Sunday, 14 May 2017

Layover prayers

A priest and a rabbi walk into an airport bar... or maybe not!
Beyond chapels, multi-faith prayer rooms are a more common sight in airports around the world. But what if you could really use solace, specific to your faith, and in your own language?

For the next 3 months, travelers at Germany's Stuttgart Airport, can step into the "Gebetomat" and choose from 300+ prayers offered in 65+ languages.

The Gebetomat is the brainchild of Oliver Sturm. The Stuttgart installation is just latest version of Sturm's Pray-O-Matic booth, which the Berlin artist designed in 2008.

In 2012, Sturm's prayer booth popped up at Manchester University as part of a 3-year research project on multi faith spaces and prayer rooms worldwide.

Look for the brightly coloured converted photo booth at Stuttgart Airport in Terminal 3, near gate 310. Prayers are free.

Related resources
German airport offers prayer booth in 65 languages - NY Daily News
Pray-o-mat is UK's first - University of Manchester
Interfaith Airport Chapels in The US: Tranquility on The Fly - Vane Airport Magazine


More resources
Hell Will Be an Airport (A Layover Story) - John Pavlovitz
Stuttgart Airport (STR) Transportation Guide - IHateTaxis

Friday, 7 April 2017

10 Unique Amsterdam Tours

The Westerkerk Church and Amsterdam canal houses
Looking for something different to do on your Amsterdam layover?

If you want to avoid the crowds, or have simply seen the big sights, it's easy to get off the beaten track in the city.

Here are some unique Amsterdam tour options to consider:
1. Amsterdam Layover Tour: Private City Sightseeing with Round-Trip Airport Transfer
2. Private Transit Tour: Amsterdam City Tour with Luxury Vehicle
3. Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour from Amsterdam
4. Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off Boat Day Pass and Heineken Experience
5. Private Guided Bike Tour to the Dutch Windmills
6. Private Amsterdam Coffeeshop Culture and Food Tour
7. Private Gourmet Dining with a Michelin Star Chef in Amsterdam
8. 3-Course Dinner at Dining in the Dark Restaurant in Amsterdam
9. Luxurious Party Bike Tour With Private Chauffeur
10. Amsterdam Guided Tour of United East India Company and Maritime Museum with Art Historian


Plus 3 great freebies!
FreeDam FREE Amsterdam Walking Tour
FREE Amsterdam Floating Flower Market: What to Expect
50 FREE Things to Do in Amsterdam


Related resources
10 Unique Paris Tours
10 Unique NYC Tours
10 Unique Los Angeles Tours
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) transportation guide - IHateTaxis

Friday, 10 March 2017

10 Unique Milan Tours

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in the evening
Looking for something different to do on your Milan layover?

If you want to avoid the crowds, or have simply seen the big sights, it's easy to get off the beaten track in the city.

Here are some unique Milan tour options to consider:
1. Art and History of Playing Cards and Tarots in Milan
2. History of Paper Guided Tour in Milan with Visit to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana
3. Historical and Precious Leathers Guided Tour in Milan
4. Private Tour: the Ancient and Noble Art of Metal Guided Tour
5. Private Tour: the Museum of Musical Instruments Guided Tour with Visit to a Local Liuteria
6. 1-Day Personal Fashion Styling Course for Women (Course for Men)
7. Private Tour: Milan Half-Day Shopping Tour
8. 1-Hour Rooftop Tour of Milan's Duomo
9. Evening Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Milan
10. After-Hours Last Supper Tour with Ultimate Dinner Experience


Plus 3 great freebies!
FREE Milan Walking Tours
FREE Museums in Milan
10 Best Things to Do in Milan for FREE


Related resources
10 Unique Paris Tours
10 Unique NYC Tours
10 Unique Los Angeles Tours
Layover Ideas and Things to Do in Milan
Milan Bergamo International Airport (BGY) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Milan Linate International Airport (LIN) transportation guide - IHateTaxis
Milan Malpensa International Airport (MXP) transportation guide - IHateTaxis

Monday, 13 February 2017

They fell in love on a layover

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What if you fell in love here on a layover?
Have you ever wondered what could happen to you on a layover? What could really happen? What if you fell in love? If you think it couldn't happen, read on. It happened to them:

A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage - Mwita and Emma
It is a state of intimacy that we relish living, but due to its abstract nature we rarely pay attention to it. We may not understand love, but we know very well that it “conquers all.” For the 32-year-old Kenyan Justus Mwita, he never expected to be caught by his then Swedish girlfriend’s unblinking eyes, which left him both taken aback and pleased while he was waiting for his next flight to Nairobi at Doha’s international airport (Qatar)... [read their story]

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Fell In Love With A Guy I Met At The Airport and Starting Dating Long-Distance - anonymous
That first plane ride was 12 hours, until Abu Dhabi, where I was stuck for 14 hours and he was stuck for three. I was a bright-eyed twenty-year-old, fresh out of my sophomore year of college. I was off to spend three months in Kenya -- not my first abroad trip, but certainly my first (and longest) solo trip. I was overwhelmed, excited, apprehensive, sad, anxious, and nervous. In the airport, all of these feelings culminated in certain scatter-brained behavior, like continually losing my passport. While I was waiting to board my plane, I dropped my passport... [read her story].
xoJane - Read more stories on the xoJane blog

Related resources
MeetAtTheAirport.com - yes, it's what it sounds like
Taxi to Petra: a love story
Looking for love on a layover
Romantic layover ideas
Private Tour to Tunnel of Love from Kiev