Okay, so we know where we want to go. Now itâ€™s just a matter of deciding in what order weâ€™ll go thereâ€¦ Easier said then done, thereâ€™s still a little something called â€˜moneyâ€™ that we also have to take into account. Luckily weâ€™ve both been saving up for this trip for a long time, so after a lot of puzzling we find out that it can be done financially at least.
Australia is the starting point and since weâ€™re going to be there, weâ€™d better enjoy it. Weâ€™ll arrive in Sydney and are going to take three whole days to do some old-fashioned sightseeing. After that, itâ€™s into a hired car (for which Iâ€™ll be the designated driver â€“ lucky me â€“ as my friend doesnâ€™t have a driverâ€™s licence) and head towards the coast. We have roughly a week to reach Brisbane, which means this should give us plenty of time to witness some of the amazing sights along the way. Although we have read about a lot of things to see and do, any advice and tips are more than welcomeâ€¦
When we reach Brisbane, the trip will really take off. Literally, since this is where our flight to Nauru will be waiting. Hopefully anyway, because at the moment weâ€™re in the middle of the lengthy process of actually arranging said flight, along with accommodation on the island itself and a visa for the both of us. At the moment (31 January 2008) we managed to contact the airline which provided us with the costs and possibilities. So far, so good, but we canâ€™t book the flights until we get accommodation. And thatâ€™s where it starts to get problematic.
Nauruâ€™s two hotels donâ€™t have websites or email addresses (that Iâ€™m aware of, so feel free to correct me on this), so the only way to contact anyone actually on the island is either by phone (can get a bit expensive, those extreme long-distance calls) or by email through the tiny tourist office. A few days ago I typed up the email and sent it, not expecting an answer anytime soon. Imagine my surprise when I got a reply within one hour!
There wasnâ€™t any useful info in that first mail yet, but the idea of being in contact with someone on Nauru really got my hopes up. So naturally I immediately replied back (even though it was almost two in the morning and I really had to get to sleep), and answered the question asked by the tourist office. And thatâ€™s where things stand nowâ€¦didnâ€™t get a reply on that second mail yet. Itâ€™s only been a couple of days, but Iâ€™m currently watching my mail account like a hawk every free moment, hoping for that all-important message from Nauruâ€¦