I am in cruise mode at work for the next 3 weeks. I continue to do my duties but my head is elsewhere.
Budapest for example. I'll be there for a few days beginning of Sept, so I need to read about it to do the touristy bits.
Suggestions most appreciated.
Going to Mexico immediately afterward (strikes permitting). I forgot how I am flying, it is not direct (flights to expensive, and Mexicana filed for protection against bankruptcy, so it is not going to get any cheaper), and it is not via the US (hideous visa requirements, and they officially sanction the stealing of laptops in airports and the kidnapping of people of darker complexion).
So it must be via an Old European capital, I think Amsterdam. Getting sleepy, so will not check now.
Plan: land in Mexico City (funny nobody in the Anglo-Saxon world refers to it as MC, as they do with Kuala Lumpur, KL, Los Angeles, LA or other places), stay there for a week, go to Acapulco, stay there for a few days, go back to Mexico City, attend family commitment, stay one more week in old Tenochtitlan to visit family and friends.
I have agreed with boss to work remotely one week, lets see how that goes, I want to start at 6:00am every day to be free by lunch time and have the afternoon to spend with family and friends (most of whom are working anyway).
This is particularly ironic since the company I am contracting for has outsourced several functions back to Mexico. Such is life.
- Half Marathon.
The only way to motivate myself to do some exercise is to sign up to races, but instead of going to Cardiff to run the Half Marathon as I did last year, I'll run a race here in London in October.
The race is fully subscribed, so I found a charity that does not want you to make them rich in order to allow you to run for them (non UKian people should know that race organizers sell places to charity organizations so that they benefit from the athletic zeal of the participants, who like me, run for them on condition of collecting money for the charity, it is an strange arrangement to be honest, but when in Rome do as the Romans).
It will cost me as much to pay the charity fee and minimum sponsorship as to go to Cardiff for a weekend, and at least I can make others pay for me, and it is all for a good cause. So I started proper training today (5km! funny to think that when I started running 5km was the target distance) and have to be ready to run by October the 10th (my stay in Mexico will work as a perfect high altitude training platform, OK, not Acapulco, but still).
- Training in India.
I ma keenly inclined to get some training in India in January.
I would go there for 3 weeks, get one or 2 certifications that I think are pertinent to what I do and know, and then take one week off to explore a bit of the country (more likely of the town where I would be only).
It would be Delhi or Goa, me, not being enamored of beach life, feel inclined to go to Delhi.
Why this? It costs the same to train here in the UK for 5 days that it would cost me to train in India for 3 weeks (including accommodation, meals, and flights if booked well in advance).
I would prefer to do such thing in Mexico, but they have the idiotic habit of charging in US dollars, exactly at the same level as the US, so the comparative advantage of being in a country whose currency is in a constant slide is completely negated. Tossers.
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