paris, beirut, and the twenty-first century traveler

This has not been a good few weeks for humanity. As much as we have progressed in certain areas, humanity has the uncanny ability...

back to the ussr

How many people do you know who were actually in the USSR? Well, JT, your flyingnorth blogmaster, actually was - barely. The Union of...

16 hour non-stop flight: new york to hong kong on cathay pacific cx831 [video]

                    This is a video blog of my epic flight journey on the sixteen hour non-stop New York JFK to Hong Kong HKG airport. The...

an epic airport detention: my scarlet letter at barcelona airport

Over the years I have had quite a few interesting interactions with security in international airports, from an abdomen x-ray in Ecuador to being...

why do people graffiti historical places, and who is zoey?

Graffiti has been around for millennia. In perhaps what is a precursor to the personal public relations departments we all maintain via social media,...

a bird in the engine is worth two days in iraq

When one travels as much as I do you are bound to run into some travel issues. Whether it is the unfortunate confluence of...

travails, dogs and blue eye shadow on the way to paradise

According to many sources the origin of the word travel is likely connected to the French word travailler which means "to work." Other sources...

how a gas station in oklahoma got me a hotel upgrade in rwanda

Thirty minutes before I was to leave for the airport to begin my journey to Rwanda, I received a text from Chase Visa. "Did...

what exactly was i served with my in-flight meal?

On my American Airlines flight from Tokyo Narita to Chicago O'Hare, about an hour or so into the flight the usual meal service began....

jet lag got you down?

We have all experienced jet lag at least once. On a recent trip to Southeast Asia, with a twelve hour time difference, it was...

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