No matter where you are in the world, coffee is koffie is café

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Chai, chai, cha

A Russian tea set with samovar

What’s the word for onion in Hungarian? How do you say spicy in Vietnamese? When you’re ordering at a restaurant in a place where you don’t speak the language and no one speaks yours, you fumble around in a phrasebook or on your phone to find the right word.

When it comes to coffee or tea, though, there’s hardly any need. All around the planet, there are basically only two words for tea. And for coffee, there’s really only one. Why is that?

Moroccan mint tea

The thought first occurred to me as I was in line at a coffee chain in California and someone was ordering “chai,” to specify a spicy concoction that involves tea, but is somehow different. This struck me as weird, as in much of the world, “chai” just means tea.

Turkish: “chai.” Russian: “chai.” Swahili: “chai.” Spellings and alphabets aside, the sound of tea is almost identical from Tokyo to Trieste, Moscow to Mogadishu. Romanian, Slovenian, Albanian, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian, Azerbaijani, Kurdish and Ukrainian? “Chai.” A few slight variants pop up here and there outside of Eastern Europe — Bengali: “cha”, Japanese: “ocha”, Mongolian: “tsa”, Somali: “sha”, for example.

Tea in Mongolia

Virtually everywhere else, it’s tea. In the Germanic languages of Northern Europe it sounds like “tee” and in the Romance languages in Southern and Western Europe it’s more like “tay.” English and Western European trade and colonization probably has a lot to do with the fact that everyone from the Maoris in New Zealand to the Igbo in Nigeria call it “tea,” and in various other African languages there is at least a “tee” sound somewhere in the word.

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Cavalry reimburses $10K for a canceled cycling trip in France after broken foot

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Merlot pilgrimage has to wait

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Five days before she was scheduled to fly to France for a luxury cycling tour of Burgundy, a California woman broke her foot, and was unable to make the trip.

She and her husband had made their initial deposit for the trip back in February, and were looking forward to a two-wheeled tour of the ancestral home of the Merlot grape, of the Dordogne Valley, and the medieval castles of southwestern France.

Unable to cycle with her broken foot, she and her husband filed a claim with Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance. As they both held a comprehensive travel insurance policy, Ripcord reimbursed them for their non-refundable $10,000 trip.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry client reimbursed $9K for canceled trip to Iceland after broken foot

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No snowmobiling, glacier climbing or Northern Lights

Northern Lights in Iceland

It was a dream vacation to Iceland: A privately guided snowmobile ride on Langjökull glacier, exploring the Gullfoss waterfalls; strapping on crampons to climb the Sólheimajökull glacier, admiring the the Skógafoss waterfall and then the majesty of the Northern Lights.

They are all very hard things to do when you have a broken foot, if not impossible. Unfortunately, that is exactly the predicament a Missouri couple faced after the husband broke a bone in his foot and his doctor called off the trip. The couple, both Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance clients, were on the hook for cancellation fees of about $4,500 each.

They submitted a claim to Cavalry, and were diligently reimbursed for the full $8,995.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses $12K for canceled bike trip in Quebec due to back injury

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‘It’s good to work with companies that stand behind their commitments’

A Cavalry client, Bryan Putt, was gearing up for a luxury cycling tour of Quebec, when he experienced extreme lower back pain. His doctor instructed that he could not go on the cycling trip.

Aside from the lost chance to sample the famous cheeses, wines, covered bridges, chapels and antique stores of La Belle Province, Bryan and his wife lost about $12,000 in deposits, including thousands of dollars in suites in some of Quebec’s premier hotels.

As he and his wife were Cavalry Travel Insurance clients, he submitted a claim, and soon was awarded a check for the full trip cost.

“I’m in the customer service industry, and really appreciate when issues are handled efficiently and fairly,” Bryan wrote to Redpoint in an email. “It’s good to work with companies that stand behind their commitments to customers. I will be certain to share my positive experience with others!”

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

 

 

 

Thinking of moving to Italy? Redpoint’s Communications Director has some answers

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Have you ever been on a vacation in Europe, wishing it would never end, and thought, “What if I just move here instead?” Hundreds of thousands of North Americans have done just that, and Italy is where many of them now call home.

Redpoint’s Resolutions’ John Moretti spent the better part of a decade working as a journalist in Italy, and lays out a plan for those thinking about making the move in his book, “Living Abroad: Italy,” a Moon travel handbook now in its fourth edition .

Finding a job, a place to live, a school for the kids and everything else from stay permits to interim health insurance to banking is a daunting set of tasks. This book helps take the worry and the frustration out that process by answering the important questions, and helping would-be expats with the right planning.

One of the hardest parts is zeroing in on a place that matches your lifestyle and career. Italy has a dizzying selection. Those dreaming of a rural retreat or retirement can choose from the well-known epicurean pleasures of Tuscany, the charm and thrill of the Alps, posh retreats on the Riviera, the citrus groves and laid-back beaches of Sicily, the vineyards, olive groves and crystal blue waters of Puglia, and many lesser-known paradises in between.

For urbanites and career professionals, the choice is usually between the bustle and innovation of Milan, the productivity of Turin, the tourist mecca of Florence and the romance of Rome. If you can find a job in Venice, you’ll be the envy of everyone back home.

 

John started out in Rome with the Associated Press and later moved to Milan as an editor with the Italian edition of the International Herald Tribune, in partnership with Italy’s largest news daily, Corriere della Sera. His brief television career included producer jobs with ABC, an interview with Giorgio Armani for A&E Biography, and an Australian documentary about Milan’s soccer rivals, AC Milan and Inter. In between, he has published and contributed to about a dozen books on Italy. His freelance reporting throughout Europe has appeared in the New York Sun, the Independent, Time Out, Frommer’s, and others.

In order to find the place that’s right for you, you’ll need a few scouting trips to Italy before you’re ready to make the move. If this is something that interests you, feel free to reach out to John with questions at jmoretti@redpointresolutions.com.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses for rescheduled transfer through London

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Gatwick to Heathrow, harder than you might think

It’s a common occurrence these days making for a nightmare end to a vacation: Instead of leaving from Gatwick airport, south of London, a flight has been rescheduled to leave from Heathrow, some 40 miles away through traffic.

This happened to a family of Cavalry Travel Insurance clients, whose return from their European vacation took a turn for the worse when British Airways announced at the last minute that they would not meet their scheduled connection in Gatwick, but rather in Heathrow.

In these cases, the airlines will typically not offer transportation, and in most cases, will not provide any compensation.

The New Jersey couple arranged for a car service to take themselves, their two children and their luggage to Heathrow and they had to pay a hefty 360 GBP, or about $480 as a result.

Cavalry reimbursed the family for the full expense.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Five fantastic food festivals in Europe this fall

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From white truffles to Baltic herring

Fall is synonymous with food festivals in Europe, from the 65th International Oyster and Seafood Festival in Galway, Ireland, to the Fruit Brandy and Sausage Festival in Budapest. If you’re planning a trip to Europe this month, see if you can squeeze in one of these unforgettable culinary experiences:

Fiesta De Marisco, (Shellfish Festival) Pontevedra, Spain

Mussels competition in O Grove

October 3-12

This is one of Europe’s biggest food festivals – in terms of seafood festival sizes, second only to the famous oyster festival in Galway.

If you’ve never tasted a Galician crab, add this delicacy to the bucket list. Galicia, in northeastern Spain, is a salty seafaring region with gorgeous beaches, and this festival in the town of O Grove captures its essence and draws thousands of traveling taste-testers. There are barnacles, crab, shrimp, scallops in recipes you’ve never heard of, along with an annual mussel-cooking competition. Throw in some Gallego-Portuguese folk dancing, and this is a festival unlike any other.

www.turismogrove.com

Fiera Del Tartufo (Truffle Festival) Alba, Italy

White truffles at Alba market

October 4 -November 9

You don’t have to be an invited Michelin chef to get your hands on the treasures of this corner of Piedmont, the prestigious white truffle — weighing in at thousands of dollars a pound. (If you are an invited chef, however, you are allowed to take part in the auction that yields specimens up to $10,000 a pound.)

Most of us will be contented at the vendor stalls with a few precious slices on top of fettuccine or tagliatelle, or browsing the stalls selling all kinds of truffled goods. Finish it off with the Palio deli Asini, a race based on Siena’s more famous Palio, but this time with donkeys.

www.fieradeltartufo.org

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Redpoint joins Medal of Honor recipient on the links to benefit Navy SEAL Foundation

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Birdies for the Brave

Every September, Redpoint Resolutions takes part in the nation’s largest “Birdies for the Brave” golf tournament, in Half Moon Bay, CA. “Birdies for the Brave” is a national outreach event that raises funds for numerous charities serving combat veterans, and the Half Moon Bay edition specifically benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation.

This week, Redpoint Vice President Ted Muhlner had the opportunity to share the links with Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton. The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious decoration for U.S. military service members who distinguish themselves by acts of valor, and Thornton’s actions during the final years of the Vietnam War were nothing short of heroic.

Ted Muhlner, left, joins Michael Thornton, center. holding Thornton’s challenge coin

As described on Thornton’s Wikipedia page:

On October 31, [1972], Thornton participated in a mission to capture prisoners and gather intelligence from the Cửa Việt Base near the coast of Quảng Trị Province, just south of the Demilitarized Zone. In addition to Thornton, the mission team consisted of another SEAL, Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris, and three men from the LDNN, the South Vietnamese Special Forces. Approaching by sea, the group was transported by junk until sunset, then paddled a rubber boat to within a mile of shore and swam the remaining distance. Moving inland past numerous North Vietnamese encampments, the group reconnoitered through the night.

When morning dawned, the five-man group realized that they had landed too far north and were actually in North Vietnam. They made their way toward the coast but were spotted by a group of 50 soldiers, beginning an intense five-hour battle. When the group’s commander, Lieutenant Norris, was severely wounded, Thornton ran through heavy fire to rescue him. He then carried the unconscious Norris into the water and began swimming out to sea. When one of the LDNNs was wounded, Thornton supported him in the water as well. He swam with the two injured men for more than two hours before being picked up by the same junk which had dropped them off the night before.

For these actions, Thornton was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Muhlner serves on the Board of the Navy SEAL Foundation, which is dedicated to building a strong and resilient Naval Special Warfare community, and ensuring our service members know that they and their families are well cared for.

 

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry reimburses client for canceled trip to Myanmar after a broken foot

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Scooter accident wipes out luxury Asian tour

A Cavalry Travel Insurance client was looking forward to a luxury tour of Thailand and Myanmar, exploring temples and undiscovered rural villages, when she had a scooter-riding accident three months prior to the trip departure date. The Cavalry client sustained several fractures in her foot, underwent surgery, and her doctor stated she could not travel.

As a result, a trip cancellation claim was filed with Cavalry Travel Insurance for the non-refundable portion of the deposit of $7,895, mostly for lodging and other accommodations. The client’s Cavalry comprehensive travel insurance policy reimbursed her for the full claimed amount.

“Initially I thought there was going to be a ton of paperwork involved. In the end, it was painless. It wasn’t like I had to chase down a lot of documentation.”

“I was really impressed with the process,” she said.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cavalry client medically evacuated home from Scotland after severe stomach illness

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Almost missed son’s wedding

One of Redpoint’s Cavalry Travel Insurance clients and her sister were traveling through Scotland when the client began experiencing nausea, vomiting and severe acid reflux. Her condition prevented her from eating and even lying down to sleep. She was admitted to a hospital in Glasgow.

To make matters worse, her son’s wedding was just a couple of weeks away, and with this serious illness and hospitalization abroad she was in danger of missing it.

 

Redpoint’s medic in Glasgow

Cavalry empowers its clients to determine where they want to receive medical treatment. In this instance, the client elected to be evacuated from the Scottish clinic to her home hospital of choice in the western United States. Unlike typical travel insurance programs, Cavalry does not require local foreign doctor approval, nor does it require the significant qualification of “medically necessary” for evacuations.

Redpoint dispatched a paramedic to her bedside in Glasgow to help manage her care, assist with her treatment and – once she was discharged – medically escorted her home.

Due to her Cavalry program, the client received the major medical treatment she needed at her home hospital of choice, and enabled her to attend her son’s wedding.

Cavalry combines the best medevac insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Cavalry is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.