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Old 01-13-2009, 02:27 PM   #16
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Ever thought about where it comes from when it arrives in Brussels? It actually departs from Amsterdam!
LOL! Seriously, I thought it's Aachen-Cologne-Brussels-Paris!
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:03 PM   #17
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If it were ME, I'd spend a day in Europe.
would you please just move there? preferably somewhere with no internet?

zoots, just do it. seriously. hell, go to munich. one day isn't a lot, but it would at least be an awesome preview so you'd know if you wanted to spend the cash money to go there again.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:37 PM   #18
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Maybe I'll dissent since I actually lived in Europe for over a decade and it doesn't hold the same appeal for me.

The weather this time of year is pretty miserable there. Also, you'll be very jetlagged, and spending a day there isn't necessarily going to be the most fun. If you can extend your stay for maybe a long weekend, then I'd definitely consider it. And I also probably wouldn't go to Munich either, since it's nothing special. If you can do London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or Madrid en route, I think you'd enjoy them all more.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #19
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Thanks, martina. Yeah, the weather being a factor did occur to me. Here's some more details on how it would shape up to be and cost involved:

Emirates
- Perfect arrival and departure times all round! Flight leaves JFK Friday at 11 pm. Don't have to rush from work. Arrives in India at a convenient time for my parents to pick me up.
- Around 6 hrs layover in Dubai. But the airport is supposed to be quite nice and the duty free shopping is the biggest attraction there. I'm sure I can wile away 6 hrs there even if I don't buy much.
- Here's the best part: Ticket is only $950 or something. Now, that may seem expensive to you guys but it is NOT, for traveling halfway across the world! Average ticket fare to India = $1200 at least, maybe $1300.

Airline with Euro link
- Arr/Dep times aren't very flexible. But that I can sort of cope I suppose. Leave work early whatever.
- 1 to 2 hr layover in Europe unless I stay there and take the next flight on the following day.
- Biggest hurdle is cost and not to mention the hassle I guess.
Ticket fare = $1200 at least.
Visitor visa = $50 / $100 (say)
Hotel room = $100 (?)
Incidental/touristy expenses = $100
Cost = $1500

$1500 vs. $1000 (ok with dubai shopping maybe $1100 whatev)

I don't know if that $1500 is worth it for basically just spending like 10 or 12 hrs in Europe while being jetlagged. But I will get to take the train or tram or whatever to the city centres and eat at some European restaurant, take pics you can see why I'm tempted!

Sorry if I'm boring you with these numbers! Just trying to make a decision.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:54 PM   #20
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Personally I'd save the $500, put it aside and go to Europe in the summer or fall (if you can't this year, then next). You can get super cheap flights to London or Paris, the $500 will come within a couple of hundred bucks of totally covering your flight there. And then you can stay for a week or longer and really experience it.

But if you don't think that you'll be able to get to Europe within the year and it means a lot to you to see it then maybe the $500 is worth it now as opposed to later.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:54 PM   #21
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P.S. Where in India are you going? I wanna go so bad!
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:18 PM   #22
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Going to my hometown, Chennai (formerly Madras). Will probably visit some family in Hyderabad or Bangalore. This is the perfect time to go to India.. well, Chennai at least cos it's blazing hot (and humid as fuck) in summer.
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just take emirates, it's a nicer airline. and you will be all screwed up, timezone wise, and hardly enjoy europe at all, plus paying for the visa for just a day seems ridiculous. save the money and do a real europe trip later....possibly when u2 is touring.
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save the money and do a real europe trip later....possibly when u2 is touring.
OMG!

Now you got me reeeally dreaming!

Thanks, Varitek.
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Go to Brussels and don't listen to Achtung Girl. Take the Thalys the other way and come to Amsterdam!
Amsterdam

No I'm not thinking what you guys think I'm thinking.
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Maybe I'll dissent since I actually lived in Europe for over a decade and it doesn't hold the same appeal for me.

The weather this time of year is pretty miserable there. Also, you'll be very jetlagged, and spending a day there isn't necessarily going to be the most fun. If you can extend your stay for maybe a long weekend, then I'd definitely consider it. And I also probably wouldn't go to Munich either, since it's nothing special. If you can do London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome or Madrid en route, I think you'd enjoy them all more.
Don't go to Europe, Zoots. Anitram lived there.
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Zootles, you don't need a hotel, lol. You've got your box.
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Amsterdam

No I'm not thinking what you guys think I'm thinking.
I can show you where the RLD is.


But yea, if it costs you 500 more, I agree with the rest. Go the other way and come to europe another time.
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I would say come to Europe a different time, preferably in the summer when there's more fun things to do and the weather is better. I would strongly advise you to visit Europe sometime when you really have the time. Flying for such a long time first and then just a short day-trip which makes the costs even higher will not make you have a proper image of Europe. If you go another time, you can visit more cities and enjoy more
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Skip Europe for now. The Emirates flight is the best all around deal for you.

oh yeah, I will be doing the London and Paris trip later this year.
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