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By THE NEW YORK TIMES, NY Times: Travel
Mon, 05/21/2012 - 9:39am
SWITZERLAND Hotel Coeur des Alpes in Zermatt, Switzerland, is ideal for winter, but my wife and I have spent two summer vacations there, with reservations in place for 2017. The hotel, owned and operated by Thomas and Leni Muller-Julen, has 23 rooms, including beautifully designed and appointed
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An act requiring the Transportation Security Administration to establish pilot programs to develop and test new airport security systems at airports including Denver was signed into law July 15. The legislation, introduced by U. S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., seeks to address short and long term concerns about security checkpoint lines using existing TSA resources and airport reimbursements. “The bill creates two pilot programs focused on increasing efficiency and security at airports and establishing prototypes for new and innovative screening techniques,” Gardner’s office said in a news release.
“Why are you here?” After the sixth or seventh time, the existential-sounding question made us feel as though we should have a better answer for why, indeed, we were visiting Saskatchewan, Canada. Because when we replied that we’d chosen this prairie province of west-central Canada simply to check it out, almost invariably the response was a rather surprised and somewhat challenging, “Really?” It wasn’t as aggressive as it sounds — after all, this is Canada, arguably the friendliest country in the world — and the queries usually served as a follow-up to “Where are you from?” There were a few variations — “What made you decide to visit us?” or “What made you choose this place?” — that hinted we might have been dragged across the border against our wills. Saskatchewan seems to be experiencing a bit of an identity crisis, and after a week of meandering around the province, it’s not hard to see why: This is one of those destinations that defies an easy explanation. For one thing, it’s rather spread out.
I hope that when they are grown, my children will remember the camping trips themselves and not the ranting and ravings of their stressed-out Mama packing before the trips. Like most parents, packing is my least favorite part of any trip — and packing for camping is the worst. Not only do you have to gather all the things required to recreate the sleeping, bathing and eating amenities of home out in the middle of nowhere, but then you have to stuff all of them into the car. And no matter how much you bring, or how many lists you check off, you inevitably forget something.