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Preparation for the trip

Spaarndam, Netherlands


Finished my projects July 31st , gave back the laptop’s phones car etc.
Finally my hard earned holiday begins! Drove to my boat and brought it to Spaarndam. The following morning it was lifted onto the quayside. It took me one whole week to re-paint it.

Now It’s late Saturday evening,
Two night’s to go and then I’m leaving this continent for 10 WEEK’S!!!

Haven’t prepared anything because I was to flipping occupied repainting my “sailing yacht”.

For my complete trip I have purchased the following:
• 4 Lonely Planet’s;
California
Fiji
Australia
Thailand

• 1 road map of Australia
• 1 Digital photo camera (Lumix Leica)
2 2Gig card’s
1 spare battery
1 small tripod
• 2 pant’s with a lot of pocket’s
• 1 short

In addition to the above mentioned I will stuff the backpack (from Sanne) with the following:
• 7 boxer shorts
• 7 socks
• 1 pair of jeans
• 7 shirt’s
• Short
• Peak performance Jumper
• North Face Vest
• Timberland boot
• Reef Slipper
• Sneaker
• Sun block
• After sun
• Toothpaste
• Shampoo
• Shower gel
• Shaving device
• Electric toothbrush
• Telephone

Of course I’ve forgotten something.
However, I can buy everything else on location.

That's it for now.....
If you want, you can leave a comment during my trip....

Keep you posted!
Ciao,

permalink written by  Kristian Kossen on August 11, 2008 from Spaarndam, Netherlands
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Shiphol

Amsterdam, Netherlands


After having a couple of beers with the guy's yesterday, Tried to go asleep at 23:30.
However I could not close an eye...

What have I done.....
Walked to the travel agency and out of the blue... without thinking booked a trip around the world!!!!

Ok.... now I'm realy nervous....
I was used traveling alone to projects all over the world.
However, Then I'm going with an cause... no I don't even know where or how I'm going to sleep, eat or what i'm going to do..

It's very stange to be traveling alone, not having anybody to talk with.....
Well, possibly I'll meet a lot of people this way...

My good friend Raymond picked me up at 07:00 this morning.
He was looking at me and said; What you'r going to do now is an ones in a life time upertunity..... Enjoy!!!


Now I'm at the airport, still have to wait 50 minutes before departure to London.
Then Transfer to LAX......

Ok... this is it... for the last time in The Netherlands.

Keep me posted on what's going on over there...

Ciao!



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London, United Kingdom




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Los Angeles, United States




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USA

Hollywood, United States


Arrived In LAX 15:10 LT
Took the shuttle bus to the car depot,
However, the car i ordered was not available.

Therefore they provided a brand new Pontiac G6 convertable. :)
6Cil 4.2L rear wheel drive! (White & brown leather interior)
There was no sat-nav therefore i had to buy a map.

LA traffic is very difficult, (If you don't know where you are going!)

After a 3 hour drive I got at the hotel.
(In the getto) I was informed not to go outside after dark.....
(Junky's / Hookers / gang's)

Now I'm in the rich part of LA awaiting for the shop's to open...
I'll go and see if my creditcard will be accepted on rodeo drive! (Don't think so)

After shopping i will drive to the Hollywood Sign and then drive to venice beach and try to find a hotel near the beach.

Tomorrow i will drive from Venice beach towards Malibu....
Dont't know where i will spend my night's but ill keep ya posted..


Bye for now..


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USA LA Santa monica

Santa Monica, United States


Yesterday viseted the Hollywood sign, and drove thrue BellAir...
Took a look at the Playboy mansion, however, no bunny's.... :(

Then I drove to Rodeo drive to do some serious shopping...
Then I drove to Santa Monica, drove over Ocean eve.....
Parked my car and started walking thrue the BLVD... Grabed a Huge Burger and a double esspreso.. Walked around some more...

Then I got to the Santa Monica Beach hotel.. (Read: Very Old over priced Junk!)
Met some nice guy's from Swiss, They did manage to get the Mustang convert. and marked it with an big swiss flag on the trunk...

One of the guy's said: we are going to Vegas baby!!! Wanna come?
I said... No sorry.. Been there, seen that, got the Tshirt..

I went for A couple of drinks with them.. had some fun...

And went to bed arround midnight..

This morning : 05:30 I got called by a lady from Rotterdam that wanted to ask me a view questions..... I told her to Fu*&CK OFF and let me sleep..

Today I'm going to drive up the coast and see where I will go...
It's all going so fast and I don't know what to see...

I'm going to buy some new maps for the up state.. finnished my breakfast now...

It seems to be a problem uploading pictures...
(Old computers in the internet cafe's..)


Thank's for the comment's
Speak to ya later...
Ciao



permalink written by  Kristian Kossen on August 13, 2008 from Santa Monica, United States
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Santa Cruz Ca.

Santa Cruz, United States


After writing my blog this morning I went to the western union to change my last euro's for dollars.....

Then I decided to hit the road...
Cruised towards Malibu stopped the car...


Walked up the beach saw some shark fin's therefore no one was allowed in the water...
Walked in the sea till knee hight and made some pictures of the lifeguard houses... returned to the car and started driving.. the weather became very cloudy.. after 15miles the roadworks began...

The signs said Route 1 closed for 1 week...
Therefore I was forced to take the highway 101.
This highway goes straight true the mountains and a part of the dessert..
I had the top down... Temprature was ok.. sun began to shine again..
My head began to burn... tried putting a t-shirt on my head but this did not help.. Therefore I had to pull over and close the top..

Then the roads got worse..
It good that I'm an expert in road rally....
Only Mr. State trooper did not like that!

"Sorry Mr state trooper.. I thought I was going 120 KM in staid of miles..:)

Could you please explane the road rules I cant seem to find them in my lonely planet.. :)

After making fun of Mr. State Trooper.. I asked him if he knew a good place to have lunch... and of course I'm very kind.. therefore I invited him for lunch...:) he said no thanks.... but after all my Bullshit he did not give me a ticket!!!!!

Stopped somewhere down the road for a burger...
Poppy's Diner...

Got a burger from a nice old waiters, she informed me that i was crazy thinking that i would make it to "Frisco" in 6 hours..

Some old guy in in the diner told me watch out..
The closer to "Frisco" the closer to disco...(?????)

(He explained that the people are crazy around Frisco)

The longer I was on the road the more I thought I was not going to make it before dark.. therefore I switched to plan B.

Take a dirt road to Santa Cruz..

After 30 miles of dirt... I arrived in S'Cruz
It did not look like a beach front city..
More like a ski resort..

Looked in my lonelyplanet and discoverd a motel near the beach and downtown S'Cruz.

went to the lobby, and asked their rates..
It was only 87dollar..
I Thought oh shit.. then this is a dump..
(My other two motels were two times more expensive)
I said, Ok I'll take it...
It is very nice!!!!

Ok now I'm going for some thing to eat..

Tomorrow i'll drive on to Frisco..
Cant upload pictures here...

Thanks for the comment's..
Ciao




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San Francisco, United States




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Los Angeles, United States




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Back in LA

Los Angeles, United States


Hi all!

Thismorning I wrote a blog, however, when hitting the save button it said error on page and i lost everything!

Therefore the short version:

Departured from S'sisco thru Santa cruz to Morro Bay (7hours drive)
Slept in an motel called the Holland inn...

Following morning drove to Malibu..
Went to the beach.. got a motel... whent to a club called "MoonlightShadows"
It's a Star hangout.. I was not on the list bullshit my self in..

Nice lady's.. drinks,, lady's,, food,,, lady's..view..lady's and did i mention the lady's?
(What happens in Malibu stay's in Malibu)

Thismorning drove to Long Beach.. and now I'm at the airport awaiting my flight to Fiji.

I will not have a monday 18th August because of the time differance.


Dont know where i will sleep... but i'll find out when i gett there..
I do know I want to go to BeachComber Island (That's my boat's make)
Pic's will follow..

Keep posting comments!

I'm getting a drink now! (or two)

Ciao Kris



permalink written by  Kristian Kossen on August 17, 2008 from Los Angeles, United States
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I'm going to travel from the Netherlands to:
Los Angeles/San Fransisco
Fiji
Australia (Gold Coast)
Thailand
And back home!

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