Articles in Journeys

World’s Happiest Country is (Once Again) Finland – But What Does This Mean in an Age of Coronavirus

In the midst of a pandemic, the idea of the world’s happiest country takes on new meaning.
If anything, the criteria the creators of the rating system used in the World Happiness Report, prepared by the United Nations, are even more relevant in the age of the coronavirus, with considerations that include the social safety net and other support systems a country has in place before trouble strikes.
Perhaps not to anyone’s …

Stockpiling Depletes Supermarket Shelves in the U.S. as Shoppers Do the ‘Hamsterkauf’

Unless you are returning from an extended Martian holiday, you know that the coronavirus panic has not only spurred what could only be called “competitive” grocery shopping but has resulted in social media being filled with photos of long lines and empty store shelves.
The stockpiling craze that hit Asian supermarkets last month thanks to the spread of the coronavirus and European supermarkets earlier in the month has reached these shores. …

Broadway Theaters and Concert Venues Try to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ in the Age of the Coronavirus

Theaters and concert halls are used to, what one might call, “normal” disruptions, somewhat regionalized in nature, such as snowstorms or hurricanes or even earthquakes.  But the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic is an entirely new beast for them to deal with.  There’s no playbook here, no emergency plan that covers all exigencies that could arise. As a result, each institution has had to educate itself and its people about …

Review: ‘Leopoldstadt’ – Tales of a Vienna Family – at Wyndham’s Theatre

If a measure of success of a play is that it can make the theatergoer want to flee the theater in abject terror thanks to the emotions it stirs up, then Tom Stoppard’s new play, “Leopoldstadt,” which just opened at Wyndham’s Theatre, is an unbridled success.  It’s also quite good by more ordinary measures.
The play is a sweeping portrait of a Viennese Jewish family – one not terribly dissimilar from …

March News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month. Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about who became unemployed as working royal members of the Windsor family (the answer was Prince Harry and Meghan) had the highest share of correct answers, with 95.8%, …

Using These Disinfectants from Clorox, Lysol, Purell Will Combat the Coronavirus, Says EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency released a list of disinfectants that can be used to fight the coronavirus.
Germs can live on surfaces for days so wiping down surfaces on airplanes such as tray tables, touch screens, door handles, buttons, and faucets is particularly important. The same goes for armrests and the back of the seat in front of you in a theater, and the table at a food hall or fast-food restaurant.
One …

Theater Review: ‘My Fair Lady’ is ‘Wunderschön’ at the Volksoper

Considering that Shaw’s “Pygmalion” – one of the most erudite comedies in the English language – had its world premier at Vienna’s Burgtheater, the staging of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” – which is based on the play – in Vienna should not be surprising.  Indeed, while the first musical whose cassette tape I listened to incessantly as a child was “Hello, Dolly!” with Carol Channing, the second was …