Articles in Journeys

Review: Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich

DSC_0817 (1)

MUNICH—The 183rd Oktoberfest, which kicked off with the words “O’zapft is” (it’s tapped) and a 12-gun salute on September 17 amidst heavy rain and security, is now underway.
The celebration of Bavarian culture, which runs through October 3, attracts people from across the globe, although the majority (70%) come from the state of Bavaria itself. Indeed, Munich locals (including myself) will visit the Wies’n (the colloquial name for the Theresienwiese) multiple …

Review: ‘Spamilton’ at Triad

IMG_7915 (1)

Some theatergoers could possibly be forgiven for thinking they got the hottest ticket in town at a bargain price. Of course, they’d have to overlook the program’s cover, a silhouette of Hamilton thumbing his nose, not raising his arm in triumph. Then there’s the Playbill masthead, in this case where a subtle substitution of a “k” for a “b” renders it as “Playkill.” The show’s subtitle has also been altered …

Lobby Bar – September 23: Blinding Aliens, Mail-in Tweets, and Donald Trump’s Golden Ticket


Lobby Bar – A Concocted Conglomeration of FBT News and Views
Ground control to Major Tom. Join Jeremy Del Nero (greetings) in a look at some of the new features in Apple’s iOS 10. The flashlight now has adjustable brightness, which allows the user to put it in one of the following modes: low light, medium light, or bright light. If you enter a series of secret swipes across the screen, …

Lobby Bar – September 16: Frequent Sewing Travelers, Aircraft Steam Rooms, and Watches With Legs


Lobby Bar – A Confounding Combination of FBT News and Views
Reduce, reuse, recycle. Paul Riegler dines well on his flight home from Paris in American Airlines’ business class. The cabin is equipped with a full, professional kitchen complete with hood vents. The airline prides itself on recycling the hot air and steam, which gets redirected into the first class steam room on the upper deck.
Flight fright. Jonathan Spira talks about …

Oxford English Dictionary Makes New Words Legit, Because YOLO


Several times each year, the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary add new words they deem worthy of inclusion based on both FOMO and how they see the English language evolving.
Some of the new entries are a bit more salacious than others. Indeed, we are too prudish to publish some of them, but many of the newcomers are important to travelers. Others are connected to Roald Dahl and his writings, including …

Review: ‘Sully’ – Please Keep Your Seat Belts Fastened During the Movie

A US Airways Airbus at LaGuardia

In a moment rare in New York City cinemas, a rapt audience kept silent during a 96-minute film (with the exception of a few appropriately timed chuckles), didn’t stir during the credits, experienced a water landing and an NTSB investigation, clearly happy to exit the theater having survived.
Opening in theaters just days before the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks replete with imagery of passenger planes crashing into buildings, …

Lobby Bar – September 9: Cars Feed on Emotions, JK Rowling’s Perfect Storm, and the World’s Largest Mirror


Lobby Bar – A Colossal Collaboration of FBT News and Views, with IKEA Instructions
Sandwich machinery. Paul Riegler pops into Flying Tiger Copenhagen to purchase a hand-cranked paper shredder. While the shredder neatly slices through paper, we’ve found that it also creates perfectly shaped slices of cheese for footlong sandwiches, and it’s rumored that Subway will be ordering a few million units for use in its locations across the globe.
Emotive vehicles. …