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Dec 17th 2009 4:26PM Ready to travel at any time....I'd be keeping up with "Lost" or "Madmen" -- whichever I'm following at the time.
Apr 1st 2009 9:08PM Humm...I took the escalator up Victoria Peak in Hong Kong....so why not Everest.
Mar 28th 2009 3:57PM About 12 years ago I had a bad experience with Alitalia. We had flown from Santiago, Chile to Madrid on another airline and connected to Alitalia for the remainder of the trip to Sicily. First, we were delayed out of Madrid for 3 hours because of air congestion over Rome. Several hours later we arrived in Rome and went to check in for our flight to Palermo only to be told that the flight had been cancelled. So, apparently had every other flight to Palermo that afternoon. We waited around Rome for several hours asking every now and then about a flight with no result. Someone appeared magically and said "psst, you want flight to Palermo, come with me". We followed him downstairs and to an out of the way counter where we were handed two tickets to Palermo on the next flight. Needless to say, we took them. Arriving in Palermo, we found that the baggage conveyer was broken. After about an hour and a half of baggage guys running around looking confused, someone came out and pushed a big red button on the conveyer and voila, the luggage came pouring out. By this time we were about 9 hours delayed in an already 31 hour trip from South America to Sicily....and we still had to drive to the other side of the island. When we go to our hotel in the wee hours of the morning, the guy on the desk started to give me a bad time about checking in so late. I just told him that he had no idea what I had been through but I would advise him to just back off and give us a room!
Feb 20th 2009 2:18PM "Youveniers" for sure! Event or museum stubs and airline tickets make good bookmarks -- you can laminate them to make them last longer. My favorite "youvenier" is an scortched American nickel I found on a motu off the island of Tahiti several years back -- I made it into a necklace and still consider it a good luck charm since it was minted in 1942. (42 -- the answer to life, the universe and everything!)
Feb 6th 2009 1:22PM Best commentary I've seen on the current economic times and our poor struggling executives who might (sniff, sniff) be limited to only $500,000/yr.
Dec 12th 2008 5:20PM Thirty years ago when I lived in Central America, we referred to TACA as "Take A Chance Airline". Seems they are still living up to their name!
Jul 8th 2008 1:31PM I usually learn my way around a new city by getting lost a lot....the GPS seems like a better way.
Jan 15th 2008 11:26AM I came across this book back in the early 80s while living in Santa Marta, Colombia. It was recommended by an American missionary nurse. My first copy was called "Donde No Hay Doctor" -- I later managed to track one down in English.
Dec 6th 2007 11:52AM Happiness comes from within. It can be temporarily aided (or hindered) by location, but ultimately it's what inside that rules.
Nov 1st 2007 4:17PM I've been to Chiloe, Chile -- It is a special place.