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November 15, 2005

He makes all my engines go 'whoah-oh-oh-oh'So, after much debacle and time spent not sleeping last Wednesday, I finally own 3 tickets to the Robbie Williams concert in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 21st. I say I because I haven't been compensated for the other 2 tickets yet. So... technically... they're up for grabs. I also say "own" with a rather unrealistic bend. I have paid for the tickets, but they won't be in my hot little hands until a mere 4 weeks before the concert. Since I have never purchased tickets this far in advance (7 months!), I've never had to deal with this. The closest I can get is purchasing tickets for Burning Man, at which point I have waited up to 6 weeks for my tickets. And those were more expensive than the Robbie Williams concert tickets. But at least I knew from whence they came, and it was on the same continent on which I reside.

So, the next steps, which will most likely be left until February or so, are to secure flights and roofs/beds. Neither Ben nor I have spent much time in the Netherlands, so this will be a lovely trip, I'm sure. We're taking a week to sightsee and all that. Since I'm pretty much 100% dutch, I'm sure I'll feel right at home (I have noticed, when there before, that I do feel quite comfortable in Amsterdam - almost everyone looks like me a bit).

A few months before the trip to Europe, though, is the top-of-the-list travel priority: the Egypt/Israel trip. Occurring in March (tentatively), I will be meeting Ben in Cairo, where we will most likely hop a plane immediately to Tel Aviv. We'll have a fun time with Purim in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, then, after shabbos, we'll fly back to Egypt and do a Nile cruise.

Somewhere in there, I am also planning an East-coast trip to visit friends in NYC and the surrounding area.

I'm going to have a busy 2006, and 2007 is already booked. ^_^


Let me know if you have any layovers anywhere near here (MSP or ORD, etc) and I'll see if we can at least hook up for a few minutes! :)

PS - I'm starting to get this feeling that you're going to need some free time around next October...nothing for sure yet, but just keep it in mind. :D

Posted by: LeeAnn at November 16, 2005 9:38 AM

It sounds like you have some exciting times coming. Make sure you get ta plannin' that East Coast trip soon. I have been finding some excellent live music venues within crawling distance of my apartment.

Posted by: matthew at November 16, 2005 5:32 PM

isn't it so much fun to plan travels? i love doing it too.

Posted by: j-a at November 16, 2005 9:15 PM

Definitely hire an english-speaking guide and go to the khan al khalili in Cairo. (I would not go without the english-speaking guide.)
be careful of pickpockets and getting lost--it is HUGE.

The Cairo Museum is AWESOME. go if you have time. There's so much stuff in there that it's impossible to even see HALF OF IT. It's amazing.

I'm jealous! have fun!

Posted by: styro at November 17, 2005 8:29 AM

Ms. Styro - Ben and I already have a guide that Ben's been working with for something like 3 1/2 years - he came to our wedding, even. I'm sure he'll be more than happy to take us to Khan Al Khalili and the Cairo museum. From what I understand, the Nile cruise is only like 4 days, so we should have a couple of days in Cairo proper for touristy crap (I'm sure I'll drive Ben nuts there, because he's been so many times, and I've never).

Posted by: Devlyn at November 17, 2005 9:15 AM

Oooh, Amsterdam. Don't smoke too much wacky tobaccky while you're there.

Posted by: teahouseblossom at November 18, 2005 7:07 AM

Holy crap. You are going to be one busy gal! Must get together soon to suck down some liquor and steal shortbread recipe.

Posted by: Ladyface at November 18, 2005 10:22 AM