Expat Ramblings: Just Popping In

Family gatherings are difficult when you live abroad. Spending Christmas together is expensive, birthday presents arrive through the post, and when your children drive you insane, you can’t drop them off at a well-meaning relative’s house for an afternoon. I’d love to have coffee with my sister once a week, but we only manage three times a year. It’s hard, but it comes with the choices you make for yourself. Read More Expat Ramblings: Just Popping In

Come Fly With Me

Anyone familiar with 12-step programs or various philosophical guides to serene living will tell you that the key to happiness is to surrender to the moment, to change what you can, to accept what you cannot change, and to know the difference.  And anyone familiar with air travel in recent years will tell you that even the Dalai Lama would struggle with staying serene when you’re confronted with cancelled flights, long lines, inedible overpriced food, and cramped uncomfortable seats. Read More Come Fly With Me

Leaving On A Jet Plane (Air Travel and the Sequester)

Last week’s speedy Congressional action that gave the FAA more flexibility to deal with sequestration-imposed cuts was hailed by many as a great example of government functioning at its best. But I’m feeling a little like the little kid who insists the Emperor has no clothes; after all, wasn’t the pain of those cuts supposed to be the point?

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I Hate to Fly, Except That I Absolutely Love It

I have a total love/hate relationship with flying. It’s stressful and inconvenient and uncomfortable, except when it’s peaceful and beautiful and honestly one of my favorite things in the world. Read More I Hate to Fly, Except That I Absolutely Love It

Travel Etiquette

As I write this, I am sitting on the floor of the Cleveland airport, hanging out by the only free outlet in Concourse C, trying to get this done during my layover so that I can get it uploaded in a timely manner. So far my flying experience has been average at best, but since I saw some egregious missteps already, I thought this would be an excellent time to discuss how to behave during air travel. Read More Travel Etiquette