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An important travel tip (TEXT) from The Husband…

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Wanna know if he/she is The One? Travel together!

Next month The Husband and I will be celebrating nine years of marriage, which is pretty amazing considering all the crazy trips we’ve taken together.  I’ve always said the best test for a relationship is travel.  Trust me, if a couple can survive a bad trip together, that couple can handle just about anything – including marriage.  I’m proof of that.  Don’t believe me?  Here’s an email from The Husband describing a trip to Italy we took three years ago… 

We are here and a little worse off than we expected. Although still in love with Heather, I realize we can not be partners in a travel agency. When we arrived to Stansted airport,  the airline gave us a room at a nearby hotel for a shower and a little rest because we had a long wait between flights.  It was very nice of them.  They must have known the rest of our journey was going to be hell. After a quick shower, Heather and I went back to the airport where she somehow tested positive for explosives at security! That’s right EXPLOSIVES! Needless to say we were given special treatment and in the process I somehow lost ALL of our travel documents except our passports (thank God). I didn’t notice until we were already in flight on our second airline that made Southwest look like the Concorde. Heather told me not to panic because we could just print our tickets at the airport in Venice, which seemed feasible until we LANDED AT THE WRONG AIRPORT!  By this time you can just imagine what it was like being with me. Couldn’t get any worse you say? Fuck yes it could!  We didn’t have Euros and the only ATM in what was the New York version of Islip airport was broken. I had to pay 50 dollars for 20 Euros.  Then we jumped on a bus that took us through Trevisi and past Marco Polo airport – the airport we thought we were supposed to land at.  Eventually we were dropped off in some parking lot.  Figuring we were going to the Jewish Ghetto, I looked for a religious couple out of thousands of people and sure enough found one that was also going to Cannaregio.  But they, too, were lost.  I turned around and Heather is gone.  She’s walking away like she knows where the hell she is. The last thing I needed was to lose her, so I ran after her and the Jewish couple disappears.  I walked over to a water taxi and the guy wanted 90 dollars to take us to hotel which was less than a mile away. I refused to be ripped off for one more cent.  I asked a fireman to show us the way. Heather and I walked what seemed like an eternity over bridges and pitted streets with our luggage until we saw Hebrew writing and Rabbis speaking like Don freakin Corleone. After we finally reached the hotel, we dropped our bags and started eating. During dinner Heather actually fell asleep at the table.  We went to bed a 9pm and got up twelve hours later.  Heather woke up with trench foot and is itchy. All in all we are about 1,000 bucks down in re-ticketing, but we’re laughing. Heather has taken about 1,000 pictures and I haven’t pushed her trench foot ass into a canal yet.

 

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Enter to win two business class tickets to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific

Until May 31, 2010 Cathay Pacific is giving away two free tickets in business class from any city to Hong Kong, as well as three nights’ accommodation at The Upper House, a portrait session with campaign photographer Andrew J. Loiterton, and eight times the Asia Miles you earn flying on Cathay Pacific from now until the end of May. Now that I have your attention, keep reading. Contest details can be found at the bottom of this post.

Whenever I’m just hanging out in the galley between services chatting with frequent fliers, I’ll ask them to name their favorite airline. On most occasions their eyes glaze over and this look of contentment washes across their face. I’ve seen the look dozens of times. I know what they’re going to say before they even say it. Cathay. The word is always followed by a long deep sigh. Sometimes I’ll even sigh along with them. What follows next is usually an awkward silence. That’s when I’ll ask about their favorite airport restaurant, just to get the conversation flowing again.

Last year when my husband’s original Cathay Pacific flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong canceled, I was thrilled. Because the airline generously bumped him from business class to first class free of charge on a flight departing the following morning. He was upset about losing 24 hours in Hong Kong, but I knew it would be more than worth the inconvenience. The husband had his doubts. As soon as his flight touched ground, he sent the following email.

This flight was better than anyone could put in words. I have my own little cabin with a desk internet and movies. I was given a Shanghai Tzen pajama set and amenity kit and a huge down pillow and comforter. My seat reclines to a full bed and I have a privacy shield. I even used all the cool lotions in the two bathrooms shared by fourteen people. The toilet was spotless the entire trip. The food and presentation was better than a restaurant. I have to list all that I ate before I forget…

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Aviation artwork

Planes, trains and motorcycles.  That’s what I stumbled into yesterday when I wandered into Z Gallerie looking for a buffet table for my dining room.  While the Red railroad, an upclose photo of wheels and metal, caught my eye, reminding me of one of my favorite books, The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux, it was the graffiti-like painting entitled Daytona Beach that my husband, a Harley enthusiast, liked the best.  And then I spotted it, a cool two-panel painting of an airplane created by an artist from Huntington Beach, California.  Check it out….

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5 Rules for being a great airline passenger

There’s a great article written by Paul Eisenberg featured on FOXnews.com – 5 rules for being a great airline passenger.  Everyone should read it!  And not just because I’m quoted – Several times!   (Shameless plug, I know. )

If you were the world’s most frequent flier you’d likely encounter hundreds of flight attendants over the course of a year. Now consider that the average flight attendant encounters hundreds of passengers over the course of a day.

Statistically that doesn’t prove much of anything. But if your job put you in contact with thousands of people a year you’d begin seeing patterns in how they behaved. Last year several flight attendants cited irritating and dangerous passenger behavior and suggested ways we could all have a happier flight

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(And while I’m at it, might as well add this one, too…)

How to Hook Up On A Trip, by Paul Eisenberg

Flight attendant Heather Poole was impressed that one of her business class passengers really seemed to have it together. He was polite and knew how to take care of himself.

So she married him.

There’s a bit more to the story, of course. They exchanged phone numbers as the flight deplaned and their courtship took a while to play out, but Poole recalls her first impression of her now-husband of seven years as if it was yesterday.

“Here’s a man with a plan,” Poole remembers, a guy who came prepared with a “pen and paper, magazines, and a beautiful sandwich that he brought from a deli.” On top of which, her husband-to-be was courteous and made eye contact, which in Poole’s experience is not the norm.

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OAHU, HAWAII – Ko Olina Beach club timeshare vacation deal

HawaiiCos-mo 102We were in Hawaii at the Ko Olina Beach Club in Oahu when the woman standing in front of the black board asked, “Do you honestly think you travel differently than everyone else? That what you’re looking for in a vacation is not what everyone else here wants.”

As I glanced at the others staying at the resort, most of whom were either families vacationing with children under the age of five, like myself, or senior citizens enjoying the fruits of their labor, I nodded my head. I do truly believe I travel differently than most people. I’m a flight attendant! And that’s what I told her.

Like most flight attendants, when I go on vacation I don’t want to stay anywhere that even remotely feels like a layover, which means I’m not a big fan of resort like properties with hundreds of rooms and thousands of guests milling about the pool. Regardless of how pretty that pool may be.

For the record, the pool at the the Ko Olina Beach Club is wonderful. My three year-old couldn’t stay out of it. The beach, a man made lagoon, is beautiful, so very relaxing at night under the stars. And the rooms, particularly the villas, are more than comfortable with their sunken tubs, full size kitchens, and a washer and dryer to boot. But that’s another story. This story is about how I’m a flight attendant and how flight attendants, not unlike most frequent fliers, do not want to spend their vacations in the same hotel-type room year after year. Even though this was our third year in a row at the resort. It was also the first time we’d agreed to partake in one those vacation club package deals.

Don’t ask.

Continue reading GALLEY GOSSIP: OAHU, HAWAII – KO OLINA BEACH CLUB VACATION DEAL

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The husband snaps a quick photograph…

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I can see the runway, hold my beer while I land this thing, wrote the husband who is now in Alaska and not drinking beer - trust me.  What he is doing in regards to the photograph is sitting in the front row of an airplane inches away from an open cockpit door.  

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