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  1. As far as high costs to access certain places and things, it's the law of supply and demand. If a tariff was too steep for my budget, I'd either reallocate my disposable income away from other wants, or just skip it. We can't always have everything we want. I'd like to have a two week cruise on a private super yacht in the Med. I can't afford it, I'm never going to be able to afford it, so I move on to enjoy things that are within my means.
  2. I didn't say I made it out of the terminal, I said I made it through Immigration and into the no-sterile concourse. Perhaps I've been lucky.
  3. The Kennedy Space Center is the perfect place to spend a day. It's been greatly expanded and the Atlantis display is stunning. It is very disabled friendly as well.
  4. I belief the draft is too deep for them to sail the motor yachts into that area, so I highly doubt they'll ever deploy those ships there. I'll caution that all boarding at the airport in Tahiti is done via stand--there are no jetways, all passengers must go up and down portable stairs to get on and off the plane. The planes from the US and NZ are all wide bodies, so those stairs are very tall.
  5. Terminal 3. Terminal 5 does take 5-10 minutes longer.
  6. Perhaps the same reason that people visit the World Trade Center Memorial or the Grenfell Tower Site. To keep present the cruelties that mankind has committed upon itself lest not we repeat.
  7. Ha! 2021 is three countries including the Ukraine. No tour except to Chernobyl and Pripyat (planned long before the SKY/HBO series sent all the Insta-idiots there.) Can't visit the exclusion zone without a licensed tour guide. We're going to opt for a small group tour--no more than 6-8 plus the guide. It's more expensive, but that's almost surely a once in a lifetime trip and I want to make the absolute most of it. I can't wait to see Kiev, a friend was there two years ago and said it was absolutely gorgeous and the people were very welcoming. The more we travel independently to off the beaten path areas the more comfortable we are with it. I really want to go to Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, and Bosnia. Serajevo has been on my bucket list for years.
  8. It's never taken me longer than 20 minutes to be through immigration and outside the sterile concourse.
  9. Fortunately my contracts are never more than a year and there is no guarantee of renewal on either side. We can non-renew for any (non-protected) reason just like they can.
  10. I was working off the top of my head. I stand corrected. The Ukraine was the one I knew I forgetting. Republic of Georgia could be another.
  11. Back in the day, Disney did have a "customer is always right" mentality. Over time it morphed into a customer is almost always right mentality--which is what it was when I was sent by my employer to the Disney University--a fantastic experience with a ton of takeaways to bring back to my team! A few years later I ended up working for Disney as a Cast Member. Because Disney had been far too lenient for far too long, we were barraged with scammers who thought that they could pretty much get away with anything. That was no longer the case, and I saw pretty drastic changes (relatively speaking) in that time frame. Back in the day, Disney pretty much had a policy to never confront a shoplifter, just let them go instead of creating a scene. Now they trespass them off property or even prosecute them. One of my biggest "wins" ever was with a lady who I knew was shoplifting and putting things in the sleeves of her daughters snow jacket that she was carrying. I walked up to her with a shopping basket and quickly grabbed the coat out of her hand in a single movement in a way that everything fell to the floor while saying, "Let's put the coat into the basket to give you free hands to shop with." When everything fell out of the sleeves and to the floor I scooped all of the merchandise up into the shopping basket and acting very innocent, I told her I'd hold it all at the cash wrap for her and bring her another basket. And then I handed the coat to the little girl and told her, "Mommy has a lot of things she's trying to carry for you, why don't you carry your coat to help her out." I didn't need to take another basket back to her, they were out of the store in under four seconds. For many years Disney took tickets at face value, now they have sophisticated systems to spot cheats and will confiscate tickets that don't conform to their purchase and use requirements. They even got the State of Florida to pass laws specific to the use of theme park tickets. Disney has also gotten very savvy with people trying to scam based on faked injuries and such. No longer will a report of a scratch from a shrub hanging 1/2" over a fence gain a free hotel room night or a comped dinner at a fine restaurant. At best you might get a fast pass. And that's of you allow them to call the paramedics. Instead of quietly investigating theft, assault, harassment, or other crimes by employees, they now inform and fully cooperate with law enforcement--even though they know their "dirty laundry" will be aired as a result. They also have begun enforcing use of facilities by those who aren't supposed to be there--the wristband system at the Stormalong Bay pool complex comes to mind. I had to smile at your final sentence, because I have to say "no" on a regular basis. I've learned to do it in a way that my customers often end the conversation by saying, "I guess that was a pretty ridiculous thing to ask for to begin with. I'm happy with what I've got. Thanks for your time and explaining it all to me." That's how I know I'm good at my job. 😁
  12. As someone who lived in the NYC Metro for over 15 years, I'm very used to navigating local surface transit. I'm excited to be visiting Krakow. We're starting in Warsaw, and after Krakow going to Vienna, Hollabrunn, and Prague.
  13. I wouldn't want to be in port with 1000 passengers! Think about tendering in Santorini where you are forced to use the port authorities tenders. They hold about 50 people each, and it can take hours to get everyone to shore--even with only 1000 people on board.
  14. We want to do the six hour study tour, and the tour companies out of KRK only offer the three hour tour, or jack up the price to more than double what we can do using our own entry and transport. We'll take the train to Oświęcim and then take the bus or walk (depending on the weather) to the Museum and start point.
  15. It does, but you have to make sure you're in the right car in Albany-Rensselaer or you'll end up in Boston instead of NYC.
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