Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

Seeking Your Help and Advice: NYC Edition

Posted by on February 14, 2011

One of the hazards with all the running around I do is that occasionally things don’t go as planned. Flights get canceled, dates get changed, etc. You get the idea.

I was supposed to be traveling to Spain at the end of February, but the event I was going to be speaking at has been posponed. I am flying to New York City on the 17th where I was going to catch the flight to Spain, but now my ticket is a one way trip to nowhere.

That means I have about 10 days in my calendar where I have nothing scheduled, nowhere to stay, and I have no idea what to do.

The added twist to this is that that New York Times Travel Show takes place in New York on Feb. 25-27. I wasn’t planning on attending, but if I’m in the area, now I might as well.

So I’m opening things up to take some advice from the crowed on what you think I should do.

My general options break down as follows:

1) Stay in New York. Pros: I don’t have to go anywhere else, I can meet people and get some work done. Cons: New York is damn expensive and the though of paying for 10 days there gives me a rash. It is also winter and I didn’t really pack for cold weather.

2) Leave New York and come back for the travel show. I could go somewhere in the region that is cheaper and come back on the 25th or 26th. I’d still need to find something to do and somewhere to stay.

3) Leave NYC and forget the show. Screw New York, go somewhere warmer and wait out my time in sunshine before I go to the island of Lanai.

What say you?

8 Things You Might Not Have Known About Puerto Rico

Posted by on February 14, 2011

Flag of Puerto RicoI’ve been in Puerto Rico for the last week as a guest of the Puerto Rico tourism corporation. I’ve been cave exploring, visited the island of Culebra, rode the world’s highest zip line and explored the Old City of San Juan. I thought it would be a good opportunity for another installment of “8 Things….”

1) The Flag of Puerto Rico is not based on the American Flag. Puerto Rico was taken by the Americans from the Spanish in 1898. The flag was designed in 1895 in solidarity with the Free Cuba Movement. It is the same layout and design as the Cuban flag, but with the colors reversed. The one acknowledgement to the US was in 1952 when the blue field was changed from a light blue to a darker blue, like the American flag.
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