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Re: Switzerland Master Thread
LA5675, We are planning a similar trip. Where did you end up staying and eating; how did it work out, any advice? Thanks

My name used to be @LA5675, but as I've begun using the forums more, I recently opted for a name that I like more :)

As for your question, we ended up just going to Lake Garda for those 2 days, because most of the destinations that I wanted to go to in the Alps (like Gimmelwald) would've required a ton of extra driving and we only had 2 days to spare between landing in Milan and when we wanted to be in Venice. Lake Garda is directly on the way from Milan to Venice, so it adds almost no driving. you can also look into Lake Como, but it's in the other direction from Milan (away from Venice), so it'll definitely add driving time to your trip.

If you're interested in Lake Garda, here's my mini TR for those 2 days. Maybe when I have some more time, I'll add pictures and post it as a separate TR.
We rented a Fiat 500L from Hertz in Milan. Wasnít cheap but was the only viable option if we wanted to see a lot in Lake Garda in 2 days. Came out to 216 euro for 3 days, including picking up in BGY and dropping off in Mestre when we arrived in Venice.

On the way in from Milan, we stopped in Sirmione, which is an old but very touristy town (and apparently one of the busiest in the summer). We were there in the evening, so the castle was closed for the day.

There are tons of (non-points, but) pretty cheap hotel options in Lake Garda (at least in the off-season). We stayed in the Atlantide Villaggio Albergo, which was a simple apartment hotel (beds were not too comfortable) but was very clean and we had a\our own kitchen, which was good because we brought our own food; was pretty cheap; and the views were gorgeous.

On our first morning there, we took the cable car up Mount Baldo, which has stunning views of the snow-capped peaks all around and Lake Garda below. Itís a great panoramic view of the region if itís a clear day. (It wasnít clear when we went, which is why we went up a second time, see below.) and then took the cable car halfway down and hiked the rest of the way. It was a fairly difficult hike, so if you do it, just make sure you're in shape and bring lots of water. Then we drove The Gorge Road, (google to find out more) which was stunning. (All the driving was really nice actually!) It was on the other side of the lake, which took almost an hour to drive, but the drive along the edge of the lake was really beautiful.

Next day we walked around some of the small towns on Lake Garda, and then we rented a motorboat on the lake (highly recommend it!) and then drove halfway up Mt Baldo as it was kinda foggy when we went up on Day 1. Cool drive and stunning views.

Overall, I highly recommend it, especially if you only have 2 days between Milan and Venice and donít want to drive too much. My only warning is that we went on the off-season so the driving was easy and there were no lines anywhere. I have read that in the summer, traffic is really bad and you can wait in lines for hours at things like the Mt Baldo cable cars.

As an aside, if you're going to Venice too and are looking to save money or points, we stayed in the Four Points by Sheraton Mestre, which is less than a year old and nice, and is only a Cat 2 so it was only 4k/night. At some hours of the day there's a direct bus from right near there to Piazzale Rome which makes it really convenient, but at other times of day, you need to take 2 busses or a train and a bus to get into Venice, which can take a while. Not for one who wants to be in the center of things in Venice, but it can be worthwhile if you're being frugal. We stayed there for the weeknights that we were in Venice and then moved to a hotel in Venice for Shabbos.

May 08, 2018, 01:04:02 PM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
If it's not something that's too big to fit through the door, it's probably cheaper to hire day laborers to carry it all up for you by hand.
You're right, that might be the best idea for @jose34 .

If for some reason that doesn't work for him, there's also the option of using a winch from a balcony or the top of a stairwell of either of those locations is in a good position for that.

I saw someone on a top floor in a building that has a stairwell with a big hollow space in the middle and they installed a winch on the ceiling to bring groceries up from the ground floor. Granted, @jose34 probably won't want to do that for a 1-day job....

June 07, 2018, 01:35:48 PM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
Thanks for ideas, the idea in the picture is probably a little too expensive, how much is it?. Day Laborers for a few hours might be a good idea but the idea that I had, was when I ordered a freezer the delivery  company had some kind of machine ran on a track and climbed the stairs with guide of the operator it had like 2 small forks that stuck out that the the freezer on it.
I don't know how much they charge, but when I saw them using it for furniture it looked like a pretty light-duty truck with one guy operating it. If you just need it for a half hour or something I can't imagine it would be so expensive.

June 07, 2018, 03:34:11 PM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
ok great, is way to reach them?
I'll try to get a # for one.

June 08, 2018, 01:04:58 AM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
ok great, is way to reach them?
Here are a few. I think these ones are around Jerusalem, though some of them will go to Beit Shemesh area too I think. If you're elsewhere, just google ...שירותי מנוף ב.

Kalev 0546712444
Haramot Yerushalayim 0556668600 or 0504123202
Maaleh Massa  0548111100
Nimrod 0577531922

The כלב guy says he charges 350-500 per hour ( )   but maybe you can get it for less if you only need 1-2 lifts....not sure how that compares to what you were expecting for a stair climber. Let me now who gives you the best price. Good shabbos.

June 08, 2018, 06:39:16 AM
Re: Where can I get it? (Israel edition)
I'll try to get a # for one.
They look like this

June 08, 2018, 06:41:36 AM
Re: Site Suggestions
It did not come up by accident. Trust me  ;)
Cool. So then instead of taking my post as a suggestion, take it as a compliment that you've accomplished what you were trying to do :) Thanks for your hard work!

July 02, 2018, 08:29:27 AM
Re: Things To Do In Israel Master Thread
What's the situation now regarding a drive to chevron ?
How safe ?
Personally, I wouldn't do it. Even if you're on a non-armored bus (AFAIK, some of the busses that go are armored and many are not), the driver definitely knows the roads better and is less likely to make a wrong turn, and it's also likely that someone on the bus has a gun. It also doesn't matter to you if some kid throws a stone at the bus, whereas if you drive and that happens then it's a dent in your car.

July 03, 2018, 04:09:37 AM
Re: How many DDF members know who you are?
Most fall for it the first time. The problem is it has been posted so many times it is past getting old.
Well there's always some new guy like myself to fall for it, no? And I'm sure that's entertaining....

But one thing I've figured out after falling for it is that I'm glad nobody here knows who I am!

September 17, 2018, 11:26:43 AM
Re: 30-70% off Garuda Indonesia Award Tickets
Ridiculous that 3 tickets is cheaper than 2
Lol a whole new type of throwaway ticket. Maybe we can call them hidden person tickets.

October 29, 2018, 04:23:28 PM
Re: ISO Shabbos Sudah Jerusalem Edition
Klal Yisroel is not a nation of Beggers
So what do you suppose a guy should do if he doesn't have a meal for shabbos? Not have a shabbos meal because we're not a nation of beggers?

November 08, 2018, 02:12:57 PM
Re: New amex Hilton offer 150k
Thanks. Can it be used for room rates, or incidentals and food only?
Room rates too, acc to TPG. But there's a FT thread about it and IIRC some ppl had trouble using it for room rates on certain properties. Will try to find that thread.

November 11, 2018, 04:35:03 PM
Re: Marriott Certs Sale
How do we pay for transactions on this site?
However you and the seller agree on. It's a private transaction between you and the seller, you're only using this site to communicate.

November 16, 2018, 06:11:58 AM
Re: Alaska Companion Fare Code One $99+tax cert left. $25.

November 17, 2018, 04:50:26 PM
Re: ELAL: NYC-TLV $969
Is this a goodwill sale? Response to IB?
Na, it's their new vacation package, includes a hotel room and 3 shabbos meals in a surprise destination :)

November 20, 2018, 04:01:57 PM
Re: Alaska Companion Fare Code @easyeasy I just got your PM about buying a code, but I can't reply because your inbox is full. Pls delete some messages and then PM me again.
November 26, 2018, 07:30:11 AM
Codenames Pictures $9.63 from Amazon Codenames Pictures ($9.63)

December 03, 2018, 08:31:10 AM
Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report
No pictures?
A picture is worth a thousand words and this bot can't speak more than 140 characters at a time, so that's gonna be difficult.

December 06, 2018, 03:25:31 PM
Re: Live Antarctica Trip Report

And so it begins... Boat is going up, boat is going down, and lunch is churning.

Aha. מדה כנגד מדה. All that cc churning is catching up to us. Now it's Amex's turn to laugh.

December 12, 2018, 02:03:45 PM
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Add a Cricket Wireless Samsung Galaxy S9 to cart

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On the 'Choose Your Number' screen, select 'Transfer'

An automatic $350 discount will be applied to the phone at checkout. Price will be $349.99 + cost of prepaid plan selected (starting at $30)

Prepaid plan may be canceled at anytime after activation

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December 12, 2018, 02:20:00 PM
Re: New amex Hilton offer 150k

From that post: "Note: The new universal referrals do not apply to all cards. Cobrands like SPG and Hilton still have the old family rule whereby you can refer to another card in the family but not outside the family. However, Amexís own cards are all under one umbrella, even those that earn different kinds of rewards, e.g. a cash card to a points card."
You're proving his point with that article.

All this + and - is making me dizzy.

December 18, 2018, 12:10:19 PM
Re: Hilton Aspire Resort Credit
Added wiki
It might be useful to add some names of resorts with relatively low room rates. People will probably be more inclined to buy/use these if they know they can save whatever % on their whole reservation, whereas if they're staying at a hotel where room rates are high, saving x% on $250 of their reservation may only come out to a very small % savings on their whole reservation.

For example, TPG mentioned the Tropicana Law Vegas where (acc to TPG) room rates are around $100, so you could get 2-3 nights for not much more than a $250 credit, which means a buyer can save that % on their whole reservation.

Am I making any sense here? I feel like there must've been a simpler way to say what I wanted to say :)

December 18, 2018, 04:56:39 PM
Re: Hilton Aspire Resort Credit
Does the resort credit go by the card member year or by the calendar year?

Pretty sure it goes per account year not calendar year on resort fee

It does

December 20, 2018, 03:25:17 PM
Re: DDF Trivia
I flew 7 millions in 2014.

Prove that it's not true.
Assuming a commercial jet cruises at ~575 mph then if you were cruising all year long you'd only fly 5 million miles.

Proved it :)

December 27, 2018, 02:17:34 PM
Re: New amex Hilton offer 150k
Can someone post the payment address for this card? TIA!

December 29, 2018, 12:24:57 PM
Re: One World Award Search Tips AA adds premium economy awards:

Award chart is here:

January 24, 2019, 04:46:32 PM
Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners Seems like a slow week (or few weeks) at work....

January 29, 2019, 03:41:02 PM
Complete Map of Marriott/SPG Hotels Complete Map of Marriott/SPG Hotels

A while back I came across this custom map that someone made and I've found it useful so I figured I'd post it here. The categories are updated to post-merger. Credit goes to a guy named TejaVepa apparently.

Mods- If there's a better place to post this (or a wiki to put it in), please move it.

February 05, 2019, 03:10:26 PM
Re: Help Me Find It! - The Search Master Thread
are there any threads to sell the amex bonvoy cc nights?

February 16, 2019, 02:47:42 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others

Seems like it's time for someone to just post a first-hand story here.

The people I know who got scammed will not post publicly, because they are still considering their options and course of action , and posting publicly might jeopardize that.

Even if it wouldn't jeopardize their chances of repayment, active DDFers might also be hesitant to post their story here as it's been made really clear here that trusting someone with that type of money was a big mistake. Publicly admitting to mistakes- especially big ones like these- is never easy.

But I guess if any of them were ready to share their story they could open a username solely for the purpose of this.....

February 18, 2019, 08:49:14 AM
Yehudaa's 2016 18-Hour Zurich Stopover Here's my mini-TR from a one-day Zurich stopover that I did in early May 2016. Someone asked for it in another thread, so I took a few minutes to type up whatever I remember. Keep in mind that that this was a few years ago so some details might not be relevant anymore.

I had an ~18 hr stopover in ZRH (IIRC it was from around 6 AM until midnight) on a Swiss flight from YYZ to TLV. I was single, travelling alone and wanted to pack in as much as I could. I landed in Zurich, took the train into the city and headed to a shul for shacharis. After shacharis I was speaking to some guys that I met in shul and it was then that I found out that it was a legal holiday in Switzerland, so they told me not to go to Pilatus as they thought the lines would be really long. I really wanted to see it though, so I decided to go anyway. After shacharis I went to Koscher City and picked up some danishes and some other food for the day, then took the train out to Lucerne.

From the train station in Lucerne I took a city bus straight to Mount Pilatus, a 15-20 min ride IIRC. The lines turned out not to be too bad, around 30-45 min IIRC. To get up the mountain you have to take 2 cable cars, one small 2-4 person cable car and one bigger one. Altogether I think the ride took around 20 min plus a short wait for the second cable car halfway up the mountain. At the bottom it was a nice mild spring day but at the top there was around a foot of snow and it was kinda cold, but the sky was completely clear with great visibility. It was my first time seeing the Alps and the views were absolutely stunning: To one side is a great view of the surrounding peaks and to the other side is Lake Lucerne and the surrounding green areas, making for a breathtaking panorama. Aside from the view there's nothing to do up there, so after around an hour or so I went back down into Lucerne.

Now that I had seen Pilatus I was in less of a rush to get anywhere. I walked around Lucerne for a while, the lake is really nice and picturesque with the Alps in the background, but I didn't take a boat ride as I still wanted to see Zurich.

I took the train back to Zurich, where I 'rented' a free bike. I'm not sure if they still offer it, but the city of Zurich offered free bikes with just a piece of ID as a deposit. I biked around Zurich for a couple of hours to see the city, around the lake in particular, and then returned the bike and headed back to the airport early as I was completely exhausted.

Here are a few pictures of Lake Lucerne and the view from Mount Pilatus. Excuse the quality, they were taken in 2016 with a smartphone that was already not exactly new then :)

February 19, 2019, 04:04:28 PM
Re: "hocker" is a thief!
I've seen him steal candy from a baby.
Now that finally explains why he's on the FBI top ten.....

February 22, 2019, 07:50:30 AM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Not sure what the selfie with the car means  ???
He means that you're asking for information that's unlikely to help anyone here.

Unless you mean the victims collecting for themselves by Purim driving cars  ???
Your lack of sensitivity to the victims on this thread is disgusting. Losing whatever money they lost surely taught them enough of a lesson, there's no need to spread salt on their wounds. Aside from making yourself feel good, what was such a comment supposed to accomplish?

You should be stripped of your Rabbi title.

February 27, 2019, 08:38:51 AM
Re: A Getaway to Paradise - as2's Private Island Escape Out of curiosity, what does one do on a private island in case of a medical emergency? Is there anyone to call?
February 27, 2019, 03:48:21 PM
Re: Something Fishy's Trip Reports Thread
Spotted in bp
Are we going to get a tr from shabbos in bp?
Yes, a TR with the pictures that he took on Shabbos in BP :)

March 04, 2019, 04:04:39 PM
Re: Canadian Credit Cards
What is the CFPB equivalent in Canada?
I think it's the FCAC.

Submit a question or complaint here.

March 07, 2019, 01:03:27 AM
Re: Kavey El Hashem-Ein Keloykeinu.How come in every shul i'm always falling behind?
I never understood how when it comes to this tiffilah in davening ,it seems they are finished before they even started.
I'm just starting they're already finished.
 Is it just me or it a common practice that when it comes to the last tiffilah in daVening the ADHD kicks in?
 Or is it that people say it so often that they can rattle it off really fast which seems like they're skipping every other word?

 Yes the mishna berura talks about this tiffilah and explains that if one misses one of the ingredients, one is chayiv miysa, but over there goes on to explain that it doesn't apply....
+1. This and the last bracha of Hallel. Somehow every chazzan ever can say that last bracha at least double as fast as I can.

March 10, 2019, 03:30:43 PM
Re: PSA: Don't swipe recklessly for others
Dunno. I have 4 passports, and non-American ;)
Well then, FTFY

You do know that the world is bigger than the FDIC? There are other Federal Banks in the world that protect CD style accounts. Australia NZ for one have some high rate products now that you can certainly take advantage of if you have 4 passports.

March 13, 2019, 04:01:15 PM
Re: How Many
There's always a point.
Somehow I doubt that.

April 14, 2019, 09:44:57 PM
Re: Dan's Tesla Thread
But why would you buy from a company that can't even manage to put together a simple message board
Precisely because buying from said company gives you the ability to do whatever you want on their message board :)

May 09, 2019, 11:50:59 PM
Re: Found A Lost Passport What Do I Do?
I purchased a backpack from Amazon, right when i got it i can tell that it was a return i didn't really care so much since it was in literately brand new, while packing my stuff in i found the previous owners passport ???! its not expired yet, what should i do with it?
If you don't want to spend money mailing it, I once heard that you can just drop it in a USPS box or better yet bring it to a post office, but I can't confirm that either of those will get it back to the owner. But according to the State Department:

If you find another person's lost U.S. passport, please mail it in a sturdy envelope to:

U.S. Department of State
Consular Lost and Stolen Passport Unit (CLASP)
44132 Mercure Circle
PO Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

May 14, 2019, 10:27:43 AM
Re: Found A Lost Passport What Do I Do?
Mines working fine!
Start a thread on GFST and find a buyer. There's always a scammer or two lurking here :)

May 14, 2019, 10:31:29 AM
Re: Milestone Posts
Now your complete, a true Yid. I guess we won't be seeing anymore post from you! ;)
I guess according to you I'm in the בל תוסיף zone now? :)

May 15, 2019, 08:32:18 AM
Re: Questions and Help for BEGINNERS!
What's that an Hungarian delicacy?
No, it's the Technical Architecture Review Board.

May 19, 2019, 10:27:59 PM
Re: Gift Ideas I think you're gonna have to provide alot of info about your in laws and also a ballpark budget to get any help here. Nobody know if your in laws are religious Muslims who would appreciate a persian prayer carpet, gaming fanatics and would like an amazing gaming mouse, or outdoor enthusiasts who would want a set of fantastic hiking poles. And nobody knows if you intend on buying them something in the budget range of a car or a paperback book. You've gotta give people more to work with.
May 29, 2019, 02:58:28 PM
Re: B&H Photo Computer Bag Sale.
Good to see your a human, all the posts on the MS are  Mendy L from who knows where? Where do you usually post from? You hanging out in dans home?
....only guy who has more HT's than posts.

August 19, 2019, 04:47:31 PM
Re: B&H Photo Computer Bag Sale.
I cannot share any of my secrets  ;D
Be careful with your posts here. If you post too much you're gonna have more posts than HT's.

August 19, 2019, 05:23:29 PM
YYZ: You can now book an Uber without a smartphone Uber just opened kiosks at YYZ to book an Uber without a smartphone.

If they roll this out elsewhere, I imagine it could be very useful to people who don't have a smartphone or don't have roaming data and are travelling internationally.

August 23, 2019, 02:01:42 PM
Re: Interesting Articles...
September 04, 2019, 01:58:45 PM
Re: The Funny/Strange/Interesting/Random Vanity License Plate Pictures Thread ELONMUSK on a Prius
September 13, 2019, 01:04:22 PM