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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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Travel Tuesday Deals – 2/22/2011

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Southeast Asia, anyone? Singapore Airlines, one of our favorites because of its superb customer service, is having a sale on roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York to twenty-six major southeast destinations including: Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon and more. The price? Around $949 if booked by March 2 for departures from March 1 through May 18. (Via Frommer’s) According to Travel + Leisure, “a ski trip to the spectacular Italian Dolomites is…as affordable as a trip to the Rockies” with the World on Skis package. Starting at $1095 per person, this special includes roundtrip airfare between New York, Boston, or Chicago and Venice, roundtrip airport transfers between Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo (a mountain town located two hours by car from Venice), seven nights’ hotel accommodations and daily breakfast. Book by April 9, 2011 for travel between March 19 and April 9. (Via Travel + Leisure) Want to visit all four major Hawaiian islands? The bad news is that inter-island airfare will run you at least $100 per person per island. The good news is the Cruise Experts are offering a  cut-rate price from $762 to $794 per person for a seven-night cruise

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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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10 Travel/Technology Obsessions


Recently, I asked several Boingo folks to each share one travel or technology obsession of the moment. Unsurprisingly, my colleagues had trouble picking just one. (I knew I was dealing with a bunch of geeks and dreamers.) In any case, I narrowed down the list to ten items, below. What is your current travel/technology obsession (and yes, it’s okay if you have more than one ;))? The Apple iPad: “I’m excited that it will be the first e-reader in color.” Tim Fox, director of billing and reporting. Animoto: “Animoto takes your photos and video and turns them into these amazing little movies that will make your friends believe you’re a budding Spielberg. Free.” Dawn Callahan, vice president of marketing. Internet Radio App for Nokia Smartphones: “This is an all time killer app for me. Clear digital stereo streaming of 100+ radio stations from across the globe. Works on wi-fi as well as 3G networks.” Kishore Raja, senior device engineer. SonyPlaystation 3: “Blu-ray, games, 3D Movies coming this summer, Wi-Fi, and Netflix streaming — what more do you need?” Sush Wu, software test engineer. CNN App for Blackberry: This is my real-time “newspaper” fix during my bus commute to and from