Italy: My One Hotel La Spezia

My One Hotel La Spezia

After a long 20 hour trip from the US, I was finally in La Spezia, Italy. I stayed 3 days at My One Hotel La Spezia, which by most accounts and reviews online is one of the nicest hotels in the city. However, being a relatively small town, and quite a ways from the normal tourist destinations, that’s not saying much. It’s more like a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn in the US, nice, but not much more than a simple room. The owners really try though, and it was nice enough for the three nights I stayed there.

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Italy: ItaliaRail Milan to La Spezia

Train in Milan

This was my first time riding trains through Italy and I was looking forward to the experience. However, I was surprised, and a bit disappointed, with the state of deterioration and lack of modernization in the ItaliaRail trains, at least compared to the trains I have ridden in the rest of Western Europe. Many stations however, like Milan, where quite modern and clean.

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Hotel Review: Embassy Suites Orlando Airport

Embassy Suites Elevator Buttons

Needing a quick night near the Orlando airport recently, I chose the Embassy Suites Orlando Airport location. Located just over the bridge North of the aiport, only about 5 munutes away, it was a great place and extremely cheap, considering every room is a suite with a separate living room, microwave, fridge, and full cooked breakfast included.

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SIGGRAPH 2013 – United Economy Plus Orange County (SNA) to Denver (DEN)


With the conference week behind me, it was time to head home. I originally had flights back through San Francisco (to earn more elite-qualification miles for the year), but I would have arrived back home after 9pm, so once I was within the United 24-hour free change window, I decided to try to book at earlier flight. Little did I know what trouble that would cause…

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