Do I really want to go back?

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Do I really want to go back... not really. I'll board Sunday night's flight with mixed feelings given that I've had a fantastic time here in what is a very comfortable and easy city to live. Given that I may never have another opportunity to travel for such an extended period of time, I will return and make the most of my remaining leave. Whatever the case, it definitely beats working.

I've changed my plans slightly... given that Intrepid tours gave me such a fantastic insight into those countries I passed through, as well as the added social dimension, I've decided to take the 36 day tour from Quito to La Paz, taking me through the Amazon and Inca regions of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. This is a HUGE gamble, for the success of the tour will be dependent on the other travellers, especially my room mate. But I figure that I'm happy to take the gamble for 36 days. I was fortunate to have scored a 5% discount, thus taking the average cost of the tour to about $70 a day... within my budget. I'm rather excited about the tour and know that I will have a fantastic time if there are a couple of like-minded roaming travellers in the group of 12... if only I could take Ariedna with me!

I'm happy with my plans for South America because the first part will be in an organised tour and the second part (Chile, Argentina and Brazil) will, at this stage, be done independently. This will force me to learn some Spanish, and retain the flexibility to stay in one place (e.g. Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro) for a month or so. The dates of the tour from Quito to La Paz have also given me an extra week in Europe... which I'll probably put towards Spain, Portugal or Morocco. I'll have a total of 8 weeks in Europe.

I'm also quite excited at having a month on the eastern coast of Australia, for I've constantly raved about how much I want to stay in Melbourne... I think a fortnight will be enough on this occasion.

The accommodation is hard to get in Europe... from my lessons in Ireland, I've booked my night in London, 5 nights in Amsterdam and 4 nights in Munich. Due to the world cup (damn that penalty shot), Berlin was booked out and is charging ridiculous amounts (i.e. $140) for dorm beds. I've bypassed this city. Munich is a lot cheaper than Amsterdam and there were more rooms available (around the $30 a night mark). Even though I have 5 nights in Amsterdam, I plan to spend one of those on board the overnight train from Amsterdam to Munich, thus saving on a night's accommodation.

I've got mixed emotions about leaving Perth, but I still have a sense of excitement about it all. I depart Perth at 12:30am on Sunday night and will arrive into London at 18:10 on the Monday (local time). I'll be staying in a cheapie around Kings Cross. Even though I will be totally stuffed, I still aim on spending that night in Soho!! We'll see how we go. May not get back to London for a very long time so why not make the most of it!

I'm kind of lucky in that I've got a few contacts in Europe which I'm looking forward to meeting up with... nothing beats going out on the town with a local.

Anyway, back to enjoying Perth:)
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