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Re: The Travelling Forumite

Post by Don Alexander » Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:38 am

TheDude wrote:I'll depart for Boston on Thursday to see the Dresden Dolls. And then I'm off to New York to see..... The Dresden Dolls. :D
I'm beyond excited!
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Post by Azrael » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:25 am

Welcome to the United States, Dude. Hope you have a pleasant time and a great couple of concerts. :ymparty:
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Re: The Travelling Forumite

Post by Don Alexander » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:41 pm

Well, I had some moderately extensive - and dangerous - travels these last days.

I was in my hometown over Christmas, visiting my mom. I then took her to the hospital for hip replacement (she was successfully operated on on Tuesday :) ), and day before yesterday, I traveled to southeastern Bavaria to visit my two future bosses and pick up my snazzy work laptop! :D B-)

It's been quite cold recently in Germany, and the eastern part has been hit by snow. So to make sure, I took a somewhat circuitous route to always be on Autobahns. All in all, it took my 7 hours, but I was on time for supper. :D Not really worth discussing.

Then, yesterday, from there up to my university town - which should be a rather easy 3.5 hr drive. My friends told me weather for the trip was looking fine, really cold but sunshine all the way.

Yeah, haha. :|

I hit the first snow cloud not a half hour out. Then several further going north through Bavaria - one even strong enough to coat the road with some snow quickly.

But that was nothing compared to Thuringia. :-T

Halfway through, near a town called Schleiz, there's a long downhill/uphill part. The construction that had been going on for years there and to the north is finally finished, but now there was a fire truck standing at the beginning of the downslope with flashing warnings: Accident and Extreme Ice Conditions!

So I drove down the hill carefully. Luckily, not much traffic, though people on the other side were creeping up, not really a traffic jam but moving slowly. At the bottom, traffic slowed down on my side considerably as well, and we passed the accident site. Seemed to be a truck which had either loaded something hazardous or had lost gasoline, there was a hazmat truck there and everything.

But this did not take very long, and I accelerated...

And then it started to snow. Really, really hard. The world pretty much disappeared in front of me and everything was grayed out. Snow on the road piled up rapidly, and soon everyone was down to driving like 25 mph and being super careful. I'm pretty sure this is the most extreme winter conditions I have driven through, and I'm really happy it was still daylight!!

But I got though without trouble, and by the time I reached my place, it was mostly clear, dusk, and Venus was blazing in the heavens. (*)
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Re: The Travelling Forumite

Post by Azrael » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:20 pm

Glad to hear your Mom's procedure was successful and glad to hear you made it home safely. #:-s
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What he said. :)

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Post by mikbuster » Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:08 pm

That sounds mildly entertaining. I've driven through worse, but on roads absolutely nobody else was on, making it simultaneously safer and more deadly :)
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Post by yiraheerai » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:20 am

How scary D: I'm glad you made it safe and your mom's surgery went well!
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Post by Don Alexander » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:24 am

Hola todos!

Greetings from Espana! :D

I'm here not just for a short visit... but "permanently"! Today, I have started a new two-year contract here!

Also, these last two days, I drove 2100 km down here... Hoooooly shit, never again. At least not for a long time.
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Post by 'J' » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:55 am

that's really great.

so, are you doing horoscopes for a newspaper, or do you have one of those call-in shows, like miss cleo?

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Post by Lokitsu » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:11 am

Congratulations Don! :ymapplause:
BTW, how many languages do you speak?

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Post by yiraheerai » Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:26 am

Congrats! :ymparty:
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Post by Azrael » Fri Mar 03, 2017 4:46 am

That's great to hear, Alex. Enormous conga-rats! :D :ymparty:
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Re: The Travelling Forumite

Post by Don Alexander » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:54 am

'J' wrote:so, are you doing horoscopes for a newspaper, or do you have one of those call-in shows, like miss cleo?
Oh, come one, show a bit of intelligence. I could just call-in horoscopes from Germany. No, I'll have my own TV show.
Lokitsu wrote:BTW, how many languages do you speak?
Actually, just German and English. I also know a bit of French from school which is partially helpful reading Spanish...
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Post by Artemisia » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:15 pm

YEAY! Congrats on the job!
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Post by yiraheerai » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:01 am

Heading to Las Vegas tomorrow :) I should be back at the end of the week.
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