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An early Pan American Airways display

Did you know that the San Francisco airport houses an actual museum? Sandwiched in between International Terminal A and Terminal 1 is the Aviation Museum & Library. It’s amazing because a) it exists, b) it’s quiet, and c) the exhibits are really interesting. We only saw one traveler that knew of this secret oasis amidst SFO’s hustle and bustle. Not even we were traveling. We just stopped in to look at the exhibits (and weren’t disappointed).

Currently showing, among others: An exhibit on the China Clipper, the first transpacific passenger air service (ongoing), and an exhibit on airline brochures and advertisements (until August 2011). Read the rest of this entry »

We just got back from Southeast Asia. Our entry and exit point was Bangkok—what a city. Old, new, fashionable, and traditional, all mix together in this city on the move. Street vendors can be found everywhere selling anything from pad Thai and grilled chicken skewers to knock-off, Spongebob Squarepants carry-on luggage. Whole restaurants pop-up, makeshift-style, down random alleys. We even saw women at sewing machines, doing tailoring, right there on the sidewalk. Throw in some grit, a few stray dogs, boats speeding up and down canals in a black fog of diesel fumes, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of Bangkok.

Oh, don’t forget the heat. It’s hot, hot, hot, and humid. We averaged three to four showers a day and—I’m sorry to say—my deodorant still couldn’t keep up. That said, I think Bangkok is fantastic. It’s one of the most vibrant, engaging cities I’ve ever seen. Here are a few tips, if you go.

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