Random Travel Thoughts

Why are winter airfaires from the western US to Europe so high? I was looking a week ago and seeing flights around $1000, and then suddenly they jumped to over $1250. :mad:
Once you pass the two month mark for US-Europe flights, expect quick price increases as flights sell out, because there are a ton of Europeans who go home for the holidays and who buy their tickets many months in advance (myself included :) ). So buy your ticket asap!
 
The last time I was in Red Sox Nation I was a wide-eyed 19-year-old backpacker with a cursory knowledge of the places I was visiting. It's extremely exciting to be back now that I'm very well read in revolutionary history. We have two days of exploring the historical sites, of course including the most important, Fenway Park... :)
I live one metro stop from Fenway. Wish I had known you'd be in town.
 
Friends from Chicago booked their flights to visit me in Cali, Colombia in March.
The www.kayak.com airfare was $533 per person RT on Avianca-TACA: Chicago - San Salvador (El Salvador) - Cali.

That is one of the things I really miss about living in Chicago - the cheapest airfares for international travel. Flights for the same time from Minneapolis would have been about $800.
 
With the Romanian salsa congress cancelled, and my flight home leaving from Bucharest, I think I'll just travel aound E. Europe for a week. Maybe Budapest-Sighisoara-Brasov-Bucharest by train. Hopefully I'll find a few salsa parties.
 

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I was finally able to book all of my accommodation for Dominica and Jamaica (the hostels kept having power outages and their Internet would go down, so I would receive messages months apart :) ) as well as setting up a guide to climb Blue Mountain Peak. Northern winter - I'll have to bring all of my warmest hiking clothes for that one... Dominica will be a week straight of volcano hiking, bussing to and from Roseau; in Jamaica I'm sticking to the east coast, mostly hiking and rafting in the mountains, and avoiding the tourist towns and resorts. I just added a few days at Treasure Beach (the writers' colony) for ocean swimming. I have a weekend in LA either side of the Caribbean and very much looking forward to dancing there again.

This has been a particularly horrendous year at work, so I needed this break. Planning to take a pile of books! Even though tonight is the biggest local salsa party, I can't go as I'm trying to churn out student reports before next week's deadline; four classes to go... :(

I need to start looking at salsa congresses that occur during non-teaching periods (even though I still have plenty of work, I can take it with me). That means end of March-April, end of June-July, mid-September, New Year...
 
The thermostat in my house is on wifi.
I turn the temperature down to low but above freezing when I travel.
I have an app to change the temperature.
I always forget to turn it up before I start my return trip.
I arrive home to a cold house.

The technology works. :cool:
 

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Flying into Miami, the pilot was reading out the destinations and gates for connecting flights. He was trying very hard with his Spanish pronunciation and doing an admirable job of it. Until he announced the gate for the flight to "Puta Cana". Don't think I want to go there...
 
in Jamaica I'm sticking to the east coast, mostly hiking and rafting in the mountains, and avoiding the tourist towns and resorts.
Portland Parish has the best jerk chicken in Jamaica.
The beach with the small river flowing into the beach I think is called Drapers. It is east of Port Antonio.
 
Avianca's baggage overweight policy is much less onerous than the other airlines. With the US carrier, I had to move a bunch of stuff into carry on to avoid a $200 fee and that was with the extra allowance because I have the airline credit card.
My bag was overweight for Avianca too. They charged me 40,000 pesos = $12.
Avianca gets stellar ratings but I have not been on any of their long distance flights.
 

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Dominica is awesome.
Yes, awesome :). Very friendly place! The only problem is the revolting monstrosities that are the cruise ships, which tower over Roseau, taller and larger than any of the buildings and dominating the skyline at the end of most streets. We just got rid of one and then another turned up. However, I've been tracking their courses on marinetraffic.com and once this one is gone it looks clear. Very basic guesthouse, no hot water, but it's pretty much 27 degrees 24/7.

Went hiking to the tallest falls today, then swam through the amazing Titou Gorge. It's narrow and very high, and the only way to get to its waterfall is to swim through the gorge. Once you approach the waterfall, the current is so strong it's hard to swim against. Several bruises from being pushed into the rocky gorge sides. Only three of us reached the waterfall - certainly got my workout for the day! We gripped the rock walls with our fingers (very ouch...) and managed to climb up it, then leapt off the top back into the gorge river. Enormous fun :). Tomorrow rappelling in a canyon, then more hiking. Another week here, then hit Jamaica and back to LA for obligatory salsa stopover.
 
Flying into Miami, the pilot was reading out the destinations and gates for connecting flights. He was trying very hard with his Spanish pronunciation and doing an admirable job of it. Until he announced the gate for the

flight to "Puta Cana". Don't think I want to go there...
LOL !!!!
 
Went hiking to the tallest falls today, then swam through the amazing Titou Gorge. It's narrow and very high, and the only way to get to its waterfall is to swim through the gorge. Once you approach the waterfall, the current is so strong it's hard to swim against. Several bruises from being pushed into the rocky gorge sides. Only three of us reached the waterfall - certainly got my workout for the day! We gripped the rock walls with our fingers (very ouch...) and managed to climb up it, then leapt off the top back into the gorge river. Enormous fun :). Tomorrow rappelling in a canyon, then more hiking. Another week here, then hit Jamaica and back to LA for obligatory salsa stopover.
Sounds like you are prepping for an audition, in an Action movie ....:eek::D
 

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Sounds like you are prepping for an audition, in an Action movie ....:eek::D
:) Except I woke up with the red scrapes on my elbows showing prominently, and those action stars somehow seem to have perfect hair and makeup throughout...

Today was canyoning, a combination of rappelling and free jumping waterfalls into pools, moving down the gorge. I'd done an 8 metre jump when cascading in the Dominican Republic, so these were tame in comparison, just great fun. Loved learning rappelling, especially when the cliff falls away and you can give slack on the rope and free fall. Awesome day. Tomorrow I'm doing a full day hike.

I wish I could see that Dutch couple I met in Suriname who recommended Dominica to me again, to thank them. This place is so me :).

Tabs on one of the activity company's websites: "Exotic waterfalls", "Hiking updated", "Bird watching", "Naturefari", "Photo safari", "Walking the Emerald Pool trail", "We are not the Dominican Republic" :) .
 

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