7 days to D-DAY
Time is flying! It’s been a while since my last post here. It’s my last week in cold Belgium before heading for the sun! Last Friday Dec, 6th was my very last working day! It ended in a very long day *_*I had a nice farewell drink with my colleageas around 5.30pm (office closes at 6pm) meaning that work was waiting to be finished. My boss gave a me a compass as farewell gift. You would think he meant something with this gift 😉 Don’t you worry Bob, I’ll know my way back to work after 6 months..I think 😀 Thanks boss! The drink lasted till about 7pm but then I had to finish the remaining workload. Finally at 9.30pm I closed the door behind me…SE-Asia here I come! Besides working a lot I of course needed to do some extra homework for my trip and make the last purchases. I’m a frequent traveler but not a frequent backpacker so I needed some professional help with bying a good backpack. I finally bought mine in AS Adventure, the Act Lite 45+10L backpack of Deuter. Taking my lenght and weight into account I could carry between 12-15kg on my back. I guess I’ll ship back all the souvenirs I buy on the road ^_^. The backpack didn’t have a raincover included, so I tossed an extra one in my basket and I also bought a new daypack, one with an extra compartment for my notebook..makes it a bit easier to take it out when passing the control checkpoint at airports 😕backpack + raincover + daypack +/- 230€ Other small things that went home with me the past weeks are 2 large fibre towels, a small flashlight and a tiny sleepingbag(sheet).I also got enough passport photos for all the visas that I’ll need. (TIP: If you are on a tight budget and you are somewhat good with the computer, you can just get 2-4 photos, scan them and print them on photopaper. It will save you a few Euros) How about travelguides? As it’s not so convenient to carry a pile of books when backpacking, I decided to only take my e-reader with me with all kinds of e-books and e-travelguides. (TIP: I got most of the Lonely Planet ebooks free from ebooks.com. The 2-3 guides that I couldn’t find for free were bought at a discountfare at the LP website itself). My biggest expense however was the purchase of my new toy…My Sony Nex-3N! The kit I bought included a 16-50mm and a 55-210mm lens. I didn’t want to carry a big DSLR camera with me for 6 months, but I do wanted to be able to take good pictures. Knowing my own small digital camera, I knew I needed a new one. And the Sony Nex cameras are something in between DSLR and small digital. The Nex-3N is not there newest model but it will be good enough to capture those memorable moments. Nex-3N kit + extra battery + cameracase + lenspouch +/- 720€ I also made cost for all kinds of vaccines and medications. More about that click HERE!