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The last 5 days before flying to Amsterdam...

all seasons in one day 35 °C
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In case you (currently, just a hypothetical "you") haven't yet figured it out... my "blog keeping" has not been... shall we say... comprehensive :)

I thought of keeping a travel journal almost as soon as I booked my tickets in June 2007 and I certainly had the time to start adding small notes... just for my own sake if not for anyone else's... but somehow, I was not really able to get the whole "trip feel" going!

I bought a guide and flipped through the pages... looked up hotels and made up plans ... but I wasn't really getting the feeling that I was actually going to Europe!

In fact, while we are on the subject, this whole lack of "the feel" was what probably made me spend way too much time putting together my visa application to the Schengen States and the UK.

Yet, when I finally did, the process turned out to be the simplest thing ever. In fact, I can unequivocally say, getting the visa was the easiest "government" business I ever had to deal with!
The fine folks at the Dutch Embassy almost seemed to look over my application with some relief... apparently, I was the easy one :)

And, I never even saw the presumably just as fine, if not finer, folks at the British High Commission at all! I got my visa without personally having to go anywhere for it!

SO, its the last Sunday before my flight to Amsterdam which is next Friday night. I have both the visas I need and have confirmed places to stay at...

Yesterday, I went to Sarojini Nagar and got myself a tough pair of boots and a backpack... I am not so sure about the back pack but the luugage I had was either too big (to lug around in a city) or too small (to carry just enough stuff for a 3 day excursion from base in Rotterdam. The new backpack is enough to hold 15 Kgs but still too big to wear all day long if I have a hotel to stay in.

I have to say, I can sense the reality of it creeping in... and my first reaction was to set up a decent travel blog! Now I am working out the best way to carry the money ...

I think I'll write a separate post on that :)

Are you ready Europe?

Posted by Singularis 03:55 Archived in India Tagged preparation

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