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Travelling to Europe and want to stay connected….
After many many trips to Europe, as a child and teen on vacation with my family to backpacking as a young adult then eventually leading amazing trips throughout the world and now with my own travel company staying connected has meant different things through these time.
In the old days you weren’t connected and it was great to get away when you got back you had to tell people what had happened instead of them already knowing everything.
Now people want/need to be connected and although I tend to discourage all this connectivity it is part of our fabric now..
On my last business trip to Europe I rented a portable wifi hotspot from Hippocket wifi. It was 5 euro a day and unlimited usage, it worked everywhere even remote places and to be honest I didn’t really think about it ever. I turned it on in the morning and it did it’s thing i always had a good connection and spent zero dollars on roaming etc. I used skype and viber to make calls and email and media were never a problem. I used it aggressively to see if I could go over the reasonable usage on the unit and did not come close. Even though there is a max suggested limit even if you go over they don’t just shut you down they check in via email and ask you to check to see if you haven’t left it on overnight playing your favorite streaming movie over and over.
I was very happy with this product and recommend it to anyone travelling to Europe who wants/needs to stay connected. The unit I had says on it stay connected in France but now they are available throughout europe.
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I usually don’t get into the gory details of my life but I am having some back problems which means for the moment lots of lying around reading.
One interesting read has been Healing Back Pain, by John E. Sarno. A very different approach to the subject, I love that he quotes Charles Shultz
Theres nothing like a little physical pain to keep your mind off your emotional
problems. Charles M. Schultz
“Do you know a white bull terrier who lives around here?” Mike said
“No, I don’t think so” I replied “Is it the one across the street from ken’s? I think that one has some black on it and I saw them waling it earlier today so I don’t think it could have been it, I don’t think I know this dog”
Mike continued “Well you know what happened… This couple was walking the dog in the forest when the dog gets away, well ya see the boyfriend goes in after the dog and ends up breaking his leg”
“Wow!” I remarked
“Yeah, and it wasn’t even their dog, they were dog sitting, I guess it was so bad that they had to call the ambulance to come and get him out”
“And I thought I was having a bad day with by back and all that sounds like a total nightmare” I said
“Well I saw her in the forest about 2 hours after all of this had happened, she was looking for the dog and she was pretty frantic. said mike.
And we chuckled a bit not that it was funny that the fella broke his leg, that was unfortunate we laughed because that’s how life is sometimes. While we stood there talking me with my bad back and he with his since Mike had been through something similar to what I had. We were happy in that things could always be worse.
I hope they found the dog and that the fella with the broken leg heals fast.
On April 14, 1981
Space shuttle Columbia comes home for the first time.
What a sense of pride they must have had.
James Young, Chief Historian of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, remembered the landing well. “You just had to be there to hear, even feel, the double crack of the sonic boom,” Young said. “It was such a tremendous sense of excitement to see something never seen before, to witness such a historic event.”
Giant Leap for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group
— Danny Meyer has instilled a company culture that is unrivaled —Chris Hill
I am not a supporter of tipping. I can see how this behavior has infiltrated our culture then warped into some twisted reward system. Good businesses take care of their employees. Working folk especially ones doing the kinds of jobs that often include tipping as a significant portion of their take home pay should not have to rely on the whim of a customer. Let the bosses pay for the work and charge the customers accordingly rather than using fear of not getting paid to motivate a server to do their job. It will be a disaster for businesses that are not able to create an environment that will attract hard working engaging intelligent staff. But for the ones that do like Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group they will reap the rewards.
Read the full story on Chris Hills Blog HERE
I think I will stick with Taxi’s thank-you. I never felt like I needed to undercut a cabbie for a cheaper ride, but maybe that’s just me. We really need to stop shopping around so much and just pay a reasonable price for what we get in return. All of us need to earn a living and things like UBER seem like a great deal but they are lacking in many ways and funnel our hard earned dollars to a few sitting in silicon valley. There is obviously a fairly loose connection to UBER since the offender likely suffers from mental illness but I suspect if they worked for a taxi company someone might have noticed that this fella was struggling….