Waterway routes – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:30:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://canalvoyagers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-6-83x150.png Waterway routes – Canal Voyagers http://canalvoyagers.com/ 32 32 New RTA bus lines https://canalvoyagers.com/new-rta-bus-lines/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 13:09:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/new-rta-bus-lines/ After years of planning and preparation, RTA has launched a wholesale bus system designed to please some passengers and irritate others. Many frequent bus riders say it’s difficult, confusing, and upsets some people, but not all. This system was put in place to expedite the average commute and facilitate rider access to Jefferson Parish. Yvonne […]]]>

After years of planning and preparation, RTA has launched a wholesale bus system designed to please some passengers and irritate others. Many frequent bus riders say it’s difficult, confusing, and upsets some people, but not all. This system was put in place to expedite the average commute and facilitate rider access to Jefferson Parish. Yvonne Watts often takes the bus and she feels that made things more complex. While people are learning about the new routes, the bus ticket is free until Wednesday, September 28. Karla Williams lives in Algiers and before the route changes, she would only have to walk a block to get to her bus stop. But now she has to walk six blocks and wake up two hours early just to get to work on time. “I have to take the bus to the terminal, once I got to the bus to the terminal, I have to wait for this bus to arrive, when this bus arrives, then I have to take the bus here and wait for another one,” said Williams. “It’s too many different buses.” The change comes as the agency tries to recover from a huge drop in ridership in 2020. Many users say it’s just something people have to get used to. , passengers can ride all RTA buses, trams and the Algiers-Point Canal Street ferry for free to help passengers adjust to the new routes. Those who need help planning their trip can call the Rideline from the RTA at 504-248-3900 or plan their trip using the RTA’s Trip Planner at www.norta.com. ”

After years of planning and preparation, RTA has launched a wholesale bus system designed to please some passengers and irritate others. Many frequent bus riders say it’s difficult, confusing, and upsets some people, but not everyone.

This system was put in place to speed up the average ride and make it easier for runners to get to Jefferson Parish.

Yvonne Watts often takes the bus and she feels that made things more complex.

While people are learning about the new routes, the bus ticket is free until Wednesday, September 28.

Karla Williams lives in Algiers and before the route changes, she would only have to walk a block to get to her bus stop. But now she has to walk six blocks and wake up two hours early just to get to work on time.

“I have to take the bus to the terminal, once I got to the bus to the terminal, I have to wait for this bus to arrive, when this bus arrives, then I have to take the bus here and wait for another one,” said Williams. “It’s too many different buses.”

The change comes as the agency attempts to recover from a huge drop in ridership in 2020.

Many runners say it’s just something people have to get used to.

RTA released the following statement: “During the transition period, passengers can use all RTA buses, trams and the Algiers-Point Canal Street ferry free of charge to help passengers adapt to the new routes. Those who have need help planning their trip can call the RTA Rideline at 504-248-3900 or plan their trip using the RTA Trip Planner at www.norta.com.”

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New bus routes debut on Sunday, along with four days of free rides https://canalvoyagers.com/new-bus-routes-debut-on-sunday-along-with-four-days-of-free-rides/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 21:51:32 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/new-bus-routes-debut-on-sunday-along-with-four-days-of-free-rides/ Uptown Messenger file photo The 11 Magazine bus will run 24 hours a day as part of the New Liaisons plan. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will introduce its new New Links routes and schedules on Sunday, September 25. To mark the occasion, it is offering a free four-day promotion from Sunday to Thursday […]]]>

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The 11 Magazine bus will run 24 hours a day as part of the New Liaisons plan.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will introduce its new New Links routes and schedules on Sunday, September 25. To mark the occasion, it is offering a free four-day promotion from Sunday to Thursday (September 28).

The free fares will allow passengers to adapt to RTA’s bus system overhaul with new routes without having to pay for their rides.

With the launch of new bus routes, passengers can board without payment on all RTA buses, trams and the Algiers Point-Canal Street ferry during the four-day period. The Chalmette-Bas-Algiers ferry is not included in the free fare promotion.

The City Council authorized Transportation Chairman and District D Councilman Eugene Green’s September 15 resolution to implement RTA’s free fares for the launch of the new network. The fare suspension was approved by the RTA Board of Commissioners at its August meeting.

The route changes are designed to transform the transit network by connecting more passengers to jobs, schools, healthcare and other necessities with shorter trips and wait times across the system.

To help achieve these goals, the agency is implementing a system of bus hubs. The central hub is across from the main library on Loyola Avenue in the central business district and other smaller hubs are in New Orleans East, Gentilly Woods, the Cemeteries Transit Center and the Wilty terminal in the West Bank.

As lead agency for the New Links study from 2019-2021, RTA worked closely with the Regional Planning Commission and sister agencies, Jefferson Transit (Jet) and St. Bernard Urban Rapid Transit (SBURT) to reinvent public transit in the region.

The two-year study with extensive public participation aimed to meet the changing needs of cyclists. The new bus routes are the latest part of the agency’s new links implementation and the first significant network overhaul since 2004.

The RTA’s New Links bus network is designed to provide better access to employment centers and major destinations such as parks, healthcare centers and grocery stores; shorter waiting times, with more buses running along key routes; more service all day, on weekends and late at night; and more connections and faster transfers.

A summary of the changes to major Uptown routes is below. Click here for a map and timetable of New Links routes. If you don’t see your route below, click here for a list of new routes with links to maps and timetables or here for a route translation guide. And if you’re not sure which bus to take, the RTA trip planner can help you with your itinerary.

Large-Napoleon: the old 94 Wide is now the 9 Large-Napoleon, a 24-hour high-frequency bus line. The new route runs down Avenue Napoléon to Rue Tchoupitoulas. NASA and the Village de L’Est are no longer served by this route, but it connects to other lines at the Gentilly Woods hub.

Magazine: The 11 Magazine is now a 24-hour route starting on Sunday. The name remains the same, but there are some route changes. It no longer extends to Magazine to the Audubon Zoo. Instead, the bus turns Jefferson Avenue and takes Tchoupitoulas to Children’s Hospital. Heading downtown, the Magazine Bus turns onto Poydras Avenue and terminates at the Main Library Hub.

Louisiana: The 27 Louisiana must now arrive every 25 minutes from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. the following morning. The route descends from Tchoupitoulas to Walmart. Instead of taking Washington, the bus continues to Toledano all the way to Louisiana.

Leonidas-Gentilly (Carrollton): The 90 Carrollton is now the 31 Leonidas-Gentilly. It runs every 60 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to midnight. Passengers on the section shared with the 32 Leonidas-Treme can take bus 31 or 32 every 30 minutes. 31 will extend to Children’s Hospital when roadworks and blockades end. Instead of ending at Elysian Fields, the route extends to the Gentilly Woods hub so passengers can travel to the Gentilly Woods shopping area and connect with other routes at the hub.

Leonidas-Trème: The 32 Leonidas-TremIt runs every hour from 5 a.m. to midnight. Passengers on the trunk shared with the 32 Leonidas-Treme can take the 31 or 32 bus every 30 minutes. The 32 no longer serves the Audubon Zoo and terminates at St. Charles and Carrollton. The Leonidas-Treme will extend to the Children’s Hospital when the work is complete.

Saint-Bernard-Claiborne: The 51 Saint-Bernard-St. Anthony and the 16 Claiborne South routes were combined to create the 51 Saint-Bernard-Claiborne, which runs every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight. This new route through the city connects with other routes at the main library center. It no longer serves Mirabeau Avenue, St. Anthony Street, the University of New Orleans, or Poydras to Canal Street.

Paris-Broadmoor: The 52 Avenue Saint-Bernard-Paris and the 28 Martin Luther King Blvd. have been replaced by 52 Paris Broadmoor. The new cross-town route runs every half hour from 5 a.m. to midnight and connects to other routes at the Main Library Center. The 52 bus serves the University of New Orleans and Xavier University and Hollygrove. It adds service along Earhart Boulevard.

Paris-Claiborne Owl: The 53 Paris-Claiborne Owl The crosstown bus only leaves at night, running every 30 minutes from midnight to 5 am. The new route connects to 24-hour routes at the Main Library Center. It replaces the night journeys of the 16 Claiborne South and the 52 Saint-Bernard-Paris.

Franklin Freret: The 57 Franklin Freret replace the 57 Franklin and the 15 Freret. The new cross-town route connects SUNO, Lakefront Arena, Tulane and Loyola Universities, and the Main Library Center. Following the end of the work, the route will continue to the zoo. It also serves North Claiborne from Franklin Avenue to Orleans Avenue.

Jackson Esplanade: There is no route change to the 91 Jackson Esplanade. It will run every 20 minutes, instead of every half hour, during peak hours.

For more information, passengers can visit norta.com/September25 or call Rideline at 504-248-3900. Riders can also receive text updates by texting RTAUpdates to 41411.

Regional Transport Authority

New Links road map for Uptown. Click here for a PDF of the map.

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STF Mag Report: Why diversity of connectivity routes is a necessity for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament https://canalvoyagers.com/stf-mag-report-why-diversity-of-connectivity-routes-is-a-necessity-for-the-fifa-world-cup-qatar-2022-tournament/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:21:00 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/stf-mag-report-why-diversity-of-connectivity-routes-is-a-necessity-for-the-fifa-world-cup-qatar-2022-tournament/ As published in the September issue of SubTel forum magazine By Brendan PressSeptember 21, 2022 For many, the FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of sport. Passion, happiness and even desperation combine to produce a concentrated football festival that attracts billions of viewers from around the world. More than half of the world’s population watched […]]]>

As published in the September issue of SubTel forum magazine

By Brendan Press
September 21, 2022

For many, the FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of sport. Passion, happiness and even desperation combine to produce a concentrated football festival that attracts billions of viewers from around the world. More than half of the world’s population watched the last World Cup in 2018, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino predicts that the number of viewers for this next World Cup will reach 5 billion.

On top of that, the way we consume football has evolved far beyond just watching the games. We now have better access to teams and players. Whether through social media, the breakdown of expert analysis, or fantasy and prediction leagues, the opportunity to engage and get closer to the action has never been greater.

Therefore, as we look to this year’s edition in Qatar – which will mark the first time the tournament will be hosted in the Middle East, as well as outside of its traditional summer slot – an important consideration is to know how the event will be accessible to everyone. So while Ronaldo, Messi and Mbappé may grab headlines, no player will be as integral to the tournament as connectivity.

The World Cup is an engine of development

When the World Cup comes to town, so does the economy. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (the organization responsible for planning and delivering the World Cup) predicts that “the contribution to the economy would essentially be around $20 billion”, – about 11% of Qatar’s GDP in 2019, before the start of the pandemic.

However, realizing this momentum requires investment as there is a need to improve stadium infrastructure and capacity. As the fan experience in stadiums continues to evolve, it is predicted that there will be a 67% year-over-year increase in the use of sports venue data, meaning that stadiums must be equipped with the best mobile and IP-based networks to accommodate this enormous growth. Indeed, the fan experience is such a key aspect of the event that countries are investing a lot of money to ensure it can put on the greatest show. However, the planning goes beyond the World Cup, it is often used as a catalyst to drive development within the host country long after the closing ceremony.

In the case of Qatar, it is investing over $300 billion in the 2022 event. Not only is it building the stadiums, but it is also upgrading its national infrastructure. Al Thawadi also said: “The World Cup is supposed to serve as a driving force to push forward and accelerate many of the initiatives that the government has already embarked on, that it had already planned, whether in terms of urban development or economic diversification.”

The country presented its national vision for the future, with the goal that by 2030′it would be an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and offering a high standard of living to its population”. The event is therefore a key driver in the Middle East’s digital transformation journey and is instrumental in transforming Qatar into an attractive business destination.

Connectivity providers are a driving force

The country’s placement in the Gulf also makes it a viable location to become a central hub of the world for business, travel, and connectivity. In geographic terms, the Middle East is perfectly situated to act as a bridge between the Eastern and Western worlds, and for connectivity this means low latency, high capacity wired routes that can help drive global transformations and economies. .

Its understanding of the geopolitical and regulatory landscapes of surrounding countries also means that organizations based there are valuable partners who can provide seamless access to new parts of the world that would otherwise be difficult to navigate.

However, for Qatar to achieve its goals, the importance of investing in connectivity capabilities cannot be underestimated. Data transfer is the lifeblood of so many aspects of our lives and delivering an unforgettable World Cup to everyone on the planet is an audition on the world stage.

Fans around the world want to seamlessly watch matches and highlights or see what their favorite players are up to between matches, and low-latency, high-capacity cable networks that can handle traffic spikes are key to that. . As such, connectivity companies in the region are increasing capacity, availability, and increasing capabilities to provide improved service.

These upgrades mean that we are already seeing big tech players enter the Middle East, with brands such as Meta, Google, AWS and Microsoft investing. Local customers expect to be able to access services quickly and seamlessly, which is why these companies are elevating diverse routes and locally hosted data centers to the top of their priorities.

In addition to these examples, a successful World Cup will be further proof that the region is home to the ideal connectivity partners for global organizations looking to improve their capabilities at scale, and they are working closely with the Supreme Committee to s make sure that happens.

Why diversification is essential on and off the pitch

The diversification of cable networks will have a huge role to play in ensuring that World Cup content is seamlessly accessible by everyone across the globe for the duration of the tournament, and for the Asia-Europe data stream beyond. of the.

A large majority of cables and traffic between West Asia, South Asia and East Asia pass through Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. This means that a route is responsible for transporting almost all data between regions to provide Asia-Europe connectivity. The challenge here is that this level of traffic creates bottlenecks, and bottlenecks mean outages and high latency – effects that can impact businesses and nations.

To mitigate these costly implications, there is a need to diversify cable routes from Asia to Europe. Instead of almost all traffic passing through Egypt and the Suez Canal, it may instead head north through various overland cable routes that pass through the Gulf, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey.

This means that if one of the routes fails due to capacity constraints or other reasons, there is an immediate substitute that keeps users connected. This redundancy means a continuous flow of data between Asia, the Gulf and Europe, which will keep football on our screens during the World Cup and – vital – that organizations and countries will stay connected.

The importance of a diverse cable network can be compared to the need for diverse tactics in the field. For example, if a team only attacks on the left, soon enough the opposing team will fix this and place more players on that side to limit movement. Likewise, if they rely too much on a player, if they get injured, it is very difficult to restructure the team in real time. The global strategy can be lost.

Thus, the teams diversify their tactics. Transition from left to right in the middle in order to keep the opponent on their toes and score when they are out of position. Although they also train to ensure that workloads can be distributed between players, which means that the strategy remains even if one player needs to be replaced by another.

In other words, continued investment and diversification in robust cable networks will be a key driver of user experience around the world, during the World Cup and beyond, as the world continues to transform. numerically.

It’s time for Qatar to shine

Come 20e November 2022, all eyes will be on Qatar. The opening ceremony will be immediately followed by the opening match of the tournament – ​​Qatar against Ecuador – and will mark the start of a festival of football which will last just under a month. One of the most watched sporting events in the world, this will be an opportunity for Qatar to show off to the planet and demonstrate why they are best placed to connect the world.

However, the World Cup is much more than a football tournament. It is the engine of investment, long-term strategy, development and a strong economy. The Supreme Committee is committed to organizing an event that will also ensure a legacy and its connectivity partners are working towards this goal. It is clear that the partners are determined to ensure that football fans around the world do not miss a goal and that preparations have been underway for years. They have an unwavering commitment to service continuity that will provide the consistency of services that end users and football fans around the world deserve.

With continued investment in robust and diverse cable trays and their protection, users of these networks are empowered. They feature low-latency, high-capacity connectivity that connects operations in Asia to Europe via diversified routes via Iran, Iraq and Turkey, as well as the most commonly used route via the Channel from Suez.

As the world continues to develop, these diverse connectivity pathways will allow organizations and nations to stay connected, encourage the development of innovative technologies and boost economies. But, in the short term, it means delivering another unforgettable World Cup.

About the Author

Brendan Press is Commercial Director at Gulf Bridge International with over 20 years leading commercial teams to deliver exceptional results across a wide range of disciplines.

Click here to read more articles from the offshore energy issue of SubTel Forum magazine or read on our archive site here.

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Irish Rail offers additional services on several lines https://canalvoyagers.com/irish-rail-offers-additional-services-on-several-lines/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:45:45 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/irish-rail-offers-additional-services-on-several-lines/ Iarnród Éireann has released proposed new rail timetables, which include additional services on several routes and improved journey times on the Nenagh line. The rail company, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, plans to implement timetable changes from December 11. Additional services are offered for Newbridge, Hazelhatch, Mayo, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Kilcoole. Additional […]]]>

Iarnród Éireann has released proposed new rail timetables, which include additional services on several routes and improved journey times on the Nenagh line.

The rail company, in conjunction with the National Transport Authority, plans to implement timetable changes from December 11.

Additional services are offered for Newbridge, Hazelhatch, Mayo, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tullamore and Kilcoole.

Additional train services are planned from the suburban belt, which includes services to and from Newbridge, Hazelhatch and Kilcoole, and additional services to and from Mayo, Carlow and Tullamore, as well as journey time improvements on the Limerick to Ballybrophy line, which travels via Nenagh.

The company released details of the proposed schedule and invited the public to submit comments before the new schedule is finalized.

The consultation survey is open until Sunday, October 2.

Iarnród Éireann and the National Transport Authority will review all suggestions received.

“We have identified opportunities to improve services in the context of post-Covid travel habits, as demand recovers strongly,” said a spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann.

“We encourage all current customers and anyone considering rail for their sustainable travel options to review the proposed changes and provide us with feedback as we finalize the new schedule.”

Changes include:

  • 12 other off-peak commuter services between Newbridge and Heuston Station
  • Additional services between Hazelhatch and Grand Canal Dock, via Phoenix Park Tunnel on weekdays
  • Earlier first service between Dundalk/Drogheda and Pearse Station on weekdays, with service also extended to Grand Canal Dock
  • More services to call in Kilcoole on Rosslare Europort/Dublin Connolly services
  • A new mid-morning return service between Heuston Station and Carlow on weekdays
  • A 15 minute reduction in journey times on the Limerick – Ballybrophy route
  • A new Athlone-Westport service at 7.08am Monday to Friday providing service to regional commuters along the line.

Further information on all the proposed changes can be found on the Irish Rail website.

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Junta blockade of several key roads is taking a toll on residents of Rakhine State https://canalvoyagers.com/junta-blockade-of-several-key-roads-is-taking-a-toll-on-residents-of-rakhine-state/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:48:38 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/junta-blockade-of-several-key-roads-is-taking-a-toll-on-residents-of-rakhine-state/ Life has become increasingly difficult for many residents of Rakhine State as Myanmar’s military regime blocks major roads and waterways which continue, in some cases for months. The army has restricted access to the Ponnagyun-Rathedaung, Agnumaw-Maungdaw and Yaychanbyin-Agnumaw roads, as well as the Paletwa-Kyauktaw waterway. The Ponnagyun-Rathedaung road was blocked after a junta soldier was […]]]>

Life has become increasingly difficult for many residents of Rakhine State as Myanmar’s military regime blocks major roads and waterways which continue, in some cases for months.

The army has restricted access to the Ponnagyun-Rathedaung, Agnumaw-Maungdaw and Yaychanbyin-Agnumaw roads, as well as the Paletwa-Kyauktaw waterway.

The Ponnagyun-Rathedaung road was blocked after a junta soldier was arrested in Ponnagyun township on June 16. The regime also suspended the Shwe Pyi Tan express ferry service on Sept. 15, creating significant inconvenience for residents, Rathedaung resident Ko San Htone said.

“We have a lot of difficulties because land and sea routes are inaccessible,” he said. “Food prices have skyrocketed in Rathedaung. I was unable to provide for my family’s health and education needs. You can see what is happening in the country. I dare not think of the possibility of worse things we could face.

Food prices have soared in Paletwa, Chin state, since the military regime last month blocked the waterways between Paletwa and Kyauktaw in neighboring Rakhine state, on which Paletwa heavily depends for the supply of food and other goods.

“It has become more and more difficult to buy food,” said a resident of Paletwa. “A bag of raw rice now sells for more than K70,000 in the market. A bag of Paw Hsan Hmwe sells for over 100,000K, and you can only buy three eggs with 1,000K and a liter of cooking oil with 6,000K. I have never seen such high food prices of my life in Paletwa.

Myanmar’s military regime blocked the Agnumaw-Maungdaw and Yaychanbyin-Agnumaw roads following fighting between the army and the Arakan Army (AA) near Cheinkhali and Koetankauk villages in Rathedaung township on 13 august. The regime also suspended Shwe Pyi Tan express ferry services in September. 15.

“Not to mention health and education [concerns], we even struggle to feed ourselves,” said the village administrator of Thit Tone Nar Kwa Sone village in northern Maungdaw township. “We are going to be hungry. We have run out of food we have since August 13th. We share food with each other, and we’re all almost out of food now.

The administrator called on the military regime to reopen the roads, considering that the local population is starving.

“The food mainly comes from Maungdaw town. We call for the reopening of the road for food supply. Even though we are not allowed to transport rice with vehicles, it wouldn’t be so bad if we could transport rice with motorbikes,” he said.

A series of clashes between the Myanmar army and the Rakhine army have been reported in Rakhine State since August, with thousands of people displaced by renewed hostilities and military tensions that continue to s ‘intensify.

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Denmark vs Finland: which one should you visit? https://canalvoyagers.com/denmark-vs-finland-which-one-should-you-visit/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 11:43:56 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/denmark-vs-finland-which-one-should-you-visit/ Fancy a trip to Scandinavia, but you don’t know which country to visit? Both Denmark and Finland are great choices, but which is better for a first-time visitor? Although Denmark and Finland are similar in some ways, the two are distinctly different places that would take months, if not years, to fully explore. We’ll go […]]]>

Fancy a trip to Scandinavia, but you don’t know which country to visit?

Both Denmark and Finland are great choices, but which is better for a first-time visitor?

Although Denmark and Finland are similar in some ways, the two are distinctly different places that would take months, if not years, to fully explore.

We’ll go over the main differences here – from what you can see, to how much things are likely to cost when you arrive – and help you decide which country to visit.

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Population
Climate
What to see and do
Cost of life
Security
Language

Denmark is a beautiful country, but it doesn’t have the same wild areas as Finland

First of all: which country is the biggest?

Geographically, Finland is bigger than Denmark – MUCH bigger!

Finland covers 338,439 square kilometers (about 130,672 square miles) and is the second largest country in Scandinavia, just after Sweden.

Denmark’s size is only a fraction of that of Finland, totaling just 42,951 square kilometers (16,584 square miles).

So if you want to ‘see’ Finland properly, from the cities in the south to the wilderness in the north, you’ll need a lot more time to get around.

Population of Denmark vs Finland

When it comes to population, there is actually not much difference between the two countries.

Finland has about 5.5 million inhabitants, while Denmark has about 5.8 million inhabitants. So they are quite close, but as you would expect, Denmark is more densely populated.

This may not seem like a big deal, but it will definitely shape your experience of each country.

So, although Denmark is not overcrowded, it feels more built up and you will come across large towns and cities more often during your travels.

And conversely, Finland’s big cities seem very scattered, and it’s incredibly easy to find ‘real’ nature almost anywhere you go.

Northern Finland is generally colder than Denmark
Northern Finland is generally colder than Denmark

What about the climate?

Both Denmark and Finland have cold winters and mild, comfortable summers. So whichever country you choose, you will need to pack the right clothes for the season.

Summer temperatures in both countries can reach 25°C (77°F) on sunny days, while winter temperatures in Copenhagen and Helsinki can drop below freezing for days.

And while the climate in different parts of Denmark remains quite stable, there can be huge differences between northern and southern Finland, even on the same day.

While Helsinki in winter can be chilly, it’s not uncommon for Finnish Lapland to experience temperatures of -20c (-4F) – or even colder in the darkest depths of winter, when the sun sets barely rises above the horizon.

These guides have more about the weather in Finland and Denmark.

What to see and do: Denmark vs Finland

Denmark and Finland are both amazing places to visit, with plenty to offer first-time visitors.

They offer very different types of vacations though, and the one you choose will depend a lot on what you want to spend your time doing – whether that’s hanging out in cool towns or exploring real wilderness areas that are increasingly difficult to navigate. find in Europe.

Denmark's cities are among the most laid-back in Scandinavia
Denmark’s cities are among the most laid-back in Scandinavia

Cities

Most tours to Denmark and Finland begin in the capitals – Copenhagen and Helsinki, respectively.

Copenhagen is best known for its colorful waterfront buildings, famous neo-Nordic cuisine, cycling culture and laid-back vibe hard to find in other parts of Scandinavia.

There’s a much more continental feel to Copenhagen compared to other Nordic capitals like Helsinki, especially during the summer when people flock to the waterfront for the beers of the day.

Many tourists start by getting their bearings on one of the canal cruises, which offer great views of the city.

Copenhagen is also home to the historic Tivoli Gardens: a large amusement park with thrill rides, arcade games and live music. You can get entrance tickets here!

Other Danish cities worth visiting include Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg, but for culture, food and just about everything else, Copenhagen should be your first stop.

In Finland, Helsinki is the natural center of Finnish art, music and culture. Major tourist attractions are relatively rare, beyond a few fine churches, parks and historic sites, but it’s the perfect base for excursions into the surrounding countryside.

Many tourists stay in hotels in the city center and go out during the day to visit the islands of Helsinki on guided boat trips.

Helsinki also has a good bar and club scene, with everything from karaoke and live music venues to themed bars.

Other major Finnish cities worth visiting include Tampere, Turku and Oulu, but if you’re only visiting Finland for a few days and want to mix city center sightseeing with some time in nature, Helsinki is a safe bet.

Unlike Denmark, Finland offers visitors the chance to see the Northern Lights
Finland offers visitors the chance to see the Northern Lights

Nature

Denmark is a flat country, spread over several islands, so you won’t find any mountains here.

However, you will find picturesque landscapes with lush green farmland and crystal clear water beaches.

This means that a rural holiday in Denmark is more likely to be about lazy bike rides and quaint villages, rather than true back-to-nature experiences.

Finnish nature is much more diverse, with dense forests and a huge number of lakes – more than 188,000 in total.

If you visit northern Finland during winter, you also have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, which is usually not possible in Denmark. In summer you can also see the midnight sun!

Finland also has plenty of other winter activities to try, from dog sledding and reindeer farm experiences to a visit from Santa Claus in Lapland.

There are also unique places to stay, like the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, where you can sleep under the Northern Lights – in an igloo!

Speaking of snow and igloos, Finland is also famous for its many winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

Bears can be seen in the wild in Finland
Bear-ly anyone around

The big question: which country is the cheapest to visit?

Well, no matter where you travel in Northern Europe, it’s going to be expensive. Scandinavia is famous (or infamous!) for being one of the most expensive regions in Europe.

There is not a big difference between the two countries, but Denmark is generally more expensive than Finland – if you plan to live there, or just visiting.

And as a general rule, things are usually much more expensive in the cities – accommodation and restaurants are particularly expensive in Copenhagen, for example (here are some tips for free and cheap things to do instead!).

If you want to find cheap accommodation in Denmark, Booking.com is a great place to start. There are also plenty of great hostels in places like Copenhagen. Just be sure to book ahead to get the best value.

Finland isn’t exactly a cheap destination either; in recent years it has become one of the most expensive countries in the EU, behind Denmark and Ireland.

One thing to consider is that because Finland is so much bigger than Denmark, transportation might end up costing you more.

Finland also has a lot more organized tours (like this epic snowmobile tour), which are well worth the effort, but can quickly add up.

Which country is safer: Denmark or Finland?

Denmark and Finland rank among the safest countries in Europe. But which is safer?

When comparing crime, the two countries rank almost identically. In mid-2022, the crime index was 26.23 in Denmark and 26.52 in Finland.

Of course, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. But generally speaking, you won’t have to worry about your safety in either country.

What about the language?

The Danish and Finnish languages ​​are very, very different!

They are each part of a different language family: Danish is a Germanic language, while Finnish is an Uralic language.

Danish is closely related to Swedish, Norwegian, German and English. Meanwhile, Finnish is closely related to Estonian and Hungarian.

Danish is by far the easiest language to learn if you are an English speaker. The same cannot be said for Finnish: Finnish is said to be one of the hardest languages ​​to learn as an English speaker.

The Finnish language is very complex and introduces concepts that don’t really exist in English. For example, a single word can be an entire sentence.

Moreover, it uses double vowels and double consonants. An example of this is “kuunnella”, which means “to listen”. Or ‘hyvää iltapäivää’, which means ‘good afternoon’.

It is also important to note that if you are in the southeastern region of Finland, you may hear a lot of Swedish in addition to Finnish.

Do Danes and Finns speak English?

Now, if you’re visiting relatively soon, it’s unlikely you’ll be fluent in Danish or Finnish in time for your trip.

But the good news is this: most Danes and Finns speak English with disarming fluency, and you should have no trouble getting by with English alone, especially if you stick to the big cities!

So, should you visit Denmark or Finland?

Denmark and Finland have a lot to offer visitors.

  • If you are looking for nature activities and a real feeling of “getting away from it all”, Finland is the best option.
  • If you’re looking for cool cities, world-class cuisine and a relaxed vibe, Denmark is the way to go.

Whichever country you decide to visit, you won’t regret it. Our honest advice, if your budget allows, is to try both.

See also:

Nordic vs Scandinavian: what’s the difference?
Sweden vs Norway: which one should you visit?

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2 Awesome Bike Routes in Honolulu https://canalvoyagers.com/2-awesome-bike-routes-in-honolulu/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 18:34:49 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/2-awesome-bike-routes-in-honolulu/ Go on a bike ride through Waikīkī and discover the city’s historical sites. Photo: Natalie Schack OWe love our neighborhood Biki stations. And it’s not just because they offer a greener way to get from here to there in Honolulu – sometimes there’s no nicer way to see the city than by gliding through bike. […]]]>
Go on a bike ride through Waikīkī and discover the city’s historical sites.
Photo: Natalie Schack

OWe love our neighborhood Biki stations. And it’s not just because they offer a greener way to get from here to there in Honolulu – sometimes there’s no nicer way to see the city than by gliding through bike. Our favorite places to ride are shaded and flat, part of the city’s cycling infrastructure in neighborhoods with lots to see, where the mobility of an easy-to-maneuver two-wheeler beats a cumbersome everyday car. Did we mention this is one of our favorite things to do with visiting friends and family? Here are some of our favorite DIY Biki “tours” that let you get out and interact with the city, in a fun way.

Waikiki by the water

Start at station 328 right next to the Duke Kahanamoku statue, where the stretch of hotels on Kalākaua Avenue opens up to reveal ocean views. From there, the dedicated bike path will take you on a beautiful ride along the famous and bustling Waikīkī coastline. Follow it all the way east to the end of Kalākaua, passing the grassy areas of San Souci Waterfront Park until you come to Waikīkī Aquarium and Biki 518 Station. Moor here, visit the aquarium or grab a quick bite at the excellent Barefoot Beach Café. Then go back on your way, this time taking a right on Kapahulu Avenue. A few streets up, you’ll want to snag that left onto Ala Wai Boulevard for another different waterfront experience along the canal. This route also has a dedicated cycle path along the footpath. Across the water, you’ll see the verdant fields of Ala Wai Golf Course and the Ko’olau Range beyond, and watch canoe paddlers practicing their shots in the canal waters. Follow Ala Wai Boulevard to the end, where you’ll reach Biki 300 station. Moor here, then walk to Prince Waikīkī, where you can treat yourself to sunset cocktails and great marina views on the roof of the Hinana Bar hotel.

Historic Honolulu

Start at Biki 402 station near Thomas Square. See the Restoration of Sovereignty Day monument commemorating the end of the five-month occupation of Hawai’i in 1843 by a rogue British captain, before heading downtown on King’s Protected Bike Path Street. Admire the brutalist Frank Fasi Municipal Building and shaded tree-lined paths (perfect for biking), which lead you past Isamu Noguchi’s enigmatic Sky Gate, Aloha Freedom Bell, Nagasaki Bell, and Hawaii Law Enforcement Monument. Take a moment to ride your bike past Honolulu Hale and visit the 9/11 Eternal Flame monument. Cross at the crosswalk to the boulevard that connects the unique architectural dichotomy of the State Capitol and ‘Iolani Palace, passing the statue of Queen Lili’uokalani on the way. Turn left onto Richards Street to circle around the Palace, then left again onto King Street to pass the majestic statue of King Kamehameha just before turning right onto Punchbowl Street, ending at Biki 125 station just opposite Kawaiaha’o Historic Church and Cemetery.

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Ricketts visits possible routes for the Perkins County Canal https://canalvoyagers.com/ricketts-visits-possible-routes-for-the-perkins-county-canal/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 16:47:48 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/ricketts-visits-possible-routes-for-the-perkins-county-canal/ Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other state officials on an unannounced visit Tuesday to the Perkins County Canal Project area. Alongside him, left to right, were Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, state Sen. Mike Hilgers, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Attorney General Doug Peterson. (Courtesy of the Nebraska Governor’s Office) […]]]>
Gov. Pete Ricketts joined other state officials on an unannounced visit Tuesday to the Perkins County Canal Project area. Alongside him, left to right, were Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, state Sen. Mike Hilgers, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, and Attorney General Doug Peterson. (Courtesy of the Nebraska Governor’s Office)

Colorado officials have called the $500 million project a ‘canal to nowhere’

By PAUL HAMMEL
Nebraska Examiner

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts paid an unannounced tour of possible routes for the Perkins County Canal Project this week and said drought conditions in Nebraska are making construction of the controversial project even more critical.

“This visit has reinforced the need for us to protect every drop of water in the South Platte River that we can,” Ricketts said in a press release. “The Perkins County Canal is essential to that end.”

This spring, Ricketts offered to resurrect the long-dormant Perkins County Canal Project, estimated at $500 million, saying it was the only way Nebraska could reclaim non-irrigation period flows from the South Platte River secured in a compact river with the Colorado.

Compact entitles you to water

The governor also said Nebraska must claim its rightful share of the river’s flows before Colorado and its fast-growing Front Range capture it instead.

The project promises to expand areas of irrigated cropland in southwestern Nebraska, which is experiencing drought conditions this year. At one location visited on the South Platte River, east of Ogallala, there was no flow in the river.

Colorado officials condemned the proposal, calling it a “duct to nowhere” and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Some Nebraska lawmakers have wondered how the canal project, which was scrapped a century ago for being too expensive, suddenly became a priority. And environmental groups have expressed concerns about the impact of flows that support fish and wildlife on the Platte River system.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Ricketts had visited parts of the South Platte River Basin two days earlier.

A news release from the governor’s office said the visit, which was not announced on the governor’s weekly public schedule, offered “first-hand insight into drought conditions and included a windshield survey of routes possible and reservoir locations for the Perkins County Canal. ”

Report due in December

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Sen. Mike Hilgers, and Tom Riley, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director, were also on the trip.

An independent report on the costs, benefits and water supply of the proposal is expected to be completed in December.

The canal would begin in northeast Colorado and cross Nebraska somewhere south of the South Platte, either in Perkins or Deuel counties, before joining the river. A series of tanks would be part of the project, officials said.

Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, called the Perkins County Canal the most significant water project of his 35-year career.  (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)
Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, called the Perkins County Canal the most significant water project of his 35-year career. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

Riley said his department is “following the path set by the (Nebraska) legislature” in working toward a fully functional canal and reservoir system within a few years.

Searching for options on land

“This includes a study of the project, as well as preliminary design and construction plans,” Riley said. “In the meantime, we are actively seeking option agreements for properties along the general canal corridor.”

Nebraska would have the power of eminent domain, even in Colorado, to legally obtain land for the canal if a landowner refused to sell. The use of eminent domain often becomes controversial in rural areas, and has resulted in lawsuits over its use for the now-abandoned Keystone XL pipeline.

Riley added that Nebraska officials continue to “engage regularly” with their Colorado counterparts about the project.

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Ricketts pays unannounced visit to possible routes of controversial Perkins County Canal https://canalvoyagers.com/ricketts-pays-unannounced-visit-to-possible-routes-of-controversial-perkins-county-canal/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 16:15:52 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/ricketts-pays-unannounced-visit-to-possible-routes-of-controversial-perkins-county-canal/ LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts paid an unannounced tour of possible routes for the Perkins County Canal Project this week and said drought conditions in Nebraska are making construction of the controversial project even more critical. “This visit has reinforced the need for us to protect every drop of water in the South Platte River […]]]>

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts paid an unannounced tour of possible routes for the Perkins County Canal Project this week and said drought conditions in Nebraska are making construction of the controversial project even more critical.

“This visit has reinforced the need for us to protect every drop of water in the South Platte River that we can,” Ricketts said in a press release. “The Perkins County Canal is essential to that end.”

This spring, Ricketts offered to resurrect the long-dormant Perkins County Canal Project, estimated at $500 million, saying it was the only way Nebraska could reclaim non-irrigation period flows from the South Platte River secured in a compact river with the Colorado.

Compact entitles you to water

The governor also said Nebraska must claim its rightful share of the river’s flows before Colorado and its fast-growing Front Range capture it instead.

Drought conditions dried up South Platte River flows east of Ogallala near Roscoe. (Courtesy of the Nebraska Governor’s Office)

The project promises to expand areas of irrigated cropland in southwestern Nebraska, which is experiencing drought conditions this year. At one location visited on the South Platte River, east of Ogallala, there was no flow in the river.

Colorado officials condemned the proposal, calling it a “duct to nowhere” and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Some Nebraska lawmakers have wondered how the canal project, which was scrapped a century ago for being too expensive, suddenly became a priority. And environmental groups have expressed concerns about the impact of flows that support fish and wildlife on the Platte River system.

On Thursday, it was revealed that Ricketts had visited parts of the South Platte River Basin two days earlier.

A news release from the governor’s office said the visit, which was not announced on the governor’s weekly public schedule, offered “first-hand insight into drought conditions and included a windshield survey of routes possible and reservoir locations for the Perkins County Canal. ”

Report due in December

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Sen. Mike Hilgers, and Tom Riley, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources Director, were also on the trip.

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office said Friday that the trip was not on the public schedule because the tour was not open to the public or the media.

An independent report on the costs, benefits and water supply of the proposal is expected to be completed in December.

The canal would begin in northeast Colorado and cross Nebraska somewhere south of the South Platte, either in Perkins or Deuel counties, before joining the river. A series of tanks would be part of the project, officials said.

Tom Riley, Director of the NE Department of Natural Resources.
Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, called the Perkins County Canal the most significant water project of his 35-year career. (Paul Hammel/Nebraska Examiner)

Riley said his department is “following the path set by the (Nebraska) legislature” in working toward a fully functional canal and reservoir system within a few years.

Searching for options on land

“This includes a study of the project, as well as preliminary design and construction plans,” Riley said. “In the meantime, we are actively seeking option agreements for properties along the general canal corridor.”

Nebraska would have the power of eminent domain, even in Colorado, to legally obtain land for the canal if a landowner refused to sell. The use of eminent domain often becomes controversial in rural areas, and has resulted in lawsuits over its use for the now-abandoned Keystone XL pipeline.

Riley added that Nebraska officials continue to “engage regularly” with their Colorado counterparts about the project.

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“They have 4 other routes”. How the Russians replaced the Antonovsky Bridge https://canalvoyagers.com/they-have-4-other-routes-how-the-russians-replaced-the-antonovsky-bridge/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 11:09:28 +0000 https://canalvoyagers.com/they-have-4-other-routes-how-the-russians-replaced-the-antonovsky-bridge/ The Russians are desperately trying to establish logistics with their right bank group. To do this, they carried out a number of routes through which they will try to avoid damage from the fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There is almost no possibility for civilians to move through the crossing points. Kherson activist […]]]>


The Russians are desperately trying to establish logistics with their right bank group. To do this, they carried out a number of routes through which they will try to avoid damage from the fire of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

There is almost no possibility for civilians to move through the crossing points. Kherson activist Vladimir Molchanov Channel 24 said about it.

The activist noted that there was almost no possibility for civilian transport to move along the crossing points.

“There is only one ferry near the Antonovsky Bridge. For the Russians, it is a place of distraction. More civilians are transported there than soldiers. They also have 4 possible routes which they try to transport on pontoons”

Antonovsky Bridge

According to him, most of these routes are between Lvove and Korsunka.

“They are longer than the Antonovskaya crossing. Much longer – it’s more than 3 kilometers because you have to cross the strait between the Konka and the Dnieper – that is, the islands of the Dnieper. Beating them on a pontoon is always a pleasure, especially when it’s colder,” added the interlocutor.

He pointed out that the accumulation of the transport of invaders is constantly successfully used by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, destroying them.

“It happens in Kazatsky, Novaya Kakhovka, near the dam, where they also tried to cross from the lock channel, near Lvovsky and Korsunka, at the same crossing of the Antonovsky bridge. Yesterday they tried to cross in large numbers by barges from the docks of Hola Pristan,” says the activist.

According to him, the Russians will continue to try to cross, constantly ignoring the needs of civilians.

“Not half of them, but more await death on this crossing, which means a significant deterioration in the supply of the invaders not only in food but in fuel and ammunition. If this were not the case , they effectively defended themselves and would not have allowed the Armed Forces of Ukraine to carry out these already known offensive actions..

Antonovsky Bridge

He summarized that today there are many such actions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, that it is still impossible to say where the Ukrainian army has advanced since the enemy has an advantage in aviation and artillery.


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