Our Sort-of Literal Run In With Putin

Our Sort-of Literal Run In With Putin


If you ever had any doubt that Russians are in their own class of crazy, especially in the wintertime, this is all the proof you need.  Clicking it will be the best way you’ve spent 4 minutes and 52 seconds in a long time. I thought we’d never crack the Russians.  On our first day, … Continue reading

To Russia With Love

To Russia With Love


Morgan was only going to Russia for two days, so if you weren’t quite sure which day it was, one could easily justify questioning the validity of her visa.  After freaking out that she wouldn’t be allowed to board, she composed herself, warmed by the notion that being stuck in Munich and not being allowed … Continue reading

Visas: Everywhere You Don’t Want to Be

Visas: Everywhere You Don’t Want to Be


My dad is in a perpetual state of zen when it comes to orchestrating travel plans.  Someday I’ll admire it, but for now it drives me to drink.  We barely book flights before we go anywhere, and certainly don’t research activities in advance.  But for whatever reason, my dad was very concerned about what there was to … Continue reading

Livin’ The Dream At Sheremetyevo Airport

Livin’ The Dream At Sheremetyevo Airport


Despite being unable to join in on the soviet adventure, I was not relieved from my post as booking agent, perhaps because it was the greatest logistical challenge we’d ever faced: getting five people from three cities all to Moscow.  Mom, Dad and Tim were coming from Chicago, Morgan from school in South Carolina, and … Continue reading

An Idiot’s Guide to Booking Vacations

An Idiot’s Guide to Booking Vacations


My dad led the way up the elevator to the fourth floor and through a dim hallway.  He pointed at a door and Kevin gave a cheerful knock.  Everyone waited silently. “Hey Kev,” Mom greeted him with a hug and he walked inside. “What’s goin’ on, Morgs?” Morgan got a similar warm embrace and made her … Continue reading

Good Things (Sometimes) Come To Those Who Wait

Good Things (Sometimes) Come To Those Who Wait


Layovers. Unavoidable nuisances.  Unnecessary punctuations in your trip.  Often characterized by subpar wifi and average  food courts.  Some test your speed, others test your patience.  If you dare attempt productivity, good luck finding a place to plug in your phone. Layovers are often the product of circumstance:  for many trips, they’re expected.  Or perhaps you’re … Continue reading

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings


2013 was quite the year.  Although our fights, failures and bad luck followed us everywhere from Anchorage to Tokyo this year, our travels culminated in all of us converging in Washington, D.C. so Tim, my dad, and me could run the Marine Corps Marathon (shout out to everyone who donated to my charity fundraising, this … Continue reading

Regrets

Regrets


My boarding pass fiasco aside, the next worst part about my Gulf Air experience was how tantalizingly beautiful the flight attendants were.  I was so distraught I couldn’t eat, and tried to figure out how many calories were in my mini free peanuts.  They were perfect: an army of prettier, more exotic Kim Kardashians with … Continue reading

Little Miss Boarding Pass


In a narrative where almost nothing has gone right or made sense, the appropriateness of this series’ final act taking place in airports feels right.  Airports I can do.  I get them.  There can only be so many surprises in airports. I am quite fluent in the language of boarding passes and baggage claim. Or … Continue reading