In which we present a regular round-up of news from the world of Grown-up Travel
City of Stockholm and Nobel Foundation Join Forces to Create a Nobel Prize Center in Stockholm
On December 1, 2011, the Nobel Foundation and the City of Stockholm signed a declaration of intent to work jointly towards the creation of a permanent Nobel Prize Center, to be located on Nybroviken, an inlet of the Baltic Sea in the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. They have agreed on a site on the Blasieholmen peninsula that is owned by the City of Stockholm.
“Through the Nobel Prize Center, we want to create a contemporary meeting place for Nobel Laureates, researchers, students, school pupils and a curious general public. The center will provide a world-class experience and will serve as a base for our efforts to disseminate the message of the Nobel Prize on the importance of knowledge, humanism and peace,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.
Travel chaos, power cut amid storms
Storm-force winds of up to 165mph have battered Scotland, disrupting travel, cutting power supplies and closing schools.
The Met Office issued its highest red-alert warning for much of the central belt and police warned motorists to avoid the roads altogether.
However, no serious injuries or fatalities were reported anywhere in the country as a direct result of the weather which saw winds of 165mph recorded on the summit of Cairngorm in the Highlands.
The fastest gust ever recorded on the peak was 173mph in 1986. On lower ground, 105mph winds hit Tulloch Bridge in Inverness and 81mph winds were recorded in Dunstaffnage in Argyll and Bute.
The anti-Christmas travel plan
Your grown-up kids aren’t coming home for Christmas. They’re all married, and it’s the in-laws’ turn to host dinner in another state. Or your divorce is finally final, and your ex has the kids this year. Yes, you can celebrate a few days later, but what do you do on Christmas?
“The holidays are an extremely difficult time and bring up a lot of memories of the missing loved ones,” said R. Robert Auger, a psychiatrist with the Mayo Clinic. “Break the familiar routine that could bring up potentially painful memories,” Auger suggested.
Whatever your circumstances, it’s your time. For you, the anti-Christmas crowd, we offer a range of options to get away from St. Nick. While it may be too late for a far-flung escape this year, imagine yourself taking these trips next year and put your name at the top of Santa’s list.