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Everything is coming together nicely for my trip. I stayed up entirely too late last night researching hotels and sending emails to a bunch of places in Paris to see about availability. There is one night where I think we will wing it because we'll be traveling between cities and I'm not sure where we'll land.

I'm kind of miffed because I booked a room at a hotel Berlin near the venue where GA is playing on the first night I arrive on the recommendation of their European booker, but then I found this really cute hotel/hostel with great reviews that's cheaper and closer! But I got some kind of internet discount rate at the other place so its non-refundable. I should have done my own research, grrr. So on our last night we are also in Berlin and I'm wondering if I should book us there or be practical and get a room close to the airport since my flight is at 9:30am. Cute/fun or practical...that is always the dilemma, isn't it? I guess the point is you're not supposed to stay in your room that much anyway so maybe it doesn't matter.

I called all my credit cards to put a travel alert on my accounts, asked the pharmacy to get me prescriptions early, transferred money from savings and am basically kicking ass on my to-do list.

I ate, drank and spent way too much this weekend and now I feel like a bloated broke moocow. It was fun though.

Date: 2009-05-11 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-lotus.livejournal.com
I say go for the room near the airport. You don't need additional stress on before an international flight.

Date: 2009-05-11 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshc.livejournal.com
yeah. if you have a 9:30 flight you probably need to be there by 7:30, which would mean leaving Berlin before 7. I guess it depends on how much time you want to spend in the city the day before. Maybe there's a trendy podhotel near the airport?

Date: 2009-05-11 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emily-hahn.livejournal.com
I say go for the place you wanted to stay and just make sure you have arrangements for a ride to the airport the next morning. The hotel staff could probably help (or at least recommend) for arrangements the day before. Personally, I'd see that as a drag going to a hotel that's out of the way from town and then going back and forth on your last day/night out of being there.

Date: 2009-05-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pot-t-mouth.livejournal.com
This.

Just get up at 5:30 or something.

Date: 2009-05-11 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emily-hahn.livejournal.com
That's what happened my first week in Brazil. The place I stayed at in Salvador was at the edge of town. Definitely closer to the airport, but going anywhere and doing anything meant at least a 30 minute bus or taxi ride. Plus not really speaking Portuguese made it hard when I wasn't sure what bus stop I should be getting off at et cetera.

Date: 2009-05-11 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graphxgrrl.livejournal.com
I had that exact debate on hotels for my last night in Paris this spring. I ended up going with a hotel near the airport and am really glad I did, it made getting to my flight in the morning a much less stressful experience.

Date: 2009-05-11 08:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-12 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squiggle.livejournal.com
fun! you are ready to go. i had credit card problems just making reservations from here. even though i called them and told them there would be charges in europe they blocked my card twice. 2nd time i wasn't able to get a train reservation i needed. boo. i hope your card isn't so stupid.

Date: 2009-05-13 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lehrtocke.livejournal.com
Wow, you're so much more organized than I am on all my trips. I hope you have a great time on your trip.

For my last nights, I'll usually go for the airport hotel--and preferably the one attached directly to the terminal for minimal travel time. But that's boring, and airport hotels are expensive, and it makes it difficult for one quick last adventure on the town.

That early in the morning, traffic shouldn't be a problem and I'm sure the hotel can book a taxi for you so there should be no need to stress about getting to the airport on time.
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