Greece Euro coins not accepted in Germany?

To: German National Tourist Office
From: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
Date: 05/25/2010 08:21 PM
I will soon do a business trip to Berlin. I have some EURO coins from Greece, where I spent last summer. However, I have heard that due to the crisis between Germany and Greece you Germans do not accept the Greece coins. My question is: can I at least use the Greece-Euro-coins when I tip? (eg taxi drivers, restuarants, strippers, etc).
Thanks in advance,
Tim Fredriksson

To: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
From: German National Tourist Office
Date: 05/26/2010 11:41 AM

Dear Tim,

I do not believe you will any trouble using Greek Euro coins.
Especially in every day money exchanges, you will find that people do not check the coins that carefully to see where it originated. The novelty of that wore off a number of years ago.

Best wishes,
Information Officer

German National Tourist Office


How should we declare our former dog?

To: The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
From: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
Date: 04/28/2010 05:27 PM

Hi down under,

I am Tim Fredriksson from Sweden. Soon me and my family are planing to visit Australia. One of our main goals with the trip is to bury our beloved dog (a charming border collie named Wilsson) at the beautiful Ayers Rock. In his 12 year long life WIlsson really loved nature so we know that he will find peace in a scenic place as Ayers Rocks.

However, one questions:

1) What is the correct way to declare the remains of Wilsson at the custom? What kind of good is he considered to be? (He is not cremated, but well concealed in plastic bags in order to avoid bad smells). I have watched all the episodes of "Border Security : Australia's Front Line", so I'm very concerned that I declare all my goods correct now when I'm go visit your country.

Best regards,
Tim Fredriksson with family


To: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
From: The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Date: 04/29/2010 03:21 PM


With respect to our Indigenous communities culture and law I can confidently assure you that you will be unable to perform this type of activity within or at the location of Uluru (Ayres Rock).


Senior Customs Officer

Customs Information and Support Centre CE&CS
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 


Avoiding French Tourists?

To: Ellis Island National Park
From: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
Date: 04/06/2010 07:41 PM

Hi over there,

I am Tim Fredriksson from Sweden. Me and my family are planing to go to America this summer, and one of the stops will definitely be New York and the Statue of Liberty.
However, my neighbour, Olof Andersson, says that we have to avoid visiting the monument when there are French tourists around. According to Olof, French tourists have priority to go up to the crown, since France gave the staute. (This privilegie is even stated on the lady's plaque, although in small font.) I haven't been able to find any information about this, but Olof says that this is because its all in French, which I don't speak.
So, could you please inform me which days during the summer when there are the least amount of French tourists? We don't want to spend the entire New York-visit queueing...

Best regards,
Tim Fredriksson with family

From: Ellis Island National Park
Date: 04/07/2010 10:03 AM

Olof is pulling your leg. There is such writing on the plaque and French tourists are not given priority. Please visit our website for current visitor information at www.statuecruises.com. Have a good visit.

Division of Interpretation
& Visitor Services

The people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.


Slowest legal speed on DAS AUTOBAHN?

To: German Federal Motor Transport Authority
From: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
Date: 04/27/2010 08:02 PM

Hello Germany,

this is Tim Fredriksson from Sweden. This summer me and my family will travel through Germany by car. I easily get sick when driving fast, and I also think it is an expensive waste of fuel when you drive faster than 70 km/h. But what is the slowest legal speed on DAS AUTOBAHN?

Best regards,
Tim Fredriksson
 — ANSWER —:

To: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
From: German Federal Motor Transport Authority
Date: 04/28/2010 02:42 PM
Dear Mr. Frederiksson,

thank you for your request. According to § 18 (1) of the German Straßenverkehrsordnung (StVO) you are allowed to use German motorways only with those vehicles which have a max speed of more than 60 km/h. So this in general can be defined as a minimum speed for vehicles when using German motorways; but you have to consider that f. ex. in parts with roadwork the max. speed is below than 60 km/h. The real max. permissible speed depends on the max. speed which is determined by the road sign.

Best regards


Throwing a ring into an active volcano

To: Iceland Total 
From: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
Date: 04/21/2010 11:20 AM

My name is Tim Fredriksson and I'm from Sweden. Soon me and my wife plan to go to Iceland.

During this trip we want to visit a volcano for a certain reason. We need to get rid off my wife's wedding ring from her first marriage. This is very symbolic for us, and I feel that we cannot move on with our relationship before the ring is destroyed. Thus, we want to visit a volcano and threw the ring in to the crater.

Which active volcanos are easily accessible from Reykjavik? Which ones do you recommend for this purpose?

Thanks in advance,
Tim Fredriksson

PS. If tourists are not allowed all the way to an active crater we are willing to pay for a guide/ranger throwing away the ring into the volcano.

— ANSWER nr 1 —:
To: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
From: Iceland Total
Date: 04/22/2010 4:10 PM

Hi Tim. This is certainly one of the most interesting requests we have had.
Do you mind if I take 1-2 days to look into it and get back to you with options... ?

Many thanks !

Best regards,
Customer Service Team

— ANSWER nr 2 —:

From: Iceland Total
Date: 04/23/2010 2:37 PM

Hi Tim.

My name is [---------]   and got your email regarding a trip to Iceland, with the purpose of throwing a ring into an active volcano.
This strikes me as the modern version of Lord of the Rings and a brilliant idea.
We would certanly like to assist you, but this can be difficult.

Two options
1) The active volcano today is Eyjafjallajokull, with explosions and ash. You can´t get close to it. You would have to go there with a helicopter or airplane, and throw it in from distance.
2) The first volcano, at Fimmvorduhals, is quiet, and there is no fire spouting from the crater anymore. you could get very close to the crater and maybe throw the ring from distance.

Personally, i like option nr. 1 better - it´s much more symbolic - as the volcano is actually erupting.

But there are a few twists in this.
The conditions, wind direction, ash spread from the volcano, etc. have to be very good in order to fly over the crater. This could be difficult - and expensive.

However, I think this is such an interesting idea that we want to make something out of it.
I can set up a day tour for you, with a private guide - where the mission is to throw the ring into the crater. We will do what it takes, rent a helicopter, take a Super Jeep over the glacier,etc. whatever it takes. What we want to do is to capture the ceremony on tape - and post it on our website as a video. Ergo, we want to use it for a promotional purpose for our brand.
If you accept this, we could do this private whole day mission for you - for free. We take all the cost.

Is this something that might interest you?

When were you planning to come to Iceland? Has to be soon, as the volcano might stop anytime.

look forward to hear your response.



Special "hair deal" at Madame Tussauds?

To: Madame Tussauds, London UK
Date: 04/13/2010 09:25 PM


I am Tim Fredriksson from Sweden. Soon me and my family will go to London, and of course Madame Tussauds is a must stop!

My neighbour, Olof Andersson, recently visited the museum and told me that you have a special deal: each visitor that donates 1 Ounce of hair to future wax figures will get 25% discount. Three questions:

1) For how long does this campaign run?
2) Does it also apply to childrens hair?
3) Is it possible to donate even more hair and get a bigger discount?

Thanks in advance,
Tim Fredriksson with family


To: tim.fredriksson@gmail.com
From: Madame Tussauds, London UK
Date: 04/14/2010 4:52 PM

Hello Tim,

Thank you very much for your enquiry. Unfortunately we do not have, nor have had in the past the promotion that you have described below. You can however get a discount if you book your tickets online (http://www.madametussauds.com/London/BuyTickets/Tickets/PriorityAccessTickets/Default.aspx).

Kind regards,