Thursday, 24 March 2011

Memories

Feeling a bit like a pin cushion after all these injections we were happy to see the sun for a change and the weather improving from grey and cold to just a bit chilly but sunny hehe. So, off we went on our bicycles for a little tour and ended up in the, what is now called, Olympic Parc Berlin, but formerly known as HQ Berlin Infantry Brigade. To be here, near the Olympic Stadium and seeing the buildings where I worked and passing BMH Berlin (pics to follow) where Fiona and I met, brought back some nice memories.  (Even though looking forward to leave) it is quite sad. This had been part of our lives for many years and is now all coming to an end. We do not know whether we ever come back here. But with all these thoughts, one real funny thing happened though as we discovered an open gate to the Maifeld, a massive lawn just outside the Olympic Stadium. Normally out of bounds for everybody, we took our chances and cycled all around it (see pics) but when wanting to leave, the gardeners from the grounds had locked us in. As I was already thinking how to get out (ahhh panic, call the cops, lift the bike over the fence, shout etc.) Fiona checked the chain at the gate and realised it was only wrapped round and we could get out. I reckon the gardeners were just having a laugh on our behalf.
I shall try to take some more pictures of the area, Stadium, Brigade, BMH etc. and put them online.
I try and make one last entry before leaving Berlin but do not know when I shall be online again. We are trying to get a Pre-Paid sim card for Data in UK, but we have to see how that goes.

Vaccinations and Medical Precautions


It is only about 5 weeks from now until we shall leave Berlin. In order to travel with as little risk as possible, we took some precaution. Not only did we both have a decent medical check, but also went to the Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health  for advice. We decided to have the following vaccinations:  DIPHTERIA, TUBERKULOSIS, HEPATITIS A & B, TETANUS, TYPHOID, JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS and very important but underestimated by a lot of people, RABIES. For more info about vaccinations, either click on the link or ask your Foreign Office.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Problems & Solutions

January was quite a difficult month for us. It all started when we tried to sell an Item on Ebay where we nearly became victims of fraud. Someone bid far too high on the article to stop other bidders and 7 seconds before the end the high bid was withdrawn and the item went well below value. It took several emails and phone calls with Ebay as well as fighting the crook off threatening him with police action to get it all sorted. Then we made an enquiry with the ADAC for our health insurance and were told we had to be registered for the full period of cover in Germany, what would not be possible for us as we are leaving for good. This gave us quite a head ache and we were looking for alternatives which proved extremely expensive and we actually thought our plans would end here. Luckily after another phone call with the ADAC in Munich, the first information was wrong, as only when you make the application you have to be registered, so.... problem solved.
Next was the Thai Embassy and again it involved several calls to get the information we needed, but unfortunately not what we had expected. It is very costly to get a years visa if one is under 50 years of age, so back to the drawing board. The result is: We are leaving Berlin at the end of April with our Camper Van, travelling firstly through Germany, saying our good - byes to friends and relatives. Beginning of May we shall then travel on to the UK to see Fiona's mum and family; again to say farewell. Whenever we have enough of England or the chance for a cheap flight we then move on to Malaysia (on entry a 3 Month Visa) make a couple of Visa runs which will the mean I am 50 which will make it possible to get a 1 year visa for Thailand and have a health retreat in there.
In between all these problems we had a broken water pipe in our flat, resulting in water dripping from the ceiling. it is repaired now, but the walls are wet and we are slowly getting mould on there. It is definitely time to leave soon. So far my update, all this is absolutetly backed up by the weather, gray, cold, snow or rain. Not very nice at all, but we are still going and that is a nice feeling.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Happy Birthday

Today was not only my birthday but as well the birthday of my new  Domain. The old address used to be very difficult to find, i. e. http://palmtrees4ever.blogspot.com/  but now it is a proper .com address. Easy to find and easy to remember :
By now we had over 2000 visitors and I hope the interest carries on. Join our Mailinglist (over 50 Members so far) and if you have any questions about moving to South-East-Asia and how to prepare your move, please contact us.


Important News: Today, 30.12.2010 we have given our notice for the flat to the 31.05.2011; step forward!! (We are defenitely leaving)