Hong Kong Wedding!

Vanessa and Mark

Rite of Marriage

Press corp…no less than five professional photographer/videographers. Both Nikon and Canon.

Blessing

Signing of the Marriage Certificate

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Comfort Food

Starbucks is my universal comfort food when I travel internationally.

It’s still over priced, but they usually have a picture of the Pike Place Market and it suddenly feels like I’m back home.

They also make pigs-in-blanket look exquisite.

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Tips on Budapest, Hungary

Editor’s Note: This originally started out as an email to a friend who was supposed to go to Budapest but then didn’t because of the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. My friend, Matt, is also venturing to Budapest, so I thought I’d expand my advice and make a more permanent record of my suggestions for others to stumble upon.

My original posts about being in Budapest:

Day 1: http://andrewferguson.net/2009/07/18/dateline-budapest-day-1-bussing-around-budapest/
Day 2: http://andrewferguson.net/2009/07/19/dateline-budapest-day-2-exploring/

Map of where I took photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/afdn/sets/72157621675025113/map/

All my photos from Budapest: http://www.flickr.com/photos/afdn/sets/72157621675025113/

Notes on Budapest: http://andrewferguson.net/2009/04/01/hungary/

House of Terror is the museum I was talking about. It’s located at “Andrássy út 60”

I also walked around Margaret Island and that was fun to see another side of Budapest.

Towards the Northeast is Hero’s Square, and there a pretty cool park behind it, including a hot springs (although we didn’t go to the hot springs).

The Great Synagogue, also known as Dohány Street Synagogue, is the largest synagogue in Eurasia and the second largest in the world. We didn’t go in, but it was cool to look at from the outside.

Right next to The Lutheran Church on Deák Square is the National Lutheran Museum, which we went to and I thought was pretty cool.

The restaurant I was telling you about is called “For Sale Pub” and is located at 1056 Budapest, Vámház körút 2, Hungary‎ (that’s the full address). Here’s the google map of it’s location: http://goo.gl/H9xf

As a side mission, if you go to the For Sale Pub and sit facing the door, as if you were taking this picture:

DSC_2944
18.0 mm || 1/10 || f/8.0 || ISO800 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Magyarország

…then look up. You should be able find my business card picture, as seen here:

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18.0 mm || 0.6 || f/6.3 || ISO200 || NIKON D70
Budapest, Budapest, Magyarország

If you find it, take a picture of it. I’ll see about arranging some sort of super cheesy prize.

I also recall seeing some theaters. I suspect they might have some ballet…could be interesting.

Make sure you take an evening cruise on the Danube as the sun is setting. It’s spectacular. Also bring a jacket.

That’s all that’s coming to mind now. I hope you have a great time! We were only there for 3 days or so and I was already quite exhausted from traveling. Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll try to answer them to the best of my ability.

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28093 Miles Later

Late last month, I made Alaska Airlines MVP. To make this membership level, I accrued over 25,000 miles on Alaska/Alaska Codeshare since January 1st. I currently sit at:

Activity Miles
Flown 28093
Bonus 3715
Parking 400
Total 32208

This entitles me to exciting things such as:

  •  Unlimited Complimentary Upgrades
  • Preferred Seating
  • Priority Boarding
  • Checked Baggage Fee Waiver

However, as I look at my status, I see that I also only have 19533 miles to Gold! And I think I might be able to make it. Here’s the forecast for the rest of the year thus far:

  • Return trip from Huntsville: 4022
  • Trip to San Diego: 2100
  • Trip to Maryland: 5820

That’s 11942 miles, 61% of the miles I need to get to Gold. The remaining 7591 miles could easily occur if I fly to Maryland and San Diego again, which is possible.

Non-work related, a round trip to Honolulu and back is only 5354 miles, so I would still need to travel San Diego again and even that would leave me a few hundred miles short.

If I do make Alaska MVP gold there still remains the fact that I would have flown over 50,000 miles this year, which is enough to miles to fly to Moscow (via Frankfurt) and back almost four times.

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