It started when I asked Jacki Gemelos of the Connecticut Sun for her favorite Greek foods. Gemelos lit up as she listed Greek delicacies and she also mentioned Portillo’s for their famous chocolate cake. Soon food became the main focus of that media session, with other writers chiming in with their Greek choices. In succeeding sessions with other players, I pursued the topic, conducting an informal poll of more than 50 players and coaches,
Chicago was named as the favorite food city, with Lou Malnati’s Pizza the top choice, followed closely by Portillo’s. Chicago area native Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm had a Malnati’s pizza sent to her there. Chipotle was the top large franchise pick.
Las Vegas Aces Carolyn Swords had her favorite coffee shipped from Las Vegas, but likes the food served at IMG, as does Dallas Wings assistant coach Bryce Agler, who mentioned the health benefits. Tyasha Harris of the Wings is relying on food delivery services, as is Bella Alarie of the Wings, who also touted the good food at IMG.
As for travel, basketball trips are regarded as business trips and don’t allow for tourist activities. Kahleah Copper of the Chicago Sky spoke for all in saying she misses seeing the different sights, but the travel would be hard in this condensed season.
All look forward to recreational travel in the offseason. Again, Chicago was the most popular destination, followed by Los Angeles, San Diego, New York and “anywhere warm near water.” Greece and Italy topped the most desirable foreign destination lists. Gemelos mentioned spending half the year in Greece, although part of that is also business, as she plays in the Greek league.
Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer had the most interesting answer. As a self-described “hermit,” he misses the alone time that comes with travel. Laimbeer stated the solitude he finds when traveling is refreshing and allows him to recharge.
A recurring sentiment was missing simple things, like eating and socializing with family and friends. The Sky’s Diamond DeShields wishes she could be helping prepare her younger sister for college. Several players, like Kayla McBride of the Aces, miss their pets.
The major benefit of life in the bubble is the convenience, as summarized by Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot. Everything and everybody a player needs is only minutes away.
The Sun’s Natisha Hiedeman might be the most productive outside of basketball activities. With a song recently released and another coming soon, Hiedeman is using down time to develop her music career. She also told a great story about a beach day for the team.
The WNBA regular season ends September 12, with playoffs ending a few weeks later. By then, all personnel will have spent more than 90 days together at IMG. Upon the season conclusion, most say they will spend a long stretch at home, followed by a relaxing trip somewhere. The comfort of home followed by the fun of travel is the perfect way to recover from those three months of isolation.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In April 2021, I was skimming Facebook when an ad for a blind-folded dining experience popped up on my newsfeed. The event was hosted through a company called Fever that offers fun, interactive events in major cities and virtually for people to enjoy. Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. The description made the event sound exciting and mysterious. When I give someone a present for their birthday, the holidays or a wedding, I like to give the gift of an experience that the recipient can learn something from. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was in June, when the event was to be hosted, so I thought this would be a great surprise for him.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
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