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Sep 18, 2017

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Hi all, and welcome to Talk About Travel! This week's issue explored travel in the Mid-Atlantic region. Do you have an area getaway that didn't make our Top 10 list? Tell us about it below. Most compelling answer gets a copy of Penny Watson's "Hong Kong Precincts: A curated guide to the city's best shops, eateries, bars and other hangouts." On to your questions!

Hi Gurus. I'll be flying from IAD to LAX and then hopping on an Amtrak train from the LA station. Figure I'll take a taxi or car srvice from airport to train station. I'm a confident air and train traveler, but I've never traveled to vast LA before. Any tips or dos/don'ts for this LA virgin? 

Give yourself plenty of time to make that train. LAX is located about 20 miles southwest of the train station, which is in downtown Los Angeles, and it can take an hour or longer to get there if traffic is bad (and it's almost always bad). Should cost about $35 to get from one to the other via Lyft or Uber. 

I am moving to Europe with my 17-lb dog. She can fit in a large mesh carrier under the seat, but it's a squeeze. But I believe trans-Atlantic flights might have more room under the seats. Is that true? Are the pet restrictions a case-by-case or with the new normal, is everything measured by the millimeter?

It all depends on the airline and the class of seat. Your pup will have a lot more space in any class above Coach. The airlines post their rules and sizes for pet carriers online. You will need to reserve a space, because airlines limit the number of pets per trip, and make sure you have all of the paperwork required by the new country.

American Airlines, for one, says this: "For pets traveling in the cabin, the maximum size for pet carriers is 23" long x 13" wide x 9" high. Animals must be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural position in the kennel. Soft-sided pet carriers are accepted as long as they are constructed of water-repellent, padded nylon with mesh ventilation on two or more sides. Also note that the pet carrier counts as either a passenger's one carry-on bag or personal item."


I'm starting to research flight info/prices non-stop from DC to Dublin for Spring Break 2018 and would appreciate any info on best, most economical way to travel for a family of four. I've considered driving up to NYC and flying out of JFK, since the prices are considerably better than IAD, but a traveling friend said that JFK is one of the seven circles of hell we should avoid. So, I'll leave it to you experts -- where should I focus my price search? I'd also consider traveling to Philadelphia or Newark, if the price for four makes it worthwhile. Many thanks!

I think you'd be better off taking nonstop flights on Aer Lingus from Dulles to Dublin. I'm seeing $530 round trip fares in late March, which is very reasonable.

I swear there is a mandatory course on 'cool designing while being totally impractical' that all designers take. It's fine to have a wow factor but do the designers actually think things through? Maybe forcing them to stay in the rooms (with companions) would help. My pet peeve is I would like to have an outlet near a mirror in the main room - not the bathroom. That way I can shower first and dry my hair while spouse is taking a shower.

In case you missed it, here is Chris's column on the hotel-design fails that annoy travelers the most. Have any to add to his list?

We need to be in St. Louis the first weekend of March, 2018 for my niece's bat mitzvah. We normally fly Southwest because we have 3 kids (11, 9, and 5) and we don't have to pay for bags. But all of the Friday - Sunday flights are going to cost us $350 round trip per person on Southwest. Some of the legacy carriers have tickets around $270 round trip per person. We'd prefer to fly Southwest, but do you think the prices will come down? Unfortunately, we're not able to be flexible on our travel dates, so we can't go on the cheaper Th-Sat flights, which would cost us $260 round trip per person on Southwest. Should we just buy tickets from another carrier, or should we wait on Southwest? They are currently running a sale and the prices are still $350 for Fri-Sun flights.

I can't remember the last time Southwest included Friday and Sunday travel in its sales, so I would not count on that. It typically restricts sale fares to Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday travel, although it sometimes extends it to all days except Friday and Sunday. Make sure when you are looking at those fares on the legacy carriers that you are not seeing the new "basic economy" pricing. On some carriers, such as United, this new pricing model does not even allow you to bring typical carry-on aboard (just one small bag, such as a purse, to a customer). Delta's basic economy, however, allows you to travel with a carry-on and another bag, but you don't get seat assignments till you get to the gate. I flew on one of those basic economy Delta fares yesterday and it worked well for me -- scored an upgraded seat that no one had purchased. Back to your issue, just count up all the costs before assuming that $270 is truly cheaper than $350. 

We have airline tickets and a condo rental all set on St. Thomas during Christmas week. We don't see any way they are going to be able to be up and running by then. We were looking for a place where our grandsons can swim and snorkel (ages 9 and 12). Any ideas?

Many Caribbean islands were not affected, or minimally affected, by Irma. Among them: The Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Croix and Puerto Rico. But book soon, because you are traveling during peak season and many people are going to gravitate to islands with the least damage.

Here is a good deal, though it expires on Dec. 15.


Atlantis Paradise Island has a sale on rooms booked between Tuesday and Sept. 25: $199 for Royal Towers guest rooms, plus a $300 resort credit, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Bahamas Red Cross and relief efforts. 



I'd like to spend a few nights at the beach in Rehoboth at a place, possibly a b&b, with a TV in-room. I want to spend less than $100. Any suggestions?

You want to spend less than $100 for a few nights, or less than $100 a night? Maybe if you go in the dead of winter and stay off the beach, you'd find something for less than $100 a night. Most bed-and-breakfast inns are closed during winter, but there are chain hotels in the area, such as Comfort Inn and Hampton Inn, that are about $100 a night off season. You could try Airbnb, but I still think it'd be hard to meet your budget. Another idea is to go farther south to Ocean City, where off-season rates are lower. 

I was thinking of going to Paris for Thanksgiving, even leaving on Thanksgiving Day and coming back the following Monday to miss most of the chaos. But I'm surprised at the dearth of nonstops out of the area airports. Am I just choosing a strange time?

Only two airlines go to Paris from our region -- United and Air France -- and they both fly out of Dulles. If you're willing to fly out of the New York area, there are more choices and it's typically cheaper, but it's not around the corner. 

Chatters share their  hotel-design peeves:

In my last job we often stayed at this very trendy hotel in the Middle East that was so poorly designed. Everything in the room was operated by this iPad style device, including opening and closing the door, all the lights, outlets, blinds, do not disturb, housekeeping, etc. And the device never seemed to quite do what you wanted. The stories people told of having to unscrew lightbulbs, cover light fixtures with towels, accidentally opening the door in the middle of the night trying to turn on a light, and for some reason I never could figure out how to put on the "do not disturb" without also having the "housekeeping" light up. It was sheer comedy.

You could write a whole book about this. One of my peeves is the way it's impossible to just watch TV without going through so many hoops. I just stayed at a brand new Holiday Inn Express. Tons of outlets, but the room was so tiny. It would have been very claustrophobic with more than 1 person.

I loved the piece on bizarre hotel design. I stayed in a hotel this summer (major American chain) that had the hair dryer hanging in a black bag, in the closet, behind the ironing board. Good grief! I had to ask the front desk about how to get a dryer. And yes, there needs to be a plug right beside the mirror in the main room, not just the bathroom mirror.

Give me a mirror in a place where I can actually see. The bathroom has lighting, but being nearsighted I have to lean over the counter to get close enough to put makeup on. There is often a mirror hung on a closet, so I can stand right in front of it, but there's no lighting there. I suppose ideally give me a mirror on a stand in the bathroom, but that's usually asking for the moon.

I wanted to thank you for the timely article and hope that you are able to update after the latest set of hurricanes. My family and I are scheduled for a cruise in Dec 2017 for some the areas that were hit hard by Irma and are monitoring what is happening in the area before our trip.

You are so welcome, and I hope the storms don't disrupt your trip too much.

I am definitely monitoring the areas hit by Irma as well as those bracing for whatever letter comes up next. I often post updates on my Facebook page, if you are on FB. I listed some news about hotels in Florida, PR and Barbados today.

We are planning to go to Iceland in late summer/early fall of 2018. Of the tours I have looked at, it seems that most go to the western part of the country. A few go all the way around the perimeter of the country. What do you think is the best choice? Do you have a travel company you think is best for Iceland? We are considering “Country Travel Discoveries,” which we have used before for U. S. travel and were pleased – they go to “off the beaten path” for some activities. CTD goes around the perimeter of Iceland, but would you recommend another tour company over them, perhaps one that stays on the western side, if that is the best area to see, with the best scenery, etc.? 

I didn't use a tour group during my visit to Iceland. I just booked a car and drove around.

Chatters, any insights into tour operators in Iceland?

Hi - any suggestions for a trip to Lake Como? Best town to stay in, things to do, foods not to miss?

Chatters, or George Clooney, any suggestions?

Returned late Sat from a great tour of Spain & Portugal (Madrid, Seville, Lisbon & many great cities in between). The only bad part of the trip was dealing with security at LHR. The new rule at our house is never do connections thru LHR. They were so slow & pretty rude while 'teaching us a lesson' regarding contact lens solution left in a small pocket of a carry on. All other liquids were packaged & put into the tray, but that small, forgotten bottle meant we were held for close to half an hour while they went thru everything in my & my husband's carry on bags. They changed staff - with a 10 minute wait - after they went thru mine & the 2nd guy repeated all the same rules as he went thru my husband's - in the same condescending drone. We did learn our lesson. On the return connection we made sure all liquids were in the checked bag. (I wore my glasses, so no contact lens issues.) Then, just as we were boarding my husband was pulled out of line & taken - with about 30 others, I later learned - to a room for more questioning! (I had gone into the tunnel leading to the plane & didn't realize he wasn't behind me. When I turned around & clearly looked puzzled, a guy said, "If you're looking for that older man with silver hair they pulled him aside.") I was stunned but thought surely he would be coming, so I headed to our seats. He got there about 20 minutes later, telling me how draconian it had been in the room they were taken to. Then the captain came on the speaker & announced they were missing a passenger. The options she said were to look for him a bit longer, then, if he wasn't found, to remove his luggage from the cargo hold so we could take off. (We could only assume the poor guy was still in that room.) The flight was delayed an hour for all this, meaning - with US customs, etc. - we got home a bit before midnight Sat. The other new rule at our house: never fly British Airways again. Traveling is fun, but airports & airlines can certainly be challenging.

I find that security is tighter in European airports, likely because they've had several terrorist attacks in recent history. I'm no fan of LHR, but my complaints are more about traveling between terminals than security procedures. I'm guessing you realize that British Airways was not the cause of your situation, but you're noting instead that it flies via London, so you'll choose another airline that flies through a different city next time. BTW, I was taken into the back room for questioning a couple of years ago, and that was at Dulles. And last year, I was traveling with a friend who was pulled into the back room in Amsterdam. So it happens in lots of places. 

I'm considering flying WOW to Iceland, but the Internet reviews are horrific. Have any of you flown it or have any positive feedback to share about the experience?

Our former digital editor Alexa flew Wow and didn't have an awful experience. She arrived at her destination. The bag restrictions, however, were a challenge. Here is her piece.

Wow is a budget airline; I place it in the same category as Spirit and Frontier. As they say: You get what you pay for.

Today's code is TT1753. It expires at midnight, so be sure to enter it on Monday to get credit for participating. 

Chatters weigh in on Mid-Atlantic travel destinations:

I would add Longwood Gardens and Winterthur Museum/Gardens - quite near one another, though Longwood is in PA and Winterthur is in DE. Both have historic aspects, both have interesting grounds and gardens. Longwood is larger and with more visitors, but the flowers, both in variety and placement, are exceptional. Winterthur has pleasant grounds as well, but instead of focusing on flowers, it has an amazing collection of Americana that can only be seen by taking a number of tours - while that can add up, the small group tours have become private tours on more than one occasion, and the docents are wonderful. I have found each of them worth a day trip from D.C., but hope to stretch it out to a weekend sometime, savoring their very different delights on consecutive days.

During the 70s--the timeframe for the 40 YO AAA Mid-Atlantic Guidebook--my sibling and I were teens, and both she and Dad were into skiing, having been introduced to the sport in '72. One of our getaways was to go Split Rock Lodge on Lake Harmony in the Poconos for them to do their skiing while Mom and I lounged by the indoor pool. The 'rents had a timeshare in the Poconos-Shawnee Resort--and they went there during the time when sister and I attended college. Another place that we went to was to Great Adventure theme park in NJ in '75, and I went to Hershey Park w/my college buddies before fall semester started in '79. Other places visited in the 70s included a visit to Harpers Ferry w/a camp friend, pre-casino Atlantic City by tour bus, and Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster w/the grandparents. I'm sure prices for the theme parks and hotels must have skyrocketed over the past 40 years, which is why I like to dwell on these venues in my memories.

All so very true. There is so much to see and do, and all so close to home! I also grew up here and have many similar memories to those in the article. Fun stuff -- beaches, hiking, white-water canoeing/kayaking/rafting, SO much history, plus all the monuments and museums in D.C.!

I would look into the "Fly Away" bus. It's $8, comes every 30 minutes and takes you to Union Station, where you can catch your train. I also find it significantly faster than driving as the bus gets the bus only lanes. The downside is depending on which airline you're arriving on, you may the first person to be pick up, in which case, it takes a while to circle the airport. But a way around that is to walk to one of the last gates.

Yes, forgot about the bus. It's a good alternative. My daughter-on-a-budget, who lives in Los Angeles and travels quite a bit, swears by it. 

I was just informed (10 minutes ago) that I will be going to Kuwait early next month for work for a few days. What is the business dress code for women? We are a business casual office and I don't own a real suit. I thought the chatters might have some personal experience. I will be taking notes and handling logistics during this meeting and not presenting, if that matters. Thanks!

From what I can tell, the emphasis is on coverage, not style. According to one Web site: "Business apparel in Kuwait should be conservative. Women should choose skirts that cover their knees and sleeves that cover their elbows. More revealing attire is often considered offensive."

I don't think you need a suit. You should be okay with tasteful separates made of light fabric and with good coverage.

Chatters, any wardrobe advice?

I've only recently starting attending this chat and each week you announce today's code and when to enter it. So what is it people are participating in, and where do you enter it?

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That's Maria, and it's tearing a path through the Islands this week.


I booked three tours through Icelandair at the same time I booked a flight and a hotel. The one to the Blue Lagoon turned out to be just a shuttle (which is really all that was needed) but the Rekyavik and the "Golden Circle" tours were definitely worth it.


We are booked (small deposit only) at a resort in Turks & Caicos, planning on arriving Dec 15. We have not purchased airline tickets, pending Hurricane Irma damage rebuilding efforts. Now there is word of another possible hurricane. If we wait too long, tickets will skyrocket, due to holiday travel demand. Should we bite the bullet, book and take our chances? (And purchase a good travel insurance). Or wait it out a bit longer and see what happens?

You are traveling pre-holiday, so tickets should be reasonable. Prices go up right before Xmas. In addition, after all of this storm activity, demand might be low, which means lower fares. I would book it now, if the prices are good, but definitely purchase to travel insurance. Or, if you are more of the gambling type, wait. Or, consider one of the ABC islands outside the hurricane belt. Or go to Maine.

We would like to vacation in a rural area where our dog could be off-leash and we could hang out and relax.

Provincetown, Mass., allows dogs off leash on the beach. Any chatters have ideas? 

Our call for hotel-design gripes seems to have hit a nerve:

Nightlight in the bathroom so I can find the bathroom in the night. Oftentimes the only lighting option is the glaring bright regular lighting; even worse is when the exhaust automatically switches on when the light is on. So I have the choice of running into things in the dark while looking for the bathroom, or trying to sleep with the bathroom door cracked, but still leaking the light of several suns and the roar of a waterfall (or so it seems).

I had to smile at Chris’s column last week about hotel design flaws. A few months ago I stayed in a “newly remodeled” chain hotel in Destin, Florida, that although it didn’t have windows into the shower, seemed to really skimp on thoughtful design and build quality. The walls were so thin that we could hear toilets flushing and the shower running in adjacent rooms. The room I reserved was a suite with two queen beds, and I was imagining a bedroom and a sitting room from the pictures on the website. The actual room didn’t look quite as pictured on the website because it was a room subdivided into two smaller roomlets by a door in-between (i.e., these were not separate hotel rooms with a connecting door). One roomlet had the window with a stunning view of what we called the zen compressor garden (heat pump compressors for all the rooms sitting in raised beds of gravel and weeds) and had the clock radio by the bed; the other was as dark as a black cat wearing a top hat at midnight and no clock radio. The bathroom was between the beds, which I’ve never seen before in a hotel; usually the closet provides a welcome buffer from bathroom noise. (There’s a 70’s mystery novel whose solution hinges on this very design point!) This theme of puzzling design decisions carried throughout the hotel, not just the rooms. Like, the corridor to the outdoor pool was also the corridor where the maids gathered every morning to deploy their cleaning carts on one side and a row of vending machines occupied the other side. So as we headed to the pool after breakfast, we had to squeeze between the scrum of people using the vending machines who were trying to get ice and drinks for a day at the beach and the maids maneuvering humungous carts out into the hall. The breakfast room was too small for the number of guests at the hotel that weekend, and the kitchen deliveries were made by a guy trying to wheel a handtruck stacked high with boxes through the tables to get to the kitchen door in the back. And he came at peak breakfast time, too. Who designs a kitchen that has to be serviced through the dining area so that guests who are trying to eat also have to make way for deliveries? I’ve always had a good stay at this chain before, but this property was mostly disappointing. Except the wifi was reliable and outlets were plentiful and easy to find!

I was told by a European hotel that European regulations prohibit having outlets (except for shavers) in the bathroom. The problem then was trying to find an outlet close enough to the mirror in the bedroom to be able to dry my hair. In one case, that still didn't work because the cord wasn't long enough for me, as a left-hander, to hold the hair dryer and still see in the mirror. I asked to change rooms for that and other reasons (poor lighting, no towel racks), and they upgraded me to a better room.

Your hotel design flaws article reminded me, a very-long- time volunteer at several busy area museums, of the many design flaws in museum building and exhibition layouts. Granted, many area museums are in historic structures. But renovations, signage, and common sense can overcome many flaws. Museum architects should be required to spend an entire day staffing museum information desks on July 4th and Black Friday. And museum curators should be required to stand in their galleries all day on exhibition opening weekends. I'm not going to enumerate my personal flaw list here, but am curious if others see this also, either on their travels or in museum-saturated DC. BTW, I've heard that the Smithsonian Secretary has personally staffed museum information desks. Kudos to him.

Travel Gurus - we would like to away for about 5-6 days in early Nov before baby #2 arrives (thank goodness for baby-sitting grandparents!). Our budget is about $2500 and we were thinking of Santa Fe or Austin but are open to other spots that have interesting sights, food, and a feel that's basically the opposite of the DC area. Any ideas for us? Thank you!

Both great choices. If you don't mind the cold, I would also throw out Montreal or Quebec City. Or how about New Orleans?

Interesting comment on Heathrow security. We just returned from London and had no such issues. My younger son put a souvenir (a sword-shaped letter opener from the Tower of London) in his carry on instead of his checked luggage. The security officer simply said it was not permitted and asked up if we wanted to mail to home (we chose to throw it way). That was all, we were not detained, interrogated, or imprisoned in the Tower :-). So one person's experience, good or bad, is not the standard.

I agree that it's often more about the luck-of-the-draw than a particular airport. My husband once accidentally packed a Swiss Army knife in his carry-on (he had left it in there from a previous car trip and forgotten it), and they confiscated it and said, "Have a nice day." 

Fly Away bus! Super easy (sorry if it's already been posted - late to the chat today)

Yes, someone beat you to it -- it was likely my daughter, who will definitely chastise me for not mentioning it in the initial post. It's saved her a bunch of money over the years. 

We had to change planes in Heathrow last fall, flying back from Zurich. Even though we landed at the same terminal from which we were later going to take off, we had to snake through endless corridors and go through security screening again. The most ridiculous part was that we had to take all our liquids out of our small plastic bags and put them in a new bag, supplied by the airport. We never did get a good answer as to why - maybe because they weren't sized acc'd to metric measurement? We did come back to BWI from Heathrow last week, before the bombing, and didn't have to change our baggies, so maybe something has loosened up.

Last week, I was taking a domestic flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh. At the next gate, there was a flight departing to Charlotte. TSA agents arrived at that gate prior to boarding and announced to everyone that they all needed to show their IDs once again along with boarding passes. I think procedures change depending on situations. 

Hey travel gurus! I was hoping you could provide some guidance for an upcoming trip to Italy. My plane lands in Rome (FCO) at 1:00 p.m. and I'm going to catch a train from Termini Station to Naples that afternoon. How long would you recommend I build in to get through customs and immigration at the airport? I would like to make it to Naples in time for a 6:30 walking/food tour, but I feel like that might be pushing it given that it's a 30-minute train ride into Rome, and then another hour-long train to Naples. Any ideas on what to expect?

It is impossible to say, since so much depends on how many international flights are scheduled to arrive at the same time and if your trains line up like ducks in a row. I would message the tour company for advice. Or make life easy on yourself and book the tour for the following day when you will be less rushed and exhausted.

I will probably regret mentioning this, but I was surprised at how lax security was when I traveled through Europe the other day. I know they will say there is security going on behind the scenes we don't know about and that's great. Frankly the security theater we are subjected to is really ridiculous. But I was still a little surprised at how little security I encountered on my connection. I expected to have to get my bag searched at the gate but all I got at the gate was "have a nice flight" and boarded straight away. This was a Schengen to US connection. There was no security between the time I got off the first flight and the time I boarded the next. Just passport control.

Yes, procedures seem to constantly vary and change. 

I once stayed at a hotel outside of Death Valley in a little town that was apparently quite popular for fly fishing. The fish cleaning station was on the pool deck. I wish I was kidding.

Me, too!

Follow Rick Steves advice and stay in Varenna---a lovely and friendly little town that's easy to reach by rail and that has convenient ferry service to Bellagio.

Thanks to you and Rick.

One word, Nicaragua!

Thanks for the suggestion!

My husband and I are looking to get away for a long weekend (3 nights) in early October (Columbus Day weekend). Would like a low-stress vacation driving distance or inexpensive flight from DC. Don't want to break the bank on a last-minute vacation, but would like a nice getaway. I appreciate any suggestions you can provide. (Bonus points if local destinations allow 1 30-pound dog)

If you want to take your dog, driving is easier. Maybe a trip to a dog friendly B&B in Cape May, NJ? You could drive to Lewes and take the ferry. 

Just back from 2 weeks in Europe (Vienna, Prague, Berlin). I transited via Copenhagen on the way home. And I have to say that I am totally over this whole airport as shopping mall trend. My Schengen to USA transit seemed to take about 10 miles to walk from one end of the airport to the other through what is essentially an enormous shopping mall. Connections between gates would be a lot shorter without all of those stupid luxury goods stores in the way. But otherwise it was a very nice trip. Pretty good weather. A couple of very nice Airbnbs and one Holiday Inn Express. Excellent public transport. I used a company called Daytrip to go between cities instead of taking the train or a bus. It was nice to be able to stop along the way and they provide door to door service which makes things very easy. Not cheap, but if you have a group or family traveling together it works out to not be too much more expensive.

Thanks for the report! Sounds like you needed an airport massage after all of that airport walking.

I'd also suggest San Antonio, a favorite of mine. You can enjoy the city and rent a car for one day to go outside the city and see the missions.

Oh yes! The Riverwalk is delightful, and great museums and food.

We flew to Paris nonstop on United from IAD, but because of schedules and using miles, ended up coming home on Air Canada. We flew Paris - Toronto, then to DCA. We had a terrific flight on Air Canada and would do that again if we had to.

When connections work well, they can save money and often allow more airline choices. When they go awry, I get angry with myself for not going with the nonstop!

My wife, adult daughter and I are going to spend 2-1/2 weeks in KL but are interested in short trips to such places like Singapore. Any other suggestions worth a road trip or a quick flight from KL?

Some suggestions for day trips: Putrajaya, Fraser's Hill, Kuala Selangor Nature Park (storks!) and Batu Caves (monkeys!).

I visited Bellagio about 9 years ago. I took a car ferry across from Tremezzo, which let me enjoy the approach to the city. The city is very pretty (and also very pricey). There are lots of churches to explore, as well as numerous villas, some of which you can visit the interior such as the Villa Melzi d'Eril. Bellagio also has excellent access to other towns on the Lake by ferry.

Thanks for the suggestions! (Is that you, George?)

The latest trend seems to be NO towel racks in the bathroom, so that you have to just lay the hand towel on the counter. Also, though more common in Europe, what's up with bathroom light switches outside the bathroom? Someone getting up in the middle of the night has to flash a bright light into the room where someone else might be sleeping if he wants light in the BR.

One last hotel-room gripe for the road!

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