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joanna pearlstein

I thought I'd had some bad travel luck lately (significant problems with every one of the six flights I took in a month), Chris, but you win. Wow. Sorry to hear that.

Michele Miller

Oh yeah. Chris, you win the Travel Nightmare of the Year award. Holy cow. But just know you gave us all a very entertaining blog post! Here's to road trips and wireless internet access!

Dave B

I've come to believe that kids never practice foreign languages overseas because they're afraid of looking stupid. Parents are *used* to looking stupid, so we happily blunder ahead with our Lingua Touristica, ignoring the locals' rolled eyeballs.

As for the bad vacation, take solace in the fact it will produce more family hilarity in decades to come than all your good trips put together. Shared jokes are worth some rain and lost luggage.

Fred

Wasn't that a Chevy Chase movie?

Douglas Karr

Vacation? You get vacations?

Lucky bastard!

Harsha Raghavan

BOY, that is hard! I'm happy to come by Logan and drop off some goodies to make you and your poor family feel better!!!

My trip to India (20 hours nonetheless) was less terrible..............!

Harsha

Yehuda Berlinger

Chris,

I'm currently posting my backlog of posts about my own vacation to England over the last few weeks - many of the same experiences as yours of course, from incessant rain to ridiculous transport delays owing to the terror attacks.

We had the worst timing in history. The only time we could see a play in London in the afternoon was the only day, period, that they had no matinees. The only three days that absolutely nothing was happening in York were the only three days that we were there.

Add to that a four hour plane ride from Glasgow to Heathrow - gas leaks at Heathrow, miscounted luggage, three hours late in picking up my 14 year old daughter flying for the first time - and four hours of public transport from central London to the outskirts the next day - emergency evacuated subway stations, missed buses, etc - and you have An Ordeal.

I also got sick during my entire stay on the Isle of Skye and saw mostly the view out the window (a nice view, nonetheless).

Despite all this, we had a good time, and Scotland was lovely. Next time, skip England and go straight to Scotland.

Yehuda

Mary Warner

Many sympathies to you. Hope the Lyme's is all cleared up.

Kevin Smokler

That is beyond awful. My sympathies. In spades.

Geoff

Poor you :-( and which country did that did that tick come from I wonder :-)

blooflame

Tahoe!?
With your luck you would have arrived there at the beginning of the wildfires, and they would have burned whatever your means of return was.

Seriously, I hope I never have a vacation like yours.

cdub

think positive !

Jimmy

Having a great time in Europe comes down to planning. Rain shouldn't even matter.

Also, trying to get away dirt cheap will guarantee you a less than satisfactory vacation, especially with children, anywhere in the world.

Rob Blackie

Really sorry to hear about your visit to Britain. If you'd come in April it was positively tropical... global warming seems to be making our weather crazy.

If you ever do come back to Britain let us know and we'll lay on umbrellas for you.

Paul Morriss

All I can say is the rain and the terrorism aren't normally that bad. It's worth trying again if you can face it.

Mark Harrison

If it's any consolation, speaking as someone in (suddenly sunny) England, the worst airline experiences I ever had were when Continental misplaced my luggage somewhere between New York and Houston. It finally turned up the following day in Belize, but to this day I still own clothes bought in the Disney Store at Houston airport.

To be fair on them, Continental gave us complimentary washbags as a "no idea where your luggage is, how can we help!"

Fortunately, this was in the days before we had kids!

Sundarlal Chuddha

It also sounds like there is nobody that you can sue for this unjustice...too bad

Flavio Saldanha

Hi Chris,

Poor boy!!
forget this bad experience and, please, come to Brazil!! the trip does not take so long and You and your family will enjoy a lot.

Brazil is a beautiful country , good people, great food and restaurants. Well just think Brazil for your next trip. I believe that your kids will learn and practice Portuguese faster than you think.

C`ya!!

Flavio


William Koplitz

You didn't get shot.

M. L.

Please, stay in the states...

Annie Moriyasu

Definitely a Chevy Chase movie crossed with John Candy and Steve Martin "Planes, Trains..." I will never complain about mine ever again. As Molly Bolt's mother said, "worse things happen to nicer people."

Annie Moriyasu

PS: Thanks fer the Monday morning larf!

Hev

You're stinking rich, you can't buy your children and wife normal tickets and clothes like a man? Are you nuts? Your wife should make the plans next time. Obviously you are incapable of predicting what would've happened, you don't travel to England in July and expect nice weather, and you don't fly coach. Boo hoo, I'm crying a river for you.

Sheila

Sharing toothbrushes is disgusting! But at seven Euros a pop...sure makes economic sense.

Irene

Keep an eye out for long term effects from Lyme disease. Read everything you can about it and do anything preventive. Thanks for changing your sidebar. Your sense of humor is a saving grace. NextFest next!

Irene

You know where it says to type the funny security letters to prevent automated robots from sending messages? I picture an autonomous, humanoid robot making comments and maybe getting offended.

David

Chris, do you think that if Washington DC would receive rain for 40 days in a row and be half flooded the US government would review it's attitude towards Climat Change and CO/Kyoto policy ?

patricia

I admit this is why I always carry my designer shoes in my carry-on. It seems so silly to do, but they're $500 - $600 a pop. It baffles security every time but there is no way in hell I'd want them lost. They're not replacable.

Glad you're back safe!

Angry

Is one of the symptoms of Lyme disease whingeing hypocrisy? (Actually, that's two symptoms.) Try visiting the US as a European and going through /your/ security checks. The weather was unfortunate - but with hundreds of thousands of people's daily lives affected by them, it's hard to feel sorry for some rich, spoilt halfwit complaining about his holiday being damp. And if the toothbrushes are such an issue for you, buy them. Pathetic.

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misschat

hi all
thanks

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traveling overseas is just a pain in the butt.

gifts for her

Hi....My name is Melody and I am Ron's daughter - the one who has the fear of flying. Dad forgot to mention that his seat broke/collapsed and was forced to be horizontal on his drive back to Christchurch(a full 6.5 hrs drive). Jade my daughter broke both wrist. I shared a mouthful of his food and joined him with poisoning. I hurt my knee and required medical attention over three days.
BUT, it was the funniest holiday that I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. My husband and I are taking the children to visit his sister in New York City in October of this year, you should encourage Dad to join us - to make up for NZ!Best wishes

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

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