Issue #17 - July 31-August 6, 2021 View online
Mark Stachiew Travels Friday Five

Welcome to this week's edition of the Friday Five, a quick collection of the most interesting travel stories that I shared in the past seven days on Mark Stachiew Travels. This week's stories are heavier than usual with talks of rebels, dictatorships and airport delays, but there's some lighter stuff about Star Wars and fancy elevators just so you don't get too sad.

Toronto’s Pearson airport advises passengers to give themselves extra time
In advance of Canada further easing travel restriction on August 9, not to mention a potential strike by Canadian Border Service Agency beginning Friday, Toronto’s Pearson International Airport wants travellers to know that if it’s their first time back at an airport since the pandemic began, then they should expect a different experience than they remembered. And it's not just Toronto that will be slower than normal. Just about all of Canada's major airports face the same problems. (Mark Stachiew Travels)

Lalibela: Ethiopia's Tigray rebels take UNESCO world heritage town
Rebels from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a UNESCO world heritage site in neighbouring Amhara region. The town is home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, and is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians.(BBC News)

How Canadian tourism sustains Cuba's army and one-party state
Cuban-Canadian activists say many Canadians are not aware of the extent to which the survival of Cuba's one-party regime depends upon the foreign currency tourists bring into the country, or the lengths the Cuban government will go to keep Canadians coming. (CBC News)

These are the most Instagramable elevators in the world’s luxury hotels
Lifts, elevators – call them what you will, but almost all guests use them, so the chances of rubbing shoulders with someone famous in those of a luxury hotel are not negligible. That, and they often look pretty cool inside. (South China Morning Post)

Live out your space fantasies on Disney's new Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser
If you cant afford a ride with Virgin Galactic or Blue Origins, you can still get a ride into (imaginary) space on Disney's new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. (USA Today)

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