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Pros and cons of special diets
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Season4, travel is a tough one for me. I know that long distance air travel is a huge polluter (second only to having children!) But, as an immigrant I have people and places half way around the world whom I miss and dearly long to see. I also, at this point have quite a few long-distance close people inside the US.  Most of them started out being local but have moved away. Phone and Zoom of course are extremely helpful for keeping in touch, but they’re no substitute for in-person. I know I’m not alone in this. As for cultural enrichment, I’ve done some of that travel in my life. I’m not strongly driven to do it, but I certainly know people who are. Again, a virtual tour isn’t the same for many. I think perhaps that the answer will come through a mixture of better virtual reality / enhanced reality tools and less polluting ways of travel. If we had a more leisurely, less rushed society we would be happier and healthier in many ways and we would have time to travel slower in a less polluting way. I remember a few years ago reading something about future transatlantic travel by derigable (blimp). I do like your idea of IMBY, especially for us urban dwellers who are largely separated from our natural surroundings. We need to build a sense of place and responsibility for place where we live. Also, your idea of seasonal relocation could go with the season for visiting loved ones far away. A friend of a close friend of mine worked for years on McMurdo Station, the US base on the coast of Antarctica. McMurdo is like a very isolated small town. The population varies with the season. In the summer the population is about 1000. In the winter only about 200 people remain. As I understand this is because it’s so cold that it’s harder to go out and, maybe more importantly, there are no flights in and out of the station so the remaining population is cut off from physical contact and help from the outside world.  My friend’s friend had worked out a perfect lifestyle for herself. Nine months out of the year she lived on the base, which she loved. The other three months, which coincided with summer in the northern hemisphere, she got a long vacation, traveled back to the US to visit friends and family, etc.


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Season4, travel is a tough one for me. I know that long distance air travel is a huge polluter (second only to having children!) But, as an immigrant I have people and places half way around the world whom I miss and dearly long to see. I also, at this point have quite a few long-distance close people inside the US.  Most of them started out being local but have moved away. Phone and Zoom of course are extremely helpful for keeping in touch, but they’re no substitute for in-person. I know I’m not alone in this. As for cultural enrichment, I’ve done some of that travel in my life. I’m not strongly driven to do it, but I certainly know people who are. Again, a virtual tour isn’t the same for many. I think perhaps that the answer will come through a mixture of better virtual reality / enhanced reality tools and less polluting ways of travel. If we had a more leisurely, less rushed society we would be happier and healthier in many ways and we would have time to travel slower in a less polluting way. I remember a few years ago reading something about future transatlantic travel by derigable (blimp). I do like your idea of IMBY, especially for us urban dwellers who are largely separated from our natural surroundings. We need to build a sense of place and responsibility for place where we live. Also, your idea of seasonal relocation could go with the season for visiting loved ones far away. A friend of a close friend of mine worked for years on McMurdo Station, the US base on the coast of Antarctica. McMurdo is like a very isolated small town. The population varies with the season. In the summer the population is about 1000. In the winter only about 200 people remain. As I understand this is because it’s so cold that it’s harder to go out and, maybe more importantly, there are no flights in and out of the station so the remaining population is cut off from physical contact and help from the outside world.  My friend’s friend had worked out a perfect lifestyle for herself. Nine months out of the year she lived on the base, which she loved. The other three months, which coincided with summer in the northern hemisphere, she got a long vacation, traveled back to the US to visit friends and family, etc.


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