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DDF DO Board / Re: DDF DO Chicago Edition?
« on: February 24, 2014, 05:09:44 PM »
if this thing manages to get pushed off to the first week of april count me in

do you live here now in jlem proper?

just curious
for 7 years and counting

Though, i can be wrong

well said.

Another thing to consider, if ure daughter will be turning 5 next year there will be very few options for private gans for that age. A year or two ago the city gans became free for americans and that put most of the private gans out of business. I dont know about arzei and maalot dafna, but i dont think there are any in ramat eshkol for that age next year. City gans mean hebrew speaking morah, ie, not what u want.

If ure coming for 9 months to get a taste of what u missed not coming after marriage and reorient, i would definitely advise staying in jerusalem proper. Ramat beit shemesh is 45 min out and definitely not even close to the experience ull have living locally.  Maaleh adumim is a 15 min car ride out and a gated community next to the arabs. Unless u have strong settler-like feelings, avoid it. Neve yaakov is cheap, but its also a bit out there and itsnot a young happening american communty, which it sounds like u need.

The best options are arzei, maalot dafna, ramat eshkol or rechavia. Rechavia is a more of a wealthy area filled with actually wealthy americans and many older americans who come a few weeks a year.  Arzei maalot dafna and ramat eshkol are all within a ten minute walk of each other. Price wise arzei is the most expensive and has a more affluent crowd. Maalot dafna is the cheapest. Ramat eshkol is the nicest, aesthetically speaking. At the end of the day u should prob see which of those 3 areas ure wife/ureself have friends in and go with that.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Israel Hotels Master Thread
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:01:05 AM »
Jerusalem garden i think has ou hechsher now, right next door to the ramada renaissance. Not sure what prices are like

Credit Cards / Re: Citi reconsideration
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:25:11 PM »
I guess I assume they do it for Biz as well, but we have a dearth of reports.
i dont know about closing a current card to open a new one, but i do know they definitely do not allow transferring credit lines between existing business cards, even if ure closing one of them.

Credit Cards / Re: Shut Down by BoA (AS Edition)
« on: January 13, 2014, 04:49:10 PM »
Poll says it all.
colloquially referred to as bofa

Credit Cards / Citi Business credit line transfers
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:17:48 AM »
is there any department in citi that will transfer credit from one business card to another?  i've hucad multiple times and they say citi doesn't do cl transfers.

Up In The Air / Re: Free ElAl Top Tier Status - Most Of Us Qualify
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:10:53 AM »
What about my privacy question? Usernames and passwords.

yep, you're trusting them with all that. 

even more though, is if you let them "scrape" your email inbox for travel itineraries, you're basically giving them free reign to look at all your emails. not worth platinum status in any program imo.

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Africa Master Thread
« on: December 23, 2013, 01:30:50 PM »
I've had a great time in Kruger twice with a bunch of guys (beers the whole day and BBQ after dawn every night, blind whisky tasting and bonfires) and once with a family I went with (more relaxed style). But I always thought of it as an awesome place to go as a couple and, although I haven't brought my wife there yet, hope to make it there soon. It's just breathtaking, a place the size of Israel basically raw and natural, the only modern infrastructure you have there is the camps, some of them quite rustic, which are gated for obvious safety purposes.
(The real deal would have been Botswana where all you have is one cold shower and two guards with rifles at night, it's done in groups of about 10-12 people and requires advanced reservation).

I honestly don't know much about hiring trackers, we did everything by ourselves and saw the big 5 every time, you do have to have an eye out for it cause any animal camouflages. But basically, you drive drive drive and you'll see tons of animals. There's a max speed limit of 50 KMH so just enjoy the relaxing drive and look out for animals.
The only time we hired someone was for the night tours since it is anyhow forbidden to be out on a private car after 6pm..
Rule #1, whenever you see cars piled up at a certain spot it means there's something interesting going on there.. Make your way over there, FAST!

Early in the morning is when the animals go look for prey. like 5am... Seeing a kill is considered the highlight of a Kruger experience though it's not always easy to spot.
If you're ending your day at 6 you should be in bed 9-10 and start your day early, you can stop at any camp (follow the easy map and directions on roads) for breakfast/lunch/pit stop/ relaxing. There's usually a map in every camp center with people reporting where they've seen what animal.
As an added bonus, you can always see hienas at night near the camps gates since people give them their leftover dinner, which is not a good thing, but you can take advantage of them being there.

The camps I stayed at AFAIR were Satara, Skukuza. Letaba, Olifants. I think they all had AC and for sure hot water shower. They are all distinct, each with it's own style. IIRc Satara was the most basic but still very good conditions. All camps are "cute" each in it's own way.
I also stayed at Pretoriuskop but AFAIR, wildlife there is limited to some impala and bucks, nothing major as it's far from center.
I heard that there are walking tours but never did them, I believe advanced reservation is required.

At night, lay on the grass and look up at the stars, it's the clearest sky I ever remember seeing, even got a glimpse of the milky way...
Bonus: Hearing the lions roar at night loud enough you'd think they are right next to you :)
Camps aren't always well lit at night so don't freak out if you encounter an animal as some camps have loose buck and impala IN the camp.
Also, baboons can enter the camps (a monkey is a monkey), watch out for those.
Some camp units you rent have the kitchen area outside the unit, outdoors. Don't leave any food out there cause you might wake up to it all ransacked by the baboons..

This is all info based on my experience about 10 years ago, so excuse me if things have changed since then and are not exactly like I'm describing here.

If you really want to go with someone and don't want to do it on your own look also into kosher tours, where they feed you kosher food and arrange the whole shebang for you.
But the Kruger experience as I know it is grab a car, some beer and some biltong and drive your behind around a whole day and ENJOY!
how many days do you need for a good trip to kruger?

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: South Florida Master Thread
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:37:55 AM »
To think I was contemplating a day trip to FL to hit up House of Dog. Unfortunate.
even before the above reviews, that's just silly.   they're only hot dogs with some toppings, great for a midnight snack if you're in the area, but definitely not day trip material.

Credit Cards / Re: Alaska Airlines 50k bonus miles card
« on: December 18, 2013, 08:01:51 AM »

Credit Cards / Re: Alaska Airlines 50k bonus miles card
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:35:34 PM »
So why no 3bm?
why the need to ask every 2bm guy why no 3bm?   you're point has been made

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