road trip pug trip

Montreal and Toronto

using the freebie ticket to fly in, spend a few days in Montreal then train into Toronto, fly out of there back home.

any museums, sites, areas/neighborhoods, hikes etc. i should see that are not covered by major travel mags in the area or website info? your fav's having been there?

appreciated as i leave tues nite!

and meanwhile, enjoy a few pics from home - Vegas' new erotic heritage museum. must see just for the 'wow' factor and gets you off the strip for awhile. ;-0

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Where to go w/ free North American plane ticket from Vegas and 4-5 days time... ?

Suggestions sought for a soon to be Expat of the USA, 'native' citizen. I have enough Frequent Flier miles now on United to fly anywhere in the continental US. I'm thinking get the heck out over Thanksgiving or Xmas week, avoid the family drama and enjoy my time left in-country.

I live in Las Vegas, have traveled most of the West Coast, grew up on the Mason Dixon line so have seen all of the Midwest (lived in Chicago, grew up near St. Louis), Texas, Atlanta & around, New Orleans, Tennessee major cities, some time in Cleveland (not really fond of Ohio either) West coast of Florida etc. I've worked through my 'kill list' having driven Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Wyoming, did all of Arizona, New Mexico, parts of Colorado, NW including Seattle, Portland etc. and of course all the areas around Vegas including the Grand Canyon several times (pic below - North Rim best ;-) I haven't seen much of the East Coast other than some time in Boston for a family wedding, NYC i've done several times. The typical modus operandi for seeing these areas have been 3-4 day weekend trips built-in w/ business over the course of 7-8 years. Neither do I really consider it a 'vacation' to spend time w/ my relatives (doing-time is more like it! ;-) I don't really have any further cities here on my 'must do' list beyond Spokane to Co'r delane Idaho which is lower on the list. (Lived in San Fran, worked in L.A., did California thoroughly when I was stuck in it.)

The first thought was back to Alaska to see the Aurora Borealis but I've missed it until March/April. It is further booked for 'freebie' tickets Nov, Dec. and most of January to and from Anchorage. So... where to go? I'm not fond of extreme cold and am more likely to hike a museum inside than a trail in the snow. Keeping it cheap is required while on unemployment and finishing graduate school.

Where to?

Washington D.C. - flown through, never spent any time there, can stay in youth hostel cheap, use public trans so no car rental needed. Plane tickets in and out over Thanksgiving easier than Xmas which I'm also told can be problematic w/ snow blizzards.

Can the same be said of Montreal or Toronto? I haven't seen that area of Canada (done Vancouver a few times, Salt Island, Victoria) though have thought about it for years. I'd also like to get out of the country for a bit. My other thought was a quick trip up and back to Calgary but that may be more outdoors/spring and w/ a car to go to Baniff, lakes etc. It's also pretty cheap here and I don't want to 'waste' a full anywhere/ticket so wish to get the most air/gas for my freebie-buck. ;-)

What about Charleston, SC, Richmond, VA, Raleigh/Durham or Philly?

Thoughts appreciated...


Swine Flu Scare will be used as precedent for more big gov

Cross posted to the natural living site as well. Rest of the article HERE:
along w/ the original 70's gov promo video encouraging people to take the vaccine - which ultimately paralyzed several hundred people.

“Step back and think for a minute before rushing and panicking” is the message coming from Texas Congressman Ron Paul who has warned that the swine flu scare will once again be used as a precedent for big government intrusion.

“It makes me think back to 1976, the first year I served in the Congress,” Paul has said in a video update. “We had a vote on the swine flu. Back then there was panic, they said it was going to sweep the nation and they rapidly came up with some flu shots and the government was going to inoculate everybody and save the world from this disaster.”

“It turned out that our instincts were correct.” the Congressman, also a medical physician, commented. “Not only did we think that the government should be involved in making medical decisions… but the flu came, the flu went and one person died, except for those individuals that died from getting the flu vaccine.”

Earlier this week we reported on the events of 1976, highlighting the fact that this last significant outbreak of swine flu in the U.S. originated at the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

President Gerald Ford and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (a man who has long standing intimate ties with the big pharma companies that have and will reap millions in profits from these scares) instituted a mass nationwide vaccination program. More than 40 million people were vaccinated. However, the program was stopped short after over 500 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe paralyzing nerve disease, were reported. Officially 30 people died as a direct result of the vaccinations, though the real figure is generally thought to have been much higher.

At the time Congressman Ron Paul was one of only two representatives to vote down the vaccination program. His comments were recorded in the book Swine Flu Expose, by Eleanora I. McBean, Ph.D., N.D.

Paul described the move as “a shocking misuse of funds …and an evil political maneuver”, “blatant advertising efforts to panic the people into taking Swine Flu shots will fail.” Paul said.

Other - since I'm up late calling Asia job hunting, I listen to George Noory on Coast to Coast AM. Last Night he had all the Swine Flu experts - biologists to alternative media. They succinctly think this is bioengineering to rid us of Hispanic folks and a tactic to divert attention from what's really going on. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but given history repeating itself, will be it is a diversion ploy and will NOT be taking anything other than more vitamins - EVEN when traveling via plane to Asia in 2 1/2 weeks.

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Silly question, but I'm still worried

Hello, all.  I'm taking my first solo transatlantic trip in May to England.  Super excited :3  I've booked my own flights before, just never out of country.  Anyway, I'm usually very good about checking my details before sending them, but I'm getting to midterms and parts of my brain just aren't firing as well as they usually do, because when I went to take a quick look at my details today, I notice I had spelled my street name wrong.  >_<  Not horribly mangled, mind you, just "Videmont" instead of "Viewmont."  The information isn't even on the e-ticket that was sent to me, but me and my paranoid self are worried that when they scan my ticket my info will pop up, and if the address in their system doesn't exactly match the address on my passport, I won't be able to fly.

Does anyone know whether or not this is a valid concern, or should I contact the airline just to be safe?  Oh, and for the sake of details, I have booked through Icelandair.  Many thanks, loves!

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