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My Ultimate Flight(s) from Hell; Spring Break 2005

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The following is why I really hate British Airways

So I am flying back from Amsterdam through Heathrow to JFK. I take easyjet (my first mistake) to london then BA back to JFK. EasyJet is late so when I get to London i miss my flight back to New York. I’m standing online at BA trying to get another flight. Keeping in mind there are other flights, but since I don’t have a cell in london I have to stand in line and wait. The line is pretty long and I wait about 45 minutes to try and get on another flight. Every single person ahead of me gets on another flight, which was leaving pretty shortly. When they get to me they say “sorry there is nothing we can do,” to which I respond “what are you talking about, all these people ahead of me just got on ANY flight leaving today?” They continue to go “sorry sir,” and eventually are like “well we can get you on a flight leaving tomorrow morning early, and put you up at the heathrow hilton for a night plus vouchers for dinner and breakfast. I go fine. The Hilton Heathrow is really nice. I mean it was like over 100+ pounds a night, the dinner was expensive and the breakfast was over 30 USD so I was like fine.

So I wake up at around 5am to get ready and check in for my 830 flight. 3 hours before blah blah, I wasn’t taking any chances. So we board the plane a little late, which was fine but this is when it all went downhill. You know when you first get on the plane the electricity isn’t going, hence no A/C, just maybe a little fan coming through? Well that is what we got for over 5 hours. So after waiting like 45 minutes to an hour, the pilot gets on the loudspeaker and goes “sorry we are having technical problems with the jetway, the electricity has gone out and we can’t detach from it, but don’t worry we have people working on it.” Another hour goes by, the pilot gets on “ok we have detached and we are on our way down the tarmac and getting ready for takeoff.” Good, but nothing happened, we are still sitting on the tarmac. Another half hour, pilot gets on “Sorry about the delay but we are having problems with one of the engines, but don’t worry engineers and technicians are on their way.” Another hour plus goes by, still nothing, sitting there in the hot, no A/C nothing. This is like hour 3 or more of sitting there, people are starting to get restless, and stir comes over the passengers. It has now been like four hours, we are all hot, tired (cause the flight boarded at like 830 and many of us got up real early), and to top it off they haven’t served us an ounce of food, water, snacks, nothing! Even for me, who is patient in times like this, I had a breaking point and it was slowly approaching. So finally they get the engine fixed, and the pilot assures us we are taking off.

Well that didn’t happen either, the pilot once again gets on the loudspeaker and says something I have never heard in my life “Sorry ladies and gentlemen, because there were so many delays (over 5 hours sitting on the plane) I am not allowed to fly the plane, I have run out of hours for the week, so we need to bring in a new pilot to fly, but don’t worry he’ll be here in 45 minutes”. At this point I start to get a little crazy. “Were they kidding me? I thought to myself. Was this really happening. Did the pilot just say “I can’t believe I have to tell you guys this, but I can’t fly?” Many of these questions passed through my head, and at that point I got up out of my seat yet again, paced around the aisles and then when I got towards the front of the plane overheard a few british guys talking about getting off the plane. It was almost like a coup was brewing to get off. The british guys were planning how they would get off this plane, and get on another flight. They were on the phone calling BA about other flights, working travel agents, family friends etc…Eventually one of the guys was like “there is a flight coming up at 430, let’s get on that flight.” At that point I chimed in and told them that I was down to get off and do whatever was necessary. Eventually the new pilot came, it took well over an hour plus and when the new pilot got on this british guys went off. They demanded to be let off the plane, and their were yet again rumblings pouring down the aisles. “Did that guy just ask to get off, well heck I want to get off, this plane is cursed, too many problems” were many of the thoughts and murmurs coming from the crowd. So finally, I get up there with the guys and say to this guy in a purple shirt that I wanted off as well. This guy turned out to be the new pilot, who went back and forth with me for about five minutes, claiming that once he settled in the plane would be off and going in 45 minutes. I said I didn’t care, I had a bad feeling about this plane, too many things going wrong, we haven’t been fed, it is real hot in here so I want out! He gave in to my demands and said that there would be a bus who would take us back to the airport and back to the BA terminal. I said “thank you,” gathered up my stuff and was on my way. When I got off the plane, I got on that next flight, this time demanding to get on and not just letting the BA counter screw me over yet again. I figured out that the reason why I got screwed the first time was because my ticket was bought using some real cheap online discount site and I think they just didn’t want to acknowledge the pay grade of it, because like I said before every single person had gotten on a non-full flight the day before me, and people after me and they didn’t give me an answer as to why.

So now I’m off the plane, waiting for my new flight to leave. I think it was around 130 or 2pm and the flight was leaving like 3pm or something. So this plane arrived pretty much on time, in to JFK and I had found out that the plane that supposedly was going to leave “in only 45 minutes” according to the new pilot left at like 430pm! It took them 9 hours to get that plane off the ground! So I guess all in all I sat on the plane from about 830-130, and that is why I will NEVER fly BA again.

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 7, St. Maarten/St. Martin

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Today was our final full day on the fun ship. We started off the day with our usual quick breakfast in the main dining room, gathered up our stuff and headed off for what would hopefully be a funfilled day.

We got in a shared taxi (which is always a mad rush once we get off the ship) and managed to snap a few of the touristy (welcome to ____).

We decided to head for a beach on the french side of the island AKA St. Martin. For those who didn’t know St. Martin/St. Maarten is one of the only islands that have two countries associated with them (France and Netherlands). The ride to the far side of the island took quite a long time as we had to manuever our way through the mountainous and hilly island. Our driver was pretty funny and was speaking in as many languages to us as he knew. These included Dutch, French, English and a bunch of other ones. It was quite impressive to say the least, it also made our 45 minute journey far more pleasant.

Our first stop was Orient Beach. Orient beach is known for one thing and one thing only…a portion of it is completely NUDE! When you arrive you see a huge sign saying “Welcome to Orient beach” with a picture of naked butts. Also has a sign that says “no cameras” in several languages. I mean it would be almost criminal to not at least take a stroll down the nude side of the beach after traveling this long to get here.

The nude beach was extremely interesting to say the least. The beach seemed to be filled with middle aged Americans, who were yes, completely NUDE. After taking a stroll back and forth we decided to head to the normal, non nude side of the beach and find a place to plop down.

This side was much more entertaining and exciting. Basically the beach was divided up by vendor. Each vendor had a bar/restaurant and a whole host of chairs. Some had umbrellas some didn’t. Some offered free drinks with an umbrella chair combo others didn’t. We walked down until we came to one we liked. This one offered some free drinks with a chair/umbrella combo (of course still insanely priced), but this beach had what I would think would be a very european feel to it. Granted, I have never really been to a beach in Europe (Nice doesn’t count as it was the winter and it is all rocky), but maybe this is how the beaches in St. Tropez are in France.

Anyway, we settled in to our area, got our “free” drinks and just enjoyed the beautiful, sunny, yet extremely hot day in here in lovely St. Martin. The water was crystal clear, blue, very warm, but didn’t have much of a skyline. It wasn’t like some of the other beaches we had been too. It almost had waves like a bay, nothing major but overall a very nice beach with very fine sand. From time to time, people from the nude side would stroll across us, not completely nude, but generally topless, both men and women. It is incredible who will go topless these days!

After a few more drinks, and watching people have fun on the jet skiis, I convinced Nicole to take another run on them. Since the beach was crowded with Cruise tourists, we had to wait about 2 hours to get on them and we rented them for the standard 30 minutes.

When we got on this jet ski, it definitely felt much faster, lighter and shiftier than the one we rode in St. Looocia. I was whipping it around, hair blowing in the wind with Nicole screaming in the back. Unfortunately, this ride wouldn’t end the same way as the last ride. At one point, I slowed down signficantly, almost to a dead-stop. Apparently, that isn’t the best thing to do while riding a jet ski especially after traveling at a fast speed. To make a long story short, our jet ski tipped over and we ended up in the middle of the sea. Nicole was flipping out, I was trying to keep her calm and roll the jet ski back on. Thank G-d we were wearing life vests, because they definitely saved our lives.

Another thing was that we were pretty far out from shore and it was probably hard to see us from the shore, so the guy who ran these jet skiis definitely did not see us tip. Luckily, a guy who had rented one saw us, came over to us, took Nicole back to shore, and got the jet ski dude to come get me. Lets just say this big black guy was NOT happy that we tipped over. He was screaming at me the whole way back to shore. At one point he told me that we should have known how to ride the jet ski (even though it was only our second time) and that he didn’t feel it was his responsibility to teach us how to ride this jet ski, which turned out to be a racing jet ski (which makes sense as to why it was so damn fast). Then, the guy tried to tell me that I broke the Jet ski and/or that I needed to pay him $50 because now he couldn’t rent it out until it was dried or some BS. I gave me a paper I signed which he claimed made me liable for the $50. It obviously did not and he was just trying to muscle me. I told him “this can’t be the first time someone has tipped over a jet ski and I’m sure it doesn’t break them if it does.”

He basic point was that now he couldn’t immediately rent it out, but I told him tough luck. After I left him, Nicole asked me what happened and I quickly said “grab your stuff and lets go, I’ll explain later.” So Nicole and I quickly grabbed our stuff and found a taxi back to Philipsburg which is the capital of the Dutch side, St. Maarten.

Downtown St. Maarten was really nice. There were a strung of restaurants and hotels that lined the Marina. We ended up finding a really great tourist shop tucked away in a corner street. For the first time the chatchkas were relatively affordable and not ung-dly expensive like every other place. The guy who ran the shop was actually from Hong Kong and had been living in St. Maarten for a few years.

After leaving the shop, Nicole and I were both really hungry. We strolled around and came to a place that seemed fairly local, with a vibrant and exciting ambiance. We took a table and saw that they had a great menu. It has fresh “pub” style food. We got some nachos and ordered main meals. As it turns out a fairly famous TV show was filming there and was checking out the food. We didn’t know them, but looked them up when we got home and they were on some cable network. We spoke with the owners for a while and profusely complemented them on their delicious food.

We both really enjoyed St. Maarten/St. Martin even after we almost died in the middle of the caribbean sea. It has a nice laid back feel to it, seems more developed then some of the other islands we went too, cleaner and not as shady as say Barbados. There is a nice marina in Philipsburg, with hotels and restaurants, and it is a place we would definitely return back too.

After eating we walked around and did a little more shopping, including a walk through a very affordable duty free shop. We snapped some photos along the Marina (one that came out really well). The last shopping we did was when I stopped at a handmade local cigar shop (with the people actually rolling the cigars. The guy who owned the shop was really cool and was actually preparing to run the NYC marathon. He asked me if where he was staying was safe and I told him no. It was in East Harlem and pretty far up Lexington Avenue. We chatted it up a little, I bought a bunch of handrolled cigars, a t-shirt and was off.

The walk back to the ship was long. It was getting late and we didn’t have much time to get back to the ship. We had to walk probably a mile to get back in the blazing sun. But as most travel guidebooks will recommend, try and be one of the last people on the ship to maximize your day at a port (and by the last few days we certainly were!).

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 6 Basseterre, Saint Kitts

Monday, May 9th, 2011
By Day 6 Nicole and I were well versed in how things worked on these islands but that didn’t mean we were able to stop getting ripped off by the taxi drivers and vendors; now all we could do was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 5 Castries, St. Lucia (Loooosha)

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Besides being known for their beaches, shopping and great weather, St. Lucia is also known for 2600+ foot Twin Pitons which are part of an active volcano on the island of St. Lucia. These Pitons can be seen from ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 4 Bridgetown, Barbados

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
After being stuck at sea all day yesterday, I think Nicole and I were extremely eager to get off the boat and do some exploring on our next island. I was unsure what to expect of Bridgetown and the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 3 Day At Sea

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
After going to bed fairly late the night before and knowing good well we had nothing to do today, I decided to sleep in. I think that it was a little later than Nicole had expected me to sleep ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 2 St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
The alarm went off at 730AM as Nicole and I had decided to get up early to try and maximize our day. We were both excited like little school children. I had never been to any of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Nicole’s Awesome Caribbean Adventure 2011: Day 1 New York City – San Juan, PR (Via Atl)

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
My alarm clock went off at 5:30AM, in preparation of our flights which would eventually land us in Puerto Rico hopefully around the 4PM hour. The cruise is scheduled to leave tonight at 10PM, giving us plenty of time ... [Continue reading this entry]

200th Post!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010
In light of this being my 200th post, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been a great ride so far. I started this blog in late 2006 with bathroom humor and random ... [Continue reading this entry]

Great Circle Mapper

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Recently I came across this great website called The Great Circle Mapper.  I decided to spend a few minutes to try and think about all the flights I had taken since 2004 when I started to really travel extensively around ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 14 Sugiez, Switzerland

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Today during my last full day here in Switzerland Linda had some ideas as to what she could show Sarah and I.  After eating breakfast we all jumped into the mini and our first stop was where Linda grew up.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 13 Naters to Sugiez, Switzerland

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
Since we had to wake up at like 845AM, my body did not let me sleep well at all for fear that we would all wake up at 12PM or later.  I ended up solidly sleeping until 630AM and then ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 10 Stockholm, Sweden

Saturday, April 11th, 2009
Today Jenny and I were going to go on the boat tour that we had arranged yesterday.  As I said before the boat tour is supposed to be a 2.5-3 hour guided tour of Sweden’s archipelago.  The boat was leaving ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 9 Stockholm, Sweden

Friday, April 10th, 2009
After enjoying our included buffet breakfast at the Nordic Sea Hotel, Jenny and I decided to head off to another one of the islands in Stockholm called Djurgården.  This island is one of the larger 14 that make up the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 8 Stockholm, Sweden

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
After checking in at 6AM thanks to the very nice receptionist, Jenny and I finally got up at around 1130AM.  We set our plan for the day and embarked out of the hotel.  We started our walk meandering through the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 7 Copenhagen, Denmark to Stockholm Sweden

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
Today was our last semi-full day in Copenhagen.  We have our overnight train tonight from Copenhagen Central Station to Stockholm via Malmo, Sweden.  When we woke up we anticipated heavy rain, but were pleasantly surprised when we woke up to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 6 Copenhagen, Denmark

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
I woke up this  morning feeling pretty good after a night of fairly heavy drinking.  Jenny and I got up at 9 since the free buffet breakfast ran from 7-10AM and we definitely wanted to get some food before our ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 5 Barcelona, Spain to Copenhagen, Denmark

Monday, April 6th, 2009
The day started with me waking up at 8am and laying in bed for a few minutes as I tried to get my body up and running.  I then went to wake up Jenny and get the ball rolling.  We ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 4 Barcelona, Spain

Sunday, April 5th, 2009
I got up at 1015AM as I was startled by Jenny who was peering through the glass door that separates the living room from the kitchen.  She claims that she had just gotten to the door when I popped up ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 3 Barcelona, Spain

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009 – Day 2 Barcelona, Spain

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Josh and Jenny’s European Adventure 2009; Day 1 – Great Neck, NY to Barcelona Spain

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 23 – Berlin, Germany (Tegel Airport) to Newark, New Jersey

Friday, January 16th, 2009
I couldn’t sleep that well for the few hours that I tried.  I kept worrying that I wouldn’t wake up on time and miss the flight (it sucks but my internal alarm clock very rarely fails me).  Anyway before I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 22 – Berlin, Germany

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Sadly this was my last full day in Berlin and in Europe for that matter.  My trip has come to an end.  Even though the total trip will be 23-24 days in total, it sure felt like a lot longer.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 21 – Berlin, Germany

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
We slept a little later than yesterday and Linda was feeling a little rough this morning, I could tell it in her face.  We went down for some breakfast and Linda couldn’t eat anything.  This was another indication that poor ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 20 – Berlin, Germany

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

I was woken up by another person in the room who was coughing constantly all during the early morning.  Eventually I was fed up with it, took my computer and left the room.  It was driving me nuts.  I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 19 – Prague, Czech Republic to Berlin, Germany

Monday, January 12th, 2009
We had to leave the house by 930AM even though our train wasn’t supposed to leave untill 1030AM because that is when David’s dad could take us to the train station.  I quickly went upstairs to pack up my stuff ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 18 – Prague, Czech Republic

Sunday, January 11th, 2009
Today was Sunday and that meant football.  The previous day I found an Irish pub near the Muzeum stop on the metro.  Today we also woke up early so we could get an earlier start to the day.  We left ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 17 – Prague, Czech Republic

Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Today we woke up and then David asked if we would like breakfast and lunch at the same time.  This meant that after his mom made us a huge breakfast a half hour later we had a huge lunch which ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 16 – Prague, Czech Republic

Friday, January 9th, 2009
I woke up freezing cold in the train.  The air-conditioning system was broken and was stuck on cold and full blast the whole night.  Coupled with the fact that the bed was tiny even for me it was a very ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 15 – belalp – Sugiez – Bern – Zurich – Prague, Czech Republic

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Today was an extremely long day.  We got up at 830AM and was skiing by 930AM.  We ended up having a great day of skiing even though the weather wasn’t so great.  It was mostly overcast but since it was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 14 – Belalp, Switzerland (Swiss Alps)

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Last night the three of us decided to wake up at 9AM and get the day started.  I thought that we should have woken up earlier, but I wasn’t going to fight them on this one.  I got up around ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 13 – Sugiez, Switzerland to Belalp, Switzerland (Swiss Alps)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
I woke up feeling refreshed after having a nice sleep in the guest bedroom on the top floor of Linda’s home.  I was really excited that I would have a chance to ski in the Swiss Alps.  Back home the ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 12 – Amsterdam, The Nederlands to Sugiez, Switzerland

Monday, January 5th, 2009
Today was our final day in Amsterdam.  I was ready to move on.  Three times in 5 years is plenty in my mind as it is a very expensive place to visit and after you have seen the sights becomes ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 11 – Amsterdam, The Nederlands

Sunday, January 4th, 2009
Today I woke up and did not feel like doing anything.  So I didn’t.  I ended up going with Linda, Sarah and Liz to the Cinema so they could buy ticket to a movie.  I wanted to see a movie ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 10 – Amsterdam, The Nederlands

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Today many of my friends wanted to go to see Anne Frank’s house.  I had already been there three times before so I wasn’t very keen on it.  I decided to go to the Van Gogh Museum, because that was ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 9 – Amsterdam, The Nederlands

Friday, January 2nd, 2009
Today was my first full day in Amsterdam and when everyone I was meeting for this Nomad Tour Reunion was supposed to come.  After seeing Hannah and Alex who came real early, we all walked to Amsterdam Central to surprise ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 8 – London, England to Amsterdam, The Nederlands

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
I got up around 9AM just to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything in my room or in the house.  Today Harriet and I were flying from London’s Gatwick Airport in the south of London via EasyJet.  So from Harriet’s ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 7 – London, England

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
Day 7 - London - New Years Eve After packing up all my stuff which had exploded from my bags once I arrived at Harriet’s I decided that it was imperative I get some fish and chips before I left London.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 6 – London, England

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Today for some strange reason I got up at 830AM.  Not sure why considering I went to bed late.  I guess the jetlag has worn off.  I really wanted to go back to sleep, but I just couldn’t manage to ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 5 – London, England

Monday, December 29th, 2008
The first half of today was a lazy day.  While Harriet was off getting her passport from her apartment in Newcastle, I chilled out and relaxed.  At about 2PM Martha (harriet’s youngest sister) and I went out for a walk ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 4 – London, England

Sunday, December 28th, 2008
I woke up at 1230PM after a night of tossing and turning.  The Sunday morning church bells from across the street woke me up briefly, but I found myself dozing off back to sleep shortly after they finished ringing.  Today ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 3 – London, England

Saturday, December 27th, 2008
Even though I retired to my living quarters at 10PM, I couldn’t fall asleep until about 1AM.  To pass the time I watched one and a half movies from the selection I brought with me.  I’m glad I brought them ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 2- London, England

Friday, December 26th, 2008
I awoke from my very uncomfortable nap to some useless public address announcement and was not happy.  We landed at approximately 630AM and I raced to the immigration line.  Since none of the workers there wanted to actually work, it ... [Continue reading this entry]

Josh’s European Adventure: Day 1- Great Neck, NY to London England

Thursday, December 25th, 2008
My trip started just like any other in the past; screaming, shouting, running all around.  Even though I had packed two weeks in advance for this trip to Europe things always seem to go wrong at the last minute.  For ... [Continue reading this entry]

Official Countdown to Europa!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Europe Here I Come!

Europe Here I Come!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Well I waited several months to make the official post, but in August I booked my next trip.  This time I am going to be spending my winter break in Europe.  I will be staying with Harriet my good friend ... [Continue reading this entry]

August 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2008 – Johannesburg, South Africa

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
Since it was several months ago and I never fully finished I wanted to document a few things about my remaining three days in Africa.  In no particular order, Harriet and I made several trips to the supermarket and bottle ... [Continue reading this entry]

Brief Recap from July 25- through august 2nd

Friday, September 12th, 2008
July 26th - Today we had to get up super early since the four people who wanted to do a game drive through Chobe National Park had to be there before 1230pm. 7 hours its long...get to camp site ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 25th, 2008 – Okavango Delta, Botswana to Gweta, Botswana

Monday, August 11th, 2008
Today there was an optional bush walk in the early morning.  I opted to pass on that bush walk and get a few more hours of sleep.  Even though I had my ear plugs in, I could still hear rob ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 24th Okavango Delta, Botswana

Monday, August 11th, 2008
Today I had to wake up super early for a sunrise bush walk.  The walk lasted about four hours, again I stupidly did it in flip flops even though I had my brand new new balance sneakers in my tent ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 23rd, 2008 – Maun, Botswana to Okavango Delta, Botswana

Monday, August 11th, 2008
I forgot to write in yesterday's entry that I also signed up, along with 14 others to take a scenic flight over the Delta on the day we come out of the delta in three days time. It was ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 22nd – Ghanzi, Botswana to Maun, Botswana

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I woke up at 7am to go to the bathroom, but my body felt like it was 8am with the time difference so I was up and at it.  I got some breakfast and sat ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 21st – Windhoek, Namibia to Ghanzi, Botswana

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Today we ventured off nice and early from the hostel for our fairly long drive to Botswana.  We stopped in the morning to pick up some supplies and I wanted to change all of my ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 20th, 2008 – Etosha National Park to Windhoek, Namibia

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and with only 2 million people the capital I believe has 200,000 people, where the rest of them are I have no idea I certainly haven't seen that ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 19th, 2008 – Etosha National Park, Namibia

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Today we woke up early to eat a quick breakfast and load up the truck for morning game drive.  Truthfully it wasn't all that good.  We saw a few new birds and some male versions ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 18th, 2008 – Himba Tribes to Etosha Nature Reserve

Monday, July 28th, 2008

We got up at a reasonable time and it was time to head to Etosha Nature Reserve the second largest reserve in Africa only to Serengeti in Tanzania.  We first stopped in a town called ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 17th, 2008 – Spitzkoppe to Himba Tribes

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Today the drive was a little long and we got to the campsite near where the Himba tribes live around lunch time.  Hank, Jele, Rob and I played a version of handball, but using a ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 16th – Spitzkoppe, Namibia

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Spitzkoppe is a rather large mountain in Namibia but not the tallest. Our first stop was the supermarket for an hour.  I decided to head to the internet shop to get my last licks in ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 15th – Swakopmund, Namibia

Monday, July 28th, 2008

I woke up at like 8am after being woken up mainly times throughout the night apparently because I was snoring so much.  Oh well, thanks mom and dad for that one.  I had a quick ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 14th, 2008 Solitaire, Namibia to Swakopmund, Namibia

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Rob didn't really snore that much and before I knew it I was being kicked in the head by Mike along the outside of the tent to "wakie wakie."  Today we had our journey from ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 13th 2008 – Namibia

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Today we got up extremely early yet again.  This was the earliest morning yet.  5am.  We had to get up so early because we were going to hike up Dune 45 about 45 kilometers away ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 12th, 2008 – Fish River Canyon to Sesriem, Namibia

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Today it was a real long drive.  The drive would take us over 10 hours and was approximately 600 kilometers from Fish River Canyon to Sesriem.  I got to sit in the front, which is ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 11th, 2008 – Orange River to Fish River Canyon

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Today was first started our day with a nice canoe trip down the orange river.  We had to hop on the back of a truck like cattle and were driven 8 kilometers away to the ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 10th, 2008 – Cederberg Mountains to Near border between SA and Namibia

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I got officially was up at 4am but got out of the tent around 545am to get some food and wake up.  I gathered up my limited belongings and headed inside. Because everyone was showering ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 9th, 2008 – Cape town, South Africa

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Today I woke up nice and early as it was time to get to the departure point for my tour the second time around.  I got up at 7am and most of my stuff was ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 8th, 2008 – Cape Town, South Africa

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Today is officially my last full day in Cape Town, South Africa.  The night before I had to switch rooms since a large group of Americans were coming to invade on our peaceful hostel.  Sophia and I moved in to ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 7th, 2008 – Cape town, South Africa

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
Today I had to wake up early yet again for a tour.  I decided to do a Township tour which is basically a tour around the poorer and segregated areas of Cape Town.  The tour picked us up at half ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 6th, 2008 – Cape Town, South Africa

Monday, July 7th, 2008
I woke up today after only a few hours sleep, gathered the rest of my stuff I hadn't packed up the day before and went downstairs and talked to this guy who worked at the hostel.  He got me a ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 5th – Cape town, South Africa

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
Today was my last full day in Cape town. My stay would be short and sweet, and I wish I had more time, better weather and more nights to experience the great night life that Cape Town has to ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 4th – Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
I woke up bright and early at 815am because I really had to go to the bathroom and I had to find out when my tour to the famous Robben Island was.  Since I couldn't find any of my important ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 3rd- Cape Town, South Africa

Saturday, July 5th, 2008
At the airport it was all hustle and bustle.  People were running around, trying to checkin and in the midst of it all i managed to lose my second item, my walking stick!  I think I lost it from the ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 2nd, 2008 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Friday, July 4th, 2008
I woke up at 1035 am still feeling tired.  I had probably overslept and was feeling drowsy and groggy from the benedryl I took last night.  I hung out in my room for a little while and then decided to ... [Continue reading this entry]

July 1st, 2008 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Friday, July 4th, 2008
I arrived in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates at approximately 12am or a little after so technically July 1st, 2008.  I had no hotel reservation and hence no where to go so I was taking it easy.  I walked around ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 30th, 2008 – Last Official Day in India, Delhi to Mumabi to Abu Dhabi, UAE

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Sarah's flight was at 5am, mine at 1155am, but since I am such a mench I said I would go with her to the airport and just wait for my flight.  When we got to ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 29th, 2008 – Delhi, India

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I got woken up by Vikash, our trusty tour guide from day 1 at around 450am.  He wanted us up and at em before the train got to delhi, ready to go.  The train wouldn't ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 28th, 2008 – Dharamsala to Delhi, India

Friday, July 4th, 2008

I stayed at Sarah's the previous night and got out of bed at 10am.  It was a good feeling to have nothing to do, with school being over.  To kill the time before our departure ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 27th, 2008 – Dharamsala, India

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
Today would be my last full day in Dharamsala, India and there was still plenty to do.  I first want to say hi to my cousin Judy, what's up?  She is a very loyal reader and I had previously left ... [Continue reading this entry]

june 26th, 2008 – Dharamsala, India

Friday, June 27th, 2008
Today I rolled out of bed for the Tibetan class. Today was the day that Cait and I had to present on the Tibetan Government in Exile. I forgot to mention that yesterday. I did the preparation ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 25th, 2008 – Dharamsala, India

Friday, June 27th, 2008
Today we didn't have any tests but I had my Tibetan Buddhism test the next day.  This was the only exam we had that would be closed exam, meaning no notes or anything.  Lucky for me it was in a ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 24th, 2008 – Dharamsala, India

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I woke up feeling a little bit better but not great by any means.  Today we had our second final, which was in the class of comparative race and gender led by my professor from Touro.  I ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 23rd 2008 – Dharamasala, India

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
Today was monday and the weekend was over and I woke up feeling like crap. The night before I went to sleep with a feeling in my throat that I could not swallow, this meant that I might be ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 22nd, 2008 – Dharamsala, India

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
I woke up at 130pm after going to bed late...I wanted to get some work done but also wanted to do some exploring so I took a taxi back to bagsu, the place where i got a falafel with ben, ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 21st, 2008 – Amritsar, India

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
Amritsar is a holy city in the state of Punjab which is a neighboring state to Himachal Pradesh which is the state that Dharmasala and Shimla are in.  Eight of us including myself loaded up in to two large taxis ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 20th, 2008 – Dharmasala, India

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
After class today, Sarah, Arrindum and I went to go out for some lunch.  Originally we were with a larger group but after they took much longer than expected we decided to just go on our own, so we did.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 19th

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
Thursday, June 19th - I didn't mention this yesterday but as I was walking back up the hill at night from wherever I was coming from my knee started to hurt, and hurt a lot.  I wasn't sure what it was from, ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 18th – Dharmasala, India

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Today was our first full day in Dharmasala.  I woke up to a large monkey staring in to my window.  I jumped back a little bit and it was a great way to start my day.  I then had some ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 17th – Shimla to Dharmasala, India

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
As already mentioned before Dharmasala is where the Tibetan government is in exile and where the Dalai Lama lives.  Today we got up at 5am, had breakfast and left by 630am.  Now because we got a new hotel in Delhi ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 16th, 2008- Last day in Shimla, India

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Of course me being me I left everything that I wanted to do in Shimla till the last day which meant that it would be a long day but hopefully exciting. After class Michelle, Ben and I went to ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 15th

Monday, June 16th, 2008
Even G-d rested on the 7th day and so did I.  I had work to do and did some of it, but I managed to get side tracked with packing up my stuff in my final days in Shimla as ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 11th, 12th, 13th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Friday, June 13th, 2008
This last few days really haven't been exciting.  What do you expect when you are staying in a small hill station at the foothills of the Himalayas.  So with that said I am skipping to June 12th - Today there was a ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 10th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Today there was a mandatory trip to the University Law School in the state we are staying in India.  Basically from what we were told some professors were going to speak briefly on a topic of Indian law that we ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 9th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
Today was just like any other monday, back to school and back to work.  This will certainly be my shortest post probably of my trip since nothing really happened worth noting.  I bummed around, did work and went to bed. 

June 8th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Monday, June 9th, 2008
So the rafting trip was rescheduled for today and the weather appeared to be cooperating with us so far.  I got up at around 715pm, got ready for the rafting, packed the necessities and went down for some breakfast.  We ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 7th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Monday, June 9th, 2008
I awoke at 7am and started to get ready for whitewater rafting or at least I thought.  From the bathroom I hear the phone ring and Cait get up to answer it.  30 seconds later she informs me through a ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 6th, 2008 – Shimla, India

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

At 2:30PM today I have arranged to meet my local friends.  They arranged a car to take me and whoever I bring to a city near Shimla called Kurfi.  Apparently they had some nice ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 5th – Shimla, India

Friday, June 6th, 2008
Today would be a special day in that the group would be visiting a girl's ashram.  An ashram is like an orphange where caretakers provide for girls.  This particular one had 46 girls ranging from 2-3 all the way up ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 4th – Shimla, India

Friday, June 6th, 2008
Today it rained virtually the whole day.  Since I had a lot of reading to do, I had to get to work after class, put some time in and hope it cleared up.  After lunch I headed off to the ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 3rd Shimla, India

Friday, June 6th, 2008
Today it rained as usual, same time as it does every day.  After doing some work I decided I needed a Josh day of wondering around and hopefully having some good local experiences.  I decided to venture off the beaten ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 2nd continued – Shimla, India

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
After leaving the internet cafe Sarah and I headed to my secret coffee shop all the way up the mountain in Shimla.  This is where I will do the majority of my studying I think.  It appears many of the ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 2nd – Shimla, India

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Today was the first day of classes.  I got up at 7am so I could shower up, get some food and get ready to do work, be on the ball.  I did all of that and then got my palm ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 1st – Shimla, India Continued

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
The reception with the governor was a tad boring as I really couldn't understand him that well but the guys standing at the entrance way to the reception hall made the point for him.  It last about two hours and ... [Continue reading this entry]

June 1st 2008 – Shimla, India

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Today was my day to sleep a little bit, or as much as I could as I did NOT have to get up at 5am or anything crazy, it was a day to move at your ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 31st Delhi – Shimla

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Today was our 13 hour bus ride to Shimla, which included bathroom stops, lunch stop and a late snack/bathroom stop.  The bus would be long and since I had forgotten my cell phone under the bus ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 30th – Agra to Delhi

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Today we woke up at 445am and started what would be a long journey to delhi.  The bus was a long ride and we arrived in Delhi after stopping several times for the food and ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 29th 2008 – Agra, India

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Today was a day that was long awaited in my life.  I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal.  It seemed so grand in the pictures and for many years I thought it was made of all these bright ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 28th Overland from Delhi to Agra

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
May 28th Overland from Delhi to Agra I was supposed to get up at 645am to get down to breakfast before our long drive to agra.  Instead I was up at 445am because I felt like I was being bitten by ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 27th 2008 – Train to Delhi

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
 I awoke really early in the morning to blaring music and people telling us to get up to eat breakfast.  Apparently indians wake up early, but I'm not sure why they would want too on a train.  It took me ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 26th continued

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
 After leaving the internet cafe it was time to head back to the apartment and make sure I hadn't forgotten to pack anything to take with me on my journey.  During this frantic state I usually end up leaving chargers ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 26th Mumbai to Delhi India

Monday, May 26th, 2008
Today I am off to Delhi.  I will be taking the best train to Delhi which will take approximately 16 hours.  I am in second class AC which is the second best class.  I did not want to take first ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 25th, 2008 Mumbai, India

Monday, May 26th, 2008
May 25th, 2008 - Mumbai, India Today is my last full day in India and boy did I wake up with a mega hangover. I actually felt like death. I slept till 11 something and basically just tried to sleep ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 24th, 2008 Mumbai, India

Monday, May 26th, 2008
May 24th - 2008 Today I really didn't do a whole lot. Unfortunately I was up bright and early since Rahul's mom awoke at like 730am, and since we all sleep in the same room, that meant I was ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 23rd, 2008 continued – Mumbai, India

Sunday, May 25th, 2008
Well after I left the internet cafe, I got a rickshaw back to the apartment.  When I got back Rahul had informed me that his parents were coming to stay with him for a few days.  This meant space would ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 23rd – Mumbai, India

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
At around 230AM I awoke itching my pointer finger and my inner thigh.  I first thought that I had contracted bed bugs for the third time in as many months, but quickly counted and did not have three dots in ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 22nd – Mumbai, India

Friday, May 23rd, 2008
Today I woke up not really refreshed.  I am sleeping on a bed per se, but it is really just a thin mat on a steel mattress, not much give so my back and neck hurts quite a bit.  I ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 21st – Abu Dhabi, UAE to Mumbai, India

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
I arrived at Abu Dhabi international airport around 730 am on May 21st.  I was really anxious as I had just sat for many hours on a plane.  The airport was really small and I must have walked around it ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 20th – And We’re off

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Well today was the day where I would venture off to India.  I woke up bright and early tuesday morning, around 630AM.  I had to make sure I wasn't forgetting anything important for my trip.  We loaded up the car, ... [Continue reading this entry]

May 19th, 2008 – Great Neck, New York

Monday, May 19th, 2008
Well it is 1010PM the night before I leave.  My excitement is not the usual excitement I get before a big trip.  I am not sure if this has just become a run of the mill feeling and something not ... [Continue reading this entry]

Countdown continues

Thursday, May 1st, 2008
Well after my last trip to Beijing and Hong Kong, I have come home, recharged and am in the midst of making my final push towards my second year law school finals. I have a final next week and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Link Travel Consulting Goes Up!

Monday, March 31st, 2008
Well I have taken my first step to starting my own travel consulting business.  My goal is to be more active with it after I get back to my trip.  I will be having a friend help create the website ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Return of “My Daily Thoughts on Life”

Monday, March 17th, 2008
After a long hiatus my daily thoughts on life are back!  For those of you out there that go to school or work in a corporate environment with a floor bathroom will absolutely relate to this thought. Anyone and everyone knows ... [Continue reading this entry]

My Spring Break Trip!

Saturday, March 8th, 2008
Before my mega summer trip I decided to wet the apetite and do a little traveling during my passover/spring break.  On April 18th, 2008 I will be flying direct to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific (HK's national airline and a ... [Continue reading this entry]