Posted by Victor Crew on

Kazakhstan Tourism Board Adopts “Borat” Catch Phrase “Very nice!” for Marketing Campaign

 

If you were even vaguely conscious during 2006 you probably heard people crowing “Very nice!” in a vaguely Eastern European accent. This was the catch phrase Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat who was the main character of Cohen raunchy comedy by the same name.

Cohen’s character was from a extremely fictionalized version of the country of Kazakhstan who, at the time, threatened to sue Cohen and banned the franchise.

The former Soviet state has had a complete changed of heart with the release of the second Borat movie, going so far as to adopt the slogan “very nice!” to a tourism campaign.

Dennis Keen, an American living in the real Kazakhstan and his friend Yermek Utemissoy pitched the slogan a set of four short commercials using the catch phrase to the country’s tourism board. Each of them ending with “Kazakhstan. Very nice!”

Kairat Sadvakassov, Dept. Chairman of Kazakh Tourism, stated to the HuffPost, that the slogan encapsulates the tourism potential of the country in a short, catchy way.

When Cohen heard of Kazakhstans adoption of his character’s catch phrase we released the following statement:

 “This is a comedy, and the Kazakhstan in the film has nothing to do with the real country,” Baron Cohen wrote in an email to the Times. “I chose Kazakhstan because it was a place that almost nobody in the U.S. knew anything about, which allowed us to create a wild, comedic, fake world. The real Kazakhstan is a beautiful country with a modern, proud society — the opposite of Borat’s version.”

The new Borat film titled “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is streaming on Amazon.

Posted by Victor Crew on

Tiny Village in Italy Offers to Pay Young Italians to Move There

While the story might sound familiar at first, as it has been happening more and more, an Italian village offers up abandoned homes for pennies on the dollar with the caveat the new owners quickly renovate the house.

Some are going to even greater extremes. Candela in Puglia, for example, began offering new residents a little over $2,000 to move there in 2017.

The best deal yet has come from a walled, a medieval village in Abruzzo in the central south of Italy, Santo Stefano di Sessannio. They are willing to pay people willing to move to the village and start a business there. They will further support them by giving them very inexpensive rent.

Mayor Fabio Santavicca said that the village isn’t try to sell anything to anyone, they simply want the village to continue to live. The only catches are you have to be a resident of Italy and be under forty years old.

The village has only 115 residents, most are retired and fewer than 20 residents are under the age of 13.

 

Posted by Victor Crew on

Holiday Travel Tips for the Pandemic

This year holiday season travel is going to be very different. Some will stay home instead of visiting far flung relatives. But for those choosing to travel here are some tips.

Expect the unexpected. While this is probably good advice for travel in general it is more important than ever to be ready for changes in your plans. Pandemic updates come daily. Expect shifting quarantine rules. Expect canceled or delayed flights.

Choose an airline who have flexible booking policies. Many airlines have adjusted their policies to allow no-fee ticket changes, but double check! Free changes could be limited in number. Certain types of tickets may not have special privileges. You may also owe the difference if you change to a more expensive flight. Again, check before booking!

Also, “free change” doesn’t mean you’ll get a refund if you cancel. Some airlines are offering vouchers for canceled flights but many are not going to simply hand you back your cash.

Don’t choose a high-risk itinerary. While normal holiday travel is rife with delayed and canceled flights, this year could be much worse. Try to leave earlier in the day before delays get a chance to build up. Try to get longer connection times between flights. Choose small airports for connections and if you can those with a lesser chance of crazy weather.

Choose itineraries with longer connection times.

Select smaller (and less crowded) connection airports and, if possible, those with less risk of severe winter weather.

Know the quarantine rules for your destination. If you need to get tested before you leave, make sure to get that done in plenty of time.

Lastly, if you want to fly trouble-free it is highly suggested you follow all safety protocols required by airlines including wearing a mask.

 

Posted by Victor Crew on

Lesser Known But Beautiful Get Away: Lake Hope State Park Ohio

Lake Hope sits among the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, which some consider to be the most scenic land in the state. And Hocking Hills, a very popular state park, is only 20 miles away. However, Hocking Hills is known to get quite crowded.

Lake Hope is very much a destination all its own despite its proximity to Hocking Hills. It has a lovely lake, 67 cabins (more than any other Ohio state park). It also has a very well kept, state-owned campground.

Many people find it more peaceful than some of the other state parks which tend to be more crowded. It is also completely surrounded by the massive 28,000-acre Zaleski State Forest which makes it feel even more remote (the closest gas station is about 12 miles away).

There is plenty to do at the park if one wants: mountain biking, fishing, hunting, hiking, swimming, boating and hummingbird feeding (although this service is closed do to the pandemic).

The Zaleski State Forest is also very popular with overnight backpackers. Its 29-mile trail that includes 3 primitive camping areas and smaller loops for day hiking is one of the most popular among backpackers in Ohio.

Hope Lake, however, is also a great place to sit, relax and just take it all in.

Posted by Victor Crew on

When is the Best Time to Visit Iceland?

Visiting Iceland in August offers mind boggling untamed chances (puffins relocation and whale viewing are at their pinnacle), a bunch of celebrations and social occasions, and totally lovely climate. August denotes the finish of the mid year, and in this way is a standout amongst the most calm a very long time to movement to Iceland with wonderful temperatures, little precipitation, and chances to encounter both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.

Things to Do in Iceland in August

Charming individuals from all around the globe, Iceland has such a great amount to offer. From natural life seeing chances to social celebrations there is never a deficiency of exercises. Find the Top 10 exercises you ought to do in Iceland in August,

Celebrations consistently

Puffin Migration

Beginning of the Northern Lights

Brilliant Circle Visit

Ring Road Tour

Blue Lagoon and Hot Springs

Midnight Sun

Cascade and Glacier climbs

Whale Watching

Town visits (streets are clear of ice)