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Change is Good, if a Little Painful

Dear Friend,

There’s a popular meme in social media that goes Maybe 2020 shouldn’t be cancelled after all. Maybe 2020 is the year we have been waiting for. 

Now let’s be clear. No one could have wanted or even imagined a pandemic, and COVID-19 has shaken us to our core — as individuals, communities, and certainly as a business, here at Untours.   

Likewise, no one wished for the murder of George Floyd, but somehow his death at the hands of police galvanized a nation to demand and march for real change. 

After waves of bad news, it is nice to feel the stirrings of hope. As the Confederate flag comes down, many of us have discovered the stars and stripes of the Juneteenth flag. These are symbols, but they speak to a broader awakening, and to deeper forms of personal and systemic re-examination. 

When the earth stood still from COVID, the skies cleared of pollution. Overtourism has faded from concern as we in the travel industry retool for a smarter future. Looking ahead, we feel confident that with some adjustments, Untours will function well, better than other travel models. 

We’re making changes too, in the midterm. As planes are grounded, we are rolling out on-line classes and talks live from Europe. We are working on domestic travel options. We are finding new ways like food deliveries to bridge the distance with Europe until borders reopen. 

Our Untours Foundation continues its work to build a more just economy, supporting Black- and Brown-owned businesses and institutions that work to undo decades of underinvestment in these communities. The foundation aims for long-term change, and recent events have brought new interest in their work. 

The one thing that won’t change in these tumultuous times is our commitment to you and our appreciation for you and the community we have built together. Thank you for your support.  

Keep moving forward,

Andrea

PS

What changes are you making?

   

Hike with Jessica

Get out into the Alps on a gentle hike through the Swiss countryside. Untours on-site staffer Jessica invites you on a video adventure onto the cool green trails of central Switzwerland.

Cook Gnocchi with Tracy

Zoom to Italy with us for a cooking lesson. Tuscany Untour staffer Tracy has opened her kitchen for live cooking lessons. Here is an easy recipe from a recent lesson.

Remember with Jerry

A Swiss Untourist detours to Alsace and returns to the village where he served as a translator during WWII. How has the village changed and who is left? Read and find out.

Mask up with Wearwell

Untours Foundation invests in the stylish fair trade fashion service Wearwell. In the days of sweatpants at home, they have switched to masks that are too cool to keep at home.

     

Cook with Tracy

Join Tracy on Zoom for a live cooking class from Tuscany. She is visiting all the classics, with each class covering two courses. Her next rounds include tiramisu and eggplant parmesan. Sign up now!

     

Get Europe Delivered to Your Door

We have hand chosen some of the nicests combinations of flavors from France, Spain, Italy, England, Holland, and Germany for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy the foods of Europe and home and elevate your happy hour!

     
 
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