Another TBB post featuring the most eclectic links around the web such as the All Trails app, warn about the fake crypto mania, the 100k Capital One Venture X card, the Athens Marathon is in the books, how to travel to Machu Picchu, a place in Alaska you only get to via helicopter, a must read about personal finance that will come in handy one day, Covid is not done with us, order a fake Italian coffee, all new words, a Russian cosmonaut who went to his death knowingly and more!
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You are somewhere and you get that urge to find a trail and you get this app started and boom! All Trails.
This is about a year old and I hope the info is still valid, Covid and all: How to Travel to Machu Picchu.
One day when I sell my blog to The Points Guy Inc., I am going to blow some money to stay here because it is, I think, the only place you get to with a helicopter: Sheldon Chalet. Inside Denali and how are you going to resist if money is no option?
Perched on a nunatak in the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of Denali’s magnificent Ruth Glacier, just 10 miles from the summit, Sheldon Chalet is more than a place to stay, it’s an exclusive experience of grand proportion.
Here I go being inspirational again. And if you thought I was serious about my blog selling out to The Points Guy…lol.
This is a must read: The Same Stories, Again and Again.
1. No one knows how they’ll respond to risk and setback until they’re in the moment of terror.
2. Declines occur because many people’s entire goal is to become so successful that they can relax, and relaxing leads to complacency that breeds decline.
3. Innovation is hard to predict and easy to underestimate because so much occurs by accident, when several boring discoveries compound into something extraordinary.
The #1 above is so true! I wonder how so many younger investors/speculators will react when buying the dip stops working…for a while. One of the quotes that stuck with me was “Only paranoid survive” so me relaxing is not part of my DNA. But it is nice to dream about it though…
Another cautionary article about crypto: Making Sure “Number Go Up”. Be careful out there!
Would you believe that an NFT of this image was worth $532M? How about nearly $1.1B? Most numbers that are quoted about cryptocurrencies are fake, in the sense that they are manipulated in order to fool the press, and thereby buy time until they become “too big to fail”. The credulous press reports make it look like the cryptocurrency market is much bigger and much more successful that it really is, further inflating the bubble. Below the fold, I provide a set of examples of the techniques that are used to fuel the mania.
I guess the virus is not done with us yet: Covid cases are surging in Europe. America is in denial about what lies in store for it. We need to make the vaccine boosters mandatory asap! Because waning immunity is real. Having said that, life will go on and one day we will all catch it so be mentally prepared for that. Unless you become a hermit…
1.53 min video how the mRNA vaccine works to fight the Corona virus.
ODDZ & ENDZ
This is a fun link. Create your own Fake Italian Coffee. May I have a “Dostina” please?
So many new words, all 455 of them: My favorite: “dad bod” which defines me lol.
I did not know about this story, wow, so tragic! Vladimir Komarov: The Cosmonaut Who Fell From Space.
Did you know that flights was spelled “flites” back in 1945?
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hobby addiction of collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the early 1990’s! Feel free to skip this section and parts of the next one if this is not for you.
Newbies: Bloggers will say ANYTHING to get readers a credit card pushing their affiliate links. The current blog sphere mania to get everyone the 100k Capital One Venture X card is another reminder of the numerous conflicts plaguing this space…
Interesting mainstream article about an industry we know so well here: How Frequent Flier Programs Are Changing in a Changed World. Yep, expect more airlines to cater to their most important client, the
Good resource to just do a review of where you stand: Year-End Credit Card Checklist for 2021: Travel Credits, Spend Reset, Application Strategy & More.
What do I feel about the new 100k Capital One Venture X card? Look, the offer is compelling for the first year! And I am shocked that this bank has not started chopping some of these benefits already. Because, you know, this bank will do it sooner rather than later. Of course this assumes you get approved. Which is NOT easy! It appears CO may have relented a bit in issuing approvals which is another surprising thing about it as management seems determined to become an alternative to the other three main bank proprietary point currencies (Chase Ultimate Rewards, AMEX Membership Rewards, Citi ThankYou Points). And it is great to see the competition because we benefit! So, yeah, please use my links to apply for it to support this blog. But do not expect me to just publish numerous posts about how “amazing” it is, I am just not that into this type of pumping ok?
Here is a good review of it: Cutting Through the Noise: What Do You REALLY Need to Know About the New Venture X Card?
A helpful trick on quickly searching your Amex offers. Control + F does it…
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
Update: Got this crazy idea to do my trip report, all on Twitter. Follow this thread and hashtag #TBBTripping. I am keeping it up…barely.
I read every comment and email but may not have time to reply these days while traveling.
I finished the 2021 Athens Marathon. It is known as The Authentic because it is the original course starting in the town of Marathon outside Athens and finishing in the iconic all marble stadium where the first Olympic games were held back in 1896. What an amazing experience it was! And I was warned many times about the hills which, well, felt monstrous. This is NOT the course you run to qualify for the Boston marathon, let’s put it that way! It is my second full marathon and it was 30 minutes faster than the first one so I am very happy, considering the tough year I have had with injuries and physical therapy sessions. That feeling when you cross the line is like crack…not like I have ever done crack. My kids tell me I am the only one laughing with this joke…but I still laugh when I say it woohoo! Just two pics of me crossing the finish line and then afterwards holding the beautiful medal, smiling all the way:
I am really behind on reading and I am trying to keep up this blog so each post is a struggle now while traveling. I get to my hometown Larisa later tonight so I need to catch up…some day.
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