And then the kayakers went upstairs for our first safety demonstration on ocean kayaking with information on kayaking in a place with below freezing water, glaciers, icebergs, ice calving (the breaking of ice chunks from the edge of a glacier), whales, penguins, seals, and dolphins. … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 3: Diverted To The Falkland Islands!
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AJK was doing some work but I wasn’t about to stay indoors all day. [AJK: And, I knew I had to pay the fever piper, so it was either going to be at the expense of Guam or Palau. I chose the former, and thankfully, it turned out to be the right decision as the fever was completely gone by the time we took off for Palau. Ain’t no substitute for rest!] Guam isn’t known as an island with a lot to see or do. But the #1 activity in Guam is Ypao Beach which was within walking distance of the hotel. Well technically it was within walking distance. I didn’t realize that there would be a steep hill with no sidewalks whatsoever, but full of speeding drivers. After a rather harrowing walk though I made it to the beach: … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
Alas, the Westin did not make it easy to get the bag into one of their freezers. In the past my wife and I had a much larger suitcase full of frozen food that they froze without issue, so I didn’t even think of calling to make sure they would be able to do it for this trip. There was a solid hour while various employees pushed back (liability issues, etc) until AJK took over and decided to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and somehow that unlocked all the doors. Maybe any problems I encounter when traveling only occur when I smile too much? [AJK: Step 1) be assertive, Step 2) “may I speak with your manager?” Step 3) … Step 4) Profit.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 1: Honolulu
[AJK: This really was mind-boggling. When we heard the knock, barely seconds after putting the phone back in its cradle, we looked at each other and said, “it can’t be.” But it was! The only thing I can think is they must have attendants on-call, stationed in the elevators at all time, waiting for requests like this. Or the Japanese have figured out how to teleport. Neither would surprise me.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 4: Tokyo, Japan And Back Home In ANA First Class
L.L.Bean Midweight Base Layer Pants (2) L.L.Bean Lightweight Base Layer Pants (4) L.L.Bean Midweight Base Layer Crew, Long Sleeve (2) L.L.Bean Lightweight Crew Base Layer, Long Sleeve (4) North Face Denali Fleece (1) L.L.Bean Ultralight 850 Stretch Down Hooded Jacket (1) Wigwam Men’s Merino Lite Hiker Midweight Crew Socks (4) Heat Holders Thermal Socks (2) Carhartt Men’s Cold Weather Boot Sock (2) Seirus Innovation Polartec Ultra Clava (1) Seirus Innovation Men’s Hyperlite All Weather Polartec Glove (1) Freehands Men’s Soft Shell Ski/Snowboard Gloves (1) Neos STABILicers Voyager Overshoe Traction Ice Cleat for Snow and Ice (1) Polartec/fleece pants (2) Wool Scarf (1) Wool Hat (1) 180s (1) Bathing suit and rash guard for polar plunge Sunglasses “Regular” clothes for 2 weeks Shabbos clothes: Kapota, Fedora, Dress Pants, Shirts, Shoes, etc. Reading material: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage , … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 4: Packing List, The Journey Down South, And The Southernmost Shabbos
-Service at the Park Hyatt Buenos Aires was somewhat inconsistent. We were not addressed by name as consistently as we were at international Park Hyatt locations. The vast majority of the employees at the hotel were awesome and very friendly. English is spoken by all very well. However there are a handful of employees that made for some unpleasantness that I have never experienced at an international Park Hyatt before. The hotel gives free complimentary bottles of water and they specifically told us to just call for more when we needed it. However when they delivered our amenity (a few oranges) we asked for more water and the employee proceeded to open our fridge and exclaim that we already had water. When we asked for a late checkout we were told to check back later when a supervisor would be around. When I did come back the employee I was referred to (a supervisor?) started telling me how they “already gave us a triple … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Buenos Aires, Argentina