uadalajara is Mexico's
third-largest city, loaded with fountains, ringed by mountains,
steeped in churches and crowded with markets.
Yet, one of the most popular attractions is brand-new, open 24
hours a day and costs but a few pesos to enjoy.
Right there in city central is that orange and purple Dunkin'
Donuts logo and the familiar counters, cups, napkins, pastries and
employee uniforms that go with it.
The Mexican wall menu lists cafe Americano (original and decaf),
tea and jugo de naranja (orange juice).
did a double take at the prices next to each item -- $11.50 seemed
awfully steep, even for a grande cup of coffee.
Turns out that's the peso price, which translates to about $1.20
Insider was quite happy that the powdered jelly doughnuts make
just as much of a mess and tastes just as yummy in Guadalajara as
in New York.
On a recent trip to Bermuda, Insider was told an amusing
anecdote from an event that had occured that day.
A group of travel agents from the U.S. and a group of agents
from the U.K. were visiting the town of Hamilton.
Apparently one of the U.S. agents asked one of the U.K. agents
in a sarcastic manner, "Are you here to eat the beef?"
Well, needless to say, the agent from the U.K. was not amused
and a minor disagreement resulted.
King of castles
Insider had the great fortune to stay a few days at
Luttrellstown Castle, outside Dublin, Ireland.
It's a beautiful property that can be chartered for meetings,
weddings, corporate gatherings and such.
Among its many antiques were two truly unique items.
One was a bathtub/shower combination that looks the epitome of
Guests can use the tub or stand toward the front, where the
porcelain tub rises and curves.
In addition to the showerhead, copper pipes spew water from the
sides, too, making for what must have been the first Victorian
The other fun item was a gong used to summon guests to
The castle is large, but no matter where you were, there was no
mistaking the dinner bell.