Archive for the ‘Travelling’ Category
Pim: You’d better be careful saying you’re happy to travel in Africa. Next thing they’ll send you to Macquarie University in Rwanda.
Mim: I think you mean Makerere University…
T: …in Uganda.
Tour guide: We have to take a different road to Nairobi, because the President might be entering or leaving the city, and it could delay us by several minutes… or hours.
T: Okay. Is he giving a speech for Kenyan Independence Day?
Tour guide: No, he’s just wasting our time.
Kim: So, will you be in contact on your phone while you’re on safari?
T: Probably not…
Kim: Will you email us?
T: Well, I don’t know how much internet access there’ll be.
Kim: Please send us an itinerary, at least.
T: I didn’t send you an itinerary when I went to Nepal.
T: Did you send us an itinerary when you went to Cannes?
Kim: No, but this is AFRICA!
T: Dude, I’m from Africa!
Kim: I’m just trying to antagonise you.
T: Ja, I know you are; believe me, I’m antagonised.
T: How many countries have you been to?
KE: I don´t know. I stopped counting after 30.
T: I´ve only been to 13.
KE: Well, that´s not bad. It´s probably all you´re allowed to go to.
Sadly, she´s not that far wrong. That said, the scarcity of options and the prevalence of visa requirements did influence my decision to visit Nepal, and I am very happy I went.
And travel plans for the future? Looks like South America is probably the best option!
How many countries have you visited? Comments in the box below, please.
Nepal is one of the world’s least developed countries, according to the United Nations. If you’re interested, there are currently 49 least developed countries, the majority of them in Africa.
Since I still haven’t made it to Mozambique, or even Lesotho, Nepal is the first least developed country I’ve visited. Curiously enough, Zimbabwe isn’t on the list. Yet…?
1,000 and 500 Indian rupee notes are banned in Nepal (although Indian rupees in other denominations are acceptable tender), owing to the large number of forgeries.
As mentioned below, I´ve decided to go on holiday next week. Why? Well, it´s been a while. Also, just because I can. Owing the spontaneous nature of my decision, choices were fairly limited. As it is, I´ve picked somewhere supercool that adheres to all the constraints below:
1. I don´t need a visa or can get one at the border/airport;
2. I can afford it without declaring bankruptcy;
3. It will be okay to travel alone;
4. I´ve never been there before; and
5. It´s going to be Absolutely Fabulous.
Can anyone guess where I´ll be going? Tacky souvenir to the first person with the correct answer. And you´re automatically disqualified if I´ve already told you, sorry. I´ll post my destination tomorrow evening; lucky, or rather educated, guesses in the comment box below, please.