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Tips for working while travelling

As work restructuring is taking place on a major scale across the globe, remote work has become the order of the day. You don’t have to stay cooped up in an office before you work. You can work from the comfort of your room or while you are satisfying your wanderlust. Here are tips for working and travelling at the same time:

Get a reliable internet connection and set focus blocks

Before you get to your travel destination, sort out any internet issues. Ask the host to confirm the reliability of the WiFi. Look for coffee shops and different locations you can work out, in case you need options. Internet connection is vital for remote work. If you are using Airbnb services, ask for a screenshot of internet speed test from potential landlords. Also, if you are working in a different time zone, set focus blogs. Schedule what to do for every part of the day so that you can be more intentional with how you spend your time.

Be openminded and find your stability anchors

You have to understand that everyone and everything is different in somewhere, so don’t always expect a place to be exactly as you have heard it. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, being open-minded will help you see more ways to make it fun. Besides, don’t trust retouched photos on Instagram too much. Furthermore, since you are on-the-go, you must find a means of stability. For instance, your anchors of stability can be a nice shower or a coffee by your side or your favourite song playing in soft tunes across the room. You may not have to pack them along every time you travel; however, having them around gets you in the mood for work.

Stick to your routine and make time to explore

It can be tempting to fall out of routine when you travel but force yourself to stick to your normal routine. This helps you to be productive. No matter the location or circumstances, try to balance between work and other important things in your life. Also, make time to explore on your trip. Getting some sunshine goes a long way in putting you in the right frame of mind. for instance, you can free one hour during lunch to check to explore. Don’t be over-ambitious too, know what you can do and do it. If you are using the services of a travel agency for your trip, you should request from the itinerary, so that you will know your free time and use it to work. This is especially if you are travelling with a reliable travel agency that will stick strictly to their schedule. You can check through a list of travel agencies reviews such as Go Groopie travel reviews to know from the experience of other customers if they do keep to their schedule.

Travel light and comfortably and remember to rest

The fewer things you travel with, the easier and better for you. Working and going

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Exciting Things to Do When Vacationing in Alaska

Alaska is essentially a part of every adventure seeker’s idea of heaven. This rugged state boasts of wide expanses of pristine wilderness, ancient glaciers, noble peaks, and miles upon miles of breathtaking shorelines teeming with beauty and life.

Aside from its rugged face, Alaska also has a fun and interesting side: it has America’s first museum for hammers, state laws that focus on moose, and record-breaking agricultural produce — such as a 138-pound cabbage and hefty 35-pound broccoli.

But, humongous vegetables and moose-focused legislations aside, The Last Frontier is, first and foremost, a remote destination that promises a million ways to experience adventure. If you’re heading out to this vast state any time soon for a weekend getaway or a long-awaited vacation, then you’d better have your pen and paper ready to include these exciting things to do in Alaska:

  1. Head over to the Denali National Park. Denali National Park is Alaska’s premier National Park where Mount Denali, formerly Mount McKinley, is located. It is excellently preserved and guarantees visitors lots of chances to eyeball caribous, moose, and wolves. Denali Nation Park is open for tourists all-year-round, so there is no way you couldn’t visit the location (notwithstanding the current COVID-19 restrictions).
     
  2. Go fishing for some Alaskan salmon. Alaska’s rivers and saltwater lakes are home to various species of tasty, wild salmon that best epitomize the region: an eclectic mix of wilderness and flavorful beauty and character. When you visit Alaska for a vacation or weekend trip, don’t miss out on the many guided saltwater fishing trips that local tour operators offer for reasonable rates, including board and lodging. Your fishing adventure will not only let you catch some mean salmon but also allow you to bask in the untamed beauty of the Alaskan countryside.
     
  3. Be mesmerized by the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are one of the earth’s most stunning natural phenomena and one that you should not miss when coming to Alaska. The best months to come to the state for a spectacular Northern Lights experience are between October to March. Be sure to go as far up north as possible as the views are more stunning there.
     
  4. See Alaska from above. If you want to have even the most remote visual idea of how vast Alaska is, then seeing it from above is the best way to do it. Local flight operators would be ready to take you to the skies and fly over ice-covered mountains and glacial formations spanning miles upon miles. A single ‘flightseeing trip’ will surely leave you breathless and in awe of just how big Alaska truly is.
     
  5. Get up close and (almost) personal with Alaskan wildlife. There is no better way to have a glimpse of Alaska’s wild side than to come face to face with a large Alaskan bear. Well, not really face to face but from a safe-enough distance. Alaskan bears are a hardy animal species that have survived in such an unforgiving landscape for centuries, so they
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Boeing’s Breakthrough Max Deal Fuels Hope for Travel Rebound

(Bloomberg) — This year’s biggest jetliner deal signals there’s a growing sense of optimism that travel demand will come roaring back from a historic collapse once coronavirus vaccines are widely available.

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Betting that a recovery is on the way, Ryanair Holdings Plc ordered 75 high-density versions of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max in a transaction valued at about $7 billion, said Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary. As rivals shrink fleets and postpone aircraft purchases, Europe’s largest budget carrier sees an opportunity and is accelerating delivery plans so that it takes all of its 210 Max jets on order by December 2024.

“Travel is going to snap back very strongly,” O’Leary said Thursday in a joint interview with Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun on Bloomberg TV. “This is an order not for next summer. This is for the next five years, the next decade across Europe.”

The deal is a breakthrough for Boeing as it works to bring back the Max after a 20-month grounding prompted by two crashes that killed 346 people. With the plane poised to start flying again after intense scrutiny by global regulators, Ryanair is providing a crucial boost to Boeing’s plans to ramp up work at its 737 factory near Seattle while also starting to clear an inventory of about 450 Max jets that were built during the grounding.

“The forecast for depleting that inventory is roughly a two-year time frame,” Calhoun said. “We are confident that can be done.”

Boeing climbed 1.6% in premarket trading Friday in New York. That added to a 6% surge Thursday that put the stock at its highest price since early March, just before the virus forced nations to seal their borders. Ryanair advanced 4.3% Friday afternoon in Dublin, adding to a 2.7% gain the day before.

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Any airline recovery will come in the wake of an increasingly grim winter travel outlook. As Boeing and Ryanair were touting the coming rebound, Delta Air Lines Inc. warned that it may burn more cash than expected this quarter while Southwest Airlines Co. told more than 6,800 employees that their jobs are at risk in early 2021.

“We all know we’ve got a rough couple of months ahead of us,” Calhoun said. “But that vaccine distribution will change the psychology of the flying public.”

As bookings start to rebound ahead of the summer holiday season in the U.S., “airlines will want to re-establish their leading competitive positions,” he said. “So that usually results in orders.”

Regulators in the U.S., Europe and Brazil have endorsed software revisions and a new pilot training course for Boeing’s best-selling jet. Commercial flights are set to restart next week, with Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA planning service on Dec. 10. United Airlines Holdings Inc. confirmed that it would take the first post-grounding delivery of the Max.

Ryanair’s commitment gives new sales momentum to Boeing, which had been losing share to rival Airbus SE in the crucial market for single-aisle jets even before the Max

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What to do if your seatmate won’t mask up

Christopher Elliott, Special to USA TODAY
Published 7:00 a.m. ET Dec. 4, 2020

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Every leading U.S. airline will require passengers to wear facial coverings during flights. Airlines say they won’t let customers without masks board a plane. (May 6)

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On a recent flight from Nairobi, Kenya, to Cairo, Wycliffe Okoth sat next to two women wearing masks – on their chins. He faced one of the most common traveler dilemmas of 2020: What do you do when your seatmate won’t wear a mask, despite airline rules? 

“One of the ladies was of the opinion that COVID-19 does not exist and that governments are only faking it to get donor funds,” says Okoth, an essayist from New York. “The other one believed that COVID-19 is real but is being exaggerated.”

He asked them to wear their masks correctly. One of them complied, but the other refused because she insisted COVID-19 didn’t exist despite more than 64 million cases and 1.5 million deaths worldwide. Finally, he asked a crew member to intervene. The COVID-19 denier grudgingly agreed to mask up, but when the flight attendant left, she slipped her mask off her face again.

“People who defy mask mandates now are doing it intentionally, often with great hostility,” says Katie Foss, a professor at Middle Tennessee State University and author of the book “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media & Collective Memory.” 

Here’s one thing we can probably agree on: COVID-194 fatigue is real. The drama playing itself out on planes is emblematic of a broader conflict happening everywhere. 

And oh, what a drama it is.

Although most passengers are complying with the mask rules, some have found creative ways around them. Airlines are selectively banning passengers who refuse to comply with the requirements or threatening them with worse. One flight attendant was captured on video claiming that flight attendants were government officials (they aren’t) and that passengers who didn’t comply would never be able to fly on any airline again (there is no such blacklist). 

What do the experts say about seatmates who won’t wear a mask?

Etiquette experts say the best way to deal with a seatmate who won’t mask up is not to deal with one at all.

“Fighting with someone that you have to sit next to for hours may not be the right idea,” says Adeodata Czink, who runs an etiquette consultancy called Business of Manners. 

Her advice? Ask for another seat. Let the flight crew deal with the scofflaw.

Saying something is a personal choice, says Diane Gottsman, who runs the Protocol School of Texas. 

“You can certainly turn to your seatmate and politely request they adjust their mask to fit properly,” she says. “But you’re clearly taking a risk – especially in tight quarters where you’re not certain how the other person will react.”

How to negotiate with someone who won’t mask up

Nick Leighton, an etiquette expert who co-hosts the podcast “Were you raised by wolves?,” says the negotiation can be

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Tycoons and sports stars to be exempt from quarantine in controversial English travel rule

From Dec. 5, high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to England from countries not in a travel corridor.


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Senior company executives, elite sportspeople, and television production staff are among those travelers who will be exempt from COVID-19 quarantine restrictions for international arrivals in England, the government has announced.

“From 4 a.m. on Sat 5th Dec high-value business travelers will no longer need to self-isolate when returning to ENGLAND from a country NOT in a travel corridor, allowing more travel to support the economy and jobs. Conditions apply,” transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Twitter
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Under current rules, travelers from nonexempt countries have to quarantine for 14 days. However, from Dec. 15, they can cut this time to five days if they pay for a private coronavirus test under the government’s new Test to Release program. The tests will cost between £65 and £120.

Read: ‘Test to Release’ option can cut travelers’ quarantine time to five days — and make Christmas in England a possibility again

In a more detailed statement, the Department for Transport said that “individuals undertaking specific business activity which would deliver a significant benefit to the U.K. economy — including activity that creates or preserves 50+ U.K. jobs — will no longer need to self-isolate when traveling or returning from nonexempt countries.”

It added that all travelers, including those from exempt destinations, will still be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the U.K., unless they fall into a small group of exemptions.

The move was criticized by Jim McMahon, shadow transport secretary of the opposition Labour Party, who tweeted: “Are you loaded? No quarantine.

“I hope the virus has been made aware of the rules and keeps well away from them.”

Labour lawmaker Ben Bradshaw also slammed the move, tweeting: “Is this a joke? What Is high value?”

However, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global travel and tourism private sector, welcomed the government’s initiative, saying the decision will bolster business travel and provide a significant boost to the fragile U.K. economy.

“Last year, international business travel contributed £7.5 billion ($10 billion) to the U.K. economy, which demonstrates how vital it will be to reviving the country’s battered economic fortunes,” said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President and Chief Executive.

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New guidelines published by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Dec. 2 suggest that there is no increased risk to the spread of COVID-19 from passengers arriving by air.

“Travelers should not be considered as a high-risk population, nor treated as contacts of COVID-19 cases, unless they have been in known contact with a confirmed positive case,” the guidelines said, adding:

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49ers to travel 700 miles for home games as Covid-19 continues to hit NFL

The San Francisco 49ers will play two home games in Arizona after new coronavirus regulations put in place by officials in northern California forced the team to find a temporary new home.



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The news came as Covid-19 continues to ravage the NFL. The Denver Broncos were forced to play a back-up wide receiver at quarterback on Sunday after their regular signal-callers were affected by the virus, while the New Orleans Saints were fined heavily for failing to follow mask protocols. All NFL team facilities are closed on Monday and Tuesday because of the rise in Covid-19 cases across the United States, in addition to the “understanding that a number of players and staff celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with out-of-town guests,” according to a league statement released on Friday.



a large stadium: The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.


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The San Francisco 49ers will be forced to play their next two home games away from Levi’s Stadium.

Related: NFL with no quarterbacks? The league’s Covid-19 problems are just starting

An outbreak in the Baltimore Ravens camp has led to their crucial game against their fierce rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers being delayed until Tuesday. There were 70 positive tests among NFL players and staff in the week ending 21 November, compared to seven in the first week of the season, at the start of September.

The US as a whole is expecting a further rise in Covid-19 cases in the next few weeks after people travelled to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. The virus has killed more than 265,000 people in America, the highest total for any country.

As for the 49ers, they will host the Buffalo Bills next Monday and Washington on 13 December at State Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, 700 miles from their base in Santa Clara county. The team said it will have information on practice arrangements later.

The AFC East-leading Bills will be returning to Arizona for the second time in a little over three weeks, following a 32-30 loss to the Cardinals on 15 November.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers said in a statement.

Santa Clara county announced new rules on Saturday that include a three-week ban on practices and games for contact sports. The Niners were on a plane getting ready to travel to Los Angeles, where they beat the Rams 23-20 on Sunday, when the players and coaches heard about the rules.

The rules will also affect the San Jose Sharks of the NHL and college teams at Stanford and San Jose State. Along with the ban on contact sports, the new rules require anyone who has traveled more than 150 miles from the county to quarantine for 14 days.

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Italy to adopt travel ban within country during holiday season

The prime minister of Italy announced the country will enter an extended period of strict lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking to Italian citizens on Thursday evening, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said, “It’s clear this will be a Christmas that is different from others,” adding that officials in the country will ban travel through the nation over the holiday season.

The travel ban within the country’s 20 regions will begin on Dec. 21 and last through Jan. 6. The prime minister urged residents of the country to cancel holiday plans, arguing the precaution would help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Conte made the announcement on the same day that Italian health officials recorded the highest number of total deaths in a day, 993 people, eclipsing March 27, when 919 died from complications arising from the disease.

Conte said that although the holiday season will be unlike any other, it would still be “no less authentic” than holidays past.

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Lyndhurst holiday lighting event is Dec. 4; Santa will travel the streets of Mayfield Heights Dec. 12, South Euclid Dec. 13

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Because residents can’t come to see Santa Claus at South Euclid city hall this year, Santa will come to the residents.

The city, as a way of bringing holiday cheer to residents, will hold its first “South Euclid Holiday Parade” from 2-4 p.m. Dec. 13. “We’ve mapped out a route throughout the city we think will reach the majority of residents,” said Community Development Coordinator Daniel Subwick. “Santa Claus and a couple of his holiday pals in costume will be going down many of our streets and they will be passing out gifts to residents as they pass by. There will be a special treat for the first 100 residents.

“The parade will be going through most neighborhoods in the city, but we’re not able to go down every street.”

Subwick said that residents, as the Santa parade passes, are asked to follow safety measures, including social distancing, as they gather on sidewalks.

“We want to thank the police department for providing an escort, and the fire department for the truck that will be participating in the parade. Mayor (Georgine) Welo intends to be part of the parade.”

The city, since 2013, has annually held a holiday lighting event outside city hall, featuring singers, live reindeer, a visit from Santa, and more.

“We weren’t able to have an outdoor event this year (because of the pandemic), so we turned on the (holiday) lights at city hall on Monday (Nov. 30),” Subwick said. “City hall is now lit up, so residents can stop by and, if they’d like, takes photos.”

Subwick said that the parade’s route will soon be posted on the city’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

“It should be a fun event, come rain or shine,” Subwick said. “Santa will be here to keep alive the holiday spirit.”

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The city of Lyndhurst will hold its annual lighting ceremony and food drive from 7-8 p.m. Dec. 4 behind city hall, 5301 Mayfield Road, in Lyndhurst Park.

A “Candy Cane Lane” has been set up in the park that will feature a visit from Santa Claus, who will be stationed at the park’s gazebo. Visitors are invited to take a photo in front of Santa, but should remember to remain properly distanced. Candy Cane Lane will remain open to visitors throughout the holiday season.

Those attending the lighting event are also invited to the Lyndhurst Community Center patio, at 1341 Parkview Drive, located at the northern end of the park, for hot chocolate and individually wrapped cookies.

During the lighting event, the Daisy Girl Scout Troop No. 71762 will continue its holiday food drive benefitting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The goal is to reach 1,000 pounds of donated food. Among items sought are sweets, including candy, pudding mix, cookies and cake mixes; stuffing mix; canned cranberry sauce; packets of chicken or turkey gravy mix; and canned sweet potatoes or yams.

Donations can be made, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, in the drop box

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Data show Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel

Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, data from roadways and airports show.

The nation’s unwillingness to tamp down on travel offered a warning in advance of Christmas and New Year’s as virus deaths and hospitalizations hit new highs a week after Thanksgiving. U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 on Thursday, obliterating the single-day record set last spring.

Vehicle travel in early November was as much as 20% lower than a year earlier, but it surged around the holiday and peaked on Thanksgiving Day at only about 5% less than the pandemic-free period in 2019, according to StreetLight Data, which provided an analysis to the Associated Press.

“People were less willing to change their behavior than any other day during the pandemic,” said Laura Schewel, founder of StreetLight Data.

Airports also saw some of their busiest days of the pandemic, though air travel was much lower than last year. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on four separate days during the Thanksgiving travel period. Since the pandemic gutted travel in March, there has been only one other day when the number of travelers topped 1 million — Oct. 18.

“If only a small percentage of those travelers were asymptomatically infected, this can translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections moving from one community to another,” Dr. Cindy Friedman, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, said this week during a briefing.

Wide swaths of the country saw a sudden influx of people arriving from university campuses in the days leading up to the holiday, according to a data visualization of anonymous cellphone data from a firm called Tectonix.

The CDC has urged people to stay home for the holidays, but officials acknowledged that many people would not heed that advice and advised them to get tested before and after trips. Friedman said that this year’s holidays presented “tough choices” for many families.

The travelers included some elected officials who preached against trips. The mayors of Denver and Austin, Texas, faced fierce backlashes for traveling after telling other people to stay home.

Others had no regrets. Trananda Graves, who runs a travel planning company in Keller, Texas, took a Thanksgiving road trip with her family to Nashville. It was a chance for her daughter to connect with relatives as they shared recipes, and Graves said everyone’s mood was uplifted.

“It was just a break to get away from home,” Graves said. “We work at home, we go to school at home.”

She decided to drive to meet extended family after seeing that flights were crowded and said her family followed guidance to avoid spreading infections.

But infections, even from small Thanksgiving gatherings, have begun to stream in around the country, adding another burden to health departments that are already overwhelmed.

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Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, air travelers line up to go through a a security checkpoint at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Data from roadways and airports shows millions could not resist the urge to gather on Thanksgiving, even during a pandemic.

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2020, file photo, air travelers line up to go through a a security checkpoint at Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City. Data from roadways and airports shows millions could not resist the urge to gather on Thanksgiving, even during a pandemic.

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Americans couldn’t resist the urge to gather for Thanksgiving, driving only slightly less than a year ago and largely ignoring the pleas of public health experts, who begged them to forgo holiday travel to help contain the coronavirus pandemic, data from roadways and airports shows.

The nation’s unwillingness to tamp down on travel offered a warning in advance of Christmas and New Year’s as virus deaths and hospitalizations hit new highs a week after Thanksgiving. U.S. deaths from the outbreak eclipsed 3,100 on Thursday, obliterating the single-day record set last spring.

Vehicle travel in early November was as much as 20% lower than a year earlier, but it surged around the holiday and peaked on Thanksgiving Day at only about 5% less than the pandemic-free period in 2019, according to StreetLight Data, which provided an analysis to The Associated Press.

“People were less willing to change their behavior than any other day during the pandemic,” said Laura Schewel, founder of StreetLight Data.

Airports also saw some of their busiest days of the pandemic, though air travel was much lower than last year. The Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on four separate days during the Thanksgiving travel period. Since the pandemic gutted travel in March, there has been only one other day when the number of travelers topped 1 million — Oct. 18.

“If only a small percentage of those travelers were asymptomatically infected, this can translate into hundreds of thousands of additional infections moving from one community to another,” Dr. Cindy Friedman, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, said this week during a briefing.

Wide swaths of the country saw a sudden influx of people arriving from university campuses in the days leading up to the holiday, according to a data visualization of anonymous cellphone data from a firm called Tectonix.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged people to stay home for the holidays, but officials acknowledged that many people would not heed that advice and advised them to get tested before and after trips. Friedman said that this year’s holidays presented “tough choices” for many families.

The travelers included some elected officials who preached against trips. The mayors of Denver and Austin, Texas, faced fierce backlashes for traveling after telling other people to stay home.

Others had no regrets. Trananda Graves, who runs a travel-planning company in Keller, Texas, took a Thanksgiving road trip with her family to Nashville, Tennessee. It was a chance for her daughter to connect with relatives as they shared recipes, and Graves said everyone’s mood was uplifted.

“It was just a break to get away from home,” Graves said.

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