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  • April 18 departure, Jewish History optional tour in Shanghai

    #4 Posted : Friday, December 14, 2018 9:21:21 PM

     

    I’d be thrilled to take another tour with Larry, I hope we get him for this tour next year.


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  • altitude sickness

    #10 Posted : Friday, December 14, 2018 8:28:35 PM

     

    BKMD said:

    It's coca tea. Do NOT take any out of the country! FYI, when you fly in a commercial jet, the cabin is pressurized to 8-10,000 ft altitude equivalent. The difference is you're pretty sedentary on a plane.

    Jet cabins are only rarely above 8,000 feet. There is a very annoying warning alarm in the cockpit that goes off at around 10,000 feet. The airplanes that we flew to La Paz, Bolivia were specially equiped with twice the amount of oxygen compared to ‘normal’ planes, and we had a high altitude landing switch which reprogramed the warnings and the oxygen mask ‘drop’. We actually ‘climbed’ the cabin for landing from the normal seven or eight thousand feet to the landing altitude of thirteen thousand feet. The cabin and the airport had to be at the same altitude or you could not get the doors open. Of course there was a ‘backup’ that would open valves to rapidly depressurize the airplane upon landing if you landed pressurized. But, it is not comfortable to go from 8;000 feet to 13,000 feet in a few seconds, so that is not a recommended procedure. We in the cockpit also landed and took off wearing oxygen masks. We were not even allowed to perform a check list without wearing oxygen at airports above 10,000 feet.


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  • Dec 21 Bridges Tanzania tour

    #10 Posted : Friday, December 14, 2018 2:06:26 PM

     

    As i started to say... we are pretty much packed and ready to go. Must admit I'm a bit apprenhensive as I don't know what to expect. We are taking our family, daughter, son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren (granddaughter age 17 and grandson, age 15). Really looking forward to this. Not so much the long flight but we'll deal with it.


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When I was in grade school I was often in the presence of gray-haired ladies, such as school teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, den mothers, etc., who often addressed children as “dear.” At that time I gave no thought to what the word meant. It was just the way they talked. It was almost like an expletive, a sound with no definition...

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Thanksgiving weekend is considered to be the heaviest travel weekend of the year, but it’s different from most travel. For most people Thanksgiving is a special day once a year for spending time with family or close friends. It’s not necessarily a trip back home in the geographical sense, but it’s a journey back home for the ...

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