How to Run from Frankfurt Airport to Downtown Frankfurt and Back During a FRA Layover in 7 Easy Steps

For the runners of the world who have a layover at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA), here are simple instructions to have a great Frankfurt Layover Running Adventure between your long-haul international flights (or any trip for that matter).

1. Plan ahead.

Know your speed and distance and use Google Maps of FRA to plot your run. There are a number of trails around the airport and bridges across the Main river with pedestrian walkways where you can cross into Frankfurt.

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Petra: What Man Can Accomplish with Purpose and Time

What happens when an oasis community re-routes rivers for year-around water supply and flourishes for 700 years? Mankind turns from a barbaric killer to a patron of arts and beauty, transforming barren rock into majestic temples.

The proof of man’s capacity for change? Petra.

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Crazy Marathon Training: Running the Dead Sea in Jordan

The Dead Sea is a bit more humid than I expected. At 7am, I’ve only run 3 miles and I am already coated in sweat. More sweat than mid-summer runs in Washington, DC. I am just dripping sweat. I think I’m even sweating from my eyeballs. That’s how humid the Dead Sea is, even at this early hour in early October.

Through the sweat I look around and take in the view. Bright red mountains banded by clear blue waters and crystal blue skies. Not a tree or human in sight. An utter silence from the thick air broken only by my labored breath and tired footfalls.

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Where should I marathon training run in Amman, Jordan?

Hi, my name is Wayan and I have a running problem. I am in Amman for 2 weeks and I need to run. But not just any run, I need 20 miles of running.

I have this running binge coming on. Some would call it a marathon, but I see it as a running bender through Washington DC. Yet, that is then. Now, this weekend, I need to run to build up my tolerance.

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School Buses Signal Dawn in Amman, Jordan

In a Muslim country like Jordan, you would expect dawn to be marked by the Imam’s call to prayer. This morning I went for a marathon training run through the hills of Amman, and I found a whole other call to action: school bus horns.

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Frankfurt Airport Layover Adventure: Run an 18-mile Marathon Training Route Through the German Countryside


Starting my 18-mile adventure

On my flight to Jordan, I purposely scheduled an 11-hour layover at the Frankfurt (FRA) Airport. Why? So I could do an 18-mile marathon training run through the German countryside. And like my LAX layover done right, it was one of my best airport layover adventures yet.

First, I spent time on Google Maps, planning my run by looking at the Frankfurt airport and surrounding area at maximum magnification. I saw that Germany has a long network of bicycle and walking trails I could follow from the airport to the Rhine River, and along the river to Frankfurt itself and to s-Bhan stations that could take me back to the airport.

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Introducing Archer Sophia Vota

Hanalei’s little sister has arrived! Please welcome Archer Sophia Vota, the newest edition to the Vota family. She came into this world this evening as her mom was laughing, and now she can’t stop crying. Yet her parents and her family are overjoyed by this new bundle of love. Archer…

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Apple iPhone Boarding Pass: United Airlines Innovation


Swipe your phone, board the plane

It’s not often that you can use the words “innovation” and “United Airlines” in the same sentence, without a “lack of” first – but with the new iPhone boarding pass, you can, and you will!

Last week, I was headed to Inveneo’s offices in San Francisco for my bi-monthly check-in with the team. Before I ran out the door, I skipped one step that we’re all familiar with – the boarding pass printing.

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On the Inequity of Wealth in South Africa


A sign of fear

I am no stranger to wealth inequality. I’ve lived it personally when I was growing up poor, and I see it daily in Washington DC. Often wealth inequality is about class as much as race, yet in South Africa I found race to be the defining characteristic.

Class divide in cars

In every country I’ve visited in Africa, black Africans are the most populous people driving cars. Now there are some white people behind the wheel – be they natives and expats, but by in large, the driving population ethnicity mimics the overall population.

But not in South Africa. I was shocked to see only whites driving in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Black Africans were in shared minibus taxis or walking. Now I did see one or two black Africans driving, but they were in the extreme minority.

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