MEXICO - THE REBOUND BEGINS?
Apparently the big push to get tourists back to Mexico is having an effect. USA Today reported that bookings in Cancun over the American Memorial Day weekend were up quite a bit and that occupancy at some resorts was around 43 per cent.
Not great by usual standards, of course, but about double what they'd been before the swine flu travel warnings were lifted.
Mexican government officials are talking about getting singer Placido Domingo to urge tourists to come their way. They also plan to use LPGA star Lorena Ochoa. Hey, what about Rafael Nadal? He's not doing anything this week. Neither is Bob Cole, come to think of it. Or LeBron James.
I had been warned by a Slovenian friend here in Toronto that they drive fast on the highways. But I don't know why she was worried. I found that drivers rigidly followed the "keep your distance" rule of one inch between you and the car in front of you for every 50 km per hour.
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW
I hadn't noticed them until a couple from Canada pointed them out to me. But on some of the highways in Slovenia they've installed roadside fences that are clear; likely some sort of heavy-duty plastic. You're still protected from having your car tumble into a creek or what have you, but you don't get your views of the mountains blocked by ugly, cement walls like we have on the 401 and other highways in Canada.
Good idea, not that we have so many mountains to look at here in Ontario.