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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Here's the itinerary for our trip. All dates and times are local.

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MAY 22 Depart Washington 10 a.m., arrive Dallas almost an hour behind schedule to make a whisker-thin connection to Honolulu, where we arrive at 4:35 p.m. Get rental car, drive to North Shore of Oahu. Spend two nights on the North Shore and two in Honolulu.

MAY 26 Depart Honolulu 12:05 p.m., arrive Tokyo 3:30 p.m. the next day, even though the flight is only about eight hours. Because we crossed the international date line, we permanently lose a day here. Two nights in Tokyo.

MAY 29 Depart Tokyo 4:10 p.m., arrive Denpasar, Bali, 10:25 p.m. Drive inland to Ubud, where we spend four nights, before heading to the beach for two nights.

JUNE 4 Depart Bali 4 p.m., arrive Hong Kong 8:45 p.m. Three nights in Hong Kong.

JUNE 7 Depart Hong Kong 2:25 p.m., arrive New Delhi 7:45 p.m. (This touches down briefly in Bangkok.) One night in Delhi, one night in Agra, one more night scheduled in Delhi.

JUNE 10 Scheduled to depart Delhi 5:30 a.m.; flight canceled; remain in Delhi an extra night.

JUNE 11 Flight departs Delhi 5:30 a.m.; arrive Amman, Jordan, 8:45 a.m.; drive directly to Wadi Musa and the ruins of Petra. One night in Wadi Musa.

JUNE 12 Depart Amman 1:15 p.m., arrive Cairo 2:45 p.m. Two nights in Cairo.

JUNE 14 Depart Cairo 11:45 p.m. on a red-eye flight that arrives Madrid 3:45 a.m. June 15. Three nights in Madrid, then train to Barcelona, where we spend three nights.

JUNE 20 Depart Barcelona 10:55 a.m., arrive New York 1:45 p.m. Then wait and wait several unscheduled hours to arrive back in Washington three hours late -- the only noticeably late flight except for the Delhi cancellation.

-- M.H.


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