Archive for the 'Travel' Category

Summer adventure 2006

by Hella ~ July 15th, 2006

Not having truly camped overnight away from the car and comforts of a state park, I decided to try my hand at backpacking in the Colorado backcountry with a well-seasoned outdoorsman and fellow WG’06 classmate of mine. We met up in Denver on July 5th before picking up another friend at the airport to round […]

Hawaii vacation

by Hella ~ May 26th, 2006

I’ve been on the island of Oahu since Saturday of last week doing pretty much nothing. Well, we’ve had 1 or 2 things planned per day and with the exception of the Makiki Valley hike, all have been pretty easy going. The vacation is drawing to a close which is probably good since I burned […]

Southwest Airlines and email

by Hella ~ May 9th, 2006

UPDATE: 16 Mar 2009 Southwest has launched a way to contact them via email! Simply visit the contact us section of the website. It looks like you can also log in and have some information pre-populated for you. UPDATE: 10 Jan 2008 Southwest appears to be making progress in regards to receiving customer emails! The […]

PHL Airport ontime record

by Hella ~ May 6th, 2006

I just saw an early edition of tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer and a front page story confirms what I already suspected: Philadelphia International Airport is the nation’s worst in terms of ontime record. Almost two years of experience flying into and out of here has left me numb to how bad it […]

Walking for Breton Crepes

by Hella ~ March 6th, 2005

When I finally got around to getting out this morning, the weather was rather yucky. There was a light wet snow coming down. But that didn’t stop me from heading out down Rue Sherbrooke towards a new neighborhood I hadn’t yet seen in Montreal. After reviewing several picks on, I found a little place […]

Montreal Urban Walk

by Hella ~ March 5th, 2005

I got the idea of going on a walk to the top of Mount Royal from a tourism website. So this afternoon around 5pm I set out on a hike just up the road from the hotel to see what it was like. The walk quickly turned into several snow-covered switchbacks. For a while, there […]

Regional Jets and the Sortie

by Hella ~ March 4th, 2005

Since I’ve never been to Canada, I thought it would make for a nice and very brisk vacation away from Philadelphia. So I headed down to the airport around 8:00am this morning to catch my 9:05am flight on US Air Express. The small 50-passenger jet didn’t even arrive at the gate until 9:00am yet the […]

New Hope and Princeton

by Hella ~ July 27th, 2004

Some friends with a car asked me along for a day trip up to New Hope and back through New Jersey this past Sunday. Having not been out of Philadelphia itself, I was excited to accept the invitation. The day started with an early brunch over on Bainbridge. The service was pitiful and the food […]

Avon Calling

by Hella ~ June 4th, 2004

I’m not here to sell you some makeup, I’m here to tell you I made the 17.5 hour drive (non-stop, shared the driving) from Austin up to Avon, Colorado. It was a long trip, as usual, and there were some really bad storms in Texas near Dallas and Amarillo. I might go to Denver later […]

Weekend in Houston

by Hella ~ May 16th, 2004

I’m back from my trip after a nice easy drive this afternoon. On my way over there yesterday, I stopped by IKEA to check out some of the furniture I saw on the website. I was happy with most everything I’d seen online. However, this location is going through some growing pains and they were […]