars, night clubs, massage points to relax until they are tired, then go back to the hotel to sleep.

To Bali, visitors do not need to hurry to get up early to visit the attractions; relax until 8 am and choose your new day schedule.

Those who want to take a cruise to see the sea will be taken to the marina. Often the popular tour program is taking tourists to Lembongan Island, one of the islands with beautiful beaches in Bali.

Coming here, tourists not only eat seafood, watch the sea but also play a lot of games such as water motor, paragliding, diving or taking submarines to watch the colorful corals and fish rising up on the ocean floor.

Those who want to see the volcano will visit Kintamani tourist destination with the volcanoes still operating with the beautiful lake at the foot of the mountain.

And visitors who want to see the terraces will be taken to the village of Tegallalang. Here, visitors can play thrilling swing games on extremely interesting coconut trees.

Visiting temples and temples is also an interesting experience. Temple of sacred springs, also known as Tirta Empul, is a Hindu temple. Right in the center of the temple is a sacred pond.


Tirta Empul Temple plays an extremely important role in the religious life of the local people. Not only people in Bali but also tourists here believe that the sacred water of the temple will help them get rid of their troubles, purify their mind and spirit to have a healthy body and an intelligent mind. so everyone takes baths in these waters.

The Tanah Lot Temple is equally amazing. This temple has a very unique architecture and a very special position when lying on a rock jutting into the sea. The deep blue of the sea and the dark gray of the cliffs make the temple truly striking and impressive. At low tide, the stone path and green moss leading into the temple create a strange and mysterious feeling.

At high tide, the temple becomes completely separate, located in the middle of the sea, each wave rushing into the cliffs creates a beautiful and very strange scene, not to be confused with any temple in the world.

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6 things that you should avoid when traveling to France

France is a fairly large country with many different rules and customs. However, there are some things that tourists should avoid doing in order to have a full time to travel to France.

From learning a little basic French to keeping quiet in public places are things to keep in mind when traveling to France.

Learning French

Many French people can speak English and they will try to understand you better if you are well-intentioned. If you try to learn more French to communicate, you will always be better served. Whether, these are just words like: bonjour (hello); merci (thank you) and au revoir (goodbye).


Do not wave repeatedly to the server

The French have culture for both places like restaurants and bars. In the restaurant when you wait for the waiter and they are still not coming out please be patient until they come to your table. You can look up at the attendant if you’re nearby to give a signal or wave your hand slightly. However, if you wave your hand many times you will be considered impolite.

The waiters in France are trained a lot of skills and normally they will have to do 30 jobs at the same time but they will definitely be at your table.

Do not speak louder than others especially at night

The French take people very seriously, especially without making noise. In some cases, pay attention to the way you talk, do not speak too loudly in cafes, in the villages, especially in the evening.

Do not leave the phone on the table when talking


Leaving the phone on the table when talking is considered rude behavior in France. If you have an appointment with a Frenchman, it will be fine if you check messages or calls sometimes. However, absolutely do not place the phone on the table when talking to them. Leaving the phone on the table is an act of indecency because others will assume that you are waiting for a call rather than want to talk. Also avoid using your phone while eating or drinking.

Do not look forward to a hearty morning

The French don’t eat breakfast much. In the morning, they only have croissants, brioche, other pastries with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. It will be hard to find a breakfast bar with hearty dishes. If so, the home will only serve omelets and bacon. However, the French have a habit of having lunch and dinner a lot.

Reservations, tickets by phone

To book a table or book a tour in advance, you should use the phone. While doing business in France may be online, most reservations are still made by phone and it will take a lot of time if you book online. This also applies to appointment scheduling and information lookup.

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LAS VEGAS – A must-visit place when traveling to the US West Coast

A trip to the West Coast of America is the most meaningful and complete without the following destinations in the journey, let’s refer.

Dubbed as the entertainment capital of the world, here, visitors do not have to worry about the lack of places to visit and experience:

1. Travel the West Coast of the United States to try your luck at the Casino

To say Las Vegas is a “city of casinos” is probably not an exaggeration when there are many casinos, but each casino is simulated as a miniature city. Casino Paris with miniature Eiffel tower and buskers; Venice casino with poetic canal system; Luxor casino with unique Pyramids makes you feel like you are coming to Paraoh. In case you don’t want to come to real casino, let’s try your luck at online casino NZ. If you believe you are “red”, you can try playing a few games to have a truly new experience. If not, walking around the casino is certainly not a bad suggestion when traveling to the US West Coast, right?

2. Visiting and shopping at Barstow supermarket chain

Barstow is a supermarket chain with a huge area of ​​up to 50,000m2. Coming here, visitors can find a lot of satisfied products, especially brand names such as Izod, Van Heusen, Kelvin, Bass,… If not too famous, do not miss Outlet Mall to choose good products at bargain prices.

3. Climb to the top of Stratosphere Tower

This 151-story tower is considered one of the symbols of Las Vegas. When most tourists know the saying not yet reached the top of the Stratosphere tower, it seems that they have not yet come to Las Vegas. Come here, if you love adventure, do not hesitate to challenge yourself with thrilling aerial games. If not, standing on the top of the tower to see panoramic view of Las Vegas and record interesting marks will certainly bring unforgettable emotions.

4. Explore the Mandalay Bay “Shark Ranges”

There is an interesting attraction in Las Vegas but few people know is the “Shark Reef” Mandalay Bay with an area of ​​about 27,432 square meters and contains more than 7.5 million liters of water. It is home to more than 100 different species of sea creatures, including rare species such as red-tailed catfish, and 5 of the remaining 12 rare golden saltwater crocodiles in the world. Traveling to the US West Coast, you should not miss the opportunity to admire this exciting ocean world!

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