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Trip Start Dec 18, 2003
Trip End Feb 16, 2004

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Monday, January 12, 2004

Dear friends,
Welcome to my second travel journal and the update to the famous 'Get on Board' journal of 2002. This time around I am in between jobs, or university study (too early to call that one). The gorgeous Sophia was my travelling companion for the first two stages of the trip but unforunately the journal was too steamy to publish - sorry guys!. First up was ten days in Thailand, our first OS holiday together, full of laughter and tears (pics to come) as we ate our way through Bangkok, Chaing Mai, Phuket and Phi Phi. We have just completed two weeks in Morocco visiting Sophia's family in Rabat including a roadtrip of the south by car, pushing her Mum's diesel corolla to the limits over 2500km of crazy right hand driving roads. I can now proudly say I have ridden a camel, surfed a sand dune and drank a noos noos all in the one day. All up it was a fantastic experience which I hope to repeat soon and canīt wait to tell you about on my return.

This morning I got up at 5.30, kissed Sophia goodbye (sniff), and left Rabat by train for Tangier. I then crossed the straits of Gibraltar to Algerciras, Spain and tonight will board another train for Madrid to commence a solo month long tour of Europe. This is the serious part of the trip for me, where I will make up for the lost opportunity caused when I was robbed of all my money in France this time last year and forced to abandon any plans of European travel.

I originally decided to call this part of the trip 'Get on Board II: Double or Nothing', but my underwear mysteriously went missing in Rabat yesterday so I have changed the name to 'Going Commando'. This title has a nice, if slightly liberating ring to it, don't you think?. As fo Europe, If it doesn't work out this time I may have to forget about the nothern hemisphere for a while!
This is just a short trip so I will attempt to update the journal as often as possible, but please excuse any delays as I may be having too much fun to stop and write an entry.
cheers, Benny
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