I have caught 'booknowitis' !
19.09.2008 - 31.01.2009 16 °C
This is a terrible, terrible thing that has happened to me, and to my knowledge, there is no known cure.
You see, I keep getting these emails from airline companies offering cheap flights to various European destinations. Normally I would have just binned them being not terribly interested in cities, or even Europe for that matter. But recently one arrived offering flights to Prague for £16. Sixteen quid!? All the way to Prague for sixteen smackaroonies, 20 euros, $28, 197 CNY (Chinese Yuan Renmimbi?). Bargin!
One, if in reasonable state of mind, does not pass up an offer like that, so the 'Book Now' button was hit. I leave next Wednesday, 24th September. And that was the start of it.
Since then, every email has resulted in me hitting the dreaded 'Book Now' button. It sits there, in red, pleading for attention like a hungry dog.
Having already planned to return to Morocco on the 30th September and Bruges for a day trip with work in November, I am now setting off to Paris in early November, Zakopane in December and Istanbul in January.
Hah, Zakopane all you European novices, like me, ask. Where on earth is that??? Well, a quick Google search revealed a glorious little town in Poland. The highest town in Poland no less. In december it will be covered in snow and, no doubt, hoards of skiers. I don't do skiing, but I have located a lovely little backpackers lodge, nestled at the foot of the mountains in the forest. Cool. Its costing me £6.33 a night including breakfast. Even cooler. Its called 'Goodbye Lenin'. Hmm.
In case anyone is wondering how I have the time to do all this, well, I am lucky in my job that I work six shifts a week, crammed into three days allowing me four days off. Every six weeks, they owe me a day off, that then gives me five days to bugger off somewhere. Wicked huh!?
So, my next entry will be Prague. This should be interesting. I am going with bereaved sister and depressed friend, both of whom now have steady boyfriends. Those of you that have read my last Morocco entry on my other blog will understand why I am considering confiscating their mobiles. For someone that prefers to travel alone, this is not going to be easy, but I am sure we shall have some fun!
The big Congo trip is still on the planning table but I may have to wait until next December owing to the weather. Its getting very exciting, now including tracking Lowland Gorillas and a trip on the Congo where they made 'Africa Queen'! This will have to be a blog on its own, entitled 'Will Claire survive the Congo or get mugged, robbed and killded?' What an adventure!!!
Lets hope I don't get mown down by a bloody tram in Prague, mutilated by a rabid camel in Morocco, garlic overdosed in France, squished by a wayward bobsleigh in Poland or trampled on by ugly Christmas poultry in Turkey.
(Why on earth are they called Turkeys????).
12th December 2008
As you now probably know, Poland was cancelled and I went to Malta instead. But now it is back on and I head out there with beloved sister in March. Hopefully there will still be some snow so we can do a bit of tobogganing! Bruges too was cancelled owing to the company going bust.
I have also booked a day trip to Dublin for 2p in Feb and also heading out to Malaga in the same month to visit a friend. Just got to get something sorted for April now!
The Congo trip is almost officially off. Its just a bit rediculous out there at the moment. So, I am heading off to Indonesia. See my other blog, I shall put it on there as I am finally adding the dragons bit!