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Amazing Trips Planned :-)

Hiking on Dominica, Camp in Amazon, Rio, Home Stay/dancing in Ghana,Table Mountain/horseback riding on beach in South Africa, Taj Mahal/Ganges River in India, Food/shopping in Singapore, Campout on Great Wall of China and theatre/castles in Japan.

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Alright so pretty much all of my free time is spent researching these countries that I'm going to or filling out paperwork. Thank god this semester is almost over, except that means a lot of time away from Zach :-(. I put together a list of stuff I wanna do in every port and I'd say it's pretty damn epic. check it out:

Roseau, Dominica (Sun. Jan. 16th - Mon. Jan. 17th)
-January 16th (day) - ^Bumping Tour - hiking all day to Middleham Falls, Titou Gorge, Trafalgar Falls, and snorkeling at Champagne Reef
(night)- ^House party
-January 17th - SAS River Tubing Trip

Manaus, Brazil (Sun. Jan.23rd - Thurs. Jan. 27th)
-January 23rd -27th - Amazon and Rio with SAS $1500 (if I get it!)

-January 23rd - Amazon Explorer $97
-January 24th - Waterfall Reserve $200
-January 25th - Brazilian Dance Fusion $70
-January 26th - Service Visit - Raio Do Sol $50
Stuff to do Indy:
^Bar do Armando - near the Opera house in Brazil
^Centro Cultural Palacio Rio Negro - Palace in Manaus
^Coacao Blue - Club to go out in

Takoradi, Ghana (Sun. Feb. 6th - Thur. Feb. 10th)
-February 6th - 8th - ^Immersion with Fred $150 (also get to see the slave castles during this trip)
here are the details for this one:

MONDAY Depart port as early as we can driving westward to the historical town Cape Coast,our first stop at the Slave Castle that use to be the administrative house for the British and a salve cell for the slaves.After a tour through the slave dungeons we will continue to to the Ashanti Kingdom where we will make a stop in the biggest open market in Ghana Kajetia Market to shop for few things then continue to Senase a unique village with very welcoming and loving people. After a short introduction to your various new families we will take a walk to have dinner with my family in a unique traditional way. Join the dancers and drummers for your first lessons of African music and dance, where you will be taught about 5 different African Music and dance.
Overnight in your new homes

TUESDAY Be wake by the melodies from the birds and get ready to visit the chiefs and elders of the village to seek permission to be in their community and also made them aware of our presence in their village as tradition demands. we will then depart to the village school to engage in some activities like teaching, singing,painting,playing etc. Gift can be shared. Over 90% of this community are farmers so it will be good to help our families in the farms at noon after our visit to the school.
Return home with stuffs from the farm to prepare dinner, where each group will be with their new families helping them in the preparations of dinner. Meet the dancers and drummers for your second lessons.

WEDNESDAY Ready for the lifetime excitement, where we will all meet at the village circle at the durbar where the chiefs,Queen mother and the villagers will be present to watch us perform and say farewell to us as we depart after our performance. We will then in our sad way say goodbye to families and friend and depart back to port.

Cape Town, South Africa (Thurs. Feb. 17th - Tues. Feb. 22nd)
-February 18th - ^Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was help prisoner
-February 19th - ^Hike Table Mountain /Horseback Riding along the beach
-February 20th - Wineland Tour, visiting five different wine tasting "farms" and at the last one they have baby cheetahs there that we can see/take pictures with

Port Louis, Mauritius (Sun. Feb. 27th)
February 27th - SAS Blue Escape Catamaran/Snokeling

Chennai, India (Sun. March 6th - Thurs. March 11th)
-March 6th- March 10th - India Indy $400 - If I do this I will be seeing the Taj Mahal, Delhi, Agra (the red fort) and then going to Varanasi to visit the Ganges River and do a boat ride hopefully during the sunrise or something like that. I'll be on an overnight train from Agra to Varanasi which I heard is a must-do when you're in India.

-March 6th - SAS Welcome Reception
-March 8th - March 11th - SAS Agra/Varnasi (same thing as my Indy trip just all planned for me, but way more expensive

Singapore (Wednesday March 16th)
Shopping/Eating on own
, following a new friend around who's already been here and knows all the good stuff to do.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (Sat. March 19th - Thurs. Apr. 24th)
-March 19th - March 21st - SAS Cambodia/Angkor Wat/Killing Fields
, if I don't get this SAS trip I'm seriously going to cry my eyes out.
-March 22nd - Chi Cu Tunnels

Hong Kong/Shanghai, China (Sat. Apr. 26th - Fri. Apr. 1st)
-March 26th - March 30th - Trip to Xian/Hong Kong/Beijing/Shanghai

Hopefully visiting the Terracota Warriors in Xian somewhere in the itinerary below

Arrive Hong Kong 8am
Free day to explore Hong Kong
Return to ship, overnight on the ship

Sunday Hong Kong - Beijing
Depart the ship and make your own way to Hong Kong airport by taxi
or Airport Express Train
Flight Hong Kong - Beijing
Pick-up at Beijing airport by your guide and driver, transfer to your
hotel and check in
Evening free

Monday Sleep on the Great Wall
Western buffet breafast at the hotel
Check out of the hotel, meet at 9am in the lobby
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Peking Duck Lunch: try Beijing’s famous traditional cuisine
Xiushui Silk Market: shop and bargain for souvenirs and clothes.
Drive to Jinshanling Great Wall
Sunset hike on the Wall
Dinner at the base of the Jinshanling Great Wall: local Chinese dishes
Sleep on the Wall: beer, soft drinks and snacks provided overnight, we
provide all the sleeping gear too.

Tuesday Beijing
Breakfast on the Wall: Muesli and fresh fruits
Hike Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall
Lunch at Simatai Great Wall
Drive back to Beijing, drop-off to your hotel and check in
Stroll on the Olympic Green and view the outside of the Swim Cube
and Birds Nest Stadium
Free time

Wednesday Beijing - Shanghai
Check out of the hotel, meet at 9am in the lobby
Summer Palace
Enjoy a local lunch in a Hutong family’s home: participate in making Chinese dumplings (jiaozi)
Hutong Tour: includes a cycle rickshaw ride through Beijing’s historic hutongs. Stop to go up the Drum
Tower and enjoy tea in a traditional style courtyard family home.
Chaoyang Acrobat Show (5:15 to 6:30)
Beijing train station drop off, overnight train to Shanghai departing in the evening. You are escorted onto
the train by your guide who will then bid you farewell. You may tip your guide for good service.

Thursday Shanghai, 8pm departure
Morning arrival in Shanghai about 8am. Met by Shanghai guide, transfer by bus to ship.
Free day to explore Shanghai
Depart Shanghai 8pm

Japan -(Monday April 4th - Friday April 8th)
-Get bullet 7 day pass $350
-Monday, Kobe - Kyoto
-Tuesday, Kyoto
-Wednesday, Kyoto-Hiroshima
-Thurs, Hiroshima - Tokyo
-Friday, Toyko - Yokohama

  • Still figuring out exactly what I want to do in each city, will post more on Japan later

Hilo,Hawaii (Sunday April 17th - Tuesday April 18th)
- Relax and swim/snorkel a LOT :-)

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