14, 2001 WEEKLY TRAVEL NEWSLETTER
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- East to West: JetBlue
Airways will begin daily non-stop night flights between New York and
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available until March 30 and are good for travel through June 14. Regular
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ahead of travel. Sample round-trip fare: San Francisco-Dallas, $244.
- New route: Spirit Airlines
begins a non-stop flight between Los Angeles and Chicago on May 9. Round-trip
airfare of $198 is being offered until April 6 for travel May 9-June
Hola! I just returned from visiting my 5th continent!
I went to South America for a wedding in Buenos Aires, Argentina. About
30 Americans made the 5,281
mile (10 hours and 8 minute) trip
from New York. We were lucky to score an awesome business class
seat, that was almost as good as first class. I love getting these
to make the trip smoother. The United flight attendants going down were
the best ( I even knew a few of them), the ones on the way back were the
worst (you win some, you lose some).
A few interesting tid bits I learned about Buenos
Aires (translates to good air, but don't let that kid you because it's
polluted). I was surprised to learn that I didn't need to change my U.S.
dollars into Pesos because every store accepts dollars (except Government
places like the post office and bus). If you do convert your money, it
doesn't get any easier: 1 Dollar = 1 Peso, so don't bring a calculator.
BA (Buenos Aires) has a real European feel to it. About 1/3 of the population
is Italian, and many of the restaurants are Italian, but unfortunately
the menus are in Spanish (which is too bad for me because I don't understand
a lick of Spanish). Our first couple days there, Amber and I would order
meals with our fingers crossed, praying it was at least close to what
we wanted. This is a picture of our first meal, we were just so ecstatic
that it was edible. While in BA make sure you get one of their great
treats: EMPANADAS!. They cost about $1 a piece and are very
tasty. I would order three at a time and all different kinds (beef, chicken,
and ham/cheese). You can get them at almost any restaurant.
Delicity was my favorite and I frequented there way too many times
(I ate so many empanadas I don't even want to see one for a year).
Argentians are like me, they love their dessert!
Especially caramel and gelato. That's bad news for me, because I must
have put on 5 pounds in 5 days. I don't even want to go near a scale
right now because I ate at least one gelato everyday. The only
problem was that chocolate mousse was the only flavor I knew in
spanish, and after awhile it gets old. Finally, the last night we
went to a Freddo's, equilivelent to Baskin Robbins, with some locals and
they taught me which flavors were which. If you don't speak Spanish, make
sure to bring your translation dictionary just for the gelato flavors
There's not a lot to see in BA, which has it's advantages
(you can relax a bit, and not run around like a chicken with it's head
cut off). It's not like Paris, where there is soo much to see, you need
a vacation after your vacation. You can see BA in a day if you have to.
Your first stop should be taking a walk down the second
widest street in the world (translated it means 9th of July Avenue).
From there you can walk to one of the coolest sections of town. Recoleta.
In Recoleta, go see Eva
Peron's grave (she's not really buried there), check
out the churches,
and outdoor cafes. This section is real touristy, with lots of restaurants
(they even have a Hooters,
and NO, I didn't go), and outdoor cafes. I did have a mean burger one
night at Buller Brewery. This thing had it all: cheese, bacon, ham, and
a fried egg (they might as well have thrown in the kitchen sink to top
Another fun part of the city is San Telmo. To get
there we took an ill advised ten minute taxi ride. This is a street market,
almost like Venice Beach, except they sell mostly antiques. There are
lots of performers, including this tango
dancer and his dummy partner, a hilarious puppeteer,
and real Tango dancers. They have awesome coffee that you can pretty
much get anywhere, including from this street
By the way he reason why I said ill advised Taxi
ride was because when we got off the plane they handed us a flyer stating
NOT to take any taxi's because they're dangerous (a lot of people were
getting robbed, and mugged). Instead of taking a taxi when you arrive
at the Ezeiza airport, look to your left when you clear customs and you
will see a Manuel Tienda Leon shuttle booth. Take that to your hotel,
it's safe, and cheap. I was lucky because my sister and about 20
others were on the American Airlines flight that left and arrived the
same time we did, and they had transportation pre-arranged by our hotel.
We walked pretty much everywhere, but when we needed a car the hotel provided
it (about 3 times the price of a taxi, but at least it was safe). If you
do take a taxi, make sure it's
taxi, not a gypsy one.
The host hotel for the wedding was one of the best
hotels in BA; the Park
Hyatt. Normal rate is $380, but I was able to get it for $170:-).
This hotel was great.
The service was awesome, the rooms were big, and the pool
was refreshing. They even had cell phones in every room for
your conveinence (it cost 50 cents a minute for domestic calls, $5.50 for
Int'l). If you need to phone
home, buy a $6 phone card and that will let you talk for about
6 minutes to the U.S. The phone also tells you exactly how much time you
have left, so you don't need to stress.
There are plenty of malls and stores to shop at.
Amber forgot her dress for the wedding and she says her favorite streets
to shop on were Santa Fe and Alveare. She also got custom-made leather
pants for $100, and took less than 4 hours. (If you want to know where,
The wedding: (This is why we made the trip
in the first place.) I love going to weddings in foreign countries.
Something about it makes it so exciting and special. This wedding was
top notch too. They got married about 30 minutes outside of BA, at a country
club. The wedding started at 7:30pm and ended at 4am. The actual
ceremony was a lot like an American wedding. The father of the bride walked
her down the aisle. After the ceremony we hung out for an
hour or so enjoying cocktails and hors d'erves. (Which were awesome.
We had mini turkey and roast beef sandwiches, empanadas (more empanadas),
spinach puffs, mozzarella, basil and tomato...) That would've been enough
food for my dinner, but we were escorted to our table
for our buffet style feast. They had everything, including a pig
with it's head on the table. After dinner they cut the cake and brought
out other desserts (my favorite part!). The table was about 50 feet long
filled with fresh fruit on sticks (plums, strawberries, pineapple,
and kiwi), all kinds of pies, and caramel crepes.
It was time for the first
dance, and the garter
belt toss which heated up the dance floor. Around 2 am, out came
three oversized garbage bags filled with disguises,
confetti, maracas, and other party favors.
After recovering at the pool all day we
had our final dinner at a great restaurant called Cabana
Las Lilas in Puerto Madero. The steaks there were awesome and the
menu was translated in english!
I am so glad I went, but I'm not in a hurry to go
back unless of course there's another wedding.
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TIP OF THE WEEK:
Some Final Pretrip Tips (Part 2 of 2)
o Write all your frequent traveler program numbers and frequently called
800 numbers on a pocket-sized piece of paper for easy access.
o Always have your travel agent or reservationist provide you with a seat
assignment and your boarding pass before you get to the airport. NOTE:
In early 1998, some airlines stopped issuing advance boarding passes.
Now that you must show photo ID at the gate agent anyway, an advance boarding
pass is little more than a security blanket. But you should still request
your seat assignment ahead of time.
o A nonstop flight means just that--no stops. A direct flight means that
the plane will stop at least once before reaching its final destination.
Know the difference.
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June 1. JAL Mileage Bank members can earn miles on Dragonair and redeem
miles for either JAL or Dragonair tickets.
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Europcar Offers Tips For Travel In Ireland
A fortunate 10,000-plus visitors will be on the streets of Dublin March
17 to attend the city's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. Whether
you will be among them or are planning a trip to Ireland later in the
year, there are a few special things to know to make your travel as smooth
as the rolling green landscape of the Emerald Isle.
Ireland affords travelers two of the most impressive bargain travel vendors
currently in business. In air travel, Ryanair consistently offers intra-European
fares that literally beat the cost of travel by bicycle (and definitely
beat the time). In car rentals, Murrays Europcar, the country's specific
division of Europcar features impressively low rates.
In 1974 Europcar purchased Murray's, Ireland's first-ever car rental
company, which began in 1948. Murrays Europcar now has 14 locations in
Ireland and a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles. We like the company and we
also like their useful travel tips.
Using Your Green: Although you may have to exchange your U.S. dollars
for punts (the Irish pound) to shop in Irish cities, keep in mind that
you can get your VAT back at the airport, so save your receipts. One punt
is currently worth $1.18 (USD).
Look Left Lad: Like Japan, Australia and the U.K., Ireland's road system
is based on travel on the left side of the road. The speed limit is 60
mph on open roads and 30 mph in cities, unless otherwise posted. Seatbelts
must be worn at all times by drivers and passengers.
Parking... A Not-so-lucky Charm: Look for posted parking information
with up-to-the-minute data regarding availability in car parks throughout
cities. You may want to think about leaving a local paper on the front
seat of the car (instead of a map) to give criminal-type snoopers the
impression that you are a local.
Lucky Numbers: The general emergency numbers 112 or 999 will put you
through to the emergency services switchboard. This operator will then
connect you to the appropriate authority.
Dia duit Means Hello: The official language of Ireland is Irish (or Gaelic);
however, English is spoken by most of the population. Road signs are in
both languages, as are all state documents.
Celtic Souvenirs: Best known for its glass, pottery and silver, Ireland
is home to shops with a wide variety of special gifts. Hint: Don't forget
to inquire about senior (55 and older) discounts.
The End of the Rainbow: Ireland has excellent national highways as well
as quaint roads in remote regions. If you get lost, don't be afraid to
ask for directions. As they say in Ireland, "There are no strangers, only
friends you have yet to meet."
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