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RTW stage 1

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I have a plan, finally. It sucks to be a lazy bastard when it comes to important life changing events. Anyways, a local airline company LIAT, has a special offer for island hopping. It is called the mini explorer. Basically, for $280. I can hit up to four islands. Now a one way ticket to Venezuela is going for $450 and that requires me flying back to Miami, screw that. For less money I can dillipbop down the lower antilles hitting a few islands before I hit SA. Now more island living isn’t a huge priority for me but who knows if I would ever make it back. This is a perfect example of why you should not take one of those pre-packaged RTW tickets. Something great like this can pop up but you can’ t take advantage of it. Anyway’s, after some deliberation I have come up with the following plan. A week in Dominica (which is a UNESCO site- means its one of very few), a week in Martinique (to study up on my French), a week in Tobago (do some adventuring) and a few days in Trinidad. From there I can take a ferry across to Venezuela and thereby start stage two. Now since it is the night before I am to leave and I have not found a place to stay, the plan is not exactly perfect. Oh well, at worse I stay at some 5-star resort and do the anti-backpack thing. Oh well, I’m just happy as hell I have a starting point. It was going to suck standing at the airport with my thumb stuck out asking for a flight somewhere.
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What am I doing

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Old Steve- Christmas 200(?) I phone home “Merry Christmas, oh yea I moved, here’s my new address.”

In regards to vacation, my last few have involved driving Key West to Miami (MIA) heading over to the Interntional departure area and picking a location off the Departure board. The first time I did that I ended up in Maracaibo, Venezuela. There is nothing there except heat, Fresno, CA type heat. The second trip took me to Ecuador. I learned that was where the Galapagos Islands were so I did a double blind vacation. I met a group of Missionaries there from Quito so off I went. A triple. Thats when I kind of realized that this travel thing was getting just a tad too easy.
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