Archive for ◊ January, 2009 ◊

29 Jan 2009 Here we come…
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There’s no turning back now, we’ve finally bought our tickets! After many days spent on the phone and internet, we realized we were going way too many places to only purchase one around the world ticket. The two largest airline alliances, One World and Star Alliance, both have a limit of 16 segments as well as a mileage limit. What a surprise…we went way over the limit.  So we had to rethink a couple of countries and buy our Southeast Asia tickets and South Africa tickets separately.  We’d like to thank Casey at United for her patience while staying on the phone with us for two hours, reconfirming our flight details and renegotiating our ticket price that had changed since the reservation was put on hold. 

Our Adventure Begins…

Feb. 23rd LA to Sydney, Australia…drive up to the Gold Coast.

Mar. 9th Brisbane to Bali…volunteer at an orphanage and meet up with The Norberg’s.

Mar. 23rd Bali to Bangkok…we’ve got about a month to explore the regions of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.  We’re unsure whether we’ll want to fly into all of the places we want to see in these countries or look into other means of transportation, but Bangkok is a centrally located airport in Thailand and flights from there are supposedly cheaper…especially since our schedule is flexible.

April 21st Bangkok to Hong Kong…visit our friend Aaron.

April 27th Hong Kong to Beijing…hike the Great Wall of China.

May 2nd Beijing to Calcutta, India…volunteer at a convent and practice yoga at an Ashram. 

May 24th Calcutta to Nairobi, Kenya…volunteer in villages and distribute malaria nets.

June 4th Nairobi to Johannesburg to Durban, South Africa 

June 10th Durban to Cape Town

June 18th Cape Town to Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, Brazil…visit family friends.

July 3rd Sao Paulo to LA

Arriving home July 4th!!!  There better be a party with fireworks for us! ;)

09 Jan 2009 Ouch!
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We got started on our vaccinations…wow, who would’ve guessed we would need so many?  Sherri has never been vaccinated (even as a child) so she needed a few more then me!  I had to get 5 shots…3 in 1 arm & 2 in the other arm!  Ouch! 
Ok…they didn’t hurt as bad as I expected, but I’m a total wimp when it comes to needles.  I had to sit down in the chair at the Dr’s office & cover my head with my jacket so that I wouldn’t see the needle and freak out!  I think Sherri handled it a bit better than I did.
Unfortunately these vaccinations are not covered by insurance…cha ching $$$. Between the two of us our vaccinations cost over $1,300 so far and supposedly we’re not done yet.  The travel doctor said we should still get the vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis…it’s a 3 series & costs $150 per shot ($450 for one vaccine!)  We’re still doing a bit more research on that one…if you have had this vaccine or have traveled into the rural areas of the countries where we’re visiting please email & let us know!
xo, Rana