2005-05-10

Inspired by Amtrak

Just like those "high speed" Acela trains that get you to their destination only when you have the good luck to find them running .... East Ethnia is now entering a period of, erm, limited service. I am off next week for a journey, and will not be posting with any frequency until 10 June or so.

I'll be leading a group of students on a summer study program for two weeks, then rewarding myself with a couple days of relaxation in lovely Budapest, and then I should resurface in Belgrade in the second week of June. Rely on the excellent Balkan blogs in the link list on the right to keep you supplied with commentary in the meantime, and enjoy the onset of summer!

9 comments:

T K Vogel said...

Sretan ti put, Eric, and say hi to all the folks you will see while there! Hope you're not flying Bashkortostan Air again, or whatever it was...

R Byrne said...

Eric: Have you thought about guest bloggers? I'm sure there are lots of folks who would do it...

Eric Gordy said...

Hey, I like that idea! Anyone want to be guest blogger? Just send me a note (eastethnia at gmail dot com). I'm still in the US through the 18th, just thought I would close up shop early to give myself time to finish the work on my table.

Yakima_Gulag said...

Sretan Put, I strongly recomend Lufthansa, nothing against Croatia Air, but their office simply isn't open enough, and it's hard to deal with problems therefore. Supposedly Lufthansa hanldles problems involveing Croatia Air but I found out that ummm really they didn't. My fiance was so cheesed off with the run-around we got over a refund for me, that he said 'Hej next time you come to Sarajevo, go ahead fly Turkija their office is always open!' I kind of gave him a look and he said 'Why not, you get along ok with those people!' The reaction was pretty worth while. heheehehehehehehehehehe!

Eric Gordy said...

Ah, Lufthansa ... we are sort of forced into their arms because they are the most dog-friendly airline, and there is no way little Lajos goes down with the luggage. But I've had good experience with both Croatia Air and Adria. As for JAT, the best I can say is that it was a big improvement in service when Uzbekistan Airways took over their NY-Belgrade line, which is still the only direct flight from the US.

Yakima_Gulag said...

Air Uzbekistan? The Golden Horde have an AIRLINE! joooooooooooj what a planet! That it was better than JAT should highly amuse a lot of people of my acqaintance.

Trust the Germans to understand about dogs! I like Croatia Air basically, just if something happens their office in Sarajevo isn't open the hours I needed them,Their office in London is too far from Heathrow, but the guy who ran things really is a very good guy. He Anglicised his name to Dale, and really knew his stuff and was helpful.
I like their staff and the food is decent. I've never flown Adria, but I figure if Croatia was good enough for Ol' Papa Ivo Pavo II it's good enough for me. I still have my inflight with the article about him flying to Zagreb and Sarajevo via Croatia Air. Papa Ivo Pavo was the only Pope to ever use a NON Italian airline.

I also like Austria's airline. They used to have good service into Sarajevo. I met a very high level Bosnian diplomat on my flight on Austria air first trip over there. That was kind of cool.

D. said...

I am a bit late, but you mention 'Zabranjeno Pusenje' band, and that's make me proud. :) Your blog is very interesting, and I enjoy every word.

Seesaw said...

Sretan put i dobro se provedi. I u Beogradu i u Budimpešti, posebno Budimpešti...

Eric Gordy said...

Thank you, D.! I svima koji ste mi pozeleli sretan put. Evo, moje namere o tisini su izgleda porusene, ali svejedno ... ponovo cu postirati naveliko kada budem stigao u Bg.