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Monday, August 12, 2013

Mistranslation Monday: Lou Malnati's

Jay-Z eating a Lou Malnati's

If you have never been to Chicago, you may not know of Lou Malnati's. It is a Chicago-style deep dish pizzeria with locations all around Chicagoland. Anyways, since Marco is dating a Chicagoan, he knows all about these things.

So when we were listening to Jay-Z while driving in the car recently, Marco turned off the radio to ask me, "What is Jay-Z saying about Lou Malnati's?"

I immediately busted up laughing. If you don't get it, here are the lyrics he was confused about:

Conspiracy theorist screaming Illuminati
They can't believe this much skill is in the human body

Saturday, August 10, 2013

HGTV Globe Traveler Winner!

My last blog post was about my July submission for the HGTV Globe Traveler competition. Well, I won ($500, baby)! You can see my picture posted under July on the HGTV Globe Traveler winners page.

Here is my winning picture:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler: July Submission

On the last day of July, Marco and I went into Lüneburg to take a picture for the HGTV House Hunters International Globe Traveler competition. I explained what the globe traveler competition is before in an earlier blog post -- but basically, all you have to do is take a picture somewhere abroad with the House Hunters International bandana.

Here is the picture that Marco took of me. I am standing on a bridge overlooking the Ilmenau River in an area of Lüneburg known as "am Stintmarkt (stint market)." During the Middle Ages, stint (also known as smelt, which is a kind of fish) was frequently traded here. Today this area is full of bars and restaurants.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Flying on the DreamLiner 787

On July 24, 2013, I was on the first flight to leave O'Hare International Airport in a DreamLiner 787. I flew with LOT Polish Airlines, and I was very impressed.

Let's start with the windows. Every other plane I have flown on, there was a plastic window shade that you manually pull down or push up. This plane had windows that would automatically tint to blue with the push of a button. Here is a side-by-side comparison showing the window when completely clear (left) and fully tinted (right).

In all of my past transatlantic plane rides,
I have always had some issue with my personal TV not working. Whether it is the touchscreen function breaking or the sound not working properly, there is always something wrong with my seat. This screen worked great, though, letting you choose whether to use the touchscreen or the pop-out remote.

Unfortunately a lot of the movies had to be paid for, but I guess that is a LOT thing. The only free options were Argo, Happy Feet, and Ruby Sparks (which I am watching in the picture).

Because my flight was originally scheduled to be on a much smaller plane, the DreamLiner 787 (which seats 9 across instead of 7) was about half empty. I sat against the window, had an empty seat next to me, and then a woman was sitting at the aisle. About 15 minutes into the flight, she spotted an empty row, so she moved, leaving me with a whole row to myself. Now that is how to travel.
What's the best plane you have ever on? What is your favorite airline to fly with internationally?

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