Long time no see

Seems like the only time I find the time and energy to update my blog is when I’m planning a trip. Which is also the case now. Yesterday I suddenly felt that I really need some vacation time. I haven’t had any real vacation since I started my job and I was just so jealous of everyone else planning trips. So I asked for a week off of work. And now I’ve booked a trip.

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I’ve booked a week at a quite nice looking resort in Hurghada, Egypt. I’m so looking forward to diving in the red sea! 10 days until I leave!

Planning a diving trip

Since I just started my job I can’t take any vacation days this summer. In Sweden we get 2 vacation days for every month we work, and since I’m working 6 months, I get 12 vacation days. I want to use them to go diving. But my plan is to use two weeks (or maybe 1,5 week) in November or December and go to Mexico or somewhere else warm and sunny where I can spend some time on the beach as well as diving.

That leaves me with a couple of days that I would like to take in the end of August (but I think that’s difficult, people aren’t back from their summer vacations yet so I might not get the days off) or the beginning of September. With only a long weekend off, I can’t travel very far, but I would like to dive in somewhat warm water (Norway and the UK feel too cold…). When I’ve done my “best diving in Europe” searches on Google one country keep popping up on the list: Malta.

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The problem is now to figure out which dive center to go with. There’s so many! Do anyone have any experience with diving in Malta? I’ll take all the tips and ideas I can get.

The difficult task of not spending money…

The last few months I’ve been debating getting a new camera, and now after I’ve been diving I’ve found myself looking into underwater cameras. Imagine how cool that would be! Several of the people I dived with had GoPro cameras and I got so jealous.

I mean look at this small thing!

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In the housing it’s water proof down to 40 meters. Which is amazing! It’s the Hero 3+ black edition that I’ve been eyeing now, which of course is the most expensive one. $399, or 3600 swedish kronor… Right now I’m telling myself that I don’t have the money (worst thing with being an adult is that “not having the money” doesn’t mean that I don’t actually have $399 on my account, because that would be bad, but that I really can’t use that money for a camera) and I don’t really see a need for the camera right now.

I mean I could definitively use this camera a lot when traveling. I love activities near or on or in water, so it would be perfect for diving, sightseeing waterfalls or on the beach (where I destroyed my last camera), but the thing is that I’m going home to Sweden soon to work the whole summer. The sensible thing would be to buy it when the summer is over and I’ve earned some money and know where I’m heading off to next…

As I said, the last few months I’ve been thinking about getting a camera, but then I’ve mostly been thinking about getting a good system camera. What’s been stopping me there is the fact that they’re even more expensive but also rather big and bulky. And I do love traveling light. I would love to take good pictures, but I’m not sure I would find it enjoyable to carry around a bigger camera…

Anyway, I should leave this train of thought now before I end up in Bangkok looking for cameras. Which I might do… just to compare the price… no. No! I really shouldn’t.

Christmas and New Years trip 2013/2014

The plan isn’t very well defined, but here is what I’ve got this far.

Bangkok, Thailand – Vientiane, Laos: Night train19-20/12. Staying a few nights.

Vientiane, Laos – Luang Prabang, Laos: Bus. Staying a few nights.

Luang Prabang, Laos – Hanoi, Vietnam: Bus.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam – Bangkok, Thailand: Flying 6/1 2014.

So yeah, not very well planned out, but I want to leave room for changes so why not skip the planning? I can’t enter Vietnam before 24th (because of Visa reasons) but I think I’m heading over there a few days after Christmas. Don’t know where I want to spend new years. I’m just going to head down the coast and stay in cities that seems cool. I’ll see what other people are doing.

I should have internet at at least a few of the stops, but since I don’t know I’m not going to promise any updates. If I don’t update for a while: don’t worry. I’ll be fine. I’m always careful when traveling and I’m not going to change that now.

Now I need to prepare some music and maybe a few movies so I’ll have something to do on the traveling days. Also need to make sure I have all articles I need for the studying that has to be done during the “break”.

Monday

Started off today with a short lecture on ASEAN. Continued with lunch, went to the post office, went to International Student Service and picked up a re-entry application for tomorrow and then headed home. The afternoon and evening I’ve spent studying and planning for my Christmas 2013/2014 Trip.

Tomorrow we have another lecture on ASEAN and then I have to go to immigration to apply for re-entry since I didn’t do that when I extended the visa. I’m probably leaving for Laos on Thursday evening. I’m so looking forward to it!