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Hey guys, What's all this worry about ironing!! YOU'R GOING TO CHINA, so you musn't waste time once there.
Two weeks today - WH HO!! That means 14, 13, 12.............sleeps. Lee, our joining instructions have just arrived and I see that we arrive about 1.05 so will see you about.
Getting through the list - dentist, tablets, hairdresser, money, labels, tartan ribbon, sewing machine, etc etc. though feel if someone forgets something, we can surely ask each other and borrow if necessary. It will also be nice to meet the people we don't know about yet. Take care.
Les you have way surpassed me on the excitement levels :-) and don't worry I don't intend to do any ironing whatsoever!!!!! I intend to cram in as much of CHINA as possible :-D
Shopping trip went very well, just missing a couple of things off my list which I can get in my lunch breaks this week now I'm working back in civilisation lol! Only 9 more working days to go and a school reunion to look forward to next saturday :-)
Hairdressers booked for day before we go, final Hep B jab thursday and pick up medication at same time.
Brian I think I might check out your exchange rate and head for Thomas Cook :-) think I will sort out money early next week as I will have to move some money around this week.
I think I am going to be unbearable to be around the next couple of weeks ;-)
Sorry Lee, just seen my mistake :-s
Had a look at exchange rates today the best I found was on a website called World First foreign exchange, it was 10.06, but constantly flutuating. I think that I will take a print of this into Thomas Cook :-) the second best I found was your Covent Garden site Brian so might take this as a back up :-)
Well that's 6 of the 7 things on my last list done, just labels to do. We have got liners that need broken in so we are taking them - wouldn't want anyone to see my black slinky neglegie(spell?) and my long black boots! Ruth might even be in red - who knows! Hope you are all remembering that you need a certificate telling what vaccinations you have had and naming any medications you are on. We both saw it written down but not sure where. We just got a photocopy of our file records showing vaccinations in the last few years and up to date, and a copy of repeat prescriptions which have all the medical centre info and they look official. No charge for once.
Am falling asleep at this machine cause 1.15am so bye for now. Sooo glad we can chat on here.
Just been and odrered my currency, they wouldn't match the 10.06 but did match the 9.6! That will be 1 less scorpion on a stick I will be able to afford ;-) lol
I didn't realise you needed a certificate of your vacinations and a list of medications :-s thanks for posting thabout that Les. Just in time too as I'm going for my final jab this afternoon so can get that sorted while I'm there.
Just got a bit of ironing and sewing to do then all ready to pack!!!!!
You never know your luck Brian tou might end up with another excited young lady next to you on the flight ;-) lol!
Does this mean I will have my own designated quiet seat at the back of the bus for all of the tours :-D
As the vaccinations are only recommended don't think a certificate is necessary. Its only if you are coming from a Yellow Fever Country (Africa) that you need to show you have Yellow Fever Vaccination. Anita you can have my scorpion if your short. I don't think any seat your in will be the quiet seat.Lol
Yes Brian, think your right, but handy to have for future trips anyway! List of meds is needed if you are carrying prescription drugs, just in case of need for med assistance!, but of course we wont! Anita, the sleeping bag liner would be an investment for the future, BUT, if your sure your happy having British fleas mixing with Chinese ones, just wear your PJ's and socks, you can always tie the bottom with string! Read one man's comment which said he wouldn't have missed it 'cause the old train has character and shows us history, and when the planned new comes in that will be gone.
Spent the evening putting shampoo, conditioner, creams etc in tiny containers (and labeling them) 'cause it takes away a lot of weight, (get in Boots, or tiny plastic model-plane paint containers,which Ruth's hubby has kindly given us). Asda and Tesco also sell small size travel toiletries. Keep remembering you have to carry EVERYTHING yourself, up and down, and in and out, but of course Brian and Lee might be gentlemen and offer to do it for us all; somehow have my doubts! Who can beat my case at 10? Have you looked at B.A.s site, at least we can take a handbag AND a travel bag on board if we want which gives a little extra. Its, leads and insect spray and 'bits. that take up space. As long as we pack our optimism, a smile and a sense of humour we will be fine.
Talking of flight socks, which we weren't, I got them for long flights and although not cheap, found that once on, cause tight, made a huge difference and had no trouble with swollen ankles or legs and actually quite comfortable. Another investment Anita!
OH MY GOODNESS, it's only a week. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Don't worry Les I am a perfect gentleman and will help whenever required ;-). I still have lots of hair so I need a big bottle of shampoo! 10kg you will be doing lots of washing. Yes the main thing is the optimism, a sense of adventure and a good sense of humour.
Anita how come you have 4 stars and I only have 2 its not fair.
Yea 3 now mayb catch up quicker if use iphone 2. Not so plentiful hair now went to hairdressers saturday and she was bit scissor happy. Also bought some trendy black flight socks in Boots. I don't know if this counts as an exciting ramble:-)
Hi all, Yes Lee I may well sleep in my clothes but I will ALSO use my bag! Had a terrible experience in Edinburgh a few years ago where I knew the moment the owner opened the door of the BnB that it was a mistake, and I couldn't even walk on the carpet, so I jumped onto things to get to the dreadful ensuite, so I won't go there again! BUT all part of the fun of travel!
Anita, never mind carrying straighteners, the Chinese will just love your curls or waves, they don't have any! And we won't know any better. Bit like any Briitish grey hair, unusual!
Well done Brian, Black it's very 'in' just now, and by the time your home, your hair will be normal!
Oh me - 5 sleeps - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and Ruth MUST be excited but more sedate than me.
Ta raa. It's Monday, which means tomorrow its 4 sleeps on Tuesday!!!! You do realise that anyone 'outside' this group must think we are all completely nuts.
Back again - Can't sleep so went on to the Cruise ship site. Been into every corner and read all the information. Bigger than I expected and certainly lots of places to visit and see They take pride in speaking English, so here's hoping. How are the chopsticks going - can see Ruth having to feed me if fingers are out! Can hear her saying "On your bike"!
Neil getting so fed up with my excitement that he actually said "Never mind me - just go!" Have a feeling that 3 weeks of peace with his dog will be absolute heaven, and cost him nothing. Under all this I'm really quite quiet and shy you know - its just the computer talking.
Now counting down on 1 hand! wow :-D
Was so busy yesterday collapsed into bed and nearlly overslept for work :-s I think I need to do that for the rest of the week otherwise I'll be posting with Les at 2 in the morning lol
I too now have a very sexy pair of black flight socks :-( need to rethink what I'm travelling in don't think they'll look good with my 3/4 combat trousers :-D
Still got a pile of ironong to do and a press stud to sew on no idea when I'll be able to fit that in.
Les I don't have curly hair in fact it's soooo straight my niece laughs at me for straightening it! It just looks neater and tidier when I do :-)
Get my hair cut friday dinner time hope she doesn't cut too much off of mine :-s
Really so excited to meet all of you in person I think we should all get on very well and have a good laugh :-)
Hi there, Anita re the trousers, I don't put socks on until I'm sitting in the ladies and waiting to board the plane for China, and you will take them off before or on the bus, so I wouldn't worry for everyone will be a mess by the time we get there! Hope you have a sunhat or cap for the sun, or a small pretty brolly to hold up (for burning), going to some huge places with absolutely no shelter or trees. but perhaps you don't feel the need.
Phylis has been totally quiet, but get the impression that she is her own woman, it will be good to find out. Feel we are all a step ahead of others, but am sure that will be quickly rectified. For me, sharing the excitement has been fantastic. Thank you all.
Well I closed the case tonight and will do labels tomorrow, have you remembered to put your name and contact no. inside, as instructed, in case of loss, which it won't/mustn't.
Well all packed (16kg). Staying in belfast tonight with friends so closer for my 6.50am flight to Heathrow. Then 12.30 flight to Bangkok arriving 6.05 Thursday but it will seem like midnight. Have tours of floating market and Bridge on River Kwai booked. Maybe half day cookery couse too but might leave that to way home.
Believe there are beautiful ladies who are really men in Bangkok you would never get that in NI lol
See you all in Beijing hopefully
Hi all, I really am enjoying reading all your messages which helps getting to know you. Was in hairdressers today and overheard a lady talking about going to China on Sat. Thought that was quite a coincidence. She is going with Wendy Wu for 4 weeks and flying first to Shanghai. we may see them on the way round.
Have a great time in Bangkok, Brian, and try to see the temples.
There is another couple joining us at the last minute. Looking forward to meeting you all and it sounds as if it will be great fun.
Hi there, Anita, if your like me you will settle down once on the journey, but a waste of time going to work, and Brian, I reject the idea that Ruth is sensible, just not quite as verbal on paper, but wait till you meet her! The problem is that once you retire, there is no one to impress, and life is for fun and frolics. Going out for coffee with 30 ladies at a friends house in the morning, very hospitable the Scots. Hope to relax in the afternoon, family bringing fish n chips for tea so no washing up. Might manage a Gin to help me sleep. Looking forward to hearing about Bangkok Brian. Got our tartan ribbon tied on Lee, so see you soon. Take care all. Be safe.
Wooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See you all in Beijing
Safe journey everyone :-)
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