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9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously

9/11 Remembered: The Year of Flying Dangerously

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the next four days we will re-run  story by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, recounting his travels during the year after 9/11.)

“The Year of Flying Dangerously ” (Part 1)

When Evil Flies

It was Tuesday morning. I had four days to catch up on work, pay bills, board the cats, and pack up my bags before departing on a 26-day trip to Italy. I brushed my teeth. shaved, and showered. I turned the radio on and tuned in KCBS to catch the “traffic and weather together.” There was a big transportation problem, but not on the streets and highways of the San Francisco Bay Area, and it had begun in the skies over America earlier that day.

I went upstairs, still in my pajamas, and turned on the TV. What looked to be the 1974 Towering Inferno movie came up on the screen.

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But it couldn’t have been that movie because as I “channel surfed” I saw that it was being broadcast on every station.

This wasn’t a Hollywood “disaster” movie, it was a real catastrophe of monumental proportions.

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9/11 Remembered: In Brief

9/11 Remembered: In Brief

(On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the coming days we will re-run many of those stories to commemorate a day in the history of the United States and the world that will long be remembered.)

“9/11 Remembered: In Brief”

The following brief accounts of 9/11 were submitted by four different writers or readers of Tales Told From The Road and were originally published together on September 28, 2011.

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I had just parked my car at work when the radio stations were all interrupted and making the announcements about the attacks. It was frightening to hear as they spoke about the Twin Towers, Pentagon and Pennsylvania field attacks back-to-back.

I was scheduled to head to Central Florida with a co-worker to make a presentation the next day and she and I conferred and requested that our supervisor postpone the trip. We felt we needed to stay put and assess the situation and most of all, be with our families.

By Josie Gulliksen

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I distinctly remember coming out of the shower, into the bedroom of our California home and questioning my mate’s choice of watching violent programs on TV at such an early hour. At the time, I was working for Food & Wine Magazine (AMEX publishing) located at the site. By the time I got to the office, and for at least the next month photos were streaming live and stories were being told.

The reason I share this is because I was in Bangkok, days after the bombing of one of their most popular department stores, where a shrine had been set up.

Incense burning, people stopping to pray. Great disappointment and sadness all around me.

I couldn’t help thinking I was experiencing Thailand’s 9/11.

It was not quite the same, but it reminded me that there are “Terrorists Among Us” at home, as well as abroad.

(This story was also posted to the LinkedIn Travel Editors & Freelance Journalists Group by the author.)

By Krystina Marie Price

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I was in Herford in Germany, when the first images appeared on the televisions in the Gymnasium.

I ran.

People were saying “Terrible accident.”

I immediately said that it was not any accident!

(This story was also posted to LinkedIn Travel Writers, Photographers and Tourism Group by the author.)

By Ian Mallory

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I was going up an elevator in Toronto, Canada, on my way, with my business partner, to speak with a potential customer with our new, highly financially valued, software company.

The elevator TV monitor showed the disaster unfolding. I’ll never forget my being stunned.

(This story was also posted to LinkedIn Travel Writers, Photographers and Tourism Group by the author.)

 By Andre Hugo

9/11 Remembered: Italy Delayed

9/11 Remembered: Italy Delayed

(On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Tales Told From The Road ran stories from its readers and other sources about their experiences traveling in the days surrounding 9/11. Over the coming days we will re-run many of those stories to commemorate a day in the history of the United States and the world that will long be remembered.)

“9/11 Remembered: Italy Delayed” By Jackie Smith

We were booked to fly to Italy in early October, 2001, flight arranged and reservations made for a stay in the heart of Chianti country at Tenuta di Ricavo,  a once-small hamlet turned agriturismo destination.

Chianti Italy (Rick Cooper Photo)

As the airlines continued to ground flights for several days after 9/11, and more and more passengers were stranded around the globe, it occurred to us that travel any time in the subsequent weeks might be difficult.  So we reluctantly cancelled our plans to see grape harvest in Tuscany.

I might add it wasn’t because we were afraid of potential attacks—we actually thought there’d probably never be a safer time to fly.

Back then—hard as it is to believe now—rescheduling flights didn’t carry quite the financial penalties they do today and the Italians were most understanding of the cancellation.  No penalties, instead, sympathy offered for the attack on America.

We re-booked the trip for April 2002 and by doing so were able to experience springtime Tuscany, Easter Sunday in a small Tuscan village, and have a fantastic stay at the at the Tunuta di Ricavo.

Jackie Smith is former newspaper reporter-turned-public relations director who became a travel writer and travel blogger.

She and her husband, Joel, split their time between homes in Washington State and Greece.

Their travel blog is TravelnWrite. Her 9/11 story was first published by Tales Told From The Road on October 3, 2011.