Humans of BGM: Michael Paikin

Michael Paikin

“I travel a lot. I have a house here in Binghamton and one in Los Angeles. I’ve lived in LA since the 70’s for my business, but now I have a lady friend who lives here so I go back and forth often. I usually fly out of the Binghamton Airport. I prefer the weather in LA over Binghamton, but I like it here, I have kids and grandkids who live in Syracuse.”

“We go on vacation a lot, I’ve traveled a lot of Europe. We did a river cruise up the Rhine which was really cool. We sailed from Rome to Athens and ended in Turkey. I’ve also gone on a Cruise in Alaska, which was amazing. The only travel tip I have, is to try to make your arrangements as early as you can for a good price.”

“The first thing on my bucket list is to sky dive, I definitely want to do that. I’ve done zip lining, scuba diving, all that stuff. I’ve even been on a hot air balloon, and that was amazing!”

Michael Paikin is a business owner originally from Syracuse, NY. He owns the Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center in San Francisco, CA. The website for his business is Skatebowl.com.

Humans of BGM is a blog that highlights stories from those working and moving through the airport, quotes, and traveling tips of people from all corners of the earth and our local airport team members.

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Humans of BGM: Sherma Carifa

Sherma Carifa

Sherma Carifa is a business traveler who recently passed through BGM. She frequently travels around the United States for her job, and was flying back home to Columbus, Ohio.

When asked about her past and present travel experiences, she had this to say; “This is my first time at this airport. I love it! I love smaller airports, it’s just easier to get in and out.”

“Advice I would give to someone who is traveling to a new place is to just get lost. Get lost in the town, so you can get to know it. Wander off, but don’t go to any shady spots. That way you’ll truly understand the city. Whenever I go to a new place, I’m not trying to go to a Starbucks, you have a Starbucks everywhere.”

“I want to travel to so many places. My top places are Iceland and Malaysia. I also want to go to see all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses, I was an art major, so I’m really interested in that topic.”

” My favorite travel experience was when I traveled to Chicago with my brother and sister. They’re both younger than me and we’ve never had a lot of time to spend together, so that trip was really great.”

Humans of BGM is a blog that highlights stories from those working and moving through the airport, quotes, and traveling tips of people from all corners of the earth and our local airport team members.