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Natural Health – Your Home Spa in the Sky

Posted on November 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

There are many reasons why you should create a traveling mini-spa for yourself while you fly in the sky.

Here’s a list of whys and hows:

–Clean The Air You Breathe

One of the things that has always bothered me about flying is the close proximity between people (for hours) and breathing the same re-circulated air. The worst thing is a coughing sneezing sick person. But even if we are seated farther away from a sick person, germs can spread easily in airplane cabins. Also, since the airlines humidify the cabin air, the moisture creates a breeding ground for microbes [although plane air is notoriously dry, thus mucous membranes get dry and are more vulnerable to attack by microorganisms].

Without fail, every time I get on a plane I say: “I am so thankful for my oils!”

Here’s a recommended routine for keeping the air you breathe as free from pathogenic organisms (the bad bugs) as possible:

Keep your favorite respiratory, cleansing oils on your person, either in your pocket or purse. Take a hankie or tissue and sprinkle your oils on it. Tuck it into your shirt pocket, slipped up your sleeve, or under your watchband so it is easily accessible to lift up to your nose and inhale.

I do this about every 10 minutes during my flight. I take a few inhalations through the tissue so I can line my respiratory passages with these great oils that will keep the bad bugs away.

My favorite oils to do this with are (YL Blends) RC, Raven, Thieves, Peppermint, Purification, or any of the eucalyptus oils.

You can also create a little spray bottle or use Thieves Spray and spray your seat area. You may get a bit more attention doing it that way, so if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself just use your hankie!

–Keep Your Ankles from Swelling

There’s something about our bodies being a zillion miles up in the sky, in a pressurized cabin, sitting for sometimes several hours, that just makes our legs and feet want to swell.
It might not have anything to do with how much salt we just ate, or if we drank too much water, or not enough. Whatever it is, swollen legs and feet are uncomfortable, unsightly, and hinder movement.

One of the best essential oils that assists both the blood circulation and the lymphatic circulation is cypress. You might want to rub some cypress on the bottom of your feet or on your ankles before you get on the plane, or at least when you get dressed on the morning of your flight. Use it after you land to help mobilize any stagnant fluid.

The ideal essential oil for this in my opinion is the Young Living Blend called Aroma-Life. It has cypress in it along with a few other single oils that have great properties. The synergy of this blend is great. I have seen great results on people who have used this oil blend for swollen feet.

— Keep Your Immune System Strong

When we use therapeutic essential oils on our body, they simultaneously oxygenate and cleanse each cell in the body This combination of actions help to keep the immune system strong.

–Diminish Stress and Relax

Even if you are excited about your destination, there is still stress associated with travel. It’s good stress, but its stress.

Here’s what you can do to diminish stress:

–Use Lavender oil on the bottom of your feet and pulse points (my favorite lavender is Young Living’s special lavender from St.Marie’s – it is exquisite although a bit more expensive than their regular lavender). Another essential oil blend that is often recommended for stress is Peace and Calming. Dowse yourself throughout the flight with either of these oils. It will help people around you as well.

–Take your headset with you, or rent one from the airlines, and listen to classical or relaxation music that they offer.

–Close your eyes and do some deep breathing, and picture a peaceful scene, the face of a loved one or beloved pet, or your wonderful vacation in your mind! Imagery is a powerful enhancement to health.

–Feel Good When You Land

That’s ultimately what we want, isn’t it? We don’t want to get so stressed out getting ready for the trip and traveling to the point where we are exhausted and sick when we get there!

The degree to which you are able to stay centered and in that spa-like frame of mind while you are traveling, is the degree to which you will feel great when you arrive at your destination.

One of the most important and effective ways of feeling good while you travel is to Drink Plenty of Water!

–Prevent Jet Lag

This is the bottom line. Nobody wants to feel tired and sick from flying and traveling.
According to Charles F. Ehert, Ph.D. (senior scientist at US Dept of Energy Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, author of “Overcoming Jet Lag”) it takes one day to recover for each time zone you go through. Therefore, coast-to-coast recovery time is 3 days because you cross 3 different time zones.

This also means that going from New York to Japan – which is 15time zones, would necessitate more than one week for recovery.

We can do things to prevent Jet Lag. Here are some of Dr. Ehert’s suggestions from his book:

  • Plan your flight so that you arrive at night
  • Get plenty of sleep before your trip
  • Avoid alcohol and anything that dehydrates the body
  • Exercise on the plane (contract and relax muscles, and stretch)
  • Sit in sun on plane if you can
  • Exercise when you get to your hotel
  • Get out in the sunshine when you arrive at your destination
  • Get immediately into the sync of new the time zone. Don’t try to catch up on sleep

Here is Ehert’s Anti-Jet Lag diet:

–3 days before travel eat a feast – high protein breakfast and lunch and high carb dinner
–2 days before eat lightly – fruits, soups, broth
–1 day before eat a feast again (same as above)
–On the day of travel eat very light, next to nothing, and eat regularly when you arrive at that time zone’s meal times

Top 10 Movie Boat Trips That Will Make You Fear Ocean Travel

Posted on November 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

As summer approaches, more people are considering taking cruises or renting boats. Sure, that may sound relaxing and fun. But there’s always the possibility that things can go wrong in the ocean. The weather is unpredictable, the depths of unexplored waters harbor killer creatures, and international water is a lawless wasteland of crime and murder. Therefore, it’s advisable to purchase an inflatable raft and loaf around in the safe confines of a creature-free, pirate-free swimming pool.

Here are the top 10 movie boat trips that will keep you on land…

Boat Trip

Any post-Jerry Maguire movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. is bound to suck, so you know we’re heading for troubled waters already. In Boat Trip, Cuba and his buddy, Horatio Sanz, book a cruise to meet women because women cannot run away from them on a boat like they usually do on land. However, things take a turn for the worse for our hopeless romantics when a vengeful travel agent books them on a gay cruise instead. Hilarity is supposed to ensue but does not. Cuba pretends to be gay to woo a dance instructor with an ineffective gaydar and Horatio isn’t savvy enough to play the Horatio Hornblower angle that would have certainly gotten him laid by one of the few chicks on board.

Dagon

Getting shipwrecked in Spain, where every beach is clothing optional and lined with tapas bars, sounds like paradise. Not so for two American tourists who get shipwrecked in a mysterious seaside town that refuses to help them. That’s because the townspeople worship a fish god named Dagon who has mutated them into, I kid you not, malevolent fish-human hybrids under the command of a weird octopus-mermaid creature. Look, it can happen, people. This is a realistic scenario and you’ve gotta be prepared. Always pack fish food to distract the fish-humans if they try to attack you, then kill ’em with a harpoon. Or just make sure you’re equipped with a radio to call for help. Whichever is more practical.

Dead Calm

What’s the cardinal rule of road tripping? Never pick up hitchhikers. Well, the same is true for hitchhikers at sea. Apparently Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill are the rebellious type because they let Billy Zane on their boat after he claims that all his shipmates died of food poisoning. Bad move. Everyone knows Billy Zane looks like a freakin’ serial killer, or, at minimum, a raging douchebag. And it turns out he’s both in Dead Calm. It takes Sam Neill a while to figure that out, and before you know it, there’s a cat and mouse fight for survival on the open seas. Remember that if you use your supply of flares to cook marshmallows faster, you won’t have any to be used as weapons later.

Deep Rising

Some say giant killer squids are myth. Deep Rising proves that they’re not only real, they’re capable of overtaking a state-of-the-art cruise ship and ruthlessly killing every passenger on board, even the ones hiding in bathrooms, as if it has X-ray vision in its arsenal of badassery. That’s what boat captain Treat Williams, star of The Substitute 2-4, encounters when he is coerced by a band of well-armed thieves into the middle of the ocean to rob the ocean liner of its prized possessions. But by the time they get to the ocean liner, it has already been pillaged by the most efficient stalker on the planet. Not even Waldo would be able to elude its ravenous, blood-thirsty tentacles. It finds everybody. And it kills them. Unless you have a jet ski. Jet skis are the preferred getaway vehicle. Even on land.

Ghost Ship

Thrill seekers who wish to stay overnight on a haunted ship can turn to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. But if you want to stay board a haunted ship in the middle of the ocean, where you can’t easily escape and lots of weapons are present, prepare for trouble. In Ghost Ship, Gabriel Byrne and his ragtag group of salvagers aren’t prepared for said trouble when they claim ownership of an abandoned old cruise ship in the Baltic Sea. Of course, strange things start to happen and people end up dying bloody deaths. That’s because the ship was the site of a brutal massacre forty years prior where an evil man cut a metal cable that sliced through a crowd of dancing passengers. Someone’s always gotta bring down the party.

Lifeboat

Sometimes it’s better to go down with the ship. In Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, survivors of a ship attack huddle in a lifeboat and wait to be rescued. Tensions grow as the food supply thins, class divisions come to the fore and a litany of existential dilemmas are explored. Sure it’s boring, but what did you expect from an entire movie about people in a lifeboat – song and dance numbers?

Poseidon

An endless buffet of food, drinking mai tais in the jacuzzi and attending awkward formal dinners sounds all good… until a rogue wave hits the ship and knocks it upside down. Luckily, Snake Plissken badass Kurt Russel and the even more badass Mr. Holland, aka Richard Dreyfuss, are aged and learned men who know how to lead an escape from a watery grave. As rooms flood and the Poseidon continues to sink, the two wise men join forces with a few other survivors to climb their way to the top of the ship in a challenge far mare dangerous than a Wipeout obstacle course. See that empty gym on the ship? You better utilize it because you’ll need some serious endurance to survive a sinking upside down ship.

Speed 2: Cruise Control

In Speed, a terrorist held a bus ransom by installing a bomb that would detonate if the bus dropped below 50 miles per hour. The plot of Speed 2 is relatively similar except way less interesting… because it’s on a cruise ship. Unlike in Boat Trip, hilarity ensues. Instead of simply jumping off the ship from the lower decks, the passengers are taken hostage and the cruise ship is directed toward an oil tanker. Sandra Bullock has to save the day again, this time with her Keanu Reeves lookalike boyfriend who, like Keanu in the first Speed movie, is also an LAPD SWAT member, except with a little more expression. For some reason, “boat terrorist” doesn’t sound as threatening as “airplane terrorist”.

Titanic

The mother of all boat disaster movies. We all know the story so I won’t go into details. All I can hope is that the sinking of the Titanic taught you many things. First, if you are a man, you should always pack one women’s outfit in order to disguise yourself in case of emergency and circumvent the “women and children first” protocol. Second, I hope you learned this from Dead Calm, but do not trust Billy Zane. That dude is ALWAYS bad news. Third, if you’re going to jump off the back of a ship, make sure you don’t jump in the direct path of a giant metal propeller (even though humans crashing into propellers makes a hilarious BING sound). Fourth, if anyone ever claims that something is “unsinkable,” they’re asking to proven wrong. Lastly, Kate Winslet is hot, especially in “that” scene, but not hot enough to drown for. I know she’s an entitled rich chick and all, but you demand she make some room; that debris was big enough for two people. At minimum, she should have offered her natural flotation devices to keep Jack buoyant.

White Squall

The ocean is an unpredictable place. Not only do you have to worry about rogue waves, serial killer sea hitchhikers, and giant killer squids, you also have to worry about freak storms like white squalls. In the movie White Squall, a summer school sailing trip led by Jeff Bridges is overwhelmed by a sudden and violent storm that kills some of the less evolved students who didn’t develop gills like Kevin Costner did in Waterworld in order to survive. Moral of the story: unprepared students should skip class. Especially if there are no ladies on board to counterbalance all that testosterone. That sausage fest was a disaster waiting to happen, even if there was no white squall.

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Sporting Venues in London

Posted on November 2, 2018 in Uncategorized

Here’s a look at some of the venues for sport in London, including a look ahead to the 2012 Olympic venues and other popular spectator sports in and around the city of London.

Londoners have a ravenous appetite for sports, football in particular. London boasts six teams playing in the Premiership and ten other teams in lower divisions of professional football.
The most successful or at least the most popular teams are Chelsea, champions of the English Premier League, and Arsenal.

The Arsenal museum near the current stadium tells of munitions workers who had to take up a collection to purchase the club’s first football in 1886. The timeline runs through 2002 when Arsenal won the FA cup and the Premier League, with the entire history of the club sandwiched in between.

Arsenal is in the process of building a new stadium in Ash Burton Grove that will cost nearly three quarters of a billion U.S. dollars. Chelsea completed renovations to their 42,000 seat stadium in 2001, costing an estimated two hundred million dollars. The new stadium will offer some 4,000 more seats than old Arsenal Stadium. The record attendance of an Arsenal game was in 1935 when 73,000 fans saw Arsenal play to a 0-0 tie with Sunderland FC. The old stadium is a listed building because of its Art Deco style.

Chelsea has been playing football for over a hundred years. Their winning ways started after the 1955 season when they won the league for the first time. Chelsea has been popular all along, but their fan base seems to grow larger every year. Chelsea’s stadium was renovated in 2001 at a cost of nearly two hundred million dollars. Their home at Stamford Bridge was constructed in 1877. The origins of its name are from a creek that flows near the stadium, called “Stamford Creek”, and a bridge called “Little Chelsea Bridge”. Over time it has just been called “Stamford Bridge”. The only part of the original stadium is the east stand. An overly ambitious project, the renovations of the 1970’s nearly bankrupt the team, and forced them to liquidate star players to stay afloat financially. The current “Stamford Bridge Stadium” has been totally updated in the past two decades. It houses two 4 star hotels, five restaurants, underground parking, a health club, business center, retail outlets, and a museum of sorts that chronicles the history of Chelsea FC with interactive activities for fans on its twelve and a half acre grounds.

Tickets to either Chelsea FC or Arsenal FC matches are quite expensive and some of the other eleven professional teams within London make going to a match more affordable. Barnet, Brentford, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leyton Orient, Milwall, Queens Park, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, and West Ham United are all professional football clubs in the London Area. That makes more professional teams than any other city in the world.

Even with football as the main course, London’s ravenous appetite for sports still has room for other sports. The first written records of Cricket being played in London go back to 1680, but it is thought by many to have been played in the city prior to that. The main venues for Cricket in London are The Oval, Kennington, and Lords Cricket Grounds. While most Cricket Clubs around London use amateur players it is still quite popular as a spectator sport.

Rugby was developed at Rugby School in Rugby Warwickshire in England. A plaque at the school commemorates the invention of Rugby by William Webb Ellis, and his total disregard for the rules of football became the game of Rugby when he picked the ball up and ran with it. Rugby is currently played in over 100 countries world wide. England has four national rugby teams currently that compete in the World Cup, and other Championship events. Twickenham is the reigning world championship venue for rugby.

With the exception of Wimbledon, tennis is not a great spectator sport. A lot of junior tennis is played in London, and some world class junior tournaments are held there. Sport England is a board that encourages grass roots participation in sport. With the Olympics coming in 2012 the London branch has decided to make a push for youngsters to play serious tennis. Since Wimbledon is held in London they want to get more kids interested in tennis and hopefully some to represent London during the championships.

London has been officially named the host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. While that seems like a lot of time to prepare, it really isn’t. London already has many world class venues that will be used with little improvement. Other facilities need to be built. The Olympic Village will be constructed in East London. Swimming, hockey, rowing, football, and equestrian events will all need special venues. The Olympic Village is being built in Olympic Park so that seventy-five percent of the athletes will be able to compete within 20 minutes of their events. The diversity of the city insures fans for all sports, and all national teams at the Olympics. The staff for the 2012 Olympics will be about 3,000 plus an additional 70,000 volunteers by the time the games commence. Putting these games on will be both a challenge and an honour, and will serve as a testament to Londoners’ love of sport.

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