Three Awesome Things: Third Edition

You guessed it, kids. It’s time for another round of Three Awesome Things. So, listen up! This week, I received quite a unique array of press releases. A few had nothing to do with travel; a few were requests for free advertising; and three . . . sounded super cool. So, without further ado, this week’s Three Awesome Things are as follows:

1. You can now sign up for a safari centered around viewing Shoebill Storks in Zambia.

From the press release:

“One of Africa’s legendary safari companies, Robin Pope Safaris (RPS), has launched a six-night SHOEBILL SAFARI that comprises stays in RPS’ Nkwali Camp in the South Luangwa National Park, the Shoebill Camp in the remote Bangweulu Wetlands and at Wasa Camp in Kasanka National Park, famous for its annual bat migration and known as one of Zambia’s best birding destinations, inhabited by no fewer than 457 different species. Guests will be under the wing of acclaimed safari guide Jacob Shawa.”

Why I would go:

Photo credit: HOBBLECREEKSTUDIOS.COM
The Shoebill Stork

First of all, I have always wanted to go on a safari. Second of all, the Shoebill Safari sounds like the goofiest, most endearing bird ever. Let me expand: the shoebill can stand up to five feet tall, has a bill ‘as big as a boot’, and it’s wingspan can stretch to eight feet. Some scientists say this animal is the ‘missing link’ between storks and pelicans. And just look at the photo. How could you not agree?

Also, these birds have been known to moo like a cow, whine, and make clattering noises with their bills. And, according to the press release, young shoebill squawks sound like human hiccups. I had to verify all this information, this bird sounded so good to be true. And yes, it’s all factual; National Geographic and the BBC has featured them before. Plus, here’s a video from the Houston zoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wufAdZoxpcg. Check it out!

Details: For bookings or additional information email info@robinpopesafaris.net or call +265 (0) 179 4491 / 5483. Or you can visit www.robinpopesafaris.net.

2. A new twist on exploring the Camino de Santiago lets you live like Hemingway for five days.

From the press release:

“The Camino Heming-Way traces the first part of the French way starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French border to Pamplona. But we have added a Hemingway twist to this Camino. This unique walk is arguably one of the most scenic, challenging and rewarding of all the itineraries we offer. And now, it can also be a journey through time and literature.

“In only five days, you will experience French gastronomy, cross the Pyrenees, discover the legendary Basque country and arrive in one of Hemingway’s favourite Spanish cities: Pamplona, where he wrote a masterpiece “The Sun Also Rises. You will also stop near Burquete, on the Irati River, where Hemingway was fishing for trout and resting after the San Fermin Festival. Then, at arrival in Pamplona, you will visit the city on the footsteps of Hemingway: have a drink in Café Iruna, take a picture at the Hemingway Monument and enjoy the local specialities favoured by Ernest Hemingway.”

Photo credit: Follow the Camino
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Bridge, France

Why I would go:

Having studied Ernest Hemingway multiple times in school and read at least one or two biographies, a few things become very clear about Hemingway: he loved to eat and drink, enjoyed the company of the people in his life fiercely, and loved adventure. All of these things are the cornerstones of a good holiday in my opinion. I would say if you were to live like one author for a week, Hemingway would be a good one to choose — well, with much more moderated drinking.

The details: You can see the brochure here and learn more at www.followthecamino.com.

3. Cool boutique hotel packages mark the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson’s establishment.

From the press release:

“Let’s call it the Super Bowl of hotel packages … if the Super Bowl only happened once every five years. The Iron Horse Hotel in downtown Milwaukee recently released a limited number of rooms for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy an all-­access seven­ night stay during the Harley­-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration Monday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept. 2. The exclusive HD110 package . . . offers guests an once-in­-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Harley-­Davidson 110th anniversary celebration like a true rock star.”

Photo credit: theironhorsehotel.com
The Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee

Why I would go:

One of Milwaukee’s biggest claims to fame is the Harley Davidson name; it’s an awesome part of its heritage — and the city never forgets to remind the rest of the world. It holds huge events memorializing its anniversaries every five years, and bikers come from around the world for the festivities. Still, you wouldn’t need to be a biker to enjoy what this package entails. Besides offering Chrome level access passes to all official Harley-Davidson Anniversary events and private Iron Horse Hotel events you also get: 

  • A custom Schott Leather jacket;
  • Exclusive commemorative cufflinks created locally by HollenWolff;
  • A cask of The Iron Horse Hotel’s own Barrel 1907 American Rye Whiskey;
  • His and hers Iron Horse Hotel custom robes; and 
  • Additional “surprise” deluxe gifts (whatever that means)

Also, I should admit, as a Wisconsinite, I am susceptible to falling for any large festivals centered around drinking beer and watching parades. Also, I have an addiction to buying leather jackets. Also, I have been to the Iron Horse Hotel, and can vouch for how cool it is.

Details: You can book the package at www.theironhorsehotel.com.

 If any of you are able to make it to one of these, please let me know how it goes. I would love to know your travel experiences and see your photos. And recommendations go both ways. I want to hear what you would recommend too!

Also, if you would like a copy of any of these press releases, please let me know, either by leaving a comment below or emailing me at allaboardbeat@gmail.com.

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One thought on “Three Awesome Things: Third Edition

  1. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great information I was looking for this information for my mission.

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