Another week has flown by, but as I sit at my desk on this beautiful Saturday evening, I am thankful that the last several days have been very productive.
While managing Award Expert and this blog are critical, an even more important task is caring for my wife and child. The two go hand and hand, since we have to eat and pay the bills, but I truly am trying to keep my resolution and take extended breaks from my laptop and cell phone. This week was spent overseeing the installation of heating and air conditioning in our 90-year-old bungalow. No more huddling around space heaters or sweltering summer days, inside our house at least. But the noise, dust, and debris has been a distraction.
Tomorrow I will finish off (finally!) the Tanzania trip report with an updated review of the Park Hyatt Hamburg and final reflections on the trip. Next week we truly will return to the Africa trip report I paused two weeks ago…back to the story of how my wife and I finally made it from Germany to America.
I have a surprise trip planned at the end of the week that I will not say anything more about for now, other than that it could turn out to be a fascinating experience or a total disaster. In either case, I hope it will be entertaining to read about.
TOP STORY: Sore Losers: NFL Team Trashes United 767-400
The NY Giants allegedly trashed a United 767 after losing their playoff game to the Green Bay Packers.
A tale of being gullible in Zanzibar. Interesting how much this post seemed to stir up charges of “white privilege” and attacks against me.
The flights and hotels were great, but the afternoon spent walking through Stone Town in Zanzibar just made the trip 100% worth it.
Sadly, United will push up the retirement date of its 747-400s to 2017, a full year early. I am looking forward even more to my 747-400 flights on United this spring to Germany.
REPORTS & REVIEWS
An Amazing Journey Through Stone Town in Zanzibar (Pictures)
Looted But Not Livid in Zanzibar
20-Min Flight from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam on Fastjet
Transit in Dar Es Salaam (DAR)
Review: Tanzanite Lounge (DAR)
A Perfect Greek Snack: Olympic Airlines OA322 IST-ATH
Turkish Airlines 737 Dar Es Salaam to Istanbul Business Class
Review: Turkish Airlines Arrivals Lounge Istanbul
Review: Hyatt Regency Istanbul Ataköy
Turkish Airlines Elitism at IST
Review: Istanbul to Hamburg in Turkish Airlines A320 Business Class
NEWS & COMMENTARY
Cancelled: United Cuts Planned Second Daily Flight from LA to London
The Farce of Airport Security
Sore Losers: NFL Team Trashes United 767-400
“It’s not cheating when on vacation”
United Accelerates 747 Retirement to 2017
Tasty: Here’s the United Polaris Lounge Menu
United Airlines on Display at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC
The Death of the English Breakfast on British Airways’ Domestic Flights
Street Food Horror Stories?
Everything You Need To Know About Basic Economy on United
The Transatlantic Low-Cost Carrier Invasion