Category Archives: international travel

Now this is just damn dumb: Russians can’t get visas to visit the United States

The Washington Post has the story. A year ago, obtaining a U.S. tourist visa could take less than a week…. Now, it comes with an eight-month delay. Since last month’s expulsion of 60 U.S. diplomats, and the closure of the … Continue reading

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Russian embassy in U.S. takes jab at Washington, invites Americans to Russia

The message came in the form of a tweet: Washington prefers to cut ties between our people including by creating visa obstacles. No awkward attempts can veil or justify that vicious course of action.We are happy to welcome Americans coming … Continue reading

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A 17-hour non-stop flight. Would you take it?

RTÉ explains where you’d fly from and to, should you be interested in a 17-hour non-stop flight. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed the 9,226-mile journey to arrive slightly earlier than the scheduled arrival time 5.10am. Seventeen hours. Would you do … Continue reading

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U.S., to Russians seeking to visit: NYET!

Reuters reports that the U.S. government is making it much harder for Russians to visit the United States. “Capacity for interviews in the future will be greatly reduced because we have had to greatly reduce our staffing levels to comply … Continue reading

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Just asking: Why pick on Cuba but support China?

I’m not going to make this a detailed or well-researched blog post. Rather, I’m asking a question in hopes of getting a conversation started: The Trump administration is rolling back efforts made by President Obama to open more doors between … Continue reading

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If you leave, you want to remain; if you stay, you want to go

I’ve been fortunate to live in six states, including on both coasts, in the Midwest and in the southwest. And I’ve found one constant everywhere I’ve called home: People who have lived in multiple places — and especially if they’ve been … Continue reading

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Dislike the Kremlin, if you wish, but do NOT feel the same about the Russian people

Several years ago, I was supposed to visit Russia. I never made it. I mistakenly thought my request for a visa prepared by Moscow State University was the actual visa I needed to enter the country. An airline official in … Continue reading

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