May 2024


Special Travel

My trip back to Germany was a lot like my trip from Germany.

One of the flight attendants was the same and the person sitting next to me going to Berlin was the same man who sat next to me coming from Berlin. I thought I recognized his back as I followed him onto the […]


My flight from Berlin to New York/JFK was not without its amusing points.

This past weekend Berlin hosted Berlinale, an international film festival and by my casual observation, I would estimate that approximately two-thirds of the plane were people returning to the States having attended the Berlinale.

Not to be too quick to judge on […]

Trip Notes

JFK Congestion: The only time I’ve flown out of JFK before, I did it in the mid-afternoon. On my way back to Europe this time, during a foggy early evening, the door shut and the pilot announced that at this hour of the day and with these weather conditions, we would spend an hour taxing […]

Respect and Honor

On the other side of the Potomac River from The Mall is Arlington National Cemetery, and it was my destination for the day. And now I don’t know where to begin because Arlington National Cemetery single handedly brings up a myriad of topics to consider, both personal and political.

I guess I’ll start with the […]

Moving Day

Ah, as I write this I am sitting in the BordRestaurant waiting for the train to leave the station. Once the train gets going, I will be starting the last leg of my journey from Bloomington to Weimar.

The trip has not been without its hitches. Several hitches actually, but thanks to a wonderful United […]

Travel Notes

I will be adding JFK to my list of airports.

In terms of airlines I will be adding United Airlines partners Chautauqua, Atlantic Coast, and SQ — The world famous Singapore Airlines (USA)! Total Miles to be earned should be 4,847–assuming 500 each, IND-IAD and IAD-JFK.

Of course these are Star Alliance Miles… and I […]

The Terminal

I saw The Terminal, starring Tom Hanks, last night. In the movie, a man gets stuck in the International Transit Section of JFK when his passport ceases being valid while he is in route to the city. He’s stuck there nine months. This reminded me of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, a man who was really without […]