Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Travel Thoughts

Posted: August 30, 2015 in Travel
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willpower2.1As my monthly travels continue to increase, there are so many things that I need to build upon.  Mostly willpower.  I don’t know about you, but my willpower lately, has sorely been lacking.  When I say “lately”, what I really mean is “the last few years”.  It’s horrible, and bad habits are hard to break.  What are those habits you ask?

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Well, I’m booking my travel today for more European flights.  This time, I’ll be going to Milan, Italy for 2 days, then to Stockholm, Sweden for 3 days, before coming home.

I feel really bad that I can’t take Tammy with me, but I just need a few more flights to get more sky miles.  We are definately going to Germany next year, and what I can save in travel costs using my sky miles, we can use for “fun” money.  😉  I’ll mostly be flying Continental, but I have a small SAS flight from Milan to Stockholm.  Can you believe it’s only $104USD to fly from Milan to Stockholm?  Crazy!

Too bad I can’t fly business-class 😦  I really do not mind flying coach so much.  My biggest aggrevation in coach is because everyone is crammed together.  If I really have to go to the bathroom, I just decide to hold it, because I don’t want to wake up/disturb the people beside me, just to get out into the aisle.  But if it’s an emergency, and I have to get them up to leave, then they know they have to stay up until I get back, because they’ll have to do the same thing again.  So, once I’m up, I feel rushed to getting back down.

Ugghhh.

I’m also really nervous about my passport.  It got wet, and then thrown into the dryer. 

Okay…. I tried to be all cool about it and said it “got wet”, since it’s obviously embarrassing to say I washed it in my pants.  But, what’s the point in saying “got wet”, when I followed up with, “…thrown into the dryer…”.   You guys are smart enough to figure it out.  I’m a goober.

Anyway, it was all rolled and wrinkled.  I tried pressing it out as best I could, but I’m still nervous about using it.  For those of you that do NOT have passports, they are pretty indestructable.  The cover is made of some kind of “cloth” and the picture is more plastic than anything.

Still, I’m a little nervous.  I think I’m going to run by the passport office just to get their “take” on it.

Cheers!

Swedish Kaffe rocks!

Posted: May 6, 2008 in Travel
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I totally forgot how much I love Swedish Coffee. Or, rather, Kaffe. I just arrived to Stockholm, and after not getting ANY sleep, I found the closest Kafe I could find, after I left customs.  My eyes are all red and dried out from the flight, and was uncomfortable.

MmmmmmmMmmMmmmm. Good stuff! It’s dark, and flavorful. I needed that! 🙂

I definately rate SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) better than Continental!  Sorry Continental.  You may have my skymiles, but that’s no substitute for good service and updated planes!  🙂

Height: 34993 ft

Speed: 541mph

Outside Temp: -25F

I’ve only been on the flight for approx 1 hour. (( sigh )) 6-1/2 hours more to go. I am starting to wish that I had booked a flight from SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). Their airline was much more “roomier”. Each seat had their own LCD screen (with multiple TV/Music channels to choose from). Continental has those “shared” LCD screens that fold out from above the luggage compartments.

The movies are: PS. I love You, and Mad Money. We’ll see how those go.

Anyway, just thought I would post, since this is my first post from 7 miles high.

Cheers!

TravelingI booked my flight to Sweden last week, but finalized everything with my Hotel Bookings.

This trip to Sweden will be different.  Why?  Because my colleague and I are taking a Saturday in downtown Stockholm.  So, hopefully, I’ll have some cool pictures.  Last time I went, I had no spare time, except for an hour at the mall before we left.

I will fly into Newark (2-1/2 hours) then fly directly to Stockholm (8-1/2 hours).  From Stockholm I’ll be taking the train to where I’m going.  Alot of colleagues fly from Stockholm, but after 8-1/2 hours, I actually enjoy the easy-going train ride.

This is the first time I’m going Continental.  Before, I took SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) and absolutely loved it!  I think because the stewardess’ were ALWAYS offering bread and water.  Every 30 mins.  All kinds.. hard bread, rolls, etc.  What carb-lover wouldn’t want it!?!  But, they won’t give me my sky miles, so I’m stuck with Continental.  We’ll see how they are.

I’ll be posting during and after my trip, so stay tuned!

So, I’ve been working quite a bit lately, and even had a 28-hour workday on Friday in Cleveland. Since I was away the entire weekend, I felt like Tammy and I needed a break together.

So, we decided to go into Nashville, and make a full day of it. We had a blast!! It was so worth it, and I can’t wait for us to go back again! I think we’ll be doing it again more sooner than later.

We first visited downtown Nashville. It was amazing. All of the buildings. The City Hall area was beautiful with water fountains and just a beautiful view.

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After City Hall, we started roaming the streets. I got a great picture of the AT&T (a.k.a. – The Batman Building), and our state capitol:

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After that, we decided to go to Music Row. We were kinda disappointed. To be honest, I was expecting to see a “Hollywood” avenue-type environment for musicians. But, alas, all we saw were just a few recording studios and some really expensive cars sitting in front of an Italian Bistro. Of course, we didn’t cruse the whole thing.
Once we got over the Music Row disappointment, we went to Centennial Park, and most importantly, the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Now, that was an impressive part of our day. The parthenon was full-scale, and had a 42-foot statue of Athena. We loved it. We were a little discerned by the $5 each entry fee, but felt it was well worth it.

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After that, we walked to the botanical gardens. It was really beautiful, and now that spring is just starting, smelled so fresh. Just like a fresh start from a cold wintery season.

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Once we were done with the fresh air, we wanted to waste just a little more time before we ate dinner, so we went to Opry Mills, and chilled around the mall. Most of our time was spent at Bass Pro, wishing we could buy the 24′ Tracker Party Barge, that we were drooling over (we will get it… oh yes… we will get it).
We finished our day with eating a fantastic dinner at Dave and Busters, and left home. But not before playing a few video games together!!

panera-logo.gif So, I’m in Cleveland for a few days, and am chillin at Panera again. I just finished up with Dinner. A cup of New England Clam Chowder and a Bacon Turkey Bravo on Asiago Bread. Mmmmmmmmm.

I have to go back into work tonight. Very late night, so I thought I would enjoy some nice music and a “light” dinner, while browsing the blogs.

When I first got here, I got into my rental (Fastbreak at Budget rocks!!), and started driving. I’ve driven this drive so many times, I know it by heart. I have to pass through two schools, and my regular flights get me into Cleveland at 2:45pm. That’s right. By the time I get my baggage and car, school is out.

So? Well, I’m doing my thing… driving 20mph in front of the schools, when some psychotic driver starts honking his horn and getting mad at me because I’m going to slow. I just wanted to yell, “There are kids around ASS HOLE!!”. Of course I didn’t. I was in too much of a shock on what he was doing, that by the time I realized what to do, he had already passed me. I mean, the speed limit is really 20mph.

Some people just don’t get it. No doubt, by the time he gets to the place is was in such a hurry for, he will be ranting about some slow-ass driver going 20mph down the street.

Sigh… some people will *never* get it.

Anyway, It’s a warm/cold here in Cleveland. Still some patches of snow lingering, from the 10-foot mounds that plows piled from parking lots. Been drizzly, and a little gloomy. But, my spirits are up, and am looking forward to getting home.

Still a few days from that.

I just went through Airport Security, and after doing so, I’m reminded of an idea that I heard, when listening to the Twisted Pair podcast, sponsored by Network World.

He mentions that the airport security stations should have 2 lanes. One for business or frequent travelers, and one lane for non-frequent or first time travelers.

I am frustrated at the time it takes to go through security, when I’m ready to go. All my laptops are out, in individual bins. My shoes, jacket, and camara bag in a seperate bin. My boarding pass in hand, and bag on the conveyor ready to be scanned. And all liquid-based containers are in my checked baggage.

But, I can’t go through yet…. because someone didn’t read the signs and they are constantly finding large cans of hair spray, lotions, mouthwash, etc. Now, really it’s not their fault. Sure, they could have read the signs, but I can’t blame them. There are ALOT of signs to read by security. I feel like I’m reading a Microsoft License Agreement, if I kept reading.

So, I believe there should be two lanes… one for frequent travelers so we can just zip by, since we’ve done it so many times, we know what to do.

Yes, some airports HAVE two lanes… those with First Class, and everyone else. I disagree with this. Just because someone can AFFORD the more expensive tickets, does not mean they know more about security as the rest of us.

Plus, if it’s a small regional flight, there is no First-Class.

Why should we have to wait??