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Update on my trip so far…

My send off was amazing. Some of my best friends saw me off at LAX. Beforehand we spent a few hours at Encounter, where we had the best elevator experience of our lives. Had some Mai Tais and everyone walked me over to the departures terminal. I was so happy, I didn’t have any time to be nervous. It was really more than a girl could ask for. No tears, just happy.

Samoa was a really fun time. The flight in was filled with competitors in the World Judo Championships. On the shuttle into Apia, I met an older couple from British Columbia and a guy from London. We’ll call him the Galoot. Not much to report on him but he brought me in contact with my eventual travel partner in Samoa, CJ.

My frist stop in Samoa was the Robert Louis Stevenson House, Valima, and Grave. The place well maintained but overpriced at 15 WST and the hike to the grave was steep and the views, not really worth it. Overall a bust. I’ve never read Stevenson and now, I don’t think I will. Seems pretentious of some guy to make people carry his dead body up a steep mountain for some lame views. I got 31 mosquito bites during this venture and they are still haunting me.

When searching for a ride back into town, we ran across CJ, AM, and asked to join them. They were headed for the Papasea Sliding Rocks and I was happy to go. Not ready for sliding, as I was wearing a skirt but it was a nice place to spend an afternoon. The guys slid down the rocks into refreshing pools of fresh water. It looked like they could have easily cracked their heads open.

In the evening we headed to Aggie Grey’s fiafia show. Samoan dancers and musicians filled the bar area of the hotel and performed traditional Samoan songs and dances. The show was good, the food a bit better. The best part was that we saw the ladyboy who had previously propositioned AM on the street “for a good time” as a performer in the show!

CJ and I traveled around Samoa for the next 7 days and met many nutters. I won’t go into the details but lets just say 2 women traveling solo in Samoa get a lot of attention, both good and bad. “Hey Baby!”

More on Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand soon! Some photos to entertain you…

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rough itinerary

Here’s me so far…

1. November 9-17: Samoa (7 days, free stopover to NZ)
2. November 18-22: Tonga (4 days, free stopover to NZ)
3. November 22-January 11, 2011: New Zealand (50 days, North and South Island. Bought a ticket to Rhythm and Vines Music Festival in Gisborne over New Year’s for December 29-January 1, 2010. Then around the East Cape January 2-7, 2010? My friend D is coming with for 3 weeks!)
4. January 11-17: Australia (6 days, Perth)
5. January 17 – February ?: Indonesia (3-4 weeks, Bali, Java, and Lombok, stay at least 3 weeks…I want even more time)

After this I have not booked anything else but think I will very shortly book Indonesia to Singapore to Malaysia to Sri Lanka to India.  A possible side trip to the Maldives if I can find cheap accommodation…wistful thinking…actually Male has budget accommodation and would be interesting to visit a less touristy part of the Maldives.  This TIME article says,  “Some 40% of the Maldives’ population still earns less than $2 a day.” and  “An estimated 30,000 Maldivian youths are addicts, almost 10% of the country’s population.”  That is insanity, especially when you compare that with the money spent at Maldivian all-inclusive resorts.  I didn’t want to plan so much of the trip but I do want to take advantage of some cheap sales and still entertain the possibility of making Oktoberfest 2011.  Reaching Germany in November or December 2011 seems much more likely.

After India, I’m thinking Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan (?), South East Asia, contemplating Bangladesh and Burma, probably skipping the Philippines (I really want to go but may have to save for another time if I want to attempt Oktoberfest 2011 and miss the Trans-Siberian in the dead of winter), China, Mongolia, Russia, Scandinavia, and Germany, roughly in that order.

My brother is also kind of blowing up in Shanghai and I want to spend more time there. He’s throwing parties with his company, The Ice Cream Truck, and seems like a bit of a wunderkind.  You can see what he does here: http://the-ice-cream-truck.com/. His most recent work includes curating a dance stage at the MIDI Music Festival this month.  It’s been a long time since I was last in Shanghai and wish I were there already.

I’m also interested in living in Berlin for a few months.  Need to figure out how to deal with Schengen visa restrictions (limited to 3 months).

I am looking at 1-2 years away, possibly more if I go to Africa and the Middle East.  Seriously looking at going overlanding for 10 months after this first leg.

Let me know if you have been to these places and have anything to recommend!

first 2 months…

I’ve booked the first 2 months of my RTW!!!

Talofa Samoa!

Photo by whl.travel on Flickr

Photo by YXO on Flickr

Malo e lelei Tonga!

Photo by fabvirge on Flickr

Photo by kalevkevad on Flickr

Kia ora New Zealand!

Photo by WanderingtheWorld (www.LostManProject.com) on Flickr

Photo by Stuck in Customs on Flickr

This leg of my adventure takes me through January 2011, when I head for Perth.