Archive for March 30, 2014

MashHacks Travel Hackathon at Hack/Reduce in Cambridge

Last Saturday tripchi (aka Chandra Jacobs, me, the author) participated in a Mashable Hackathon at Hack/Reduce near Kendall Square, in her hometown of Cambridge, MA. The theme of the #MashHacks Travel hackathon was right up my ally – mobile travel technology! The sponsors of the event, Emirates Airlines and Mashable, were offering up a round-trip ticket to Dubai (via the Dubai International Airport, no doubt!) for each member of the winning team, with several cash prizes offered for the runners up.

Chandra poses with her Travel Saved My Life Branded tripchi shirt at MashHacks Travel Hackathon

From Mashable’s Picture Gallery – you gotta love that I’m wearing my branded “Travel Saved My Life” tripchi t-shirt from my Indiegogo campaign at the MashHacks Travel Hackathon

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Dubai International Airport Review

In this blog Seth Bailey aka the BackRowFlier reviews his recent trip through Dubai International Airport. His primary observation is how DXB incorporates the Airports 2.0 mentality. The diversity of restaurants and shopping outlets illustrate Dubai’s intense focus on consumerism. The layout of the terminal increase the shopping mall feel with shops and restaurants centrally located in the middle corridor with the gates situated on the outer ring. Aside from the lack of toilets, DXB is a world class airport and positioned itself to adapt to the increased demands of passengers.

Where to go for more about the Dubai International Airport Experience?

Read the full blog here.

Dubai shopping at Dubai International Airport

Limping & Wheeling Through Denver, and Back to Boston

As I mentioned in my last blog, I arrived in Denver a few weeks ago, just a few days fresh from ankle surgery in Boston. After a pleasant journey and flight with United Airlines, and gate to taxi wheelchair service from the kind folks at Denver International Airport, and after a pleasant ride with an Ethiopian taxi driver who told me about the best Ethiopian restaurant in Denver (Nile Ethiopian Restaurant, in Aurora), I arrived at the Embassy Suites, Denver Tech Center (DTC) in Centennial, CO.

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Limping & Wheeling Through Boston Logan and Denver International Airports

The sad truth is that, even in this day and age, it’s hard for disabled people to travel.

I recently had ankle surgery to stimulate tissue regrowth in an 8mm “hole” in my ankle (talus chondroplasty), where bone and cartilage should have been. The surgery went fine – the challenge began once the surgery was over, and I began the arduous (and long) path to recovery, starting with 8 weeks on crutches, ensuring that my left ankle remains non-weight-bearing.

My useless foot after ankle surgery

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