Category Archives: Tip

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Since it’s so expensive (usually $36 for adults) I haven’t been to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in years. Probably 35 years. But a friend enticed me to try the Wednesday night “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” experience, which is just $18. In … Continue reading

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Inspiration Kitchens

I had a great brunch on Saturday at Inspirations Kitchens’ 3504 W. Lake St, near Garfield Park. It’s a restaurant where homeless people are trained for careers in restaurants. The atmosphere was bright, artsy and cheerful. The service was swift … Continue reading

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Megabus, Where Were You?

I tried Megabus for my return to Chicago from Champaign, IL. The price seemed good and the bus would get me in an hour before Amtrak. The bus was to leave at 5:15pm. At the bus station I asked the … Continue reading

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Insadong

Insadong is one of my favorite places in Seoul, South Korea. It’s a neighborhood of tea houses, shops, art galleries and cultural demonstrations. It’s just fun to wander around. My favorite way to wind up an afternoon in Insadong is … Continue reading

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Best Western Airport Hotel, Bangkok

I had a layover in Bangkok so I decided to stay at a Best Western by the airport. Luckily, this was a great decision. The hotel shuttle was easy to find; the hotel personnel were friendly and spoke English well. … Continue reading

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Night Train to Datong

I had four days off in a row and took the opportunity to go to Datong so I could see the Yungang Caves and the Hanging Temple. Datong’s off the beaten path and there’s only one train a day there. … Continue reading

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Come On

I followed my orders. I reminded the assistant that she needed to get our return tickets today. I did this first thing. She then replied to my email. Then we called her at 2:30 after the rest time to check … Continue reading

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Off You Go

Last Friday I went to a dinner for JET Programme participants departing for their first year in Japan. They’ll spend a year team teaching English as a foreign language in Japanese schools. Ahh, in so many ways I wish I … Continue reading

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My Seat Finder

Air traveler isn’t getting easier: higher fees for checking baggage, surly staff, and diminishing seating space. I have come to dread flying. Yet there’s one new free service that counters the decline in service. Sign up for myseatfinder.com and you … Continue reading

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Pearl Market

The Pearl Market should be on the list of all stops during a visit to Beijing. I think it’s more fun than the Silk Market that’s gotten too aggressive and congested. Of course, you’ll find pearls and jade, but you … Continue reading

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