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With Bas being in The Netherlands and Hasan in Hong Kong for business, preparations are at least to say unusual. Hasan has been working in the Asia Pacific region since September 2010 and is back in The Netherlands every now-and-then (3 months in Asia versus about a month in The Netherlands).

A good thing though that preparations started a loooong time ago, with arranging first the items from which you can’t return: buying tickets for the AllBlacks’ group-games in New Zealand. Once you’ve got them, you can’t return.

As backpacking is the idea, we noticed that we’re actually lousy backpackers. Yes, we will have backpacks instead of four-wheeled-trolleys. Yes, we will stay in hostels instead of five-star-hotels. Yes, we will see the natural beauties the country has to offer. But then…

No, we will not work for food and shelter. No, we will not take a hike where we can take our rental car. No, we are not driving around in the smallest / cheapest car without air-conditioning nor without a navigation system. No, we will not travel by train where we can take the airplane. No, we don’t “just go there and find a place to crash” where we can simply book a room in a hostel. No, we are not letting our beards grow till the end of our journey (nor mustache, as we will not be in New Zealand during Movember).

Anyway, it is now about the end of July and we have more than a month to go before jumping onto the Malaysian Airlines’ Jumbo Jet to first Kuala Lumpur, and from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland: a whopping 23 hours in the air. We have already made a high level plan of where to travel to, on which dates to travel, and of course how to get there. We will not tell you everything in detail now, else the rest of the blog would be no longer of interest for you guys.

Let’s start with at least saying that we have tickets for the following games (and yes, the actual tickets have arrived and are in our pockets!!):

  • September 9, 2011: New Zealand – Tonga in Auckland. Opening game of the tournament, and Hasan’s birthday… We’d say a good opportunity to celebrate with a bunch of people!
  • September 16, 2011: New Zealand – Japan in Hamilton.
  • September 24, 2011: New Zealand – France in Auckland.
  • October 2, 2011: New Zealand – Canada in Wellington. As we plan to visit the southern island of New Zealand, we will actually sell our tickets for this game. Any takers? Contact us via the Contact form!
  • October 16, 2011: Winner QF3 – Winner QF4 in Auckland. As we have to return to The Netherlands on October 7, we will not be able to go to this Semi Final (in which most likely New Zealand will play if they win their group and win the Quarter Final (which is QF4). Again: any takers?? Contact us via the Contact form!
  • Prepare

Posted: July 27, 2011

Author: Has@Bas

Category: Blog, The Netherlands

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  1. Tamara says:

    Mooie website!! En nu maar flink bloggen, tweeten, posten etc. !!!
    Dikke kus Tammie

  2. Smalls says:

    Heren geniet nog even van het prachtige weer hier, nog één nachtje slapen en dan gaat de pret beginnen.

    Have fun x

  3. Robje says:

    Toffe site, past goed bij een toffe reis!! Ik wil wel wat te lezen en te zien hebben straks!!!


  4. Wim Bos says:

    Hoi Has en Bas,

    Ik ben benieuwd wie Hassan werkelijk is, wat hij doet enz. Ik hoop dat jullie een goede reis hebben gehad en spoedig ook uitgerust bent.
    Wij vieren vandaag een beetje de 17 1/2 jaar. Komende week de grote party met 80 man. Alles komt hier verder wel voor elkaar.
    Veel plezier en pas op je gezondheid.
    Groeten Wim

  5. lammert ruiter says:

    jaja bas hans dit is wat jullie naar dat eiland en ik op de chat. Maak er een heele mooie trip van geniet er van

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