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Dec 15th 2010 11:49AM My camera is on it's last legs... picture is from the top of a caravanserai in Iran at dusk.
Dec 14th 2010 11:33AM Abarkuh, Iran
Oct 25th 2010 3:58PM Flying home for grandmother's 100th birthday. It’s the US Thanksgiving holiday, but I thought I was smart flying the Tuesday before. No problems getting to JFK and I’m even upgraded for no reason! What could go wrong?
Overbook flight. The majority are business travelers and I'm feeling nice so I volunteer to take the first flight the next day. I get up at the crack of dawn and go back to JFK. Check in/security is a breeze. But, once again: overbooked flight. I’m the one bumped because the airline “forgot” about me. They’re apologetic- give me food coupons, a credit. The next flight is soon and I’m guaranteed on it.
On the next flight I’m getting comfy and then the dreaded announcement - 2 seats are broken. No one volunteers to forfeit and I’m cutting it close for grandma’s birthday. The FA attempts to bump the 2 passengers who checked in last. They refuse claiming they didn’t check in last. They become belligerent with the FAs and we can’t leave until they or someone get off. At this point, I’m so ticked off at them for being rude I loudly volunteer. As I grab my things, I turned to the two jerks and tell them I will sacrifice my flight AND my grandma’s 100th birthday so the other passengers can get home. I then wished them a Happy f*cking Thanksgiving and hoped they got food poisoning. The passengers cheered, the FAs actually hugged me, but I missed her party.
Oct 5th 2010 6:43PM In the Himalayas... if I ever get there!
Jun 24th 2010 12:33PM Great article - I actually just returned from a 2 week Intrepid tour to Iran. I'm always very wary of group tours, but we really didn't have a choice with Iran. Being American, we were required to be on a tour and have a guide (you can hire a private guide, but that's another story.) I was very surprised at how enjoyable the trip ended up being. There were only 10 people in our group and our tour guide was excellent. Similar to Mike's trip, we took local transportation a lot, but did have a private minibus for part of it. My favorite part, though, was interacting with local Iranians. Iranian's are very hospitable to begin with, but I think it helped having a guide who could act as translator. We were able to have some in-depth conversations, that I might not have been possible. I think it helped that all 10 of us hit it off right away, but even if we hadn't, I would have enjoyed the trip.