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Mumbai

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It's been an interesting day of travelling, that's for sure! First off I met Ertan, the turkish furniture exporter. Me and Ertan had a laugh during the four hour flight from Stockholm to Istanbul, talking about all of the places we´ve been to. The impression I´ve got is that the guy truly is a cosmopolitan and has an ace in his sleeve when it comes to picking up girls. After a couple beers, we had a giggle with the flight attendant. Good fun!

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On the next flight I met Prabhu, a cool Indian guy in my age studying to become a pilote in Georgia. He flies Learjets during his working hours :) Unfortunatly, beeing so tired as I was, I forgot to take a picture. Prabhu gave me a good reminder though, that I will use during my stay in India: "If you think over something twice in Europe, you have to think it over trice in India!" Good stuff!

Now I'm in my "not so cheap ugly hotel in the suburbs of Mumbai", and the plan for today is to buy some good to have medication and to find myself a better hotel or hostel. Some dinner (indian?) would be nice too. Seems that it will take two days or so in order to kill my jet lag, so easy times now :)

Booyakasha!

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It's getting serious! T - 12 days

rain 21 °C

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I’m pretty pissed off at the moment, I just wrote an entire neat blog entry that disappeared after I accidently pressed the “back button”. Such things ought to be saved when you’re logged in to a blog management program, but no no no… (:
Of obvious reasons, I’m writing this in Word first. I’ll try to keep it short though.

A list of my accomplishments so far:

Got my Visa for India.
Bought travel insurance.
Took a bike license!
Sold stuff for almost 3000 €.
Saved at least 1000 € for moving back to my folks the last two months.
Took a hell lot of vaccines and bought Malarone to the grand total of 450€!!! Ouch…
Became a member of the well growing community couchsurfing.com

Bought some “good to have stuff” and gadgets, the drawbacks in the account:

An Olympus compact camera with an underwater housing, for the wet days.

A Pentax K-x (dSLR) for quality pictures. (Love it!)
For the Pentax, a Joby Gorilla pod SLR Zoom. This has to be the most versatile camera pod out there, you can attach it to literally everything. It’s small, it’s light and it’s brilliant.

An antenna for my computer that enhances the wlan signal 300 times or so.

A 70l dry bag with a carrying harness, where I can put all my stuff in and don’t have to worry about my electronics even when I’m actually in the water!

A pair of climbing shoes, in hope of taking up my ancient climbing days. One love!

A mobile phone for 20 €! The name is Simpell Xd100 and it’s 9mm thick, the tasks you can perform with the device is making calls and sending texts. Genious!

An emergency charger for every mobile phone (almost). It gives you 30 min of talk time. All you need is an AA-battery, shouldn’t be so hard to find now should it?

A PacSafe safety system, an adjustable high-tensile stainless steel locking device, designed to cover and protect a variety of bags and packs from tampering, pilfering and theft.

An all-in-one door alarm and smoke detector, if your door opens the alarm will go off!

That’s all for now!

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T - 87 days, some features

overcast 11 °C

I've added two links I'm going to update during the trip. First of all I will have a playlist on Spotify that I will update continuously, so you can listen to the music I listen to :)
I've also added a link to my new Flickr account where I will post the photos that will not fit here for some reason. On flickr I will also add pictures from other photographers of pictures I like.
Another great feature is the map here on travellerspoint that shows you were I am, and where I will go next. So far I've added the places that I know which dates I will arrive at.


Cool? I know :)

Now I have to study for my exam I have next week....

See you

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T - 89 days, The rough picture...

This is pretty much what I was talking about, but on a map. Unfortunately the image becomes "pixly" when I upload it, but you get the picture. The areas in the list are going to be travelled through in chronological order from the top to bottom. Will try to put this as a header on the blog later on.
I've been working on this image for too long now, time for some sleep.
Good night y'all!

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T - 92 days

So, welcome to my blog - U made it!

Here you will read about me and my adventures, boredom, home sickness and other stuff.

This blog is about a trip through out Asia, hopefully you already know that. Anyhow, I thought I tell you the background to this trip and itinerary. Earlier this year me and my friend Fredrik went on a 6 week trip in northern India, Nepal and some lazy days in Kerala, southern India. So after seeing Taj Mahal, the Ganges and spending a month in Nepal in the most beautiful environments one can imagine, I was on a rooftop by a beach in Kerala. There it hit me, with a beer in my hand and the sun reflecting my shades. I'm gonna postpone my studies and go travelling for a year! It seemed like a great idea, there on the sunny roof listening to the waves breaking on the beach. And furthermore, I felt that I needed to do it alone.
Why? Freedom.

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The only problem was and is - $$$
I already had one third of my total budget needed. So some rational procedures were necessary, moving back home to my parents, selling my stuff that would give me $$$ and to work my ass off during the summer. I already moved to my folks and have two jobs for the summer, the thing I need to be more serious with is the selling part. It might be possible since I still have three more months to go.

So this trip is a continuation of the 6 week project that can be viewed as a pilot for a long time trip like this.

The Solo in Asia tour is due to start on the 21st of August, when I'm leaving Stockholm for Bombay. The only things that are certain after that are two flights:

17th of October, Madras - Colombo
16th of November, Colombo - Kuala Lumpur

This means approximate two months in India and one month in Sri Lanka, these 3 months in South Asia will serve s a "warm up" before continuing for another 6-8 months through South East Asia, East Asia and eventually West Asia.
If everything goes my way, I will be sitting in a train on the trans-Siberian railway from Bejing to Moscow. After that, depending on how much money I'll have left, either catch a plane to Stockholm or continue with train into Europe.

// Patrick

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