Monday, September 03, 2007

be there or be square

So, all you whiney expats, your minds have been made up for you and this year's Annual Whiney Expat Blogger in Germany Meet-Up will take place in the fascinating city of Dresden on the weekend of November 17 and 18, 2007. Please follow the link to J's blog to find out who'll be there and to add yourself to the list if you have decided to attend. Travel and accommodation details are still being discussed. If you have any questions, just post them in the comments at J's post or contact him directly. He's got the scoop on everything.

If you're new in town and still up in the air about coming along to meet a bunch of perfect strangers, wondering what in the world goes on at this type of event, rest assured that no one will make you go bowling, play strip poker or visit more than two museums.

I'm actually almost looking forward to the loooong train trip this time because as of September 1st, there is now NO smoking in any form of public transportation. Ahhhhh! Some smokers are taking it well, others (including Deutsche Bahn employees!) are putting up a bit of a fuss but I'm sure everything will work out just fine in the end. I do wonder how long it's going to take them to scrub that stale smoke smell out of the upholstery, though.

Hope to see you all in Dresden!

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At September 03, 2007 9:55 p.m., Blogger J said...

No bowling? Forget it! I'm not going then! :)

Funny, I was on a train on 1 September and saw people smoking in the bike carriage and smelled it in the bathroom. Like I said before, it's not going to work.

At September 03, 2007 10:26 p.m., Blogger mar said...

Be optimistic. It has worked in Spain , the land of the many smokers...

Planning the next trip to Northern Germany, but it will be early in november. One of these years I might even join you, I'd love to!

At September 04, 2007 4:13 a.m., Anonymous ian said...

It all depends on which train and the crew you have. If the crew is lax or led by a smoker, you probably won't get much help. If I were to come across smokers on the train, I'd note when and where etc and tell the conductor. Then if no action were taken, an email or two and a blog post with pictures should keep the ball rolling once you've arrived where you want to go, smelly clothes and all.
It's the law now, but if non-smokers don't have the guts to demand it be adhered to, what's the point?
- ian in hamburg
PS: looking into Dresden.

At September 04, 2007 9:09 a.m., Blogger christina said...

J - Yep, in yesterday's paper they said that people were smoking in the bathrooms. I wonder if DB has ever heard of smoke detectors. This might work but it's going to take a loooooong time.

mar - I'm trying! But, yes, if it can work in Spain it can work anywhere, right? It would be SO fun if you could join us some time! :-)

ian - I'm most definitely going to complain if I see anyone smoking on the trains. That said, there was an article in today's paper about people who did just that. The smoker in question then threatened them with a knife. This should be interesting. :-(

At September 04, 2007 1:39 p.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Oh excellent Christina - you keep giving me more and more reasons why I can consider another visit to Deutschland... less smoke certainly makes it sound better. Might be a bit of a struggle to make it to the gathering in Dresden (haven't been there since 1990!.. there was no where to stay and nothing to eat) but I am sure it will be a lot of laughs.... but no bowling/strip poker... what's the point? LOL

At September 05, 2007 8:36 a.m., Blogger Betsy said...

OK, Christina, you've really got me wondering. What is a Patty Stacker?

At September 05, 2007 8:37 a.m., Blogger Betsy said...

And since that comment had nothing to do with this post it'll make everyone else wonder as well... :-D

At September 05, 2007 9:38 a.m., Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Your meet-ups sound fun. We french expats are going to have to get organized and do something like this, too.

At September 06, 2007 4:43 p.m., Blogger swenglishexpat said...

I'll be working that weekend and Dresden is on the other side of Germany. Otherwise it might have been tempting to ride on a smoke-free(?) train and meet a bunch of strangers. It'll have to wait. Ciao


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