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wondered if those member-only airline lounges at the airport are worth it, or
how the various programs stack up? Maria Aspan, who classifies herself as
"frequent-flier-minus – not quite enough to get free upgrades or even
those coach seats with better legroom, but often enough to be wistfully aware
of the luxury" happening around her, decided to get into as many "elite traveller waiting rooms" as would have her.
From the good (dark chocolate Milano cookies and slightly better chairs) to the
bad (nearly missing her flight) and the ugly ("Who let you in here?"),
little escapes her notice. [The Billfold]
Are your vacations a little stressful? Maybe you're doing it wrong. Try leaving that significant other at home and going somewhere by
Amazing things that should happen more
The Lincoln Highway travels through a whopping 14 states and roughly
3,100 miles, from New York City's Times Square to San Francisco's Lincoln Park.
To celebrate its centennial this year, 200 Europeans crossed the Atlantic, some
shipping their vintage cars over as well, to drive
the highway’s entire expanse and make
some friends along the way.
[NPR; Wyoming Tribune-Eagle]
more than one way to make a guidebook. The Guardian looks at 10
of the more unusual and specialised guides to the UK, including ones covering public typefaces
of Sheffield, “Aal Aboot Geordie” and the most twee
things about Oxford and its citizens.
and videos that went viral on the Web this week
David Butow, who
spent 2012 photographing Buddhists in Asia, was featured in the New York Times' Lens blog. Some very harmonious shots.
At Thailand's Elephant Stay conservation camp, local
pachyderms are playing the (12-bar) blues. [Arts Journal]
The CIA's museum, at its headquarters outside of
Washington DC, is normally open only to its employees and specially invited
guests. NBC managed to get itself on the list too, producing an interesting
slideshow of exhibits including a proto-drone that looks like a dragonfly, the AK-47
discovered near Osama bin-Laden and a mainframe, on loan from the NSA, containing
every phone call you've ever made (just kidding about the last one). [NBC News]
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
Hard to believe but true: in the UK at least, if you bought airline tickets
with the wrong name, it can actually cost less to have your name changed legally than get the airline to correct the error. [BBC
Bees were to blame for a three-hour delay this week on an
Indianapolis-bound US Airways flight from Charlotte, North Carolina. The bees,
probably looking to establish a hive, swarmed a tug (the vehicle that gets
jets to and from the gates). We much prefer the bee beards ourselves. [Charlotte
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