From the category archives:

Lodging

My Kind of Light Show

by Alan Rider

Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, I had enough brutal winter weather in my first couple of decades to last me the rest of my life.  Which makes it all the more surprising that, upon reading this story about a mid-winter visit to Finland’s Hotel Kakslauttanen, I immediately thought: “Wow, I wanna go there!”
You see, viewing the northern lights has long been on my extraordinary experiences “to-do” list.  The problem, of course, is that these psychedelic atmospheric disturbances are best viewed during the long dark nights of winter at extreme northern latitudes where, to use the technical meteorology term, it gets friggin’ cold.
Turns out that the owner of [...]

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Asleep In The Cockpit

by Alan Rider

While I’m not a card-carrying aviation geek like some of my friends, one look at the list of adventures collected on XTRORD.com’s Xperiences page and it’s not hard to tell I’m into pretty much anything that flies.  Which may explain why the new Jumbo Hostel at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport caught my eye.
Built inside the shell of a mid-1970s-vintage Boeing 747-200 that’s been grounded at the airport’s entrance, this budget-priced hostel makes a way-cool alternative to your typically dreary airport hotels.  Inside are two-dozen rooms that range from bunk bed-equipped dormitory-style digs to a “Cockpit Suite” that retains many of the flight deck’s original gauges and controls and offers an impressive [...]

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