Articles in Journeys

Thursday is National Coffee Day: Here’s Where to Get Your Free Brew

Please pass the milk and sugar.  Tomorrow, September 29, is National Coffee Day, a day that celebrates the rich, delicious hot (and sometimes iced) beverage that so many of people across the globe love to start and sometimes finish the day with.
To celebrate, many coffee houses and businesses are offering customers free or discounted cups of coffee.
Here’s where to get yours.
Caribou Coffee. The Minnesota-based company is offering members of its Caribou …

Say Goodbye to Summer: The Autumnal Equinox is Thursday

A quick glance at the thermometer in much of the United States may say summer, but the calendar says otherwise, namely that summer is coming to an end on Thursday.
Indeed, the first day of autumn is not only just around the corner, but, in the United States, the autumnal equinox is tomorrow, September 22, at 9:03 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, and 6 p.m. PDT).
In the European …

Oktoberfest 2022 Opens in Munich with Parades and Ceremony After Pandemic Pause

MUNICH—After multiple cancellations amidst the first years of the pandemic, Bürgermeister Dieter Reiter opened the 187th Oktoberfest on Saturday with the exclamation “O’zapft is” (“it’s tapped”) after tapping the first keg with three knocks of a mallet.
The opening was heralded by a 12-gun salute and, as tradition demands, the Bürgermeister handed the first Maß – literally a measure but also a liter – of beer to Bavarian Ministerpräsident Markus Söder.
Prior …

Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed on the Day of the Queen’s Funeral

Monday, the day of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, is a bank holiday in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
While retailers are not required to shut on the day, it is likely that many will do so to mark the occasion, as well as to avoid attracting criticism.
The British Retail Consortium said in a statement that “[R]etailers are taking their lead from Government and are choosing to mark the …

Lingering Virus May Cause Long Covid

There may be some good news on the puzzling Long Covid front.  Based on recent research, scientists believe that post-acute sequelae, PASC or Long Covid in the vernacular, may be caused when SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes Covid – remains in the body.
Noting that the diagnosis of post-acute sequelae of Covid-19 poses an ongoing medical challenge, the researchers looked for biomarkers in plasma in PASC and Covid-19 patients.  They …

Monday Is Labor Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Monday is Labor Day in the United States, a holiday that honors the labor movement in the country, signifies to many the end of summer, and is the last day of a three-day weekend.  It’s also the third Labor Day to take place during the pandemic.
Trade unions first proposed a holiday to recognize the contribution workers have made to the prosperity and well being of the country in the mid-nineteenth …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2022 Edition

September, the “harvest month” in Charlegmagne’s calendar, is still called Herbstmonat, the harvest month, in Switzerland.  The month marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.
The month of September gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.
After January and February were added …