Lost In Translation

One Hour in the Airport: A Nightclub Experience

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One Hour in an AirportMost people whinge about the time they’re forced to wait in an airport terminal prior to boarding. But an airport terminal should be a more appreciated place. I would even argue a place where someone not flying would hope to spend some leisure time. Think about it, the airport terminal has all the trappings of a popular New York City club: security checkpoints, one of the few places in the world where people commit to buying a bottle of liquor, and a great place for star sightings. Additionally, the only time death tolls that aren’t mass murders are ever paid any attention to is when they happen in a nightclub with inadequate emergency exits or when a plane crashes (and the big ones always begin at airport terminals). Read more

Take Your Pants Off in St. Lucia

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Take Your Pants Off in St. Lucia if they are Army Pants“You need to take your pants off,” the customs official told my wife. He pointed down at Marissa’s spandex Lululemon camouflage yoga pants. He was indifferent to our infant daughter, who Marissa clutched in her arms. He completely ignored the husband who stood baffled by the command.

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Should I Travel During a Travel Advisory?

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should i travel during a travel advisory to dubai

Last summer, before I left for Dubai in the middle of August, the United States had issued a travel advisory for that entire month. Apparently, they had received intelligence that Al Queda was planning an attack in the Middle East–a rather big region of the world. As a precaution, the United States Government decided to close many of its embassies during the first full week of August, the same week that Ramadan came to a close. One of the shuttered consulates included the one in Dubai. Read more

Rhode Island: Asylum for Litterbugs

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On my drive from New York to Cape Cod, I noticed a disparity among the Do Not Litter signs posted along the interstate. In Rhode Island, the signs warned drivers that the punitive fine is as low as $55. But one state over, Massachusettsans–now that’s a word and also some insight as to why outsiders opt for the term Masshole instead–can be charged up to $10,000 for chucking a piece of trash from their car window. Read more

Can I Enter Dubai With an Israeli Stamp in my Passport?

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Can I enter dubai with an Israeli stamp in my passport

The other day, somebody asked me: “Can I enter Dubai with an Israeli stamp in my passport?”


I didn’t have a definitive answer for them, but I definitely had the same question when I traveled to the Middle East last summer.


Before I visited the United Arab Emirates, the company that set up my trip to Dubai informed me that I would not have any issues. A few travel forums told similar stories. And while the answer on those sites sounds like a resounding yes, there is a slight caveat. (Note: I actually did not have Israeli stamps in my passport. I forgot that I had received a new passport after I had traveled to Israel.)

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