Q: I am appalled at the special security lines for those with first-class tickets. Why are others given preferential treatment just because they bought a more expensive ticket? Have you ever been given an explanation for this disparity?
A: These "elite traveler" lines are set up by the airlines, not the TSA. It's controversial, but the TSA's response has been that complaints should be directed toward the airline/airports.
Q: I'll have a free afternoon soon in Cleveland, and this will be my first chance to sightsee there. Other than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, what should I consider seeing? (I generally like visiting museums and history-related sites when I'm on vacation.)
A: If the Indians are going to be in town, consider heading to Progressive Field to catch a game. It's a nice stadium, and good tickets can be had for a good price. Explore the neighborhood around Case Western, and you'll come across the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Orchestra and more.
Q: I am going to Kenya in October. I will be staying at Nairobi Safari Park Hotel, Serena Mountain Lodge, Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Lake Navasha Sopa resorts. Any advice for what not to miss in Nairobi? We will be visiting the Kiberu Slum as well as some of the orphanages.
A: Definitely go to the Karen Blixen House and Museum. It's not just for "Out of Africa" fans. The museum is great and the gardens are beautiful. You can also go to the coffee and tea plantations of Lumuru. Nairobi National Park is an unfenced park near the center of the city where you can see zebras, cheetahs and other animals. Within it is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where orphaned baby elephants are raised. If you want to see giraffes, go to the Langata Giraffe Centre run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife. The National Museum is great if you want to learn more about Kenya.
Q: We are planning a trip to Poland. Is English spoken there or do we need to speak Polish? What is train service like through Poland? We plan to travel from Warsaw to Opole.
A: English was not widely spoken there in the past, but since the end of communism, it has taken off.
Many if not most Poles under 40 speak English, and anyone who has contact with tourists will speak it.
So you don't have to rely on your Polish, but it's a great way to brush up your language skills.