Tag: customs

  • My imagined customs interview after 3 months abroad

    My imagined customs interview after 3 months abroad

    I’ve flown enough times to have the customs questions memorized. But after three months of wandering aimlessly around Europe, I’m not entirely sure how to answer them. Here is my imagined conversation with the local customs officer back home in Miami. CO: What countries did you visit before arriving in the US? GT: You mean,…

  • Things I miss from home

    Things I miss from home

    This isn’t going to be some sappy narrative about how I miss friends and family. That’s what postcards are for. No, this is about the conveniences, customs, and other little things I took for granted back in the US that I don’t have here in Europe. Air conditioning Europe is a lot cooler than my hellmouth…

  • How living in a tourist city makes you a better tourist

    How living in a tourist city makes you a better tourist

    For the majority of my life, I’ve lived in Miami. During part of the time I lived out of Miami, I was in Washington DC for almost three years. So, as they say, I’ve always lived where you vacation. This has its ups and downs, because no one wants to hear you complain about a place…

  • Do you have to recheck bags on a connecting flight?

    Do you have to recheck bags on a connecting flight?

    One of the most stressful aspects of flying is worrying about your luggage. Does your carry on fit in the overhead? Will it cost to check my bags? Will my checked bags make it to my destination? And what happens to my checked bags if you have a connection? This is important because it can…