One Week To Go!!!
Trip Start Sep 03, 2004
44Trip End Dec 22, 2004
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As the first entry of our brand new internet diary, we feel we should explain all.
On 18th May, 2004, Andy and I decided that, what the hell, let's do it, don't wait any longer, let's just go... We called into the wonderful people at STA Travel in Belfast and told them we wanted to go travelling for 4 months and showed them our list. Now, our list has been accumulating since the first few months of our relationship - 5 years ago. We even went as far as to buy a globe and plan a route with thread and cellotape, which I'm sure you can imagine took a lot of thread and was a zig-zaggy mess around the globe.
Talking to the experts, we realised we should really try to keep to a straight line because of the mileage and that to go to Japan was gonna cost us a fortune. So, the decision was made. Not willing to compromise South America, we paid the little bit extra and decided Rio de Janiero was definitely gonna be our first destination. Needless to say since that day on and probably right until we actually set foot on Copacabana Beach, we were singing that famous cabaret song "Down at the Copa, Copacabana..." - constantly.
Yes, we're squeezing a lot in to only a few months, but we know with a lot of organisation it will be doable, hopefully. The hardest part was deciding exactly where we would go and how long we'd stay there, knowing there'd be so many destinations we were gonna miss. So, mark our words, the final list was a completely well thought out one!
The Final List:
Rio de Janiero
Cusco and the Inca Trail
Auckland - Christchurch
The first half of the trip was to be meticulously planned, with the second half in Asia left open, in the hope that we'd be experienced travellers and knowing we'd probably get fed up at our own plan and want more of an open aadventure.
So, there it is, the dream.
We bought our walking boots, rucksacks, malaria tablets and the rest, though didn't pack as much as you might think, those who know us, we promised ourselves we'd travel light.
All that remains now is getting the Indian Visas which we're having great trouble sorting out, packing up our belongings from the flat and saying goodbye to our loved ones.
The excitement is really setting in...