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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Walking and Dining: Prague

Our three days in Prague were very fun - the weather held up with only a few raindrops in between which allowed for easy walking and exploring.  I admit that I was having a bit of deja vu walking around from my past visit during choir tour.  There wasn't a trip to Plzen in the cards for this trip.

We were able to visit some excellent restaurants along with the Palace, Dvorak Museum, and the main square and clocktower.

Pod Vezi - traditional Czech menu (site)

Sad Man's Tongue Bar and Bistro - Kudos to owner Steve who was kind to chat with us and share some great recommendations (site)

Wine O'Clock - hidden and well worth the find - reservations needed in advance! (site)

We chose to stay the Charles Bridge Palace (through Booking.com) - very close to the Charles Bridge and within easy walking distance of the Metro.  The room was average; shower was excellent though the furniture was old and the inner room did not allow for any air movement whatsoever, meaning it was generally hot.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thanksgiving Trip 2017: Prague

Departure day!  I'm excited to be heading out for this year's Thanksgiving trip which will take us to Prague via Switzerland.  It's been a long semester and we were once again able to fit in a trip over this time period for an amazing deal.  The weather might be a bit on the cool side, though I'm not anticipating any major flight problems at this point.  Ready for snow in the Alps!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

50th Anniversary of Choral Fest

I had the privilege to make it home last weekend for the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Choral Fest, a tradition started in 1967 by David Adickes at Luther High School.

The Friday night Pops Concert can be seen here: https://youtu.be/5tElac4WFmY

On Sunday, the Sacred Concert included a mass choir selection of all students along with alums who had previously participated in past Choral Festivals.  I consider myself fortunate to have attended all four years of high school (92-95) - it was even more meaningful to be able to sing in the choir with both mom and dad (who are also alums).

You can find the Sacred Concert here: https://youtu.be/q-C5bqzOf_Y

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Starwood/Uber partnership is ending

One of the easiest ways to maintain active status in Starwood since 2015 has been to use Uber - for every $2 you spend on Uber you accrue 1 Starwood/SPG point.  There are some pretty interesting Starwood properties - one that I'm saving up to stay at is The Liberty (a former jail) in Boston.

Unfortunately, this partnership is coming to an end.

I received the following notification today via email:


I'm disappointed the partnership is ending, as the occasional Uber ride would guarantee account activity.  I'll need to investigate some other options for points (and maybe structure things to include a property here or there outside of my usual Hyatt stays).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Next trip Coming Up: Back to San Diego!

I'm excited that next week I'll be able to get back to the west coast and San Diego!  I've got a quick jaunt planned for Thursday evening through a Sunday return where I will be able to reconnect with friends and colleagues at USD and SDSU (as well as take advantage of a yearly eye doctor appointment).  The last number of weeks have been focused on the rollout of Field Services and it will be nice to fit in a short trip.