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Indonesia experienced an increase in earthquakes, tremors and volcanic activity late in 2007.

At press time, four volcanoes were under warnings for possible eruptions: Anak Krakatau (“Child of Krakatau”), in the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java; the Mount Kelud volcano in eastern Java; Mount Soputan in north Sulawesi, and Mount Karangetan off Sulawesi island. 

Meanwhile, a mud volcano continues to ooze in Sidoarjo, eastern Java, having spewed an estimated one billion cubic...

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As ITN went to press, the State Department had travel warnings on 28 destinations: Eritrea, Somalia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Lebanon, Indonesia, Yemen, Nepal, Pakistan, Syria, Algeria, Timor-Leste, Sudan, Haiti, Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Israel/West Bank/Gaza, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan.  

For details, call the State Department at 202/647-5225 or visit http:// travel....

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Charles Treadgold’s letter about taking maps to Peru’s Taquile Island (Nov. ’05, pg. 44) got me thinking about other things that would be most appreciated by the people there. I visited in 1992, but from what I have read about the place it seems not to have changed much.

First of all, fruit would be very well received. The people can coax a couple of dozen varieties of potatoes out of their unbelievably rocky soil, and I did see some kiwi vines here and there, but citrus fruits just...

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We were looking for a hotel that would be close to the train station in Madrid, SPAIN, with easy access to downtown and also reasonably close to the airport. We eventually found a hotel on the Internet which seemed to come pretty close to our criteria.

Hotel Husa Chamartin (Agustin de Foxá s/n, 28036 Madrid, Spain; phone +34 91 1334 49 00 or visit www.hotelchamartin.com), located right on the premises of the Chamartin train station, where our train from Lisbon arrived, is over a metro...

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by Jim Simpson, Wilmington, DE

She was there waiting for us when we landed at Panama’s Tocumen International Airport. Maria was no longer the 22-year-old newly minted schoolteacher who visited us 35 years before as part of an exchange program; she was now a 57-year-old woman with a husband and three grown children.

In 1970, Maria stayed in our home in Delaware for six weeks. She didn’t know a single word of English then. We kept in touch over the years, and in April 2005 we...

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Q

STEVE, what have you found to be the best way to minimize the effects of jet lag? — Henry Ebbets, Prescott, AZ

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DEAR HENRY, I plan a full day’s worth of activities in advance for my first day. Also, I sleep on the plane, eat little, avoid booze and drink lots of water. When I get there, I keep busy all day, not allowing myself to nap. That night I sleep like a baby, and I am completely adjusted by the next day. If I allow myself to sleep that first day, it takes me at least...

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Church of the Transfiguration — Kizhi.

In August ’03, my husband and I took a wonderful 12-day trip to Russia with Lexcorp Cruise & Tour Marketing (3401 Investment Blvd., Ste. 3, Hayward, CA 94545-3819; phone 800/578-3401). They have over 20 years’ experience in travel.

We have traveled for years, and this was truly my all-time favorite trip. It was a cultural cruise, with wonderful Russian entertainment, good food, interesting lectures and the best tour guides we have ever had. Anna and Galva really made the trip...

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