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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Travel Rob ·
Thanks for those pics!Incredible, all the variety of birds in one spot.
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Dr.Y ·
Wonderful photo shoots! Incredible birds I wish you can name some of them for me
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
thank you, DrY! If you click on the small thumbnail photos above the comments, you'll see the photos are labeled as to name of the birds which are illustrated. Once open, you can scroll through the photos as a slide show and see all the names!
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

Dr.Y ·
That's fantastic! Thanks Dr. Fumblefinger.
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Re: Birds of the Okavango Delta

IslandMan ·
amazing pics, DrF. You've taken bird watching to new heights!
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Re: Delta Hangs Up on Inflight Calling

DrFumblefinger ·
Delta just moved up on my list of preferred airlines! I can see it coming -- calling and non-calling sections in planes.
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Re: Delta Hangs Up on Inflight Calling

PortMoresby ·
Times change and along the way, behavior once deemed unacceptable, often becomes the norm. I've noticed this principle at work especially where phones are concerned. I'm so pleased to see a CEO take a stand for simple courtesy, even when it seems to fly in the face of popular notions of what's acceptable. I hope now other airlines' managements have the gumption to follow Delta's lead.
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Re: Wow! Iceland Express successor adds U.S. flights

Travel Rob ·
I really am excited about hearing this.I was a big fan of Iceland Express, so I'm hoping Wow will offer the same consistent low prices to North America as they did.
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Re: Fast Start for New Inflight Device Rules

Former Member ·
This is ironic. Electronic devices which, themselves, become rapidly obsolete are making videos about them obsolete simply by the popularity of the devices.
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Re: Ryanair: Sell the Extras, Give Away the Tickets?

PortMoresby ·
For those who were traveling to Europe about 30 years ago, you may or may not remember the short-lived airline, People's Express. I bought 2 tickets from the US West Coast to Brussels for $300 each which was, if I recall, an introductory price and very cheap even then. They didn't last long which I lamented as I liked the CEO's attitude and approach. On the other hand, I think O'Leary has something up his sleeve, he always does, making noise for the publicity. A most unpleasant man, from all...
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Re: Beautiful collection of mate cups at the Puerto de Frutos market, El Tigre Argentina. Mate is the national drink of Argentina, a type of tea

PortMoresby ·
Mate' is very high in caffeine and has a lovely smokey flavor. If we look closely at the cups, I believe they are the traditional sort, made from embellished gourds. It's drunk using the "straws". There's a nice version available in the US, 'Morning Thunder' which is combined with black tea, 'Celestial Seasonings' brand. I've even seen mate' available loose at my local natural foods store where they also sell the cups. Fun to see them in situ, DrF.
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Re: Club de Regatas La Marina, El Tigre, Argentina

PortMoresby ·
Two of my favorites, beautiful buildings and palm trees, twice as good when seen together!
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Re: Club de Regatas La Marina, El Tigre, Argentina

DrFumblefinger ·
El Tigre was one of our favorite places around Buenos Aires. Cool breezes, interesting architecture (as you can see), and a great day trip from the city. And I agree about palm trees and cool old buildings. Here with a boat cruising down one of the river's many channels.
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Re: Ryanair: Sell the Extras, Give Away the Tickets?

PHeymont ·
I certainly remember People Express...the only reason I became familiar with Newark Airport. We used to fly to Buffalo ($19, $29, $39) and then rent a car to visit family in Toronto. Then we snagged $49 specials from NY to SFO...and while we were sitting on the plane realized we could have gone to London for the same price! Which we did the next year, but it cost us a bit more. PE didn't always make its schedule, and other things could go wrong, but the staff were unfailingly friendly and...
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Re: Beautiful collection of mate cups at the Puerto de Frutos market, El Tigre Argentina. Mate is the national drink of Argentina, a type of tea

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, those are gourds that are decorated (among the nicer ones we saw). You cal pick from all kinds of cups, though, ranging from cow horns to hooves to porcelain cups to whatever. Drinking mate is a social event, to be shared among friends. You never use more than one straw (everyone sips from the same) and saying "thank you" means you've finished. I'll have more on mate in the future, PM, as you might have guessed
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Re: Beautiful collection of mate cups at the Puerto de Frutos market, El Tigre Argentina. Mate is the national drink of Argentina, a type of tea

Travel Rob ·
I guess you have to make sure none of your friends have the flu before going out ! Although the drink sounds like a good thing to drink if you are sick.
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Re: El Tigre and the Parana Delta, Argentina (Where Gumbo was #158)

GarryRF ·
Interesting blog and very educational DrF. Close to Buenos Aires - but not close enough ! I'll sharpen my pencil.
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Re: Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

PortMoresby ·
I LOVE my airline credit card, but it's great to have all this information in one place to see if I could do better. Probably not without some whopping fees, but whopping bonuses, too. Thank you sir, for showing us all these choices!
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Re: Up, Up and Away: Airline miles cards with big bonuses

rbciao ·
I have a Delta American Express Platinum card that has served us well. The fee is higher than the gold card, but we can check two bags free, priority boarding, and a free companion pass yearly. We fly two or three times a year and the value of the waived baggage fee and the companion pass far exceed the $150 annual fee. The card also accrues one mile for each dollar spent and lately has offered cash back incentives. For example: spend $15 at Panera's using the card and receive $5 credit on...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

Mac ·
What an excellent trip to have taken! Another unforgettable experience to add to your collection. Breakfast looks good too :-)
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Breakfast was great, Mac, but you can't beat the view! Fortunately no large carnivores found us while we were enjoying this break.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

Pam Petersen ·
Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by Pam Petersen: Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you! So nice to hear from you, "Ducky"! It was a special trip. You likely recognize the Oscar in one of the photos, digging in. Miss you and the gang in Spokane as well, but life in Calgary is nice and the nearby Rockies incredible!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, January 26, 2015: Breakfast on the Okavango Delta

DrFumblefinger ·
Originally Posted by DrFumblefinger: Originally Posted by Pam Petersen: Ahhh...now I am hungry....Thanks, as always, for sharing Dr.Anders. It makes my day even more "ducky"! Miss you! So nice to hear from you, "Ducky"(our fond nickname for Pam)! It was a special trip. You likely recognize Oscar in one of the photos, digging in. Miss you and the gang in Spokane as well, but life in Calgary is nice and the nearby Rockies incredible!
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Re: Gallery: The Worst Train in the World Redux

PHeymont ·
This is the true Orient Express.. Thanks for the great pictures, and the chance to "be" somewhere truly special.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PHeymont ·
London was mentioned, actually...Heathrow Express in 15 minutes to Paddington. There's also a slightly-slower less expensive version. Skipped the CAT in Vienna last month, but the regular S-Bahn only took 28 minutes... Paris...hate to say anything bad about Paris, but RER is NOT a great way to do that...needs a true express.
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Re: How loooong does it take to get to your airport?

PortMoresby ·
Heathrow Express MAY take 15 minutes. The only time it was convenient for me and I decided to give it try, it stopped part-way to Heathrow and we just sat there. I'd have gotten to the airport faster and paid quite a bit less to take the slower train from Paddington, the Heathrow Connect. Since then I make a point to stay along the Piccadilly Line of the London tube and pay the least of all.
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Re: Holiday Inn Express to Offer Selfies on Pancakes

Travel Rob ·
I'm not an ad executive, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express recently, so that qualifies me to tell them. This is a horrible campaign. Couldn't they of come up with a selfie free breakfast campaign instead?
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Re: Economy Ticket, Private Jet!

PortMoresby ·
In the spirit of one-upmanship, same number of passengers, bigger plane, I was once one of 2 passengers on a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to San Francisco. It wasn't the advantage I thought it might be as all the flight attendants just went to sleep, so no service rather than personal service. It was a long time ago but memorable enough that I still remember the airline.
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Re: Delta makes its 20-minute bag guarantee permanent

DrFumblefinger ·
Nice to hear of something positive for consumers. As you know Alaska Airlines sparked this, as they've done this for at least a decade. But less waiting for a bag is a positive thing for travelers and I applaud them for doing so.
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

Marilyn Jones ·
Excellent and informative article!!
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

Jonathan L ·
Of course the king of "Banking" for years has been Icelandic Air. They have made their whole business plan around bringing planes from 10 different North American cities in the morning and having those same planes fly out to 10 different European cities 1-2 hours after landing. This allows 10 plane loads of passengers the ability to mix and match origins and destinations. Then in the afternoon they do the reverse run. For 2-4 hours a day the terminal is full as passengers switch planes, the...
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

PHeymont ·
Thanks for reminding me of that, Jonathan...since it's where I first noticed it. It's actually so bunched that most of the terminal employees work two short shifts a day, with a gap between.
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Re: Heathrow Airport Will Show Live Costs and Times to Central London

PortMoresby ·
I wonder why not the tube, as well, I'm guessing the most popular option of all. Considering tube stations have screens for "next train" arrivals, it seems it would be a simple extension to give that information along with those 2 more expensive options. I've paid for speed on the Heathrow Express train, only to have it stuck along the way, making the slower/cheaper Heathrow Connect train or the tube the best option all-around.
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

DrFumblefinger ·
Fascinating piece, PHeymont. And I've noticed how tight they are making these connections. For example, in Europe we had connections scheduled 50 minutes from the plane's landing, assuming it was on time. We were definitely running, and it seemed everyone else at Schipol was as well. We made the connection, but I'd rather have an extra hour for a more relaxed transfer. I'm like you -- book a direct flight if possible, even with a premium, and look carefully at where and how long those...
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Re: Airline scheduling: Hurry up and wait, or run like crazy?

IslandMan ·
very informative and useful article, PHeymont. Yes, I can relate with most of this, especially trying to make connections with only minutes to spare. We've now taken to seeking alternative forms of transport like trains and buses just to avoid airports!
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

PHeymont ·
Playground rivalry, anyone? Looks like a couple of airlines need to grow up!
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Re: Feud Starts Up Again Between Delta and American for Haneda Airport Route

Travel Rob ·
It does sound that way ! The airlines want the route but they are not anxious to use it certain times of the air.
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Re: Do Airlines offer the Best Loyalty Rewards Programs?

PHeymont ·
A very interesting interview...and one of the points that comes clear from it is the one I've always made: What are you looking for? He gives examples, for instance, of how younger people may want low-cost rewards (dinner, say) that they can get immediately. Others may be mainly interested in the free wifi, lounges and upgrades some hotels offer. And others, like I, who seldom stay in hotels (Airbnb, thank you!) are interested mainly in convertibility to air travel. For those in my...
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Re: Best Ways To Reach Heathrow Airport Quickly In London

Dan Carter ·
I just noticed this morning in TravelGumbo News that Heathrow Express is cutting its fares because of competiton with train service that wasn't mentioned here. That's what used to be called Heathrow Connect, and is now called TfL Rail, and will soon be called the Elizabeth Line. It's only 15 minutes slower than the Express, and the price is the same as the Tube. Both of those go only to Paddington Station in London, way in the West End, but once TfL Rail is connected to the new Crossrail...
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

DrFumblefinger ·
I like choice, so this is overall good news for consumers. On a somewhat unrelated topic, we've covered Canadian jet manufacturer Bombardier on our pages. It seems the company is very near agreement with Delta to sell it 125 of its new C series jets. It would be a big boost to Bombardier and might allow Delta extra basic economy seats and new routes on which to sell them. More on that story at this link .
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Re: Delta likes its 'basic economy,' will expand it

Travel Rob ·
I'm excited to fly in a C-Series and will go out of my way to buy a ticket when they start appearing! I also like the trend of one way tickets being less because that opens up lot's a route opportunities
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Re: Delta buys a fleet of Bombardier CS100s

Travel Rob ·
We've been following Bombardier closely and this is good news for them. And the upgrade is good for Delta too.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

DrFumblefinger ·
Estimated construction costs of $3.6 billion.... Shall we start a pool on what the real costs will end up being? I'd guess double that.
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Re: NYC's Laguardia gets builder for new terminal

PHeymont ·
So you're taking the low end of the pool? LOL! Actually, there is a smallish incentive to keep the cost low as possible, because the consortium's $2.5 billion share is meant to be made back out of operating profits once the terminal is open. So, if they run the cost up, it will take them longer to get their money back. On the other hand, my guess at the scenario is that they'll have arranged for most of any overrun to come from PA or state funds...
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Re: Books That Send You Packing...

Former Member ·
There are so very many great travel tales. I am partial to non-fiction. I enjoy reading well researched, historical accounts of the human drama that is within the scenery. I enjoy writing that gives a strong sense of place and context to what I see. " The Old Patagonian Express " by Paul Theroux " The Pillars of Hercules " by Paul Theroux " Cut Stones and Crossroads: A Journey to Peru " by Ronald Wright " Basin and Range " by John McPhee " Two Years Before the Mast " by Richard Henry Dana,...
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Re: Hotel Rewards Programs. Worthwhile or not?

SayMoi ·
I'm a Holiday Inn Express or La Quinta member. On my most recent road trip, I did get upgraded at the HIE for being a member. The free nights are always great too and that's the main goal. I've used many La Quinta free nights when I do workshops out of town. With HIE, I usually use the points for a discounted rate in expensive areas, like Sonoma or Paso Robles - wherever a vineyard may be!
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Re: Hotel Rewards Programs. Worthwhile or not?

Theodore Behr ·
I like the Holiday Inn Express hotels. And I'll go out of my way to stay there when I can.
 
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