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. ^_^