Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Egypt - Preparing for Africa

Dedicated to the Excitement of Admin Days

Today and yesterday have largely been preparation days in advance of the journey across south-east Africa. They've been busy, but who really wants to hear about the hours spent on Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree Forum and the complications of banking during both the Egyptian Eid and the Australian weekend? I'm a nice blogger, I won't bore you with that.

The backpack has been packed, and it's mostly empty. I discovered that everything I've been carrying around before actually fits in the day pack alone - the size of a schoolbag - leaving the big bag empty for stuff!! Very excited, and I have subsequently been studying the quarantine regulations for Australia with serious collecting in mind.

And on another note relating to shopping - now that the Africa leg of the GT has been budgeted and paid for, it looks like I was able to afford the Grand Tour. No debts have been entered, and there's enough money left over to not only cope with an emergency here, but be stable in Australia for renewed savings. Collectively, it has been the most expensive thing I've ever paid for in my life. I'm very pleased that I was able to save for it in full before leaving Australia too.

(If that's all too vague, so far it has cost me as much as my HECs debt is worth. HECS is still unpaid, and it shall stay that way until my taxes deal with it for me)

I'll post once again before leaving Egypt - about 30 hours to go.


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