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Old 05-12-2009, 09:51 AM   #21
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Catch a cab or whatever to The Varsity. It's the largest drive in fast food joint in the world, but I always preferred to eat inside when I lived in Atlanta.

At the time (I don't know about now), all the buns for the burgers and hot dogs were baked that morning for the lunch hour, so they were the freshest I've ever had. My favorites were the chili cheese dog, the cheeseburger, the onion rings (made from sweet Vidalia onions), and the fried pies (fried on the premises from fresh fruit an hour before you eat them).

Warning: Be ready to order when you are at the front of the line and it's your turn -- the pressure is on! You'll see what I mean.

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Old 05-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #22
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:06 AM   #23
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A friend of mine uses the following approach when stuck with a long layover during the day: Find a nice hotel attached to (or, close to with shuttle) to the airport and offer someone at the front desk a nominal amount ($10-25 I think) for a room that had already been vacated but not yet made up. (Or, ask them how much they would take for such a room.)

He used the room to change clothes, store luggage, etc. (sometimes showered) and spent most of layover lounging/napping by pool. He did not always get a bite on his offer; but, apparently did more times than not. And, when it worked, this was much nicer than airport lounge. (He sometimes even got a clean room for his efforts.)

I haven't had a long layover during the day for quite some time; but, I am definitely planning to give this a whirl the next time I am stuck somewhere for several hours.

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Old 05-15-2009, 01:21 PM   #24
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Here is what I decided to do

Neat trick, but I'd never get DW to stay in a "used" room.

I decided that given the flight is long and the altitude high in Quito, that we should just rest as much as possible. The side trip suggestions were great, but I'll leave those for another time.

I went to Priceline and booked a room for two nights at the Doubletree Hotel for $40 a night + tax, so this is about the same cost as a one day pass X 2 to an airport lounge.

This way we'll only be 1 mile off the airport premises, but will have a quiet place to rest and store our luggage. We saved about $500 on airfare by taking this long layover, so I still feel like I'm money ahead.
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Old 05-15-2009, 08:04 PM   #25
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Boston for scrod

Somewhat off topic, but a friend had a similar layover in Boston, and he was advised to go out and get a dish of immature cod (called scrod). So he de-planes, goes out to the cab-stand, gets in, and tells the cabbie, "take me somewhere I can get scrod."

The driver turned around, grinned, and said, "buddy, I've been asked that question a million times, but never in the pluperfect subjunctive!"

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