Antonio Banderas: A Gift from Malaga

As the voice of Puss in Boots in the series of Shrek films, Antonio Banderas’ accent is becoming just as recognisable as his easily identifiable face.

Hailing from the Spanish city of Malaga, Banderas started his acting career in Spanish films and TV shows in 1982. It wasn’t until 1993 that he made his first appearance in a major English-spoken film – The House of Spirits, alongside Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Winona Ryder.

Banderas originally wanted to become a professional footballer but an injury when he was 14 put paid to those dreams, but his heart was set on stardom and aged 19 he started working in Spanish theatre productions; however, it’s his career in Hollywood that has put him on the celebrity map.

After The House of Spirits, Banderas appeared in the Oscar-winning Philadelphia. He went on to play the lead role in Robert Rodriguez’ Desperado alongside Salma Hayek. As a precursor for his part in Shrek, Banderas narrated Evita – starring Madonna, Jimmy Nail and Andrea Corr – before starring in the 1998 version of The Mask of Zorro. He would later play the lead role in The Legend of Zorro opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In 2001 he again worked with director Rodriguez, appearing in the children’s action adventure film Spy Kids, as well as being cast in the sequels.

By now, Banderas’ name was known the world over and his appearance in Imagining Argentina alongside Kuno Becker would lead to a high profile name-drop. When Becker went on to play Santiago Munez in the 2005 film Goal!, the player was eventually accepted into the Newcastle ranks because the sister of Hughie McGowan – villain of the squad – fancied Munez, which McGowan explained by saying “she thinks you look like Antonio Banderas”.

Banderas has also tried his hand at directing with two films to his credit – 1999’s Crazy in Alabama and the more recent El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain in English speaking countries) in which he cast his wife, Melanie Griffiths, and their daughter Stella del Carmen Banderas.

Although based in Hollywood, Banderas still spends a lot of time in his home country taking flights to Malaga to see his family and childhood friends.

As well as visiting Malaga, Banderas also stops off in northern Spain where he owns a vineyard producing red and rose wines under the company name Anta Banderas – although it is always his acting that people will remember Banderas for, no matter how versatile his career becomes.

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Airline Ethics

Introduction

Ethics are essential in the Airline industry because they are the framework that guides individuals in the process of making business decisions. They usually encompass three features i.e. an application of one’s professional skills, incorporation of one’s personal values and lastly, good judgment. Codes of ethics are formal declarations of the moral values that guide various companies. Therefore, in the field of ethics, one can analyze an industry such as an Airline industry through its practical implementations and also through its formal declarations.

Ethical guidelines

Conflict of interest as part of ethical guidelines/code of conduct

Almost all Airline companies have formal declarations of their codes of ethics. Usually, this can be categorized under a series of topics such as conflict of interest, asset protection and working together. Conflict of interest refers to those scenarios where employees or company representatives have to decide between their interests to their employer or their personal/investment/ relationship obligations. Usually, most Airline companies have highlighted some of the issues that can be labeled conflict of interests in their ethics code of conduct. (Frontier airlines, 2004)

For instance, conflict of interest comes about when Airline personnel receive gifts or rewards from suppliers/ consumers/ stakeholders for doing their job. Usually, most Airlines prohibit gifts especially when those gifts seem excessive. The reason behind this is that when a client gives an attendant an expensive piece of jewelry for receiving very good customer service, that attendant may be obliged to meet the consumer’s demands the next time the client reports even when those demands are not procedural. This is because by accepting lavish gifts, one puts himself/herself in a position where they feel obligated to meet the gift giver’s needs and this eventually compromises their moral obligations.

Conflict of interest may also occur when a member of staff finds that they have to work extremely hard with certain clients and they request those suppliers/clients for rewards for their services. This is a conflict of interest because an employee finds that they have to choose between maintaining a good name for their Airline or meeting their personal financial interests. Consequently, it becomes necessary for Airlines to clarify that this is a wrong thing.

Additionally, conflict of interest may also arise when an employee works for different companies. Usually, working for other Airlines is not a violation of ethics codes in itself, however, it may become a source of conflict of interest in certain special circumstances. For example, when a staff member within one Airline company chooses to work for a competing Airline company, then this can be regarded as conflict of interest. However, the latter case usually applies to management level personnel rather than junior level employees. As managers, one would find that they have conflicting interests between improving their own company’s performance or improving their competitors. (Frontier airlines, 2004)

Additionally, conflicts of interests in this line of argument may also arise when employees have investments in competing Airlines. Such personnel may find it difficult to give their utmost …

Avoid the Airport in the Pacific Northwest – Amtrak Cascades Review

When traveling on vacation do you have to trudge through crowded airports? Depending on where you are coming from and where you are going the answer is a qualified No.

We took a cruise from Los Angeles, California to Vancouver, British Columbia on the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas (Review here) and a one night cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Washington on the Norwegian Cruise Lines Norwegian Star and had to get home to Portland, Oregon. Most people just go straight with taking a plane and don’t think about what their alternatives are. Well, In Washington and Oregon along the I-5 corridor one option is Amtrak’s Cascades.

Our choice, travel 45-60 minutes from the cruise terminal to SeaTac then spend 1-2 hours trudging through and around the airport, an hour and a half in the air, then another 30+ minutes waiting for our bags or travel 10 minutes to the Amtrak station, wait 15 minutes for our train, spend 3 and a half hours on the rail, grab our bags and go. When the time going by air is compared to the time going by rail it is almost a coin flip, while the actual travel time is longer by rail the additional time in airports and getting there outweighs the same actions by rail. So we opted to take the train, and we did not regret our choice and from now on when we need to get to Seattle from Portland we will always take the train.

The Amtrak Cascades travels a scenic route through the Pacific Northwest from Vancouver, British Columbia to Eugene, Oregon past Mount Saint Helens and over the Columbia Gorge. Amtrak Cascades service is financed and operated in partnership with the states of Oregon and Washington, giving residents and visitors to the Pacific Northwest a viable alternative to air travel.

The beauty of the option is where the train station is located in both Seattle and Portland, unlike airports, which are usually located in an out of the way location the train station is right downtown, this is true in almost every location that Amtrak goes to.

Once we debarked from the Norwegian Star we exited from the Seattle Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and grabbed a taxi right in front. There was an “unofficial” porter working the cabs, a nice young man that appeared to be working just for tips helping people get cabs and their luggage loaded, I don’t know how the cruise lines and taxi drivers view these helpers but he did earn a tip helping us get quickly settled with a cab. The driver took us directly to the train station which was a 10 minute at most drive from the cruise terminal.

We checked our bags with Amtrak baggage handlers and waited for our train, shortly before the train arrived Amtrak personnel assigned us seats and the train arrived on time. When the train arrived everyone headed to their assigned cars in a leisurely pace. We boarded, …

Last Minute Family Summer Getaways

If you haven’t already planned and booked your family summer getaway, you’re probably thinking it’s too late. The truth is, there are still many options available, plus you’ll reap the benefits of booking a last minute cheap flight. The hardest part of last minute travel is organizing an itinerary that works for mom, dad, and the kids, so an easier alternative is to choose a destination that will do the organizing for you. A great way to experience this and still stay within a budget is by attending a family camp. There are hundreds located throughout the country, all at different price ranges and with different accommodations and activities. The following three should give you a better idea of the kind of camp that would suite your family best.

Camp Concord in South Lake Tahoe, California is the most basic of family camps, and priced accordingly. A family of four can reside here for a week for about $1,260, meals included! Nestled in the Eldorado National Forest, Camp Concord can house up to 18 families at a time. Activities offered include hiking, canoeing, and swimming. At night, shuttles are available to Nevada casinos for the adults, and babysitting is provided for the little ones. The icing on the cake is the weekly beach barbeques and champagne breakfasts.

If you can afford to spend a bit more, Medomak Camp for Families is a great choice. Pack up the kids and hop on a last minute cheap flight to Washington, Maine, where activities range from yoga and photography, to sailing and kayaking. For the estimated price of $2,100 for a family of four, you’ll get fresh produce from the camp garden, weekly lobster bakes, and coffee and fruit available throughout the day. For the adults, Medomak Camp offers massages and weekly beer tastings while the staff supervises the kids.

Kids get bored easily? Your best option is Wonder Valley Family Camp in Sanger, California. Sure, it’s the most expensive at $3,700 for the week, but this camp has got it all: a skateboard park, go-kart racing, a mini-bike dirt track, and waterslides. Additionally, every Thursday night is Parent’s Night, which consists of a prime rib dinner, casino tables, and free babysitting until 11:30pm.

No more excuses! Between the affordable family pricing, complete activity planning, and the deals you can score on a last minute cheap flight, you may even want to leave today!…

Airline Tickets – 5 Ways To Get Them Cheaper

Any amount of money saved on air travel could mean a good deal when you have a set budget for your vacation. If you’re trying to think of ways to save money on air travel, here are five ways to get tickets airfares for your next flight.

1. Buy a round-trip ticket

Possibly the easiest way to save and save more money is to buy a return ticket. Most airlines offer discounted prices for tickets round trip, compared with buying separate tickets. If you plan to return on a definite date, make sure to buy your tickets as early as possible to ensure your flight will be available.

In addition, there are some cases in which travelling during the week is cheaper than traveling on the weekends. Weekends are much busier than during the week and the demand for airline tickets is higher. Thus, the prices are higher on weekends and also on certain dates where demand is also high, as during a holiday season. If you think it is better  to travel on a weekday and return in a weekday, you can get tickets really cheap airline.

2. Using the Internet

The internet is great resource if you really want to find tickets airfares. While reading this article, you can open ” Promotional Airline Tickets” page and find the way to the ticket airfares. There you can search many different sites that offer really cheap plane tickets to anywhere in the world.

The prices of tickets on sites with discounted fares vary from day to day. In many instances, these sites offer discounted fares the same type of passages on the same day the same flight, with different prices. If you want to get really cheap airline ticket where you want to go, it is worth visiting at least 3 sites  and compare prices. Do not wait to book your flight as prices and availability change rapidly.

3. Minor Airlines

Major airlines offer great service for large customers. They have prices of tickets more expensive because of the amount of advertising and marketing must do to maintain your brand awareness. Try not to fly with them. Instead, look for smaller airlines that can provide good service, but at prices cheaper than major plane tickets.

4. Be flexible

If you’re not in a hurry and want to save money more, keep time travel options open. Consider arriving later or earlier, during the same day they arrive and depart on different days. Flights arriving and separating around midnight are generally more expensive than are those with connecting flights. Compare multiple travel date / time changes so you will find the promotional air tickets is right for your travel budget.

5. Plan to travel more

It is often cheaper to take a bus from one city to another, and then take the flight from there  to fly directly  to your final destination. If, for example, you are traveling from San Diego to Seattle. Try to take a bus from San Diego to …

Yes, Napa Valley, but Which Airport?

You want to go to California wine country–and for good reason. Not only will you see the scenic splendor of soft hills covered with vineyards, but you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy the history, architecture, and some of the best restaurants in the U.S. However, since Napa and Sonoma Valleys don’t have their own commercial airports, you will need to select among airports nearby, including the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, and the airports in Sacramento (SMF), San Francisco (SFO), and Oakland (OAK).

Picking the right airport can definitely impact your costs and enjoyment of the California Wine Country. Here I’ll review the pros and cons of each airport so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Oakland Airport (OAK)

Can we talk? Oakland Airport is my least favorite choice because its highways are congested, and the drive to Napa passes through urban sprawl.

If you do select this airport, be especially careful with timing. You won’t want to mix rush-hour traffic with trying to make a flight.

On the other hand, Oakland Airport offers the most budget airfares in Northern California.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

If you are visiting both the Bay Area and Napa Valley, this airport is a good choice.

The San Francisco Airport offers the most non-stop flights into Northern California. And, with Southwest, AirTran, and Frontier serving SFO, you can get airfares as low as Oakland’s.

However, just traveling toward Napa, you can get stuck in traffic congestion, or even worse, rush-hour slowdowns.

Here’s a route that cuts down on congestion by avoiding downtown San Francisco: From the airport, take westbound Interstate 380, which starts just north of the rental car terminal. Then take the northbound I-280 freeway, northbound Highway 1, and then the Golden Gate Bridge for better scenery, even though you’ll encounter some stop and go driving on Highway 1 in San Francisco.

Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, your route will depend on your first stop, but see the link at the bottom of this article for instructions on locating the most scenic drives through Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Sacramento Airport (SMF)

The Sacramento Airport is probably used least for access to the Wine Country, and yet I often prefer it.

With a population nearing 2 million, Sacramento benefits from extensive air service, including budget airlines, such as JetBlue and Southwest, which help to keep the fares down of all the airlines serving this airport.

In addition, you don’t have to drive through dense urban areas to get to Napa Valley. In fact, you don’t have to drive through Sacramento at all, which allows you to avoid rush-hour congestion.

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport (STS)

Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport reopened to commercial flights in 2007. It is often called the Sonoma County Airport, and also referred to as the Wine Country Airport or Santa Rosa Airport.

(The airport is named for the famous Charles Schulz, creator of Charlie Brown and his pals. Charles Schulz lived …

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Quick Way to Save Money on Southwest Airline Flights

Due to unexpected circumstances, I have to fly to Los Angeles the next day. I am by no means a frequent business traveler. I have always used Southwest Airline to travel from Northern California to Southern California because of their prices. So I go to Southwest website to check their list of available flights, and I was shocked to find out that each flight is priced $124. The total for the roundtrip including taxes and fees is a whopping $269. What happened to their often advertised $49 one-way fare? Apparently, those low fares must be booked certain days in advance (usually 14 days). I also searched other sites such as Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia, everything except Priceline.

Finally, I gave up looking and decided to pay $269 for the Southwest flight. I was going through the checkout process then I saw a section called “Apply Travel Funds”. After a little bit of research on Southwest website, I learned that you can apply credits from previous unused ticket on your next reservation. Then it hits me, there must be people out there who might be willing to sell these credits at reduced prices before they expire. But where would I find these people? A quick goolge of “southwest travel fund” returns two obvious places: Ebay and Craiglist.

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So I paid the seller via Payal (credit card funded) and send a message to seller letting them know that I am waiting for the name and confirmation number. About 1 hour later, I received an email from the seller with the information I needed. So, I head back to Southwest website and proceed to purchase the flight I had picked earlier. I entered the information provided by the seller and clicked “Apply Ticketless Travel Fund” button. Bam! $250 is taken off from my total amount, and now I only have to pay another $19 to complete the transaction. So, the final price I paid is $219 for tickets originally priced at $269. A saving of $50 for maybe 15 minutes of work.

Just to follow up, I also checked out Craigslist and found several people selling the same thing. However, I opt to go with ebay because it was easier to check the references of the seller on ebay. Also not everyone …

The cheapest New York airfare

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