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January 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
YANJI, China - After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business. Buttons and zippers, candy and dried squid, fabric, plastic tarpaulins, men's suits and cigarettes. "I sold just about everything," said Park, 44. But it wasn't until she started hawking methamphetamine in 2007, she said, that she was able to earn a living. Methamphetamine, known as orum, or "ice," is a rare commodity manufactured and sold in North Korea, where most factories sit idle, the equipment rusted or looted.
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TRAVEL
April 27, 2014
The inside viewof Hanalei Just a quick note to say Christopher Reynolds did a great job representing Hanalei ["Rooted in Kauai," April 20]. As a born and raised Kauaian (who grew up on Weke Road), I must say I was surprised to open the paper at my current home in California and see my hometown taking over a full spread. Reynolds did a great job representing the island and calling out all the best restaurants and things to do - exactly the list I've sent to friends looking for Kauai recommendations.
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BUSINESS
May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
TRAVEL
April 27, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If Mom and Dad refuse to give you money for your travels, this website offers hope. Name: http://www.Trevolta.com What it does: Helps travelers crowd fund their global adventures. Cost: Varies depending on whether you have a fixed or flexible funding campaign. There's also a PayPal fee (the method used to collect donations). What's hot: I love that many of the trips are purpose-driven. Your "funding campaign" is placed in a category such as "Charity and Volunteering," "Education and Research," "Music and Arts," "Meaningful" and more.
TRAVEL
November 17, 2002 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
PEOPLE sometimes take trips for deep reasons. They're turning 50 and feel compelled to see Florence; they've just recovered from an illness and want to trek in the Himalayas; they're divorcing and need to escape the anguish. Psychologically motivated trips like these are, in a sense, gambles with life. The transition or crisis makes people more willing to free themselves from routine, feel in a heightened way or make life changes based on events on the road. They are my favorite kinds of trips.
TRAVEL
December 26, 2010
VICTORIA, CANADA Christmas & Carousels When, where: Through Jan. 6, Butchart Gardens Highlights: This annual event features tens of thousands of strung lights, scenes from the 12 days, outdoor ice skating, live music and caroling. Cost: About $23.50; $12 for ages 13 to 17; $3 for ages 5 to 12; free for ages 4 and younger; group discounts available Info: (866) 652-4422, http://www.butchartgardens.com CHELAN, WASH. Lake Chelan Winterfest When, where: Jan. 14-16, various venues Highlights: The entire town is involved in a winter transformation that involves music, sleigh rides and fireworks.
TRAVEL
September 29, 2013
Randy Smith should consult an attorney ["Change Can Cost You," On the Spot by Catharine Hamm, Sept. 22]. I believe California law does not allow one-sided contracts; that is, it's $200 for him to change his airline schedule, but the airlines can change it (twice, no less) with no payment to him. That invites a scam in which the airline changes your schedule until it finally becomes inconvenient for you, causing you to change it, and then it gets its change fee. He and his attorney should consider a complaint to the government regulating agency, filing a criminal fraud charge and a class-action lawsuit.
TRAVEL
August 14, 2011
WORLD Slide show Mort Loveman will present "Selected Shorts: Argentina, Philippine Islands and Corregidor. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. Admission, info: $1 for Beverly Hills residents; $2 for others. (310) 285-6840 BHUTAN Presentation Author Kevin Grange will read from his new travel memoir "Beneath Blossom Rain" and offer a look at Bhutan and the 216-mile Snowman Trek.
NEWS
November 16, 2000 | VANI RANGACHAR/vani.rangachar@latimes.com
There are nearly as many travel sites on the Internet as there are sights on Earth for a tourist to visit. You'll find sites that specialize in discounted hotel rates (http://www.hoteldiscounts.com), those that list only cheap air fares (http://www.cheaptickets.com), others that offer nothing but last-minute packages and air fares if you can leave tomorrow (http://www.site59.com), and still more that offer destination information (http://www.frommers.com).
TRAVEL
April 27, 2014
PAPUA NEW GUINEA Slide show Pierre Odier will share his insights on Papua New Guinea, one of the last places where primitive man can still be seen in his natural Stone Age environment. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. WOMEN Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for women interested in traveling alone. Topics to be covered include health and safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | David Colker
Mark Shand - brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall - was a modern version of the eccentric, slightly bumbling British adventurer. And he came by it honestly. He once walked and canoed across Indonesia for 12 days to get to a place where he could phone his mother. "And after all this enormous trouble," Shand told the Evening Standard in London in 2010, "I got through to the home number and said, 'Hi, Ma, it's me,' and she said, 'I can't talk to you now, I'm watching "Coronation Street.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2014 | By Josh Noel
One of the most tired cliches is that so-and-so doesn't actually sell such-and-such; they sell peace of mind. Well, in this case, it's true. The question is whether there is a market for that peace of mind among airline customers. In recent months, two companies - Chicago-based Options Away ( www.optionsaway.com ) and San Francisco-based Level Skies ( www.levelskies.com ) - have begun offering the chance to lock in airfares without committing to a ticket. This sort of service has been bubbling at the industry edges in various incarnations; Kayak ( www.kayak.com )
TRAVEL
April 21, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: How do I tip the people who take me by wheelchair for airline departures? Does the amount differ if it's a tiny, easy airport like Long Beach; medium to normal like SFO; or long, complicated and very hard like Dulles? I'd appreciate advice. Margo Kasdan Seal Beach Answer: Duck for cover. We're about to poke the hornet's nest again, creating yet another swarm of pro- and anti-gratuity camps, who have presumably been beefing since the word "gratuity" was first used in 1540, according to Merriam-Webster.
TRAVEL
April 20, 2014
ASIA Presentation Justin Rubin will share stories and advice about traveling to Myanmar, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India and Nepal. Topics include how to survive being held hostage by an orangutan and the proper way to drink cobra blood. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. EUROPE Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop for those interested in exploring Europe by rail.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
More Americans are going to Cuba, which makes the U.S. the second tourism source for the island nation after Canada, according to a new report. Despite a travel embargo that's been in effect for half a century, 173,550 Americans went to Cuba in January through March. "The data confirms, although the Cuban government does not recognize it publicly, that the United States, even with the effect of the embargo, is the second greatest source of tourists to Cuba after Canada," Emilio Morales, president of U.S.-based Havana Consulting Group, wrote in a report provided to the Associated Press . "Most of the U.S. travelers are Cuban-Americans visiting family but others have no ties to the island and travel to participate in academic and cultural programs," the AP reports, noting most flights originate from Miami.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Passover begins at sundown Monday (today) and the Transportation Security Administration is assuring fliers that its officers will be sensitive to carry-on items associated with the Jewish holiday. "Some travelers will be carrying boxes of matzo, which are consumed as part of the Passover ritual," the agency said in an April 2 statement . "Matzo can be machine or handmade and are typically very thin and fragile, and break easily. Passengers traveling with religious items, including handmade matzo, may request a hand inspection by the TSO [transportation security officer]
BUSINESS
April 13, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Business travelers prefer flying Seattle-based Alaska Airlines over any other carrier, but Delta and United Airlines carry the most business travelers in the U.S. Business travelers also love the gourmet sandwiches at Jimmy John's eateries, but most of their expensed meals are eaten at Starbucks or McDonald's. These are among the findings of a new report by Certify, a Portland, Maine-based expense management company that processes 1.5 million business expense transactions each month.
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