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  • Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post

    Don’t most people run a marathon in a day? (Or a couple hours?)
    It's a lawyers' marathon. A lot of talking and posturing.

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    • We went to Berlin in June. Awesome city. Stay in savignyplatz neighborhood. Cool.
      have to go see Charlie!! East German city blocks are so bland one can still feel their pain.
      this summer German is selling E9 monthly passes for all public transportation. ALL transport. Covers metro, bus, trains, etc. covers your regular car train from Frankfurt to Berlin even.

      prague was a couple years ago and loved that too. Loved Budapest more, but Prague was sweet and better than Vienna.

      Paris mookie didn’t even bother to use his horrible French. **** them. Spoke American to everyone. A handful were pleasant. Had breakfast at a “pub like” place a couple mornings and they were nice. Had to deal with a nasty woman at a pharmacy who pretended not to understand mookie :-) . Whatever.
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      • The east is where all the cool stuff is mookie. Savignyplatz is nice but the grit of the east side is something else.

        the contrasts in the city are startling, though. After about six months of living there I found myself rarely going west. Kind of like how I rarely went above 23rd in nyc I guess

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        • Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
          The east is where all the cool stuff is mookie. Savignyplatz is nice but the grit of the east side is something else.

          the contrasts in the city are startling, though. After about six months of living there I found myself rarely going west. Kind of like how I rarely went above 23rd in nyc I guess
          Missed the Cloisters, then?

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          • Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post

            Don’t most people run a marathon in a day? (Or a couple hours?)
            Expo is Friday night, Rollerblade marathon is Saturday afternoon, running marathon is Sunday morning.

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            • Originally posted by mookie1995 View Post
              this summer German is selling E9 monthly passes for all public transportation. ALL transport. Covers metro, bus, trains, etc. covers your regular car train from Frankfurt to Berlin even.
              Just a note about this, the 9 euro a month ticket is currently scheduled to end at the end of August, although it's looking like it will be extended for September and October as well. Easily purchaseable online or via one of the machines, it covers all travel through Germany except for private transport companies and the high-speed (ICE, IC, EC) trains of the Deutsche Bahn. Basically, if you're sticking around Berlin you can use that for all of your needs, but with the marathon being at the end of September you would then need to buy a ticket for October if you're still in Berlin that month. Still, 18 euros for unlimited travel is great - just be prepared for really full trains.

              I certainly wouldn't want to take the regional trains from Berlin to Frankfurt like mookie said.

              If you're taking the 4 1/2 hour train from Berlin to Prague, the 9 Euro ticket won't work, unless you want to turn it into a 10-hour journey with 6 changes. The "high speed" direct EC is between 50 and 75 Euros and easily bookable in the app.
              Last edited by cF[Authentic]; 07-28-2022, 05:43 AM.

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              • 4th day of 5-day stay in Haida Gwaii, an island (cluster) off the coast of northern BC controlled by the Haida people, who have lived here for thousands of years. A lot of hiking, including yesterdays walk in virgin Sitka Spruce rainforest. Trees are hundreds of feet high and up to 15’ in diameter. Like being in natures cathedral. Somewhat like the Nocal redwood forests but unspoiled by people or industry. Some time and expense in getting to this place but well worth it.

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                • Originally posted by burd View Post
                  4th day of 5-day stay in Haida Gwaii, an island (cluster) off the coast of northern BC controlled by the Haida people, who have lived here for thousands of years. A lot of hiking, including yesterdays walk in virgin Sitka Spruce rainforest. Trees are hundreds of feet high and up to 15’ in diameter. Like being in natures cathedral. Somewhat like the Nocal redwood forests but unspoiled by people or industry. Some time and expense in getting to this place but well worth it.
                  Sounds wonderful!

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                  • Originally posted by burd View Post
                    the Haida people
                    TIL. Interesting. Did we **** them or are they still somewhat culturally stable?

                    (Not that the culture is great; they had slaves.)
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                    • Originally posted by Kepler View Post

                      TIL. Interesting. Did we **** them or are they still somewhat culturally stable?
                      I really don’t know, though I’d guess the answer to that question is not an encouraging one, despite some very real recent efforts to preserve and protect their culture. But even with those efforts, the Haida language is in critical condition.

                      One difference that stands out is that the Haida people have now been given sovereignty over ancestral lands that have supported them for thousands of years, not a small piece of hardscrabble land the dominant culture has little use for, as has been the case with so many American Indian tribes. But they have suffered the same unforgivable treatment as native people in this country. Reading the accounts of those histories in small museum displays here, I’ve been thinking of John Marshall’s (our Abraham of Supreme Court justices) depiction of native people as savages in McIntosh v. Johnson.

                      Yeah, I think we might have ****ed them. **** me.
                      Last edited by burd; 08-12-2022, 07:59 PM.

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                      • Currently enroute to a company junket at a mountain resort. Please prep the guillotine for this member of le petit bourgeoisie.

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                        • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
                          Currently enroute to a company junket at a mountain resort. Please prep the guillotine for this member of le petit bourgeoisie.
                          Nah we will just put you in the Iron Maiden!

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                          • Originally posted by Handyman View Post

                            Nah we will just put you in the Iron Maiden!

                            If I'm shunned from socialism, then I'll dedicate a gin martini to all of our forum regulars, even the Dumpies. ;-)

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                            • Random question for regular international travelers. What's the better airport to connect through for an international flight, Heathrow or JFK, all else being equal?

                              Basically in doing a preliminary look, we could do a Minneapolis/Chicago - London - Berlin route, or a MSP/KCI/OMA - New York - Berlin route. Starting city doesn't really matter, so mainly curious about the intermediate one. And if there's a better option I should look for, I'd be interested in that, too.

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                              • I used to always prefer schipol to cdg or heathrow but not sure if that’s still the same in post Covid traffic

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