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European Whirl 17 Sept 2012

25 Aug 2011 harrojnr88 asked

harrojnr88

I know its a little early for this one, but figured the earlier the better to start finding out who else will be on this one!

This will be my first Contiki, as well my first travel alone, and its a big one! So just hoping to meet some people who will also be on it.

Also, if anyone will be staying in London after the tour finishes, whether short or long term as once I finish this tour, ill be getting settled and working in London for up to 2 years. So anyone else staying around there and keen to do alot of travelling around Europe would be good to meet too.

As im doing this all Solo (cant be bothered to wait for mates to get organised), Im doing alot of reading on here to get an idea on what the hell im doing. haha.

Hope to talk to you all soon!

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    29 days is a long time but you get to see heaps more.
    you can call contiki and ask them to send you details of the european travel expo in nov.
    offical dates isnt released yet but they will send you all the stuff when they are.
    so have you travelled much before? i noticed you said this was your first contiki tour.

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    Yea its tough. Apparently just spoke to my friend that works at STA, and if you book a tour over 22 days, you get a free Thailand Island hopping thing… im getting details on it now.. but that coud be sweet as a stop over to London.. Ill let you know some details on that when i get it.

    Ah well I have done Fiji and NZ, and have a Cruise booked for Feb. But they are all with people, this tour will be coming to Europe on my own, tour solo, then live over there on my own.. little scary, but hey, it will be an adventure im sure(i hope, haha)!

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    oh thats cool as. definatly let me know.
    yeah i bet that would be scary, ive never travelled by myself before so i can only imagine.
    so have you got a job or n e thin set up for when you live there or just gonna go with the flow?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    Nah no job, well was considering a transfer with my company here… but the UK office is like 2 hours out of london, and i want to live in london, so thats not going to happen i dont think.. so think i might just go with the flow… And i think i will get more desperate as the time goes and end up gettin a pub job or something. haha.

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    haha well at least that way you have the freedom to do what ya want etc. n in a great city instead of 2 hrs away :p
    what company you work for?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    haha very true.. but too much freedom can be bad! haha. Yea i made the decision that the reason im going was to travel, work comes second, so didnt want to sacrifice the travel aspect for a job(although it would pay well and allow me to save more).

    I work for A&G insurance. So you would know it more as Budget Direct.

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    yeah definalty, there isnt much point to going so far just to work the entire time.
    such a catchy ad hahaha. sings to self
    so are you not at work today?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    Exactly my thinking.. glad it doesnt sound so crazy.. haha.

    ERGH!! i HATE that ad! hahaha. but yea it sticks in your head… so i guess it works.. haha.

    Yea im at work.. but im a Software Developer, so I have access to my emails and i get notifications once a reply has been posted on here, so i can just go on and reply. :) The benefits of working in the IT dept. haha.

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    its like that ad from little things big things growww hahaha, so bloody catchy.
    oh nice, is it hard? being a software developer i mean?
    yeah mine is doing the same at the moment thus im replying so fast hahaha

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    Thanks for that… now ITS in my head… hahaha.

    Well it is hard if you havent ever done it before, but its like most professional jobs, you cant expect someone to understand/do the job without prior training. but once you learn it, its like every other job, its do able. Some thing are hard tho, you have to think very conceptually, and its alot of design and develop, progressive modelling on most projects. So can be complicated, but most of the time its not. Bonus is i get left alone most of the day and can sit at my desk with my ipod on and just do my work. :)

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    hahah dont worry its stuck in my head to :D
    i can only imagine all the codes and stuff you have to make, i reckon it would all end up looking like a bunch of scramble lol.
    thats def a bonus that you get left alone alot of the time. i should prob bring my ipod, its so quite in here at the moment and gets kinda lonely lol. spose at least its not all day though.

    you do anything on the weekend?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    haha. Well ill drown it out with my music! :)

    This is a tiny part of one program, getting one piece of data:
    w_annMlg = Car_getAnnualMileage(w_car);
    if not Car_isCarbonOffsetAvailable(w_car);
    pr_RtvTGCDes(ANNUAL_MILEAGE:w_annMlg:omit:w_tcdes2:omit);
    w_text = w_tcdes2;
    endif;

    haha so its not too bad, its almost getting to the point of pseudo english now, it makes it easier to know whats going on.

    What do you do?

    The one just gone was our work end of year party… we have it early as it gets to complicated to have later in the year. Was a big one to say the least, Free alcohol all night for approx 500 people.. gets crazy. haha.

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    omg, that is just confusing, i managed to understand annual milage, car annual milage if not a car carbon offset and end and thats about it lol
    yeah definalty, how long you been doing programming for? did you go to uni for it?
    wow thats awsome, yeah very early to have a xmas party though.
    im a non destructive technician and site administrator.
    im gonna take a wild stab in the dark and say youhave no idea what a non destructive technician is?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    haha, well yea thats pretty much it. Ah i have been doing it 2 years in November actually. No didnt do Uni, I got the position through internal transfer, for a Trainee Developer position, where they teach you from the basics. 6 month course type thing. Then i become a dev. So pretty lucky.

    True it wasnt really christmas party tho.. we get our own departmental one of those. :) This was just and EOY party. to say how awesome the whole company is doing. haha.

    Wild stab.. haha you mean take a safe bet and say i dont know what it is… and in that.. you are correct. i have NO idea what that means.

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    oh thats cool as.
    ergh jelous much, you get 2 parties lol.

    ok um, there isnt really an easy way to describe it so sorry for the somewhat lengthy explaination.
    its basically engineering testing and research, so the testing i specialise in is non destructive (meaning not destroying in any way shape or form) for different types of egineering so local fabrications to welder qualifications to bridges to towers. everything its crazy. then there is the mechanical side of the testing (the good destructive part) which is where you test metals to the extreme with destructive results, so can take metals down to -50 degrees and smash it, boil it in acids, bend it, snap it the hole works. and then there is the welding inspections which is testing the microstructure and integrity of the metals.

    so yeah i think im done lol.
    its pretty cool job :) i like it.
    it gets pretty grubby sometimes though lol.
    hey whats your facebook name if you dont mind me adding you on there.?

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    haha that.. is… AWESOME!! I would love to break stuff like that! haha.

    Sounds cool, ah getting dirty sometimes isnt so bad! I may work in IT but im not the IT type… (apparently, as i once got told i was lying by a girl when i told her what i do, cuz of the way i look, haha cuz IT would be the industry u would want to lie about doing right… hahaha). So i dont mind a little hard work.

    Yea no worries, probably saves us clogging up the contiki forums. William Harrison. might be easier ot search by email. harrojnr88@hotmail.com

  • 12 Sep 2011 Bec14 said

    Bec14

    hahah yeah i thought that, i saw it was like 44 posts not to long back so thought i would ask. ok ill add you when i get home :D

    yeah it is an awsome job, most of the time hahaha. just sucks sometimes due to lack of female company hahaha.

  • 12 Sep 2011 katurah said

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    Haha, I was chatting on the forum earlier and just got like 30 e-mail notifications!
    Will, it’s awesome you’ve found some people going on the tour!
    Bec, on my email notifications it says your name is Desmon Senden??? I also loved your tip on saving, found it very helpful, so thanks!
    Katurah

  • 12 Sep 2011 harrojnr88 said

    harrojnr88

    Haha Katurah i actually wondered about that.. thinking that you will have mass email notifications soon, and hence why i mentioned the “clogging up the forum”, haha sorry! :)

    Indeed, im sure there will be plenty more to come. :) Including yourself maybe.. :P haha I also wondered about the desmond thing… haha.

  • 12 Sep 2011 katurah said

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    Oh, it was lovely of you to think of me!! It’s ok, I can easily just click unfollow or create a filter on my e-mails!
    Yes, Desmond does seem a little strange? Your so lucky you can be on your computer for work! We use out laptops at uni, but it’s like school how the teacher walks around looking over your shoulder! I hate that! I wouldn’t dare listen to my ipod either! lol
    What type of music do you listen to?

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