By this point I was exhausted and livid. All of our winter clothes were in the bags, and we weren’t going to be able to do anything in below-freezing Svalbard without them. whYME and I also had lots of perishable food in our bags. Getting to Svalbard with our bags was critical and the next flight to Svalbard wouldn’t arrive until after we were scheduled to depart Svalbard for the Lofoten Islands! … [Read more...] about DDF Adventure Photo DO Trip Notes Part 1: Heading For Svalbard And The Far North
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Vivian, the United checkin agent in Koror, was amused that we wanted duplicate boarding passes, and even more amused when we started telling her about our island hopper adventures. Turns out she was the gate agent as well and we talked about everything from missing the flight to Palau to the reduction in flights from Guam (since that time more Guam flights have been cut). She said she just prays that Smisek doesn’t cut Palau off from the network. With Delta making a play for the Japanase market with twice weekly nonstop service from Tokyo to Koror, the locals were worried what that would mean for United. But Vivian promised to get us out on time and have us make our connection to Tokyo. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 3: Koror, Palau And Jellyfish Lake
Dag Dag had been closed for several months for “renovations.” Now I’m not sure what was renovated, but it’s a homey little restaurant that’s run by a somewhat older couple. The husband is a jokester from the UK and his wife is from Mexico City, and somehow they came to running a fish restaurant in Cancun. … [Read more...] about Winter Break 2015 Trip Notes Part 2: Cancun And The Riviera Maya
The real payoff is taking a 4WD vehicle along unpaved Milolii Ridge Road. The driving will be bumpy and difficult at times and you will lose cell phone coverage but the views at the end are unreal. You can walk along the edge for as long as your nerves will carry you: … [Read more...] about Trip Notes Kauai: Heaven On Earth
AJK then smartly asked Joseph if he wouldn’t mind changing the Tokyo-Chicago-Newark flight to the Tokyo-JFK nonstop. [AJK: When you get an agent as good as Joseph, you make sure to leave it all out on the floor 😛 ] ANA award space from Tokyo-Chicago is much easier to find then Tokyo-JFK, but as Joseph was rebooking us in a revenue fare class that didn’t matter at all. He happily rebooked us to the JFK flight and booked a connection from Newark-Cleveland for me with enough time to grab dinner in Manhattan along the way. … [Read more...] about United Island Hopper Trip Notes Part 2: It’s Time To Hop!
We landed in Paris at 1pm and took the 10 Euro RoissyBus nonstop to Opera, just a 5 minute walk to the Park Hyatt Paris. I was disappointed to learn that the lovely spa area in the hotel basement was temporarily closed. It consists of a large whirlpool and saunas and was always empty on our previous trip. I thought that should have at least been disclosed on their website. We did receive a lovely bottle of Laurent-Perrier kosher champagne which was awesome. Less awesome was to see what they did to their kosher breakfast benefit since we last stayed here. Back then the food and beverage director went out of his way to tailor the diamond kosher breakfast benefit around our needs and every day they were something truly special. That director moved onto another Hyatt hotel and now there are no options, just a few mediocre croissants (raisin, plain, and chocolate) with some dry bread. They also gave some unidentified butter, jam, and juice, … [Read more...] about Trip Notes: Singapore A380 Suites And 46 Hours In Paris