Reflections on Travel

29 Apr

Recently I reflected a lot on our past two overseas travels. One trip to Berlin we did five years ago and another one two and a half years ago. When we travel we always try to economise, meaning we are not out to stay in expensive hotels or visit restaurants that are well above our budget. The greatest extra expense we consider to be the air-travel ticket plus insurance. Since both Peter and I are going to be past eighty when we travel next time the insurance is going to be sky high! We usually book a flight well in advance and look for special offers. The last two times we did fly with Malaysian Airline from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur and from there we had connecting flights with KLM. We thought these flights via Kuala Lumpur were pretty good. Soon we want to find out what’s on offer for next year.

2016 is going to be a huge family reunion in Berlin. Our Australian family is already planning for all this.  Some members in our family have never been to Berlin yet and are very keen to get to know a bit about the city and the German family members who live there. Especially Peter’s sister Ilse is very hopeful that a large family meeting can take place next year in Berlin. She and Finn are already thinking about all the arrangements that can be made. One of our grandsons is busy making plans about all the destinations where he and his family intend to travel to. He worked out that a nine day stay in Berlin could be included. They also want to stay for a few days in London and maybe some days in Switzerland, and I think there was also talk about Paris.

When Peter heard that they plan on staying for nine days in Berlin,  he  soon thought about a number of places he could show them in Berlin. Peter knows Berlin very well, partly from personal experience but a lot he knows because he keeps himself always up to date on the internet about what is going on in Berlin. When it come to history, he can tell you a thing or two about Berlin’s history as well. The past few days he published memories about the last days in Berlin before the end of World War Two. You can look it up under:

https://berlioz1935.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/tuesday-24-april-1945/

The memories start already here:

https://berlioz1935.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/berlin-the-last-battle-in-europe-during-world-war-2/

There are diary entries of Peter’s mother which he translated.  Also, Peter’s own comments about these eventful days continue for several days.

It is amazing how much Peter remembers about this time seventy years ago. This was just a few days before he turned ten! He also likes to read up on official records about the last days in Berlin before the end of the war, and he is also always looking for relevant pictures from that time.

8 Responses to “Reflections on Travel”

  1. catterel April 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    That sounds like some family reunion you are planning – I do hope everything goes well, and your young ones get to experience the best of Berlin (and whatever else of Europe they can squeeze in!) .

    • auntyuta April 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm #

      Thanks, Catt. Yes, all this planning is very exciting. 🙂

      • gerard oosterman April 29, 2015 at 10:26 pm #

        That sounds like a very big party in Berlin coming up. Those that haven’t been overseas will love it and come back richer.

      • auntyuta April 30, 2015 at 8:24 am #

        For sure, this is going to be a very big party, Gerard. So far nobody did any bookings yet. Probably in Sept/Oct we should start looking at what we can book. The family meeting in Berlin might take place in June next year.

  2. giselzitrone April 29, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    Schöner Beitrag liebe Ute es geht mir wieder soweit gut ist ein Narbenriss man muss sehen was man macht.Liebe Grüße und eine Umarmung Gislinde

    • auntyuta April 30, 2015 at 8:17 am #

      Das ist schön, liebe Gislinde, dass es dir wieder etwas besser geht.
      Lots of love, your friend Uta 🙂

  3. Three Well Beings April 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    What an amazing family reunion that will be, Uta. I can imagine your excitement, and the pleasure it will be for you to share Berlin as a family. It would be so much fun to choose all the places you want to see again! 🙂

    • auntyuta April 30, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

      I can think of quite a few people in Berlin, Debra, who probably are already busy planning events for the influx of family members from Australia. 🙂

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