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Jan112016

Satori tribute to David Bowie

Brian Cohen of The Gate blog and I talked over breakfast last month at the Washington Hilton and he asked me why my FlyerTalk name is ‘satori’? In short, my FlyerTalk handle ‘satori’ was my 1999 tribute to the influence of David Bowie’s music in my young life. David Bowie died yesterday, two days after…

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Dec242015

Light and Sound in Tate Britain Museum London

Tate Britain is the first museum we visited on our trip to London last month. Like most museums in London, Tate Britain admission is free. There are a lot of free museums in London. Special exhibits within these museums are high priced, but most of the museum collections are free to walk around and gaze…

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Dec182015

Thames Walk Westminster Palace to Tate Britain

Our main activity of the day got shot down when we arrived at Westminster Abbey to find a police barricade and the building closed to the public for an unannounced event.  Police said they expected Westminster Abbey to reopen around 1:30pm. We did not want to hang around the area for an hour waiting to…

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Nov192015

Feeling connected to Paris, City of Light

Thousands of people are directly affected by the Paris attacks. Millions of people feel connected to Paris. I thought tourism data would show Paris is the most touristed city on Earth. Apparently it is now #3, with around 15 to 16 million international visitors, fewer visitors than London and Bangkok. Paris, France 2014 ranking: No.…

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Oct172015

Freewheelin’ Copenhagen Dealin’

“Everybody must get stoned.” 1966 Bob Dylan Rainy Day Women #12 and 35. “Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.” 1967 Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced? Without any foresight or intention in my travels for 2015 I found myself in several places in both North America and Europe with a highly tolerant attitude to cannabis. A liberal…

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Oct162015

Cost and Miles Analysis of my AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite 30,000 EQM challenge Sep 2 to Oct 6, 2015

This post shares a spreadsheet with a detailed cost analysis of my four American Airlines tickets I purchased to complete my AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite challenge by flying 30,000 EQM – Elite Qualifying Miles between June and October 9, 2015. My AAdvantage EQM earning flights were flown September 2 to October 6, 2015 with 18…

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Oct092015

Copenhagen on the waterfront

Copenhagen is a port city on the large island of Zealand in eastern Denmark with water present all around.  This post starts from near Langelinie Pier in the north part of Copenhagen, a quay developed in the late 19th century to handle larger ocean going vessels of the time. This area is where cruise ships…

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