How to Enjoy the Airport This Holiday Travel Season

I’ve spent somewhere around 200 hours of my life—about eight full days—inside airports. This is not because I am a glamorous jet-setter (I’ve never seen the inside of an airport lounge), but because I enjoy traveling and the cheaper I can do it the longer I can keep going. In order to make early morning flights I’ve spent the night at Heathrow, Newark, Milwaukee, Casablanca, and a handful of other airports. I’ve had looong layovers in Toronto, Seoul, D.C., Frankfurt, and New York that gave me plenty of time to go into the city, but I’ve always opted to save my funds for the trip instead. READ MORE

The Best Scones

I spent a year and a half of my quarter-life crisis waitressing in a zany English-style tearoom – just enough time to pay for a three-month trip to Southeast Asia and my first year of graduate school. By the end I was deadly sick of dusting the china, buttoning up the knee-length lace jacket that served as a uniform, and digging jam-encrusted crumbs out of giant teddy bears, but sweet silver teaspoon I still loved the scones. Light and fluffy but not too sweet, they were the ultimate ladylike repast. Because the only person in the kitchen who could make the scones the right way was the owner’s 80-something-year-old mother, we employees were forbidden to eat them unless there were leftovers at the end of day. This only made them more desirable, and even a bit mysterious. READ MORE