What’s the first thing you do before you try a new
restaurant? You look for someone you
know who’s been there before, don’t you?
I do. Especially if it’s an
expensive restaurant… My neighbor’s
daughter works for a corporation that owns several very nice restaurants. She can advise me of chef specials and other
things happening that I wouldn’t want to miss, but more importantly, she can
tell me when to stay away from certain restaurants for a variety of
reasons. “Ken, there’s a “Rap” artist
who’s made reservations for himself and his “Posse” of 50 hooligans at Manny’s
restaurant this Friday. If you’re in
town, you’d be better off going to a quieter place that won’t be so rowdy.” I love this woman. She “gets” me!
The U.S. government has a similar list of various
countries that you might be traveling to.
You can visit this site
and check to see if our government advises against traveling there due to a
variety of “less than comfortable” circumstances. Haiti is currently listed, for example, as a
“Do not go” place, due to the earthquake they suffered recently. Our government uses a variety of excellent
reasons to list a country as a “place to avoid.” Recent kidnapping of Americans in various
South American countries, Tsunamis and other natural disasters, terrorist plots
against Americans, violence against Christians, the list goes on and on. This list is “alive” and is always being
At first glance, you might notice that the list is
composed of “crazy” looking places that you’d never want to visit. I would argue against that kind of thinking
for two reasons. First, you may be asked
professionally to visit such a place for your job. I was asked to travel through Jakarta to
Bandung, Indonesia less than a year after terrorists blew up the same Marriott
hotel I was booked to stay in. At the
time, Indonesia was on the warning list and I was a little nervous about
going. Using the government “bad idea to
go here” list gave me some leverage to reschedule. Another reason to check the list frequently
is in case you want to go to a place that has a fairly unpredictable political environment
around it. I’ve always wanted to see the
pyramids of Egypt, for example. Local Egyptians
are thrilled to host tourists in their town and I’ve heard from several sources
that it’s a marvelous place to visit.
However, Egypt is very close to several hostile countries and they tend
to appear and disappear from this list.
Someday, I’ll get the timing right!
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