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# Author: busynessgirl

## See you in Europe…

Today’s the day! Hope you’ve got your bags packed and your travel documents printed. Did you double check your flight arrangements one more time? Today’s challenge (for the mathematically inclined). A math instructor leaves Grand Rapids Michigan at 2:30pm (local time) on June 27th and arrives in Vienna, Austria at 6:00pm (local time) on June 28th. How long (in time) was the trip from start to finish? Seriously, I want to know. Notoriously, I cannot calculate anything that involves a time change. When I schedule a phone conference between time zones I always put it on my calendar at the wrong time… always. For those of you who lean more towards history than towards mathematics, how long would this same trip have taken in 1907? (100 years ago) I hope you are bringing along plenty of reading material for the airport maze! See you in Vienna! (or maybe Heathrow, as I am stuck there for 8 hours) Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

## What do you do if you read too fast?

I know a lot of people that buy a nice thick novel and bring it on a 2-week vacation in hopes of getting through it on their trip. Well, what do you do if you can get through that thick novel in one plane flight? When I was a child, my family would have to make room in the trunk for a box (yes, a box) of books for the family vacation, just to keep me occupied. (mind you, this was before the advent of portable DVD players). So, if you can consume reading material at lightning speed, how do you keep yourself entertained on long plane trips, car trips, train trips, bus trips. Obviously, you can’t carry a box of books with you (unless you’re planning to travel naked). My self-entertainment plan: iPod with Audio books from Audible, two Paint by Number puzzle books (they don’t take up much room, but do take a lot of time), two novels (which I will swap with folks at hostels for more reading material), one leadership book (need to read it for my comprehensive exams in the fall), disposable reading material (like magazines) and one book of logic puzzles. This is a total of six physical books, several magazines, and an iPod. I know that still sounds ridiculous, but for me, that’s not very much reading material. iPod Leadership books (studying...

## All Packed and 24 Hours to go…

You’ve heard the phrase “All packed and no place to go”? Well, for the first time ever I am packed well in advance of a trip (usually I pack the morning of the trip). Here’s what all that packed up stuff looks like… Okay, you’re thinking, I thought we were only allowed TWO bags. Well, the middle one is my “I don’t trust the airlines” carry-on duffle with the stuff I would really not want to be on a vacation without or that I would really not want to repurchase (bathing suit, extra underwear, etc.). After I arrive in Vienna (with my luggage), I will pack that stuff back into the large bag and carry the empty duffle (it will work also work nicely as a carry-on on the plane trip home for the stuff I accumulate on the trip). Here’s what all that stuff you packed looks like outside of the bags… the day pack (there’s a little extra here because of the need to carry on important stuff, like prescription medicine). And the large backpack (shoes, clothes, towel, etc.)… Did I forget anything? Possibly Related Posts: The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? My New Work Colleagues Momentary Lapse of Memory New Chapter: Life Reboot Self Evaluation: List of...

## How to pack for a 32-day trip?

Mission (should you choose to accept it): You get one day pack and one piece of luggage (a larger backpack). You must pack everything you need for 30 days and save space to bring back a few things. You also must be able to carry everything you’re bringing with you. First the technology: (this is my version of technology-lite) 1) Digital camera, an extra memory card, and batteries. 2) Digital voice MP3 recorder (not so good at writing anymore). 3) iPod loaded with approximately 15 audio books, 2 days worth of music, and several photos of home, headphones, and headphone splitter (in case you want to share). 4) Regular film camera (I can’t give up my extra-wide angle lens, and I can’t afford a digital SLR + wide-angle lens), film, and extra batteries. 5) Thumb drive. 6) G-Mail account – email yourself your Internet favorites too. 7) Alarm clock. Vacationing necessities: 1) Travel pillow (one of the really cushy ones, not the blow-up ones). 2) Rain jacket and warm liner, just in case the weather is bad. 3) Bathing suit(s), travel towel (packs in small space and dries quickly), and lightweight sari (good cover-up when you don’t want to get burned). 4) Paint-by-number puzzle books (also called Nonograms). 5) Passport, ATM card, and credit card. 6) Outlet converter (to charge iPod). 7) Bug-spray wipes, hand wipes, stain-removing wipes, and...

## Where am I going?

Now that I’m leaving in approximately 3 days (yikes!) it has occurred to me that I might want to re-read where I am going. You have to understand that I researched and booked this trip more than six months ago, and so I am a little fuzzy on the details. I did double-check my booking today to make sure I didn’t somehow screw up the flight dates or trip dates. I had meant to do lots of reading about where I’m going (I’ve got the Lonely Planet guide to Central Europe)… but… well, things just got busy! I’m traveling with a group called Intrepid Travel, going on the “Central Europe Encompassed” tour. If you would like to join me in re-reading about my trip, you can go here to view the trip notes (a fairly detailed itinerary of the trip). My husband and I used Intrepid Travel for our trip to Turkey last year and it was a wonderful trip – with just the right balance of them planning the logistics and you getting quite a bit of free time to yourselves when you get to where you’re going. I should (airlines willing) arrive in Vienna on Thursday, June 28th, and I will have a few days to wander around Vienna before joining the group on Saturday. I have to spend 8 hours on a layover in the Manchester...