We also needed to go earlier in the season, before boats made their way past the Antarctic circle. Traveling south of the circle would mean that there would be no sunset, which would create serious questions about when to observe Shabbos. There are many opinions about that, including keeping Shabbos according to Jerusalem time, keeping Shabbos for 24 hours starting from 6pm, keeping Shabbos for 24 hours starting from midnight, keeping Shabbos according to the time in your home, keeping Shabbos according to the time of the nearest point that does have a sunset, keeping Shabbos according to your last departure point, keeping Shabbos for an entire year every 7 years, etc. We wanted to avoid that thorny question if possible. … [Read more...] about Antarctica Trip Notes Part 1: Buenos Aires+Planning And Positioning For The Adventure Of A Lifetime
After watching United’s safety video for the 9th time in 4 days I was able to say all of the words before they said them. Ma-bu-hay! became a common word that AJK and I used throughout the trip despite the fact that we were never closer than 1,000 miles away from Manila. [AJK: Indeed, after being a captive audience nine or so times, I began greeting random people on the street with a hearty “Mabuhai!” and couldn’t shake the habit for a week or so after getting back to USA. Let’s just say I can’t replicate the look I got from our receptionist the following week when, after she wished me a good morning, I responded with a passionate “Mabuhai!” I thought it explained everything wonderfully. Apparently it did not.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
In the airport I picked up some Kahlua on sale at duty-free (kosher in Mexico, but not in the US) and got to chat for a few minutes with a fellow DDF member who recognized me. And then it was back to Miami for Shabbos with my grandparents before heading back to Cleveland, just on time for the coldest February on record since at least 1871, when temperatures started being recorded. Time to start planning the next place our miles will take us 😀 … [Read more...] about Winter Break 2015 Trip Notes Part 2: Cancun And The Riviera Maya
The gift cards say that Blue Hawaiian’s normal rate is $240 with tax and Costco sells $100 gift cards for $80. If you book in advance you can get a discount or if you book at the last minute ask for a 15% discount which will drop the price to $200 or just $160 with the Costco gift cards. And don’t forget to fill up on gas while at Costco where it’s significantly less than everywhere else on the island. … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
Joseph rebooked us in a full revenue fare class. I gave my United 1K mileage number and wound up with no miles. AJK gave his Aegean mileage number and wound up with tens of thousands of miles. [AJK: 35,000 miles to be exact. Not only that, but this one-way travel earned me Star Alliance Gold for another year, through 2017! Bottom line, if United moves you from an award bucket to a revenue fare due to being bumped, the flight being cancelled or delayed, make sure to switch your frequent flyer number to a partner to be able to earn miles free miles on a free ticket. United will not award them to its own program and you won’t get retroactive credit after the flight.] … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
While on other airlines the flight attendants will often refuse or be quite hesitant to heat up your own personal food on Singapore I had heard that was not that case and was counting on that. Indeed our flight attendant was overjoyed that we had our own food and was only too happy to heat up the food we brought from Carlos & Gabby’s. She even proactively offered to put the leftover food in the refrigerator for the remainder of the flight. That turned out to be great as we ate the same food on the airplane on the way home! On Cathay the flight attendants will very likely not be willing to heat up or refrigerate your food for you. Don’t get me wrong, Cathay service is very good, but they just have so many rules and regulations and they seem completely unwilling to bend any of them, even to accommodate a pregnant woman or a baby. The Singapore service is just something really special, it felt very warm and natural as opposed to the more robotic … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris