A Day Of Rest - & The Itinerary Of Things To Come

Trip Start Oct 21, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2010

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

10.29.09               A Day Of Rest - & The Itinerary Of Things To Come

Today, Murray and I are enjoying a bit of a day of rest.  Murray is off doing laundry at a local lavanderia (for the record, he is out of clean "socks and jocks," while I still have plenty to keep me going…!), while I am in our little room in Guesthouse La Sagrada Familia.  Our room is located on the fifth floor of an apartment building and has great views of Barcelona's pastel-colored, balconied buildings.  It is a gorgeous day outside (yesterday was quite overcast; today it is perfectly clear), and I am sitting at a little desk near an open window, listening to the sounds of the city and catching up on all my journaling.  The down time is good (and probably, so is the break away from one another, although I have found that so far, Murray and I make pretty excellent travel partners… a big relief, considering we still have ten weeks to go!). This afternoon, we are toying around with the idea of going to Gaudi Park and bringing along our own picnic (culled from the local bakery and supermarket), although afternoon plans will depend entirely on Murray’s stomach, which has been a bit dodgy since last night (could it be that blood sausage he ate and I refused to eat?!). At any rate, if we do get out and do more this afternoon, I will post with tomorrow’s entry. 

In the meantime, a few of you have asked for our full itinerary, so you know what’s “up and coming” during this big trip of ours.  [The itinerary is laid out on the trip route/map points on this site, but for ease of use, I’ve again pasted our full itinerary below.  Many of our exact destinations (such as the week in Morocco, the two week s in Italy, and the weeks in Greece and Turkey) have yet to be determined, so stay tuned for future entries!  I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seats… Hah.]  Read on:

October 21, 2009              Washington, DC, to Reykjavik, Iceland

October 24, 2009              Reykjavik, Iceland, to Lisbon, Portugal

October 27-30, 2009        Trip to Barcelona, Spain

October 31, 2009              Back In Lisbon, Portugal

November 1, 2009           Lisbon, Portugal, to Casablanca, Morocco

[current tentative plans in Morocco: Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fez]

November 7, 2009           Casablanca, Morocco, to Cairo, Egypt 

[meet AnnaLisa’s Mom & Dad, plus other friends, in Egypt/Jordan for professional tour through 11/17/09]

November 17, 2009         Cairo, Egypt, to London, UK

[staying with friends Sue-Ellen in London, and Shane & Diane in Bath]

November 22, 2009         London, UK, to Rome, Italy

[current tentative plans in Italy: Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Tuscany & other countryside]

December 6, 2009            Rome, Italy, to Prague, Czech Republic

December 10, 2009         Prague, Czech Republic, to Bratislava, Slovakia

[staying with AnnaLisa’s brother Christoph and sister-in-law Taryn, who are living in Bratislava this year]

December 14, 2009         Bratislava, Slovakia, to Budapest, Hungary

December 17, 2009         Budapest, Hungary, to Athens, Greece

[current tentative plans in Athens: yet to be determined!]

December 25, 2009         Athens, Greece, to Istanbul, Turkey

[current tentative plans in Turkey: Istanbul, Gallipoli, and Cappadocia]

January 2, 2010                 Istanbul, Turkey, through Dubai, UAE, to Bangkok, Thailand

January 6, 2010                 Bangkok, Thailand, to Ho Chi Minh/Saigon, Vietnam

[staying with AnnaLisa’s brother Huyen’s family in Ho Chi Minh City]

January 11, 2010               Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, through Singapore, to Sydney, Australia

January 12, 2010               Sydney, Australia, to our new home of Canberra, Australia!!!
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