Anyone else going on this trip?! I've paid the final balance today.... so I'm very excited!!!
Would love to hear from anyone else who is planning on coming on this trip!!!
Hello Nansi, Jenny, Rob and Janet. We have now received our plane tickets, etc and are checking what we need to pack. Borrowed two 4-season sleeping bags from daughter so hopefully we wont freeze at the camp. We are happy to see from your photos that you are all young and strong and will be able to carry us up the Atlas!
Barry & Kenya
Lorraine and myself just booked up yesterday, we did not fancy swimming with the sharks in Sharm El Sheikh so Morocco it is.
Lorraine is the seasoned traveller with vocanoes, everest base camp, Antartica to name but a few under her belt. I on the other hand have never been on an adventure type holiday so I have absolutely no idea what I have let myself in for, however I am sure we shall have fun.
Almost went to work in Morocco 2 years ago but it fell through at the last minute so I guess Morocco must be part of my destiny.
On a positive note no matter how cold the mountains are it must still be a warmer than Scotland has been the last few weeks so anything above zero sounds good.
Great to see there's more coming, 8 of us now? I'm wondering how much currency to bring...any thoughts?
We're reckoning on taking pounds sterling for our spending ......and a credit card for emergencies ....or for anything big that might take Kenya's fancy!
We're reckoning on taking some £500.00 for feeding ourselves ......we don't usually go for the posh places! But then of course there's all of the tipping that will be needed ....and the souveniers .....and I've no idea if there are the entrance charges that we come across in other places like Turkey or Tunisia or Greece. If there are traditional bathing places like in Turkey .....then I'm sure that Kenya will want to try those as well ......so some more needed for that! And then there's the drinks!! Whether your an alcohol drinker of not ....I always have a feeling that we spend more on drinks of all sorts when we're on holiday than when we're at home.
I personally prefer not to use the credit card if at all possible. So it'll probably be all in pounds sterling. Better to keep to £10 and £20 notes I would say.
I just hope that the snow stays away from Gatwicke over Christmas. It's bad enough finding that the trains are being very disrupted by 'maintenance works' over Christmas. I bought return tickets from Reading .....but when the tickets arrived in the post ......they tell me that the 'train' will be a bus! .....one laid on to replace the train.
I suppose that we might just spot each other at Gatwicke ......or otherwise we'll see you all in Casablanca.
Barry and Kenya
I will probably go for a mix of serling cash and ATMs. No idea how much yet. Other than some food, drink, and souveniers these trips do not normally require too much, unless there are some optional activities you are likely to do. I cannot remember what it says in the trip notes about options.
Anyway: I have found out that the trip is nearly full and 15 are booked. So there is bound to be somebody to get along with ;-)
Not long to go now... and i haven't even started packing yet!!! Always leave it to the last minute!!! Its got to be the worst part of going on holidays!!!
I'm really hoping the snow has cleared up by next week!!! Doesn't look like the group that were suppose to fly out yesterday had much luck and haven't been getting much support from Exodus either!?!?!
Fingers crossed for the 26th!!!
We might need more than fingers. I just checked the forcast for next week and they are expecting more snow on thursday and saturday near gatwick :-( Just getting there could be fun as I have a rear wheel drive car.
I was confused yesterday as I was checking for flights from Gatwick for the group that were meant to leave today not Heathrow. I almost thought that I was going to be heading for the wrong airport!
Sounds like everybody meant to be leaving this weekend lucked out. So here's hoping we don't have the same.
PS I was thinking that Christmas day would be a good day for packing :-)
That's not good news... i'm suppose to be driving down to Gatwick on Christmas Day. Its at least a 5 hour drive, have booked a hotel for that night so hopefully i'll make it there!!!
They first told me we'd be flying out of Heathrow when i asked about the trip but when i actually booked they said it was actually from Gatwick... I guess it depends on availability.
So far i've managed to avoid snow delays on my last two holidays so hopefully my luck won't run out next weekend!!! :)
This seems to be the place to say hello - Hi Folks!!
My plan was to think about packing Xmas Day and travel up from Devon on the morning of the flight. At the moment I can't even get out of my drive!!
So Plan B is in the taking shape today. 'Information' sites seem lacking, but the following might be useful nearer the time:
Anyone thoughts on a cheap hotel near Gatwick? [skiing distance :')]
All part of the great adventure:- Life is what happens to you while you are planning other things.
You are likely to be passing my house on the way (assuming you are going up the M3), so you might want to consider staying at mine. Gatwick is normally 1-1.5 hours drive. Hotels round Gatwick might be scarce. Let me know if interested or get a better offer!
I can see that we are all thinking on the 'getting-away-from-here' problems! Thanks for the tip on the Gatwick link Chris. I can see that Rob is really into 'that time of the year' feeling .....looking around to find some room in his inn (is it the stable!) for a traveller ......but even an hour to hour and a half of distance could be a problem if things don't ease up a bit ....and it doesn't look as though it wants too ease up!!
Kenya and I decided to go by train and got the tickets on line ......but when they arrived in the post they tell us that the 'train' will be a 'bus' because of maintenance work ......so who knows what will happen!
I did decide to read through the insurance documents this morning ....just to see for sure just how much cover we have. I bet I'm not the only one doing that either!!
See you all in Casablanca .....probably!
Sorry to hear of your bads luck Vicki. Keep an eye open and we'll let you know how things go for us! .....let's see if we get any better luck than you did.
Tell us what happened can you .....did you get as far as the airport (Gatwick)? How did you finally hear that it was off altogether? Did you have contact with Exodus?
Thanks for the info. Vicki. It looks like it was worse for Heathrow than Gatwick yesterday. It was good to hear that Exodus was at least trying to do their best under what must have been a landslide of contacts to make for them! Looks like you were doing the right thing to stay at home and not join the crowds in the airport.
Are you going to do the trip at some later date? I hope so ....and I hope it works out well for you then. Barry
Vicki, thanks - sorry for your troubles but the information is really useful for all of us.
Rob, thanks - I'll hold that offer open for the time, please. Lets get some firm weather and road forecasts for the weekend. At least on this trip I'm bringing a sleeping bag, so any corner (or a manger) will do. I could not have got out of Devon today, by any means! I XcSkied for first time in Sidmouth today, even the sea front and beach were still covered in ski-able snow at dusk!
You have all probably received the 'travel instructions' from Exodus today. No doubt they learned lessons last weekend and, perhaps, will it run even smoother next weekend. One thing they do not seem to be considering yet is a 'cascade' system for each group, which would greatly reduce their work and speed up the dissemination of information. However this requires some organisation before the 'emergency'.
I want to do some more research tomorrow before approaching them.
By the way, Royal Air Maroc still seem to be selling tickets for Thursday and Sunday, today!
You never know we may just get away on the 26th after all.
See you all soon.
Yes, all seems to have returned to relative normal with no extreme weather forecast (but good job we don't fly a day later!).
As of 1110hr 24Dec2010 Exodus and Royal Air Maroc do not foresee any problems & Gatwick seems to be running smoothly with most flights on schedule.
I'm returning to 'Plan A' but leaving home, by car, a couple of hours earlier (0400hr 26Dec2010). Rob - thanks for the offer but sleep over not now required (but see below).
In case of last minute problems for anyone, here are 2 useful numbers:
Royal Air Maroc - 0207 307 5800: press 1 (one) for assistance in english. There is a strange sound for 30 seconds as the call is transferred to Casablanca. Persevere, you will get through. Also useful to ring this now and register your mobile with them so they can contact you with changes.
Exodus Out of Hours - 01582 644 100: As per your Final Joining Instructions. They say this number will be manned despite other offices closed and being a Sunday/BH.
Thanks for your offer but I will now travel up early on the morning of the flight by car.
If you are not far off route, would you like picking up? I will come up the A30-A303 joining the M3 at J8, SW of Baskinstoke.
Text me your phone number, if interested - mine is 07974 192 180
Thanks for the info Chris. I'm leaving Cardiff at 3am by coach and due to arrive at Gatwick 7.30 so should be ok. I'll make a note of your number as well if that's ok just in case...
Merry xmas everyone!
Hi Janet - that's fine. You should be there first. Can we have your number?
As a result of my call to Exodus this morning they have sent me another email, much the same as sent to all in the week. Here is a precis of the relevant new/emphasised points:
That all looks to be great useful information Chris.
I'm sure that everyone is saying thanks ....I've noted it all. Let's hope we won't be needing it ....but it always feels better to be prepared and at least have an idea of where to start trying to get information from ......just in case. On the whole, I'm feeling pretty positive about getting away ok. Hopefully we'll all meet up in a couple of days and get a really interesting mid winter break! See you all then.
Barry and Kenya
Yes ChrisV, let's hope so. My number's 07904382203. I thought it would be useful to have a contacts in the group given the potentially volatile situation. Although I feel quite positive as well but don't want to tempt fate!
Thanks Janet - I'll put your number in my phone.
Hope to pick out some of you at check-in. If not I intend to go through security at earliest opportunity and have a wander (will need to stretch my legs after the car journey).
I don't know the layout of Gatwick. Any suggestions for a meeting point?
This is the address for the Gatwick North Plan:
Just to let you know if you are parking off airport there is a lot of work going on at the North terminal and the buses drop you off a bit of a walk away.
Also the trains at Reading, or rather no trains. The station is shut for 10 days due to soon large bridge being fitted over Chritsmas/New Year. Hence the bus.
Thanks to Chris for the offer and he is hopefully picking me up early Sunday morning.
See you in the queue at check-in
Hope you all have a great day today!!! I'll be leaving home now in the next half hour and will most likely be having a service station lunch rather than the traditional christmas lunch!!! ha
I'm staying in the airport hotel tonight so no rush for me tomorrow morning!
Chris and Janet i've taken note of your numbers, mine is 07701065439.
So far everything looks positive for our getaway!!!
See you all tomorrow!!
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