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HobbitCon, Germany March 2013
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kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 6 2013, 9:23pm

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Sorry I haven't replied sooner but am down with flu ---- again!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Third bout of flu this winter, and I've basically been sick ever since the second week in January, it's utterly demoralising. So I still don't know whether I'll be going or not.

As far as getting total strangers for room-mates go, I'm not that young anymore and not sure whether I can cope with people coming in really late at night, and then it might get rather crowded in the bathroom in the mornings. After checking out the programme I realised that 'party' might mean all night....

Perhaps I'm just feeling too low because of the flu, and it might all be quite simple. However, I'm not daring to book anything yet for fear I might still be too sick to go. Sorry to be such a wet blanket Unsure


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Mar 7 2013, 9:27pm

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Get well soon! [In reply to] Can't Post

In regard to your concerns, just speaking from my own experience. I have shared rooms with strangers, but especially at these kind of conventions, everybody is there because they love fantasy, you do get a connection really soon.

At last RingCon I had a bad case of the flu and went up to my room each night around 10 (when the programme finished). My roommates (2 ladies I didn't know before) came in later. One, I think around midnight and the other around 1. They both came in really quiet. I left the light close to the door burning, so they could see when they came in and didn't have to switch on the big light. Of course I woke up when they came in (I live alone, so not used to somebody coming in, no matter at what time). But they were really quiet, got their stuff, went to the bathroom and went to sleep. So I just turned and slept on.

In the mornings. You just have to use your sense and share. Probably the ones who came in late will be up later in the morning, giving you time to get ready. And you use the bathroom only for the necessary things in there (brush your teeth, take a shower), get back in the room in only a t-shirt and trousers. The rest (like brushing hair, putting on make, putting on costume or extra layers of clothing etc) you do in the room. Giving the others a go at the bathroom. Never had a problem with that. Or if you want to use the bathroom for make-up. You wait till the others have used the bathroom and go back in later.

Get well soon, and hope spring comes soon and shines all the flu away.



kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 14 2013, 11:25pm

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Will you succumb to temptation [In reply to] Can't Post

and come to HobbitCon? That would be fab! I'm still battling flu but will probably register for the event tomorrow. Now if you were to come that would be great!


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 15 2013, 2:13pm

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Got your tickets yet? If not, quickly do so! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Laguz,

you wrote that you booked your flight but have you booked your tickets yet? I only just realised that I need to do so as soon as possible since the HobbitCon organisers sent me an email in answer to my question, and apparently they are processing the last of the registrations this weekend, and on Monday it will be too late to register as they are already on their way to Bonn. Apparently they send out the registration confirmations in the mail and you need to have that piece of paper when you arrive there otherwise they won't let you in. That would be a shame!

I haven't registered yet myself but am still waiting for an answer from the organisers to another question. Never having been to any such event before, I feel somewhat nervous, but I do hope to make it to this one.


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 15 2013, 2:22pm

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Yes, I've finally decided to go [In reply to] Can't Post

even though I still feel somewhat apprehensive since it will all be strange to me.

What do you mean, you don't feel enough of a ringer to go? That statement has me puzzled. Pity you don't want to go, it would have been nice to meet as many TORnadoes as possible Smile...


Laguz
The Shire


Mar 15 2013, 2:50pm

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Glad you've decided to come! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, me and my friend bought our Economy tickets just after Christmas, thanks for the heads up though!

We both received Invoices in Jan that said you have to take them with you as it's your confirmation, but hopefully if they send anything else it'll arrive before we leave (We're leaving next Weds, staying in Cologne for two nights then heading to Bonn for Fri - Mon night). We're staying in central Bonn, and plan to get the tram/underground (not sure what it is lol, I think it's call 'S-Bahn'? xD) back and fore to the Hotel.
I'm quite nervous myself, the thought of meeting the actors (even just for photoshoots) are making me shake xD Also a bit scared of travelling to Germany, I know there's a lot of English spoken, but I'm scared of street and train stop names and getting lost. We should be ok though, we managed to get around Prague ok a few years ago ^,^

Incredibly excited, 12 days til we leave!

Do you guys want to arrange meeting up at some point? :D

~Laguz~

Back in Action from over a year xD

(This post was edited by Laguz on Mar 15 2013, 2:52pm)


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 16 2013, 12:30pm

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Now the waiting begins.... in my case, for my ticket confirmation! [In reply to] Can't Post

I just hope I haven't left it too late --- after a 'last call for roommates at HobbitCon' on the Fiesta Friday thread, I finally took the plunge and ordered a three day economy ticket and a room at the hotel for four nights (will arrive there on Friday afternoon). Now I'm officially in the queue and super-nervous in case I won't get in. Just realised there is a sort of Forum there where people sell tickets/hotel room reservations when their leave has been cancelled or other problems prevent their going. If I had known that, I could have saved about 250 euros (is that about 200 pounds sterling?). Well, I've been sick with flu for so long that it took a long time to nerve myself to decide in favour of it, always checking on their website if tickets/hotel rooms were still available, and they were, so I wasn't worried --- not until now!

Anyway, we shall see. Keep your fingers crossed for me, please!

So you'll be in Bonn four nights as well --- that should give us time to meet (which would be great!!). Once I know that I'll definitely be going, I'll let you know the particulars.

Don't worry about getting around without knowing German, most younger people speak English in various degrees of fluency, and once you get there, you may try to get a route map for the public transport system. I tried to find it on the internet, it's supposed to be a pdf file, but for some reason it isn't working on my laptop. I'll include the link anyway, perhaps you can get it to work:

http://www.vrsinfo.de/fileadmin/Dateien/downloadcenter/SVP2013_RegionBonn.pdf

(okay, it did show up on my screen, my laptop is ancient and takes forever) --- this is the railway and subway and S-Bahn plan, anything to do with rails, not the buses. Normally, there are electronic displays in all the carriages showing the upcoming stop, so you should be fine once you've memorised the name of the stop. Since the S-Bahn etc. do stop at every stop, it's easier than getting around on a bus because they usually stop on demand. But you'll see. If you got around Prague, getting around Bonn which is much smaller should be okay.

Got to go but will talk to you later --- have a nice weekend!


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entmaiden
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Mar 17 2013, 11:20pm

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I would love to - maybe next year [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been swamped with work and family stuff, and can't make it to RingCon this year. But maybe next year! My family is originally from that area - about 150 years ago - and it would be great to get back there. I visited about 10 years ago and would love to go again.


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 21 2013, 6:22pm

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Thanks for your very considerate advice! [In reply to] Can't Post

However, I decided to get a single room after all (so no sweets, no new clothes, no new laptop, no new washing-machine for the rest of the year Wink) because I have problems with insomnia and, once wakened during the night, usually can't go back to sleep again, which is a real problem, and I really don't feel like taking sleeping pills four nights running.

I used to share an entire dormitory at our Buddhist Centre in Austria for about a week, and a tiny cubicle in that dormitory with a woman, usually one I already knew and was friendly with, and that worked quite well, but I was younger then and in better health. That really makes a difference! Unsure


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 21 2013, 6:42pm

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Yesss!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

My application confirmation has arrived (I'm so relieved!) so I'll definitely be there (unless something really catastrophic happens but it had better not as I've already paid for the economy ticket and the hotel), as from the evening of March 29th which is Good Friday and a holiday in Germany. So the shops will be closed and I think there are also some restrictions as to opera, theatre, dancing and so on in clubs but am not 100 percent certain as I wouldn't go out on Good Friday anyway. This varies in Germany from state to state so I can't tell you for sure, but shops are definitely closed. Just so you know!

How do we coordinate meeting at HobbitCon? Is anyone else from TORn going, apart from us and Rosie-wtR?


Laguz
The Shire


Mar 25 2013, 12:35pm

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I'm so excited! [In reply to] Can't Post

Leaving in 38 hours!

Just a little question about the transport, there's three S-Bahn (I think xD) stations near the hotel, any idea which one is closest/the best to use for the hotel?
The ones are Dt. Telekom/O Palme Allee, Robert-Schuman-Platz, and Max-Löbner-Str./Friesdorf. I'm thinking it's Telekom, and from what I can tell there's a few train lines passing that stop.

Can't believe how fast it's come around! Hopefully us that are going will be able to sort out a little meet :) Gonna be awesome!

~Laguz~

Back in Action from over a year xD

(This post was edited by Laguz on Mar 25 2013, 12:36pm)


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 25 2013, 1:10pm

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I think it's the Telekom stop [In reply to] Can't Post

but Robert Schumann seems also possible.

The Maritim hotel's website lists the following U-Bahns to get there: U 16, U 63, U 66
(U-Bahn means underground train but I have no idea whether they do run underground all the way, here in Stuttgart they are aboveground for a lot of the time)

here's a link for a sketched plan of the hotel's situation (alas minus the U-Bahn stop)


http://www.maritim.de/upload/media/media/306/.thumb_1400_1245_Bonn_Ausschnitt%5B5396%5D.jpg

The hotel's phone number is (calling from within Germany, natch) 0228 81080

Bring warm clothes, it's snowing even here in Southern Germany, that means it's even colder in the Köln/Bonn area. The weather is supposed to improve towards the end of the week but I'm not counting on a sudden onset of spring (alas!)

I'm madly excited, too, and slightly panicking at the thought of all the things I still need to do.

Also, I've been thinking I should send you a photograph of myself so you can identify me in case we don't manage to organise a meeting (have sent a pm to Rosie wtr asking how we should do it). What do you think?

And my back is still plaguing me --- aargghh!

If there's anything else I can help you with please don't hesitate to ask!

Oh gosh, I'm nervous...!!!


Rolfina
Rivendell


Mar 26 2013, 1:33pm

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I want to wish you all a great time! [In reply to] Can't Post

I talked to my cousin yesterday, who lives in Frankfurt, and asked him if he would have liked to have gone. Well turns out he would have loved it, and now I'm mad at myself for not asking him sooner. Oh well, maybe next year.
Enjoy your weekend and remember we're looking forward to seeing your pictures!


Laguz
The Shire


Mar 26 2013, 4:14pm

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Thanks for the info! [In reply to] Can't Post

 Really helpfull, thanks! I have a little notebook I'll be keeping with me with all the details of hotels/tram stops, so hopefully that'll work out helpful xD

As for a picture of me, here's one of me with Gollum in the Weta Cave xD http://laguz27.tumblr.com/image/30259525879 (hope the link works!), just a note though, I dont have the lip piercing any more, and the bottom half of my hair is pink/red ^.^ (My friend has long blonde curly hair btw)

Do we have to go to the hotel on Friday to pick up our vouchers and stuff? Thinking about it if we do, could be when we meet up? Might be a little less busier to find each other than on the sat/sun ^.^

Rolfina, Sorry To hear that, but yeah, hopefully next time!

~Laguz~

Back in Action from over a year xD


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 26 2013, 5:58pm

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You can still go for a day if you like [In reply to] Can't Post

Bonn isn't that far from Frankfurt, so you could make there and back it in a day (it would be very exhausting but I hope you are still young and healthy and can take the strain). The HobbitCon organisers wrote on their Ticket Shop page (on their website) that even though the ticket shop is closed, there are still tickets available, either for the entire weekend, or for single days. You can also call the hotel to ask if they still have rooms, or stay at another hotel or youth hostel in Bonn, just try! Of course it would be fun for us to meet another TORnsib !

About pictures, can't promise (I still have to learn how to transfer pix from my digital camera into my laptop, and have no idea at all how to put them on the internet. I might be so busy listening that I'll forget to take many pictures, I am that way, mine is very much a one-track mind, alas...)

Ask your cousin, perhaps he'll agree to go on the spur of the moment!

If not, I wish you happy Easter holidays, despite the rotten weather!


kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 26 2013, 6:18pm

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The three of us could certainly meet on Friday [In reply to] Can't Post

Rosie isn't coming until Saturday morning so yes, I think it's a good idea for the three of us to meet on Friday. Thanks for the link --- now I hope to be able to recognise you, pink hair or not! So you've been to the Weta Cave, and in NZ! We'll have a lot to talk about! Rosie has been to the world premiere of TH so I daresay she has a lot to tell as well --- by the way, she said I could copy and send you the relevant parts of her pms to me since she hasn't written to you specially so I might do that (if I can get it to work, I'm an imbecile as far as technology is concerned Unsure).

I don't know if you have to pick up vouchers and stuff on Friday but it might be a good idea to send the organisers an email and ask since Saturday morning is perhaps very busy. And as I don't expect to be going anywhere on Friday night, we could meet at the hotel then (probably with me lying on my bed as I daresay I'll be knackered after the journey --- just came back from my second treatment at the chiropractor's and feel like hell but hoping my back will improve yet).

I'll be taking my antediluvian mobile phone with me but it isn't working all that well so the best thing would be to ask at the hotel's reception desk for my room number (perhaps I'll know it by Thursday and send you a pm to let you know --- I won't be able to access the internet once I leave here on Friday morning), and if I'm not in it I'll leave a message for you with reception (under your proper name, not 'Laguz', of course) telling you where else in the hotel I can be found (the place seems huge, I feel rather intimidated!).

I thought of sending a picture of me in a pm but I don't think it works (tried last night with Rosie but she didn't say she'd received it so I don't think it worked. If you send me your private email address, I could send it there (that ought to work) so you'll know who to look for. I have ticket number 669 so I guess there'll be lots of people there!

Anyway, I'll send you Rosie's info in a pm. And I hope you sleep well and have a safe journey tomorrow!


Rosie-with-the-ribbons
Forum Admin / Moderator


Mar 26 2013, 8:52pm

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Not Friday [In reply to] Can't Post

You can't pick up your tickets on Friday.
Pick up Saturday from around 8.30 and later (entire Con time).
Not that I say you can't meet on Friday Wink. But if you have to travel to the hotel in vain that would be a shame.

I'll arrive Saturday early morning. Kiwifan has my mobile number, so she can contact me (or she has already forwarded my message and now you also have it)

Have a safe trip. And I'll see you and your friend this weekend!



kiwifan
Rohan

Mar 27 2013, 1:22pm

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Bad news --- James Nesbitt has cancelled his participation in HobbitCon [In reply to] Can't Post

due to a conflicting film shooting schedule, according to the HobbitCon website. That is too bad but I hope none of you who are going will follow his example!

'Goodness gracious, you really are a messie!' 'Oh no, I'm not, these are all just mathoms...'


Rolfina
Rivendell


Mar 27 2013, 1:48pm

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I am not actually in Frankfurt [In reply to] Can't Post

only he is, I am up north. Alas, I already have made different plans for Saturday (a friend's birthday). But I do hope you'll all have a great time, and that the weather will be kind with you (they have forecast new snow for the weekend here Crazy).

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