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The Plan Shapes Up
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The Best Boots $25 Can Buy?
Exploring the Galaxy while Sitting on My Fat Arse
Have Book, Will Travel
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Support your local postman
God has a sense of humor
Things TO DO
January 10, 2004
The Plan Shapes UpNow if only the planner wouldÖ It is probably only amazing to a newbie like me how much a plan changes as it makes its first tentative steps from fantasy to reality. When I began this process my idea was to spend most of my time in Vietnam and Bali using Thailand or Singapore as portals rather than destinations. Now Iím starting to think that Thailand might be a better choice for a brand-new traveler. I know its been done to death Ė but not by me. It has modern efficient transportation, a multitude of attractions, and it is centrally located. Of course Iím still going to Bali, if nothing else but to get that free beer from Nick. No, not really. Mainly because Bali is beautiful and I want to give it a vote of confidence with my dollars (no matter how battered and bleeding they are at present). Also, Iíve had to give some thought to what Iím actually going to do when I get there. I can go to cheap bars and whorehouses in Mexico and still sleep in my own bed, so thatís no thrill. No that I do--go to whorehouses and cheap bars in Mexico, that is. (Sleeping thrill-less in my own bed is, however, a sad reality). Iíve decided, well decided is probably too strong , so lets say Iím giving strong consideration to going to dive school in Thailand. Iíve wanted to learn since college, but never bothered. And what better incentive to lose weight and get in shape than the threat of a wet-suit. Do they even make wet suits in size XXXXOHMYGOD? If I went now theyíd have to let some water out of the ocean before I got in. Iím not sure I want to be responsible for all that crop damageÖ.I also have an unnatural fear of not speaking the language. So I would probably want to take at least a two-week quickie conversational ďwhere is the toilet, donít shoot Iím really CanadianĒ language course. I might also scope out some TESOL schools just for giggles. One option Iím also considering is taking a CELTA course while Iím there. Iím one of those annoying wonky bastards who actually likes school, and it would be a great way to meet people and add meaning to my trip. Of course that goes against my recent decision to avoid practicality in my life when at all possible.As for Angkor Wat, I keep flip-flopping on the idea. I want to go, thatís not the issue, I just donít know how much it will cost and I hate to go alone. Iíd really like to share that with a friend.Undecided at this juncture (Iíve been watching too many Pentagon press conferences) is how much time I spend in Malaysia. Probably because I donít have a guidebook yet.* Kuala Lampur is a must for me--I was living in Chicago and working in the shadow of the Sears Tower when the Petronas Towers stole the throne. Singapore will be more of a footnote than anything esle, but I do want to go gadget shopping.From Singapore I pan to travel by PELNI to Bali, though I will probably not brave 3rd class. I'm not a smoker and I understand 3rd class is pretty rank.As always, I invite anyone with specific advice to puhleeease share it. Iím a baby-huey in the woods when it comes to travel. *Herein lies** a conundrum. How much influence on my itinerary should I allow guidebooks? On one hand, how can I know if whether I want to visit a place if I donít have any information? But on the other hand, I donít want to fall victim to Lonely Planet mind-control. I suppose thatís the beauty of places like BínA I need to get out of the Forum and Blog rut and look at more of the travel writing and trip reports.** MS Word grammar says ďlaysĒ Ė Iílll never get that damn ruleÖ
Posted by ebayne on January 10, 2004 12:13 PM
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