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A sneak peak at Mykonos

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June 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm Leave a comment

Word on the street: Amtrak

With gas prices soaring, will Amtrak become a more popular method for traveling within the U.S.?  Last year they saw an increase of 12% in riders.  The problems with Amtrak: 

  1. It’s slow.  Really slow.  Driving from Cary, NC to Washington, DC takes about 4.5 hours.  On Amtrak, that’ll be 6.5-7 hrs, depending on which route you catch.
  2. It’s not that cheap.  That trip to DC is $44 one way, looking at one month from today.  The trip is 285 miles according to Google Maps, so, at 30 miles per gallon and $4.20 per gallon, that’s $40 in gas.  Plus, if I were to drive, then I’d have the convenience of having my own car.  I could stop at the Ikea in Woodbridge or swing by Richmond to meet a friend for lunch.
  3. Service areas are limited.  My parents live in Asheville, and I’m in the Triangle.  I hate the drive and would love to just ride the train.  There’s a station in Cary that’s pretty convenient for me, but… I’d have to ride in to Greenville, SC and ask them to come pick me up (a 45 minute drive one way).  Plus, that 3.5 hour drive to Asheville can become a 7 hour train ride for $61.  Ugh!

Amtrak train

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June 30, 2008 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

A sneak peek at Athens

June 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Triangle: Women’s soccer is back!

Oh wow – a co-worker informed me that women’s soccer is back in the Triangle!  The Railhawks Women’s first game is tonight at 7:30.  Check ’em out (oh, and the men too I guess).

June 28, 2008 at 7:12 am Leave a comment

A sneak peak at Venice

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June 28, 2008 at 7:09 am 1 comment

Blog discovery: The Bent Page

I recently stumbled upon The Bent Page, “a blog about reading, writing, and the world around us” by author Daniel Putkowski. Check it out – he has some cool posts about visiting Aruba and Spain as well as a cool little series about life on a tug boat. Here’s a pic I like from his blog, him with a cat in Cuenca, Spain:
Daniel Putkowski cat Cuenca Spain

June 27, 2008 at 11:46 am 4 comments

A sneak peak at Amsterdam

June 27, 2008 at 7:35 am 1 comment

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