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Gentlemen, start your engines

Well, tomorrow is the start of the big trip. Been spending the last few days saying au revoir to all our good friends, and clearing up last minute details.
Vacating our apartment was a surreal experience, as our shipper had done all the packing for us. Heather was at work, so I was sitting around as an unemployed layabout watching a team of 8 scurrying round our apartment as our lives for the last 5 years were locked away.
After that it was a clean up in attempt to get our bond back (no sign of it in the bank account yet, bugger!) and goodbye to the place where we had spent the past 5 years.
Since vacating our place, we have been staying with Mike & Hazel (thanks guys) and catching up with all our friends. It's been pretty traumatic for all involved, as we have amassed a number whom we will miss (until they come visit us in London).

There is this six months of holiday first...

Posted by jefranklin 06:16 Archived in Australia Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Another month, another post.

Things are starting to get a bit manic now. It's our last few weeks in Sydney, so Heather and I have been phoning around cancelling services, writing inventories, etc. Shouldn't really be doing this as there is so much to do. A slight problem was noticed in our travel plans as neither of us had arranged for transport from Shanghai to Singapore. Could have been interesting, to say the least. Fortunately, we did notice and we're looking into options now. Yet another dent to the credit card.

Posting is going to be pretty erratic over the next few months, as we will be travelling but I will aim to do it at least monthly (yeah, I know I made a commitment to do it weekly in a previous post).

Posted by jefranklin 20:17 Archived in Australia Tagged me preparation round_the_world Comments (0)

Christmas is coming...

And the credit card bill is getting fat.

Things are progressing nicely at the moment. Our passports have gone away for visas to get us entry in to Vietnam and Heather has booked our Yangtzee cruise. She has also booked hire cars for the appropriate Australia legs using her staff discount, so we've saved a bit of money there as well.

For my part, we now have accommodation booked everywhere in SE Asia except Vietnam, which I will get on to soon, and also have Rome lodgings booked. Finally, I bought a couple of Eurail passes for us, they cost a fair bit but they should get a good workout.

Oh yeah, and I left my job.

Posted by jefranklin 17:57 Archived in Australia Tagged me preparation Comments (0)

It's all coming together

(This entry is an old post from a previous blog that is being migrated)

Well, it's been over a month since my last post, so time for an update.

As previously mentioned, all Australian flights have been booked. Added to that, all accommodation (except Tasmania and some of Alice) has been done as well. As a newly-enrolled member of the YHA, we are going to be staying in hostels, although not in dorms but double rooms with en-suites (we still have to maintain certain standards).

Tickets to Italy have been bought and paid for, as has our round Asia pass. Currently sorting out places to stay in Singapore and Bangkok. The rest of the holiday, we are going to be more flexible and just fly into a city and see what we can find.

Must sort out visas sometime...

Posted by jefranklin 22:45 Archived in Australia Tagged me preparation Comments (0)

Spend! Spend! Spend!

(This is an old posting from 2005 which has been archived from another blog)

Well, the dents to the credit card have started... At long last and after much procrastinating, I have started the first of the purchases for our holiday. So far, I have booked tickets for:

  • Sydney to Hobart (cheapy frequent flyer, all those years with the world's worst airline are paying off)
  • Hobart to Melbourne (more frequent flyers)
  • Adelaide to Alice on the Gahn
  • Alice to Darwin, again on the Gahn
  • Darwin to Cairns (more frequent flyers, again)

Now. we're deciding whereabouts in Thailand to laze on a beach...

Posted by jefranklin 19:24 Archived in Australia Tagged me preparation Comments (0)

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