Discussion in 'Pre-Trip Reports and Plans' started by Flossbolna, Jun 19, 2009.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Berlin Wall. I found it very interesting.
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That was a beautiful explanation and a moving video clip; thanks for sharing!
I remember all of the excitement on the news when that happened...
That was poignantly and honestly written...Thanks for sharing from a more personal perspective...
Hi there, I am back! Didn't want you to think I forgot about you!
First, I love your flashback pictures - so much fun!
Also, that picture of the real castle is GORGEOUS...when can I move in?!
Your post on the Berlin Wall brought tears to my eyes; very touching and moving, thank you for posting that.
I have lots of replies to do... I think I need to work less, to have more time for this PTR...
We are really excited about our ADRs! Good to hear that my snake is at least understandable!!
Another one who can see the snake!!
You could take a nice long raod trip to DL!! It would be worth the long drive, I promise!!
I am glad you enjoyed it!
Hi Heather, how interesting that you experienced that day in Germany as a foreigner while I was in a foreign country as a German! The first years after the wall came down it was such a fast changing world, even in the West. I am a bit sad that I never really saw the Wall before it came down, but I rather prefer living in Berlin now without a wall through it. I actually cross it every day on the way to work.
It sounds like you had a really interesting history lesson with your DS!
Thanks for the nice comment, I am really happy that so many people enjoyed what I wrote!
I have to cry every time I see pictures of those events, we were really witnessing world history happening then!
Good to heat that you enjoyed it!
You wrote once that your parents used to live in Germany? I guess they must have been part of the American Army in Germany? I can imagine that if you actually were involved in protecting the western world against the east in the cold war, seeing the iron curtain coming down must have been such great moment! In the speeches during the event the mayor of Berlin as well as the German chancellor both mentioned their gratitude to the allied powers. And Mrs Clinton and the video message from President Obama also got the most cheers from the audience, the USA are still very popular here in Berlin, thanks to the air-lift during the Berlin blockade in 1949.
I guess we can agree on a snake-like-looking swan!
I really appreciate all your positive comments on my post, thanks!
Thanks for reading it!
I am glad you liked the personal input, it was such a strange year for me to be abroad and being so disconnected from what was happening at home on the political level. I also appreciated much more the fears our European neighbors had with regard to a strong unified Germany. Germany now for example has 17 times more inhabitants than Denmark! And it is by far the largest country and economy within the European Union.
Great to have you back!! Neuschwanstein looks beautiful, doesn't it? I am a bit ashamed to admit that even though it really is only a daytrip from Munich where I used to live for quite some time: I have never been there in person...
I will try to post replies within your text...
Yep, they did - shortly after they were married my Dad was off to Germany. My Mom flew over a few months later and joined him. They lived there for a few years I believe. My Dad was stationed there during Vietnam, unfortunately, he doesn't ever talk about it-so I don't know exactly what he was doing there....I should ask my Mom and pry details from her!
How interesting! If you get more information, I would be really interested to hear about their life here.
So, it is time that I post a bit more about how our planning is coming along.
I just sat down and put our To Do list together in our wiki. I tried to give it a time frame, it is only 74 days until we leave!! And I just counted that I will only be working on 42 of those!!!
So this is what we still need to do before our trip:
to do before Christmas:
travel health insurance (only nodnol)
pick up passport (only nodnol)
ESTA (electronic preregistration for traveling to the US)
get in touch with WDW Special Diet (for nodnol's food intolerances)
get some Disney-T-shirts (most likely order over internet from this shop: http://www.logoshirt-shop.com/index.php?s=2&cat_id=424_Disney&PageNum=3 )
pre-order Photopass CD (this actually has a bit of a story: I did a photopass share last January and really loved having those pictures with the borders. But now the shares are gone, so I was really torn wether we really want to spent 99 $ on the CD. And then I found out that they have taken away the pre-order possibility and only people who booked directly with Disney and have given them their email-adress get a personalized code for pre-ordering. So I decided, that it was not worth 149 $! That would be a very nice dinner for the two of us!! But now I found out that you can still get the code if you booked through a TA to stay online, it seems that they are actually working on getting codes out to all people staying onsite. But at the moment you have to call them to get the code. So this is what I need to do.)
to do until two weeks before departure:
finalize packing list
until Sunday before departure (we leave on a Wednesday, I will be off from work on Monday and Tuesday, but nodnol will be working):
discuss touring plans
shopping: coffee, books, possibly additional memory stick, cloths?
get more US-Dollars (I have 25 at the moment and that should get us through the first moments. Once we are in the US, we will get cash from ATMs, we both have bank cards which don't charge any fees for getting cash abroad. So they are even better than credit cards which will charge 1.5% per foreign currency transaction we will be paying cash and charge to the room, which will then be paid off by cash. But would it be worth to be a bit on the safer side and have a few dollars more in cash with us?)
just before departure:
discuss how to get to the airport (will be underground train and bus, but when and where to meet, and just for the fun of it, two pictures showing the Berlin underground and a Berlin bus in their best light!)
print out all documents
Sounds like a neat plan, doesn't it? Does anyone miss something which is essential to preparing for a Disney trip and we don't plan on making autograph books or matching t-shirts!
We have also decided that we will only bring my camera on the trip, but will share photography duty. I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-T10:
It is only a point and shoot, but it is really very small and actually makes pretty good pictures. I love it because it is so small, that you can actually put it in your pocket and it has this sturdy flap which moves over the lens. nodnol's camera is much older and larger. So we thought it makes sense that we just share the one camera and alternate who is the photographer of the moment. We intend to take lots of pics, also to help us to keep track of what we did for any future TR. But I guess food porn will still be my duty. I think I have actually finally mastered the art of taking usable food pictures. The true secret is to use the macro setting!!
You're so organized!
Only 74 days? Wow - that'll be here in no time!
I'm leaving tomorrow for a quick trip to WDW. Packed my summer clothes since it's in the high 70's/low 80's in Orlando. (it's almost that warm here in Georgia today! )
See ya real soon!!
Looks like your plans are coming along great. I'm debating myself over the photopass. I never received the e-mail and $149 is just way too much. Even $99 is quite a bit for me. Last time I went with my BFF we split our CD with my parents who traveled to Disney 2 weeks later. Since I'm hopelessly behind on my scrapbooking, I'm thinking of just using the photopass pics to make one of their scrapbooks. I know they are pricey, but I think the price should still be less than what I would spend on the disk and then all the scrapbooking supplies. Plus all the photopass photographers will take a picture using your camera as well. The borders and stuff are nice, but you can still get all the same shots using just your camera.
I hope you have a wonderful trip - sounds like beautiful weather!
That's a shame that you did not get the email. It is supposedly titled something like: "Magical Musts for your Disney Vacation" and the link is hidden somewhere in the end. Also, you can only use this link once it appears, so don't check it out and then close it.
I agree that 99 $ is still a high price. And for just a normal trip, I would not see the point in paying it. But this trip is going to be a bit of a "once in a lifetime" thing and I really would love to have the pictures as a memory for Katharina's and my trip. If I were going solo or just with a friend, I would not spend that much money on the CD! I think your idea with the scrapbook is a good one!
YAY for to-do lists!!! I bet these next 70 days or so are going to fly by before you know it!!
I always enjoy your pictures of your country...so beautiful I would love to come visit some day!!!!
Nice camera...you will definitely have some great pictures to show all of us on your return!!!
Oh yes, the next weeks will be over before we know what happened! It always seems that December doesn't exist because Christmas is here so fast and then after the holidays it's just three or so weeks until we go to WDW! So we really need to start to focus on our to-do-list!
Wow! Your account of the Berlin Wall was great! It was so interesting to hear from someone who is actually German. My dad was station in German for quite awhile in his army days. I wonder what his accounts are of the wall and the division. I'll have to ask him!!
You list looks great! Your very organized!
One thing, I read that you can no longer pre-order the photopass CD. Not sure if this is true. I was able to for our trip a few weeks ago with no problem. But apparently they stopped within days of my order. I have to try to find out because I was planning on ordering one for Jan as well.
Thanks for the nice comment on the Berlin Wall update. I think you should definitely ask your dad. I think our parents lived through times which are history by now and it is great to get a personal account of that.
on the photopass CD they have changed the process. I would recommend checking out their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Disneys-PhotoPass-Service/148371108324 ), also because they offer great codes on there as well.
They have explained it there like that:
"We haven't taken the pre-arrival CD away, but we did make a change to ensure that guests are truly buying it before their trip. To do so an email is sent about 45 days prior to your vacation. However, since we just made the change, some guests who are arriving fairly soon will get their email closer to their actual arrival date.
The link to the pre-arrival offer is included in a newsletter-style email, note that the link to the offer is just one of many links in the message. The email is called "Magical Musts for your Disney Vacation" and is sent out by our partners in Walt Disney World Marketing. We are currently working closely with our partners to find a way to get this email and/or a link to the offer to all eligible guests including those who book through Travel Agents and to Disney Vacation Club members. If you fall into one of those two groups AND you have an upcoming trip (within 45 days or so) please contact our Guest Support team using the Contact Us information on the site and they will assist you.
We thank all of our guests and fans for their patience and understanding as we work through this new way of providing the pre-arrival offer.
Disney's PhotoPass team"
Thanks sooooo much for the info floss!! I really appreicate it!!!
I really like your to do list...in fact I'm going to copy some of it and just change it from Berlin to Orlando to New York to Paris...
You also have me thinking about cameras...I think I need to upgrade and keep our old one for Eric or Emily to use...(David is getting a Lego camera during the holidays...
(btw...I loved reading your cultural reply back to me...love talking about those things......and a hair shirt...hmmm...I think there might be a more "sophisticated" word for it but it was something worn by monks during the middle ages during Lent when they were doing penance...very uncomfortable undergarment...scratchy, unpleasant...
so what I meant by being conscious but not wearing a hair shirt is that while I think we should always be aware and empathetic about what goes on in the world we shouldn't "wear a hair shirt"-we shouldn't beat ourseives up every day-we should enjoy and appreciate what we have in our lives...
Hi everyone, sorry for being so silent here. I guess everyone knows how it is when life interferes with DIS time...
And for nodnol it is really unpleasant life events that interfere Her DH started to feel bad at work last Thursday and while it was first suspected that he had the swine flu, it was then deemed to only be an infect. BUT he still hasn't got rid of the fever he started to have a week ago!! nodnol and I were supposed to travel to Nuremberg together today to visit our parents and then also our aunt and our two cousins who also are our god-daughters (they are much younger and we each are god-mother to one of them) for our annual visit to make a special type of Christmas cookies. Last year we had to postpone due to horrible winter weather, so we were really looking forward to this. Now nodnol will stay in Berlin today, she may come to Nuremberg tomorrow, but this depends on how her DH will feel. So she really has a lot of negative things around: nervous about her DH's health, having to miss out on this weekend she was looking forward to and finally being afraid of finally getting that infect herself as well...
Prayers for better health for nodol and DH! I hope you are able to enjoy the weekend anyway!
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