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Two Days til Egypt

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

Like always.. it doesn’t seem like it’s actually happening. It doesn’t seem real that in 72 hours, I’ll be in Egypt. Holy crap.

We went to CVS today to get some of the last minute toiletries… hand sanitizer, face wash, travel packs of tissues, ear plugs, blister band-aids, etc. I began packing last night. My list of things to pack is SO long.

I am nervous about this trip. When we went to Spain, we tried to see too much. I overcompensated last year and in Turkey, I planned too little. Now, after all the things I have read, I am concerned we are going to spend a lot of our time on the fly trying to figure things out and plan our transportation as we go, and it’s not going to be easy. First of all, it’s Ramadan, and secondly, this is Africa, this is the Middle East…things don’t run as smoothly and on-time and efficiently as we are used to. I just hope it goes ok because I feel like it will be my fault if it doesn’t.

I get nervous about things going wrong, then I think, “Wait a minute, Jim will be there too. He can figure it out.” It’s like I think I have to solve every problem myself and I forget he is there and can take care of everything if need be. So we’ll be fine.

We were walking outside today and it was probably 82 degrees or so, and we were warm. Jim said jokingly, “You think it will be this hot in Egypt?” I said, “If we’re lucky, it may be this COLD at night!” I’m secretly hoping that Egypt won’t be as conservative as everyone says, since we’ll be in touristy areas.

Aswan’s weather for Tuesday: high of 95, low of 79.

Travel Gear

Friday, September 7th, 2007

I think Jim and I have spent more time shopping online for travel clothes and gear than we have reading about Egypt! I especially need some lightweight clothing that isn’t revealing or sleeveless. I must have spent hours looking at linen clothes and travel skirts and the like. We ended up ordering stuff from FOUR different places!

Royal Jordanian/American Airlines cancelled our flight and we had to move the trip up a day. This really sucks because we had already booked a hotel and onward flight. Now we will have to spend a day in Cairo that we weren’t expecting.

It just seems like there is so much to plan – where to stay, for how long, how to get from place to place, and I need to research these details for Cairo, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Luxor, Dahab and maybe Petra. Sometimes it seems overwhelming and I figure I’ll just wing it and figure it out when I get there. As I get older I can see why some people just want to take tours and turn their brains off.

Jim has been harassing me to sign up for some tours. I would rather sign up for the tours once we get there through our hotels and whatnot. So we’ll see. I’m the planner, so I think I’ll end up winning this battle.

I’ve also been looking into a way I can type my blog entries without having to bring a laptop or go to an internet cafe. My friend lent us a fold-up travel keyboard and now I’m seeing if it works with Jim’s PSP or his other electronic gadgets.

That’s all for now!

Our Big Trip: 2007 Edition

Friday, April 20th, 2007
So I think we've finally decided on our next big trip, and it is indeed a biggy. They get farther away and crazier every year. I think next year we'll go somewhere easy like Italy or something. I haven't even ... [Continue reading this entry]

One Day Left

Saturday, January 31st, 2004
We leave TOMORROW. Today I had to drive to Long Island to pick up new lenses for my glasses. I had to go alone since Jim was busy. I totally dreaded it because I had no idea how to ... [Continue reading this entry]

One Last Greasy Breakfast

Thursday, January 29th, 2004
When I woke up yesterday morning, totally sure that work would be cancelled because of the tons of snow, I laid in bed and wanted buttered toast with home fries and a ham and cheese omelet. Then I called ... [Continue reading this entry]

Probably Useless Travel Gear

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004
Here I took a picture of the travel stuff that has accumulated for the trip. Any experienced world traveller would probably say it is all useless and I am stupid for bringing it. Those world travellers can be jerks ... [Continue reading this entry]

Thai Bird Flu Scare

Monday, January 26th, 2004
When I first read about the Bird Flu thats going around in Thailand and environs, I totally freaked out and got scared. After thinking about it and reading more, I think the danger is very small for tourists like ... [Continue reading this entry]

Theory of Travel

Sunday, January 18th, 2004
It is strange how in the U.S., international travel isn't looked upon as highly as it is in Europe and Australia, for example. In other countries, they have something called "Gap Year" which is when a young person takes a year ... [Continue reading this entry]

Emergency Passport

Saturday, January 17th, 2004
The worst thing ever has happened. His passport is GONE. It is NOT in the this apartment. We have searched EVERY SINGLE inch of this place three times. We leave in like 2 weeks. Passport expedition takes, oh, TWO WEEKS. This is NOT GOOD and ... [Continue reading this entry]

A Change of Plans

Friday, January 16th, 2004
Plans have changed dramatically. We are now getting the ticket thru The Great Escapade instead. The route is London-Singapore-Bangkok-Singapore-Sydney-Queenstown-Auckland-Rarotonga-Tahiti. We plan to spend maybe a month in Thailand, a month in New Zealand, a few weeks in Australia, and ... [Continue reading this entry]