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Old 05-21-2014   #1 (permalink)
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Will try not to Pale in Comparison...RPDC, 2014

Pre-trip update 5/15/2014:

Last year I chose to do a pre-trip report for my trip report! This year, I'm going to bore you with the same thing.

We are leaving on June 11 for nine fun filled days in Playa. Every year after I take the plunge and book the trip, I start to wonder maybe I should've made it two weeks, maybe I should've made it three weeks etc. etc. Someday we will do that. Unfortunately this isn't one of those years. I think this year may be the last year that we do AI, hence, research will ensue this trip to decide if we are "Playa seasoned" enough to forage for food and drink on our own. I know there are an abundance of places to eat, just finding the good ones for reasonable price, out of the mainstream is what I'm in search of. I am sure we will muddle through.

Yesterday I ordered our pesos from the bank. Last year's experience with the bank proved to me that ordering pesos two weeks out from departure date was not near enough time. It took one initiating phone call, one visit to the bank by my husband, and then a follow-up phone call by myself to make sure that they got it right. I do not understand why it is so difficult when I tell them that I want two hundred $100 denomination peso notes etc. The bank assumed I wanted $200 dollars WORTH of 100 denomination peso notes (which is what happened last year). We will see if they get it right!

All this being said we have 26 days to go… I just couldn't be happier nor do I need this vacation more than I do now!

Oh, and the title of my trip report? Well, I have read some AWESOME trip reports, seen some absolutely beautiful pictures and have been carried away with descriptions by quite a few of you, so likely this report will "pale in comparison" but I will do my best to keep you engaged. I am not near as funny as Montana SolMan and my pictures likely not as good as JoshCDN but I will do my very best!
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5/21/2014 - 20 days and counting

Well, we picked up the peso’s yesterday. Yes, you heard it right, they actually came in! Took me a while to count them all but that bank did OK this time. For the most part gave me the denominations I asked for.

I actually packed my camera case today. I am a little torn on what to take this year.

Last year, I took my 60D, EF 50mm f1/4, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM and my EF-S 18-135 mm kit lens. That was WAY more equipment than I needed. Never took the 50mm out of the bag, the 100-400 is too heavy to port around the 18-135 was pretty perfect but does not fit with...... my brand new camera! This year I have a Canon 6D and a new lens, EF 24-105mm L that I am in love with. I am actually thinking of just taking the zoom as the prime just doesn’t make sense. Then, next struggle, do I bother with the flash?!? Any advice on what you all bring is appreciated.
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Hey Pamski,

I read your report last year, nice pictures and nice report of your trip! You do photography as a hobby or also professionally, because your gear is quite heavy for the genral holidaypictures!

You asked about flash and the lenses. Well, I have the 24-105mm myself and that's the most preferred lens on holidays. I do take a whole lot of other lenses with me, but I generally use it for video. My tip is to just stick with the 24-105, just enough wide angle and just enough zoom to get you through the day! And regarding external flash I wouldn't carry it around all day, too much of a drag to use it everytime. And the camera itself is advanced enough to shoot in low light conditions!

Well, I wish you a great holiday! I'm quite jealous, because it has been almost 2 years since I've been to PDC and I really want to go back, but don't have enough money for an extended trip (flying from the other side of the atlantic, so if we only go 9 days, it's not worth the 2 days of travelling!).

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Thanks for the input T-Riffic! I am a extreme hobbyist and am considered Semi-pro. I've done some events but honestly don't have the time to invest in a full on photography career. I wish!!!

Yes, the 6D is amazing in low light and I think I decided to just not take the flash. I've had the camera since 12/1 and I have put the flash on once! It was attached all the time to my 60D.

I hope you get back to Playa soon! It is so amazing there...
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yay!

So looking forward to a new trip report!!!
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I literally almost cried tears of joy when I saw a new trip report (I'm deep in bar exam prep and this, ok and my upcoming trip, gives me something to look forward to!)

I made the same mistake last year of taking too many lenses. I used my 50mm once and another never left the bag. This last trip I just brought 1 lens and no flash. I never really had any trouble with low light situations and you have a much nicer camera than I do.

My tip for finding restaurants…I keep a little notebook and before each trip I go through the food threads here and write down names/locations/specialties/hours of any place mentioned that sound good and I do the same on Trip Advisor. That way I have them easily available and can pull out my list based on our craving or location. Its also small enough to keep in my beach bag, so if I walk past someplace that looks interesting I write it down and can check for reviews for later in the trip.
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I literally almost cried tears of joy when I saw a new trip report (I'm deep in bar exam prep and this, ok and my upcoming trip, gives me something to look forward to!)

I made the same mistake last year of taking too many lenses. I used my 50mm once and another never left the bag. This last trip I just brought 1 lens and no flash. I never really had any trouble with low light situations and you have a much nicer camera than I do.

My tip for finding restaurants…I keep a little notebook and before each trip I go through the food threads here and write down names/locations/specialties/hours of any place mentioned that sound good and I do the same on Trip Advisor. That way I have them easily available and can pull out my list based on our craving or location. Its also small enough to keep in my beach bag, so if I walk past someplace that looks interesting I write it down and can check for reviews for later in the trip.
Great idea! I will soooo do that with the tiny notebook. I always LOVE your trip reports and have made a small list already based on some of the restaurants you two have visited.

I too have been craving a new trip report which is why I started this one so early. Gives me something to ponder as I while away the days until departure.

I have decided on the 24-105mm for the trip and definitely am ditching the flash. The camera is great in low light, not that there is an absence of light on or around 5th. It's lit up like a Christmas tree!

Good luck on the bar exam! I'm sure you will do well. I believe I read you were taking it in the fall before your next trip?
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So looking forward to a new trip report!!!
There is a tad bit of excitement isn't there when you see a new trip report pop up?!?

It almost throws me into a fit of depression when I come onto playa.info and find nothing new
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I have decided on the 24-105mm for the trip and definitely am ditching the flash. The camera is great in low light, not that there is an absence of light on or around 5th. It's lit up like a Christmas tree!

Good luck on the bar exam! I'm sure you will do well. I believe I read you were taking it in the fall before your next trip?
I think thats a great choice for lens. I need to invest in a new lens one of these days as I typically use my kit lens (18-55) which doesn't give me enough variety. I rarely use my 55-200 and my 50 is great for food shots and creative stuff, but not so much for travel. I'm still learning though.

Yep, bar exam is July 29 and 30 and I head to Playa Aug 1.
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You go girl! Knock 'em dead!
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Want to make sure to not miss any posts on this thread! Whoo Hoo, can't wait
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Here I am at 15 days till takeoff. Anyone else go through the "I have so much crap going on in my life I barely have time to think of vacation" ????

Normally when I am 15 days out from a trip to Playa, I am fit to be tied. But now I am just hoping that I haven't forgotten something. Example, today we opened the pool, the grandkids were swimming in it, when I looked out at them and they were beet red, I decided it was time for sunscreen. Do I have any sunscreen? Wait a minute, I'm going to the beach in two weeks and I don't have sunscreen? WTH???

I think it's time to slow down, reevaluate, and try to get pumped for this vacation!!
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I mostly lurk here, but I just wanted to say that I can't wait for your trip report as I very much enjoyed your last one. 56 days and counting for us - it will be our second trip to RPDC
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