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Meghan’s 2005 Travel Itinerary – Initial

June 27, 2010

May 23, 2005:

  • Leave LAX at 19:35 on Air Swiss

May 24, 2005

  • Arrive Zurich at 15:55

May 26, 2005

  • Leave Zurich at 22:20 on Air Swiss

May 27, 2005

  • Arrive Johannesberg 08:35
  • Leave Johannesberg on Air Zimbabwe 14:40
  • Arrive Victoria Falls at 16:15

May 29, 2005 : Start African Safari

  • Tour Begins 09:00
  • We go to Livingstone campground

May 30, 2005

  • We leave for Lusaka, Zambia (7-8 hour drive)

May 31, 2005

  • We leave for Luangwa River, Zambia

June 1-2, 2005

  • We stay and explore South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

June 3, 2005

  • We leave for Malawi-Luwawa Forest (border area between Zambia and Malawi)

June 4-5, 2005

  • We leave for Central Lake Malawi

June 6-7, 2005

  • Leave for North Malawi

June 8, 2005

  • Leave for Iringa-Tan, Zambia

June 9, 2005

  • Leave for Dar Es Salaam

June 10-12, 2005

  • Zanzibar

June 13, 2005

  • Back to Dar Es Salaam

June 14, 2005

  • Leave for Arusha

June 15-16, 2005

  • The Serengeti

June 17, 2005

  • Leave for Arusha

June 18, 2005

  • Leave for Nairobi, tour essentially ends

June 19, 2005

  • Leave Nairobi 00:45 on Air Emirates
  • Arrive Dubai 06:45
  • Leave Dubai 07:55
  • Arrive Gatwick, London 12:30 (North Terminal)
  • Meet up Meagan O’Malley and Mike Rush

June 20-25, 2005

  • The three of us leave Luton, London on EasyJet at 13:35
  • Arrive Berlin Schoenefeld at 16:40

June 26-30, 2005

  • Leave Berlin to Prague (on train)

June 29-July 3, 2005

  • Leave Prague and go to Budapest

#tentative schedule from here in Europe#

July 3 –July 7, 2005

  • Leave Budapest and go to Istanbul

July 8, 2005

  • Leave Istanbul and fly to Berlin
  • Catch a train to Amsterdam

July 9-12, 2005

  • Amsterdam

July 12, 2005

  • Leave Amsterdam to London

Mike and I head on to Dublin and Meagan heads back to the States on July 13

July 12-18, 2005

  • Mike and I cruise Dublin

July 18 (or 19), 2005

Leave Dublin, and Mike explores England, and I head onto Copenhagen

July 18/19-23/24

  • Copenhagen

July 23/24-Aug 18, 2005

  • ????

August 19, 2005

  • Leave Paris, Charles deGualle 15:15
  • Sri Lankan Airline, #564

August 20, 2005

  • Arrive Colombo 05:30
  • Leave Colombo 19:15, Sri Lankan #192
  • Arrive Delhi 22:20

August 21, 2005

  • India Tour begins in Delhi

August 22-23, 2005

  • Leave for Shekhavati

August 24-25, 2005

  • Leave for Jaipur

August 26, 2005

  • Leave for Ranthambore

August 27-28, 2005

  • Leave for Karauli

August 29-30, 2005

  • Leave for Bharatpur-Agra

August 31, 2005

  • Leave for Varanasi

September 1-3, 2005

  • Leave for Kathmandu

September 4, 2005

  • Tour ends, Leave for Bangkok 13:40
  • Thai Airways, #320
  • Arrive Bangkok 18:10

September 5-30, 2005

  • Thailand!

October 1, 2005

  • Start Cambodia/Vietnam Tour
  • Bangkok

October 2-4, 2005

  • Leave Bangkok for Angor Wat
    • (3) Angor Wat – Bayon and Ta Phrom
    • (4) Angor Wat – Banteay Srey Temple

October 5-6, 2005

  • Leave for Phnom Penh (flight)

October 7, 2005

  • Mekong Delta – Chao Doc

October 8-10, 2005

  • Leave for Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
    • (10) Culhi Tunnel

October 11-12, 2005

  • Leave for Hoi An (flight)

October 13-15, 2005

  • Leave for Hue
    • (15) Won Train

    October 16, 2005

  • Leave for Hanoi/Halong Bay

October 17-18, 2005

  • Leave for Hanoi again
  • Tour Ends 18th

#tentative again#

October 19-22/23, 2005

  • Leave for Sapa

October 24-28, 2005

  • Leave for Hong Kong (flight?)
  • SHOP!

October 28November 3, 2005

  • Leave for Beijing

November 3, 2005

  • Leave for the States, 13:30, United Airline, #888
  • Arrive San Francisco 08:25
  • Leave 10:27, United #858
  • Arrive LAX 12:00, Terminal 7
  • DONE…sniff sniff!

Connections, Connections, Connections

March 10, 2010

Is there anything these days that you can’t connect to Facebook or Twitter? I just found this amazing link that will now allow me to publish my blogs on WordPress to Facebook…which of course now means that I should stay on top of my blogging since the last time I did that was….oh it is just too embarrassing to note.

I am working on transitioning my travel emails over to WordPress, so that everyone, as well as myself, can relive the wonderful time (I had…) while traveling this great world.

Other than that, I just really wanted to test this new feature “Publicize” out on Facebook…check back soon!

What are your thoughts?

May 27, 2009

I have decided to put up something on the page after almost…well, close to 2 years of not doing anything? How sad is that? Let me know your thoughts below:

The B/F, Part One…because I am too wordy for just one UBER long blog, like this title

February 11, 2008


Since Valetine’s Day is coming up, I thought it was about time to unveil the boyfriend to my friends…all the mushy details of how we met, and how in the heck I wound up back in the lovliest city out there…San Diego!!!

Focus is the name of the game, right? Well, I am going to try that concept out tonight by focusing on one topic for you all. My boyfriend. That is right folks, I somehow managed to tie down some poor unsuspecting soul and call him my own, for, well, going on almost 8 months now. Lucky ME!!!

So, do you wanna hear all about it? All the mushy gushy stuff? I will shy away from more, er, intimate details, but I would like to share with you one of the main reasons I moved back to San Diego, CA…I mean other than that fact that well, why would you want to live anywhere else?

Here are the quickie stats:

Name: Frank Lopez, Jr. aka Boyfriend

What I call him: Jay, because I first knew him as Lopey, and then couldn’t quite coordinate Frank into that, refused to call him JR (just not good memories of past JR’s I have met), so it fell to Jay. He likes to say that I am just too lazy to finish his nickname of JR. He has been JR to his family since he was 4, and self proclaimed that his name, in fact was JR, NOT Junior!

Age: 26…a whopping 42 days younger than me, and he is always calling me OLD! The nerve!

Ethnicity: Half Hawaiian/Half Mexican

Height: 6’1″, or Amazon, as I prefer to call it (I am the American average of 5’5″, so almost everyone is taller than me)

Personality: Perfect for me…talkative with me, a bit rough on the outer shell, but a bit of a romantic on the inside, but definitely does not let me always have my way, and just nerdy enough to make me laugh (or at least smile) almost all of the time.

Occupation: Eh, still working on finding the right fit…for the moment is in the mortgage industry…but we all know how that is going.

So, that is the quick run down. Now for the fun stuff. How we met and came to be a couple. Now, if you ask him, you will get a slightly different story as to how all of this panned out…but I am right, so no need to bother hunting him down. =D

How it Started

It all started with a picture, a group, an email and MySpace. Yes, we are one of those couples that met on MySpace. But you want to know the crazy part? It is actually because we graduated from the the same high school…in the same year!! That is right, we were both Scotties from Helix {Charter} High School who graduated in (and partied like it was) 1999! I mean seriously, what are the odds? Especially since the school wasn’t that big (somewhere between 2300 – 3000 students), and I was on the yearbook squad for 3 of those four years. One would think that we would have run into one another at some point (he says we did, and I just didn’t say hello…but for anyone that knows me…me not say hello to someone? NEVER!), but nope, never.

I was even on the Varsity Softball team, and he was on the Baseball team all four years, but again, never crossed paths. And it is not exactly like he is a short guy, so I would have noticed/remembered if he said hello, but no.

But, I digress. How is started.

I had actually created a group on MySpace for Helix1999 graduates as a place for lost friendships to be found. Well, apparently he was cruising along the page one day, spotted me as the moderator…and just had to chat with me, but how to do it? Well, with a MySpace email, of course, which read a little something like this:

No Subject

” Your Profile song is phnenomenal

Tarzan Boy by Baltimora.. It was theme song of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 because the first two movies were good enough to have a third I guess!!! Yes closet dork for sure .”

Now, normally I would never even open an email from someone I don’t know, let alone one without a Subject. But I kept staring at the picture thinking that he looked familiar and when I finally clicked on the picture, I found that he and I had attended the same high school. I then figured that he must have either played baseball or football and I knew him from yearbook (but after trying to find him in the yearbook, I came to realize that Yearbook was not the source, he was no where to be found!). So, I was stumped. But then, I re-read the email and found the last line where he called me a dork! I know that doesn’t seem like something that would really capture your heart (and I won’t say that it did at the time), but it definitely caught my attention. Someone that I didn’t know was actually ballsy enough to call me a straight out dork! I found out later that it was actually a calling the kettle black sort of deal, and actually, even funnier is that he was calling himself a dork, not me! Ah, the downfall of email communication.
So, time passed, we flirted, we chatted (only on myspace), and then….this is always his favorite part of the story to tell…St. Patrick’s Day came along and I met some random, nice guy in the beer line at the Flogging Molly concert (I had three large beers to carry, but only two hands, what is a girl to do?) , and well, we started to hang out…and I stopped chatting with Jay because it is impossible for me to talk to two guys at once. I have never been able to do it, and since I had never actually chatted with Jay in person/over the phone, I thought I would the guy that I could physically see and talk to a try…obviously I chose Jay in the end, but there was about a 3 week period that I did not correspond with him at all (though, if you ask him, it can span anywhere between 3 weeks to 3 months to 3 years!!! A bit on the exaggerator side…perfect for me, again)….

So, time passes and the other guy falls to the wayside…but how do we rekindle our flame???? More to come in Part Deux!

Update on San Diego Brady’s

October 23, 2007

Good Morning,

I just wanted to update you on the Brady’s.  So far, we are all out of immediate harms way.  Susan and Paul made it down to La Mesa with my parents last night.  We are still unsure of the status of their house as the Witch fire did roll through Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Poway and over I-15 up to Del Dios Highway, which is relatively close to Susan and Paul’s house, but no news of it yet.  Mayor Sanders and the Chief of Fire and Chief of the Police staff are talking about possible re-entry for some of the evacuated areas, but nothing is set yet since the wind is so unpredictable.  The multiple teams of fire fighters managed to contain a couple of the smaller fires, but the Harris fire and the Witch fire have not shown any desire to slow down.  There are fire fighting teams from all over the state.  Many Northern Californian teams drove down all night on Sunday and then stepped up to the challenge and went out to help local teams fight fires.  My thanks and thoughts go out to each and every one of them.

Just as a comment on the San Diego community, I have to say that it is a community I am proud to be a part of.  There are over 25 shelters open, 19 of which still have capacity.  The largest one, Qualcomm, I believe has been completely volunteer and community based and the results have just been amazing!  As of now there are over 20,000 people that are staying at the stadium.  Over 300,000 people have been evacuated from their homes since late Sunday night.  My roommate and I went to the stadium last night to donate some bedding, pet food and toiletries, and the huge piles of donations was just astounding!  I have a couple pictures that I will get up on the web later today.  Not only have individuals come together to help out, but companies such as CostCo and Sysco pulled into Qualcomm yesterday to donate their supplies.

If you would like to help out, but don’t know how, you could always go to the San Diego Chapter of Red Cross:

Although I think the page has had high traffic because I was not able to bring up the page.  If you would like to have either live coverage, I have found the best webstream to be:

If you would just like to have a webpage that is constantly being updated, you can check out a variety of them, but: is the easiest one to access.

I want to thank those of you who have contacted me and asked about my family.  We all appreciate your concern and thoughts.

To all my fellow San Diegans, I hope that you and your families are doing well.  You are all in my thoughts!!



San Diego Fires 2007

October 22, 2007

San Diego Fires 2007
For those of you who know about the San Diego fires, I just wanted to
let you all know that as of now, my parents, my sister and I are doing
fine. We are not in harms way. My Aunt Susan and Uncle Paul are now
included in the evacuation area and are making their way out of the
Rancho Santa Fe (Del Mar) area.

As of now there are 7 wildfires in the county. Most of them are in
the northern county areas. I just wanted to give you a quick update
on at least my family’s status. If you want to check out information,
or if you are in the San Diego are and would like to know the areas to
go to help (or to avoid), you can check out:

http://www.kogo. com/cc-common/ news/sections/ newsarticle. html?feed= 125548


http://www.signonsandiego. com (though this is the major newspaper for San
Diego and the website is just getting slammed).


Oktoberfest, La Mesa Style

October 5, 2007

What? Now those wacky Californians are doing a German/Bahverian celebration with a Latin flare?  Well, that is how we roll here in So Cal…yo.  And for those of you not fluent in Spanish (or at least Spanglish), the city is phonetically pronounced: La (I think you could get that one) May-sa.

Actually, for those of you who don’t know, La Mesa is the city I was born and raised in (mark in on your maps as this is an important city to many of you now, I know.  If you would like to check out more about this little known gem, please feel free to go to:
La Mesa Oktoberfest

At the moment, it is all about the Oktoberfest!  I am digging back to my German heritage here…which maybe why you “might” find me in a beer garden (that or the Irish, I always get confused which one pulls harder to get me there).  There are also loads of craft booths and the air is filled with the tantalizing flavors and aromas of bratwurst and sauerkraut.  And, apparently it is the largest Oktoberfest west of the Mississippi!! And, it has been running for 34 years.  Now talk about dedication!  There is even a place to show off your best version of the Chicken Dance.  Seriously, you guys should start looking into booking flights out here for next year.  You can stay with me in my luxurious 900 sq ft apartment that I share with my long time friend Kaitlin.  Now, how can you say no?!! =)

And before all of you worry-worts start to think that I am an alcoholic again, my parents go to this event every year and I used to go every year BEFORE I was in college and BEFORE I turned 21.  It is really quite an event.  I have not had enough time or internet over the past month to really get into my new life in San Diego, CA and my new job, but I promise that I will soon! I definitely have to tell you all about my wonderful boyfriend, whom I just celebrated 4 whole months of being together with…I know what you all are saying: Now how in the heck has she corralled him for that long?  Talent, people.  I have talent.  That, and the crazy guys says he loves me.

If you want to check us out, we just went to a beautiful wedding up in Petaluma/Sonoma/Napa area (Northern California, north of San Fransisco) that was out at a winery and it was beautiful!  You can check out my pictures at: and click on the pictures on the leftside of the page.  There are loads of pictures there, so set aside at least half of your day to cruise. =)

Ok, that is all for now.  But I will be getting back to writing very soon, never fear my fellow readers.  I thank all of you who still tag along with me on these verbal ramblings.

Have a great day!