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Some travel kvetching

I’ve been travelling a lot lately, primarily for business. This last week has been a challenge though, even for me. Lots of flights, different airports, pressured timescales and a lack of sleep made for one frazzled MacPsych. Four airports in a single day was a challenge, even for me. I also had a lot of ...

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A (lack of) prepping for the holidays…

It's most unlike me...with less than 24 hours until we fly to the US, I've done no prep, no packing and no research. We'll be visiting New Orleans and Miami for the first time and I've no idea what we're going to do. The last two weeks at work have been manic, to say the ...

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More plans for Japan

We spent some quality time this morning fleshing out plans for our September return trip to Japan. Our itinerary has been narrowed down to: Fly London to Tokyo Immediately get on flight to Osaka 5 nights in Osaka, including day trips to Kyoto Shinkansen train to Hiroshima 3 nights in Hiroshima Fly to Tokyo 5 nights in ...

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One more airport security rant…

…if I may. I fly pretty much monthly these days and, while the post-911 security mentalism has by and large subsided, one aspect of airport security still irks me: the inconsistencies. Even within the UK. On my flight up to Edinburgh from London Gatwick, I took all the usual precautions, removing shoes, belt, electronics from ...

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Bags and baggage

I write this in Dunfermline, Scotland where I’m visiting my parents. I flew up from London Thursday night to avoid insane weekend flight prices, but failed to avoid insane bag madness. Picture the scene. A plane-full of people all carrying far too much carry-on baggage, all getting aggressive with each other because they can’t find ...

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The misery of business travel

Warning: significant “white whine” follows… I travel a lot in my job. This, in itself, is not a problem. I like both my job and travel. The distances are rarely significant - last year was an exception, with jaunts to Poland, Spain and Switzerland. Usually, it’s within the UK or just as far as Ireland. ...

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The power of the seat reservation

This evening, I left London Paddington on a train bound for Cheltenham. As with all my planned travel for business, I’d bought my ticket well in advance - both to be assured of a seat (not always guaranteed on British trains) and to be on a train that gets to my destination some time before ...

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A weekend in Madrid

Madrid - November 2013, a set on Flickr. A selection of photos from our recent weekend in Madrid - fantastic weather, beautiful food and a new favourite hotel. There's always something new to see. This time, it was visits to the National Library where we saw a beautiful exhibit of Japanese calligraphy, followed by the Botanical ...

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Codeshare hell

So here's the thing...you buy a ticket with one airline but end up flying with another. This is the gist of the codeshare arrangement that airlines seem to love. I have no single favourite airline, though I fly very regularly with British Airways. But I have a list of airlines I try to avoid, including ...

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Heroic Japanese drinks?

I passed by this drinks machine near Ueno Park in Tokyo and couldn't resist taking a photo. I was secretly hoping it would be stocked with some form of Marvel Comics-related drinks... X-Men Cola? Mutant Juice? Sadly, it was full of the same drinks all other machines seem to have in Tokyo - coffee, green ...

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