Just as the temperatures started to drop in Boston earlier this week Sergio and I made a dash south of the border to Cancun, Mexico to celebrate a friend’s birthday so apologies if I’ve been slow to approve comments or share blog posts.
For those of you in Boston and elsewhere that is chilly, I’ll raise a margarita and toast you later this evening. Stay warm.
Starting sometime next summer Bostonians will finally be able to fly nonstop to Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, according to this article posted today.
View from my office in Downtown Denver, CO
I spent most of this past week in Denver, Colorado. Flying out a few days early for a business meeting, I used the opportunity to spend time with friends who recently moved to the area. I’d only been to Denver one time previously approximately 15 years earlier and had a hazy memory of mountains, getting altitude sickness after going for a brief run and a cute, little downtown.
In just a few days time, I was able to reconnect with friends who no longer live in the area, peruse and buy several books from my new favorite independent bookseller the Tattered Cover, sing karaoke at Denver’s gay bar Glady’s: The Nosey Neighbors and witness Denver’s first snowfall of the year.
Sipping wine with Ben at Bigsby’s Folly, a craft winery & cellar
The mountains still ring the western edge of the city and the downtown is as tiny as I recall, but the city is definitely growing. Denver very much struck me as a city that is still growing into itself. Neighborhoods like RiNo (short for River North) is an emerging art district with lots of potential. The buildings in this neighborhood blend existing older architecture with newer remodeled one and two story industrial buildings, but there remains a lot of open space all within a mile of downtown, giving you the impression that there is a lot more to come.
At Denver’s gay bar Gladys: The Nosy Neighbors, with Nimish for some karaoke
The restaurant scene is clearly growing with many serving either Mexican or Southern cuisine; two types of food not common here in Boston. As was expected, dining and drinking in Denver was very affordable with most of my dinners $30-$35 with tip (and yes I did have a drink). The plentiful housing and affordable dining combined with a relaxed view towards drinking and marijuana makes this city a haven for Millennials. If I was in my 20’s I’d probably seriously consider spending a few years here.
All told, Denver really exceeded expectations and made my business trip a fun visit. Next time I go, I’ll have to bring Sergio and get up to Boulder.
VIRGIN HOLIDAYS ASKS: What if straight couples WERE treatED LIKE gay couples?
Earlier this month Virgin Holidays released this funny video. Sergio and I definitely take into consideration where we will travel based on situations like this which are comical in the video but very uncomfortable when it happens in real life. Leave it to Virgin to create such a cheeky promotional video.
You can read more about research done which highlights the disparity between the experiences of LGBT+ and heterosexual couples when they travel by visiting this Gay Times article.
Today is the first day of Oktoberfest. I briefly attended this beer festival in the early 1990s but don’t remember ever seeing someone like Kris Evans there otherwise I’m certain I would’ve made it a point to get back to Munich. This year Oktoberfest runs through Tuesday, October 3rd.
Earlier this summer another European discount airline announced it will offer nonstop service between Boston and London. Flights will start on Saturday, May 19, 2018, leaving from London Stansted. Although I’ve never heard of Stansted, according to the airport website there is a train called the Stansted Express that can be taken. Trains leave 7-days a week every 15 minutes (and every 30 minutes for early and late trains). The trains get you into the heart of London in approximately 45 minutes.
Introductory fares are now available for < $100 each way
Primera Air is a Scandanavian discount airline best known for short haul flights in Europe, but for these transatlantic flights to Boston and Newark they will be using the Airbus A 321. One would presume if they can break into this competitive market they will expand to more airports in the United States and offer more destinations in Europe for budget-conscious travelers.
London Stansted – Boston
Flight PF043 Depart London Stansted 17:00 – Arrive Boston 20:10 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Flight PF044 Depart Boston 21:40 – London Stansted 09:30 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)
Earlier this week Delta Airlines announced two new nonstop routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Flights to Pittsburgh will begin October 1st with two daily round-trip flights. New Orleans service will be seasonal, on Saturdays and Sundays from February 10 – April 1.
By October, Delta will be offering 103 peak-day departures from Boston (20 more departures from a year ago). You can read more about Delta’s new routes by visiting yesterday’s story in USA Today, here.