Tuesday Is Election Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

by Anna Breuer

Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, a day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials. By statute it is “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November.”
While Election Day is not a federal holiday, it is a state holiday in many jurisdictions including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, the territory of Puerto …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2020

by Jesse Sokolow

November is the eleventh and penultimate month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars.  It  is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the calendar of Romulus, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
In the United States, November is the month of the …

Daylight Saving Time for 2020 to End This Sunday

by Paul Riegler

One week after the European Union set its clocks back by one hour to Winter Time for perhaps what was the last time, the United States will return to standard time on Sunday, November 1, at 2 a.m. local time.
Daylight Saving Time in the United States will resume on March 14, 2020 and end on November 7. In the European Union, Summer Time will start on March 28, 2019.
Summer Time …

Berlin’s ‘Ghost’ Airport Finally Opens, Billions Over Budget and 9 Years Late

by Anna Breuer

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt will – hold your breath – open its doors to passengers on October 31, 2020.    No, this isn’t our April 1 edition: This time, BER will really open, or so it would appear.
The aerodrome has been under construction for over 14 years, it is nine years past its original opening date, and it is more than $4 billion over budget. Every month, it costs several …

Road Test and Review: Apple CarPlay iOS 14 – Siri Makeover and Speed Camera Warnings

by Kurt Stolz

Apple recently released the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 14, which includes significant updates to Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle infotainment system that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
We tested the latest version of Apple CarPlay over the course of a month with an Apple iPhone 12 Pro as well as with an iPhone 11 Pro. In our testing, we put it through its paces in several …

Photo Essay: Jones Beach Bids an Indian Summer Adieu

by Paul Riegler

They had met in kindergarten, lost touch, and reconnected years later.  But there they were, sitting on the sand at Jones Beach, at one with the Atlantic, enjoying the warm (for October) weather, a takeaway lunch of New England fried clams from Bigelow’s, and a bottle of white wine.
It was one of the last if not perhaps the last day that one could get away with a t-shirt and shorts …

Europe to Set Back Clocks for Winter Time Sunday as Pandemic Continues Unabated

by Paul Riegler

Most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time takes place, thereby giving everyone on the Continent an extra hour of sleep.
The move is akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, although it is on a different schedule.
Plans were afoot to abolish the clock changes in Europe starting in 2021 …