Corsica's mountainous interior
Riot police clash with student protesters in Seoul. Security increases at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh following a bomb threat. A pilots' strike in Italy causes widespread air-traffic delays . . . Reading the Hot Spots electronic newsletter is like listening to a world-band police scanner for a few minutes each morningvoyeuristic but informative, especially for globetrotting adventure-seekers. Published Monday through Friday by Air Security International, a Houston-based security and intelligence firm serving mostly corporate clients, each issue of Hot Spots includes 15 to 20 briefings on current safety- and travel-related events in countries from Argentina to Zimbabwe. Hot Spots also provides the latest warnings and advisories from the U.S., Canadian, and British governments, but as editor Mark Hall notes, "We catch a lot of stuff even before the State Department does." Check out a sample issue or sign up for your free e-mail subscription at www.airsecurity.com.
Change Your Tuna
When was the last time you applauded the food in a national parkchili-cheese fries and all? Park menus changed for the better during the mango-smoothie-infused 1990s, and now they're P.C., too. Following a growing national trend, Amfac Parks and Resorts, the country's largest park concessionaire, announced this summer that it will no longer serve Chilean sea bass, Atlantic swordfish, shark, or bluefin tunaall species considered threatened due to overfishing. Its recently acquired conscience aligns Amfac with others who have taken a stand against consuming threatened fish species, including the Aspen Ski Company and high-profile chefs like Jacques Pepin. Amfac serves more than 600,000 pounds of fish a year in 117 restaurants across the United States, including the dining rooms in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, and other national parks. For more on how your fish-buying habits can affect the planet's biodiversity, contact The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (831-648-4800; www.montereybayaquarium.org) or Seafood Choices Alliance (www.seafoodchoices.net).
New Trip: Hiking Corsica
Dust off your bota bag and get ready for eight days of hiking on the Mediterranean island of Corsicaon a self-guided route that begins in the coastal village of Ajaccio and then follows the rugged western shore north before circling inland to the high-mountain village of Corte. You'll hike some ten moderate-to-steep miles a day, following ancient footpaths and country roads along seaside cliffs and through pine and chestnut forests, and fields of rosemary. Active Journeys provides maps and route details, books your nightly stays at small, three-star inns, and transports your luggage each day, leaving you to trek at your own paceso stop to swim in a sun-warmed rock pool or explore the steep Spelunca Gorge. New this summer, the trip is offered throughout the year for $925 per person, including accommodations for seven nights, all breakfasts, and three dinners. For details, call Active Journeys Inc. at 800-597-5594 or visit www.activejourneys.com.