Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Atlanta

This month the German passports of both of our girls expired, which meant a trip to our nearest consulate - which is in Atlanta GA.
Last time we had to get our passports, we drove there in the morning, went to the appointment and drove back. Four hours one way made for a VERY long day!
This time we decided to turn it into a micro vacation, spending one night in Atlanta. We left yesterday morning and arrived in Atlanta around 1:00. We had decided that we would check out the Coca Cola museum before checking into our hotel. All of us thought the museum was ok, but not something we'd have to see again. (Seemed like one big coca cola commercial.)
Afterward we drove around for a while trying to find our hotel - made us realize just how much we love smaller cities! 
After getting settled in, we decided to check out the Atlanta underground. Again, glad we saw it but don't feel the need to see it again. We walked around some, enjoyed the sight and then headed back to the hotel where we ended the night with playing cards.
This morning we got up, and after breakfast headed to the consulate. Conveniently, it was only about a block from our hotel!! We were so glad we had stayed overnight. Our appointments were at 10:20 and 10:40, but we weren't even seen until noon! That would have made for a very, very long day!

Diesen Monat sind die deutschen Reisepaesse der Maedels abgelaufen und wir mussten auf's Konsulat um neue zu beantragen. Unser naehestes Konsulat ist in Atlanta, vier Stunden Fahrt von hier entfernt!
Letztes Mal als wir neue Paesse brauchten sind wir frueh hingefahren, hatten die Termine und danach wieder nach Hause gefahren. War ein sehr langer Tag!
Dieses Mal beschlossen wir einen Mini Urlaub daraus zu machen und eine Nacht in Atlanta zu verbringen. Gestern frueh sind wir also hier los und kamen so gegen 13:00 Uhr in Atlanta an. Im Voraus hatten wir schon beschlossen uns das Coca Cola Museum anzusehen bevor wir zum Hotel gingen. Wir alle dachten das Museum war ok, aber ehrlich gesagt muss ich nicht nochmal hin. War wie eine grosse Cola Werbung.
Danach sind wir 'ne Weile in Atlanta herum gefahren um unser Hotel zu finden. Hat etwas gedauert und uns wurde mal wieder klar, dass wir lieber in Kleinstaedten wohnen!
Nachdem wir das Hotel gefunden und uns etwas ausgruht hatten beschlossen wir den Atlanta underground zu besuchen. Uns ging's wie mit dem Cola Museum - einmal hat gereicht.
Wir sind noch ein bissl durch Atlanta gelaufen und haben den Abend im Hotel mit Karten spielen ausklingen lassen.
Heute frueh sind wir aufgestanden, haben gemuetlich gefruehstueckt und danach ging es ins Konsulat. War gluecklicherweise gar nicht weit vom Hotel entfernt und wir konnten zu Fuss gehen. Wir waren so froh, dass wir die Nacht in Atlanta verbracht hatten! Unsere Termine waren um 10:20 und 10:40, aber gesehen haben sie uns erst nach 12:00. Waere ein super langer Tag gewesen wenn wir in einem Tag hin und zurueck waeren!












13 comments:

  1. Such a fun mini vacation. I love Atlanta, well, except for the traffic [shudder]. The museum looks like a lot of fun and something I will put on my list.

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    1. It was interesting to see for sure. However, I prefer living in a (much) smaller city. :-)

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  2. You always find such neat things. Aren't you ever intimidated? Atlanta is so huge--it would scare the stuffings out of me!

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    1. Sue, if I had been the one driving, I would have been a nervous wreck. Luckily hubby did the driving for us!

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  3. I'm glad you had the passports updated, do they last five years? or ten? love the photos, but I'm with you cities are a bit daunting. My husband is fantastic at navigating them and I'm great at telling him what to do.

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    1. The girl's passports will last 6 years and mine 10 years. Your comment about telling him what to do cracked me up. At one time Greg had the navigation system, my phone (giving directions) and me all telling him what to do. Needless to say it was a bit much... ;-)

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  4. It's frustrating when you have to wait so long for an appointment, sounds like it was just as well you hadn't gone for the day. My sister in law has to return to Germany to renew her passport it would be a lot further for you to have to do that!

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    1. Very true, but then I would also get to see my family. ;-) It's ok, we made it through and won't have to do it for several years again.

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  5. Mini vacations are always fun, a little taste of being away, but not so long that you get tired of being away :)

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    1. You are right Kim! It was mostly fun and good for the family.

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  6. Sometimes mini vacations are just as good as a big one!!....less packing!!

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    1. You are right Beverly! We were packed and unpacked in no time at all. :-)

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  7. Thank you for sharing about this micro vacation...I am sure there are memories stored for times later down the road...especially with Hannah approaching college age. I hope Greg gets/or got a reward for listening to all of those voices telling him what to do and where to go. :) He's a good guy.

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