The recent sickening incident of United Airlines (UA) injuring and then forcibly dragging an involuntarily bumped passenger off the plane, speaks volumes about the corporate culture at UA. True to form, the CEO of United Airlines soon proved beyond any doubt the toxic culture he created and the stupidity of the man in charge.

These days everyone has a smart phone with a camera. In no time, the video of the entire horrid episode is available for the whole world to see – how United Airlines treated its passenger. CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, sent an email to UA employees, further inflamed the outrage. Just like the video, didn’t Mr. Munoz think the email would also get out for the whole world to see?

Mr. Munoz supported the actions. “Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this.” You mean established procedures like forcibly dragging a passenger off the plane? He commended their actions. “I want to commend you for continuing to go above and beyond” I think the world would agree injuring and dragging a passenger off the plane is indeed going WAY above and beyond.

The employees of UA would not have acted this way without the CEO establishing a belligerent culture at the company. The employees of UA would not have acted this way without explicit or tacit approval from corporate higher-up. Mr. Munoz also said “we are taking a close look… Treating our customers…with respect and dignity is at the core of who we are.” No, apparently, treating your customers with respect and dignity is NOT your core value. And, dude, as for your close look, look no further than in the mirror. You, Mr. Munoz, are the problem.

Whatever United Airlines and this CEO thought they would gain (about getting 4 staff to their next flight), pales into such insignificance when compared to the bad publicity and damage to their brand. Apparently, damaging to the UA brand is no big deal for this CEO. The victim has already lawyered up. This will end up in court, and costing UA millions. Is the United Airlines Board of Directors watching the news? There is an idiot running your corporation. Do the one and only defined duty of any board – show the CEO the door.

{iceland} ring road day 9

February 28, 2017

Our final day in Iceland turned out not to be a full day because we were headed to the airport to (sadly) leave this magical place. We did get to spend some fun times in the city of Reykjavík though, exploring some of their more interesting architectural sites like the Harpa Symphony Hall and the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral.

In closing, I’m feel so incredibly lucky to have visited the amazing nation of Iceland, especially since their soccer team happened to be beating all odds and headed toward the World Cup (last summer) while I was there. This amazing country is so beautiful and I hope that all the attention is positive and brings conscientious travelers who are as into preservation as soaking in the natural beauty.

Read more about our Iceland adventures here: ring road day 1ring road day 2ring road day 3ring road day 4ring road day 5ring road day 6ring road day 7ring road day 8

The ninth Icelandic photo adventure:

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{iceland} ring road day 8

February 27, 2017

Our eighth day in Iceland was spent doing some of the more touristy Icelandic things that people do if they only have time in fly into Reykjavík and see a few surrounding attractions. These attractions are together called the Golden Circle so we spent the day driving and enjoying the Golden Circle. This included Thingvellir National Park Mid-Atlantic rift valley, Gullfoss waterfall and the Strokkur and Geysir Hot Spring Area. And while not officially on the list, we ended with the Kerid Crater in Selfoss, a volcanic crater lake. What a great way to end the nature-only portion of our trip and reintegrate ourselves into civilization! It was almost strange to see so many people at all these attractions, including high school students taking senior photos since we hadn’t been near this many people at the same time for an entire week!

Read more about our Iceland adventures here: ring road day 1ring road day 2ring road day 3ring road day 4ring road day 5ring road day 6ring road day 7

The eighth Icelandic photo adventure:

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{iceland} ring road day 7

February 25, 2017

This seventh day in Iceland was magical. It started magically because the sixth day almost never ended. We spent the night in a converted van right on the Eyjafjördur Fjord just north of Akureyri and saw the setting and simultaneous rising of the midnight sun. It was so magical! This one was definitely a bucket list winner!

Leaving Akureyri, we stopped in Hofsós, which is famous for its geothermal pools and spent some time enjoying the waters there before driving though horse country. Multiple times we stopped along the road to get up close with these Icelandic beauties. Then we spent the afternoon hiking the Koluglijufur Gorge in Vídidalsvehur, which was exceptionally beautiful. It was neat to see just how deep the river had carved into the rocks here and while maybe not as impressive as some of the gorges in France or the Grand Canyon, it was almost a different type of awe because you could still see the rushing water from the cliff tops.

Read more about our Iceland adventures here: ring road day 1ring road day 2ring road day 3ring road day 4ring road day 5ring road day 6

The seventh Icelandic photo adventure:

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{iceland} ring road day 6

February 21, 2017

Husavik and Akureyri are probably the most populated cities in northern Iceland. In fact, Akureyri is so large (by Icelandic standards) that it’s considered the northern capital. This means nothing because it’s really still just a tiny town, but anyway. The first half of the day we spent in Husavik in hopes of spotting some whales off the northern coast of Iceland. Of course this didn’t happen, but I ended up finding some beautiful wildflowers and snow-capped mountains instead, which made the drive up totally worth it.

In Akureyri, we got a bit of a respite from all the traveling and driving and had a chance to walk around this northern capital city, taking in the beautiful flowers in the Akureyri Botanical Garden, sipping Icelandic coffee and crumbly pastries, and taking fun pictures with giant troll statues. Many Icelandic people believe in folklore that incorporates trolls, elves, and other magical creatures that inhabit this magical land.

Read more about our Iceland adventures here: ring road day 1ring road day 2ring road day 3ring road day 4ring road day 5

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