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Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014

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Sunday Territorian 20 Jul 2014

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Sunday Territorian; NewspaperNT

Date

2014-07-20

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English

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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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Darwin

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Nationwide News Pty. Limited

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/252559

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543303

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38 TRAVEL SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Escape www.escape.com.au ESCE01Z10MA - V1 ON THE EDGE SPOOKILY, it was just after passing the turn-off to the village of Riosucio, or dirty river, that we were waved down at rifle-point by police for the fourth time in what seemed to be as many kilometres. Our driver Super Mario was taken to the opposite side of the road where he was patted down, presumably for weapons. Documents were scrutinised, questions answered, money counted and exchanged. Then it was our turn. Passports were checked, excuses for being not gringos but Australianos offered, and money demanded by the signlanguage of flicking the middle-finger and thumb. For several seconds, we shrugged and shook our heads in feigned incomprehension, before a senior officer came across with our driver, all smiles, and waved us back on to the Medellin to Manizales road. Quite what that was all about remains a mystery. Perhaps it was Super Marios driving, at twice the speed limit and on the wrong side of the double yellow lines. Perhaps we were being invited to help pay his on-thespot fine. Perhaps such checks are a necessary precaution, to protect tourists and pick out troublemakers. Whatever, it was a timely reminder that, as our Bogota guide Stijn put it with characteristically Dutch caution, stuff potentially bad stuff can happen in Colombia. Indeed, on our third day in Colombia five police are killed in an ambush in Taraza, north of Medellin. In previous weeks, a police station and a supermarket in Chaco were bombed, more lives were lost. Most people blame FARC, the revolutionary armed force of Colombia, to which may be added what The New York Times recently called a complex mix of rebels, paramilitary militia, drugtraffickers and other criminals. Together they are estimated to have been responsible for as many as 400,000 deaths over the past 25 years. So, just how safe is Colombia? How true is the updated image of a cheap, colourful, unspoilt and friendly destination, which is regarded by tourism experts as the next Big Thing in world travel? After almost three weeks in Colombia travelling by planes, 1970-vintage 4WDs, taxis, buses and most frequently, exploring on foot, from the capital out into the countryside, the answer must be overwhelmingly safe. Inevitably, as in any capital, any country, where there is a big disparity between rich and poor, haves and have-nots, visitors will find friction, crime and recommended no-go areas. But things are getting better. Far less bad stuff is happening. Since December 2012, FARC has stopped fighting and started talking to the government about a peaceful role in politics. Meanwhile, most locals try to blank out the past, to build a bright, new future. Stijn, who fell in love with the city several years ago, explains: Colombians are happy people. They want to concentrate on the good times. To the pleasant surprise of many of its eight million inhabitants, Bogota whose civic motto is infinite possibilities has undergone a clean-up. Earlier this year, it was awarded glossy, cover-story prominence in the in-flight Potholes on road to safe travel Colombia has become a much safer country to explore, but its not uniform, writes John Huxley 26 ESCAPE SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 Kids sail from just $27^ per day! FLY & CRUISE SALE Fijian Bliss 12 nights on Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas Itinerary Sydney, Isle of Pines, Suva, Lautoka, Vila, Noumea Sydney. DEAL: 508609 Inside adult from $1929* Inside child from $325* Inside quad stateroom from $4509* Singapore to Sydney 13 nights On Royal Caribbeans Voyager of the Seas Itinerary Singapore, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney. DEAL: 508603 BONUS Add fl ights from $99! ^ Inside from $1999* Island Adventure 11 nights on Royal Caribbeans Radiance of the Seas Itinerary Sydney, Isle of Pines, Lifou, Luganville, Champagne Bay, Vila, Sydney. 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KIDS SAIL FLY FREE ^ or from $99 ^ on selected cruises! Call 1300 763 364 cruiseabout.com.au Specialists ready to help in store, by phone or online Price Guarantee sail free if we cant beat any quote! 24/7 Customer Care with Australian phone support Book with confi dence Applies to genuine cruise quotes from all cruise lines and registered travel agencies and websites. Quote must be in writing and must be presented to us prior to booking. Fare must be available and able to be booked by Australian passport holders and Australian residents when you bring it to us. Fares available due to membership of a group or corporate entity or subscription to a closed group are excluded. Quote must be for same dates and stateroom category. We will beat price by minimum $1. For full terms and conditions see www.cruiseabout.com.au. *Travel restrictions & conditions apply. Ask us for further details. Prices & taxes are correct as at 15 Jul 14, include all discounts, are in AUD, per person unless otherwise stated & subject to change without notice. Such changes may be due to (without limitation) adverse currency fl uctuations, cruise liners increasing prices, increases to fuel surcharges, taxes & airfares. Prices quoted are on sale until 22 Jul 14 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior. Prices are based on lead inside category accom (unless otherwise stated). Accom &/or cruises are based on twin and quad share & exclude airfares unless otherwise stated. Cruise lines may deviate from, increase prices, amend or cancel any published itinerary without prior notice. Cruise inventory is allocated at the cruise lines discretion. Seasonal surcharges & blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel. Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies, gvt charges & other applicable fees. Excludes airfare unless otherwise stated. Where airfare included, additional taxes specifi c to your fl ight routing & extra charges for checked luggage may apply. Surcharge applies to payments by credit card. Prices shown are for cash payments made in store. Cancellation & amendment fees apply. Special conditions apply to bonus offers. Other sailing dates may be available at alternative prices. If gratuities are included, these are cruise gratuities only. Extra nights may be required pre/post-cruise to connect with fl ights. Offers apply to select sailing dates only. Fijian Bliss: Cruise is based on 25 Nov 14 departure. Island Adventure: Cruise is based on 20 Jan 15 departure. Pacifi c Island Fusion: Cruise is based on 29 Dec 15 departure. Singapore to Sydney: Cruise is based on 25 Nov 14 departure. Australia Top End: Cruise is based on 26 Feb 15 departure. Sydney to Singapore: Cruise is based on 17 Apr 15 departure. ^Kids Promotion: Offer is based on 2 adults and 2 children occupying one stateroom. The third and fourth passenger will pay taxes, fees and port expenses and onboard gratuities only. Offer applies to new individual or named group bookings made between 16 Jul 31 Aug 14 on selected itineraries only. Conditions Apply, visit www.cruiseabout.com.au for full details. ^Flight sale: $99 Reduced Air and FLY FREE promotion apply to new individual bookings made between 16 Jul 31 Aug 14. Air promotions are not combinable with any other offer or promotion. Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne gateways are available for all sailings; Adelaide and Perth gateways are available on select sailings only; departure dates and times vary by gateway and sailing. Air offer is per person, based on the fi rst two passengers. $99 fl ight promotion requires full payment of the airfare/taxes at the time of booking. Airfares are non-refundable and airline amendment fees apply. Conditions Apply, visit www.cruiseabout.com.au for full details. FROM SYDNEY. Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (ABN 25 003 377 188) trading as Cruiseabout. ATAS Accreditation No. A10412. sst_20jul_12x3_rci V1 - ESCE01Z10MA COLOMBIA magazine of United Airlines, one of several carriers using the new, futuristic, high-efficiency international airport. Bogota, says the author, is used to being misunderstood. These days, she concludes, Bogota is as safe as London or New York. However, that may be wishful thinking. To stay safe, dont flash jewellery, purses and purchases when downtown or on buses. Weekdays, especially, take the cable car rather than hike through the woods to 3152m Monserrate peak, for city views. Take care when out at night in La Candelaria, Bogotas oldest and noisiest suburb famous for its museums, bars, art galleries, hotels, restaurants and graffiti, which may be enjoyed on a tour organised by Aussie Christian Petersen. Stijn admits he has been mugged twice in three years. Significantly, our convenient hotel, the Chorro de Quevedo, is not identified by any sign. Theres much to see and do. Some of it, such as the must-see gold museum and the gallery featuring works by Fernando Botero, who fills his canvasses with plump people, are within a few minutes walk. Others, such as the amazing, underground salt cathedral of Zipaquira, may be a bus ride away or, in the case of Chicaque natural park, a one-hour taxi ride. But wherever we went there was no trouble. Bus drivers were helpful. Taxi drivers were smart, punctual and honest. When POPULAR CHOICE: (clockwise from main) The Primary Cathedral of Bogota dominates the eastern side of Bolivar Square. The cathedral was built between 1807 and 1823. Simon Bolivar played a key role in Latin Americas successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire; an artefact in the Bogota Gold Museum; the view from Monserrate peak across the city; a government building in a Zipaquira, near the underground cathedral of salt; street art in Bogota; and a traffic jam on the road to Santa Marta. GETTING THERE A selection of entry points is available either through United States or other South American ports. STAYING THERE Its cheap and theres something for every budget. The author and partner stayed near the beating heart of Bogota in the Chorro de Quevedo bed and breakfast, for $65 a night. hotelchorrodequevedo.com GETTING AROUND Is simple and cheap, whether by taxi, hire car, bus or plane. MORE INFORMATION See colombia.travel GO2 COLOMBIA COLOMBIA IS NAMED AFTER THE EXPLORER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. COLOMBIAN WOMEN DID NOT GET THE VOTE THERE UNTIL 1975 bothered for directions in poor Spanish, passers-by were patient and inquisitive. The same was true, even more so, in other sizeable cities such as Santa Marta, Cartagena, Manizales and the much-maligned Medellin, now a stunning, modern metropolis, set against a green mountainous backdrop. And, so on, out into the smaller villages, where friendly folk have more time to sit, share a pot of coffee and swap stories about everything from football to fashion. But preferably, not politics or policemen. The writer travelled at his own expense. 27 ESCAPE SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 SUNDAY JULY 20 2014 ESCAPE 27 FREE Cruise Information Evening Presentations 5.45pm Cruising Alaska & Europe with Celebrity Cruises 6.30pm Cruising Australia & South Pacifi c with Holland America Line SYDNEY Wednesday 23 July 2014, 5.30pm for a 5.45pm start Chatswood RSL 446 Victoria Ave & 1 Thomas St Chatswood RSVP by Monday 21 July on 1300 887 170 Hurry limited seating available. Hawaii 7 nights on Norwegian Cruise Lines Pride of America Itinerary Honolulu, Maui, Hilo, Kona, Honolulu. DEAL: 499549 BONUS US$100 onboard credit!~ Inside from $1485* South Pacifi c 14 nights on Holland America Lines ms Oosterdam Highlights Sydney, Noumea, Mare, Mystery Island, Easo, Lautoka, Ile De Pins. DEAL: 488056 BONUS US$75 onboard credit!~ Inside from $1599* Auckland to Sydney 14 nights on Holland America Lines ms Oosterdam Highlights Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Akaroa, Melbourne, Sydney. DEAL: 488050 BONUS US$50 onboard credit!~ Inside from $1599* Applies to genuine cruise quotes from all cruise lines and registered travel agencies and websites. Quote must be in writing and must be presented to us prior to booking. Fare must be available and able to be booked by Australian passport holders and Australian residents when you bring it to us. Fares available due to membership of a group or corporate entity or subscription to a closed group are excluded. Quote must be for same dates and cabin category. We will beat price by minimum $1. For full terms and conditions see www.cruiseabout.com.au. *Travel restrictions & conditions apply. Ask us for further details. Prices & taxes are correct as at 15 Jul 14, include all discounts, are in AUD, per person & subject to change without notice. Such changes may be due to (without limitation) adverse currency fl uctuations, cruise liners increasing prices, increases to fuel surcharges, taxes & airfares. Prices quoted are on sale until 26 Jul 14 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior. Prices are based on lead inside category accom (unless otherwise stated). Accom &/or cruises are based on twin share & exclude airfares unless otherwise stated. Cruise lines may deviate from, increase prices, amend or cancel any published itinerary without prior notice. Cruise inventory is allocated at the cruise lines discretion. Seasonal surcharges & blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel. Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies, gvt charges & other applicable fees. Excludes airfare unless otherwise stated. Where airfare included, additional taxes specifi c to your fl ight routing & extra charges for checked luggage may apply. Surcharge applies to payments by credit card. Prices shown are for cash payments made in store. Cancellation & amendment fees apply. Special conditions apply to bonus offers. Other sailing dates may be available at alternative prices. If gratuities are included, these are cruise gratuities only. Extra nights may be required pre/post-cruise to connect with fl ights. Offers apply to select sailing dates only. Hawaii 7 nights: Cruise is based on 15 Nov 14 departure. South Pacifi c 14 nights: Cruise is based on 5 Dec 14 departure and departs Sydney. Auckland to Sydney: Cruise is based on 7 Nov 14 departure and departs Auckland. Moreton Island: Cruise is based on 30 Sept 15 departure. South Pacifi c 10 nights: Cruise is based on 23 Mar 15 departure & departs Sydney. Barrier Reef: Cruise is based on 7 Sept 15 departure & departs Sydney. Queensland Coast: Cruise is based on 17 Feb 15 departure. New Zealand: Cruise is based on 6 Mar 15 departure. Sydney to Singapore: Cruise is based on 22 Nov 14 & departs Sydney. Mediterranean: Cruise is based on 19 Apr 15 departure and departs Barcelona. ^Watertight Deals: Valid for new bookings from 131 Jul 14. Must book & pay in full 31 Jul 14. ^Free arrival airport transfer for two passengers only per booking, valid on Hawaii arrivals only, no transfer applied to Metro Sydney departures. Free $100 accommodation or airfare voucher must be applied to cruise booking, one $100 voucher per twin share booking. ~Credit is on board per cabin based on twin share. FROM SYDNEY. Flight Centre Limited (ABN 25 003 377 188) trading as Cruiseabout. ATAS Accreditation No. A10412. sst_20jul_12x3_ca_R Moreton Island 4 nights on P&Os Pacifi c Pearl Itinerary Sydney, Moreton Island, Sydney. DEAL: 506025 BONUS $100 onboard credit!~ Inside quad share from $595* South Pacifi c 10 nights on P&Os Pacifi c Pearl Highlights Noumea, Lifou, Vila, Mystery Island. DEAL: 506028 BONUS $300 onboard credit!~ Inside quad share from $949* Barrier Reef 10 nights on P&Os Pacifi c Pearl Highlights Whitsundays, Port Douglas, Willis Island. DEAL: 506023 BONUS $200 onboard credit!~ Inside quad share from $1199* Queensland Coast 11 nights on Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas Itinerary Sydney, Newcastle, Cairns, Willis Island, Whitsundays, Brisbane, Sydney. DEAL: 506037 BONUS US$100 onboard credit!~ Inside from $1469* New Zealand 13 nights on Princess Cruises Sun Princess Itinerary Sydney, Fiordland National Park, Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney. DEAL: 500040 BONUS $85 onboard credit!~ Inside from $1599* Sydney to Singapore 17 nights on Holland America Lines ms Volendam Itinerary 16-night cruise, 1-night post-cruise, private transfers & one way airfare. DEAL: 507227 Cruise only from $1999* BONUS US$75 onboard credit!~ Package from $2665* Mediterranean 9 nights on Holland America Lines ms Eurodam Itinerary return airfare, 2 nights pre-cruise, 7-night cruise & more. Highlights Rome. DEAL: 490385 Cruise only from $1249* BONUS US$50 onboard credit!~ Package from $3865* Escape to the South Pacifi c from $89* per day! $89* PER DAY! FLY STAY & CRUISE FLY STAY & CRUISE Call 1300 763 364 cruiseabout.com.au Specialists ready to help in store, by phone or online Price Guarantee sail free if we cant beat any quote! 24/7 Customer Care with Australian phone support Book with confi dence BRAND NEW & EXCLUSIVE! ~ ^ ^ BIG BONUSES, GREAT VALUE!


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