The Cranky Ol' Bat

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Travel Warning Update....

Considering that this morning, I awoke to news of a guy freaking out on a Honolulu-bound Northwest flight from Los Angeles, a report of unnamed "youths" rioting on Sydney beaches, and a bomb blast in Athens, it seemed like a good time to take a gander at what our various guvmints are warning their respective citizenries about overseas travel risks.

The British Foreign Service is recommending that its nationals avoid Gambia due to malaria and armed bandits along the road to Casamance in Senegal, Liberia because of probable violence erupting during the elections, rural areas bordering the Democratic People's Republic of the Congo and Burundi due to possible rebel attacks, and Lebanon (do you really need to be told why??). Ivory Coast and Somalia are still no-go areas according to the Queen's Government.

The State Department has not issued a new travel warning since its 1 December advisory about going to Nigeria. There's just a few little lack of law and order in the country, escalating tensions between Christians and Moslems, the indifference paid to airplane maintenance, targeting of the rich and/or expatriates for kidnapping, and of course, the ever present 419 scammers turning violent on doofuses who think they are going to strike it rich in Lagos once they help this nice person who emailed them....

Canada advises that you get your happy butt out of the Galeras region in Colombia due to increased volcanic activity. If you are in the area, remember that nasty ash and sulfuric acid eruption back on 24 November? Yeah? Well, it may not be over yet, kids. Andale, pues!!!

New Zealand would say git the hell out of areas on the Ecuador side of the Colombian border, the Albanian border around Bosnia-Hercegovina/Kosovo (land mines), and Pakistan, where they advise Kiwis to prepare to bug out. They also want you to know that if you would like to see volcanic activity in Vanuatu, be prepared to sign a liability discharge stating that you understand there is no such thing as a "Zero Hazard" when you insist on poking your head down into the crater.

Don't mess with the Kiwis, especially the Maoris....

And last, but not least, the Aussies advise you to stay out of Angola....not only because of civil unrest, but also because there are indications that the Marburg outbreak may not be completely contained.

Bon voyage, and safe travels to all denizens of the Jet Set Lounge!


  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Deacon Blues said…

    I'd advise everyone to stay out of ace's stall until I get home and clean it up. He really made a mess in there last night. He's the messiest and sunshine is the cleanest.

  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Kory O said…

    Uh, ok. ;)


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