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With less than two weeks to go until the tour starts, there are only a few certainties for this European trip. The first is that we land into Rome and leave from London. The second is that we have committed our 30 plus year old livers to two weeks of pain on a Contiki trip likely to be filled with 18-25yo's. And finally, that where we end up inbetween Rome and London is likely to change the night before we leave Rome on the 16th July.

That said, we have penciled in a rough itinerary as follows for those wanting to keep up to date while we are away;

June 13 - Leave Melbourne
June 14 - Rome, Italy
June 15 - Rome, Italy
June 16 - Rome - overnight ferry to Croatia
June 17 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
June 18 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
June 19 - Split, Croatia
June 20 - Mostar, Bosnia
June 21 - Mostar, Bosnia
June 22 - Sarejevo, Bosnia
June 23 - Sarejevo, Bosnia
June 24 - Sarejevo, Bosnia - Overnight train to Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 25 - Ljubljana, Slovenia
June 26 - Bled, Slovenia
June 27 - Bled, Slovenia
June 28 - Budapest, Hungary
June 29 - Budapest, Hungary
June 30 - Paris, France
July 1 - Paris, France
July 2 - Paris, France
July 3 - Edinburgh, Scotland
July 4 - Edinburgh, Scotland
July 5 - Dublin, Ireland
July 6 - London, England
July 7 - London, England

On July 8 our Contiki starts and there is a very real possibility of us having drunk-kussion during this period. If nothing is heard from us during that time, it is because by giving ourselves drunk-kussion, we are lowering the chances of us contracting swine flu. Team doctors have informed us that by consuming 10-15 local beers a day, we should be immune to the deadly Mexican strain. It may sound absurd, but we've got to trust him, because he's a doctor. Like when he told us to strip off so he could give us an injection. It didn't make sense at the time, and it still doesn't now, but i'm not the one with 18 months medical training at Seaford TAFE.

On returning to London on the 21st July, we will be more than likely quarantined in a cosy pub somewhere close to the queen, until the effects of Contiki wear off, before flying out to New York on the 24th July and visiting Obama in Washington for a team photo while we're nearby. We then return to Melbourne on the 2nd of August to what Premier Brumby expects, to be a 'tickertape parade through the streets of Collingwood." Personally, we are not expecting the glory as we are just normal men, doing an extraordinary job for our fellow countrymen. It may take awhile, but one day i hope to see my decendants march every August 2nd in 'Drunk-kussion Day'.

Posted by Jippo 22:04 Tagged preparation

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