Category Archives: Transportation

Charlie

This weekend I went to Beijing with some friends, one whose travel style is higher than mine. She doesn’t like to take public transportation so she’s been hiring a driver, Charlie, to take her around. I just wouldn’t consider hiring … Continue reading

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Pullman Cars

If I could ride in one of these original Pullman cars, I’d do it in a minute. Maybe I need to go on the Orient Express.

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Pullman Cars

There’s a new Pullman Car service between Chicago and New Orleans. A few old style Pullman Cars restored to their 1950s version with a dining car, club car and porter service offer a kind of time travel. Click here to … Continue reading

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Fun Safety Message

This Isreali low-cost airline has a catchy video for safety messages. Bravo!

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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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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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Fingers Crossed

On Monday, I leave for Cambodia via China. I’ll be speaking at the CAMTESOL conference next Saturday. My worry is the Chinese airport. I fly into Shanghai and though I requested a multiple entry visa, they gave me a single … Continue reading

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Getting a Taxi at O’Hare Airport

I arrived at O’Hare late Thursday night and needed a taxi home. So did lots of other people, but I imagine that’s usual. I called 303 Cabs and was told they were busy so it would be a 15-20 minute … Continue reading

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Colossal Failure

Tealeaf Nation.com offers an on target article on the fiasco that is the website for China’s railroad system. It’s a digital disaster. With a Chinese travel crunch looming, China’s online ticketing system is quickly turning into a boondoggle of historic … 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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