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Nyet nyet Soviet jewellery

Posted by Marlinee on May 16, 2013 in Travels

I was hanging out in the lobby of the Metropol Hotel (rooms from 7450 Rubles) in downtown Moscow yesterday. This is a fairly grand hotel, located right next to Red Square. It was built in 1901 at the very beginning of the rein of Czar Nicolas the 2nd. I am not purveying this information in [...]

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Every day I write the book

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 30, 2013 in Travels

Those of you who are well acquainted with my technology dyslexia will be very surprised by my most recent acquisition: I am now the proud owner of an e-reader. The method to my madness was to have a mechanism to deliver enough English language books to meet my reading needs during a two week vacation [...]

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On the road again

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 3, 2013 in Travels

I am once again spending lots of quality time in the U.S. and once again I am noticing the not so subtle differences introduced by the invisible line along the 49th parallel. Here are some of my observations. I do admit that I am mostly relegated to the suburban edges of the metropolitan areas (Redmond [...]

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I’m in a New York state of mind

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 21, 2013 in Travels

I just discovered I have missed the Broadway ‘revival’ of Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Al Pacino as Shelley Levine. This is a huge bummer. Not only do I love David Mamet in general, but I am especially fond of the lads of the swampland in Florida real estate agency. The thought of actually seeing Al [...]

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Walking in Memphis

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 18, 2013 in Travels, Work

Actually, I did little to no walking in Memphis. That’s because I was in greater metropolitan Memphis, such as it is, at FedEx’s headquarters at the intersection of two major highways. FedEx’s centre of world shipping domination is situated on South Shady Grove Road. In the true manner of all suburban street naming subterfuge, it [...]

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The Suite Life

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 21, 2012 in Travels

Apparently hotels can’t build suites fast enough to keep up with the demand. I guess the Russian mafia is still solvent and rock stars will always need enough room to house their entire entourage as well as the model(s) du jour in the manner to which they have become accustomed. Those of us who do [...]

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Come one, come all, to Expo 67 Montreal

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 11, 2012 in Travels

It has been 45 years since Expo 67. At its time, the world’s fair of 1967 was the biggest exposition in the history of the world. The trip to Expo was our summer road trip that year, with the added value that my grandparents lived not too far from Montreal so there was built in [...]

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Country comfort’s any bus that’s heading home

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 5, 2012 in Travels

You learn a lot by travelling by bus. Okay, you could probably learn the same things when travelling by car, but you just don’t. That’s because when you travel by car you don’t have to pull off the road every 40 km or so to pick up or drop off passengers at places like Trout [...]

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Leaving Las Vegas

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 21, 2012 in Middle Age

Neither of my weddings took place in June, which is still the most popular wedding month. My avoidance of June probably has more to do with my aversion to traditional wedding stuff than a dislike for the month itself. However, June does come with some baggage like the interminable weeks of confinement to the classroom [...]

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Some things are better elsewhere

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 13, 2012 in Travels

Although I dearly love living here, I cannot deny that some things are better in other parts of Canada. And at the risk of getting deported from the GTA, here are some examples of stuff that is better in Montreal, courtesy of a recent visit to a GMA client. • In Montreal, they pay attention [...]

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