Blogs from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, North America - page 11


Here we go again. (6:00 pm, Wednesday, Minneapolis time): I'm sitting in the Minneapolis airport (Northwest/Delta "Princess Lounge") waiting to begin my third trip to "The Kingdom," aka KSA, aka Saudi Arabia. To get there I fly first to Amsterdam, change planes and fly to Kuwait and then on to Bahrain. From Bahrain I will take a taxi over the causeway (a very long bridge that has the Bahrain/Saudi Arabia border in the middle) to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. It will take about 24 hours of real time, 32 hours of clock time (Saudi is 8 hours ahead of Minneapolis). For those of you reading this blog for the first time, I am returning to do another series of assessment centers my company's client - Saudi Aramco. Each trip is three weeks long (plus 4 days of ... read more
KLM Delft Houses
Amsterdam Airport
The KLM Lounge

Of course there's nothing here yet, we haven't left! But there will soon be tales to captivate you and yours.... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis April 22nd 2009

We finally made it back home. We left Tokyo at 4:15 PM on April 22, flew 11 hours and arrived in Minneapolis at 1:15 PM on April 22. In other words we got back three hours before we left. I’ve crossed the International Dateline at least three times in my life, but I still don’t understand it. We flew a Northwest 747 back and got to sit in the upper deck. That’s also a first for me. Here’s a recap of our trip by the numbers: 13 foreign countries visited 28 hotels/beds slept in 19 airports visited 20 separate flights 13 different airlines 10 different aircraft 7,493 pictures taken 470 voice recordings 70 movie clips recorded 1 God who guided us the whole way We were surprised and pleased to see that our grandchildren had made ... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis April 14th 2009

Here I go again! I can hear you now saying “What the heck? I distinctly remember you saying that this was a one-time thing and you’d never be back to Saudi Arabia. And what has it been since your last trip, like one week? What gives?” Yes, I did say that. My last trip to Saudi Arabia was in the month of February, and I returned in early March. I really did think that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I guess when they said “we really won’t need a PDI administrator again” I mistakenly didn’t know that meant “until April.” Two weeks ago I got an email to see if I’d be willing to return and a week ago yesterday, the client’s funding request was approved. So first I checked with Linda (thumbs up) and then ... read more
Delta Lounge - Drink Anyone?
Delta Lounge - Relaxing Time
ernight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis » Uptown April 10th 2009

Cristiana here! Were going to Chicago! What fun! I'm going for my birthday party this year, with Regina! We had to wake up at 6:00, but that's just for us kids! All we have to do now is wait, and wait, and wait! I'm so exited! I hardly got any sleep. I just want to run to the plane and fly away. We stayed in this awesome lounge and this is where I'm writing this! Regina... read more

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis March 19th 2009

hard to say goodbye to all those that we love and our city! ... read more
mmmmm cheese
later dudes...

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 24th 2009

My parents were very generous is allowing me to come home after I decided to extend my service through the start of summer 09. In fact, I was ready for it. I had just said goodbye to my support system of volunteers in January; they had experienced the year with me through all the ups and downs. I still miss them. However, for every end, there is a new beginning. This would be my third consecutive January in Nicaragua, quite a remarkable thing for me. I was now the jefe (leader) of our group of volunteers and we were welcoming in 2 new bees. On top of all that chaos, I was volunteering my time as the event planner's personal assistant, doing all the things that are little but very important in planning the biggest meeting ... read more
Herty and I
Montelimar Beach

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 10th 2009

here are pics of our backpacks and other travel stuff. we slowly purchased all of this gear, about one item per month so we could space it all out. can you find our sporks?... read more
emily's stuff

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis February 3rd 2009

Not Too Shabby I'm sitting here in the Northwest airlines lounge at the airport, and it's nice to know how the other half lives! Part of the deal is that you get to fly Business Class and one of the perks in the use of the airport lounge. (Note to PDI'ers: Not to worry, the client pays for the airfare -- your gasoline dollars at work.) There are comfortable chairs and tables, free liquor, chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, but I'm a sucker for the chocolate chip cookies. There appear to be around six employees doing stocking food and drinks, cleaning up, and people at terminals waiting to answer questions. It's like another world. In about an hour and a half, I head to Amsterdam, which is 8 hours and 19 minutes away (give or ... read more
Cookies and Bailey's

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis January 30th 2009

Before the trip - Minnesota This is the first entry for my blog. And this is my first blog. So this is really the beginning... It's Friday night before my trip and I wonder if I really know what I'm doing. I feel as inexperienced in about what I'm going to do as I am in writing a blog. Yet, here I am writing a blog, so maybe I'll figure out what I'm supposed to do when I get to Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia. All I can picture is Lawrence of Arabia. And oil. Lots and lots of sand and oil. It all started when I got stopped in the hall and asked, "Say, would you be interested in doing an assessment center in Saudi Arabia?" "Say what?????" It's kind of like someone asking you ... read more
February in Minnesota

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