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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS YET?
About 30 Dolphins stranded and saved by local people at Arraial do Cabo (Brazil) in the morning at 8:00 AM on March 5th 2012. They seem to be swimming close to shore and perhaps got caught in the waves….
Sunbathers and swimmers at a beach in Brazil this week found themselves
having to step up to try and save the group of around 30 stranded dolphins
in peril, who washed up on the shoreline.
als 30 Delphine sind heute am frühen Morgen des 05.03.2012 in Arraial
do Cabo (Brasilien) gestrandet und von Einheimischen gerettet worden.
The city of Buenos Aires
has long been regarded as one of the hottest international destinations for gay tourism. Now, with the passing of the Same Sex Marriage Law in Argentina, the country has already seen a surge in gay travel. Yet some, who have never been, wonder whether Buenos Aires really is as gay-friendly as it seems to be.
Unlike many cities known for being gay friendly, there is no “district” in Buenos Aires housing a slew of gay bars and nightclubs. This often makes it difficult for gay tourists to find exactly what it is they are looking for. There is nothing worse than being in strange territory, trying to navigate your way around.
“A lot of gay students and tourists that come to Buenos Aires get lost in this big jungle of a city, and without any specific districts or signs to help them out, it can be overwhelming,” said Erik Hovenga, Managing Director of Ecole del Sur Travel Agency and founder of The Royal Family , a gay-friendly language school. “The truth is, Buenos Aires is very open to gay life, but have you ever seen a rainbow flag hanging outside a bar in Buenos Aires?”
Hovenga, who moved to Buenos Aires from Holland in 2005, decided that what Buenos Aires needed was an information spot where gay travellers could go and get the low-down from the people that know best.
“In Holland during the Gay Olympics of 1998, they started constructing gay tourism information points all over the city which would collect information from hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs for gay tourists. That idea sprung into a global phenomenon that came to be known as ‘Pink Points,’ which is exactly what we’ve brought to Buenos Aires.”
Buenos Aires’ first Pink Point is located in the centre of the city, on the intersection of calles Florida and Lavalle. Not only will the information centre give gay tourists a comprehensive description of gay hotspots in Buenos Aires, it will also inform them of which spots to avoid: though gay life in Buenos Aires is viewed as being quite open, not all gay tourists have had positive experiences.
Derek McIver, a Suffolk University graduate student, decided to take a much-needed break from his studies and spend some time in Buenos Aires with his boyfriend.
“We originally had reserved a room in the Microcentro, but the room they gave us had two separate beds – even after we had specially requested a king-size bed. They refused to give us a king-size bed and we knew it was because we were a gay couple.”
Luckily, the couple was able to make a last-minute reservation at Axel Hotel , known internationally as a chic, gay-focused hotel. But their first encounter with the Microcentro hotel exemplifies that though there is a strong gay presence in the city, the underlying machista spirit of Latin American culture can permeate and stunt the progress homosexuals have made in Buenos Aires.
“Unlike many places in the United States and Europe, to come out and declare that you’re gay isn’t always acceptable, sometimes it depends on the circumstances,” said Hovenga. “Even nightlife can be hidden: in fact, you have to ring the doorbell of the bar a lot of the times and wait for someone to open it to you.”
What Hovenga aims to accomplish by opening a Pink Point in Buenos Aires is to put gay life out in the open: “Now, we’ve started Pink Points, which will have a clear sign in the middle of a major shopping area of Buenos Aires, so that everyone can see that there’s a place for gays and lesbians in the city,” he said.
Pink Points will provide gay tourists with a map of gay-friendly hotels, bars and nightclubs. It will also sell tourists pre-packaged tours of city sights and offer concierge service for those tourists that struggle with their Spanish. Most importantly, the Pink Points location will cater to all: homosexuals and heterosexuals alike.
“Gays and lesbians have fought hard for their rights across the globe and in Argentina,” said Hovenga. “We want to celebrate Argentina’s new gay marriage law by making Buenos Aires a completely open gay-travel city. This is something we really believe in and think can be a huge success!”
NOTE – Gay pride is the first Saturday in November! and Gay Tango week is coming in December!
Mexicana Airlines (Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, S.A. de C.V.) has announced that, effective at noon, Saturday, August 28, 2010, Mexicana Airlines will suspend all flight operations until further notice. The suspension applies to all Mexicana, MexicanaLink, and MexicanaClick flights. All flights scheduled to depart after this time will be cancelled indefinitely.
In a press release on the company’s website, the airline pledged to assist passengers to the best of its abilities. Passengers who have already flown a leg of their journey are advised to consult the company’s website for further information. The company notes that priority assistance will be provided to “minors traveling unaccompanied, passengers traveling with children under age 3, and special needs passengers.” Individuals who have not yet begun their journey on one of the Mexicana airlines are recommended to make alternative travel arrangements.
Their website was not even working this morning! So what does that mean??
The Department of State advises all travelers with reservations on Mexicana, MexicanaLink or MexicanaClick to consult the company’s website for additional guidance and contact information for the airline. Passengers who may become stranded in the middle of their journey and who require assistance beyond that provided by the airline should contact their nearest Embassy or Consulate. While the U.S. Government cannot provide immediate repatriation assistance, it can assist with alternate arrangements as appropriate.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock.
The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the
United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000. You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov The Embassy’s internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.
SANTORINI, GREECE has been on my bucket list for a while now! A friend just came back and stayed at PERIVOLAS and after seeing the photos he shot there, I moved it up my bucket list! Talk about picture perfect! He said watching the sunset from the infinity pool was just amazing. Rooms are pricey at $550-$1000 a night. But he said even if you can just splurge for a night or two, it’s worth it.
Built amphitheatrically, Perivolas’ secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquillity. To protect guests’ privacy, fragrant fig trees, red-hot geraniums, and brilliant bougainvillea surround the houses. Terraced gardens spill down the slope to the infinity pool, which seems to slip off the rim of the cliff and bleed into the blue horizon.
Santorini is a beautiful warm and hospitable island located in the Aegean, and in many ways idyllic for gay vacation visitors. The gay scene in Athens Thessaloniki and Mykonos has grown in recent years. There is a greater abundance of openly gay venues, which no longer feel the need to hide behind close doors. Some of the more attractive islands for tourist such as Santorini are catching up fast. Santorini has gay beaches, gay friendly hotels and great night life! So far, there is no gay night club in Santorini – but I am sure one is coming soon!
Come to Jamaica, Man!
Not so much!
Come and get bashed
is more like it!
Jamaica and their homophobic attitude is in the news once again. Our blogging buddy and award-winning journalist Lyndon Evans ran a piece today about Jamiaca’s Homophobia.
In a recent gay quarrel, one gay man attacked another. But the hospital in Jamaica tried to say this happens all the time amongst the gays and it is rarely a hate crime against the gays.
Thats a lie. Most Americans think of Jamaica as an island of happiness, home to marijuana and Bob Marley. Few realize that Jamaica is actually home to rampant homophobia that isn’t even remotely veiled. Attacks on homosexuals on the island are not limited to verbal assault; Jamaican homosexuals often face very real violence if they come out of the closet, with nowhere to turn.
Just last month a community called McGregor Gully in East Kingston, Jamaica ordered all gays to leave their community by October 30th – The homophobes said they won’t stop until their community is “gay free” and those that do not leave will have to “suffer the consequences.”
“According to the residents, the main problem is a local hangout that is frequented by lesbians who ‘kiss, hug, and even touch each other.’ And the community’s anger is directed mostly at those lesbians, though any gay men who reside in the area are also expected to leave. The residents say they will not stop until their community is “gay free” and are not afraid of resorting to extreme measures, though they would not explicitly say what those measures might be.”
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