Holiday plans?


by Sunny
13th December, 2006 at 6:50 pm    

Hello! As you may imagine, I’m writing this from sunny Los Angeles. I love this place – the people are really friendly, the weather is great and the side-streets are immaculately manicured.

Not that I want to add to your already growing sense of envy, but my preliminary holiday plans are as follows. I’m off to Mexico for a few days just before Christmas. Then the whole extended family gets together for food and presents on Christmas day. Then just before new years eve I’m planning to head down to San Diego for the big beach parties there with a few friends and family. In the new year I’m planning to drive up with a few people to San Fransisco and then over to Yosemite park, and then to a skiing resort nearby. Oh yeah, it’s gonna be crazy. I’m itching to write something about American politics but I think I’ll give it a rest. What are your holiday plans?


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  1. justforfun — on 13th December, 2006 at 8:05 pm  

    Sounds like alot of driving. LA to SD to SF and then to Yosemite?

    Did you take your extra moisturiser in the cabin, or in the hold? And if you’re off skiing – don’t forget the sunblock or you might not get back into the country! :-)

    Personnally – I’m off to the outlaws in Scotland. Drizzle and perhaps a hint of sun.

    Justforfun

  2. Don — on 13th December, 2006 at 8:11 pm  

    After that post, most of my time will be spent plotting your downfall.

    Just looked out of the window and a howling gale is driving sleets of rain horizontally. And it’s time to walk the dog.

  3. Clairwil — on 13th December, 2006 at 9:06 pm  

    The Ill Man and I are going to Amsterdam and Rotterdam over the New Year. Feel free to join us.

  4. Katy — on 13th December, 2006 at 9:08 pm  

    I have just been to Finland and I am about to go to NYC!

  5. Sunny — on 13th December, 2006 at 9:31 pm  

    Don, don’t be playa hatin, as they say. It’s been almost three months since I had a holiday dammit.

    Oooh, Katy’s a bigger jetsetter than I am! Hope you have a good time in NYC, the last time I went there the damn ball in Times Square failed to fall down.
    Nice one Clairwil, go easy on the ‘coffeeshops’, or else feel free to blog while you’re under the influence.

    JFF – heh. SF and Yosemite are later, after two days of recovery following the NYE party in San Diego.

  6. raz — on 13th December, 2006 at 9:51 pm  

    “It’s been almost three months since I had a holiday dammit”

    Raz has never been on holiday :(

  7. justforfun — on 13th December, 2006 at 10:01 pm  

    Sunny – didn’t “Desi I” advise you to take extra moisturiser to LA? She obviously didn’t realise this is a very dangerous thing to do when leaving through UK airports, specially for those TWA. Wondering if you risked it in your hand luggage or put it in the hold?

    Justforfun

  8. justforfun — on 13th December, 2006 at 10:04 pm  

    Yea – 3 months between holidays – what ever happened to the annual break?

    In days gone by it was a holiday every three years. I was a baby then but the family used to travel on the boat from India every three years when my Dad got leave.

    Justforfun

  9. justforfun — on 13th December, 2006 at 10:05 pm  

    Katy – I am noting your Carbon use. Take the “Queen Mary 2″ next time.

    Justforfun

  10. Amir — on 13th December, 2006 at 10:24 pm  

    Raz,

    “Raz has never been on holiday”

    *Amir gives Raz a hug*

    Don’t worry mate: some day the dollars will be rolling in. :-)

  11. Don — on 13th December, 2006 at 11:38 pm  

    Sunny, you put in the hours, worked your socks off; enjoy.

  12. Katy — on 13th December, 2006 at 11:58 pm  

    I am not using any carbons. What they use to fly the plane is up to them.

    *replaces head firmly in sand*

  13. Katy — on 13th December, 2006 at 11:58 pm  

    Oh, and what Don said. Sunny is fab.

  14. Nyrone — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:58 am  

    Sunny, this is outrageous! Who the hell said you could take a holiday? Back to your goddamn typewriter…

    but seriously, I’m probably gonna sidestep the issue of where I’m going for a holiday (draw your own conclusions!) by stating that my travel plans for the next 5 years include Peru, Venezuela, Egypt, Cananda, Iran and Japan. Having travelled quite extensively through Europe and Asia, I really want to visit the Middle East and the Americas.

    Anyone been to Peru, Venezuela or Egypt?
    How were they?

    ps: Raz, I was horrified to find out aged 15 at school that parents would take their children on holidays abroad annually. It was a shocking concept for me. My parents took me to Bradford…….once………for about 3 days…*%$”*&%%!!!

  15. bananabrain — on 14th December, 2006 at 8:42 am  

    if anyone is really worried about their emissions (and my wife says my emissions are certainly something to worry about) i suggest http://www.climatecare.co.uk where you can offset your use of fossil fuels and so on. it doesn’t cost all that much and they use the money to buy trees or solar panels and wind turbines or polar bears or snow or something.

    katy – while you’re in NYC i recommend a trip to “the bitter end” in bleeker street.

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

  16. sabinaahmed — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:09 am  

    Nyrone
    We went to Egypt in 2004. We stayed in Cairo and travelled to the pyramids and other sites. Cairo is the most chaotic city traffic wise,and as poluted as LA(sorry Sunny)before LA cleaned their act.
    The pyramids are awesome. You stand under their shadow and admire what man is capable of. Cairo muesum has the largest number of exhibits and takes a whole day to see it properly.
    The touristy areas are nice and clean but if you go into the older part of cairo it is as dilapited and poor as any part of a poor country.
    The locals are very friendly, but be aware of touts. They quickly work out where you are from and try to appeal to your vulnerable side. We quickly found a fellow Muslim who was so delighted to see people of his own sort and wanted to offer a “great deal”for sight seeing.(i was wearing salwar suit).
    The best time is from November to feb; when the weather is very pleasent.

  17. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:46 am  

    Holiday plans – what a refreshing change of topic.

    Hurray – Yesterday I finally managed to get through the vicious jaws of Indian bureaucracy on the Aldwych and have finally got my VISA – yeah!

    Which means when i finish work next friday i’ll be getting ready to head for a wedding + festivities in Bombay – and New Years’ Eve will be spent on a white sand beach south of bombay. *sighs*

    and after that – ( well i have to sort it this w/e but..) ze plan is to swing over to Calcutta for a night or two and then take the Darjeeling Mail upto guess where – Darjeeling! ;-) and spend a few days up there and enjoy the mountains. Then swing over to Dhaka for a week – avoid the rioters as much as possible – to see my folks and then back to Bombay to catch our flight out. and im not going back to work till the 18th of jan so i have practically a month off! ( one of the few perks of working for charities eh?)

    hope everyone else enjoys their breaks – whether they’re off somewhere exotic or down the local pub.

    sunny – where exactly in LA are you? the Valley? Beverly Hills? Pasadena? Admit it – you can’t be in SouthCentral for example – the side streets are definitely NOT manicured there! some parts of LA resemble a ‘third world’ country .. ( right..im slipping into ‘political’ so i’d better toddle off) anyways have a brill time and say hello to the Brass Monkey should you happen to drop in there..

  18. Jai — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:54 am  

    Sunny,

    =>”I love this place – the people are really friendly, the weather is great and the side-streets are immaculately manicured.”

    Stop that crazy talk and just tell us about the laydeez, dammit. ;)

  19. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:56 am  

    justforfun – yeah a lot of driving there will be for sure – these americans and their road trips! 7 hours on the Pacific Coast Highway is just a ‘zip’ for them – not my cup of tea! I still can’t believe my sister and her husband’s idea of ‘nipping’ into Vegas quickly involves a 4 hour trip in a car. i really hated that drive – it made me so ill. and they were like – but you were only inside the car for a bit!

    thank goodness the UK is so much littler.

    and thank god for public transport. whenever i feel like complaining about london’s and harassing old ken i just think about my year in LA using their idea of public transport and that’s a great cure right there!

  20. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:04 am  

    I might take drugs

  21. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:09 am  

    what a good idea kismet! the hash harvest will have all been done by now – you’ll be pleased to know im looking forward to some creamy good mountain stuff

    *yum yum*

  22. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:18 am  

    Hash is no longer considered a drug. A survey conducted by Girl Talk magazine found that 16% of children between 5 and 8 see hashis as a recreational substance, much like alcohol and peanuts. Did you know more people die choking from bayleafs than they do through swallowing ecstasy? Arseholes. What dick goes to a club and decides to pop bayleafs? People that jump out of windows thinking they can fly should try it out from the ground first. See if they can float around the ceiling. They lie about heroin. It doesn’t turn you into an instant addict or a mugger, what it does is alleviates boredom. It’s not simply about getting away from pain, you see, kids are bored so they take it and then nothing is boring. It’s a lie that putting a dab of cocaine on your japseye gives you a monster stiffy. Do you know what sticking a bit of charis up your arse does? Nothing. I hope that answers your question

  23. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:24 am  

    No mother, no. I don’t want to be your special friend tonight

  24. Thortz — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:30 am  

    Don’t know about bay leaves but perhaps you shouldn’t knock’em. Nutmeg and lettuce are both hallucinogenic. Trouble is you have to take so much that you’re also violently sick for days. This explains the low level of nutmeg trafficking.

  25. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:34 am  

    the low level of nutmeg trafficking is explained by the fact it is legal.

  26. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:34 am  

    :-)

  27. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:37 am  

    thanks for the info kismet – im glad you think hash isnt a drug. ( + the 8 year olds) i must say i agree with them . you know these parliamentary select committees have a sense of humour – the drugs classification report they published a while back was titled

    Drugs Classification – Making a Hash of It?

    Ha hA!

  28. sabinaahmed — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:39 am  

    Sonia
    Am sooooooooo jealous.Whenever we have been to India it has been the duty visit to in-laws,parents etc; so they could have equal time with the grand children.
    Your trip sounds soo exciting.Have fun .
    What it is like to be young and carefreee..”sighs”.

  29. Thortz — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:41 am  

    Sonia – I don’t know if its changed recently, but the thought of the beautifully dysfunctional Indian visa office makes me quite nostalgic. Having queued, and waited and re-queued and jostled and queued again there many a time, I always regard it with fond anticipation as the first taste of India in any trip. Every day it operates as if its the first day they’ve ever tried this visa thing, and yet, despite it being their first day they always manage to somehow (after a time) provide you with your visa.

  30. Thortz — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:43 am  

    Hey, don’t let the Daily Mail find out that nutmeg’s legal!

  31. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:45 am  

    sabina – :-) – i know just what you mean! seriously -i was in the same boat- in the past ive always been with family of some sort – or stuck with family obligations – so this is my first trip to india in a ‘free ‘sense – which is perhaps why im so excited! it will be like seeing it through new eyes. also – the minute i get over to dhaka – said family situation revives itself. i know my parents will be paranoid about the upcoming election – heck they’re always paranoid whenever i visit dhaka – and now i daresay what with all the EXTRA violence they’ve probably got a point.

  32. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:48 am  

    plus in typical desi fashion – ive done more travelling in other parts of the world than in the part i come from. ive always wanted to rectify this.. and this is a start hopefully. the other part of the sub-continent i want to go to is the whole ‘forgotten’ side of india – meghalaya etc. and around there. my husband and i are thinking of a trip there sometime – he actually wouldn’t mind trying to live out there for a bit.

  33. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:51 am  

    :-) thortz – ill try! you know what will happen if they get wind of it. ( No doubt Kismet could provide us with some sample amusing Headlines…)

  34. Sid — on 14th December, 2006 at 11:56 am  

    Nice one sonia. Say hello to Darjeeling for me. We’re planning a trip to India a lot like yours for early 2008. Take the Indian Airlines to Kolkata. Crash at the Grand Hotel (it’s very grand). Then you can take the first class bogie on the Rajdhani Express to Delhi. Back to Kolkata and thence to Darjeeling and Sikkim. And then onto Dhaka to fight the Jamaatis!

    As soon as the little sprog is old enough to walk that is.

    For the coming holidays, like Kismet I intend to be taking lots of recreational drugs and playing with the new Christmas toys.

  35. justforfun — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:01 pm  

    Sonia – that was cutting it fine for the visa!

    What ever you do – keep that white sand beach south of Bombay a secret. I’ve never found one – but now with Google earth – everything is possible. Seriously – the sea is very dangerous south of Bombay – the bed shelves away very quickly and there are vicious rip currents. Lost 4 family friends over the years swimming off that coast, so stick to paddling.

    Enjoy your little road, rail and plane trip around ‘little’ India :-) .
    I’ll just be stationary on the M6 or queuing for the Forth Bridge.

    Justforfun

  36. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:03 pm  

    cutting it fine – my foot! i went to pick it up yesterday – i applied a good while back ! of course the delay was because i was a ‘bangladeshi citizen’.

    thortz – nostalgic :-) if you toddle down to the aldwych now apparently its more chaotic than in the old days..

    thanks for the tip sid. how’s the little one? i just read on someone’s blogs about strikes strikes and more strikes so will have to no doubt fly by the seat of my pants..

  37. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:04 pm  

    pssst.. thortz – my blog now boasts a link to you! :-)

  38. Thortz — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:13 pm  

    sonia – whoohoo, thanks, my first link! But damn, I’m going to have to write more posts.

    Checking through old notes, my chaos-ometer readings in Aldwych 2003 were at 98.7%, so they must be doing well to be topping that :-)

  39. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:18 pm  

    SUN: Junkies go nuts for nutmeg
    STAR: Nutmegs you go ga ga
    HEAT: Is Meg Matthews a Meg head?
    MAIL: Muslim man found with nutmeg
    EXPRESS: Did Lady Di die by nutmeg?

  40. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:25 pm  

    thortz – you’re welcome. (i need to catch up on my blogging big style! i still haven’t posted any photos or written about my turkey trip in september)

    i had a most amusing time inside the embassy actually because of all the chaos : no one knew anything – or rather – there was all the chaos with no signposting, overworked staff, about 300 million people falling over each other – and the camaraderie that goes with having to get what info you can from random strangers.

    actually having said that i met the producer of the teardrops of karnaphuli documentary – that was interesting. i’ve got to put up a post on that.

  41. justforfun — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:35 pm  

    Sonia – I mean cutting it fine because you left no slack for any delay! :-) Who know what can happen – next time they might lose your application because you’re a woman, … I send my mother as she takes no shit and does very very good desk thumping.

    Justforfun

  42. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:36 pm  

    39 – Brilliant Kismet! I knew you wouldn’t fail me.. :-)

    you ought to start up an internet service – headlines on demand – for burnt out editors…you could make a fortune!!

    p.s. no doubt i could make a fortune coming up with bright business plans for OTHER people !

  43. Thortz — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:37 pm  

    Dang, this is making me itch for another India trip (though I really feel I should get out and about to other places too). I’ve also had good “Dunkirk spirit” chats with interesting folk in Aldwych. Are the chairs still closely packed in long rows without gaps so that anyone in the middle is completely trapped when their time comes?

    PS – when I get my links together I’ll happily reciprocate

  44. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:37 pm  

    it’s getting close to that time of year – the OFFICE XMAS PARTY looms…

    this year i shall arm myself with a camera – & for a limited time period – will make available some photos on my blog..

    hah

  45. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:42 pm  

    43 : oh yes thortz – and you can’t even get to the counter even when its your turn because of all the people in aisles -so by the time you get to the counter, the no’s have flipped by like 3 sets – so there are then 3 sets of people rushing to the counter going oi – i was no. 71, oi im no. 72! oi im no. 73! and they all expect to be seen… :-)

    the turkish embassy was quite amusing too. i have thought i must start writing about embassies and have some info up. cos you never know what you’re in for till you’ve got there.

    * very happy to receive reciprocal links* she says whilst munching on a mouthful of mince pie.

    but i did leave some slack JUST for fun – i applied ages ago! :-)

  46. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:44 pm  

    goodness jff – that sounds terrible ( losing your family friends i mean!) gosh – thanks for the warning – i think id better stick to the sand and not get into the sea)

    YIKES

  47. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:46 pm  

    need to think about not eating too many goodies this festive season if ive got to take into account swimsuits on the beach as well!

  48. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 12:57 pm  

    Sonia, wash away your swimsuit fears

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,51984,00.html

  49. Electro — on 14th December, 2006 at 1:45 pm  

    After Sunny rubs our poverty-sticken faces in “Mexico-San Diego-San Francisco-Yosemite ski vacations-sunny California and a cornacopia of Christmas gifts, he then asks us what our holiday plans are….

    Some people have all the luck!

  50. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 1:56 pm  

    Serious question. Yosemite. Is that where Sam from Bugs Bunny is from? Or is that how yanks greet Jewish folk?

  51. faizal — on 14th December, 2006 at 2:29 pm  

    Was in California (well, stayed in San Diego) this time last as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (US Embassy gave me an all expenses free trip to learn about the US for 5 weeks!)

    Sunny, make sure you see the seals at La Jolla beach in the sunset. It’s pretty mad!

  52. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 3:03 pm  

    C’mon Sunny you machud… stop making us jealous.

    New Years’ Eve will be spent on a white sand beach south of bombay. *sighs*

    Goddamn Sonia, theres only place South of Bombay where they have white sand beaches my freakin hometown Alibag!!!! Too bad i wont here, flying this Sunday to Singa fucking pore to be with dad…. Will spend new year’s eve at Penang!

    Adios

  53. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 3:07 pm  

    BTW sonia could u get me Benson and Hedges…. dying to have a swig of ole B&H…. Dont worry abt expenses, just buy it on credit from “Journey’s friend” at Waterloo…

  54. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 3:08 pm  

    2 posts!!! what a lapse…
    back to my blogging hibernation!

  55. Jai — on 14th December, 2006 at 3:24 pm  

    Kismet,

    re: post #39

    Great stuff, but you forgot a few mags:

    ARENA: Top-20 5-Star Destinations for the New Year and Nigella Lawson’s hot tips for Xmas nutmeg recipes.
    MAXIM: Angelina Jolie exclusive photoshoot, explains why nutmeg has spiced up her love-life with Brad.
    FHM: Our top-10 Victoria’s Secret models demonstrate why nutmeg is so sexy !
    NUTS: 100 High Street Hoochies wearing nothing but sprinklings of nutmeg !
    ZOO: Sod the nutmeg, here are the babes.

  56. Kismet Hardy — on 14th December, 2006 at 3:45 pm  

    GRAZIA: Nutmeg, borrow & steal to Sienna Miller’s nutmeg bag
    COSMO: The first nutmeg is the deeepest: 164 Ways nutmeg can give you a bigger vagina
    MARIE CLAIRE: Why the bitter taste of nutmeg made me kill my man
    ASIAN WOMAN: Numteg good for asain fasion and win numteg

  57. Jai — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:07 pm  

    PICKLED POLITICS: Why nutmeg is both the disease and the cure for the Israel/Palestine conflict. Special guest article by Anas.
    SEPIA MUTINY: How nutmeg is a post-Dionysian metaphor for crypto-ethnic self-congratulatory “colour-obsessed” chromatofascist “brown” self-hatred amongst the North American continental South Asian diaspora.
    BBC ASIAN NETWORK MESSAGE BOARD: 57 countries. One single united Ummah. And how nutmeg will create Sharia Law in the United Kingdom. Takbir !!!

  58. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:16 pm  

    53 – vikrant :-) desis eh!- all hear about a trip and figure out what you want! ;-) are the folks at journey’s end your mates or sth? dont they have b+h in india? i thought indian capitalist kept going on about ‘free markets’ heh heh.

    penang? – that sounds nice !

    okay so what you’re telling me this kashid beach doesn’t have white sand?

  59. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:19 pm  

    57 – jai – hilarious! :-)

  60. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:20 pm  

    lycra? yeah – foxnews only cottoned on recently? :-)

  61. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:22 pm  

    kashid beach doesn’t have white sand?
    fuck fuck…. thats near my grand dad house

  62. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:22 pm  

    small world eh?

  63. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:25 pm  

    Kashid beach is actually half way between Alibag and Murud. Murud is a pre-dominantly Muslim town, they have a nice castle out there in sea. Alibag aslo does have a fortress that overlooks its seas, but ours pales in comparision to Murud.

    As for the kashid beach, its a gr8 place. I like to got out threre in the middle of the night! Though on weekends ts a tourist trap… darn Mumbaikars!

  64. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:26 pm  

    Well we do get B+H in India, but its rather inaccessible for me. Moreover cigarretes might kill, but Indian ones kill you even faster!

  65. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:27 pm  
  66. Vikrant Singh — on 14th December, 2006 at 4:32 pm  

    kashid beach doesn’t have white sand?

    Technically the beach lies in the twin municiplaities of Alibag and Murud, so in a way you are coming down to my hometown! I cant actually believe somebody FROM PP is actually coming down here, too bad i wont be here then! :( … have fun auntieji

  67. sonia — on 14th December, 2006 at 5:09 pm  

    thanks for all the info vikrant – great to have the lowdown from the ‘locals’ eh!

    * from auntieji*

    my niece is getting married today!

  68. Desi Italiana — on 14th December, 2006 at 6:50 pm  

    “Sunny – didn’t “Desi I” advise you to take extra moisturiser to LA? She obviously didn’t realise this is a very dangerous thing to do when leaving through UK airports, specially for those TWA.”

    I didn’t say for Sunny to bring it on his carry on luggage!

    But now the winds have lapsed; we are all living well here in LA.

    **************

    Sunny:

    “As you may imagine, I’m writing this from sunny Los Angeles. I love this place – the people are really friendly, the weather is great and the side-streets are immaculately manicured.”

    Where have you been hanging around? :) West LA?
    If you get the chance, hop down to downtown LA, where the Jewelry District, Fashion District and rest of the “Historic Downtown” area.

  69. Desi Italiana — on 14th December, 2006 at 6:55 pm  

    Holiday plans:

    1. eat really good, if fattening, Punjabi food. Also, loads of mithai to satifsy my very sweet Guju tooth.
    2. Drink and shoot the shit with the Uncles.
    3. Maybe a trip to the mandhir and gurdwara
    4. rest until my big move to SF and the new job.
    5. Meet up and spend time with friends and other loved ones.
    6. Keep writing.

  70. Desi Italiana — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:05 pm  

    “If you get the chance, hop down to downtown LA, where the Jewelry District, Fashion District and rest of the “Historic Downtown” area.”

    I say this because all of LA is not West LA’ish, as most people imagine. I was just down there in the aforementioned parts yesterday. If you want, you can even meet with the Desi folks that man the bazaar stalls in these districts. No manicured lawns here, I’m afraid.
    ************************

    Sonia:

    “plus in typical desi fashion – ive done more travelling in other parts of the world than in the part i come from.”

    Oh, thank god there is someone like me out there! I thought I was the only one who’s done this :)

    ****************************

    Nyrone:

    “I’m probably gonna sidestep the issue of where I’m going for a holiday (draw your own conclusions!) by stating that my travel plans for the next 5 years include Peru, Venezuela, Egypt, Cananda, Iran and Japan. Having travelled quite extensively through Europe and Asia, I really want to visit the Middle East and the Americas. ”

    Damn, I’ve got a whole list of places that I need to go see. Egypt, Iran, and Samarkand (Baghdad used to be on the list, seeing that it was a gorgeous city architecturally, historically, and what not. It goes without saying that I’ll just have to put that spot off my itenirary for the time being).

    Middle East….such a huge, vast region! I’d recommend Morocco definately; Jordan also. Istanbul is a GORGEOUS city, I loved it. I would like to one day make it to Yemen and Oman.

  71. Vikrant — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:22 pm  

    Why do PP threads in late-December every year turn into “how a big globe-trotter-I-am” competitions?

    *Blame Rohin (and Bongs in general)*

  72. Don — on 14th December, 2006 at 7:44 pm  

    ‘ in late-December every year ‘

    Time honoured tradition, stretching back months.

  73. bikhair — on 14th December, 2006 at 10:44 pm  

    Sunny remember to mind your Bs and Cs.

  74. sonia — on 15th December, 2006 at 11:44 am  

    now now who said it was a competition? that’s a frame an individual can choose to view this thread with – i for one don’t engage in such competitions ( cos i’d win of course – so why would i bother? ;-) )

  75. sonia — on 15th December, 2006 at 11:47 am  

    Desi italiana -

    samarkand…

    *sighs*…what a glorious thought!

    the sound of the name itself makes me feel excited..

  76. William — on 15th December, 2006 at 6:03 pm  

    Phew! some people on here seem to have far more glamorous lives than many of us. I am afraid all I am doing is.

    1
    Staying at my girlfreinds for a couple of days.

    2
    Do what I always do at Christmas. By a load of wild bird food and on Christmas and boxing day go out into the nearby fields and feed the birds. It’s a good distraction.

  77. kitten — on 19th December, 2006 at 6:37 pm  

    Hello Sunnerz!

    I’ll be studying over xmas – trying to do my CCNA early next year… spending a few nights at parents house and that’s about as glam as it gets. :-(

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