Monthly Archives: March 2010

crazy draft itinerary

Here is the general idea: 

  • September: NZ 1-2 months
  • November: Nepal and India 2 months
  • January: South East Asia 3 months
  • April: Trans-Siberian into Mongolia and Russia 1 month
  • May: Scandinavia 1 month
  • June: Eastern Europe 2 months
  • August: Germany 1.5 months
  • October: Dalmatian Coast
  • November: Turkey, Lebanon, the Middle East
  • December: Egypt, maybe Tunisia, Morocco.

Here is where I attempted to estimate some dates:

  1. *September 1-16, 2010: Fiji (Moorea), Apia (W. Samoa), or Tongatapu (Tonga)
  2. September 17- November 10: New Zealand
  3. * November 10-30: Australia
  4. November 10-17: Indonesia
  5. November 17-25: Malaysia
  6. November 25-30: Singapore
  7. November 30-January 30, 2011: India
  8. *Sri Lanka?
  9. January 31-February 10: Nepal
  10. February 10-February 20: Bhutan
  11. *February 20-March 1: Bangladesh
  12. *March 1-March 10: Myanmar
  13. March 10-March 25 (or February 20-28): Thailand
  14. March 25-April 10 (or February 28-March 8): Laos
  15. April 10-April 25 (or March 8-20): Cambodia (Ankor Wat)
  16. April 25-May 10 (or March 20-April 4): Vietnam (Vietane, Ho Chi Min City, Hanoi)
  17. *April 4-April 28: Japan (cherry blossoms, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto)
  18. *April 28-May 10: South Korea
  19. May 10-May 20: Tibet
  20. May 20-June 10: China (maybe go to Chengdu, Hong Kong, Macau Fuzhou, Shanghai on the way to Beijing to catch the Trans-Siberian Railway, take trips out to Philippines or Taiwan)
  21. June 10-June 22: Philippines or Taiwan (places I haven’t been before)
  22. June 22-July 1: Mongolia (Trans-Siberian Railway)
  23. July 1-July 10: Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg)
  24. July 11-19: Finland (Helsinki)
  25. July 20-29: Sweden  (Stockholm)
  26. July 30-August 5: Norway
  27. *Estonia
  28. *Latvia
  29. *Lithuania
  30. August 5-10: Denmark (Copenhagen – Claus)
  31. August 10-15: Poland (Krakow, Auschwitz)
  32. Croatia
  33. *Serbia
  34. *Slovenia
  35. *Romania
  36. *Yugoslavia
  37. *Albania
  38. *Bulgaria
  39. August 16-22 Hungary
  40. August 22-September 30: Germany
  41. October 1-9: Austria
  42. October 10-20: Switzerland
  43. October 21-November 1: Croatia
  44. November 2-14: Turkey
  45. November 15-22: Jordan
  46. November 23-December 10: Israel
  47. December 11-26: Egypt
  48. December 27-January 5: Tunisia
  49. January 5 -January 25, 2012: Morocco
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some goals

Some of what I want to do in my time away:

  • Study for the GRE for at least 2-3 months and figure out what I want to study and where to apply.
  • Search out grad school programs in NYC, DC, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, San Francisco, or abroad. LA  as a back up.
  • Apply before the 2011 deadlines (January? Feb?) to be able to start in Fall 2011 or 2012
  • Go to at least 20 countries
  • Improve my German (maybe to conversational)
  • Improve my Chinese (maybe to fluency)
  • Learn Spanish through a class (to basic travel communication)
  • Scuba dive
  • Eat different foods 
  • Try couchsurfing
  • Stay in a ger/yurt
  • Write and photograph the trip 
  • Stay in India a minimum of 2 months 
  • Stay in Germany a minimum of 1 month 
  • Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway 
  • See the pyramids in Egypt 
  • Climb something (bigger than a breadbox)
  • Read at least 2 books a month (I’m really behind)