Friday, June 05, 2009

Driven to Extremes

I've been bored for a few months. There's nothing like really hunkering down and working, living in repetition, wake, work, eat, sleep, wake, work, eat, sleep.

It's enough to drive a girl to drinking. If I were a drinker. It's a good thing I'm not or I'd be drunk non-stop.

I do keep myself busy. Too busy. I pack a lot into every single day, but I need more of kayaking Bannerman Castle style activities, more of the handbag-creating, and less of the tail-chasing variety.

I saw some junk mail yesterday from Flying Blue. I got some points with Air France some years back when I took Air India, and then got more points when I went on a press trip on Kenya Airways. I accumulated 15,000 and then promptly forgot the frequent flyer program existed.

After taking another look yesterday, I noticed a 50% off mileage sale. Huh. 25,000 miles to get me to and from Europe. Howaboutthat. I'd like to go to Europe. That's not true. I'd like to go anywhere. It livens up my brain to see new things. Europe would be a decent diversion.

So I transferred over some miles from my Amex and spent hours clicking and clicking until I finally scored. I head out the night of June 23rd.

But I can't really afford to stay in Europe for 11 days. So I think I'm going to Morocco. There's a $599 GAP trip for 8 days, but maybe I'll just go alone. On the fence. Going with GAP means packing a whole lot into a short time and being forced to learn a thing or two from local guides. It would offer me protection from the onslaught of aspiring "guides" in Morocco. But then... I could just wander around a bit on my own, buy some tagines, and head back to Europe.

Whaddaya think? Group or solo?


Marc Siry said...

It seems like there's always someone in the group you hate, and someone in the group you love. If you feel like dealing with those types of situations, take the tour.

On the other hand, if you feel like just getting lost for a week, go on your own. I'd probably go on my own.

Marie Javins said...

I like that I'm forced to be social in those groups but I also prefer the freedom of movement that comes with going it alone. And going alone gives me time to think, which I need.

Marie Javins said...

Currently leaning towards getting lost in Fez for a week.

Steve Buccellato said...

Sounds right to me.

Hey, nice photo! I've got one just like it.