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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Frommer’s Top 10 Airports For Business Travelers


Travel guide company Frommer’s has named their best ten airports for business-friendly travel. Their criteria for this list centered around the efficiency of an airport, rather than whether it is a “major global hub.” “Bonus points” were awarded to “airports with alluring in-terminal hotels, streamlined baggage claim service, and snappy train service to vital business districts.” Do you agree with Frommer’s list? Which airports would you add or omit? Changi (SIN) in Singapore: Catch a nap in a sleep room or a flick at one of the movie houses. *Chek Lap Kak (HKG) in Hong Kong: Two downtown train station allow you to check baggage and print boarding passes. A nine-hole golf course is available as a fun diversion during flight delays. *Haneda, a.k.a, Tokyo International (HND) in Tokyo: This airport is closer to central Tokyo than Narita is, and a new international terminal offers an array of food options. Ronald Reagan National (DCA) in Washington D.C.: Separate security lines at each terminal make getting through security an efficient process . Plus, there is plenty of seating throughout the airport. *Kastrup (CPH) in Copenhagen: According to Frommer’s, this is the “most-connected” of Nordic airports, with electronic signs posted throughout the

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11 Unforgettable Hotel Bars Around the World


The NileGuide features eleven of the world’s most unique hotel bars (stunning photos included). Seriously, these are not your everyday pubs. Hotel La Purificadora’s roof top bar in Puebla, Mexico: “One of the hotel’s most impressive features is its roof top bar which runs parallel to a long glass-walled swimming pool.” The Salt Hotel’s bar in the Uyani Salt Flats, Bolivia: “Even the bar area is built with the practicality of salt in mind. The stools, tables, chairs, benches, etc. are all fashioned out of the surprisingly useful building material…one important rule, ‘Please Don’t Lick The Walls!’” The Fairmont’s Tonga Room in San Francisco, California: “Unexpected sprinkler-produced “rainstorms” shower into the pool with booming thunder and lightening every few minutes, and the dance floor is made from the planks of the SS Forester, one of the last schooners that sailed between San Francisco and the South Seas.” Cellar Bar at the Bryant Park Hotel in New York City: “If the word “cellar” conjures up images of cold, dark, underground rooms, you’re not alone. But, Cellar Bar, with its vaulted, gray brick-facade ceiling, wrought-iron candelabra chandeliers, and blood-red bar backdrop, puts a sexy spin on the underground.” ICEHOTEL’s Absolut ICEBAR in

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Global Traveler’s Awards Ceremony: LIVE BLOG

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Dawn Callahan, Boingo’s VP marketing, and Scott Ewalt, manager of customer acquisition and retention, are live at the Global Traveler’s Awards Ceremony at the Andaz Wall Street Hotel (grand opening was last week). And yes, they’re accepting an award for Boingo this evening. Dawn Callahan: 7:45 p.m. EST Fran Gallagher, publisher and CEO of Global Traveler Magazine, is kicking off the festivities by introducing the GM of the Andaz Hotel where the awards are being held… A beautiful new property that opened ten days ago on wall street. 7:46 p.m. EST Academy Award nominee Terrance Howard just stopped by our table to introduce himself to Scott Ewalt, Boingo’s manager of customer acquisition. Not kidding. 8:05 p.m. EST Certainly the award winner who came the farthest to collect their award is the Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, winner of the Best Hotel Chain In The Middle East. They are just in from Dubai! 8:10 p.m. EST Terrance Howard presents Boingo with the award for Best Wi-Fi Service!!! (I will post a picture in a minute!). Thank you, readers of Global Traveler Magazine! What an exciting evening it was! We drank champagne, we hobnobbed with nice (and famous) people, and we enjoyed the