Monday, May 13, 2013

Flying to New York for a big black-tie party -- and what happens to my plans for the Kalahari Desert?


Yesterday, I was roused from a deep sleep at a rather ungodly hour in Asia, by three people obviously having lots of fun on a rooftop bar somewhere in New York.

Actually, it was 10 AM in my part of Asia, and they were completely shocked that I was still in bed on the other side of the world. But this was the one day in the year that I'd actually decided in advance to catch up on sleep and stay in.

It was also the one day in the year they decided they should phone me while having dinner together in Manhatttan.

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IN NEW YORK FOR A REASON

Anyway, someone shouted into a mobile phone, audible all the way from New York: "We've got to be in New York on September 30."

I haven't been to New York in a while, even if I have a hundred good reasons why I should go.

And, frankly, I've been so engrossed in going East and discovering all these new places, that New York unfortunately got placed on the back burner.

ONE OF THE BEST PARTIES EVER 
IN NEW WORK


I did manage to ask, however: "What's in New York on September 30?"

That's when my friend B got on the phone and practically shouted: "There's going to be a party and you're invited, and it's going to be one of the best parties New York has seen in a long time."

That certainly woke me up -- the idea of flying to New York all the way from Asia, for a party to end all parties.

So I said without even thinking much about it: "Sure. Let's do it."

I'm pretty game for anything, you see, and that's partly why I have a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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YES IS THE EASY PART

Now comes the very hard part after the "yes."

This momentous black-tie New York party is sandwiched in between some of the busiest times of my Travelife this year, even if almost every week is a busy and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



A PARTY IN NEW YORK 
IN BETWEEN SPAIN AND TANZANIA?

No kidding. I've got a driving trip through Spain right before that, and three back-to-back luxury safaris in Tanzania immediately after.

And, actually, on exactly September 30, I'm supposed to be in the Kalahari Desert.

My trips to Spain and Tanzania aren't very big problems as this just means permanent jetlag to do Spain - New York - Tanzania in one go with Manila and Tokyo somewhere in between those.




NEW YORK AND THE KALAHARI DESERT
ON THE SAME DAY

But the Kalahari Desert on September 30 is another issue altogether.

However am I going to get out of being in two places on opposite sides of the world on exactly the same day?

New York and the Kalahari Desert are as extreme points as I can possibly imagine: the center of the universe vs. the certain of absolutely nothing but dry land.




The Kalahari Desert is so flat and remote that this is where companies are testing the prototype of the world's fastest vehicle.

There are few other places to test such speeds and not worry about bumping into anything.

But, as a friend said when he heard of this dilemma, this is a nice problem lots of people would love to have.

And, yes, it's the kind of problems we have in our never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.



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