Heading for Israel

I awoke at 5 am for my 5:45 limo to the train station. I caught the Acela down to Newark, and it was smack on time. A very courteous cab driver drove me over to the airport for $20. Why this circuitous route? Because only in Newark can I get a first class, non-stop seat going to Tel Aviv. El Al treats people carefully  but not entirely graciously. Everyone talked to me in Hebrew, and they were all surprised when …



Kyoto

I’m in Kyoto for a meeting with my Pacific Rim Growth Cycle. The city is slightly over a million people, but quite charming. You can drive along narrow roads bordering a small river, with walkways spanning the water (no hand rails whatsoever). Along the streets are scores of wonderful restaurants, serving traditional Japanese meals in traditional manner, some with Michelin stars. Uber has been unsuccessful here because the cabs are spotless, the drivers wear suits and ties and gloves, and …



Nantucket Notes

Notes from Nantucket: There are fewer rabbits this year. There used be dozens scampering around the lawn all day, now I only see one or two. There is an osprey that has taken up residence, often sitting 30 feet up on top of the flagpole. I’m assuming a causal relationship with the rabbit disappearance. A deer ran alongside my car, on the bike path, for about a hundred yards, and I clocked him at 40 MPH before he leaped a …




Viking

Despite the fact that someone in my coaching community believed I was going on a cruise to see Vikings, I actually took a Viking river cruise on the Danube from Nurenberg to Budapest, with stops in Germany and Austria at Regensberg, Passau, Klems, and Vienna. We had never taken a river cruise, thought we should try one, and were inundated by Viking since they sponsored Downton Abbey which we watched weekly. Viking knows what they’re doing. We took the largest stateroom, …


What I Learned on My European Vacation

The Europeans are better than the US in: Tour buses, which have two entrances (why don’t airlines do that?), comfortable seats, a clean restroom, and are very quiet. Intelligent breakfasts. The option of hams, cheeses, fish, and so on at breakfast is a great tradition. Airport lounges. You can find an air club almost anywhere and they are clean, never crowded, and have free good and free drinks. They are business and first class lounges, and not just open to …