Friday, October 13, 2006

All Systems GO....

After almost a month of changing dates, adding new destinations and trying to make old plans fit with new plans... its all done! My vacation - all of it- has been booked. Here's how the FINAL plan reads.

Dec 14th - Dep Toronto for London, UK
Dec 15th - Arr into London Heathrow, direct transit to Glasgow.
Dec 15th - Dec 23rd - Scotland
Dec 23rd - Jan 3rd - London

Jan 4th - March 26th - India!
1 week (end Jan) - Rajasthan: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Ajmer and Pushkar (Delhi if possible)
2 weeks (end Feb) - South India: Hyderabad, Hampi, Bangalore, Mysore, Shravanabelagola, Somnathpur

March 27th - April 11th - Japan
April 11th - Return to Mumbai
April 13th - Return to Toronto via London.

I've never been to Scotland or Japan before, so if you'd like to pile on the suggestions for th
ings to see/ do, places to go and very IMP - CHEAP accomodation in Tokyo and surrounding areas... by all means.. let me know!

Things I MUST see/ do:
1. Westminister Abbey
2. Jack the Ripper walk
3. See the Mousetrap
4. Visit Edinburgh castle
5. Visit ancient temples at Nikko, Japan
6. Desert Safari in Jaisalmer

Things I would LIKE to see/ do:
1. Visit Loch Ness (or a similar monster infested Loch)
2. Visit Stonehedge
3. Go to Primrose Hill in London and hear the twilight barking
4. Eat pizza in a Japanese cemetary
5. Go to a place in Tokyo that has Nomihodai (where one can drink as much as one likes for preset price)
6. Visit a true blue Japanese spa with natural hot springs
7. Watch "Octopussy" in Udaipur - apparently it's screened almost every night of the week!

Other than the 3 weeks I will be travelling, the remaining time in India will be in Mumbai where I will be vlunteering with a local Not for Profit agency attached in the field of Women's Development.

Comments, suggestions and advice is welcome!


Naveed said...

Congrats on the plans!

After reading your things to do, here are a few more things you might want to consider adding (or not) :

- watch an English Premiership match (they're nothing like baseball!)

- Eat at McDonald's in Japan (evidently they put egg in their burgers)

- have tea with the Queen (that may be a bit hard to schedule :P )

- have a parrot pick out your fortune (though I'm sure you've done that as a kid)

- go to Covent Garden (biggest Freakshow EVER!)

Nix said...

Thanks for the tips!
And if I DO meet the Queen.. I'll be sure to drop in a good word for ya! ;)

Heidi said...

Yo Yo.

Check this blog out for Japan stuff:

and yes I agree with the Naveed dude, you must go to the Covenant Garden in London!

-Greenwich: make sure you go and see the CLOCK!! It's where the time in this world starts.
-Big Ben
-London Eye (yes it is worth it for the view!
-Wax Museum (I didn't get to go, ran out of time but I've heard it's awesome).
-anywhere you is GOOD!
-anywhere you go...FOOD is GOOD!
-anywhere you go...BEER is CHEAP!
hee hee.

If you want to travel a bit in the UK, go to...Oxford, Warrwick (aw I loved the castle there!). Brighton would be nice too but probably would be freakin' cold given that they are right by the ocean!

Gotta think a bit more about what else you could see/do.

smileawhile said...

Hey Nicola! How did you manage to get so much leave from work???.....And Christmas and New year's in the UK....I'm sure you'll have loads of fun......Your holiday seems quite interesting and exciting.

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