Tulips, Indonesia, and Sixt


img_3191Two readers found my blog about Steve Wynn’s “Tulips”.  Time for an update. Wynn bought this 3-ton Jeff Koons sculpture for $33.7 million and temporarily placed it in a passageway between his two Las Vegas casinos, the Wynn and The Encore.  Ruth, I and countless others saw it there. Wynn’s intent was to move it to Macau when he opened his Palace.   It took 6 years and $4.1 billion for this casino complex to happen.  It officially opened in August, 2016. “Tulips” is now there.

I just finished a fascinating, scary book about Indonesia.   Indonesia is by Elizabeth Pisani who lived and travelled there for years and knows her subject. In Chapter 11 I learned that there is only one city in the world directly on the Equator.  It’s Pontianak.   This city of more than half a million people on the island of Borneo has a 2nd name, Kota Khatulistiwa.  In English this is “Equatorial City”.

On our last 2 trips we have rented cars.  In Florida we cancelled our first reservation because we got a better car for half the price through Sixt. This company advertises, “Drive First Class, Pay Economy”.  In our situation, that was true.  A truly international operation, Sixt’s U.S. locations so far are mostly in Florida and California.  If you’ve rented a car in Germany or Israel, it could have been a Sixt vehicle.


I thought of this particular rental over the weekend when I read an article by Lucas Peterson.  He deals with a question that often occurs to Ruth & Me, should we add rental car insurance from the rental car company?  Probably like you, we’ve heard horror stories about those who didn’t.  We had an incident in Alabama that might have ended differently if an agent of the rental company hadn’t advocated for us. Peterson writes about an email he receive one week after he turned the car in from Hertz demanding $1,400 for scratches. His advice is to know your personal insurance coverage before renting or use a credit card that includes rental car coverage.  If you don’t have auto insurance from either source, go ahead and buy the expensive rental car company insurance.   This strikes me as good advice.


About roadsrus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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