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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Papua New Guinea

Cultural Adventure on the Other Side of the World
By Francis DiScala Jr

Everything is starting to feel the same. I can't tell the difference between Disney World and Venice. Cultural adventure is harder to find.

And for that very reason alone it is worth the 15-hour flight and the expense to travel to the other side of the world. But for surfers, divers, bird-watchers, and hikers, traveling also provides access to some of the world's best places to enjoy these activities. Is Papua New Guinea (PNG) really "a million different journeys," "the most remote place in the world," "head hunter's paradise," and full of "the world's friendliest people"? Join me on my journey to an anthropological paradise to find out. Read on ...


Friday, March 26, 2010

L.A. to Zurich on SWISS

Hello from the Zurich airport! We left off last week from the island of Lanai. From there I hopped a plane back to Los Angeles, where I caught up on some work, attended a couple Hollywood parties, and swapped my beach clothes for cold-weather gear. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be hanging out in Switzerland for long, just an hour or so, as I'm making a connection to a neighboring country. I will tell you all about it next week, but for now sit back and enjoy the 11-hour flight across the Atlantic on SWISS-I sure did.

Monday, March 15, 2010

CHICAGO: A City by Any Other Name

A City by Any Other Name

By Leo E. Martin

"Hog butcher for the world,
Tool maker, stacker of wheat,
Player with railroads and the nation's freight handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the big shoulders."
-Carl Sandburg, Chicago, 1916

Whether referred to as the "city of the big shoulders," the Windy City, or Chi-town, Chicagoland is a city of a thousand nicknames. Perhaps the most controversial of these numerous cognomens is "the second city," a disparaging label given to the city by A. J. Liebling in an article he penned for the New Yorker in 1952. Read on...

Friday, March 12, 2010

British Airways Strike Info

Unite, the British Airways Cabin Crew union announced today that it will take industrial action commencing March 20th through March 22nd and again commencing on March 27th through March 30th.

BA expects to announce a flying schedule around five days in advance of the first strike date. The Airline has temporarily stopped selling seats on all flights operating on the above dates.

In the event the strikes occur:

1) Flights from London City (LCY) to and from New York (JFK) will operate as normal

2) All longhaul flights to and from London Gatwick (LGW) will continue to operate normally

3) For all other flights from London Heathrow (LHR) and short-haul London Gatwick (LGW), until BA finalizes it’s flying schedule, passengers booked to travel March 19th through March 31st, 2010 have the choice of rebooking or cancelling and obtaining a refund

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Featured Story: The Island of Lanai

This week's feature story is on the first part of my trip to the Hawaiian island of Lanai, so say Aloha! Even though they are just nine miles (20 minutes) apart, the two plush hotels I stayed at are completely different because of the geography. This week's hotel is The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele, which is in the upcountry. So if you are interested, sit back, grab a sweater, and relax.

Read on...

Monday, March 08, 2010

JetBlue Celebrates 10 Years of Service with $10 Fares(a) between New York's JFK and its First 10 Destinations

$10 fare now available on all remaining seats for travel on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 9 or 10, 2010(a) between these cities - - Travel must be booked on by 11:59 p.m. CST tonight

Ten dollar fares(a) are now available between JFK and:

  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL)
  • Buffalo, N.Y. (BUF)
  • Tampa, Fla. (TPA)
  • Orlando, Fla. (MCO)
  • Rochester, N.Y. (ROC)
  • Oakland, Calif. (OAK)
  • Burlington, Vt. (BTV)
  • West Palm Beach, Fla. (PBI)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)
  • Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW)

In addition to this one day sale, on Wednesday, March 10, JetBlue will also be announcing a special giveaway opportunity for customers in New York City on @JetBlue, the airline's original Twitter account designed to keep an open forum with customers. To find out more, follow JetBlue on Twitter at and stay tuned for updates, hints and directions leading up to Wednesday's event.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

NYC's Annual Winter Stinky Cheese Festival

It's NYC's Annual Winter Stinky Cheese Festival!! By Melissa Leaman

The Winter Stinky Cheese Festival returns to NYC with nine restaurants offering stinky cheese menus during their lunch and dinner service from now until March 12. Just follow your nose to Nice Matin, Marseille, Café D’Alsace, French Roast (Uptown & Downtown), Le Monde, L’Express, Maison or Pigalle where each of the chefs will be creating Stinky Cheese appetizers, entrees and desserts in addition to their regular menu. The menu items will feature over 20 cheeses, including Limburger, Taleggio, Epoisse and Stinky Bishop. Items not to be missed are the Limburger Steak Hache with vidalia onions and a fried egg at Nice Matin, the Alsatian Muenster Short Rib and potato tart at Marseille and the Roasted Figs Crumble with aged port, crème fraîche, cookies crumbs, and gratinée with Livarot at Café D’Alsace. Each restaurant will also have special wine pairings available.

Cheese lovers enjoy!!!

Participating Restaurants Include*:

Cafe D'Alsace:

1695 2nd Avenue (at 88th Street); 212.722.5133

French Roast Uptown:

2340 Broadway (at 85th Street); 212.799.1533;

French Roast Downtown:

78 West 11th Street (at 6th Avenue); 212.533.2233

Le Monde:

2885 Broadway (btw 112th & 113th Street); 212.531.3939


249 Park Avenue (at 20th Street); 212. 254.5858


1700 Broadway ( at 53rd Street); 212.757.2233


630 9th Avenue (at 44th Street); 212.333.2323

Nice Matin:

201 West 79th Street (at Amsterdam); 212.873.6423


790 8th Avenue (at 48th Street); 212.489.2233

*Individual restaurant sites host Stinky Cheese Menus unique to the region of France the restaurant celebrates.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Captain Sully retiring from US Airways

Flight 1549's Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and Flight Attendant Doreen Welsh Retire.

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who piloted Flight 1549 during its emergency water landing on the Hudson River in January 2009, and Flight Attendant Doreen Welsh, who helped guide 150 passengers to safety on the same flight, are retiring from US Airways (NYSE: LCC) today.

Sullenberger, 59, joined US Airways (PSA Airlines) in 1980. In addition to his flying duties, he became a member of US Airways' flight operations safety management team in September 2009.

Welsh, 59, joined US Airways (Allegheny Airlines) in 1970 and has 39 years of experience with the airline. Both Sullenberger and Welsh are based out of US Airways' Charlotte hub.

US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, "I am extremely proud of Captain Sullenberger and Doreen for their quick thinking and courageous actions on January 15, 2009. They exemplify the professionalism and training US Airways' more than 10,000 pilots and flight attendants demonstrate thousands of times every day across our airline. We will miss them and thank them for all they have given to our customers during their years of service with our airline."

About US Airways

US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express, operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 190 communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than 31,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 19,700 daily flights to 1,077 airports in 175 countries. Together with its US Airways Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Phoenix, and a focus city at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration for its Charlotte hub line maintenance facility. For more company information, visit (LCCG)

SOURCE: US Airways

Monday, March 01, 2010



Steve and I are in the process of crossing the border into Argentina. We went to the airline office this morning just before dawn and waited on the sidewalk until it opened at 9:00 a.m. We were first in a line of approximately 100-150 people seeking information about flights out of Chile. All we were able to learn was (1) there were going to be no flights today from Chile out of the country; (2) it was unknown when flights out would resume; (3) Chile is very low on jet fuel with no way to get any in; and (4) even if were to get to Santiago, we would then be on a very long waiting list of foreigners holding tickets out of the country, and those holding tickets for the flights on the day we were trying to fly would be prioritized. In other words, it seemed that we were not going to be able to exit Chile by air any time soon. Of course, it is possible that all of that will change by tomorrow, but because busses only run twice a week from the little town where we were to Argentina, we had to seize the day and go.

We are now trying to get through Argentinian customs. We have been on a gravel road on a bus for about 3 ½ hours so far and will not arrive in Comodoro, Argentina (where there is an airport) for about seven more.

Once we get to Comodoro, we will begin trying to get on a flight out through Buenos Aires or Lima. However, we are being told that there are also thousands of foreigners waiting to get out through these routes. The upside is that we are being told that there are actually flights going there and that there is jet fuel! So, Argentina now appears to be our best bet.

I do not currently have Internet access and so am writing this email not sure when I will be able to send it. It is currently Monday afternoon. I am hoping that we will be able to get on a flight tomorrow, back to the States by Wednesday, and back to work on Thursday. However, I just don’t know. I’ll update you when I do.

Thanks again for all of your help.