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Germans are terribly complicated…

The title of this blog post I got from the newspaper article I write about and is not my own opinion about the Germans.

today we had a nice get-together with colleagues and there I got a newspaper article from my boss. The article came from a German newspaper and describes that it is possible to get trained in working together with Germans,  the title of this message is the first sentence of this article. And it’s  quite funny to read being Dutch and living in Germany.

The article is available above and is  written in German but I’ve translated the first part which is also the most interesting. Right-click and select open in new window/tab would open in it a size which is readable.

Germans are terribly complicated: They address each other formally, still wear ties and want to have everything in written form. More than rarely the Dutch have issues with this. To make sure the Dutch won’t be disappointed they can follow a course in German etiquette.

And to be honest I can understand that this course exists for the same reason as other intercultural trainings. After we just came to German I really need to get used to the formal way of speaking with each other, the hierarchy and the expectation of having every statement in a written form. After 4 years I think I got used to it and see it as normal and I can say it something Germany should be proud of its part of the German culture.

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And we are at home…

This morning started yesterday on the west-coast of the USA. We had a free late check-out so we had plenty of time to pack suitcases. We arrived on the 21st of september with 2 suitcases, actually 3 but one of the suitcases was placed inside another one. The total weight of the suitcases was about 35 kilo and we were curious about the total weight on our way back home. Packing was a bit difficult because we had a problem with the space in the suitcases. We bought a couple of pairs of shoes which took a lot of place but we managed to fit everything in the 3 suitcases and in our cabin luggage.

At 12 o’clock it was time to drive to the airport. The drive to the airport was 29 miles and we had for 35 miles gas left so if everything went well and there was no traffic-jam and I did not take a wrong exit we should be fine. And indeed everything went well and we were perfect on time at the rental car return. From there we needed a shuttle-bus to the international terminal to drop off our baggage. Dropping off the was no problem except for the pricing for an additional suitcase, they went up from $50 to $100 per extra suitcase.

After dropping the suitcases we had a sandwich before we went to the gate. The gate was a bit different as expected. We bought expected to board the Airbus A380-800 by bridges but no we need to board into busses. There was a whole seating organisation to lead the whole process and at the end everyone ended up at the same and only tower to board the plane.

We had excellent places on the upper-deck of the plane with some extra space on the window side of our seats. The flight was very pleasant  and we came out more fit as usual. I guess this is because off all the new technology for climate control they put into planes today. We left LAX with a delay of almost 45 minutes and arrived almost on time in Paris. But in Paris it took over 30 minutes to park the plane at the gate which meant we had only 60 minutes left to cross the whole airport including an a bus ride to the Terminal 2G. From Terminal 2G we boarded our plane towards Nürnberg. This boarding took place outdoor and the rain was pouring down on us.

Soon we arrived at Nürnberg and here we hoped to see our suitcases again. And we were lucky, they were among the first to be on the baggage-caroussel. We walked through custom without any question and rushed to the metro towards the central train station and from there we would take a train home to Altdorf.

And in Altdorf a colleague of me, Jörg, picked us up at the airport to drive us back home.

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Photos on our last full day…

The last full day of our vacation is today and as always I needed a surprise for Danielle but  what and how could I organize it?

Yesterday I insisted that we had breakfast in our hotel and  I went to the reception to thank them for the good advice on he trip to downtown LA. Danielle believed this so I thought nothing can go wrong from here. I asked the lady at the reception to call the Disneyland Dining reservations and asked for a character breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland hotel. But it took so long to get through the waiting line that before she had an operator on the phone Danielle already came to see what took so long. So the surprise was a little bit away but she was still happy with it.

Off course this meant getting out of bed early today, at 7:00 sharp our alarm clock wakes Danielle and she woke me 30 minutes later. At 7:50 we are in the car on our way to the happiest place on earth.

We parked at the Disneyland Hotel parking and at 8:15 we were in line for a photo with Goofy, the first photo of today. We get the photo package and the digital copy for free with our PhotoPass+. The breakfast buffet is really good and it’s also not so crowded. The food is also themed to a goofy style with for example a peanut butter jelly pizza, upside down cakes and more. And besides food there were also characters we made photos together with Chip, Dale, Pluto, Aladdin and the Fairy Godmother.

At 9:45 we left for Disneyland because we wanted more photos! But before it was time for photos we did some space traveling with Star Tours and grabbed a Fastpass at Space Mountain.

The first photos we made were at Pixie Hollow with Tink in her winter clothing and from there we went for some Disney princesses at the royal walk in Fantasyland.

From there we walked to Rapunzel at the Tangled photo location were we waited for about 45 minutes for a photo. From there we walked through Frontierland where we found the fabulous five in the Halloween outfit. Too bad that there was no photopass photographers on this spot.

From there we walked over central plaza to take some additional photos with with the enormous castle in the background. And than it was time for our Space Mountain Fastpass, the onride photo is also included in our photopass+ and that was the last photo in Disneyland.

It was about 15:00 when we hopped to Disney’s California Adventure. First thing to do was getting photos made on our way to the Tower of Terror. We first walked in the standby entrance but after looking in the Mobile Magic app we decided to grab a fastpass instead since the return time was about the same and so we could make some other photos in the meantime. After we made some photos we grabbed a coffee at the Starbucks in the park and then it started to rain. The first rain of our vacation on the last full day.

So we walked through the rain to see the Aladdin Musical, the genie was this time even better he had some great one-liners and jokes. After the show our fastpass time slot for the Tower of Terror was passed but we could still get into the fastpass line. We loaded the photo on our photopass and we walked through the park to have a last look on Cars Land and checkout the wait time at the California Screamin’, the wait was only 15 minutes so we decided to ride this coaster once again. The last ride of this vacation.

We left the park after a couple more photos for our photopass+ and went to the Irvine Spectrum mall about 20 minutes south on the I5. It’s a nice looking mall but there was not much going on, probably because it was a thursday evening. We got our diner at Dave & Busters and afterwards we drove back to our hotel for the last night on the west coast.

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