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Oct 19th 2009 8:26PM Reminds me just a little bit of that 1991 movie "Driving me Crazy" about a souped up Trabbi...
Mar 10th 2009 11:30PM Where is this anyway? Is it maybe Durham, NC on Gregson St. just past Brightleaf Square Mall? I have not been there in a while, so I can't go right out there to take a look and double-check. That bus at 0:57 kind of looks like a TTA bus.
Nov 13th 2008 6:54PM If this Skycar makes it to the Malian capital, which these days is Bamako, then it still has a bit to go before it gets to Timbuktu. I'm sorry, but these kinds of factual errors just kill the credibility of a story for me.
Oct 11th 2008 6:22AM Please note that it is spelled Pendjari (with a "d"). Official websire www.pendjari.net. It is a worthwhile place to visit if you haven't already become jaded by the safari parks in Southern or Eastern Africa. The accomodations at the park are very rustic at best, which depending on your view may be an advantage. Don't expect any luxury or pampering or handholding of any kind. In fact, I would recommend this place only for seasoned Africa travelers. Best time to visit is around November to Februrary, as the roads leading up to and within the park may be impassable during the rainy season(s). But getting so up close and personal with these wild animals is a very worthwhile (and potentially very dangerous) experience.
Also, while in Benin, also check out the Tata-Sombas near Boukombe, the royal palace of the Dahomey kingdom in Abomey, the slave trade and voodoo history in Ouidah, the Voodoo festival in Porto-Novo if you are there on January 10th, and Ganvie, which is the town built on stilts in the middle of a lake. All of these are "authentic" experiences devoid of any kind of mass tourism.
Oct 10th 2008 3:48AM In my opinion the best thing to do during a long layover is to leave the airport and see the town. A couple of years ago I had an 11 hour layover at Seoul Incheon airport, and they offered what they called "Transit Tours." For a reasonable fee I got expedited through customs and got a four hour tour of Incheon. It may not have been the most spectacular tour I ever had, but it sure beat the heck out of sitting at the airport doing nothing. Last year I had a 12 hour layover in Casablanca, and even though they didn't offer any "Transit Tours," I went to the train station in the basement of the airport, took a 45 minute ride to the center of town and visited a very impressive mosque.
When I'm stuck at the airport and can't leave I either sleep or read and I take breaks from both by walking the length of the terminal. After a long flight in coach class I really want to stretch my legs and I generally walk from one end of the terminal to the other several times. In my book the more or less fancy, flashy or advanced the gadgets at the airport are doesn't make that much of a difference to me, although I do appreciate a reasonably clean restroom and a decent, not-too-expensive bite to eat.
Aug 24th 2007 10:27AM How about "Lenigrad Cowboys Go America" and "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus." Two different takes on the Deep South musical road trip.
Or, if you really want to go off the deep end, how about "Freaks" followed by Werner Herzog's "Even Dwarves Started Small."
Sep 27th 2006 12:10AM I have owned an '05 Prius for nearly 2 years now, and I find those comments that hybrids are poor highway cars simply not to be true. Now that my Prius is properly broken in, I consistently get above 50 mpg on the highway. The other day I drove about 250 miles non-stop on the Interstate going 65-70 mph and got 56 mpg doing so. In fact, I generally get even better mileage on the highway than in the city. My city mileage is usually around 46-50 mpg and my highway mileage is usually around 52-56 mpg. Even in situation where I am not getting the best possible mileage I can get from a hybrid, I'm confident that I am still doing far better than just about everything else out there.