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5 questions for the TSA

Posted on
Jul 27, 2009
 

I’ve been reading the TSA blog, which is a dark and ugly place. Then again, so is the TSA itself. Seriously – have you seen the new Harry Potter movie? Remember the part with those freaky zombie guys who look suspiciously like Gollum? The TSA seems kind of like that. You want to tread carefully for…

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Creature comforts in San Diego

Posted on
Jul 27, 2009
 
Posted in: Random Musings

This city guide probably won’t help anyone. Or rather, it will probably only help me, in a cathartic sense. It probably won’t help you plan a trip to San Diego, unless you plan on staying with my family. And while they’ll probably take you in, I don’t know that I’d recommend it. Or maybe I…

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10 Countries You’ve Never Heard Of.

Posted on
Jul 24, 2009

I love all the ways my education has failed me – particularly when it comes to issues of geography or international awareness. In some ways, it’s profoundly awesome. I can sing nearly the entire theme from “The Fall Guy”, but ask me to find any of these on a map, and I’m hopeless. If you…

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10 Travel Survival Tips: The Family Trip Edition

Posted on
Jul 22, 2009
 
Posted in: Advice, Top Ten

I was saving this post for the holiday season, when the joy of hanging out with crazed relatives combined with egg nog and the birth of the savior make a festive trifecta. But after a day spent teaching my relatives “how to use internets”, I feel like some survival tips are in order. Whether it’s your well-meaning but totally bigoted second-cousin (“I…

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Bilingual Before the Age of 7? Check.

Posted on
Jul 21, 2009
 

So, common knowledge is that if you try learning a language after puberty, you’re hosed. This makes high school foreign language requirements even more diabollically evil than previously imagined (Did you know the word “embarazada” in Spanish actually means pregnant? Do you know how many kids in my 9th grade Spanish class said they were…

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Traveling with Mom

Posted on
Jul 19, 2009
 
Posted in: Random Musings, WTF

I’m in San Diego for a week with my family – I’ll do a proper wrap-up when I get home, after I’m done eating my feelings and drinking away my pain. It is not that I don’t love my family. Really. I do … yeah.

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8 hours in Bled

Posted on
Jul 14, 2009
 
Posted in: City Guide

I usually like to do “24 hours in … ” posts for the cities that I visit for only a day – but I want to abundantly clear on this point: We did not spend 24 hours in Bled. We didn’t even spend 12 hours in Bled. We spent, not counting the nearly 8 hours…

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