This is the November 2013 issue

Boarding Pass

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Palphug Monastery, upper Paro Valley, Bhutan.
What a subscriber learned flying standby
By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2

Travelers' Intercom

Applying for a Russian visa
By Lois Halunen
Appears on Page 15
Bilbao Greeters
By Esther Perica
Appears on Page 16
GPS travails in Belgium
By Nancy Norberg
Appears on Page 17
Geiranger village seen from Ørnesvingen (Eagle’s Bend) Lookout. The road to the lookout is full of hairpin curves like the one on the left. Photo: Prindle
Touring rainy Bergen and Ålesund
By Paula Prindle
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Did not find big-bus touring ‘leisurely’
By Susan Klapstein
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Savings buying tickets from theater
By Yvonne Richter
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Return to Ethiopia
By Susan Lushing
Appears on Page 30
Gorillas with ElderTreks
By Victor Block
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Memorable Kurdistan
By Phyllis Schlesinger
Appears on Page 32
New Zealand with AAT Kings
By Patricia Rosen
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Parisian Studio Apartment
By Allan Penl
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Residence Agnes in Prague
By Martha Calta
Appears on Page 33
From the river, a view of the Old Bridge and castle in Heidelberg.
Neckar River day cruise
By Robert Meyerhof
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Uxmal’s Casa del Adivino (Pyramid of the Magician).
Mexico’s Mayan ruins
By Stephen O. Addison, Jr.
Appears on Page 34
Trips-montage Christmas card
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Battery bandit in Bamako
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Found Moroccans camera averse
By Steven Emmet
Appears on Page 54
Label all memory cards
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Uses ‘new-looking’ currency
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A Massage To Die For — Floating massage
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"One more way smoking is bad for you"
By James Stefan
Appears on Page 55
Lahemaa national park
Lahemaa national park
By Harvey Hagman
Appears on Page 73

Calling All Readers!

Karen Heady reading “The Cat in the Hat” to children at the Dickey Orphanage in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo by Rod Smith
Traveling and giving
Appears on Page 42

Essay Contest Winners

I Choose China - Winners
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Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Palphug Monastery, upper Paro Valley, Bhutan.
What a subscriber learned flying standby
Boarding Pass

By David Tykol
Appears on Page 2
Local girls chatting on the phone in front of a Carnival Cruise Lines ship in Port Vila. Photos by Lew Toulmin
Port Vila, Vanuatu — What to do and where to eat
The Cruising World

By Lew Toulmin
Appears on Page 57
Europe — Suggested tipping amounts worldwide
The Discerning Traveler

By Philip Wagenaar
Appears on Page 59
Hacienda de Oro visitors' center and restaurant is at the heart of the gardens.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Mexico
The Garden Path

By Yvonne Horn
Appears on Page 61
The Catedral de la Habana and its namesake plaza graces Old Town Havana. Photos by Randy Keck
Havana — the sea change
Far Horizons

By Randy Keck
Appears on Page 63

Where in the World? Correct Answers

Druk Wangyal Khangzang, in Bhutan
Druk Wangyal Khangzang, Bhutan
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