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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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10 Film Festivals and the Boingo Hotspots in Those Cities

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If you’re a film buff, check out Cheapflights.com’s list of top ten film festivals worldwide.  To help you stay connected online while you’re enjoying the cinema experience, we’ve provided links below to the Boingo hotspots available in each festival’s city. Have you attended any of the film festivals on this top ten list? Tell us about your experiences! 1. Sundance Film Festival – Park City, Utah, United States Click here to see a list of 29 Boingo hotspots in Park City, Utah 2. International Film Festival Rotterdam – the Netherlands Click here to see a list of 177 Boingo hotspots in Rotterdam, Netherlands 3. Cannes International Film Festival – Cannes, France Click here to see a list of 348 Boingo hotspots in Cannes, France 4. Guadalajara Film Festival – Guadalajara, Mexico Click here to see a list of 175 Boingo hotspots in Guadalajara, Mexico 5. Rooftop Films – New York, New York, United States Click here to see a list of 877 Boingo hotspots in New York, New York 6. Toronto International Film Festival – Toronto, Canada Click here to see a list of 264 Boingo hotspots in Toronto, Canada 7. Venice International Film Festival – Venice, Italy Click here to see a list of 63 Boingo hotspots in Venice, Italy 8. Hong

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Travel Tuesday Deals – 7/10/2011

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Climb aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas for a seven-night cruise along the Adriatic Coast. Prices start at $479 per person for sail dates in August, September and October 2011. Depart from Venice, Italy and stop off in Italian cities such as Ravenna, Bari, as well as Koper, Slovenia and Dubrovnik, Croatia. If you go, we’re jealous. (Via SmartTravelDeals) Southwest Airlines has your post-summer travel covered! Starting today, the airlines is offering one-way tickets between select U.S. cities starting at $59. Purchase by August 1, 2001 for travel between August 23 and December 14. Note that the cheapest fares are available for flights Monday through Thursday. (Via USA Today) Want to take a tour of Asia? Check out Cathay Pacific’s All Asia Pass, which gives you twenty-one days of travel to Hong Kong and your choice of up to four listed Asian cities starting at $1,329. Departure cities include Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. Book by July 31, 2011 for travel between August 16 and November 29, 2011. (Via Frommer’s) If Istanbul is on your travel wishlist, head over to ShermansTravel to find roundtrip deals starting at $545. Soak in all the history and ancient architecture and eat some exotic food! Low fares valid

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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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A Spontaneous Lifestyle of Unplanned Migrations and Gastronomic Adventures


Mark Wiens attributes his wandering spirit to a nomadic childhood living in a variety of countries including France, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, and the USA. He settled down briefly while obtaining a college degree in Global Studies but upon graduation, he set forth on a life of migrationology, a term he coined to mean “long-term travel.” Now, Mark is living the travel dream, migrating from country to country, absorbing the unique offerings of each culture. You can read all about his sundry experiences via his blog. But today, we’re singularly focused on Mark’s gastronomic adventures. Below, Mark shares his five favorite Southeast Asian dishes. I’m officially handing Mark the mic. In his own words… 1. Dampa Seafood Extravaganza- Manila, Philippines Seafood Dampa in Manila, the Philippines, is a sensational encounter with absurd portions of all food items hailing from the sea. The drill works like this; stroll through the raw seafood market, pick out kilos of your favorite seafood (from fish, to crab, to oysters, to mussels, to sea cucumbers), walk into one of the many restaurants located right next door, have a chef artfully transform your raw seafood into an unbelievable delicacy like chili crab, stir

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In Your Ear With Alex Asseily


When he was five, Alexander Asseily fled Beirut with his family to escape the bombs. Since then, the thirty-four year-old co-founder and chairman of Aliph returns frequently to his homeland. When he talks about Beirut, there’s no mistaking the vivacity in his voice. Something else about Alexander’s voice? He’s got a British accent, acquired while growing up in London, where he briefly flirted with break dancing and, later during his teenage years, discovered the art of sculpting. At eighteen, Alexander made his next move: to college in California. There, our future headset hero could have chosen a very different path after starring in a short film project with Fred Savage (their costumes: disco gear). We know what Alexander did instead: along with college pal Hosain Rahman, he co-founded Aliph, maker of Jawbone headsets. Read my interview with the gracious Lebanese British gentleman, Alexander Asseily. What is the meaning of your company’s name, “Aliph?” The name Aliph is the first letter of the Arabic and Hebrew alphabets. What’s the most you’ve traveled within the period of a year? In 2006, when we were developing the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset, I circled the globe – between San Francisco, Hong Kong and London