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Simply The Best: May 2023

Best of May you say? I have that here: Iraqi Homecoming: My 40th Birthday in Baghdad This Is The Best Use of 40k AA...

This Is The Best Use of 40k AA Miles

40k AA Miles is part of the Over Under Trip Report. I am not excited when I book a boring awards flight from point A...

Espresso? Beer? Both?: My Madrid Morning Routine

As I wrote in the post, Why A Second Residency?, I left Puerto Rico because I faced a daily battle of trying to do everything before the sun went down more or less around 6 PM throughout the year. Sleeping in is not an option. In Madrid, I could wake up every day whenever I wanted, knowing that there was always something to do regardless of the time.

Early Bird Audible: BKK to Full Moon Party

The earliest available flight was at 8AM. Given that it was already 5AM, there was no time to second guess my decision. I hit book, told my friend to pack his bags, and hoped there would be an Uber available.

No Fun Round The World Trip Planning

No Fun is part of the And Another One Trip Report. I have not finished the following Trip Reports: Reunion Tour  World Cup 2022 Iraq...

No Fun Round The World Trip Planning

No Fun is part of the And Another One Trip Report. I have not finished the following Trip Reports: Reunion Tour  World Cup 2022 Iraq...

Butler Hospitality Sent Me an Amazon Gift Card!

Have You Ever Not Complained? is a post that still gets hits. And the answer is no. When a hotel/airline offers a service and...

Alaska Business App: Unfortunately, We’re Unable to Approve You

I wrote about how I was approved for the Alaska personal (see Approved! Alaska Personal). In that post, I referenced that I continue to be...

One Stop Closer to Iraq: Priority Pass Vilnius Lounge Review

Does anyone care about the Priority Pass Lounge in Vilnius? I include it in the Iraq Homecoming Trip Report because Vilnius International Airport is where I received my much-anticipated boarding pass for Baghdad, Iraq.  

Priority Pass Singapore: Not SQ’s Private Room

Marhaba Singapore is not the SIN Private Room. The Private Room best lounge I have visited in terms of service and food selection

Hampton Doha Old Town: Perfect for the World Cup

When I think Hampton, I think Hampton Inn. When I think Hampton Inn, I think of an airport bi-level motel with sketchy guests.

Hyatt Regency Malta: Back to Beautiful

If there were any remaining doubts about whether I should buy a villa in Sicily, they were erased when I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Malta.

Iraqi Homecoming: My 40th Birthday in Baghdad

I have symbolically landed somewhere interesting on my birthday so I could later write a story that begins with, ""On my X birthday I landed in..., an experience that would forever change my life." I used this strategy when I landed in Shanghai in 2010 to launch my career as an international attorney.

The Etiquette of Things: Shopping Carts

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Etiquette of Things: Things You Didn’t Know Were Things. It is based on my annoyance with...

One for Controversy: My Follow-Up to the President’s Plane

On July 24, 2018, I wrote, Dear Mr. President, Leave Air Force One’s Paint Job Alone. That was quite an impassioned post that elicited...

I’ve Done Too Much, Now What? 9 Places I Have No Interest in Seeing

TPOL is going through a blog-life crisis. The blog recently turned 9 (see Simply The Best: TPOL, The Professor, Turns 9!) prompting me to...

Simply The Best: TPOL, The Professor, Turns 9!

How is it possible that I have been writing this blog for 9 years? Besides being a life-long student, I have not done anything...

Pho Madrid: No Me Gusta

I had no expectations of the pho in Madrid but hoped that in this international city I would not be disappointed. Unphotunatey, Vietnam Express did not deliver.

BRB: Laptop Broken, Villa Remodel

Thank you for all the messages, letters, and calls. I am fine. The laptop once again is broken (see in 2018 Laptop Broken Again:...

Bargaining Price Guide: Bookmark It!

I'm the best negotiator. Though sometimes, to save a few pounds, I waste a whole day (see Sharm el-Sheikh Taxi: For 40, I Bring...

Tap to Pay Abroad: Beware of DCC

DCC is part of The Adios Puerto Rico, Hola España Trip Report. Read TPOL in Madrid: Why A Second Residency? I once wrote an article about...

TPOL Now Living in Madrid!

I've made it to Madrid. This will be my home until the end of March. Unlike my typical trips where I wait years to...

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