June 18th, 2010

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Mostly Travel News

I find this story of U.S. citizen effectively banished from the country to be very disturbing. I understand why the FBI is suspicious of him, but I believe in due process of law. It seems to me that the right thing to do is to allow him to return to the U.S. (in custody if need be, though that still makes me cringe) and handle the legalities here, not in Egypt. (Insert Martin Niemoller quote.)

And then there's the box of human heads that Southwest Airlines found in their cargo hold. They were being shipped to a company that does medical research. It may sound creepy, but according to this article, it's not unusual.

In personal travel news, I have narrowed down my options for going to Mali to four companies. It looks like I can make this happen. For nearer term things, I still have to make hotel reservations for Honolulu (which normal people apparently don't think is "on the way" to Los Angeles from Virginia) and Monaco / Nice (my birthday splurge). Any suggestions are welcome.

Not quite travel related, but I did a minor experiment and did a Volksmarch (a year round event involving the Kennedy Center, Memorial Bridge, Arlington National Cemetery, and Iwo Jima memorial) after work today. I thought it would be cool enough in the late afternoon, but I really should have taken a hat with me. It was a nice route, though, and would be a pretty good one for tourists to check out.