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IRELAND15 #1 LA to BOSTON to MUNICH
AMTRAK: Los Angeles to Boston
This begins our 12th trip through a region of Europe and we are running out of places to go. This time we decided to finally visit the Northern Ireland we never got to see in 1999 because of the violence there at that time (the so-called "Troubles.") Because we had a meeting in the UK in July and another one in Spain in early September our trip was increased from only six weeks to three months. Since I have reported on our trips to Boston several times in the past, I will keep this one short.
July 6-12, 2015
I made an unfortunate error for this trip - I decided to try to use my Palm Treo one more time rather than depending on my Samsung Galaxy S4 to keep the Diario details of the trip. I kept all the details carefully on the Palm from the time I left Santa Monica on July 6th as I have on every previous trip since 1997. On that fateful day in Barcelona, on September 4th, while replugging the Palm in its charging cord late at night, it suddenly did an automatic reset and when it came back on everything worked fine but the Calendar was completely blank. All the two months of data from the trip was gone. From then on I used the S4 and prayed I could recover the data. When I returned home, I sent it to an expensive data recovery lab ($2000 if they recover; free if they can't) and they returned it unable to recover anything. So this Diario will be quite different from all the others.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Clara drove me to Union Station at ?6:05 PM and I rolled my bags to the First Class lounge on the second floor. Train 4 departed at 6:15 PM. I was in Car 431 in Deluxe Bedroom B. At 8:00 PM I went for dinner in the dining car and. I tucked in at a reasonable time.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
I then woke at ?7:05, and again at ?11:40 AM as we pulled into Albuquerque. I dashed off the train at ?11:45 AM and did my run alongside the tracks into the bus terminal in the dry heat. At 12:10 PM we took off heading east and
3:34PM Beverage Amtrak $2.00 Cash
10:04PM Food&Bev Amtrak US $11.50 SAP
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I woke at ?3:20, ?5:55 and again at ?8:30 AM and wound up staying up. We pulled into Chicago at ?3:15 PM and
8:03PM Food Faber Store #1628 [444 W. Jackson STE 2007 Chicago US] $7.66 SAP
8:08PM Beverage Corner Bakery Café [222 S. Riverside Plaza Chicago US 312-441-0821] $4.19 SAP
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I woke and got up and I was all ready when the train arrived in Albany, NY at :? PM. I did my run in the station area alongside the train at ?3:00 PM.
Our attendant moved our bags to the Boston part of the combined train but I wound up losing our sleeper room Coach Seat to Boston South Station. The Boston half of the train left Albany at ?4:10 PM and I got a coffee and worked on my computer.
I arrived in Boston South Station at 9:10 PM,? on time, . 9:25PM Auntie Anne's #110 #2 South Station Boston US 617-330-9799 $3.65 SAP
I rolled my bags out to the taxi queue and at ?9:30 PM my cab took me to the Hotel Boston Harbor Hotel [70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-7000] $1,745.05 SAP 7/09-7/12 + Weekend Valet+Food where Marcia was waiting for me.
??2:25PM ??Main St Wine & Gourmet [42 Main St. Orleans US 508-255-1112 $9.00 Cash
11:57 PM Restaurant Legal Harborside [270 Northern Ave, 617-477-2900] $112.00 SAP
Friday, July 10, 2015
10:53PM Restaurant Antico Forno Pizza [93 Salem St., 617-723-6733] $102.00
11:28PM Store CVS/Pharmacy 218 Hanover St. Boston US 617-720-2688 $5.97
11:31PM Store CVS/Pharmacy 218 Hanover St. Boston US 617-720-2688 $5.62
Saturday, July 11, 2015
12:37AM Rowes Wharf Bar [70 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-7000] $14.84
11:44AM Taxi Manhar Inc 617-536-8294 $6.00 SAP
3:49PM Restaurant Pasta Beach [30 Rowes Wharf, 617-439-6900] $23.80
5:00PM Health Spa Boston Harbor Hotel [ 617-439-3914] $75.00
6:51PM Beverage Barney Fannings [99 Broad St, 617-357-8287] $8.50
7:37PM Beverage Starbucks Coffee [30 Rowes Wharf] $4.44
12:40AM Restaurant Legal Harborside [270 Northern Ave, 617-477-2900] $177.00
1:49AM Beverage Barney Fannings $20.00
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Boston 4 Fly
Today is flight day. I woke up at 12:10, 9:15 AM and Marcia woke me at 2:25 PM and I went immediately for my run at 3:20 PM.
We got all our bags and went into the main Terminal.
We waited in the check in line and they took most of our bags except our take-ons. At 5:50 PM we were checking through customs and the TSA checkpoint. Once cleared, at 6:30 PM, we arrived at the Lufthansa Business Class lounge. Since I don't drink alcohol when I'm flying, I passed on all the free beer and wine. At 6:45 PM I had my dinner there which consisted of a cappuccino.
At 7:45 PM I took my Klonopin 0.5 mg and at 8:15 PM we boarded the plane (Flight #425, Seats 7A/7C.) Once seated and settled, at 8:20 PM, I took the other Klonopin 0.5 mg along with eight Melatonin tablets. I put my earplugs in, my blindfold on and my blow-up neck-pillow on. At 8:45 PM the plane took off and at 9:00 PM I fell soundly to sleep. The flight is supposed to take 7 hours and 25 minutes and fly 3,854 miles. We lose 6 hours crossing the Atlantic [CET means Central European Time.] The GoPro camera really captures the entire cabin of the plane.
The seat in front of me housed the display of the flight statistics.
Here are just two examples of them in German.
Marcia woke me and asked me if I wanted any dinner. So I tried what they were serving. It was some kind of meat with mashed potatoes and green beans. It was followed by various cheeses and dried apricot.
I tasted a little bit of all of it and then quickly fell back to sleep. Tomorrow we will be in Munich.
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Kenneth J. Hoffer, MD
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