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Damn flies and logistics
Saturday, 21 July 2007 at 10:59 am
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I have left it rather late to plan my amazing summer holiday. I hope it will still be amazing, after all this!

The story is this: I have a microscopy course from 13 August till 17 August, and will go on holiday as soon as the course finishes on Friday afternoon. I am going to ploni_bat_ploni's wedding on 28 August, and am committed to Amsterdam from Sunday evening 26 August to Wednesday morning 29 August. I have to be back in Stockholm for the Jewish New Year in the evening of Wednesday 12 September.

Now, my skeleton plan is to do some kind of triangular route between Stockholm, Amsterdam and South-East England. I want to take the leg between Stockholm and Amsterdam slowly and go overland or by sea, stopping off at interesting countries in between. Probably southern Sweden, Denmark, Germany and potentially Belgium, but another option is to go east across the Baltic and then a whistle-stop tour of the Baltic coast, Finland, Estonia or Latvia, Poland and then all the way through Germany. Probably the London – Amsterdam leg will also be overland or across the north sea, but I'll likely do that as one long trip and not bother stopping over in Belgium or France.

As well as touristing, I want to see as many friends as possible, hence the poll. I either fly straight to England and hang out there for a week or so before the wedding, then meander my way home slowly after the wedding (ie: Stockholm—London—Amsterdam—Stockholm via Northern Europe), or I meander from Stockholm to Amsterdam, come to England by rail with lethargic_man, have a week or ten days in England at the beginning of September, then fly back to Stockholm (Stockholm—northern Europe—Amsterdam—London—Stockholm). I'll pick based on which way gets me the most contact with people I want to see.

Other factors: I would like to see the sibs, who are NOLJ, but I will coordinate with them too. Conveniently, they are all in Brighton at the moment! If hatam_soferet is going to be in England at all this summer then time with her will be a priority, but I'm rather afraid she's not going to be certain of her movements soon enough for this to be easily plannable. lethargic_man and curious_reader are coming to the wedding with me, and obviously ploni_bat_ploni is the bride, so at least I know I'm not going to miss them. pseudomonas is going to be in North America the whole time, which is a pain but c'est la vie. There are a couple of people with whom I want to arrange meetings which might possibly be cast as dates depending how things go.

People are welcome to come and visit me in Sweden, especially if you come outside the dates when I'm planning to be away, but of course I can be flexible and do some day-trips around Sweden with visitors instead. megamole I am seeing tomorrow, and MF is here from 3 August to 10 August, so other visitors during that week would require a bit of coordinating and it probably helps if you know MF. (MF, by the way, is a Persegirl whom I keep finding and losing again, and now I've found her again via the wonderful Facebook, and I'm really looking forward to hanging out with her.)

The other thing is the end of September. darcydodo is going to be in England, though not for very long. Darcy, can you confirm the precise dates when you have them? I really want to see her, but it clashes horribly with the High Holy Days, and it may all turn out to be a disaster.

Poll #1025416 Summer plans

Should I try to make plans with you?

I would like to see you this summer
0(0.0%)
I am likely to be available some time between 18 August and 26 August
0(0.0%)
I am likely to be available some time between 30 August and 11 September
0(0.0%)
Given enough notice, I can see you on a weekday
0(0.0%)
Given enough notice, I can see you in the evening
0(0.0%)
I am only free at weekends
0(0.0%)
I would like to see you for metaphorical coffee
0(0.0%)
I would like to spend an afternoon or evening with you
0(0.0%)
I would like to monopolize you for a few days
0(0.0%)

Location?

I can reasonably be in England during the relevant times
0(0.0%)
I can reasonably be in Cambridge during the relevant times
0(0.0%)
I can reasonably be in London during the relevant times
1(7.7%)
I can reasonably be in Brighton during the relevant times
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in London
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in Brighton
0(0.0%)
I'd like to see you in another part of England
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in another part of England
0(0.0%)

Northern Europe

If you happen to be passing through Germany, we could possibly arrange to meet up
1(50.0%)
If you happen to be passing through Denmark, Belgium or Holland, we could possibly arrange to meet up
0(0.0%)
If you happen to be passing through Scotland, we could possibly arrange to meet up
0(0.0%)
Please consider adding another northern European country to your itinerary so we can meet up
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in Germany
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in Denmark, Belgium or Holland
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in Scotland
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in another northern European country
0(0.0%)
I would be interested in travelling round northern Europe with you
0(0.0%)

Visiting me

I would like to visit you in Sweden
1(50.0%)
I could come to Sweden between now and 17 August
0(0.0%)
I could come to Sweden between 18 August and 26 September
0(0.0%)
I could come to Sweden between 30 August and 11 Sepember
0(0.0%)
I would like to come to Sweden some time after 11 September
0(0.0%)

I might make a flying visit to England from 28 September to 1 October. That's the beginning of succot, by the way.

I'd like to see you in Oxford that weekend
0(0.0%)
I'd like to see you in Cambridge that weekend
0(0.0%)
I'd like to see you in London that weekend
1(20.0%)
I can offer crash space in Oxford
0(0.0%)
I can offer crash space in London
1(20.0%)

I have read your poll and ticked everything I want to tick

Ticky-ticky
13(100.0%)
Otherwise I've been slaying geography with telecommunications; had a great conversation with darcydodo yesterday evening, and she said wise things and was generally wonderful. And this morning I talked to MK by Skype. His career continues its stellar progress, Mrs K has now found a job, and they've just bought a house, congratulations to them. The Most Adorable Boy in the World was being shy and didn't want to tell me about his new Harry Potter book; just seeing my name on the screen probably doesn't give him enough cues to remember who I am. And pottering around on Facebook trying to find elegant ways to summarize the last couple of decades of my life for all the re-discovered old friends.


Whereaboooots: Älvsjö, Stockholm, Sweden
Moooood: hopefulhopeful
Tuuuuune: The Coral Sea: Yesterday / tomorrow
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shreena: default
From:shreena
Date:July 21st, 2007 09:57 am (UTC)
22 minutes after journal entry, 10:57 am (shreena's time)
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I'm sure that you already realise this but, although I would like to see you, I won't be offended if you'd rather spend time with people that you're closer to.
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ixwin: default
From:ixwin
Date:July 21st, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
9 hours after journal entry, 08:09 pm (ixwin's time)
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Same here.
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darcydodo: heron
From:darcydodo
Date:July 21st, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
34 minutes after journal entry, 05:09 am (darcydodo's time)
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Well, I still don't have the plane tickets, but the basic idea of the dates is that I'll show up on probably September 23 (might be 22) and take off (definitely) on September 29. Am busy September 28, at least the evening.
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pne: default
From:pne
Date:July 21st, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
1 hours after journal entry, 12:53 pm (pne's time)
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I didn't pick "I would like to see you", since I felt I don't know you well enough for active desire (if that makes sense).

But I wouldn't mind seeing you if you'd like to, and you're coming near Hamburg.
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ewtikins: LJ
From:ewtikins
Date:July 21st, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
3 hours after journal entry, 01:37 pm (ewtikins's time)

Clarification

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My offer of crashspace is from 19th August to 2nd or 3rd September; I'll be cat-sitting in Tottenham again at that point.

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From:ploni_bat_ploni
Date:July 22nd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Wow, this is complicated! Glad to hear you are still coming though! If you ever want to spend time in Holland separate from the wedding, you know how to track me down :-)

Sounds like it is going to be an interesting summer for you!
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From:fluffymark
Date:July 23rd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
1 days after journal entry, 01:36 am (fluffymark's time)
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Your idea of travelling moat of the journey by land is a good one - I trya nd do that as much as possible and it's a fabulous way to see a place if you have the time to spend several days doing it. Much as I'd recommend Finland, Estonia and Latvia, the other route via Denmark involves the really rather magical bridge/tunnel thing linking Sweden and Denmark, which is special.

TO clarify my tickbox about visiting Sweden - it's likely I'll be visiting Sweden sometime in the autumn, mainly to see cassielalone in Gothenburg, but I am very tempted to pop over to Stockholm while I'm in Sweden to visit both yourself and smhwpf if at all possible. I'm sure we can come up with some sort of plan once I've thought about it a bit more.
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From:hobbitz
Date:July 23rd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
2 days after journal entry

England

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Hello.

Am around in London from 21st Aug. Be great to catch up while you are here.
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From:blue_mai
Date:July 23rd, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
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my life is a little busy also, i am not in the country until 23rd aug, at a festival last wkend of aug, then the 2nd 'window' coincides with september resits (examining rather than taking). and i feel like it was not so long ago i saw you. so i am sure you will post when and where you will be - it would be marvellous to see you if it works out. i imagine there are a few rediscovered friends you may wish to prioritise.
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From:hatam_soferet
Date:July 24th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
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No way I'm going to make it out of NY before the chaggim, sadly. Too much deadlineage.
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