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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan May 29th 2019

New York, NY (May 29, 2019) Sitting at my desk about 14 hours after the 14 hour flight back, I'm reflecting through the brain fog the time zone change brings. I think my underlying impression, and one that is so hard to communicate to those that haven't experienced it, is the sheer scale of almost everything in China. Both problems and their solutions have a totally different perspective when one considers a population of 1.3 billion people. Seeing 10,000 patients a day in an outpatient facility, moving 2 million people out of Mianyang after the 2008 earthquake because a breach in the dam threatened the city, reconstruction of the bridges, tunnels, roads and buildings after the earthquake, the burden of cataract blindness with 1.2 million people blind from cataract in Sichuan province alone. The whole issue ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens May 15th 2019

New York, NY (May 15, 2019). Ah the splendor of jet travel! My visa arrived with 36 hours to spare ... I am leaving on a 15 hour flight at 3 AM. At least I should be able to sleep! Flying Hainan Flight 7916 from JFK Terminal 4 on a non-stop hop-over to Chengdu. There I'll have a day to recover while the rest of the team catches up...traveling from from San Francisco a day later. Looking forward to reconnecting with the good people on the team and those at Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital. Excited that we'll be seeing some new areas of Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York May 9th 2019

So this will be our last post for this trip. It has been an awesome trip and feels like we have been gone forever......this is day 25 away from home!! We are at JFK awaiting our flight to PIT at 9:30 We land there at 11:00 and then head for WV. No matter hw much I love to travel, my favorite part is coming home. While it may sound trite "There's no place like home!!" This post will be a wrap up of the trip.....the things we loved, hated, laughed at, & found challenging. So, as Shealyn says, lets start at the very beginning....a very fine pace to start(obviously we watched The Sound of Music on the flight home). First of all we liked that we exchanged some money before we arrived. It helped us with ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn May 8th 2019

It was a bright sun New Year's Eve afternoon a little more than 32 years ago when we began our greatest journey. We found ourselves nervously sitting amongst one of the most unique collections of people we had ever experienced. The mixture of languages, skin colors and the obvious financial differentials of this diverse cast of characters meant it could only be one city in the world. Nowhere else on earth could have offered this mixture of cultures, shapes and varieties of the human experience. It had to be in New York City. We and about 100 other couples were here in the Manhattan marriage license bureau for the second day in a row. The previous day we had stood in line and paid our ten dollars to receive our license. Today would be the day ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan March 27th 2019

High on Life, high on love, high on The Highline walk and High in rooftop bars Twenty-five years ago (March 26, 1994) we were married barefoot on a glistening white sandy beach in Barbados listening to the intoxicating roar of the ocean waves surrounded by good friends and family. Banks beer and rum drinks flowed and island music played. At that time we vowed to attempt to celebrate our bigger wedding anniversaries on an island. On our 5thanniversary we went back to Barbados to celebrate, our 10thwe spent it in Fiji on Matamanoa Island, our 15thwas on Sanibel Island, Florida, we were off to explore Ireland for our 20thanniversary. We decided our 25thanniversary should be spent on one of the more famous islands in America so here we are in Manhattan. No regrets is our motto. ... read more
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Great pizza!

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan February 24th 2019

Over the past 15 years or so I’ve been to NYC on a good number of occasions but mostly for day trips and rarely for a weekend. My family and I have enjoyed many Broadway plays, Radio City Music Hall, the ballet, a museum or two, and some fun restaurants. One event I’ve been wishing to attend has always been just out of reach for one reason or another. That event is the “New York Times Travel Show,” and this year my wish was fulfilled! Now a fixture on New York City’s winter events calendar, each January brings the much-anticipated travel show to those of us seeking travel destinations inspiration. Staged in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this marked the 16th year that this 2-day event has been held. Last year's show topped 30,000 in ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York January 1st 2019

You are looking forward to your next vacation in 2019, when you will be able to relax with your family and explore a new place or return to a favorite location. Given the fact the average American vacation is only 3.8 days; you want to get the most out of them. But your plans can easily backfire when you become sick, like I did when I visited New York. After talking to several friends, I found out the Big Apple is notorious for making people sick. Literally! Keep your eating habits One of the best places to binge on junk food and try new recipesis New York. This city has something that makes you eat loads of junk food, which leads to health problems. One of them is linked to digestion. Dependi... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan November 9th 2018

Nov 11, 2018 (New York) - Getting ready for the long haul over to the Middle East for a short stop over before flying on to Bangladesh. It seemed like we had a lot of time planned to be on the ground, but given the tight schedule. I land at 2 am on November 11 (local) and we start meetings at 8:30 and push through the whole day. The work in Bangladesh is being coordinated through a large local NGO( BRAC). The plan calls for trips to local facilities in Dhaka, but also travel to Cox's Bazar and the large refugee camp near there. Considering local travel constraints, I'm packing only "carry on" - got it all into a small back pack! More soon!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Queens November 9th 2018

New York (Nov 9, 2018) In the 50's and rainy in New York this Friday evening. Fridays evenings can be challenging to get to JFK, so I chose the subway and the Air Train which worked quite well. I got to the Kuwait Airlines ticket counter early so there were no lines. The gate agent told me they had an upgrade to Premium Economy (more legroom and closer to the front) so I went for it. Hope to get some sleep on this leg so I can be in shape to meet at 8:30 the morning I arrive. Flight looks pretty full. More soon from the other side of the pond!... read more




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