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Flipping: Eurovision, BudgetTravel, Open Skies, and Sanifair toilets!

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It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous day and everyone seems to be skipping town for a long weekend. We’re still here, but we’re psyched. Here are five things that are making us really happy:

Eurovision!

1) Alex, of Spendthrift Shoestring, has moved to London for the summer. But no sooner had he arrived in town before he jetted off to Belgrade to cover Eurovision 2008 for the New York Post! Check out his posts — and follow this poppy, patriotic, irresistable contest.

Budget Travel

2) Budget Travel magazine just turned 10 years old and the website this week announced a new “myBudgetTravel” community for its users. We’re there. You can upload photos, make friends, comment on pieces, and most importantly, share tips for traveling on a budget. Congratulations, BT!

Open Skies to Paris

3) The Washington Post’s Travel Log directs our attention to British Airway’s new airline called “Open Skies,” which takes flight June 19th with one route connecting JFK and Paris CDG. The sleek new airline is the first to take advantage of the “Open Skies” agreement and it plans to add more European destinations from New York. Best of all, their 757′s will have only 82 seats, instead of the typical 170 seats! The economy section, for example, has only 30 leather seats “for a personal experience.” We’re ready to get personal.

Random cheapo travel tips

4) We’re loving Hilary’s “random travel tips” today on “Less than a Shoestring.” She covers emptying the Blockbuster card from your wallet before take off, filling up your water bottle in European bank lobbies, going online in universities for free, and redeeming your “Sanifair” toilet ticket along the German autobahn for a discount at the lunch counter. Bravo!

Michelangelo’s fireworks

5) Who knew that Michelangelo designed a fireworks display in Rome? Author Angela Knickerson, who wrote for us yesterday about free Michelangelo sights in Rome, reminds us that the city will be recreating a fireworks display originally designed by Michelangelo for Pope Julius II. Angela is awarding a free copy of her book, A Journey Through Michelangelo’s Rome, to the best photograph posted to her site of the display. Get snapping, Cheapos!

And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate…

Staples

6) For months now, our poor Brother MFC-6800 multi-purpose fax/copier/printer has been getting streaky on us, producing increasingly illegible documents with vertical white stripes bleached down through their centers. Despite pleas from the office to junk the device, we have instead waited silently for some miracle to heal our printer of its sick ways. This morning, at Staples, we chanced upon an amazing product, never before known to us, called “Laser Printer Cleaning Sheets.” You feed these sheets, moist and stinky, through your printer like normal sheets of paper, and they clean the device and trap the soot. After several passes through the MFC-6800, we’re happy to report that our documents are now printing streak-free.

And that about wraps it up.

Happy Friday, Cheapos. If you’re in the US, have a great Memorial Day weekend. We’ll see you on Tuesday!

About the author

Tom Meyers

About the author: Tom Meyers created and launched EuroCheapo from his Berlin apartment in 2001. He returned to New York in 2002, set up office, and has led the EuroCheapo team from the Big Apple ever since. He travels to Europe several times a year to update EuroCheapo's hotel reviews. Tom is also a co-host of the New York City history podcast, The Bowery Boys. Email Tom. [Find Tom on Google Plus]

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2 Responses to “Flipping: Eurovision, BudgetTravel, Open Skies, and Sanifair toilets!”

Suz says:

Thanks, as always, for the great flip through. Especially this week though, thanks for the streak-cleaning tips! I usually assume that this problem is the death of the printer, it’s great to know now that there’s a solution!

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