Netflix Documentaries for the Globally Minded

Since avoiding cable is one of my favorite ways to save money, Netflix is responsible for the majority of the time I spend in front of my TV. Around Christmas, I knocked out every single mountaineering-related documentary I could find.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed (as time allows) with finding similarly adventurous and educational movies and documentaries. My cousin and I started swapping recommendations and it was all over! Here are my most recent faves.

Maidentrip- Released 2014

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Maidentrip follows the journey of 14-year old Paula Dekker as she attempts to reach her goal of sailing around the world alone (with stops). I remember hearing about her on the news, and was so excited to see this hit Netflix! I thought it might get boring, but you really see her story developing as filming goes along. You see her grow up while she goes through the highs and lows of bad weather, feeling lonely and eventually feeling very independent.

Final thoughts during credits: I wonder what I’m capable of…

True Cost- Released 2015

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Much less inspirational and far more depressing, True Cost is about the impact the fashion industry is having on our world, especially people. I would consider myself the least fashionable person I know, so I wasn’t familiar with the term fast fashion. We hear about sweatshops and unfair wages fairly often, but this film drops you right in the middle of it, then slaps you across the face… I think it’s something every single person should watch.

Final thoughts during credits: I feel great about having no fashion sense! I feel bad about shopping at H&M. *Googles fair trade fashion*

What can you do? First, watch the documentary if you haven’t already. Second, check out the True Cost website and see what you can do to help. Third, find more responsible clothing companies and quit buying crap you don’t need.

Living on One Dollar- Released 2013

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Another educational watch that just makes me want to travel, hug people and give them everything I have, Living on One Dollar follows four friends attempting to live on $1 a day in a rural area of Guatemala. I enjoyed the film, but at the same time it left me thinking…”Wow, how privileged you have to be able to CHOOSE to live on so little.” I learned a lot about the industries there, getting a loan to start your own business there, the crops, what people do for work and how grateful they are for what they do have.

Final thoughts during credits: What can I do about this?

What can you do? The Living on One website has some resources.

So, what about you? Any Netflix documentaries or movies I need to check out?

Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 2

In case you missed day 1, here you go!

We rested up at HI Lake Louise and were up and out pretty early in the morning. I’m currently reviewing my travel journal to tell you about allll the places we went, but there were so many! Apparently so many that I quit writing that day. This is where I post photos instead of words…

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I loved the curve in this tree.

 

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A quick stop for a great view

There are a few stops I will never forget, and one of those is the Athabasca Glacier. It was amazing (and equally saddening) to see how the glacier has melted over the years. There are markers for certain years to show where the glacier was in comparison to where it is now.

The irony of that is the massive “Ice Explorer,” a glacial travel vehicle (?) that will drive groups out onto the glacier. I guess they’re just trying to get rid of it faster. Anyhow, you can also take a tour that hikes onto the glacier. However, I recommend letting nature be and just taking in the beauty from the solid rock you belong on.

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What a good lookin’ group!

The other stop I’ll never forget on this trip is the hike that wasn’t. We began what was supposed to be about a one-hour hike through Maligne Canyon. Things started out okay, but after about 10 minutes there was a craaazy downpour.

Even soaking wet, we were a cheerful group!

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Still all smiles

After getting soaked, I was ready to relax. We had a little bit of a drive ahead of us before stopping at a local market to grab some grub for the night. I loaded up on veggies, eggs and some gluten free snacks before making the mistake of asking where the bathroom was (instead of the washroom). And then, we were finally off to the Athabasca Wilderness Hostel.

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Main “lobby” and community area of the wilderness hostel

I heard stories about this hostel from my hostel mates in Banff. I was a little nervous about the abundance of mosquitoes and the lack of indoor restrooms and normal running water, but it was an experience I’ll never forget.

Everyone worked on dinner together. We sat around talking and playing games, ate family style at the large picnic tables inside, and just enjoyed each other’s company. I wish there were more opportunities to do things like this in everyday life.

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Family Dinner

We ended the evening with a campfire, where I somehow managed to be the only person to escape without a mosquito bite. I headed into bed early because I was absolutely exhausted, and excited about the next day ahead.

Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas

I saw a Groupon for this museum a few weeks ago and decided to hop right on it since I hadn’t been in several years. The Frontiers of Flight Museum is located right next to Love Field Airport (home of Southwest Airlines), and it packs any and everything involved in aviation into 100,000 square feet.

I decided to go last weekend, on June 6th, because they were commemorating the anniversary of D-Day. I’ll admit that I’m not a huge museum-goer and assumed that I’d be in and out, but I really enjoyed all of the exhibits and the history.

I started with the space exhibits, which had tons of information on the work of NASA and different missions.

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They had a lot of things to see and touch, but my favorite thing was watching the old footage of real space missions, like Neil Armstrong walking on the moon for the first time. It was amazing.

The next section I moved to was Army and Navy aircraft. I took a few pics, and had some fun while I was at it too.

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The next section is where I really started to get into the museum. They had an entire section dedicated to POW’s and the history of different wars as they related to aviation. It was both moving and incredibly interesting. Real maps, photos and footage make history so much more real than a textbook. This was my favorite part by far.

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This one was the most moving after watching a video of the POW stories


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One thing I definitely wasn’t aware of was the involvement of women in aviation during World War II. They were involved enough to get their own mascot created by Walt Disney. Apparently she was a gremlin that went by the name Fifinella. She was originally designed to be part of a movie based on one of Roald Dahl’s books, but the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) received permission to use her as their official mascot.

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I’m going to try and find a book on WASP because everything I saw at the museum was so interesting. I could ramble on quite a bit about all the war history, but instead I’ll leave you with a few more aircraft photos.

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Oh! I almost forgot about the progression of flight attendant and pilot gear over the years.

IMG_0144There was also a great display of Southwest Airlines history with tons of photos and a kids play area. If you live in Texas, you probably know SWA has an incredible history. If not, the exhibit explains it all in a fun visual way.

General Information on Frontiers of Flight Museum

You can find ticket prices, location and operating times on the website here: http://www.flightmuseum.com/.

This is a great place to check out whether you’re with friends, by yourself or taking family. My friends that are new to Dallas enjoy visiting, and my grandpa loves to go for the history. There’s also enough to keep kids busy, which I know my friends with kids would appreciate.

And now I’m off to search for that book on WASP!

Have you ever been to the Frontiers of Flight Museum? What’s the best museum you’ve ever been to?