Friday is Christmas Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Jesse Sokolow

Friday is Christmas Day across the globe, a holiday that this year is marked by individual celebrations in order to keep friends and family safe from the coronavirus.  While people in English-speaking countries greet one another with Happy or Merry Christmas, the greeting in Austria and Germany is Frohe Weihnachten, and in France it is Joyeux Noël, the holiday is a religious and cultural celebration for billions of people.
In addition …

Photo Essay: Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany

by Anna Breuer

Since most Christmas markets across the globe are dark this year amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the staff at Frequent Business Traveler wanted to celebrate the holiday by sharing photos from markets we visited in past years.
Indeed, just last year, we went to over a dozen markets on the Continent, including the Münchner Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz and the Christkindlmarkt at Sendlinger Tor, both in Munich Germany; the Weihnachtsmarkt at Mirabellplatz and …

The Lockerbie Bombing Took Place 32 Years Ago Today: Here is One Pan Am Employee’s Story

by Kurt Stolz

A Pan Am Boeing 747 en route from London to New York broke up in flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, some 32 years ago today as the result of a terrorist bombing.
Here is what happened and what a Pan Am flight servicesupervisor remembers of that fateful day.
Pan Am Flight 103 was a regularly scheduled transatlantic flight that operated from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York.  On December 21, 1988, …

Monday’s Winter Solstice Marks Shortest Day of the Year

by Anna Breuer

Today, Monday, December 21, marks the winter solstice, the day of the year with longest night and fewest hours of daylight. The solstice is an astronomical phenomenon where the northern portion of the Earth’s axis is tilted furthest away from the sun, and takes place at the same time everywhere on earth.
In 2020, the solstice will occur at 5:02 a.m. EST, hence 4:02 a.m. CST, 3:02 a.m. MST, and 2:02 …

The New Normal: Words and Phrases That Defined 2020

by Gracie Connell

Superspreader.  Onesday.  Coronavirus.  Bombarded by covidiots?  Trying to avoid ‘Rona?   Is this the new normal, i.e. a state into which the English language is settling, in this case as the result of a major health crisis?
As the world continues to face a deadly pandemic, many are confused by all the words seen whilst doomscrolling. Indeed, the coronavirus has led to an explosion in the use of new and once-obscure terms, although …

Review: ‘Virtual Impossibilities’ Brings Mentalism into Your Living Room, Streamed from The Wild Project

by Jonathan Spira

The closing of theaters due to the coronavirus hasn’t stopped mentalists from performing. Indeed, as if by magic, some will appear in your home virtually on demand.
Eric Walton, whose off-Broadway show “Esoterica” ran for seven months, is livestreaming a new and pandemic-ready show, “Virtual Impossibilities,” from the Wild Project in the East Village of New York City.   He promises an evening of mentalism and mind-reading and delivers this directly into …

2020 Frequent Business Traveler Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition

by Anna Breuer

Deck the halls, it’s the holiday season, and even a pandemic isn’t going to stop the Frequent Business Traveler staff from its annual tradition of the Holiday Gift Guide: Diamond Edition.
From the practical to the luxe, we searched – in a socially distanced manner – for the gifts that will send just the right manner to friends and loved ones, a move especially important at a time where visiting them …