Unpacking “illegal” Kinder Surprise Airbus Eggs. 

Kinder Eggs are slightly illegal to bring into the USA which would be OK I guess 

Kinder Surprise eggs, an Italian brand of egg-shaped chocolate candies containing a toy “surprise” inside have been banned in the USA since long before they were first manufactured in the early ’70s.

That’s because the US has had a ban on candies with toys inside since 1938.

Inside the egg is a large plastic pod that contains to airplane parts. 

Inside you find the parts and you can easily assemble your own Airbus. This one is an A330 in Lufthansa livery.

As you can see you end up with a cool airplane model. The eggs are tough to find. After failing to find them at LHR in past months my wife managed to find an Airbus collection at CDG and was sweet enough to buy them for me during our layover on the way to Israel this week.

Staybridge West Valley City (SLC)

A quick 2 night stay at the Staybridge West Valley City location in Salt Lake City Metro area. I might stay here again on business, haven’t made up my mind but I am very picky. I’m still searching for just the right hotel in the SLC area.

Pros:

  • Attached to the Holiday Inn Express that features an indoor water park.
  • Great fitness room.
  • Typical Staybridge evening reception and free breakfast.
  • New feeling hotel although I suspect this property is older than it looks.
  • Very clean and comfortable.
  • Great service.
  • Not far from the airport.

Cons:

  • 6:30am breakfast. This is a big deal since I often have to leave early in the morning.
  • Fairly noisy hallways (it seems that the housekeeping staff is talking loud and working hard from 8am to 5pm). Kids running down the hall. I suspect due to the water park feature.
  • Not many restaurants or shopping close by. There is shopping and restaurant near here but you have to drive a bit.

GJT airport Grand Junction Colorado

So I had business this week in Western Colorado and had the chance to fly American Airlines from DFW on this route. As a lowly Gold with AA even I was upgraded so that was nice. 

GJT airport is rather small but very nice and good service from employees and TSA I think. I’ve posted a few pictures below. On arrival we used the jetbridge but on departure we boarded by stairs. Sorry some photos are better than others. 

Gate 1 sits by itself while Gates 2 to 5 are in a little pod up the hall. 

De ice and ready to roll.

Not bad GJT keep up the great work. !

Hotel Review – Holiday Inn Express – Hays Kansas

Just a few blocks North of I-70 next to Walmart is a nice HIX I would recommend. This hotel is fairly new with comfortable rooms and good service. Hays is about halfway between Denver and Kansas City so it’s not a bad choice for a roadside stop. There is a decent selection of nearby restaurant chains and good shopping.

I stay in about 60 to 70 IHG properties a year so I think my opinion counts when I say I would recommend this HIX location. 

One of my pet peeves is breakfast at hotels. This one is free and starts at 6am which is great to get you back on the road early. 

If you’re planning a road trip through this area along I-70 I would also recommend that you stop in Abilene (East of Hays) and visit the Eisenhower Library and the Greyhound Hall of Fame. 

#holidayinn #kansas #HIX

Hotel Review – Mt. Pleasant Texas Holiday Inn Express

I was surprised to see the pool was open in January but it was about 80 degrees while I was there. 

Standard King Room was a little dated but not bad. Apparently no upgrade for Spire Ambassador members at this HIX 😦

Older hotel but was very clean.

Overall the hotel was OK. Not much around this location and very pedestrian unfriendly area. I was forced to run on the treadmill. The fitness room was small but the equipment was good. 

IHG Intercontinental Dallas in Pics

So I had the chance to stay on business at the Intercontinental Dallas this week. As a Spire Ambassador I was able to get a club floor suite upgrade that was really nice. Overall I’d say that I like this hotel. The service was great. This hotel is a little older but well kept. The photos don’t do it justice really. The furniture is nicer in person that it shows in the photos. I’m not a fancy guy so my room service meal was simple. I’d say the only major draw back is that it’s located in such a busy location but that’s a double edged sword as there are a lot of restaurants and shopping in the area as well.

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Second floor sitting area. It seems that this suite would easily sleep 6 with the large bed and 2 sofas. img_20170109_173123173

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Room service back in the suite. img_20170109_182413545img_20170110_081747263_hdr