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Reservations

I just had a truly gut-wrenching experience.

I’ve been checking airline prices for my summertime journey back to the USA. I use Mobissimo most often, but I use them all, just to see how prices compare.

The prices have been high. I finally reserved – paying more than what I used to pay for business-class for an economy-class ticket. Seats are disappearing, prices are soaring and I am betting many families will opt just not to travel this summer, or to travel using a Jazeera-type-airline for travel to more local vacation sites.

If you have travel plans, you might want to start looking at your plans now. It’s going to be a rough summer out there.

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Holiday, Living Conditions, Thanksgiving, Tools, Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments

Not Your Kuwait Gas Station

Yesterday I took my Mom (and my Mom’s car) to the COSTCO gas station, where people are lined up to fill the tank at prices slightly less than the normal gas station prices in preparation for the upcoming long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

I shivered as I stood out in the cool windy weather, filling the tank. I thought about Kuwait, where there is always a friendly face waiting to fill your tank – “Supreme or Premium, madam?” – at about 80 cents a gallon. I always have a smile when I leave the gas station in Kuwait.

Not so, here. Thought you in Kuwait might like to see what Seattleites are paying for gas:

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November 21, 2007 Posted by | Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Holiday, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Shopping, Social Issues, Statistics, Travel, Weather | , | 6 Comments