Sunday, September 26, 2021

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ANA Lounge Tokyo: Noodle & Sake Bar

I looked for calm and quiet when I arrived at the ANA Lounge in Tokyo. Then  I had an encounter with this annoying person. Sensing my annoyance, the gods mercifully offered me countless varieties of sake, a robust selection of ramen, Japanese whisky, a beautiful shower, and the world's greatest toilet. Little did I know that after this stop, my peace would be no more.

Air New Zealand AKL-NRT: Modeling in Business Class

I've said it before, Air New Zealand does not receive enough love. I've flown it plenty of times and have found the service to be great, the food to be good, and the seat to be comfortable.

That Was Fast: 80k MR’s Posted

From insomnia (see Oops!… I Did It Again: Min Spending Hell) to hitting the min in one transaction (see 1 Transaction =120,000 Membership Rewards Points...

Amex ’90k’ Business Gold Offer: Resolved, Sort Of

I previously wrote 90,000 Business Gold Card Offer, Suddenly Not Available and Amex Business Gold Offer Under ‘Investigation’. These posts were regarding my application for the...

Breakthrough Infections: Another Reason Not to Travel

I'll file this one under Punxsutawney TPOL, the directory of trips I say I'll take but do not because of COVID. The latest in...

Jamaica Carnival 2022: Marriott Still Unavailable

There's nothing better in life than carnival. My first experience was in Rio (see Guns & Butter: Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide). The second was...

Cancelled! Festivus 2020

I used to say Happy Festivus! Then I would detail all the ways that airlines, hotel chains, credit card companies, bloggers, and commentators have...

Approved! Amex Business Platinum

The good news is that I'm going to have more money than Davy Crockett. The bad news is that I'm going to have a...

Hyatt Regency Miami: You’re Not Staying Here Anyway

I'm sure no one cares to read about the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami. Most people who do visit this terrible city will not...

Etihad First Class Lounge: What’s a Lounge Without a Cigar?

I have been to many airport lounges. I can confidently declare that Etihad's First Class Lounge is the best.

The Appetizer to Apartments: Etihad Business Amman to Abu Dhabi

Today's menu will feature an appetizer, an intermission, and the main course. Here, the appetizer was the business class flight from Amman to Abu Dhabi aboard Etihad.

Grand Hyatt Amman: Service, Yes!

With only one night, left in Jordan, I used points to stay at the Grand Hyatt Amman. While the hotel was centrally located, I would have rather...

VeriFLY: What’s My Favorite Word? “Stupid!”

While Colombia does not require proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test, it does require that a health questionnaire be completed at least one hour before departure. 

Booked! One Way to Madrid…No Return in Sight

The international travel drought is over. TPOL is back. It has been a long time since I can put together a spreadsheet.

COVID Test for Return Travel Is Stupid

Last March, I wrote Describe Trump’s Travel Ban: It’s Stupid. Today I use the word stupid again to describe the US's requirement that travelers returning...

July 28th: TPOL’s Victory Over Life Anniversary

If you don't recall, 2020 was depressing (see The Lost & Found Year(s): COVID Trip Report). At the same time, 2019 was one of...

TPOL Chokes, Loses

Soon I will return to my regularly scheduled blogging, but for those who could not tune into the streaming golf match yesterday (The Match:...

Instant Pho? En Casa Costco Pho Review

Instant Pho is part of The Lost & Found Year(s) Trip Report. The number one draw for my blog is my Pho reviews. Without access...

Visa Blunder Part 1: Signing My Release to Be Detained

TPOL has done some stupid shit in his travel life. That's why I keep a page of Travel Lessons for you to learn from, have a laugh at my expense, and for me to never forget.

ATM Issues Abroad

Although I managed to escape the Medellin airport using Uber (see Uber Is Illegal in Medellin Airport, Unless Your Brother Is Picking You Up), I...

TPOL Forgets How to Travel

My trip to Colombia was my first in almost two years. And it showed.

VeriFLY: What’s My Favorite Word? “Stupid!”

While Colombia does not require proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test, it does require that a health questionnaire be completed at least one hour before departure. 

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