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Rundown for the week of October 23, 1999

Nowhere Man
There's nothing worse than being stuck in the airport for a long layover. But what would you do if your layover spanned more than a decade? The Savvy Traveler's Cash Peters discovered just such a poor soul when he recently landed in the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.

Cholera Diary
I'm sure you heard that the humanitarian group Doctors without Borders won the Nobel Peace Prize last week. For those of you who don't know, Doctors without Borders is the world's largest independent, international medical relief agency. These physicians aid the victims of war and natural disasters who don't have health care because they live in remote areas of the world. The volunteers do everything from emergency surgery to vaccinating children to training local medical staff. Today, we hear the diary of Joelle Pouliot, a physician from Canada, who joined Doctors without Borders to help others...and ended up learning quite a bit about herself along the way.

Avoiding a House Disaster
There's a lot to think about when you go out of town: stopping the paper, finding a neighbor to pick up the mail, leaving just the right number of lights on in the house. But no matter how hard you plan, it seems that Murphy's Law likes to give us a nudge whenever we're too far away to do anything about it. The Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein learned this lesson the hard way.

Culture Watch
Creole Music Festival

Deal of the Week
Hong Kong: One of the world's great cities on sale

Question of the Week
Traveling with your boss

Travelers' Advisory
The best credit cards for frequent-flier miles

Next Week
Prepare to be spooked next week when we take you to a city that's history is stained with blood.

"As you can see from this spot, even now, there's no where for a person to escape at night. It's a dead end. A dead end. And maybe a dead person, running up the steps."

We lead you through Haunted London, then check out the mysterious Y2K bug...and find out if it's really safe to travel into the year 2000. Plus author Peter Mayle stops by to talk about his newest book and why life in Provence is different than anywhere else in the world.

"I think it was the sight of a man power washing his underpants that really brought home the differences, cultural and otherwise, between the old and the new."

It's always a treat when Peter Mayle drops in, so come along for the ride during next week's journey with The Savvy Traveler.

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