We are together living in a very confusing world. Mental health is taking a toll everywhere. Body shaming, age shaming, fat-shaming, and whatnot. Most of us have been through one of these, shamed for one thing or the other. In fact, over the years, the types of shaming have also evolved and can be associated with anything and everything.
Pandemic has rippled waves of changes around the world. With COVID-19, came a new age. People are mask shamed for not wearing masks. Then, there is virus shaming, when someone is shamed for contracting the virus. If that has not been enough, the latest one that has become a trend in travel shaming.
What Is Travel Shaming?
Before all these crises, travel featured in the top to-do list for many. And almost everyone had their bucket travel list ready; even if some could not make it, there were definitely long conversations regarding travel over dinner or casual chats. Discussions around travel are still on, although we are unsure about when and how the next ‘safe’ trip can happen. Yet, there are some, who choose to travel and share their experiences during this pandemic. While there is nothing wrong in doing so, one should be mindful of the risk involved and take precautions,
How Does Travel Shaming Manifest?
Earlier, people didn’t need to think twice to share their travel experiences, and social media provided them with the required platform to do so. This scenario, however, changed once the world went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak. While, in pre-COVID days, people received praise for their travel photos and stories, the dynamics seem to have changed now. Travellers are increasingly shamed from people who feel that travelling during a pandemic means putting others at risk.
While that is true and one needs to be very cautious, travel shaming every traveller does not make for a viable case too. We have come across stories where people have stayed apart from their families for months because of lockdown and travel restrictions, a major reason why some have jumped at the chance of travelling.
What Leads To This?
Many people cancelled vacations or cancelled trips to see their loved ones. When they see others enjoying nonessential travel, they may be angry, envious and feel that it’s not fair. People feel like they’ve given up things that are important to them, so they’ll naturally be upset to see that others haven’t done the same. And while the evidence for the effectiveness of shaming is mixed, it does work in some cases.
What can we do?
While there is no doubt that COVID has forever changed the way we look at the world. Travelling during the pandemic is a highly personal decision, and putting the ethical question of whether or not (and how) we should be travelling aside, how we choose to share our lives on social media is another issue altogether.
While many have agreed that this phenomenon of travel shaming has influenced them to be more responsible during travel, there are some who believe that there will always be someone out there, ready to shame someone else, for one reason or the other. Our word, these are tough times, so keep the positivity going. Be conscientious, stay safe and keep others safe, do not judge, empathise.
Also read- Precautions Resuming Travel After Pandemic
Unlock 5 Guidelines: What’s Allowed, What’s Not
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued another set of guidelines for the next phase of relaxation. It includes reopening of cinemas and theatres. Schools and colleges may also reopen in Unlock 5, but it has been left on the state governments to decide
The Instructions for Unlock 5 will come into effect on October 1 and will run until October 31. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the national lockdown in March, all public activities were banned by the government. Though India now has over 62 cases of lakh coronavirus and 97,000 deaths, Unlock 5 is being used to encourage further activities.
Unlock 5 guidelines in 10 points:
1. Outside containment zones, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will reopen with up to 50 percent seating capacity as of 15 October. Since March, the cinemas have been completely shut down. Also, their owners have been seeking reopenings as the losses have escalated for more than 7 months.
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Schools and colleges, shut since March as lockdown was announced across the country, will be allowed to re-open from October 15, the Centre said today while announcing the next phase of lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions. . The final call, however, has been left to the states and the institutions involved. Online and distance learning shall, however, continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged, the Centre said. . The government also gave a go ahead to cinema halls, multiplexes, exhibition halls and entertainment parks, but their reopening will be tempered with certain restrictions. . . #Unlock5 #india #unlock #coronavirus
2. The state and UT governments might decide to reopen schools after October 15, but in a graded manner. Decisions on the reopening of schools will be made in consultation with schools and institutional administrators. Moreover, on the basis of their evaluation of the situation and subject to certain conditions.
3. However, even though schools can be reopened, the main form of teaching will continue to be online or distance learning. Where schools conduct online classes, they may be able to do so if certain students choose to attend online classes instead of physically attending school. Only with the written permission of their parents can students attend schools and institutions. The guidelines for MHA Unlock 5 have also specified that attendance will not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent.
4. The opening of higher education institutions dedicated to research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in the field of science and technology involving laboratory and experimental work will be allowed from 15 October onwards. The head of the institution would have to convince themselves that there is a clear need for research scholars (Ph.D.). Also, for the postgraduate students in the science and technology stream for laboratory and experimental work students mainly for centrally funded higher education institutions.
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MHA issues #Unlock5 guidelines: What all is allowed The Central government on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines for 'Unlock 5' phase in view of the #Covid19 pandemic and allowed the reopening of cinema halls and entertainment parks from October 15 with 50% capacity. The #Unlock5Guidelines, issued by the ministry of home affairs, beginning October 1 will remain in force till October 31.
5. All other institutions of higher education, including state universities, private universities, etc., may only be available to PhD students and postgrad students. Moreover, only for those in the field of science and technology who need laboratory and experimental work. But the decision will be made by the respective governments of the state and the UT.
6. Exhibitions for Business to Business (B2B) will be allowed. Also, the Department of Commerce will release the guidelines for this.
7. Swimming pools used for training sportsmen will be permitted to reopen. Further, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will issue guidelines for this.
8. From October 15, amusement parks and similar places will also be allowed to reopen. In that respect, the guidelines will be released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
9. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines have also made it possible for states to loosen the cap of 100 individuals at public meetings. Also, at functions outside containment areas. States will encourage an increased number of individuals to attend a public meeting from 15 October onwards. The decision comes before the beginning of the festivities of Dussehra, Diwali and Durga Puja across India.
10. Restrictions on International travel would continue.
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The suspension on commercial international passenger flights has been extended till October 31, the government announced on Wednesday. However, the restriction will not be applicable for international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. #InternationalFlights #Unlock5 #covid19 #DGCA #instawithHT
Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Oregon
Before admitting to the union in February 1859, the only state in the United States of America to have two different designs on each side of its flag was Oregon. Situated on the West coast of the country, was called the Oregon Territory.
Oregon is America’s ninth-largest state. Moreover, home to a vast range of geographical diversities, including forests, deserts, volcanoes, shrublands, and plentiful bodies of water.
Find below a few hidden gems of Oregon city:
Sweet Creek Trail
A simple 2.2-mile ride that takes in about a dozen spectacular waterfalls is the Pleasant Creek Trail. The best time to visit the trail is maybe April and May, as this is when numerous woodland wildflowers burst into full bloom. Look out for especially rare pink fawn lilies. Just a few miles inland from Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, the trail is located.
Yaquina Head Light and Cliffs
Yaquina Head Light, the tallest lighthouse in the state. Also, it can be located near the mouth of the Yaquina River, near Newport City. The lighthouse is known for its presence when it stood as the Moesko Island Lighthouse in the 2002 film The Ring. Lighthouse tours are available and it can also take time for tourists to take a stroll along the cliffs.
Thor’s Well, Yachats
A giant hole in the rock on the side of the Oregon Coast is Thor’s Well. The void appears to swallow the surrounding seawater. It may seem like a giant, bottomless gap to a normal eye, but, in fact, it does have a bottom.
Though it is unknown, researchers believe that the pit is only about 20 feet deep, but Thor’s Well manages to produce some of the most spectacular sights in the state, especially during high tide, regardless of its insignificant depth.
Enchanted Forest, Turner
The artist who began to create characters and attractions based on fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Humpty Dumpty created the Enchanted Forest exclusively.
In 1971, the park was opened to the public and has been attracting families since then.
Chocolate Waterfall, Portland
A massive 21-one-foot chocolate waterfall stands inside the Candy Basket Shop in Portland, Oregon. It throws a gobsmacking 2,700 pounds of chocolate over a huge waterfall-like structure. This towering cascade, constructed from sculpted bronze and Italian marble, has been in operation since 1991 and is the world’s tallest and oldest waterfall of its kind.
Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook
The Tillamook Air Museum houses a vast private collection of ancient and unusual aircraft. In addition, some of them are stored to be a part of the museum.
The “Flying Museum” is painted on one of the exterior walls after the discontinuation of its use by the military. It also contains many unusual and different planes which are not in use by military.
Silent Rock, Rhododendron
While no one seems to know the true roots of the belief, when approaching the mound, it is considered that one must be as quiet as possible or suffer the consequences.
‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens In Sweden
We are not oblivious to fact that each country has its own cuisine and culture. What we might find disgusting and intolerable, they may actually love it. The ‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens in Sweden. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19/Corona virus, the Disgusting Food Museum will temporarily be open only on Saturdays and Sundays. They will reassess the situation every week and determine if the closure will still be in effect. The food items are as such disgusting as it can get. You literally need to have guts to fathom whatever food items that are in display.
The Disgusting Food Museum’s exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods. Do you dare smell the world’s stinkiest cheese? Or taste sweets made with metal cleansing chemicals? Nonetheless, the museum isn’t trying to make visitors lose their lunch; instead, it hopes to highlight the cultural subjectivity of food.
Here are a few items on display:
Surströmming – Fermented herring from Sweden
Small Baltic herring are caught in the spring, salted and left to ferment at leisure. Through the process of fermenting or souring. The aroma is pungent, and the taste is rounded yet piquant with a distinct acidity.
Cuy – Roasted guinea pigs from Peru
The people of Peru love this delicacy. The roasted guinea pig recipe called Cuy, although it is a permanent part of Peru’s Andean diet for thousands of years.
Casu marzu – Maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia
The traditional dish of the people of Sardinia known as Casu marzu. Also known as, Fly larvae cheese, the cheese prepared by live Maggots; The flies transform a good traditional cheese by eating and digesting it, and the larvae STAY in the cheese and get to be eaten with it. According to Delish, the cheese “develops when cheese fly larvae are introduced into Pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens. Diners have to dig in before the maggots die.”
Stinky tofu – Pungent bean curd from China
A stinky tofu, there is a recipe from China and Taiwan that is on exhibit at the museum. It is made by fermenting the bean curd, and then the tofu is soaked and the pungent bean curd extracted from it. Furthermore, Stinky tofu is one of the most popular snack foods in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.
Hákarl – Well-aged shark from Iceland
Known as Hákarl, the Greenland shark is fermented and hung to dry for up to five months to remove the acid from the meat. It is the national cuisine of Iceland.
Durian – Infamously stinky fruit from Thailand
A fruit weighing two to seven pounds, Durian is one of the worst smelling fruits in the world. Moreover, it is forbidden to eat in many countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. The odour of the fruit is described as pig-excrement, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. Can be smelled from miles away, it a popular fruit.
Address: Caroli city, Östergatan 12, Malmö, Sweden
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Ticket Price: KR 185 (Rs. 1,340)
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